111 West 57th Street Debuts Full-Floor Unit Curated by Rita Chraibi and Louis Vuitton.
Photo: Adrian Gaut

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a sky-high installation featuring Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades to a pair of limited-edition Chopard timepieces

Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition in rose gold. Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition in stainless steel. Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

1. Chopard Unveils Two Limited-Edition Timepieces for the 40th Anniversary of the 1000 Miglia Italian Car Rally  

Since becoming the principal partner and official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia Italian car rally in 1988, the esteemed Swiss jewelry and watch house Chopard has produced a new commemorative timepiece every year. This year’s 1000 Miglia, which takes place from June 15 through 18, is particularly special as it mark’s the 40th reenactment of the historical race, which takes drivers from Brescia to Rome and back. For the occasion, Chopard is issuing two new limited series of its eponymous chronograph. The watches, which feature grey and blue details in homage to the classic, open-road rally, come in a 1,000-piece stainless steel limited edition and a 250-piece stainless steel and ethical 18-carat rose gold limited edition. Both sport a satin brushed grey dial, intense blue hands, hour markers and bezel, and—to celebrate the beauty of driving—a calfskin strap lined with a patterned rubber that resembles the 1960 Dunlop tire tread. —Lucy Rees

Tianzhuo Chen. Trance, 2019 (video still). Photo: Courtesy of the artist, BANK/MABSOCIETY, and Asia Society Museum, New York

2. “Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity” Opens at Asia Society Museum

With a mission to showcase traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American art to a global audience, the Asia Society Museum in New York is a leading force in fostering understanding between cultures. The institution’s latest exhibition, “Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity,” offers a unique look into the lives of artists who grew up in post-Mao mainland China. Curator Barbara Pollack selected a roster of seven groundbreaking artists, including Pixy Liao and Tao Hui, to be the voice of the ba ling hou generation, who were raised in the 1980s under a Chinese government defined by the one-child policy. This new guard of artists has an expansive point of view having lived through major economic, political, and societal shifts and render their experience through a plethora of mediums spanning from painting to digital art. —Stefanie Li

Arhaus's Hamptons daybed and other outdoor furnishings installed at Montauk hotspot the Surf Lodge. Photo: Courtesy of Arhaus

3. Arhaus Transforms the Waterfront Lounge Areas at Montauk’s Surf Lodge

Perhaps no resort epitomize the Hamptons’s melding of upscale entertaining and “toes in the sand” casualness better than Montauk mainstay, the Surf Lodge. Helmed by Jayma Cardoso, the waterfront destination welcomes a chic crowd who flock to the boutique hotel for fashion pop-ups, garden-fresh cuisine, gallery-worthy art installations, and raucous concerts by some of music’s biggest names. Now, the Surf Lodge’s outdoor lounge areas have received a refresh in collaboration with Arhaus, which installed the new Canyon Collection tables and seating to the private dining deck. Also featured throughout the property are other recently introduced outdoor furnishings, such as the Hamptons daybeds, plush Porto armless chairs, and organic Root cocktail tables. “We’ve evolved with our community in an organic way that continuously spotlights the beauty of Montauk,” says Cardoso, who paired the Arhaus pieces with locally sourced vintage selections for a more residential feel. “Incorporating Arhaus’s authentic and artisanal spirit into the property only adds to this approachability, while maintaining the momentum to keep people excited year after year.”—Jill Sieracki

Timothy J. Clark, Gryphons, Azores (2005) Photo: Courtesy of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

4. A Beautiful Watercolor Exhibition Opens at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Opening this Friday in New York, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library (HSM&L)’s new exhibition “American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico” presents 95 watercolor artworks from American artists including Childe Hassam, Florence Vincent Robinson, Orville Houghton Peets, as well as a selection of recent paintings by Timothy J. Clark that were all painted in Latin America and beyond. In an effort to highlight the often under-appreciated resource at HSM&L, a majority of the works on display come from the museum’s own collection while a number of Clark’s pieces are sourced from various collections. —Shelby Black

111 West 57th Street Debuts Full-Floor Unit Curated by Rita Chraibi and Louis Vuitton. Photo: Adrian Gaut

5. 111 West 57th Street Debuts Full-Floor Unit Curated by Rita Chraibi and Louis Vuitton

A super chic installation by French-Moroccan designer Rita Chraibi has taken over a $28.5 million residence currently for sale at the Steinway Tower in Manhattan. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 1,428-foot building is the latest addition to Billionaire’s Row and is actually the skinniest skyscraper in the world, with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. On the 42nd story, Chraibi has curated the interiors of the full-floor residence in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, which provided its imaginative Objets Nomades furnishings for installation’s four-week run. Open by appointment, the unit also features works from artists Rachel T Hicks and Jorge Wellesley, as well as artists from Galleria Ca’ d’Oro—with all design pieces, furniture, and artwork available for purchase. —Geoffrey Montes

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