Louis Vuitton is set to unveil its latest artist collaboration next week and sure enough Marc Jacobs has managed to marry good taste with high art. For this latest turn, Yayoi Kusama’s surreal use of polka dots will be featured as a capsule collection scheduled to launch in two phases between July 10 and October. The first launch will be an array of limited-edition clothing and accessories such as pajamas, a trench coat, separates and jewelry that will coincide with a retrospective of Kusama’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art opening July 12, as well as the exhibition already on view at London’s Tate Modern.
Artist Ai WeiWei amongst his “Sunflower Seeds” (More photos below)
Lately, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has made more headlines for his outspoken socio-political activism in his homeland than he has for his art, but that changed last week when his latest installation was unveiled at the Tate Modern in London. Upon first glance, Sunflower Seeds is nothing more than a vast grey expanse in the Modern’s large Turbine Hall, but get closer and you’ll see that the grey floor is actually comprised of millions of individual sunflower seeds – hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, made in China.
To celebrate its 10th birthday, Tate Modern is staging a major free arts festivals “No Soul for Sale – A Festival of Independents,” in the Turbine Hall. Because the Hall is part gallery and part covered street, it lends a participatory spirit to its exhibitions and “an anarchic, tongue-in-cheek sensibility.” On that note, curators Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni and artist Maurizio Cattelan have invited over 70 independent art spaces and collectives to create unique projects for the three day, global arts festival.