Who’s “Primitive” now?
How creative people see the world today and the respect we give to other cultures was profoundly changed by the act of a very brilliant if unassuming man. The world of art lost a champion and an intellectual heavyweight fighter who won through the power of words, with the passing of Thomas McEvilley on March 2, 2013. McEvilley, an art critic and author was founder of the M.F.A. criticism...
The Eye Has to Travel
The lights from the Temple of Dendur glowed in the sky as if the Egyptian night was outside the windows. I wander from room to room in Diane Von Furstenberg’s spectacular apartment on Fifth Ave. facing the Metropolitan Museum. A group of men in suits sat quietly listening to a petite woman perched on a low ottoman, they were transfixed by her vibrant descriptions of the world delivered in a...
Antonio’s World… Changed Mine
(Antonio Lopez films Jerry Hall, photo by Norman Parkinson) (This bag, hand painted by Antonio was a thank you for a party we held for him at Bloomingdales. Private collection of John C Jay.) (This drawing was for a Bloomingdale’s ad for accessories and part of the Suzanne Geiss Gallery exhibit.) (Drawing on left was for Bloomingdale’s China campaign. Left top and bottom for...
(Photo illustration by Miles Johnson) (Rorschach by Andy Warhol, The Painting Factory: Abstractions After Warhol) (Kelley Walker) (Tauba Auerbach) (Josh Smith) It’s never easy being defined as the devil but it helps when you are on stage of the Cooper Union with 2 other candidates for the inquisition. Tokion Magazine’s launch of its Creativity Now conference on September 6, 2003...
America’s Got Talent
Growing up on North High Street in Columbus, Ohio is a long ways from sitting at a table in the White House having lunch with the First Lady, Michelle Obama. This was my second time dining in the big house, but the first to have the honor to chat with our First Lady at her table. The White House, as you can imagine is a very inspiring place and somewhere in my never defrosted freezer, I still...
We Lost a Legend Today
We Lost a Legend Today. I put on the large headphones as the roar of the rotors began to break the still of the summer sky. I give the thumbs up as the pilot to my left lifts the helicopter off the ground, the clear bubble I am sitting in allows me to see the asphalt quickly diminish as we reach straight-up for the clouds. I peer around my other shoulder to see a chorus line of other...
The Smoothest of Them All
The Smoothest of Them All. The music and video world was in the middle of a creative revolution called MTV. It’s midnight in London and photographer Herb Ritts and I are in Tina Turner’s trailer as she is taking a break from her video shoot. She offers to cook for us as she opens up a can of Campbell’s Soup. It was life imitating Art. Rock, especially R&B had a history of charismatic male...
Weapons of Self-Destruction
Artist, Tom Sachs is still riding high with all the international press for his extraordinary “Space Program: Mars” exhibition in New York. I have a number of personal pieces that Tom has made for me over the years and some have never been seen by the public. Because there is tremendous interest now in all things made by Tom, I thought I would share one very unusual piece of art made for me by...
Portland: Before there was “cool”
Portland continues to be on the international radar of culture seekers. Not a week goes by without editors from NYC, London or Tokyo seen instagraming their way through town during their frequent reconnaissance trips. How long can the flames flicker? Long before Portlandia. the ubiquitous food carts and the commodification of kitsch, Portland had an unlikely influence in modernism and...
More from “Mars”
Tom Sachs’ “Space Program: Mars” (May 16 to June 17) at the Park Avenue Armory is an art happening that has captured the original spirit of NASA. A spirit that this nation is yearning for again…a time of optimism, hope and achievement for the nation…a time when science and art became inseparable. Sach’s show is at once high concept yet the most democratic art event in years. The...
The Red Ball // March 31, 2011
Diane Von Furstenberg has been a friend for over 25 years but her influence and inspiration has been even longer for me. In my first career as an editorial designer at business magazine, I was able to attend one of her early fashion shows in New York.. My assistant art director, who came along, said to me that day, “This is really where you want to be isn’t it?” As a kid from Columbus Ohio, I...
Art Directors Club Hall of Fame 2011
Art Directors Club New York, NY | November 2011 I continue to receive many requests to see my installation at the Art Directors Club in NYC which was designed for The 2011 Hall of Fame Awards. I was so incredibly fortunate be included in this remarkable group of legendary talent. For my Hall of Fame induction, the club asked that I mount a show which best demonstrated my career and creative...