The things artists like aren’t always the things everyone else does. They’re good at finding the unknown, forgotten and esoteric bits of our world. And at a time when it seems to make more sense just to bury our heads in the proverbial sand, artists are getting involved in these strange political and social times.
From new web series to graphic novels, films and museum exhibitions, we spoke to 10 international artists to get a glimpse into what’s on their radar over the next few months. What art will artists be looking at in 2017? Some responses might surprise you.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
2016 was a big year for Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who showed work at the Whitney in New York, had her first museum show at the Norton, and a first solo exhibition in Europe at Victoria Miro in London. The year ended with her biggest effort yet – her first child. Adjusting to her new schedule, she told Amuse: “I’m looking forward to seeing Kerry James Marshall at MOCA, Mark Bradford at the American Pavilion in Venice, and the Istanbul Biennial.”
The British artist, who relocated from Los Angeles to Montreal not long ago, is looking to films for inspiration and relief this year. “Number one for sure is Guardians of the Galaxy 2!” Fornieles, who also consulted his social networks on the subject, suggested anticipated remakes of Blade Runner, Alien, Wonder Woman, Trainspotting and Twin Peaks (all due for release this year) say something “about a technologically dark future and the nostalgic warmth that comes from remakes and familiar things.”
Currently on a residency at the prestigious British School in Rome, painter Vivien Zhang says, “In the year of the Rooster (Chinese New Year is coming up at the end of this month), the top three on my to-see-list are: the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, I learnt about the museum at the 2016 Contemporary Art Society conference; GRANPALAZZO, a curated art fair/”exhibition-event” set in Palazzo Rospigliosi, just outside of Rome; and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden.” Zhang’s work is currently on view at Long March Space in Beijing and will be presented at a solo booth by House of Egorn at MiArt in Milan at the end of March.
The razor-sharp polymath Martine Syms comes to London this week, for a takeover show at Sadie Coles presented by her New York gallery, Bridget Donahue. The LA-based artist told Amuse, “I’m excited to see Andrea Longacre-White’s upcoming exhibition at Various Small Fires [Los Angeles]. Andrea is strong ass woman who makes aggressive, sensual abstraction and I’m hyped for the new show.”
From Martine Syms: Fact Trouble. ICA (2016)
“Also, NTS Radio recently opened a station in Los Angeles. One of the launch events was an incredible show with Princess Nokia, Cam China, and the Rail Up Crew. It was one of the best shows I went to all year and I’m so happy we’re gonna get more,” said Syms.
“In 2017 I’m excited to see what people have been secretly working on and not telling anyone about. I know there’s a lot of stuff like that, so it’s hard for me to predict what I’m gonna experience this year!” says Molly Soda, whose practice has transitioned from social media to gallery spaces over the last year.
Her second solo exhibition at Annka Kultys gallery in East London, Comfort Zone, at the end of 2016 featured 18 hours of photobooth footage, as well as new resin sculptures of bedroom clutter and beauty paraphernalia. “From what I do know, I’m really looking forward to reading Darcie Wilder‘s book, literally show me a healthy person, which comes out via Tyrant Books this Spring. Her Twitter is a constant source of comfort for me and a lot of times I think we take the work that people do on Twitter for granted – there’s always this elevation of printed text versus digital text, which really bums me out,” she tells Amuse.
“I also had a friend recently show me this web series called Zhe Zhe. It’s basically about this band/two best friends and their adventures and it’s SUPER funny. I watched it all in one sitting. I heard a rumour that the second season is coming out this year so…”
“I’m looking forward to shows at and/or gallery and 1301pe gallery in LA,” says Cortright – known for her multi-layered paintings that turn the Internet into an impasto. “And I’m always looking forward to Stella McCartney shows.” Maybe because her practice demands it, she stays inside and online for hours a day, Cortright is also hyped about sports. “I also want to see who wins the Premier league this year. Particularly these games are gonna be crazy in the next few weeks: on 21st Jan, Man City v Tottenham and on 31st Jan, Liverpool v Chelsea, omg!”
Djordje Ozbolt’s current exhibition at the Holburne Museum in Bath shows the painter’s eclectic – and sometimes esoteric – range of references, from Science fiction to cat culture, art history to cartoons. His picks for 2017 equally seem to suggest his explorative and experimental tendencies.
