Franco Maria Ricci has released a Michelangelo book depicting his life’s greatest works. The book’s cover features a reproduction of his Madonna della Scala fresco made on marble by artisans using the same techniques used by Michelangelo over five hundred years ago. The book contains detailed photographs of Michelangelo’s work as well as an extensive history of his life and works. Only thirty three copies of the book will be made.
Oliver Peoples Diamond Harlot sunglasses feature gold temples encrusted with one and a half carats of brilliant cut diamonds. The sunglasses are available in three colors; black with eighteen karat yellow gold temples, ivory shell with fourteen karat rose gold temples and storm grey with eighteen karat white gold temples. The Oliver Peoples Diamond Harlot sunglasses are available in Oliver Peoples stores worldwide.
Bottega Veneta have released a desk set featuring a collection of desk accessories. The set includes a business card case, money clip, letter opener, ruler and a magnifying glass. The sterling silver items feature Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciato pattern. The Bottega Veneta desk set is available to purchase from Bottega Veneta stores worldwide reports sybarites.org
Covering all work phases in large-scale reproductions and accompanied by extensive texts as well as production Polaroids and installation photos by Wool himself. Limited to 1,000 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist. Also available in an Art Edition, limited to 100 copies and with an original artwork by Christopher Wool.
In-your-face, achingly simple, deceptively frank, the work of Christopher Wool is so very New York. Though he owes a debt to abstract expressionism and pop art, he completely transcends—even demolishes—these genres. Whether it’s a text-based painting or an abstract spray-painted piece, his work is immediately engaging. Wool questions painting, like many other artists in his generation, but he doesn’t provide any easy answers. “The harder you look the harder you look,” as he titled one of his word paintings, is an excellent example of how he states the obvious whilst provoking us to think deeper about what seems obvious.
Christopher Wool became known in the mid-1980s through allover paintings produced with rubber rollers commonly used to simulate decorative wallpaper patterns on walls. By 1988 he had hit stride with his dry, dead-pan word paintings (“Trbl,” “Riot,” “Sell the House, Sell the Car, Sell the Kids”), while continuing to explore the possibilities of pattern painting. Since the 1990s, he has been developing the painterly qualities of his work, using a mostly black-and-white palette, starting from abstract lines drawn with a spray gun or layered stock images, overpainting silkscreens on linen, wiping out images, with a widening variety of media, a process that can involve photography, silkscreen, and, in the new millennium, also the computer.
Exploring Wool’s work in close to 500 pages, this monograph is exhaustive in scope and depth. All work phases are covered in large-scale reproductions and accompanied by production Polaroids and installation photos by Wool himself. Editor Hans Werner Holzwarth has previously collaborated on several catalogs and artist’s books with Wool. Essays and analyses by Glenn O’Brien, Jim Lewis, Ann Goldstein, Anne Pontégnie, Richard Hell, and Eric Banks make this book a great read as well as a definitive study of the story so far.
Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton have launched a new line of Stephen Sprouse handbags showcasing the designers’ pop art/grafitti style.
Jacobs took two iconic Sprouse motifs - the graffiti and the rose - and interpreted them in Day-Glo shades of pink, green and orange over the Monogram print
“I tried to take what Stephen had done at Vuitton and then kind of flip it in my head, and make it Vuitton’s work for Stephen, not Stephen’s work for Vuitton,” Jacobs said. “I just felt it was a funny way to play with it, to pretend to be Sprouse for a bit, and use the work that he did, and then bring it back to the work that he did before I collaborated with him.”
LVMH,has bought the Montaudon champagne house for an undisclosed amount.
Montaudon will team up with LVMH’s existing portfolio of champagne brands: Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart and Mercier.
Founded in 1891 by Auguste Louis Montaudon, this family-owned business is located near the Cathedral in Reims, the key capital of the champagne appellation. Montaudon champagnes are sold in France and in over 25 other countries. The company employs 29 people.
“The acquisition of Montaudon enables us to complete our portfolio of prestigious brands and to increase our champagne reserves. This corresponds with Moet Hennessy’s strategy to strengthen its worldwide leadership in the luxury wines and spirits sector,” argued Moet Hennessy Chairman Christophe Navarre in a release.
Dennis Adler, photojournalist and car nut, captures the beauty and power of the sports car in this tribute to America's dream machine. There are great cars and then there are sports cars, those that have withstood the test of time and have remained desirable and valuable for over 50 years. This profile features many examples of the motor car, several of which are benchmarks in the history of the sports car in the 20th century.
Porsche Design has announced the launch of their second mobile phone, the P'9522. The phone comes with a 2.8-inch OLED touchscreen display covered with a single sheet of scratchproof mineral glass. A fingerprint reader, five-megapixel camera, MP3 player, WiFi capabilities and GPS complete the package, with room for a micro-SD card to expand capacity. The P’9522 will be available exclusively at selected Porsche Design boutiques, Harrods and Selfridges, and is expected to be priced upwards of £600.