TheArtGorgeous - Issue 7 Fall/Winter 2019

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In the latest issue of the TheArtGorgeous magazine, the editorial focuses on the Top 200 Art Word Influences across art and culture industries. It highlights global key opinion leaders (KOLs) from artists such as Maurizio Cattelan and JR, to cultural entrepreneurs like Sarah Andelman and Simon de Pury to celebrities such as Swizz Beatz and Beyoncé who push art forward in the digital space.

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Deconstructed

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CONTENT

The Very

Honest Gallerist

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Olivia Locher’s Weird

and Wonderful Laws

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Game Changers

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Power Duos

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Emma Allegretti’s Girls

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Girl Gang

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The Gentlemen

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The Think Tank

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En Vogue

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Olivia Locher’s Weird and

Wonderful Laws

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Art in No Man’s Land

Girl Gang

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Emma Allegretti’s

Girls

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Celebrities

Art Gent Deconstructed

In the Hood

The Very Honest Gallerist

On the Cover

Olivia Locher, Self-Portrait

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Content

Imprint

Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

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ello Gorgeous,

This cover made you curious? Great. We are

excited to present you a different kind of art

world players’ “power list” we have been working

on over the past several months. You will find some of

those names that you might expect, but equally you will come

across new faces. It`s not a gathering of the most powerful artists, collectors, or

gallerists but a listing of those opinion makers in and around the art world whose

digital presence makes a difference. How? Read on from p.18.

EDITOR’S LETTER

Even so, this is a special issue, you will still find our signature features, including our in-depth interview

highlighting Lolita Cros, who created her own dream job in curating art inside the leading female-only

members club: The Wing. And we talked to the NY-based photographer Olivia Locher about weird laws,

beauty standards, and her #45protestsigns and are very happy she also graces our cover.

Our stickers have become collectibles, and you will find a new set included as well, this time in

collaboration with the Rome-based illustrator (and Nike & Gucci muse) Emma Allegretti. Last but not

least, read all about Paris high-flying Galerie Derouillon in The Very Honest Gallerist questionnaire.

In addition to working on this issue, we launched some new formats that we proudly present to you.

Our digital platform theartgorgeous.com has been extended with a full career section. It not only

delivers the most sought after global job vacancies in the art and creative industries daily right

on your screen but also includes career advice and Q&A with women who shape the art world. We

continued our conferencing format Art x Lux and held our 4th roundtable at Hong Kong’s private

art club Duddell’s this summer. In case you missed it, no need to worry: mark 26 November on your

calendars for the next edition taking place in Zurich, featuring expert speakers offering insight into

various forms of art engagements.

Moreover, we embarked a new milestone of our journey by releasing our very first merchandise in

collaboration with König Souvenir. Inspired by the memes from our Instagram, we kicked off with a

series of T-shirts paying tribute to three art world situations: Tinder, travels & street art.

And there is even more brewing. Stay tuned for our next adventures.

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Celebrating London’s architecture, Barbican Centre. Photograph: Dan Tobin Smith.

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Jamie Bennett

Originally from Melbourne,

Australia, Jamie is currently based

in Hong Kong. She is a freelancer

extraordinaire who dabbles in a little

of everything from writing to social

media management. Her passion

for art and travel has taken her all

over the world in her search for

contemporary masters.

CONTRIBUTORS

Lizzy Vartanian Collier

Founder of Gallery Girl, Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a writer and

curator based in London. Having been published by Dazed,

Hyperallergic, Vice and Vogue Arabia, she has also curated

exhibitions in London, Jordan and Armenia.

Bárbara Borges de Campos

Bárbara is Berlin-based writer working for The Quietus, The

Guardian, TheArtGorgeous and other publications as culture

expert. Her love for art writing took off after reading Frank O’Hara.

She studied English literature at University College Dublin.

Katya Lopatko

Katya Lopatko is a recent college grad, based out of

Los Angeles. Her favorite stories to write are the ones

that bridge the gap between fine art and pop culture –

and the ones that lend themselves well to a light sprinkle

of philosophising. Her work has appeared in GARAGE

magazine and on VICE.com, where she spent a semester

churning out transcriptions, researching, and stockpiling

mugs at her desk as an editorial intern.

Emma Allegretti

Emma is a Rome based artist and

illustrator, who could eat buffalo

mozzarella every day. With her

mother being an art teacher, she

started to get into drawing early. Her

work represents the female universe

in all its facets, from pain to irony.

In addition to collaborating with

the likes of Gucci or Nike, Emma

encourages a whole generation of

girls looking for their own identity in

becoming independent women.

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Art & Design Fair

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Pushing contemporary art

forward in the digital era —

that was our postulation for the

selection of the 200 top voices

from the arts and beyond.

Our approach for compiling this power list differs from other

rankings. Of course, you will find those art world fixtures with

wide reach and a massive following. However, there are also

other types of influencers: a new breed of game changers having

their roots in other creative and fashion industries, female voices

with a strong mission statement, and celebrities from the music

and film industries who all share their passion for contemporary

art widely via their various platforms.

Why did this cross-industry expansion come to fruition?

Because we believe it is all about making art accessible to new

audiences. These are the two things we found quite outstanding.

First, you can observe how some of the big power players take

new faces under their glittery wings by putting young artists’

creations up in the digital sphere and introducing their names to

their massive fan bases. Without a doubt, it is a pretty big deal

when Murakami features a sculpture by a young artist or when

Beyonc and Jay-Z pose in front of a painting, helping the artist

behind achieve overnight fame.

Second, you can see how these people use their voices and wide

reach to address subjects that matter beyond the art scene (or are

actually their very own reason for creating their art, depending

on one’s perspective). Think of how Wolfgang Tillmans or

OBEY encourage their followers to vote, or how Jochen Zeitz

not only builds the foremost contemporary museum in Africa

but also advocates restlessly for environmental protection.

Don’t be surprised to not find the ’grams of most of the

major galleries, artists, or museums, solely introducing their

own programmes and works on social media. While that’s

legitimate to do, we want to look at a bigger picture; original

content created with a mission. It goes beyond self-promotion,

and we value more than just the number of one’s followers;

it is about creating awareness, giving new insights, and

going beyond the expected. Following these guidelines, we

boldly name figures shaping the art world in the digital

realm and spot the individuals that make a difference.

Scroll now, detox later.

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01 Edoardo Monti

Curator

Edoardo Monti has an unmistakable sense for art

and design and has channelled this into an artist

residency programme in Brescia that aims to foster

creativity, productivity and meaningful collaborations.

@edoardomonti

02 Boychild

Artist

Gender norms are set aside by performance

artist Boychild who uses her body, enhanced with

otherworldly makeup, to express herself through

movement. @boychild

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03 Natalie Massenet

Entrepreneur

Former fashion journalist, celebrated agent-of-change and

influential entrepreneur, Natalie Massenet is the founder of

online retailer Net-a-Porter and the owner of an extensive

modern and contemporary art collection. @nat_mass

04 Stuart Comer

Curator

A curator extraordinaire: Stuart Comer currently works as

the chief curator of media and performance art at MoMA,

snapshots of which grace his account. @stuartcomer

Image credit: Instagram, Art Streiber/Robb Report, MoMA

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06 Banksy

Artist

From the streets to the art collections of the rich and famous,

Banksy’s satirical, politically driven work is immediately

recognisable. He is the ultimate social commentator of our

time. @banksy

05 Danielle Krysa

Artist

From a Frida Kahlo painting to Erwin

Wurm’s Fat Car, artist and curator Danielle

Krysa started The Jealous Curator as a

way to flip her envy of other artist’ skills into

an admiring homage. @thejealouscurator

08 Helen Downie

Artist

Helen Downie, more commonly known as Unskilled Worker,

is a textbook example of how an artist can find fame through

posting on social media. Her unique work has most notably

been used as inspiration for luxury fashion house Gucci and

the rest is history. @unskilledworker

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Image credit:The Jealous Curator, Instagram, Helen Downie

07 Elena Soboleva

Dealer

Influencer Elena Soboleva brings

the digital tools to the art world.

She made headlines in the art world

in 2018 when she was appointed

Director of Online Sales at David

Zwirner Gallery. @elenasoboleva

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09 Kylie Ying

Entrepreneur

Kylie Ying, a celebrated art

and fashion influencer, is

leading the new generation of

young Chinese art collectors.

She is the co-founder of

ART021 and JINGART art fair.

If you were impressed with

her Instagram followers, her

Chinese Weibo account will

absolutely astound you.

@kellyyingxoxo

Image credit: Courtesy of Art021

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11 China Chow

Art Lover

Actor and model China Chow is a true art enthusiast.

Not only could you admire her as a reality TV host on

the show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, but she

is also the producer behind a new TV show format

by Alex Israel. @china_chow

10 Paul Octavious

Photographer

A self-taught photographer who is known

for his composition and originality, Paul

Octavious brings us a daily dose of weird,

from rainbow dumplings to an offbeat selfie

with Murakami. @pauloctavious

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Image credit: Paul Octavious, Instagram, APF

12 Casey Fremont

Entrepreneur

Fremont not only helms the Artist Production

Fund but also proves that motherhood can

go hand in hand with rocking major public

art projects - in style. @caseyfremont

13 Alex Israel

Artist

Alex Israel is an artist who has

set the standard for California

cool through his colourful selfportraits

and account visuals

that both collectors and brands

are in love with. @alexisrael

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14 Vera Bertran

Art Lover

Aside from writing and directing films, Vera Bertran is also a contemporary art

advisor, collector and all-round art expert who takes us along to every major

museum show via her feed. @vera_bertran

15 Amanda Shadforth

Artist

Amanda Shadforth is an Australian powerhouse who began in the arts and

moved towards digital & creative strategy while regarding her own agency as a

giant mood board. @oraclefox

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16 Mickalene Thomas

Artist

Award-winning artist, Mickalene

Thomas, delves into notions of

female sexuality, beauty and power

and how these are represented

in art and pop culture through

her collages of African American

women. @mickalenethomas

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17 Johann König

Gallerist

Art runs in the blood of the König family.

