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.
Russian socialite and Garage co-founder Dasha Zhukova has released an art/fashion crossover magazine named after her Moscow-based art space. Dinos Chapman, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst have each created a cover for the first issue, with Hirst’s contribution causing such an uproar that it’s been banned by some UK newsagents. Why? Hirst’s cover (photographed by Hedi Slimane) features a woman’s crotch covered by a green butterfly sticker. Peel it off – a la Warhol’s Velvet Underground cover art – and you’re left with a vagina tattooed to Hirst’s specifications.
And how does the recipient feel about all of this? The 23 year old stated “I would have been stupid not to be part of this project. I have a piece of art on my vagina. Not one single person can ever say they gave birth through aDamien Hirst piece of art. I can [if I ever give birth].”
Leg of Lamb’s copy of the first issue of Lonely Boy Magazine arrived last week. Created by Alec Soth and printed and distributed by his publishing company Little Brown Mushroom, Midwestern Exotica features Starling, a photostory by Soth, fiction by Jindřich Štyrsk, a poem by, ahem, ‘Humber Humbert’ and an entertaining collection of ex-girlfriend snaps (mostly polaroids) provided by the staff of Little Brown Mushroom. These are intimate shots made public, and the saucy collection of exes make for gleefully voyeuristic viewing (that in subject matter and ‘rephotography’ also recall Richard Prince’s Girlfriends series).
In contrast, Soth’s photographs convey a different kind of intimacy. Some of his images are remarkably tender. His documentation of a small bird is the moving conclusion to an unusual photostory that weaves through gothic dating sites and bedroom portraits to an unfurnished room in Minnesota containing men in various states of undress. These seemingly disparate scenarios are drawn together by a subtle sense of melancholy. So despite the familiar format and sometimes explicit content, Lonely Boy Magazine transcends the conventions of the stick mag, offering a form of ‘erotic publishing’ that elegantly explores some of the subtleties of masculinity.
You can buy a copy of Midwestern Exotica, along with the recently released second issue Boys and their Cars here.
He photographed celebrities including Lou Reed and and Whitney Houston, but fashion photographer Gary Gross was best-known for a controversial shoot involving a young Brooke Shields, who posed naked for the photographer at the tender age of 10. Shields later took Gross to court to prevent him from selling the shots but reproduction of the images was ultimately permitted.
In 1983, one of these photographs (above) was immortalised by Richard Prince, who appropriated the work and re-presented it within his own practice. Entitled ‘Spiritual America’, the Prince iteration was so controversial that last year it was pulled from the Tate exhibition Pop Life when authorities warned that it could breach obscenity laws. It was previously exhibited at the Guggenheim, New York, without complaint.
Despite a successful career in fashion, commissions waned in the wake of the Shields scandal and Gross increasingly turned his attention to canine pursuits, even opening a dog training school in Manhattan. His most recent work involved large format studio portraits of aging dogs.