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Exciting art shows from NY to Paris in 2017; J.K Rowling inspired by a Dutch still life painting; Da...
Entertainment 09 Jan 2017

We have already finished the first week of 2017, which welcomed significant changes (including the icon Dippy the dinosaur at the National History Museum, London) but also a few losses. The art world for instance had to say goodbye to influential figures notably art critic and author John Berger, as well as Berlin gallerist Barbara Weiss. On the other hand, the Golden Globes debuted last night, Ed Sheeran released new music, and a sneaky artist changed the famed Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed”. All in all, not too bad of a start.
Before you say good morning to your Monday, have a quick read about other exciting news and art shows taking place this year!
Happy 2017, TAGers!
#1  Fondation Louis Vuitton and New York’s MoMA Planning a Collaboration
A collaborative exhibition has come to light. Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris will be partnering with Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to stage a unique show this Fall. The exhibition will allegedly include MoMA’s masterpieces of French Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists.
#2  Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons at Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Another exciting event is a stellar show presenting designer Rei Kawakubo at the Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition in New York this May. Kawakubo is the second living design icon to be the focal point of a Costume Institute exhibition, after Yves Saint Laurent.
#3  What’s a Dutch Still Life Painting Got To Do With J. K Rowling’s New Project?
The sensation Harry Potter author J.K Rowling recently tweeted a teaser image of a Dutch still life painting as a clue to her new work. The painting in question is “Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life” by Harmen Steenwyck, depicting a table with an assemblage of disparate objects from a seashell to a human skull. The beloved writer said: “It’s hard to find a header that sums up everything I’m working on at the moment, but this painting comes close!”. We are intrigued, J. K Rowling!
#4  Damien Hirst’s Housing Development Plans Dropped
Damien Hirst, Obs Comment
British artist Damien Hirst had ambitious plans to build a massive housing development near his childhood home, close to a British seaside town in Devon. Alas, Hirst had to drop the project after it faced many problems with developers who were unwilling or unable to take it on.
#5  Pharrell Williams to Front Chanel’s New Handbag Ad
Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 Front Row
Chanel is about to launch a brand new handbag, titled the Gabrielle and it will star Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite man: Pharrell Williams. The musician will be the first man to be featured in a Chanel accessories ad campaign alongside familiar brand faces Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, and Caroline de Maigret. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m quite interested to see Pharrell in the iconic Chanel tweed jacket!
Photos via: buro 247; WSJ.com; National Gallery London; Wikimedia Commons; Art Viatic; WWD

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