This particular König is an art dealer,

gallery owner and founder of König

Galerie (something he achieved before

he’d even left school). Follow him for a

backstage pass to major art fairs and

studio visits. @johann.koenig

Image credit: Instagram, Juergen Teller


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Game Changers

19 Yoon Ahn

Entrepreneur

From a selfie within a teamLab installation

to images with fellow artist legends,

Ahn’s innovative style, heavily influenced

by 90s skate culture and street clothes,

has elevated her to become the jewellery

director of Dior Homme. @yoon_ambush

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The people with the

unbelievable ability to predict

the future, revealing the

artists and trends we most

definitely should be keeping

an eye on. How do they do it?

We can’t know for sure, but

whatever their secret is, their

IG accounts hold all the clues.

18 Virgil Abloh

Entrepreneur

Artistic director of Louis Vuitton Mens,

CEO of Off-White, art curator and furniture

designer, Virgil Abloh leads a busy

life. His feed blends contemporary art

with streetwear and music, giving us a

streamlined insight into where all of these

disparate worlds collide. @virgilabloh

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20 Sarah Andelman

Entrepreneur

With great power comes great responsibility. Few

would know that better than Andelman who can

send up-and-coming designers and artists’ careers

skyrocketing with just a post. @sarahandelman

Image credit: Instagram, Wikipedia, Sarah Andelman


21 Derek Blasberg

Media

With Gagosian’s Derek Blasberg running

the show, CNN has built up some sway in

its outlook on style and fashion. Using the

platform, his definition of style has found its

way into the homes of millions around the

world. @derekblasberg

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Image credit: Instagram, Daniel Dorsa

22 Kimberly Drew

Media

Kimberley Drew’s IG mood board mixes images of Tyra

Banks and Kimora Lee Simmons with artworks by black

artists. A curator of black art experiences, she runs the blog

Black Contemporary Art and was previously the social media

manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. @museummammy

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23 Michael Dupouy

Entrepreneur

Founder of All Gone – an annual publication devoted to street

culture – Michael Dupouy also curates French boutique Club

75. His IG feed includes images of his adventures at Art Basel,

ComplexCon and his biggest love: his mum.

@michael_lamjc


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24 Jacques Grange

Tastemaker

Stunning art in the most beautiful homes? The

work (and IG account) of prolific French interior

designer influences countless artists and

designers via his curated, mouth-watering feed.

Also some major private collectors are on his

client list. @jacques.grange

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25 Alessandro Michele

Tastemaker

Alessandro Michele not only

elevated Gucci to one of the most

powerful brands, but also masters

merging images of Jared Leto

and Co. with gothic gems into an

inspiring mood board.

@alessandro_michele

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Image credit: Instagram, Pitti Immagine

26 Pascaline Smets

Entrepreneur

Pascaline Smets has an unmistakable flair for spotting offthe-radar

art & fashion talents from Paris, California and

beyond and shares her treasures generously in her feed.

@pascalinesmets

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30 Laurie Simmons

Artist

Dolls, miniature objects and staged

domestic scenes exploring female

roles in society are all part of Laurie

Simmons’ easily recognisable

oeuvres spanning across decades.

@lauriesimmons

27 Craig Robins

Collector

Craig Robins is at the forefront of the

art scene in Miami as an avid collector

as well as co-founder and co-owner

of Design Miami and developer of the

Miami Design District. So it doesn’t

surprise that some of the most exciting

architecture and celebrities grace his

feed. @craigrobins

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28 Diana Widmaier Picasso

Curator

Diana Widmaier Picasso is certainly not

one to simply live off her grandfather’s

legacy. She’s a highly educated and

accomplished art historian and curator

as well as co-founder and artistic

director of jewellery company, Menē.

@dianawpicasso

29 Jeff Koons

Artist

Jeff Koons and his stainless steel

balloon dogs are a household name;

we also don’t mind getting a glimpse of

his family or joining him for a baseball

match. @jeffkoons

Image credit: Instagram, Menē, Siyoung Song

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31 Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Art Lover

Princess von Thurn und Taxis is a German journalist, author

and a staple at the world’s most exclusive art events. She is

also a style editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and an avid

Instagrammer. @elisabethtnt

32 Virginie Mouzat

Journalist

Style icon and fashion journalist Virginie Mouzat takes the

pragmatic view that fashion is “a way of practicing art on a very

commercial level” and we can’t wait for her updates of art and

fashion during the global fashion weeks. @virginiemouzat

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Image credit: Jacques Burga, Instagram, Joshua Aronson, Tyle Joe/ArtStar

34 Tony Gum

Artist

South African photographer Tony Gum

shot to fame through her collection of

beautifully composed self-portraits on

Instagram and is a powerful voice within

a rising local art scene. @tony_gum

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33 Susi Kenna

Art Lover

Susi Kenna is a pure-atheart

art lover who currently

works as global social media

manager for Art Basel. She

rose to internet fame through

her unique manicures

recreating famous art and

rocks mind-blowing outfits.

@susikenna

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Power Duos

The arty pairings taking the art world by storm. Sometimes, it helps

to have a little help from a partner in crime. From those that keep it

in the family, like Brooke and Chloe Wise, to the unstoppable team of

two that is Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith these duos take the meaning

of #couplegoals to the next level.

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35/36 Chloe & Brooke Wise

Artist / Curator

Can cool be highbrow? The Wise sisters,

best described as the Gigi and Bella

Hadid of the art world, certainly make the

case for it. @chloewise_ / @wisebrooke

Image credit: Olivia Malone for Violet Book

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39 Elmgreen & Dragset

Artists

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, a Scandinavian artist duo,

have been working on mischievous and provocative sculptures

and installations since the 90s. From a gay marriage urinal to the

Prada store in the Texas desert, their aim isn’t to make people

laugh, but to help question the norms and power structures of

society. In times of Brexit, their “Anger Management” punching

bag is more relevant than ever. @elmgreenanddragsetstudio

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37/38 Tiffany & Anita Zabludowicz

Collectors

This mother and daughter duo are esteemed

collectors. Tiffany curates too. @tifzab / @anitazart

43/44 Roberta Smith & Jerry Saltz

Critics

Criticism match made in heaven: she works for the NYT, he

works for New York Magazine. @robertasmithnyt / @jerrysaltz

Image credit: Will Sanders / Sunday Times Magazine, Instagram, Twitter

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40/41 Jonny Burt & Joe Kennedy

Gallerists

Founders of Unit London in Mayfair, they’re two of the youngest and most

progressive gallerists in London. @joekennedystill / @jonnyburt_

42 Christto & Andrew

Artists

Christto & Andrew are an internationally acclaimed photography duo who

have caught the eyes of the art world with their surreal and humorous still

life portraits. @christto_andrew

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Her Girls Take on the

Greatest Existential

Challenges of Our Lives

text by Katya Lopatko

Image credit: Emma Allegretti

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he first thing you should know about Emma

Allegretti, according to Emma Allegretti, is that

she could eat buffalo mozzarella every day — and

she does. The second thing: she’s a Rome-based

illustrator sublimating the emotional struggles of

modern existence, one Instagram post at a time.

Mom was an art teacher, so Allegretti has been drawing since she

was in diapers. She began doodling what would become “her girls,”

her signature women that can only be described as stressed and

unimpressed, on Post-It notes at work. Typically holding smartphones,

wine glasses or both, serving deadpan face, Allegretti’s ladies aren’t

afraid to call out the big existential problems of Western life. From

breakups to mental health issues, every issue is addressed openly,

honestly, and with a hearty dose of humor.

One theme that pops up again and again is the pressure to put

up a front, specifically on social media, hiding all inner struggles,

emotions and imperfections behind the glossy screen. And yet,

despite the demands it puts on the young generation, social media

has its upsides, like allowing Allegretti to share her work with the

masses. As her account has grown and evolved, she’s made T-shirts

with her designs, drawn commissioned doodles for Gucci Beauty,

and recently even modeled for Nike (inspired perhaps by the

sardonic “Just Do It Tomorrow” T-shirt that her girls often sport).

Allegretti works in watercolor to get a break from the screen,

but her process has become cleaner and more precise over

time. In fact, it’s the simplicity of her work that makes it so

immediately relatable, and ultimately, sharable. In the age

of social media, it’s an invaluable talent to be able to capture

and communicate a complex issue in a simple graphic.

Allegretti aces the challenge by adopting a sort of hand-drawn

meme style. Her pictures usually feature one figure in an instantly

recognizable situation, accompanied by minimal text. Clean and

detailed at the same time, they’re clearly conceptualized and fully

fleshed out, but contain nothing extra. Advertisers, designers and

aspiring memers — take notes.

But beyond the style, her work resonates for the same reason a good

meme goes viral: it hits on something critical, urgent and true about

modern lives. Overcoming the embarrassment of sharing her personal

messiness on the internet, Allegretti has been able to strike

a deep cord in her audience and help us all

laugh our way to catharsis. Her

work might not make your crush

text you back, but it might just

help you forget about them, if only

for a second. @allegrettiregretti

This issue comes with

a set of Emma Allegretti

stickers. If the stickers are

gone already, someone else

was quicker! Write to us at

contact@theartgorgeous.com

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46 Anne Pasternak

Museum Director

Anne Pasternak is an art world

heavyweight. Currently serving as the

director of the Brooklyn Museum, her

account deals with a wide spectrum

of topics from politics to studio visits.

