Artist Plate Project.
Photo: Courtesy of Prospect New York

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From the new Akris fashion exhibition in Zürich to a slew of artist-designed plates at Frieze New York

Artist Plate Project. Photo: Courtesy of Prospect New York

1. The Third Edition of Artist Plate Project Launches at Frieze New York

In the three years since the Artist Plate Project was founded by curator Michelle Hellman, nearly 100 acclaimed artists have crafted a selection of artistic pieces for an incredible cause. Featuring work by artists including Jonas Wood, Ed Ruscha, Katherine Bernhardt, and KAWS, each plate is sold for $250 and all proceeds benefit The Coalition for the Homeless, where the purchase of one plate can feed more than 100 homeless and hungry individuals. Produced by Prospect, the plates will be available at Frieze New York and later though Artware Editions’ website. —Shelby Black

Installation view of Articolo Studios’ new North America flagship in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Photo: Courtesy of Articolo Studios

Installation view of Articolo Studios’ new North America flagship in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Photo: Courtesy of Articolo Studios

2. Articolo Opens an Ethereal Lighting Studio in New York City

Helmed by creative director Nicci Kavals, Australian lighting studio Articolo is known for its delicately seductive fixtures that reveal an artisan touch. Encapsulating both indoor and outdoor designs, the collection of table lamps, sconces, pendants, and floor lamps have a quiet timelessness with mesmerizing details, like the explosion of bubbles captured in the Fizi wall sconce or the painterly wash of color within the Slab design. Now, the full array is displayed to captivating effect in the atelier’s new flagship in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood. Crafted in collaboration with Studio Goss, who also created a number of bespoke furniture pieces for the showroom, the voluminous space offers towering windows and columns ideal for displaying Articolo’s pieces, including some large-scale installations commissioned exclusively for this location. —Jill Sieracki

Les chevaux de Lord Candlestick, 1938. Photo: Courtesy of Jenna Segal

 3. New Exhibition Reunites the 31 Women Artists from Peggy Guggenheim’s Landmark 1943 Exhibition 

In the fall of 1942, the trailblazing art collector Peggy Guggenheim opened an avant-garde gallery titled “Art of This Century” in Manhattan when her friend Marcel Duchamp suggested she host an all-woman exhibition. The radical show featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures mostly in the abstract or Surrealist style beloved by Guggenheim. Fast forward 70 years, and the artists from that original show have now come together once again thanks to an ambitious project by Jenna Segal, a film, television, and theater producer. Segal set out to acquire one work by each artist from the era of the original exhibition, with most works made between 1926 and ’42. The show, which is considered by some to be the first all female exhibition in New York, included artists such as Leonora Carrington, Louise Nevelson, Meret Oppenheim, Leonor Fini, Dorothea Tanning, Frida Kahlo, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and Pegeen Vail. The collection has now grown to include more than 200 works of art and ephemera by all but one of the 31 women. (The one artist who remains elusive is the burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee.)
“In a world of needing to be first, I find comfort in knowing those who tread the road before me,” says Segal. “The more we can easily access what women have accomplished, the less daunting it all feels.” From May 15-21, Segal is displaying “The 31 Women Collection” in the offices Segal NYC, her production company, which is housed in the same West 57th Street building of the original show. —Lucy Rees 

"Akris. Fashion. selbstverständlich" Photo: Courtesy of Akris

"Akris. Fashion. selbstverständlich" Photo: Courtesy of Akris

4. Akris Presents Artful Fashion Exhibition in Zürich

In honor of its centennial, Akris has opened a new exhibition at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. The Swiss fashion house’s colorful creations are on display with striking scenography by Atelier Oï, one of Galerie’s Creative Minds. Guests get a behind-the-scenes look at Albert Kriemler’s collections and the artistic worlds that have inspired him over the past decade, during which he has collaborated with artists such as Imi Knoebel, Carmen Herrera, and Thomas Ruff to create innovative and artful garments. Almost 100 Akris looks within 12 themes and sources of inspiration from 2009–22 are on display. “Akris. Fashion. selbstverständlich” will be on view until September 24. —Stefanie Li 

Modular table by Raúl de la Cerda. Photo: Andayvé

5. Collectible Design Platform OMET Opens Pop-Up in New York City

Ahead of its brick-and-mortar debut later this year in Austin, new collectible design platform OMET, founded by Mexico City–based architect Lorena Vieyra, has popped up in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Coinciding with the citywide NYCxDESIGN festival, the temporary installation brings a selection of 30 bespoke pieces crafted by Mexican designers, among them sculptor Pedro Reyes, designer Héctor Esrawe, and industrial designer Raúl de la Cerda—all of whom are dedicated to preserving the longevity of Mexican craft. “There is pride in Mexican culture and global audiences are increasingly interested in our art, food, and especially design,” explains Vieyra. “We have a lot to express through our heritage and culture, which is very emotional. As such, the pieces we design are unique, not only in terms of quality, but also because of their timelessness and soul. I see OMET as the umbrella that can showcase all this talent.” Visitors are invited to stop by 345 Broome St. through May 20 to view the collection.

Cover: Artist Plate Project.
Photo: Courtesy of Prospect New York


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