His wish list is part-fantasy, part-whimsy, and includes a Mike Kelley retrospective, followed by a visit to the Shangri-La at the Shard, and finally to “see the publication of the second part of Alexander Tucker’s graphic novel World in a Forcefield.” You can catch Ozbolt’s exhibition, Brave New World, at Hauser Wirth Somerset from 19th January.
New York-based Alexandra Marzella is known for her interdisciplinary works, and as an outspoken art world provocateur, says: “I’m real excited for all new animated films coming out in 2017.” While Crumbling World Runway, curated by Marzella’s friend, India Menuez, at MoMA ps1 is the art event she’s most excited for. Catch it on 5th February at 3pm if you’re in New York.
Alex Da Corte
If you saw Da Corte’s object poems of the consumer everyday in New York, Los Angeles or at MaSS MOCA last year you’ll probably wonder where the artist draws his inspiration from.
In 2017, he’s looking to exceptional women. “I am really looking forward to the inimitable Alissa Bennett’s zine, Bad Behavior, due this February; Jo Nigoghossian’s beautifully grotesque and savage work at Team Gallery in June; Elaine Cameron-Weir’s sick alchemy at New Museum in April, Martine Syms taking MoMA in May, the brilliant curators Kim Nguyen at CCA Wattis and Jamillah James at ICA Los Angeles, and all things JTT and Bridget Donahue this year.”
Painter of fleshy situations, Celia Hempton says Jana Euler at Cabinet Gallery is at the top of her list in 2017. “I have never seen the paintings in person and quite intrigued. It seems like a way of painting that I quite envy – completely imaginative and bizarre – whereas I tend to look outwards and make images of things that are already in front of me,” she explains.
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Next is “Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern.” Hempton, who was born in 1981, says “the first Wolfgang Tillmans show I saw was when he won the Turner Prize when I had just started art school. I loved it then but haven’t really kept up with what he’s been doing since. Really looking forward to it.” Finally, she’ll be off to the ‘other Tate’ later this year to see Queer British Art 1861-1967. “I imagine that this show will have a very broad selection of work as it spans so many decades – looks fascinating.”
The wonderfully delightful and talented Nicki Minaj turns 34 today (she’s reminded us again and again that she’s a Sagittarius—which is a very Sag move, btw).
When we picture Minaj today, we no longer see the pink wigs and yellow eyeshadow we were once accustomed to. Instead, we see sleek hair and probably a Tom Ford dress. And of course, a super long, sharp cat eye. But it wasn’t always this way. The gradual evolution of her style is one thing, but the evolution of her winged liner has been drastic.
Back in 2014, we wrote about Nicki Minaj’s concerning eyeliner. Since then, it’s gotten better, for sure, but it’s also gotten bigger. Like, there’s just so much of it. Allow us to demonstrate.
Here she is 133 weeks ago (yes, we scrolled for a long time). That’s two and a half years ago. Look at that little baby winged liner. Cute!
Over the holidays, Queen Elizabeth II made headlines when she missed church services for Christmas and New Year’s due to a bad cold. She was even the victim of a death hoax in late December.
But on Sunday morning, the Queen put to rest current worries about her health when she attended church services at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham in King’s Lynn, England, People reports.
Prince William and Kate Middleton also attended the service.
Queen Elizabeth’s good health is the start we needed to 2017.
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Whip out your gel-pen notebook and add poster culture to the list of nostalgic trends making a comeback in 2017. Even in the age of endlessly scrolling Instagrams, personalized Pinterests, and tailored-just-to-your-liking memes, nothing really has the same impact as unfurling an image from a magazine and plastering it up on your bedroom wall. Vogue’s September 2016 issue came with a foldout poster of cover star Kendall Jenner in a beige slip and wearing bright red lipstick. Farrah Fawcett in her red Norma Kamali swimsuit is the progenitor of this category of poster; earlier it was pinup girl Bettie Page smirking in the California sand.