@annepasternak

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48 Teo Yang

Interior Designer

Celebrity-status lifestyle designer, Teo

Yang, travelled the world pursuing his

interior and product design career

before founding his own studio back

in Korea. Reinterpreting tradition is key

for him. @teoyang

47 Cindy Sherman

Artist

Cindy Sherman has been dubbed the

“chameleon of our times” for her selfportraits

in which she turns herself into

hundreds of often grotesque characters.

While she had a major show at London’s

National Portrait Gallery this summer,

her biggest show on selfie culture and

identity seems to be her IG account

itself. @cindysherman

49 Chen Man

Photographer

Chen Man is one of the most influential

Chinese photographers out there. Her

core theme, redefined Chinese beauty,

spreads across her social channels

and graces countless magazine

covers. @chenman

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Image credit: Wikipedia, Instagram, Chen Man

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50 Laetitia Duveau

Curator

Co-founder and curator-in-chief of

@curatedbygirls, a platform which

celebrates femininity and female

empowerment, Duveau’s IG is a

reflection of her universe - from

performing as singer on stage to

setting up a female-gazed show in

Berlin and beyond. @itslittlevoice

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51 Colby Mugrabi

Collector

Colby Mugrabi is the mastermind behind

the blog Minnie Muse, which discusses the

connections, references and inspirations that

occur across creative fields. @minniemuse

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53 Hank Willis Thomas

Artist

Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas

brings together photography and

appropriation to consider racial identity

and cultural stereotypes from the

perspective of advertising and popular

culture. @hankwillisthomas

Image credit: Instagram, Emily Andrews

52 Dasha Zhukova

Collector

Collector, curator, philanthropist,

entrepreneur - is there anything Dasha

Zhukova isn’t capable of doing? Alongside

promoting Moscow as a global art hub, she

is also the co-founder of Garage Magazine

and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

@dasha

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54 KAWS

Artist

KAWS has perfected the formula of graffiti

mixed with cartoon iconography to achieve

worldwide visbility. He is a grassroots street

artist who has grown up to become an art

world fixture and occasionally introduces

artist friends to his massive followership -

2.4 million to be precise! @kaws

55 Vincent Darré

Interior Designer

Interior designer Vincent Darré is without

doubt a Dada dandy. He is famous for his

colourful and surreal designs, which can

be found in the Parisian homes of notable

artists and fashion elite. @vincent_darre

56 John Yuyi

Artist

John Yuyi may use a lot of

temporary tattoos in her

photography, but her art is sure to

outlast the tests of time. After all,

once something has gone viral, it

can never truly be deleted.

@johnyuyi

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57 Lauren Prakke

Curator

In addition to being an advisor, curator and

collector of contemporary art, Lauren Prakke

is also the founder of the Tate’s Young Patrons

programme and shares her favourites works in

combo with smart words. @culturerow

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58 Yoshimoto Nara

Artist

His signature characters of smoking girls and

cute dogs run throughout Yoshimoto Nara’s

prolific artistic career. Over the years, he’s

built up a cult following and uses his fame to

call for an end to war. @michinara3

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59 Wanwan Lei

Collector

A former model and muse, Wanwan Lei

is not only loved by numerous couture

labels, but is also a leading art collector.

She is co-founder of the private art

space M WOODS in Beijing and, scrolling

through her photos, you might also find

a snapshot of her alongside Nicolas Party

teaching in Shandong. @wanwan_lei

60 Jean Pigozzi

Collector

Jean Pigozzi is famous for three things: his

photography, his art collection (he owns

the world’s largest private collection of

contemporary African art, nonetheless) and

his hate of kale. @jeanpigozzi

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Girl Gang

Yes, social media brings tons of art straight onto our screens.

But what we sometimes miss are feeds with a strong statement

(and a strong woman) behind; someone who not only posts

content to grab likes, but who curates and creates posts with

a mission. These women are strong supporters of female

creativity and grant daily empowerment around the globe.

text by Bárbara Borges de Campos

62 Pixy Liao

The rising photographer’s work

challenges relationship and gender

clichés. Her IG is clean, minimalist and

her photographs, like eating sushi

from her undressed partner, will blow

your mind.

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61 Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel is best known for her IG page

which celebrates women artists on the daily.

She is also a curator, working with Victoria

Miró and the Tate, and regularly gives talks

about art history and women. Her account

offers a revised version of the “canon” which

includes women artists.

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@thegreatwomenartists

63 Sarah Bahbah

This Australian-Palestinian artist,

writer and film director creates intimate

portrayals of millennial femininity,

relationships and desire. Her work

is saturated, simple and incredibly

voguish and her IG grants empowered,

lush and harmonious vibes with spot

on subtitles.

@sarahbahbah

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64 Arvida Byström

Swedish model-turned-artist first

attracted attention with her campaign

for Adidas where she posed with

her unshaved legs. She challenges

standard perceptions of what it means

to be a woman. Intimate, colourful, and

incredibly fashionable are just some of

the words that jump to mind, so wait no

longer to get your fix of self-love.

@arvidabystrom

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66 Florence Given

London-based artist and writer,

Floss, as she calls herself on IG, was

named Cosmopolitan Influencer of

the Year for 2019 and rubs shoulders

with other badass girls as well as

Richard Branson. Her on-point

messages empower women around

the world. And don’t we all want a

“It’s a Wonderful Day to Dump Him”

T-shirt?

@florencegiven

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65 Claudia Chanhoi

This illustrator and artist celebrates

womanhood from pubic hair to dating

to tropes of female sexuality. Her

feed will attract you with cheeky and

sarcastic content. She even managed

to prove IG wrong for having blocked

her account.

@brainxeyes

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68 Claudia Sahuquillo

This Catalonian artist uses her

Instagram account and art to combat

gender inequality. She created the

movement #SkinIsTheNewCanvas so

her feed is a statement to celebrate all

female bodies without fetishising them.

69 Guerrilla Girls

The ultimate girl gang. With their

anonymity in place and a rotating

roster of membership, the all-female,

all-feminist Guerrilla Girls have been

fighting sexism and racism within the

art world since 1985.

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@guerrillagirls

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67 Alessia Glaviano

The senior photo editor at Vogue Italia

and L’Uomo Vogue has an inimitable

eye for photography talents and,

needless to say, her photography

curation for her account is superb.

Featured up-and-coming talents often

embrace different body shapes, gender

or age or depict womanhood.

@alessiaglaviano

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THE GENTS

What would the art world be without

both old-school and new-school

gentlemen? From seasoned auctioneers,

like Simon de Pury, to a new breed, like

Michael Xufu Huang, these guys stand

out in a sea of bland suits and light up

every gallery they walk into with their

snappy attire, undeniable talent and

astute eyes for style.

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70 Matt Carey-Williams

Gallerist

Carey-Williams has an enviable CV full

of major galleries and auction houses

and an IG full of sharp art and beyond

observations, as well dapper selfies

with his husband. @matt_careywilliams

71 Simon de Pury

Auctioneer

The Mick Jagger of auctions,

Simon de Pury is a megaauctioneer

and mega-

Instagrammer and can

charmingly squeeze wallets

during charity events.

@simondepury

75 Luke Edward Hall

Tastemaker

Luke Edward Hall is an artist,

designer and columnist for

FT. He is best known for his

Greek-inspired ceramics and

furniture. @lukeedwardhall

72 Fabien Fryns

Dealer

Fabien Fryns is a Belgian

art dealer specialising in

contemporary Chinese art. He

went to explore the local art

scene long before everyone else

and keeps spotting interesting

talents. @fabienfryns

76 Michael Xufu Huang

Museum Founder

Probably the best dressed

collector walking down the art

fairs, Michael Xufu co-founded

M WOODS while still a college

student. @michaelxufuhuang

73 Alexander Gilkes

Entrepreneur

Founder of Paddle8, Alexander

Gilkes is the man responsible

for bringing the auction house

online and is liaised with tennis

ace Maria Sharapova. @gilkesa

77 Caspar Jopling

Dealer

Nephew of White Cube’s Jay

Jopling, art dealer and Mr

Ellie Goulding, Caspar Jopling

works for Sotheby’s New York.

@casparjopling

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74 Kenny Goss

Collector

George Michael’s life partner, Kenny

Goss, collects art and co-founded

the Goss Michael Foundation in

Dallas. He is also the brainchild

behind MTV RE:DEFINE, a high

profile philanthropic art auction.

@kenny_goss

78 Emmanuel Perrotin

Gallerist

Founder of Galerie Perrotin,

Emmanuel Perrotin opened

his first gallery aged 21. His

parties are legendary. Full stop.

@emmanuelperrotin

Image credit: Steve Double, Billy Farrell/BFA, Instagram, Emmanuel Perrotin


Twentieth

and Twenty-First

Century

Collectible

Design

December 4–8, 2019/

Miami Beach, USA/

@designmiami #designmiami

designmiami.com

Bubble Chair/ Léa Mestres, 2019/ Courtesy of Galerie SCENE OUVERTE


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79 Maria Baibakova

Collector

Maria Baibakova is a well-known art

collector, who, through her non-profit

organistion, promotes contemporary

art in Moscow and supports women in

creative industries. @baibakovart

80 Mashonda Tifrere

Art Supporter

Mashonda Tifrere is an art collector,

singer/songwriter and philanthropist

committed to advancing and

empowering women in the art world

through her platform ArtLeadHER.

@mashondatifrere

81 Ashley Longshore

Artist

Longshore is a Louisiana-based artist, badass

entrepreneur and latest Maybelline collaborator.

