Be they heirs to Middle Eastern fortunes or young pioneers in the tech industry [Meet 20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors], art collectors in the 21st century represent a demographic more widely varied than ever before.
LETS DO MORE OFTEN
BAL HARBOUR PUBLIC ART
As the last iteration of its ongoing support for the arts in South Florida, Bal Harbour unveiled “Self Portrait As a Barefoot Mailman,” by artist Christy Gast as part of the destination’s public art program, “Unscripted.” Gast’s 12-foot high sculptural installation, was showcased in the center of Collins Avenue, on Bal Harbour’s Founder Circle. Sotheby’s and friends of the St. Regis are looking at the underwriting of the next series on a large scale.
ADIDAS: REPRESENT BY KEVIN YAUN
The previous Originals campaign [White Space Project] for women’s was focused on enabling creatives and giving them a platform to showcase their work. Building on this strategy, we created a campaign to boost creativity around the world. Instead of featuring individuals, we searched for the most interesting crews of creators and gave them a stage.
THE OTHER WILLIAMS F1
Formula One team Lotus has executed a marketing partnership agreement with Oscar winning musician and producer Pharrell Williams. F1 is now run by Liberty Media which is expected to be the advent of major enlightenment and expansions to F1 Racing equity.
SOUNWAVE DETAILS THE MAKING OF KENDRICK’S ‘UNTITLED UNMASTERED’
Even though it’s been a minute since Kendrick Lamar released his dense, jazzy opus of a third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, currently a frontrunner for album of the year, the record remains exceedingly fresh after repeated listens. New discoveries can be made on each and every pass — whether it’s a specific meaning gleaned from one of Kendrick’s countless knotty verses, or a production flourish that proves to be deceptively complex. If anyone, outside of Kendrick himself, can be credited with forging the album’s direction, it’s the Los Angeles-based producer Sounwave, a.k.a. Mark Spears.
Spears is the one responsible for making some of the label’s most memorable beats, including ScHoolboy Q’s “There He Go,” Ab-Soul’s “Soulo Ho3,” and, of course, Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and has been present since work on Butterfly first began in 2012. His talents are in demand from artists outside of his circle, but he remains steadfast in his loyalty.
FLOATING DREAMS BY IK JOONG KANG
If size matters, Ik Joong Kang is a good case study. It’s easy to walk by a piece of public art without noticing it; with eyes likely glued to our phones, it takes something monumental—like Damien Hirst’s Charity, the enormous replica of the collection boxes used by The Spastics Society (now Scope) which sat outside the Gherkin as part of Sculpture in the City in 2015—to stop us. Totally Thames, the month-long festival celebrating the 42-mile stretch of London river from Hampton Court Palace to Dartford Crossing, has commissioned one such installation. Floating Dreams, by Ik-Joong Kang, whose work has appeared in New York’s Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney, sees a three-storey illuminated lantern structure installed on the Thames by the Millennium Bridge.
ROC CITY CLASSIC
Photographer Erez Avissar captures moments at the presentation for Kanye West’s collaboration with Adidas—including shots of attendees Jay Z, Diddy, and Kim Kardashian West—and his Roc City Classic show in Manhattan, featuring 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Big Sean, and more. We will be seeing a lot of Erez.
SKY FERREIRA SPEAKS
SKY / TY
A few years back, Sky piqued the interest of indie and K-pop music fans when thanks to CL she popped up on “Black” a collaboration with G-Dragon, the leader of boy band wonders BigBang. Her latest project is something straight out of synth-pop heaven. If you know Ferreira and her well-documented studio updates, you know this isn’t the first time she’s worked with the icons… but it’s the first time we’ve heard her on one of their tracks. When you’re done listening, check out this vintage Fuse News clip of Sky talking about BigBang’s G-Dragon.