Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco is the subject of a mid career retrospective that in 2011 made stopovers at MoMA, the Tate and the Pompidou and he’s chosen to mark the occasion with… 400 commemorative bottles of tequila. Orozco has lent his famous checkerboard skull motif (from his 1997 work ‘Black Kites’) to limited edition bottles of Casa Dragones, the tour’s official beverage. Available just in time for the holidays, the Orozco-branded luxury tequila is selling for US$1,850 a pop.
If that’s a little out of your price range, you can always crack open a Lemon Fizz, the American soft drink featuring (rather revolting) new branding by Richard Prince. The artist is a big fan of the AriZona product, stating: “My latest work has embodied the use of tangible items, such as cans, to create installations. As a fan of AriZona’s Arnold Palmer line, it felt natural to collaborate. The outcome is Lemon Fizz, which is a fantastic beverage and one that I can employ in my own craft.” Lemon Fizz will be launched at this year’s Art Basel Miami. Classy.
Jake and Dinos Chapman discuss ‘Jake or Dinos Chapman’, their 2012 exhibition at White Cube and also offer Tracey Emin some sound advice.
Dinos Chapman is releasing his first album. He’s been making DIY music for over a decade and recorded the material for Luftbobler in his East London basement. The album features thirteen tracks of ‘schlampige musik’ (which roughly translates as ‘sloppy’ or, er, ‘slutty music’) and a cover designed by the artist. And if you want to know what it sounds like, Chapman says it’s “… like a naked mole-rat plucked untimely from its snuggly basement-burrow, on its back, all squirmy, exposed to the suns dissecting rays.” Luftbobler will be launched by The Vinyl Factory in February 2012.
The short video you see here was made by Lance Acord for LACMA’s second annual Art+Film Gala, a fundraising initiative to make film more central to the institution’s programming. This year’s gala paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick and self described ‘linguistic kleptomaniac’ Ed Ruscha (above).
(And for those of you who missed it, last year’s Art+Film Gala video commission was the little Baldessari beauty I posted here).