Her account is funny and incisive, with a sharp,

witty eye for feminist issues. Follow her for a good

laugh and girl boss vibes. @ashleylongshoreart

82 Sang Woo Kim

Artist

Not just a beautiful face, international model Sang Woo

Kim is also a talented artist whose work explores themes of

immigration, discrimination, split identities and the notion of

belonging. @sangwo0

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83 Cao Fei

Artist

Cao Fei is one of the most innovative

artists to have emerged on the

international scene. Mixing social

commentary and technology in her work,

she shows us what art looks like in times

of AR and AI. @cao_fei

84 Joey Lico

Entrepreneur

Joey Lico travels the world exploring

contemporary art as the global curator

and senior director of a members-only art

club. @joeylico

85 Nan Goldin

Artist

Nan Goldin rose to fame in the 80s with

her deeply intimate photos. Nowdays,

her social media not only shows her work

but also addresses political issues to her

readers. @nangoldinstudio

86 Pahparn Sirima

Photographer

Thai street photography was brought to

prominence by Pahparn Sirima through

her black and white shots. Her feed gives

us a broad insights into the artsy side of a

contemporary Bangkok.

@pahparnsirima

87 Takashi Murakami

Artist

The omnipresent Takashi Murakami blends

elements of traditional Japanese art with

anime and pop culture to create everything

from canvases to sneakers. A mentor to

many young artists and designers, his feed

also gives those new faces a global stage.

@takashipom

88 Stefan Simchowitz

Dealer

This art collector, curator and advisor is

blurring the lines of highbrow vs lowbrow

as an outspoken advocate of using social

media as a tool to discover, promote and

deal fine art. @stefansimchowitz

Image credit: Instagram, Courtesy of Frieze, Christina Ruffato

89 Stacy Engman

Curator

This glamorous New York-based art

curator will enthral you with her chic

sense of fashion and her equally chic art

world circles. Follow her feed for a mix of

unbeatable outfit combos, art-set travels

and exclusive events. @stacyengman

90 Victoria Siddall

Art Fair Director

Through her tireless efforts, Victoria Siddall

has not only flawlessly directed three of

the biggest art fairs in the world – Frieze

Masters, Frieze London and Frieze New

York – but now also Frieze Los Angeles.

@victoriamaysiddall

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91 Jochen Volz

Curator

With a distinguished and award-winning

career as a curator, Volz has made his

way to become the general director of

the Brazilian art museum, Pinacoteca de

São Paulo, a challenge considering the

political climate. @volzjochen


92 Cecilia Alemani

Curator

Public art in New York has been

taken to new heights under the

reign of Alemani. She is also one

half of a serious curator power

couple along with her husband

Massimiliano Gioni.

@ceciliaalemani

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93 Nicolas Berggruen

Collector

If you had a billion dollars, what

would you do? Aside from

setting up a thinktank, charitable

trust and media publication,

Berggruen has invested heavily

in art, particularly to the benefit

of Los Angeles County Museum

of Art. @nicolasberggruen

THE THINK

TANK

If there were to be an official art

world think tank, these people

would likely be part of it, studying

various topics and challenges

within the industry. From Hans

Ulrich Obrist to Adrian Cheng,

these brilliant, inquisitive minds

connect resources and innovative

ideas to play the art game on a

big scale.

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94 Klaus Biesenbach

Museum Director

Biesenbach was basically

running the show on the East

coast as director of MoMA PS1.

Now he has taken his talent to

the West side as director of the

MOCA Los Angeles and we are

glad to see that his #window

series didn’t stop.

@klausbiesenbach

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95 Adrian Cheng

Entrepreneur

As the mastermind behind the K11

empire, Adrian Cheng is blending art

into the retail experience while also

setting himself at the vanguard of

contemporary art. @adriancheng

96 Thelma Golden

Museum Director

African American art has a champion:

Thelma Golden. She’s the director and

chief curator of The Studio Museum in

Harlem and an originator of the term

“Post-Blackness.” @thelmagolden

97 Hans Ulrich Obrist

Critic

Obrist is quite the inquisitor. Wellknown

as a curator, critic, and artistic

director of Serpentine Galleries, his IG

celebrates handwriting when he asks

famous and obscure cultural figures to

leave their notes on Post-its.

@hansulrichobrist

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98 Nancy Spector

Curator

This artistic and chief curator of the Guggenheim Museum rose

to fame for turning down President Trump’s request to loan a

Van Gogh landscape, and instead offering him a solid gold toilet

called America by Maurizio Cattelan. On another note, we do

love her curation of text-based IG posts. @nespector

THE THINK TANK

99 Philip Tinari

Curator

As director of Beijing’s UCCA, Philip Tinari just

closed a Picasso show with a record number of

close to 300.000 visitors. Expect his IG to be an

eclectic mix of sartorial ties, vintage wines and

dinners with artists. @philiptinari

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December 5 – 8, 2019

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101 Alan Lo

Entrepreneur

Serving Hong Kong’s art scene: The city could not be imagined

without Alan Lo who is acting on numerous art and culture

committees as well as presenting serious portions of art at his

multiple ultra-trendy hospitality ventures. @alanyeungkit

100 Vhils

Artist

Prolific, ground-breaking and utterly

compelling. Portuguese street artist Vhils

has left his mark across the world with

his one-of-a-kind carving technique,

addressing struggles with identity. @vhils

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103 Hee Jae Kang

Entrepreneur

Seoul-based Hee Jae Kang is the

founder and CEO of Uptown Girl

(UTG), an online fashion store.

She has been a role-model for

younger entrepreneurs and uses

her voice to share her passion for

contemporary art. @heejaeholic

102 Margherita Missoni

Entrepreneur

Part of the Missoni fashion

clan, the creative director of

M Missoni features hippie

vibes along with young

female artists, such as Sara

Shakeel and Marlene Steyn,

on her high-profile feed.

@mmmargherita

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104 Sarah Hoover

Dealer

New York-based art dealer for Gagosian, Hoover will take

you inside the art world while serving up some delicious

combos of travel, food and fashion. She is funny, at times

sarcastic and incredibly style-conscious. From Chanel

couture to cocktails with her husband, Tom Sachs, to how

many diapers her baby goes through on long haul flights, her

account covers the best of all worlds. @sarahhoov

105 Naufal Abshar

Artist

Naufal Abshar is an up-and-coming

Indonesian artist who enjoys nothing more

than a good laugh. His work explores

humour and laughter as universal cultural

traits. @naufalabshar

106 Melani Setiawan

Patron

Melani Setiawan is the “mother of Indonesian

art.” She has built up her collection of

Indonesian art over four decades and has

also taken on the mission of documenting

the Indonesian art scene through her feed.

@melanisetiawan

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107 Larry Ossei-Mensah

Curator

Larry Ossei-Mensah a.k.a. Young Global has fostered a reputation for himself as a

leading art critic and curator and has used his clout to bring together creatives from

around the globe through his community platform, ARTNOIR. @youngglobal

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London

Prince Gyasi, Energy is Contagious, 2018.

Courtesy of the artist and Nil Gallery

3 – 6 OCTOBER

SOMERSET HOUSE 2 0 1 9

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108 Tali Lennox

Artist

Tali Lennox is a model-turned-portraitpainter

whose work aims to blur the

line between repulsion and attraction.

Her account is all about disturbing

beauty. @talilennox

109 Ai Weiwei

Artist

Ai Weiwei is perhaps the most

outspoken contemporary Chinese artist.

Controversy surrounds him as he makes

bold political statements, often via his

digital channels. @aiww

110 Tom Sachs

Artist

We love Tom Sachs with his NASA

and high-end engineering obsession.

Imagine a millennial version of da Vinci

and you get the idea. @tomsachs

111 Maurizio Cattelan

Artist

Why should we expect anything less

satirical and witty from his IG than from

his artworks? An account with a single

post. A new def of IG detox - probably

he posts while sitting on his golden

toilet. @mauriziocattelan

112 Aleksandr Blanar

Curator

Aleksandr Blanar is a curator and an

expert on the Russian art scene. While

working at an auction house, he also

brings knowledge to young collectors

from the region. @blanar

113 India Mahdavi

Interior Designer

India Mahdavi is a trendsetting interior

designer and queen of bright colours. She

brings some sunshine and good vibes

whenever we need a little kick.

@indiamahdavi

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114 Nina Chanel

Artist

Bold colours and pop culture references

abound in Nina Chanel’s work. She

has a knack for making art that elicits a

response as it exposes the absurdity of

American tabloid media. @ninachanel

115 Philip Colbert

Artist

If David Hockney holds your signature lobster

then you deserve the unofficial title of “the

crown prince of pop art.” A PR powerhouse

on its own, Colbert’s appearances around

the world stand out. @philipcolbert

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116 Marine Tanguy

Entrepreneur

With a new mindset to break away from

the traditional gallery model, Tanguy

positions herself as an artist talent agency.

Being a young mother, she inspires to

manage family life and career.

@marinetanguyart


EN VOGUE

Collaborations between art and

fashion have a long history,

but these can often be a onetime-thing.

From artists like

Petra Collins, to art lovers like

Leslie Sun, these are the power

engines marrying art with fashion

and producing results that are

here to last.