The current resurgence of poster culture adds a new element—it not only celebrates the image, but the human form itself. You see, many of fashion’s new posters showcase models completely, or almost completely, nude. The most startling example of this provocation comes from one of its most daring provocateurs, Jonathan Anderson. In advance of his J.W.Anderson Fall 2017 menswear show in London on Sunday, Anderson has released a poster campaign of full-frontal nude men. Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the pictures don’t hold anything back. They’re not sexy in the traditional sense—no oiled biceps or six-pack abs. Rather, they’re revealing looks at male nudity framed beside shots of pastel sunsets. Anderson’s frequent collaborator, photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, has his own nude poster out this month, too. As a part of the new magazine Print, Hawkesworth photographed model Mica Arganaraz wearing only undies with the name Jamie embroidered across the really nether regions. In all likeliness, fashion fans will be scooping up these posters in droves. Pro tip: Find a place to stash the framed nudes when your parents come over.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, February 2006
After a year’s worth of hugging our belongings to gauge their joy factor, Marie Kondo–style, it’s no surprise that the urge to keep things tidy and fresh in 2017 is still top of mind—right down to one’s makeup bag. “I recommend a clean sweep once every six months,” advises Brooklyn-based makeup artist Erin Green, whose cool-girl clients range from Petra Collins to Bella Hadid, for keeping a kit that’s not only streamlined, but thoroughly of-the-moment, too. “Trends move quickly; as creatures of habit, we can get stuck in the same cycle for years.”
To help yourself let go of the old and embrace the new, be it subversive shapes or bright colors, bold lips or perfectly groomed (but not over-groomed) brows, Green lays out her best tips for streamlining your set of tools—and your mind in the process—in 2017.
Take a Long, Hard Look at Your Brow Pencil
“Ladies need to reassess their brow situations: Do not underestimate the power of brushed eyebrow hairs,” says Green of resisting the urge to overdraw a set of arches. “If you have an eyebrow pencil that is the same color or darker than your hair, toss it. You are using something far too dark, and it will look like a sharpie on your forehead.” Green stresses that the color of your brow products should be two shades lighter than your hair color, “so it appears as a shadow, not a solid color.” Hourglass’s Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils and Glossier’s Boybrow Gel are great options for realistic color and a naturally groomed, full effect.
Toss the Color-Correcting Palettes
“Girls are going too far with the color correctors by applying them heavily and taking away from the natural contours of the face,” says Green of the popular 2016 trend. “These palettes are useful for a professional makeup artist who needs to correct spots on an array of different skin tones in photos, but the idea of makeup is not to cover up who you are but to enhance features.” To achieve a more even look, Green suggests following a tinted moisturizer with a flesh-toned concealer, like Clé de Peau’s, on troubled areas. “It’s expensive but worth every penny,” Green says of the company’s cult formula.
Pare Down Your Lipstick Collection
To make space for the new, Green suggests committing to the lipstick shades that actually work for you. “Any beauty junkie is guaranteed to have three or more tubes of lipstick that are only slightly different shades—find the one that works and toss the other two . . . or 12,” she explains. If a sheer nude is your staple, consider adding in a high-impact option like Tom Ford’s Bruised Plum lipstick. “I like to keep a bold lip color in my day-to-day makeup bag at all times,” says Green. “It can get you ready for a night out when you only have five minutes to get out the door, or draw attention away from other problem areas if you have a breakout or tired eyes.”
Embrace Kool Aid–Bright Pigments and Pops of Glitter
“I’m loving all of the color and glitter that’s popping up,” Green enthuses of the playful takes on ’80s-club-kid–inspired makeup that are replacing the contoured Insta faces of last year. “I think as we move forward, it will be about solid blocks of colors on bare faces with strategic glitter placement.” Referencing everything from Gypsy Sport’s unconventional eye colors to Gucci’s pink eyebrows on the Spring 2017 runways, Green makes the case for fearless experimentation in the year ahead. Her preferred weapon of choice: Makeup Forever’s Flash palette.
Trade Petroleum-Based Balms for Multitasking Stains
“If I can have one item that does two to three things, I’m delighted,” says Green, who dislikes petroleum-based formulas. She prefers RMS’s sheer Lip2Cheek balms, which are made of completely natural and organic oils and tints; Fresh’s Sugar Lip Balm with SPF protection offers a natural hint of color on lips that translates seamlessly on cheeks.
