designer Rei Kawakubo's solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; interview with William Pope.L
on the occasion of his sound installation/performance at Documenta 14; Lindsay Lohan as a cultural phenomenon; interview with Pier Paolo Calzolari; the enigmatic art of Rodrigo Hernández
; the choreography
of Ligia Lewis; the filmmaking
of Park Chan-kyong; exhibition reviews.
Having founded her label Comme des Garçons in 1969, Rei Kawakubo is only the second living designer (after Yves Saint Laurent) to be honored with a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. According to Jeremy Lewis, “What makes [her] clothes radical is that although they are not always recognizable as clothes, they were always meant to be worn.” Kawakubo's deconstructed style—raw and cerebral—seems to take clothing outside of itself and to reposition it in a contemporary space nonetheless rooted within her own Japanese
cultural tradition. She is the cover artist for this Summer 2017 edition.
A season marked by global political uncertainty has foregrounded artist Pope.L's long concern with just that: uncertainty, unknowability, misrecognition. In Whispering Campaign
at Documenta 14, a fragmentary narrative is diffused throughout Athens twenty-four hours a day—as it will throughout Kassel—via city-wide speakers and wandering, whispering performers. In his conversation with Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Pope.L relates how he sees “language
as a means of duration, and time as a way of making meaning.”
Flash Art #315 comes with two different covers (Rei Kawakubo and Pier Paolo Calzolari), distributed randomly.
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