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117 Pari Ehsan

Art Lover

High fashion and contemporary art come

together seamlessly in all sorts of ways

under the direction of Pari Ehsan. Her IG is

lush and fresh, with an incredible balance

of art and visual culture. @paridust

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118 Alex Eagle

Entrepreneur

The creative director carefully hand picks “fashion, furniture, art,

design, photography, ceramics and rare books” for her retailcome-gallery

space in London and has changed the paradigms of

retail in delivering a unique service. #imeanthedream @eagletta

119 Kim Jones

Designer

Dior’s Kim Jones has chosen to interpret couture codes by

collaborating with contemporary artists. Remember that 10m

tall KAWS flower sculpture? On his IG you’ll also find his dogs,

snapshots from his world travels and see Jones raising awareness

to protect endangered animals. @mrkimjones

120 Stacey Bendet

Entrepreneur

Stacey Bendet is a fulltime boss babe and style icon as founder of

Alice + Olivia. She’s also a vocal supporter of young female artists

with the power to get together a strong girl gang. @aliceandolivia

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121 Ariel Adkins

Art Lover

Ariel Adkins is clearly one who likes to dress for the occasion. She

makes her own clothes to match the masterpieces she goes to

see and then shares her incredible outfits online. A genius way to

feature museum and gallery shows and to get new crowds excited

about art history. @artfullyawear

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122 Ada Chen

Artist

The artist is known for crafting her Chinese-American identity

and playing on Asian stereotypes through her neon-acrylic

jewelery. @potadachen

123 Fong Min Liao

Artist

This Chinese-American painter has caught the public’s

attention, and not just because of her simple and intense

paintings. Her secret: Blending in minimal fashion silhouettes

effortlessly and elegantly. @fongminliao

124 Julie Houts

Artist

Houts took her side hustle - satirical fashion illustration - and

made it her full-time career with a just a little help from her

Instagram fame. One look at her funny, poignant posts and

you’ll be screaming “Literally me!” @jooleeloren

125 Francesco Risso

Designer

Under the creative direction of Francesco Risso, Marni started

a new era. The animal activist is a master of blending surreal yet

ironic motifs with a gender fluid appeal. @asliceofbambi

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126 Leslie Sun

Collector

Taiwanese girlboss Leslie Sun collects art,

runs her own creative agency, co-founded the

Young Collectors Club of Taiwan, and, to top it

all off, is a fashion icon with a cult following.

@sunles

127 Leaf Greener

Media

Leaf Greener is a Chinese style icon, stylist and

social media star, running her own fashion, art

and design magazine, Leaf, on WeChat. Her

IG format #ArtTourWithLEAF opens up the art

world for the fashion peeps. @leaf_greener

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128 Petra Collins

Artist

In a world where the top jobs only go to a top few, Petra

Collins defied the odds to become a world-famous

fashion photographer. Expect Selena Gomez & others

within her dreamlike settings. @petrafcollins

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I Fought the Law (Alabama)

2013

Archival Pigment Print

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OLIVIA

LOCHER’S

WEIRD AND

WONDERFUL

LAWS

From sunrise meditations to midnight movie

binges, there’s much more to Olivia Locher’s

world than fighting strange laws around the

country. We caught up with the young, soonto-be

iconic photographer to chat about

politics, pubes and everything in between.

text by Katya Lopatko

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Self-Portrait

weird laws around the country. The ice cream cone

photo was Alabama’s, where it’s illegal to have an

ice cream cone in your back pocket. Apparently,

hoodlums would pull this trick to lure away horses

on the street.

I Fought the Law wasn’t Locher’s first rodeo, or

even her most visually arresting one (see: 14kt

gold, an FU to male friends broadcasting their

disgust at women’s body hair). But it was the one

that catapulted her to fame, Insta and beyond.

“I used to take it really seriously because for a

long time, it was how I found all of my jobs and

commercial work,” Locher mused about her

Instagram habits. We chatted on the phone for

about an hour one Friday afternoon; gracious and

thoughtful, her voice had a melodious tinge of a

regional accent, a clue of her rural upbringing.

I

t’s summer 2016, and there’s a picture floating around

the digisphere: a clean, tight crop on the backside of an

anonymous girl in white Levis, set against an unobtrusive

violet backdrop. Mind you, this is no #belfie. You might

have scrolled past this now-iconic image on a latenight

Tumblr binge, only to double back and squint at the screen.

Dripping down her back pocket, oozing sticky magenta all over

the pristine shot is an ice cream cone — an all-American ice cream

cone, the kind (I imagine) you would have bought for a dollar at

the general store, back in the day. Strawberry flavor, waffle cone,

sprinkles and all.

This stark, bright, bubblegum aesthetic, a nod to Andy Warhol’s

screen-prints, has become Olivia Locher’s signature. When

the picture went viral, many learned the young photographer’s

name for the first time (or didn’t… rip-offs ran rampant). In

fact, the picture was only one of a series, Locher’s series called

I Fought the Law.

After learning that NYC cops were using zoning laws to target

ethnic and DIY nightclubs around the city (more than three people

weren’t allowed to be dancing without an expensive permit, Locher

told me), she began digging into unjust, outdated or just plain

“Now I feel like it’s not as important, so I have a

lot of fun with it. I use it as a way to connect with

people; sometimes I go about doing model castings

on platforms like Instagram. It’s just a really lovely

way to form a community of people, because

people naturally connect that way. It feels really

organic and effortless, in a way.”

Sudden social media fame, the kind that descended after I Fought

the Law went viral, could go to anyone’s head. But Locher finds

ways to keep her balance among the sudden peaks and valleys of

an artistic career. When she’s not dreaming up new projects or

sharing new work with her 77.3K followers, you might find her

cooking (“it’s very spiritual”), practicing yoga, waking up before

sunrise for some transcendental meditation, or staying up long

past sunset watching movies, typically two a day. (Locher has a

separate account to share her cinephila, @oliviawatchesthetv).

Favorite filmmakers include Jean Cocteau, Alejandro Jodorowsky,

Kenneth Anger and Godard; “I love Jean-Luc, I feel like those

are my really fun, binge-watching movies.” That’s right — while

you were re-watching Sex and the City for the third time, she was

probably unwinding to La Chinoise.

Another notch on Locher’s street cred belt? While studying at the

School of Visual Arts in New York, she worked with — and posed

for — Ryan McGinley. “I was really involved with Ryan McGinley’s

work when I was much younger, and I feel like that was a driving

force for me when I was a young woman making photos.”

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#45protestsigns

#45protestsigns

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I Fought the Law (Delware)

2016

Archival Pigment Print

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All image credits: Olivia Locher

In art as in film, her tastes skew towards the fantastical. Growing

up in idyllic isolation in the woods of Pennsylvania, she claims

she was loner as a child. “I was home-schooled and my parents

really allowed me to have as much creativity as I wanted. I

feel like every day of my life revolved around reading fashion

magazines and playing dress-up. And then, around the time

I was in high school, I found a camera and I started trying to

imitate what I saw in magazines. Using myself, using friends,

and I think that foundation just allowed me to always be in this

dreamer kind of state, where I can separate myself from reality

in dreamlands.”

One might think that this escapist superpower would come in handy

in the age of Brexit and Trump, but these days, Locher doesn’t shy

away from reality as much as she once might have. In 2017, she

created a social mediafriendly

series called

#45protestsigns, designed

for easy sharing online and

IRL. “I thought it would

be possible for people to

download them, print

them, and use them their

own way, which was cool

because I saw a few people

did do that, and that was

awesome,” she said.

On the oft-raised question

of art and politics, Locher

said, “I think politics

just naturally seep in the

work because of your own

frustration or wanting to

make a commentary on

what’s going on. I never

tried to be deliberately

political, but I think it’s just

a way of expressing your

rage, or your thoughts.”

Typically, however, Locher’s

work falls closer to fashion

houses than to the White

House. The little girl who

spent her days poring over

fashion magazines must

have nearly perished from

excitement when W Magazine commissioned her to shoot fashion week.

Her stints in the fashion world find a way of seeping into her own work.

“I would go to a shoot and it would be hard for me to turn off things

that I heard, or they would keep inspiring me and popping up into my

personal projects. So I think that the more and more that I’m exposed to

that world, the more ideas I get about it.”

How to Freshen Up, 2019, Archival Pigment Print

Her latest idea is a long-term project born from a collaboration

with a W Magazine beauty editor. This forthcoming beauty

book will transcend the fashion industry’s traditionally narrow,

prescriptive notions of beauty in favor of a holistic approach.

Rooted in wellness and self-expression, Locher’s own ideas about

beauty are in constant evolution. “I think [beauty is] just people

who beat to their own drum,” she said. “For the longest time, I was

thinking beauty was such a specific thing, but the more and more

that I meet other artist, just people working in the industry, you

realize beauty is anything and everything. So this project, I hope,

can convey a large message of what beauty is.”

By her own definition, Olivia Locher is certainly beautiful.

Practicing what she preaches, she makes wellness a daily priority

with a collection of self-care rituals. Even the artistic process

becomes a channel for healing. “It’s funny, because whenever I

make photos, I don’t necessarily think of people seeing them.

They almost feel like exercises that I need to go through myself,”

rework and release the project.

she said. “Whenever

I make a photo, I feel

really happy that I did

it, and I guess that could

be a stopping point

for me. It almost feels

like therapy, but then

deciding to share it,

that’s kind of the final

step.”

Luckily, sharing does

play into the process, so

we can all look forward

to more work from

Locher in the years to

come. Wary of becoming

a one-hit wonder, she’s

open to new ideas and

new media, and excited

to see what the creative

muses will deliver with

time. Besides her beauty

book, she’s currently

working on an album

with her roommate

and brother, musician

Brandon Locher. After

their mom found a hard

drive of music the two

made when Olivia was

16 and Brandon was

22, the two decided to

Perhaps longing for the sylvan seclusion of her formative years,

Locher might be sharing her future projects from a little cabin in

the forest. “This is maybe premature, but I’m looking at a house

in the woods to move out of the city eventually. It’s been a goal of

mine for a long time, but my goal would be to only have a landline

and turn on the cell phone when you need it.”

Until then, catch her creating, dreaming and floating through the

city on airplane mode. @olivialocher

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130 Jonathan Anderson

Designer

Loewe’s creative director, as well as the mastermind

behind the same named label, Jonathan Anderson,

took the art and fashion world by storm. A true

genius, his IG is a mix of British landscape, fashion

shoots, art installations and, certainly, handsome

men. @jonathan.anderson

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131 Kelly Wearstler

Interior Designer

Taking the title of “the presiding grande dame of West Coast

interior design,” interior designer and product designer Kelly

Wearstler has worked for numerous A-list celebrities and

boutique luxury hotels. Naturally, her IG is full of images of todie-for

interiors. @kellywearstler

132 Jochen Zeitz

Museum Founder

The pioneering entrepreneur has flipped the African

art scene on its head. He initiated the Zeitz MOCAA,

the biggest museum for African and African-diaspora

contemporary art in the world. At the same time, Zeitz

is also a key supporter of wildlife conservation and

environment protection. @jochenzeitz

133 Yvonne Force Villareal

Entrepreneur

Through her non-profit organisation, Force Villareal

and her power girls have taken public art projects to

the next level with exhibitions like Ugo Rondinone’s

Seven Magic Mountains and Elmgreen & Dragset’s

Prada Marfa. @yvonneforce

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134 Korakrit Arunanondchai

Artist

While the days when Thai-born enfant

terrible, Korakrit Arunanondchai,

threw himself against the canvas

might be over, his latest projects are

equally exciting: He curated Ghost, a

newly launched triennale in Bangkok.

@kritbangkok

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135 Irwan Pean

Art Traveller

There’s not a lot of information about this

international man of mystery (even so we

are lucky to know him in person). However,

Pean’s Instagram account with over 2.000

pics from all the hottest and most current

exhibitions around the world will have you

convinced there’s more than meets the eye.

@irwanpean

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137 Dakis Joannou

Museum Founder

Without a doubt, Dakis Joannou is one of the most powerful art collectors in

the world. Not only has he turned the Greek isle of Hydra into an art paradise

but he is also a catalyst to the rise of the Greek art scene. @donkey301239

136 Maria Brito

Advisor

When major celebrities, like rapper P Diddy

or Gwyneth Paltrow, need an art advisor,

they call Maria Brito. She’s an award-winning

interior designer & curator. Apart from

discovering exciting art, you will love her

uplifting style. @mariabrito_ny

Image credit: Doosoo Kim, Instagram

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139 Austin Lee

Artist

The most tech-driven of all artists? Austin Lee. He begins his

artistic process by sketching on an iPad or in the VR space

before taking his work to a canvas or 3D printer. @austinleee

138 Karen Robinovitz

Entrepreneur

Karen

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Robinovitz is an art lover,

entrepreneur and collector with a taste for

bright, bold colours. She is a true supporter

of the New York art scene. @karenrobinovitz

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141 Zanele Muholi

Artist

Zanele Muholi is a South African

photographer and visual activist

using their work to explore,

confront and challenge the

politics and identity of black

gays, lesbians and transgender

people. @muholizanele

140 Venus Lau

Curator

Venus Lau has proven herself to be

an innovative curator with a passion

for showcasing young artists from

Asia. As the artistic director of K11

Art Foundation in Hong Kong, you

won’t miss what’s going on there

and beyond. @venuslauhk

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144 Caroline Corbetta

Curator

The Milan-based guerrilla

curator and gallerist has

undeniable talent-spotting

abilities and follows her

aim to bring art to a wider

audience. @misscorbetta

142 Jiajia Fei

Digital Strategist

Jiajia Fei is a digital strategist for the art world and

an Instagram pro, sharing the places she visits, the

outfits she wears and the art she finds with all of us.

@vajiajia

143 Charles Lutz

Artist

The art-cartoons on Charles Lutz’s account needle the

power-players of the contemporary art world and are

perfectly spot on. @charleslutz

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145 Saint Hoax

Artist

The anonymous Saint Hoax is an artist

and socio-political activist that revels

in satire, describing their work as

“POPlitically incorrect.” @sainthoax

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146 Tschabalala Self

Artist

Tschabalala Self takes inspiration from

the streets of Harlem, where she was

born, to create her signature textile

paintings. @tschabalalaself

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147 Antwaun Sargent

Art Critic

Antwaun Sargent, known online

as Sir Sargent, is an art critic and

writer who is giving a voice to black

contemporary artists. @sirsargent

Image credit: Instagram, Nuvola Ravera

148 Daniel Birnbaum

Art Critic

Daniel Birnbaum is taking art on a great leap into

future through his work as director of the VR art

experience platform, Acute Art. @daniel.birnbaum

149 Yoko Choy

Journalist

Yoko Choy is one of the leading design journalists

and the current China editor of Wallpaper*

magazine. She has an impressive feed and, of

course, extraordinary taste. @missyoko

150 Zoë Buckman

Artist

Conversations about womanhood, mortality and

gender are opened up through Zoë Buckman’s

creations, which ground us in a visually aesthetic

and spiritual way. @zoebuckman

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This Woman Brings

Female Art into

No Man's Land

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Lolita Cros Tells Us How She Got Into Curating

and Shares Some Tips to Boost Your Career

text by Lizzy Vartanian Collier

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L

olita Cros’s journey to becoming curator of The

Wing – a network of female-only community

spaces that launched in the US in 2016 – seems

kind of like fate. A member since the very

beginning, she received an email from the space

after having just quit her job in late 2016. “They sent out a mass

email to all their members saying ‘We’re extending, yaaay’”,

explains Lolita, “So knowing their aesthetic, and knowing their

taste, I reached out to them and said I’d be happy to help them

with the art collection.” The rest, as they say, is history. Within a

six-month period Lolita had selected the work inside The Wing’s

Soho space, proving that if girl wants to get somewhere, there’s

no harm in asking for that job said the organisation in question

didn’t even know they needed to fill.

Lolita grew up between Paris and Casablanca, somewhere she

explains where it’s a little difficult to become a curator in the

modern sense. “I had a really great art history teacher when I

was living in Paris. I had never felt as much joy in a class, and so

I was like OK, that’s like a job that people do, art something?”,

she says, “But in France it’s a little harder to have a career in a

field outside the one you studied. It’s kind of determinate, like if

you study art history for five years then you have to become an

art history pro, and therefore probably a professor, which I never

really wanted to be.” She says she feels lucky to have been in the

States by the time she was finishing high school so that she could

study art history as a major and not worry about her future if

she didn’t stay in the field of art history. “My best friend’s father

had studied art history in college and then went on to open a

perfume company”, she says, “So I knew it had nothing to do

with my future. I could have fun for four years and if necessary

I’d find another job, and it turns out that within those four years

I really discovered my calling.”

Lolita first started curating in 2010; organising group shows

while at university, ensuring to also curate an exhibition in New

York along the way. “I wanted to figure it out, to learn what it’s

like to curate a show there”, she says, “It’s very different to a tiny

little village in upstate New York.” These early shows were with

artists that Lolita already knew and liked. “I was getting a sense

of working with an artist one on one”, she adds, “Developing

their market and pitching their work in a personal way instead

of being like ‘everything’s for sale.’”

At The Wing, all of the art is for sale, and all of it has been

made by women. “I’ve always worked with both female and

male artists”, says Lolita, “But I never really paid much attention

to it. Whenever I did a group show it always ended up being

basically 50:50 male: female without paying any attention to it.”

This helped Lolita when curating a specifically female-focused

environment, having already amassed a network of female

creatives. That said, she explains that she is always researching

to keep her eyes fresh and her finger on the pulse of what’s being

made today.

“It’s pretty interesting to see what people connect with”, says

Lolita about the work at The Wing, “Because when I curate I

really try to find work that anybody in the room can connect

with. So it’s not only my aesthetic or obsession.” Since The Wing

is not a gallery space as such, the art-viewing environment is

different. “The regular Wing-goer is not necessarily based in

the art world”, she adds, “It’s really interesting to see what kind

of questions and what kind of interests they have for it. It’s very

genuine. They’re not in there to discover this hot artist, for all

they know that artist is just beautiful and they didn’t know it’s

a hot-cool artist.” And, despite not catering to a predominantly

art-oriented girl gang, the work does sell. “There is a lot of

interest in very different types of artworks, even ones that I

consider to be ‘advanced’ in understanding”, explains Lolita,

“Even people who don’t end up buying, a lot of them are

interested in saving up to buy it later.” And, once a piece sells,

another is installed in its place, with the whole curation of each

space changing each year. “I just sold a piece yesterday actually

in Chicago”, says Lolita, “So I oversaw over FaceTime the deinstall

of the work, and a work from the same series is now

hanging instead.” Talk about curation in the digital age!

Besides the wing, Lolita also curates her own shows, having

organised a solo show with Chase Hall last year. “He’s an

incredible artist”, she says, “I’ve been selling his work but I haven’t

bought anything yet. I’m saving up.” In addition to curation and

big productions, her way of being able to work in more solospecific

ways with artists is by doing talks with them. These talks

live digitally, with Lolita uploading them all to her YouTube

channel. “It can go from an artist’s talk with an audience, to a

very intimate studio visit with a very selective group of curators

or just collectors, or any kind of creative person who is going to

be inspired by the work of an artist”, she says. The highlights are

edited into a three-to-five minute film that can be easily watched

online. Since her first talk in 2014, Lolita is growing her film

series, aiming to make a video at every event, some of which

happen at The Wing. “It’s to keep the conversation happening

one at a time, instead of just one work with one hundred other

works around it”, she explains, “To give them their own voice. To

press pause and give them the microphone.”

When asked about the relationship she has with her artists and

clients, Lolita explains that it varies depending on how long

they’ve been working together. “On top of that, I have other

clients who either have new homes or who are trying to buy

certain types of art, or bigger corporations who need a lot of art

for one space”, she explains, “So for all these different types of

requests I always submit what I think the best artworks are for

that space, or for that client. I usually go back to the artists and

ask what they have available.” Once she sells an artwork, Lolita

furthers her relationship with the artist, not only as a curator but

also as a consigner.