Get Serious About Your Lashes
“Forever and always, an eyelash curler is essential,” says Green, who insists that a tool like the Shu Uemura favorite makes all of the difference in allowing the eyes to shine brighter without the shadow of uncurled lashes. Green also suggests layering mascara formulas. “A little trick I do is to keep two going at the same time. I have one [that’s a few] months old, and one that’s new,” says Green. “I apply the older version as a base, because it’s more fibrous and grabs and plumps the lashes at the root. The newer one then glides on silkier, and I pull that to the ends to avoid chunks on the tips of my lashes.” Green swears by Mally’s Volumizing Mascara for both steps. “It washes off easily with soap and water, it’s not damaging to your eyelashes, it is heavily pigmented black, and you can build on it without getting flakes of dried mascara on your face.”
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Palomo Spain is making a menswear fairy tale come true—quite literally. Twenty-four-year-old designer Alejandro Gomez Palomo founded the label less than a year ago with a debut collection titled Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s novelistic take on the Shakespearean gender-fluid character. Tracksuits came in jewel tones with peplums and bishop sleeves—fit for any Elizabethan sports fanatics out there. Poet shirts were done in robin’s egg blue, and for the dramatic disco eccentric, there were tear-away denim flares. “I feel that boys need to discover different ways to wear clothes that we haven’t been able to wear up until now,” said Palomo recently via phone. This past season he translated his otherworldly, frill-forward attitude into more Elizabethan touches: Ruffles fanned out at the arm in a flouncy fashion, while blouses were cropped and the shoulders left exposed. Even the classic pinstripe suit received a magical makeover via a dipping décolletage embroidered with flowers.
“I project what I desire and then I bring it to my own universe. Like ‘Let’s take it to a different level and fantasize a bit more in the way they dress,’ ” Palomo said. He sources mostly vintage materials, from a now-closed factory in Córdoba, Spain. “I work with materials that are usually used for womenswear,” he said. He also worked with “a very traditional haute couture fabric house that my seamstress has been using her entire career. She does the dressmaking for older and wealthy women. That is the most feminine aspect of my sewing.”
Still, many buyers are purchasing the pieces for women. (After all, what girl wouldn’t want to try on a pair of those Pepto pink velvet flares or that fuchsia sequined jumpsuit?). Even though he maintains his clothes are made for men, and designed with men’s bodies in mind, Palomo takes this in stride. “It is erotic to be buying men’s clothes that are actually something really feminine,” he said. “I think there is an attachment of mystery and excitement for women to buy men’s clothes.” As for Palomo Spain’s next chapter, mark February 2 on the calendar: The label was invited by the CFDA to show at New York Men’s Fashion Week.
Now that 2017 is finally here, you can officially argue the point that you haven’t done any shopping this year and have it be valid. Since we know our loyal readers (that’s you) are always on the hunt for the items that are on the verge of trending as opposed to the trends all their friends are already wearing, we gathered the shopping items that fashion connoisseurs absolutely need this 2017.
The spring 2017 runway collections presented colors, textures, and themes that had us wide-eyed and hopeful for the new year of fashion ahead. If we can summarize the ultimate fashion-girl shopping list into on word, it would be this: lively. From pink pants to rainbow accessories, statement sleeves to long-forgotten logo-adorned pieces, we apologize in advance for the number of items you’re about to buy. Would this be the appropriate time to say sorry, not sorry?
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“It’s my first time at the Golden Globes, so I wanted to be the golden globe,” said Priyanka Chopra, laughing. Arriving into Los Angeles on Sunday morning, after her flight from New York was delayed due to a snowstorm, she was still more than ready for her shining moment. “I’m excited about it,” she said. “I love diamonds and I love Ralph Lauren.” Embroidered with sparkling gold embellishment, her Ralph Lauren Collection dress certainly lived up to Chopra’s fantasies and took a total of 1,600 hours to complete. With the help of her stylist, Cristina Ehrlich, she accessorized the look with a glittering 45-carat diamond drop statement necklace from Lorraine Schwartz for good measure.
The Golden Globes newbie also had the happy task of presenting the award for best male actor in a television drama that night. “I think it’s about being easy,” said Chopra on dressing for the occasion. “You’ve got to have your own vibe about who you are, and suck it in!” It’s fair to say the gorgeous Indian actress made a great first impression both on the carpet and center stage. So what’s her secret to making a grand entrance? “I’m just being me,” said Chopra, “[but] try and get a good night’s rest.” Here, Chopra shares snaps from her whirlwind Golden Globes adventure.
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Emily Ratajkowski and Priyanka Chopra Go Inside the Golden Globes for the First Time Ever: