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Gabriella Crespi

Gabriella Crespi

WSJ Magazine: Italian Designer Gabriella Crespi Returns

After decades spent out of the spotlight, Gabriella Crespi, known for her singular furniture designs, launched new pieces at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan—and is poised to make a comeback


The fashion industry has long embraced Crespi’s aesthetic. “She was boho chic before boho chic existed,” says Italian Vogue’s editor, Franca Sozzani, who owns one of Crespi’s coveted Z desks. Sergio Rossi dedicated a collection of shoes to her designs, Fendi started installing Crespi furniture in its flagships and Stella McCartney, who had been a collector of her work, sold her jewelry at her boutiques. “I was immediately drawn to the warmth and the femininity,” she says. In 2008, McCartney adds, “I totally sought her out, wrote her a letter and asked if we could meet for tea. We met at a hotel in Milan, and I learned about her life, her warmth and all that she has been able to achieve as a woman in design. Our relationship really built off from that, and we stayed in touch and still write each other notes. She is an incredible woman with such strength, and yet there is a sense of fragility. It’s a special combination.” The sunglasses Crespi wears every day now are gifts from McCartney.

Sally Mann’s New Book 'Hold Still'

Sally Mann’s New Book 'Hold Still'


In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.

Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."

In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.


To read an adapted excerpt of her memoir, visit The New York Times’s Sunday Magazine.

At $179 Million, The Most Expensive Painting Sold: Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)"


Huffington Post: Picasso Painting Sells For $179 Million, Breaking Art Auction Record

A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.

Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" and Giacometti's life-size "Pointing Man" were among dozens of masterpieces from the 20th century Christie's offered in a curated sale titled "Looking Forward to the Past."

Peggy Guggenheim New Documentary

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

Bouncing between Europe and the United States as often as she would between lovers, Peggy Guggenheim’s life was as swirling as the design of her uncle’s museum, and reads more like fiction than any reality imaginable. Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict offers a rare look into Guggenheim’s world: blending the abstract, the colorful, the surreal and the salacious, to portray a life that was as complex and unpredictable as the artwork Peggy revered and the artists she pushed forward.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland, whose acclaimed debut feature documentary followed the life of Harper's Bazaar fashion editor Diana Vreeland, turns her lens towards Peggy Guggenheim: a fascinating woman who defined and assembled the premier collection of 20th century modern art. Immordino Vreeland examines how her personal friendships with major masters from every discipline, including Duchamp, Cocteau, Beckett and Rothko, was inseparably interwoven into her duty towards contemporary art.

A Daily Beast Article: How Peggy Guggenheim Became The Queen of Modern Art

A Look at the documentary:

Whitney Museum’s New Gansevoort Street Building Now Open


Two years in the making, the $422 million building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, officially opens today to the public. It's located in the meatpacking district. You can learn more about it at the museum's website; while Vulture brings us a review, and NY Magazine talks about The Iconoclastic Woman Who Founded the Whitney. + The NY Times Reviews New Whitney Museum’s First Show, ‘America Is Hard to See’.


See Saw Map Is A Free NYC Gallery Guide App

See Saw Map

I was in Chelsea this weekend and came across Ellen who with her brother Patrick started the See Saw Map app for iOS. It's a gallery guide app for NYC galleries and their openings.

Until now I've been using Artforum's Artguide app, but that costs $2.99 and is still under the Skeuomorphic design of iOS6. See Saw Map is much cleaner and straightforward to use. At the moment it covers Manhattan and Brooklyn, but they are looking to expand to LA and beyond in the future. The app is free, so check it out; I think you'll like it. [iTunes]

Below are the features of the App:

• Search for artists and galleries, or browse by neighborhood.

• View and submit exhibition images.

• Always have the latest exhibition information and press releases handy. Even off-line in the subway.

• Track openings and shows that are closing soon so you’ll never miss an important exhibition. Plus: hours, website, and contact information for each gallery.

• Share exhibitions with friends via email, text, and social media.

• Check out the Editor’s Picks for popular exhibitions, under-the-radar recommendations, and critically acclaimed shows.

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Tanya Ling for Garage Magazine

Tanya Ling for Garage Magazine

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Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan

WSJ: Why the Art World Has Fallen for 90-Year-Old Etel Adnan

The Beirut-born poet, essayist and artist—who found fame late in life with her small-scale paintings and forceful prose—has two simultaneous shows this spring at Galerie Lelong in Paris and New York City

John Miller & Takuji Kogo's 'I love To Make People Laugh'

Showing at Metro Pictures Gallery

From Tommy's Drink Diary

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Bartender at Do Or Dine Brooklyn, (last night).

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