Fashion.Art.Books

An archive of my ever expanding book and print collection

Tag: M/M Paris

M/M Paris – Carpetalogue

Last Thursday was the beginning of a busy weekend for art lovers in London as the art-world descended on the city for the Frieze art fair. Whilst the fair got under way in Regents park, galleries all over London opened new shows. Top of my list was the M/M Paris exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers. It had been six years since M/M Paris last exhibited in London, so this was a long overdue opportunity to see their work up close and in the flesh. For this exhibition, Carpetalogue, M/M Paris recreated four of their works as enormous hand made carpets. The carpets took their designs from a variety of sources in the M/M Paris archive including their icon The Agent, pages from a sketch book and a Givenchy invite. The carpets were presented like pages of a book on multicoloured wooden frames (the weight of the carpets was so great that the frames needed some unexpected reinforcement to cope with them).

In addition to the carpets, M/M Paris were also launching their new retrospective monograph The M to M of M/M Paris. Both Mathias and Michaël were on hand to sign copies of this and a selection of their other books, including two new limited edition books, Slatur and The Givenchy Files (which I will post about later). For those of you in London you can visit a pop-up shop in the gallery where you can buy a wide range of new and hard to find books and objects from M/M Paris, for those of you around the world you can buy direct from M/M Paris here.

The back of the carpet and the frame

Pop-up shop to fulfil all your M/M Paris desires

Advertisements

Visionaire 59 – Fairytale

For issue 59, Visionaire collaborated with Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to create a mini library of childrens books entitled Fairytale. Together, they recruited and paired up artists from music (Bjork), fashion (Viktor & Rolf) , literature (Cecily von Ziegesar and Stéphanie Cohen Chaptal), art (Richard Phillips, Douglas Gordon and John Baldessari) and film (James Franco and Kirsten Dunst) to come up with eleven books with themes that ranged from the traditional to the surreal. In addition, each book used a different technique to add another dimension; the book by Bjork, Sjon, M/M Paris and Gabriela Fridriksdottir played a new track by Bjork (The Comet Song from the Moomins movie) as you flicked through the pages, Viktor & Rolf used glow in the dark ink and Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellantin created a scratch and sniff book. Other unique touches included holograms, flocking, foil stamping and lenticular images. The collection was held together by a black patent leather traditional bookstrap and produced in an edition of 4000 copies. A portion of the proceeds from this issue went towards funding scholarships for the Blue School, a not-for-profit creative elementary school in New York.

Jo Ratcliffe and Stephanie Cohen Chaptal

Bjork, Sjon, Gabriela Fridriksdottir and M/M Paris

John Baldessari

Karen Kilimnik and Kirsten Dunst

Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno

Richard Phillips and Cecily Von Ziegesar

Viktor & Rolf

Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellatin

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin – Pretty Much Everything

In 2006 it was announced that Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin would be releasing a retrospective of their work entitled Pretty Much Everything through publishing house Steidl. I am a huge admirer of their work and waited with baited breath for its release, however it never materialised and it looked like it may never be released. Then last year Taschen announced that they would now be releasing the career retrospective with the same title. Even better, the issue would be a limited edition of 1200 copies and be beautifully housed in a huge slipcase with one of Lamsweerde and Matadin’s iconic images printed on it. I finally received my copy this month, after waiting six years, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

The word Tome gets thrown around a lot when artists release career-spanning books but this really does deserve the description, it is enormous and weighs a ton! The slipcase is beautiful and has been meticulously designed by long time collaborators M/M Paris. The fabric covered case has the image Me Kissing Vinoodh (Eternally) printed on it and, in a nice addition, has an origami silkscreen poster wrapped over one corner.  Inside the case are two volumes signed by the artists and with photos tipped in on the covers. The 666 images inside document their career to date and cover their fine art, fashion and editorial work. As you make your way through the books you are reminded of  just how many iconic images of the last two decades and more were created by the duo. Among my favourite images are those they created with M/M Paris such as Alphabet, AlphamenPunctuation and the Balenciaga campaigns and their work with another of my two favourites Bjork and Visionaire. In addition to the two volumes of images, their is a third book containing essays and interviews that cover the history, inspiration and genius of Lamsweerde and Matadin.

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

%d bloggers like this: