Thursday, October 04, 2007
Shoes on show
Christian Louboutin and David Lynch have collaborated to create a show called Fetish, housed in Pierre Passebon’s Galerie du Passage, Paris. The exhibition shows five limited edition pairs of shoes designed by Louboutin alongside five signed photographs of the shoes by Lynch. The idea arose in 2006 when David Lynch commissioned Christian Louboutin to design shoes for an exhibition he was hosting at the Cartier Foundation. When Chrisitan Louboutin wanted to explore the concept of extreme fetish in his work, he asked his friend for help. The exhibition includes shoes with 26cms heels, spikes on the inside and sole of the shoe, and, the designers favourite exhibit Siamese heels (two shoes fused at the heel). The Icons of Elegance: The Most Influential Shoe Designers of the 20th Century, is a touring shoe exhibition about to open at The Racine Art Museum, US. It contains exquisite footwear ranging from handcrafted perfection to dazzling shoes that rival modern sculpture as artworks. The exhibition was organised by The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada and brings together shoe designers thought to have transformed 20th century footwear. On display will be over 100 designs selected from both The Bata Shoe Museum and international collections to demonstrate diversity. Highlights include footwear created by Pietro Yantorny, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah are hosting an Andy Warhol exhibition, titled "Andy Warhol's Dream America." The touring show contains 88 prints including still lifes of shoes. The exhibition is part of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, which owns some 300 of Warhol's works. Warhol moved to New York City as a young illustrator in 1949, and started creating images through a silk-screen printing technique. Screen printing, proved to be the perfect medium for making multiple images on all types of surfaces. It also made it easy for the artist to transfer photographic images and tweak them with squiggly lines and splashes of colour. He then became a leader innovator in Pop Art. Warhol last appeared at the university in 1967 when a packed hall were treated to a 30 minute erotic film made by the artist followed by a terse question and answer segment. In actual fact the presenter was a look a like and not the artist himself. Warhol engaged impersonators to fulfil his lecturing commitment in order to underline his pop art premise that only the surface of things was what really mattered to a consumer society. Unfortunately his deception was not appreciated by his audiences (discerning consumers), who paid good money to see the real thing.