Talking about Lolita’s day-to-day work life, she says that there

isn’t really such a thing as an “average day.” “My days can either

be a total nightmare of running around and starting 40 projects,

still working on the second one at midnight”, she says, “But then

the others I’m just installing and travelling, it depends.” Lolita

tries to wake up at a decent hour, “though I snooze forever”

(don’t we all), and then begins by checking emails and making a

to-do list. “I have little stars for each of the things I need to do

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and cross them off as I go”, she says, “Whenever I have studio

visits, in times when I don’t need to open a space and when I

don’t have a tight deadline, I try to have no more than one or

two a week, otherwise it gets too crazy.” She takes these visits in

the evening so they don’t mess with the rest of her day, before

coming home, walking her dog, and trying to sleep before 2am.

See, even super curators are like the rest of us.

But, I hear you cry, is Lolita’s advice for people wanting to get

into curating? You may be surprised to hear, that she thinks

you should throw a party. “I always tell young curators, or just

young people when they’re thinking of curating to maybe try

different parts of those skills in different areas”, she says, “Try

to organize a party, because in a party you have to figure out

sponsors, you have to

figure out invites, you

have to figure out flyers,

it’s very logistics based.”

She acknowledges that

there are many different

layers to curating:

logistics, socializing,

sales, pitching, an

affinity for the arts and

a good eye. “Not all

these fields are from one

person, they’re all very

drastic and different”,

she admits, adding, “If

you want to play on the

social aspect then maybe

go to openings and see

if you can go up to a

person you admire and

see if you can talk to

them.” She adds that it’s

best to start with smaller

projects and then work

out what your strengths

are. “Most of the time

finding artists is very

easy”, she admits, “So

just start going to studio

visits and one day you’ll

have an art crush, and

with that art crush try to

do a show together and

take it from there.”

So just start

going to studio

visits and one

day you’ll have

an art crush,

and with that

art crush try

to do a show

together and

take it from

there

As for her own art collection, Lolita explains that it’s hard to

buy when she knows so much about each artist she works with.

“Every time I go to a city where I discover a ton of artists in

one week, I come back and go ‘I’m going to buy this and this

and this’”, she says, “But then I don’t because I start having a

different relationship with them and I start dealing with their

artworks, and save the best one in The Wing, and I think maybe

when the piece comes down I can buy it, but I don’t want to take

it off the wall because it looks so good.” She says that she needs

to buy when it’s on the wall or on the spot in the artist’s studio

or in a gallery or else she’ll never buy it. That said, she does have

pieces by Tessa Perutz – on display at The Wing’s DC space – as

well as work by Louis Heilbronn. “And then I sell a lot of pieces

to my husband actually”, she admits, “Which is much, much

better than buying it for myself because then I’m more objective

and I can buy stuff as a client and not as a personal gift.” You’ve

got to admire her honesty.

Lolita’s art world heroes include Paula Cooper and Marian

Goodman. “Not because they’re women, but because they’re

honestly some of my favourite galleries, and just the way they

have kept those artists”, she says, “The way they have stood

up when artists went with other galleries, just the type of art

they have is incredible.” She also cites Jack Shainman as having

one of the best rosters in

New York, making sure to

mention “There are a lot

of really talented people in

the arts who are often in

the shadows. There’s a lot

of inspiring people in New

York.” As for artists, she

has tones of favorites that

change all the time. “I like

so many types of art that

it’s hard for me to narrow

it down”, she explains, “But

I have said I want to name

my daughter Lynette after

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,

who is an incredible painter.

The father of contemporary

art to me is Manet, and I

think she is Manet. Her

paintings move me as much

as Manet’s paintings move

me.”

For now, Lolita plans to

keep on doing what she’s

doing, with The Wing

opening new locations

seemingly all the time –

they even have their first

international space opening

in London in September.

“The one thing that’s hard

sometimes is to work with

that many artists”, she says,

“Because as I say, I do fall in love with one, and then can really

connect with another one. And you have ideas that are separate

from the hyper-production that it’s [the art world has] been.”

That said, she is eager to focus on her own projects outside of

The Wing too. “At some point I’d like to prioritize those solo,

more intellectually driven shows”, she admits, “With some of the

artists that I’ve been working with.” But, whatever comes next,

Lolita’s drive and passion to champion so many artists has lead

us to make sure that we’ll be watching from front row seats.

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CELEBRITIES

Ever spotted Brad Pitt, RiRi and Co at an art fair? So have we.

These stars are generously taking up-and-coming artists under

their glittering wings, and introducing art to their global fanbase.

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00 Txxxaplan Twins

Axxxtist

This duo never shies away from

exposing pop and celebrity

culture.

@txxxplan_twins

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152 T.O.P

Collector

K-pop icon T.O.P has amassed

a major collection, including

Nam June Paik and some

contemporary German artists. His

IG shows more posts of artworks

than him on the stage. A gig to

curate a Sotheby’s sale was just

one of his art engagements.

@choi_seung_hyun_tttop

153 Amar’e Stoudemire

Collector

Self-proclaimed “Spiritual

Gangster,” Amar’e Stoudemire

is a fashionable collector, who

you might also know for his

fantastic performances on the

basketball courts. His feed

merges Picassos with slam dunk

close-ups. @amareisreal

154 Russell Tovey

Collector

English actor Russel Tovey

enjoys acting in the art world a

lot. He’s started an art podcast

with a friend and recently invited

AD for the #toveytour to admire

his steadily growing art collection.

What’s next: a TV series on art

bros maybe? Yes, please!

@russelltovey

155 Jay Chou

Collector

The Taiwanese superstar singer

is also a passionate collector and

on occasion you will see some

bluechip art in his video clips. At

times, he also shares images of

artist studio visits - most recently

Eddie Martinez - with his 4.8 million

followers. @jaychou

Image credit: Sotheby‘s, Instagram

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156 Fiona Xie

Art Lover

The Singaporean actress Fiona Xie is best known for her role as Kitty Pong

in Crazy Rich Asians. Her IG reveals her passion for art and interior. She

appears not only on the red carpets of Hollywood but also at art biennales

and art fairs alike. @xplacidacidx

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157/158 Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Collectors

Since their epic Louvre gig, you will know that Jay-Z and his wife, Queen B,

are avid supporters of the arts and have one or two “Condos in their condo.”

If not, you must have been living under a rock. Be it musicians, visual artists or

writers, they might consider to support their creations and their appearance at

major art fairs is always eagerly awaited. @beyonce

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159 Pharrell Williams

Curator

When Pharrell is not busy collaborating

with Chanel or Adidas, he might be on

his way to visit an artist, fair or gallery or

to even curate a show. His most recent

was an exhibition at the Guimet National

Museum of Asian Arts. #happy @pharrell

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160 Swizz Beatz

Art Patron

Hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz has started a revolution:

His No Commission art fair gives 100 % of the sale

proceeds directly to the artist. He also owns the

largest private collection of Gordon Parks and just

announced his opening of an art and music center in

Upstate New York together with his wife, Alicia Keys.

@therealswizzz

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161 Harry Nuriev Deconstructed

Uber-creative artist and architect, Harry Nuriev, established Crosby Studios in New York

City and Moscow. The bureau works on residential and hospitality projects around the

world, where Nuriev invents not only the interior but also customs furniture or art objects.

His dominant theme is clear: Bold use of monochrome. In case you didn’t know: He

campaigned “millennial pink” long before it became a trend.

@harrynuriev

ART GENT DECONSTRUCTED

Harry is wearing his own collection,

#myreality

He created a capsule collection

with Yandex Taxi to emphasize

the importance of the seat belt

seen through fashion

He would wear this look

during the day and to a red

carpet event

He describes his general style

as futuristic and relaxed

Image credit: Mikhail Loskutov

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Carsten Höller, Robert Knoke, Helmut Lang, Linder, Mary McCartney, Bjarne Melgaard, Marilyn Minter, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle,

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162 Rebecca Anne Proctor

Journalist

The feed of Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia’s

Rebecca Anne Proctor provides a perfect

insight into the world of Arabian art,

design and luxury and never seems to

miss any of the region’s most exclusive

events. @rebeccaanneproctor

163 Yusaku Maezawa

Collector

The Japanese billionaire with an

infectious smile is the founder of

Tokyo’s Contemporary Art Foundation.

Yusaku Maezawa is also a prominent

collector who is not afraid to spend big.

@yusaku2020

164 Wendi Murdoch

Entrepreneur

Wendi Murdoch is a collector and

investor in creative industries. Expect

a stunning mix of high-end art, wellknown

friends and jaw-dropping

travel pics. @wendimurdoch

165 Valeria Napoleone

Collector

This London-based Italian collector

and patroness lives surrounded by

an incredible women artist collection.

Supporting female creation and

upcoming positons, she is also known to

host magic events in her art filled home.

