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The “Antichrist of painting”

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Three days on Gozo have made me ready for a date with no one else but Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610). Tomorrow, if everything goes according to the plan, I will with my own eyes behold his ‘Beheading of St John the Baptist’, which he painted while settled on Malta. To Malta he…

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Lost in Taste

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We are always talking about a “good” or “bad” taste, without giving any thought to the anthropological nature of the concept of taste. Nevertheless, taste has originally pure biological routes connected to human physiology, where both disgust and aversion have developed as a part of the evolution in association with something inedible. Human beings have…

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The Invention of the Modern Mega-artist

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While looking for information on Yves Saint Laurent, I came across an artist called Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), whose fame at his 21 in 1949 was compared to Picasso’s. He was together with Pierre Bergé, before the latter left him for with Yves Saint Laurent. A man of great talent and one of the best post-war…

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The Hermitage – the “Window on Europe” of Fashion

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It has been a while since every girl around the world through Carry Bradshaw discovered who Manolo Blahnik was or sooner what he was brilliant at – high-end women’s footwear. Today his talent has also got a high acknowledgement from the art word and his exhibition Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is accommodated by…

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Sustainable Value in the Knowledge of Textile

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Yesterday, I listened to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort’s talk from December, where she talked about her Anti-Fashion Manifesto at VOICES, Business of Fashion’s annual gathering for big thinkers. The main message is that the fashion system is broken, what makes fashion become old fashioned. However, below I would like to discuss one of the 10…

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The Enigma of Absurdity

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A splendid gentleman, wearing a black cylinder hat and through a monocle pretentiously beholding a floating butterfly has, since his debut on the cover on February 21, 1925, become an inherent part of the New Yorker – it is the brand as such. The intricate male figure was created by the magazine’ s first art…

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See Now, Buy Now

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For me, purity of movement wasn’t enough. I needed expression, more intensity, more mind. -Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)

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Le Bateau-Lavoir – Noah’s Ark of Art

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Le Bateau-Lavoir (“The Boat Wash-house”) was once a moldy old tenement in a shaded square in the Monmartre district of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, which has taken a prominent place in art history. Christened by the poet Max Jacob, the building became an anchored shelter for such artists and writers as Pablo Picasso, Otto…

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Depersonalization with Euphoric Touch by Gnoli

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Fashion is a manifestation of a visible result achieved by means of an invisible process. It is about ephemeral nature of objects and details, meanwhile art is about eternalising such ephemerality. Domenico Gnoli (1933-1970), a Rome-born-artist, a son of an art historian and an artist, was one, who combined those two phenomena. He both created…

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