Archive for ‘art’

May 5, 2011

Wall, a monumental work by Tony Smith

Tony Smith (1912–1980) is best known for his large modular sculpture in black painted steel of the 1960s and ‘70s. Frequently described in the context of Minimalism, Smith’s elegant and powerful contribution to twentieth century sculpture is represented in the collection of every major US museum, including MoMA, the Met, the Smithsonian, the Whitney, the Detroit Institute
of Arts, and the Walker.

Valerie Carberry Gallery and Wright collaborate to present Wall, a monumental work by Tony Smith from 1964. This special exhibition is the first presentation of a major work by Smith in Chicago in over forty years.

A sleek mass in painted steel, Wall achieves harmony in concept and form. Smith frees Wall from its architectural function as divider or barrier and creates a stand-alone object that celebrates our relationship to pure form: a sublime viewing experience on a human scale.

On view at Wright, 1440 West Hubbard Street from May 6th – 20th, Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, with an opening reception May 5th, 5 – 8pm.

Tony Smith, Wall, 1964, steel, painted black, 96 x 216 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery. © 2011 Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society
(ARS), New York

Wright, the Chicago-based international auction house of art and design, has been a leader in the industry since its founding in 2000. Wright has pioneered whole fields of collecting and transformed the market for modern design.

April 25, 2011

COLOR PRINCE: The Photography of Ernest Collins

A Chicago native, Ernest Collins was known as one of that city’s top hair-stylists and make-up artists. In 1983, Ernest ventured to Milan. There, he was well received, having the opportunity to work with photographers Tiziano Magni, Tom Wool, Jonathan Leonard, Sergio Caminata, Lionel Pasquon among others.

After years of working with some of fashion photography’s biggest names, Ernest decided that it was time to try his own hand at the craft. He knew that his biggest advantages were his sense of style, his growing reputation as a model-maker, his ability to grace models with a “look”, his own personal sense of direction, and ultimately the ability to  capture those elusive qualities through his lens–to photograph it all. Bold, strong saturated color is one of the hallmarks of Ernest’s photographs.

In 1990, he accepted an invitation to come to Paris and instantly fell in love with the city. He has been based there ever since. Ernest now resides between Paris and Chicago and is immersed in both cultures.

He has photographed ad campaigns for some of the biggest names in the world of beauty. His editorial work has graced the pages of Europe’s most cutting edge  magazines.

Meeting and working with Ernest Collins 5 years ago has been one of the true joys of my professional life. I am proud to welcome Ernest Collins to aControlledSubstance–Tom Kolovos

April 22, 2011

London Calling (The no imitation zone)

aControlledSubstance online exclusive:

Rick Shultz  photographs the London flat he and designer Jimmie Karlsson share with their cats  Christy & Phoenix. Then we play a game of “10 Questions with Jimmie.”

10 Questions with Jimmie

aCS: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Jimmie Karlsson: Fun, unexpected and imperfect. A mix with old and new.

aCS: Is it/is it not particularly English?

JS: I think it is very London. But also quite New York, where we have a lot of clients.  Our furniture is defenitly not Swedish, although  both Martin and I are Swedish.

aCS: Do you consider yourself a designer, an artist, a furniture maker?

JS: I’m a furniture designer and interior designer. Some people think I am an artist. I paint on furniture, but I don’t really consider myself an artist.

aCS: What motivates you?

JS: Every day life. Positive people and my passion for interiors. 

aCS: What is your formal training?

JS: I haven’t  a design degree. I studied art in Sweden before moving to London in 1998. It was always a hobby that turned into an unplanned business in 1994. So here we are!

aCS: What bores you?

JS: Arrogance. Copycats. Pretentious people. Negativity.

aCS: The copycats are too busy being beige. You needn’t worry. Yet!

aCS: What is style?

JS: The freedom to express ourselves and shape the life we live.

aCS: An answer after my own heart, Jimmie!

aCS: What is luxury?

JS: To be able to do what you love to do and get paid for it.

aCS: Amen to that brother. Long live SWEA!

aCS: Who/what are your influences?

JS: It comes from every day life. The streets, news, art, people, music, travel… 

aCS: What is your favorite object to design/conceive/produce?

JS: My favourite thing is to do an interior design job for a client who gives us free rein  to create.

Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar are the London based JimmieMartin  furniture design firm. The duo along with partner Sally Anne McCoy compose the interior design firm Jimmie Martin and McCoy

All images are the sole property of and courtesy of Rick Schultz at They may not be used in any manner without express consent. All links must credit both parties above.

April 19, 2011

Andres Serrano’s photograph ‘Piss Christ’ destroyed by Christian protesters in France

Attack on ‘blasphemous’ art work fires debate on role of religion in France

• Intruders vandalise photo day after Christian protest
• Exhibitor blames Sarkozy speech for inflaming issue

Read article in The Guardian here

April 13, 2011

Bochic: The Lady from Shanghai

One of the great joys in my line of work is meeting talented people whose artistic vision I respect. David at Bochic is such a person.

Here is  an exclusive short film featuring his new designs,  inspired by the cultural cross-roads of 1930’s Shanghai. The production captures the zeitgeist of a city whose eclectic styles easily mixed east and west.

Just let the film and the jewelry transport you. No need to complain about the prices. One does not go to a museum to complain about prices, now does one?

And with today’s political landscape who knows if you too may be coveting the Erickson Beamon earrings I bring to your first magazine cover shoot only to find yourself wearing Bochic at your first State Dinner as First Lady. Could happen. Just ask me.

If you need me to hook you up, I’ll be more than happy to do so.

Click on the image below to start the film.

April 12, 2011

Savage Beauty, Savage Marketing

The Beauty of McQueen

See inside Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, courtesy of New York Magazine slideshow, an exhibition celebrating the extraordinary creations of the late fashion designer, set to open at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute May 2, 2011.

Not be missed by anyone serious about art.

To coincide with the museum opening, reports Page Six,  “style queen [Daphne] Guinness and Barneys are collaborating on a six-week exhibition, “Fashion as Art,” where Guinness will conduct several performances — one of which will be the fashion muse prepping for the gala in full view of shoppers and passersby. The installation will also include items from Guinness’ wardrobe, including pieces acquired from style icon Isabella Blow, and a short documentary on Guinness.”

Not to be missed by anyone serious about public relations.

April 9, 2011

Jimmie Martin at the Milano Salone Del Mobilie 2011

Exclusive preview of the new Jimmie Martin Lamp Collection now on display at the MILANO SALONE DEL MOBILIE 2011 @ Frankie Morello’s flagship store – Corso Matteotti 3, 12th – 19th April.

April 2, 2011

Mario Testino photographs Anna Wintour

Have you seen a contemporary portrait–one that captures the very essence of a subject’s public persona– that is better than this one? I don’t think I have.

And I don’t think one exists. Unless you count the Anna Wintour produced Annie Leibovitz portrait of Donald and Melania Trump for Vogue in  April 2006. Below is a photo of the portrait but you can click here and see both the entire shot and the closeups.  You can also see the shot on

The Kim Kardashian sex tape, the portrait should remind you, was amateur porn. What’s on display here is professional porn. Do not try this at home.

Read the accompanying WSJ article “The Business of Being Anna” by Joshua Levine here.

Related Post: “Donald Trump Presents I’d Like To Hit That When Melania Isn’t Watching.”

March 24, 2011

Design: Fernando Romero’s Museo Soumaya

If you’re the world’s richest man, worth an estimated $79 billion and have a 66,000 piece art collection, what do you do next?

If you’re Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecommunications mogul, you hire your son-in-law, a disciple of Rem Koolhaas, to design a building to house it all.

Here is an artist rendering of Fernando Romero’s Museo Soumaya which is slated to open later this spring.

Mexico City is home to astoundingly impressive museum collections, and now it may become home to a museum which is itself a work of art.

March 10, 2011

The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield

Sham Mosher


Ashley Roland, Daniel Ezralow, Flipper Hope, and Jack Gallagher for Raymond Weil Watches

“I’ve spent the last 25 years of my photographic career investigating movement and its expressive potential. My inspiration has always been photography’s ability to stop time and reveal what the naked eye cannot see. My interest in photography is not to capture an image I see or even have in my mind, but to explore the potential of moments I can only begin to imagine. What intrigues me is making images that confound and confuse the viewer, but that the viewer knows, or suspects, really happened. I want my images to defy logic, or as Salvador Dali wrote, I strive to “systematize confusion and discredit reality.” I can’t depict the moments before or after the camera’s click, but I invite the viewer’s consideration of that question.”  Lois Greenfield

Related Post: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago March 17-20