@valerianapoleone

166 Wolfgang Tillmans

Artist

Tillmans is an influential German

photographer. He developed his

snapshot style in the 1990s, observing

his surroundings and documenting

youth and LGBTQ culture, while

recently reminding his audience to

vote. @wolfgang_tillmans

167 Kenny Schachter

Journalist

Love him or hate him, art world

provocateur Kenny Schachter is the

artist-turned-dealer, curator,

collector and columnist who snaps

up works of upcoming artists and is

always on the heals of the biggest

industry scandals. @kennyschachter

168 Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Artist

The Russian conceptual artist is one

badass babe with an IG account to

match. She’s a founding member of the

notorious anarchist feminist group Pussy

Riot and an activist who takes a stand for

prison reform. @nadyariot

169 Maryellis Bunn

Entrepreneur

She is the founder of the Museum of

Ice Cream. Having just announced a

new funding round, the experience of

a museum visit shall be more than

posting an IG selfie. Ready to jump in

the sprinkles? @maryellis.bunn

170 Wu Tsang

Artist

Wu Tsang’s performance-oriented art and

films move fluidly between documentary

and fiction and so does her feed, inviting

us to join her journey and meet new

friends. @wu_tsang

Image credit: Instagram

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172 Grace Miceli

Artist

This Brooklyn-based artist has worked with some major names

from The New Yorker to Nike. She runs an online exhibition space

and her humorous and witty illustrations make her posts a

millennial art girl essential. @artbabygirl

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171 Jasmin Hernandez

Curator

This Latino writer started her career

writing for Vanity Fair, and moved on to

be a featured art & culture writer for The

Cut, Bustle, etc. Gallery Gurls, a project

founded by Hernandez, celebrates

women, PoC and QTPoC in the arts. Via

her account, you will discover artists from

different ethnic backgrounds, and also

get a little taste of the female-driven New

York art scene. @gallerygurls

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173 Aureta Thomollari

Entrepreneur

This fabulous creative director and

businesswoman created her blog even

before most of us got in the game. Her

style is inspired by “old world glamour”

and more than once she has been called

the “Queen of IG.” Follow her exquisite

art, design, travel and fashion picks even

though you will never see her on a badhair-day.

@aureta

174 Genevieve Gaignard

Artist

Our first issue’s cover model can’t be

missed in here: Genevieve Gaignard, a

L.A.-based artist, cites her identity as a

biracial woman as major root for her body

of work. Her hairstyles are divine.

@creativecurvyginger

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In the Hood

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The cool kids of the art

world. These guys are

street artists, entrepreneurs

and rockstars,

the ones that defy art

world convention and

set their own rules.

From JR, whose Louvre

project blew our minds,

to SK Lam, the man

responsible for taking

KAWS on holidays.

175 Kevin Poon

Entrepreneur

Kevin Poon is an entrepreneur

spreading the passion for street art

and toys among Asia’s youth culture.

From artist capsules with his fashion

labels to handpicked art on the walls

of his hospitality ventures, Poon is a

powerhouse connecting millennials with

pop culture. @kpee

Image credit: Courtesy of Kevin Poon

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176 Kong Karoon Sosothikul

Collector

Kong Karoon Sosothikul is a Thai

socialite, rock star and self-proclaimed

art loving “ordinary weirdo.” He’s a

big fan of KAWS and George Condo,

displaying his playful collection at home

and on his Instagram. @kongkaroon

177 Marco Rubino

Media

Rubino is a Milan-based contemporary and street

art contributor for Forbes. His writing is original

and poignant. His “Guess the Artist” posts are a

perfect training for future art connoisseurs.

@marcorubino1

178 JR

Artist

French street artist JR describes himself as a “photograffeur.” His

art takes on a specific format of flyposting large black-and-white

photographic images – usually portraits – in public places. @jr

179 Verdy

Designer

The creative designer behind Girls Don’t Cry has had collaborations

and ideas from Human Made to a pair of trainers designed with

Nike. His signature carrot and friends attract gallerists and skaters

alike appreciating a sophisticated street style. @verdy

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Image credit: Instagram, wikimedia, Marco Rubino

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180 SK Lam

Entrepreneur

Lam is a man that makes BIG things happen. Most recently, he’s

taken KAWS:HOLIDAY, a monumental inflatable COMPANION, on tour

around Asia, going viral guaranteed. @sklamallrightsreserved

181 eL Seed

Artist

eL Seed, the French-Tunsian street artist, uses traditional Arabic

calligraphy, describing his style as “calligraffiti.” Through his art,

eL Seed spreads messages of peace and unity. @elseed

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182 Shepard Fairey

Artist

Shepard Fairey a.k.a. OBEY is

best known for his Barack Obama

“Hope” poster from the 2008 US

presidential election campaign.

Since then, he hasn’t stopped

bringing politics to the masses.

@obeygiant

185 Kara Walker

Artist

Serious issues of race, gender, sexuality

and violence permeate American

contemporary artist Kara Walker’s

complex black cut-paper silhouettes.

@kara_walker_official

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183 Adriano Pedrosa

Curator

The curator has put Brazil on the

art map with his critical eye and

contributions to the contemporary

art scene. But better polish your

Portuguese skills. @adrianopedrosa

186 Chris Sharp

Curator

Chris Sharp is a writer and independent

curator based in Mexico City. He has

made an important impact on the scene

through his project space called Lulu.

@chrissharplulu

184 Lena Dunham

Artist

The star of HBO series Girls has

recently debuted as an artist and is

the daughter of artsy parents Laurie

Simmons and Carroll Dunham.

Her IG features lots of new upcoming

artists. #girlssupportgirls

@lenadunham

187 Christina You

Museum

Christina You serves as director of

development at UCCA, Beijing. Certainly

a resourceful account, she documents

fresh moments of the Chinese art world.

@christina_uoy

Image credit: Instagram, Gabriel Leow, Martien Mulder

188 Talenia Phua Gajardo

Entrepreneur

Based in Singapore, Talenia Phua Gajardo

is a catalyst for Asian contemporary art,

introducing it to the wold through her

online marketplace. @_talenia

189 Brett Gorvy

Art Dealer

Art dealer Brett Gorvy often finds poetic

inspiration in art and shares his poemmeets-art-history

pairings while running

the Lévy Gorvy gallery. @brettgorvy

190 Laura de Gunzburg

Entrepreneur

Laura de Gunzburg has the hook up on all

the latest art happenings and gives us a

glimpse into those social events you wish

you could attend, too. @ldegunzburg

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191 Alex Duve

Dealer

Alex Duve is an art dealer with an

eye for originality and new talents.

His salon style gallery specialises

in emerging artists and brings on

upcoming positions not to miss.

@duveberlin

192 Olafur Eliasson

Artist

Olafur Eliasson’s melting icebergs

in the heart of London brought

climate change straight in front of

us. @studioolafureliasson

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193 Sheena Liam Zacharevic

Artist

Malaysian model Sheena Liam

Zacharevic is one of the names making

waves in the revival of embroidery and

blends fragile nature with empowering

creations on her IG. @sheenaliam

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194 Roshini Vadehra

Gallerist

Roshini Vadehra is on a mission to

see contemporary Indian art rise to

new heights, something she is set to

achieve through her gallery and nonprofit

organisation. @roshinivadehra

195 Amalia Ulman

Artist

Argentinian-born Amalia Ulman tricked

us all with her IG-based performance

work, faking various identities and later

personal news. Although she has kept

quiet for too long, her account is one

to remember. @amaliaulman

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196 Marie Maertens

Curator

French journalist, art critic and

curator, Marie Maertens pushes

boundaries with her art world squad

when not interviewing Luc Tuymans

and Co. @mariemaertens

197 Ed Tang

Advisor

Ed Tang is an art advisor who, over

his career, has worked with all the

biggest auction houses to do the

challenging job of facilitating the

meeting between the West and the

Asian art markets. @tang747

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198 Magnus Resch

Entrepreneur

Blending his passion for technology

with his love of art, serial entrepreneur

and art academic Resch founded his

self-titled app, Magnus, which is like

“Shazam for art.” @magnusresch

199 Daniel Arsham

Artist

Daniel Arsham’s fictional archaeology

art is often void of colour. It has attracted

numerous collaborators from Heinz

to Rimowa and Dior - and over half a

million IG fans. @danielarsham

Image credit: Instagram


SWOON

19 Oct 2019 - 03 May 2020

Solo Show in Germany‘s first

Museum of Urban Art

©Tod Seelie

Hotterstrasse 12

80331 Munich/Germany

www.muca.eu

museum of

urban and

contemporary

art


THE VERY HONEST GALLERIST

200 Benjamin Derouillon & Stéphanie Darmon

Galerie Derouillon, Paris, @galeriederouillon

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1. Describe your gallery in one sentence for an art world newbie.

S: Young and fresh with family atmosphere. In a nutshell: a young talent-scout gallery.

2. Most gorgeous artist

in your gallery program?

Project 3 by

Przemek Pyszczek

B: We are pretty lucky they are all gorgeous.....

Seriously!

3. Whom would you love to sell an artwork to?

B: Last year we met Leo at an art fair in LA, I am sure Stephanie would

have loved to sell him a work. Ahahah.

4. What drinks are you serving

at an exhibition opening?

S: That’s Benjamin's issue now because

I am constrained to have soft drinks for

6 more months ;)

5. The coolest event you

ever hosted?

S: Alex Foxton’s last opening was pretty cool! Lots of friends

came and we had a really nice evening with very good vibes.

6.What is the dress code for the staff?

B: No dress code, except Stephanie is asking me sometimes to be

less casual.

S: I am trying to match my outfit with the works on opening nights

- and some jumpsuits for regular days.

7. What are the most hated/loved jobs of your interns?

Hated = make new pdf, update the pdf...make new pdf, update the pdf.

Loved = Studio visits and preparing new projects with artists.

Ultra-Marine by Alex Foxton

8. Does hot staff help selling better?

9. Most used apps or websites used daily by the gallery?

Instagram, for a beautiful showcase; Google, your best friend for any question.

B: Ask Stephanie, with no doubt one of the

most gorgeous gallery directors in Paris!

S: Ask our collectors ;)

12. Best lunch spot for a client meeting?

10. Compare the gallery to a brand - which one would it be?

S: We have our own branded shirts, tape, bags and even tools ... so Galerie Derouillon.

11. How many works did you sell via an instagram post?

B: Some, but it’s still more a communication tool than a market place even if I already sold a full show by Instagram and WhatsApp.

B: Elmer, a restaurant next to the gallery, our canteen.

S: Probably at home in the flowery patio! Since I moved in

the same street as the gallery, it`s a one minute walk only.

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Image credit: Gallerie Derouillon


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