new york fashion week

Dasha Zhukova and ‘Garage Magazine’ Team for Live Radio From Le Baron

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Kicking off today, the first day of New York Fashion Week, Dasha Zhukova, founder of the Garage: Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow and Garage Magazine, is getting together with her team at the magazine to bring you Radio Garage nyfw, a live broadcast from Le Baron Chinatown. Some of the guests thus far confirmed include Iman, Jefferson Hack, Carine Roitfeld, Simon Doonan, Olivier Zahm, Suzy Menkes, Richard Chai, Tim Blanks and Tavi Gevinson. Read More


Dasha Zhukova Nabs Leo Award

Zhukova. (Patrick McMullan)

Dasha Zhukova has been awarded the 2012 Leo Award by the Independent Curators International. Named after the pioneering art dealer Leo Castelli, the award honors the achievements of similarly ground-breaking figures in the field of contemporary art. Ms. Zhukova’s being recognized for her “pioneering and forward-thinking” approach to conceiving of and building new institutions and creating international opportunities for artists and curators. Read More

art and hype

Believe the Hype! How PR Took the Art World

Owen Wilson and Val Kilmer at the party at Soho Beach House during Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011. (Courtesy Nadine Johnson)

“That was covered on Perez Hilton,” PR agent Michelle Finocchi announced proudly to The Observer. She wasn’t talking about a Kim Kardashian marriage breakup or wardrobe mishap but was instead referring to an artwork, Lindsay Lohan, a short film by artist Richard Phillips, which debuted last June on the Gagosian Gallery YouTube channel and at the Venice Biennale, before getting picked up by the tabloids—all part of Ms. Finocchi’s plan.

We’d called Ms. Finocchi to ask her about PR’s incursion into the art world. Yes, PR. Before going further, let’s get the bite-the-hand-that-feeds-us stuff out of the way: this is an article about publicists and the art world. Now more than ever, PR controls access (or at least tries to) in the art world—when journalists know things, how we know things, whether or not we get to know things in the first place. We wanted to take a look at how that became the case; in what follows we’re not biting the hand that feeds us. We’re just, you know, examining it. Read More

performance art

Marina Abramovic’s ‘The Artist is Present’ Travels to Moscow; Reviewer Finds Performance Art ‘Magical’


A truncated version of Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” exhibition, shown in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art, traveled to collector Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. Forty-seven Russian artists were trained by Ms. Abramovic to stage live re-enactments of some of the artist’s past works. Ms. Zhukova, if you’ll recall, recently launched The Greatest Magazine in the History of Mankind. It is called Garage. It is not about Garages. Read More