Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

As we enter into a new year we take lessons learned from the past and experiences we hope to discover.

May 2013 bring love, light, good fortune and above all decorating into your homes and lives!

All the best from your friend,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wynwood Walls @ Art Basel | Miami 2012

An exhibit @ Art Basel | Miami 2012

Photography by Robert Watson (thank you!)

The Wynwood Walls was conceived by the renowned community revitalizor and placemaker Tony Goldman in 2009. 
He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: "Wynwood's large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place." Starting with the 25th–26th Street complex of six separate buildings, his goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, and to develop the area's pedestrian potential.

The Wynwood Walls became a major art statement with Tony's commitment to graffiti and street art, a genre that he believes is under appreciated and not respected historically. He wanted to give the movement more attention and more respect: "By presenting it in a way that has not been done before, I was able to expose the public to something they had only seen peripherally." Murals by renowned street artists have covered the walls of the Wynwood Walls complex since 2009, and to create more canvases and bring more artists to the project, Tony opened the Wynwood Doors in 2010 with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates. The painted exteriors and interiors of the doors reveal a portrait gallery. Murals have also been commissioned for Outside the Walls through 2011, in key locations outside the park itself.

The Wynwood Walls has brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami. Jeffrey Deitch co-curated the first successful year of the project in 2009, collaborating with Tony before his appointment as museum director of MOCA Los Angeles. In 2010 and 2011 Tony selected the artists with the help of Goldman Properties Arts Manager Meghan Coleman, and Medvin Sobio of the Visual Arts Collective Viejas Del Mercado, alongside input from a network of artists, curators, and international experts in the street art genre. "We have strived for a diverse representation of both American and international artists that encompasses everything from the old school graffiti artists to the newest work being created around the world. The project has truly evolved into what my friend Jeffrey Deitch calls a Museum of the Streets," Tony summarizes.

From around the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Ukraine, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, and Japan, the celebrated artists who have contributed to the Wynwood Walls include: Os Gemeos, Invader, Kenny Scharf, FUTURA 2000, Dearraindrop, FAILE, BÄST, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Sego, Saner, Liqen, Nunca, Ben Jones, HOW & NOSM, Ryan McGinness, Jim Drain, Ara Peterson, Retna, Stelios Faitakis, Clare Rojas, The Date Farmers, avaf, ROA, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Logan Hicks, b., PHASE 2, Joe Grillo, COCO 144, Gaia, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Neuzz, Swoon, Ben Wolf, David Ellis, Barry McGee, Brandon Opalka, and Friends With You.

The world-class murals and spirit of the project continues to attract thousands of people to the Wynwood Walls each year. Among other things, it is an inspiring model for the revitalization of run-down, abandoned historic communities and a must-see destination for the city.

-Text by Wynwood Walls

Janette Mallory

Monday, December 17, 2012

Art Basel 2012 (being there)

I must say Art Basel was one of the best trips I have had this year.
 There were without a doubt more exhibitors  this year than ever before.  With art pouring in from all around the world it was truly inspirational and an incredible visual stimuli.  Bringing this much art to that many people is truly an underestimated social service.  Art enlightens, inspires and moves people.  Every piece evokes individual emotions and creates a calm atmosphere.  The parties that follow or revolve around the art are as well a celebration of our self expression and how we look and take in the world around us.

The art, the people, the parties.  It was absolutely fantastic.
I have to admit I enjoy staring a beautiful and sometimes thought provoking objects with a little champagne in my hand!

Here are some of my favorite pieces.  For anyone thinking about going next year, DO IT!
      David Datuna’s “Star Spangled Banner” was at Scope as well as his portrait of President Barack Obama titled Mr. President: Legacy that touches on elements of the African-American political and social experience over 150 years. 

The black and white portrait is comprised of tiny images of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Dr. King and Rosa Parks form the eyes of the portrait.

Each lens contains visual representations of the varied facets comprising the overarching theme. Fittingly, the lenses that make up his American flag, his Star Spangled Banner, represent many passions, many politics, many abstractions. “For me, the flag is not just a banner of the country,” he explains. “The flags are living organisms … they can even give birth to something new.”David Datuna conceived the work to mark the climax of the presidential campaign. Seeing the direct link from Lincoln to Obama was simple and straightforward, according to the artist. "But I wanted more," says Datuna. "I wanted to create a window into the legacy that made Barack Obama possible." Dr. King and Rosa Parks form the eyes of the portrait.




Damien Hirst is an English artist that had an installation at Alchemist which is this insane clothing store.  It is a set of lithographs made up of butterfly’s the guitars and guitar cases are autographed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers Bass play Flea, LOVE THEM!!






Retna an artist that grew up in Los Angeles where he went from tagging highway overpasses to creating works for galleries and museums. His trademark is an alphabet with traces of Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic, Hebrew and Asian calligraphy, and the graffiti art he grew up with. They are saying that this work of art on the temporary LV store in the Design District resembles the work of Paul Klee, Keith Haring and the erstwhile LV collaborator Takashi Murakami, but with its own cultural overlays.  Being an LV lover is just about passed out when I saw this walking down the street!




Harush Shlomo was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and currently lives and works in New York City and Milan.  I found this to be an interesting way to make furniture into artwork


Janette Mallory

Friday, December 14, 2012

Getting Ready for the Holidays

There is little else that produces the same amount of cheer than getting your house ready for the holidays!!  Nostalgia might be one of the key factors yet a little holiday attitude right around now is perfect and much needed.  

A few weeks ago I challenged myself to head out into the greater Los Angeles area and redo my home for this Christmas season, being it the last my son will spend with me before he leaves for college.

First place on my list?

Of course one of my favorites, Rolling Greens

With their huge selection of poinsettias, it is heaven to walk through.

After a bit (3 hours!) I wondered over to GM Floral Co.  Right in the heart of the flower district in downtown Los Angeles.  There is just about every piece of tinsel and decoration under the sun.  

I hardly knew what to do with myself...

My last stop around town was at Aldik Home in Van Nuys.  Topping everything off with their selection of angel figurines, christmas spheres of every color and size imaginable. 

Now I am ready to decorate my home!  Take a look!

Janette Mallory