Juergen Teller’s inimitable and raw style of photography has been helping redefine the genre for over three decades. From crafting a signature look for Marc Jacobs advertisements to his infamous images of Kristen McMenamy, the German photographer’s work is that of a true original.
Now there is an opportunity to get to know his work from a more autobiographical and personal side. An accumulation of his weekly columns for newspaper Die Zeit, consisting of a personally selected image and accompanying explanatory text, Pictures And Words is not only an introduction to the Teller aesthetic, but also an insight into the thought behind it.
For those who are running a bit late on their gift-giving rituals this year, an almost 200-page hardcover book of Juergen Teller’s photographs and musings is a pretty good place to start.
With Christmas over, the party’s only just starting. Twin asked DJ Mia Moretti to serve up some New Year tunes to launch us into 2012. Originally from Oakland, the 27-year-old currently resides in New York and plays parties and fashion shows across the globe. ”My highlight of 2011 was playing inside the I.M. Pei pyramid at Louvre,” she says. “I can’t wait to hear new original music in 2012.”
On New Year’s Eve she’ll be spinning tracks at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas opening for Stevie Wonder. Twin asked Mia for her nine must have tracks…
1/ HOLY GHOST! – I Wanted To Tell Her This cover of Ministry’s early 80s hit with both Nancy Whang and Juan MacLean featured on the track (and in the video) is the perfect combination of throw-back jam and nu-disco. What a way to start 2012, right?
2/ KATE BUSH – Wuthering Heights A lot of people hate Kate Bush, but I think she sounds like a sweet angel calling from heaven.
3/ STEVIE WONDER - Do I Do On NYE I’ll be in Las Vegas opening for Stevie Wonder, this is one of my all time favourites.
4/ JESSICA 6 – White Horse If I had to pick a band of the year, it would be Jessica 6. This track was released in the beginning of 2011, but it is just as current, if not more, than it was a year ago. Its touches of funk, disco-pop, & filtered house make it an instant classic.
5/ MIDNIGHT MAGIC - Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix) Everything Jacques Renault remixes has a nice disco feel, but this track is especially dancey and extremely catchy.
6/ LITTLE DRAGON – Ritual Union (Tensnake Remix) It’s the year of the Dragon, so I thought this Little Dragon track was appropriate.
7/ DJ MIA MORETTI & CAITLIN MOE - So Beautiful (Sex Ray Vision Remix) This is my debut single, it was just released last week. Here’s a sexy remix from a couple of kids that go to Stanford and make intellectual dance music. Just kidding, I made that last part up.
8/ MAYER HAWTHORNE - No Strings (Classixx Original) Mayer Hawthorne is also playing the NYE show I am playing with Stevie Wonder. He’s been on tour opening up for Chromeo, his live show is a treat if you ever have a chance to see it. This remix is by two of my favorite LA DJs, Classixx.
9/ FLEETWOOD MAC - The Chain I hope that in 2012 you break all the bad chain and latch together all the good chains in your life.
Throughout 2010 Tyrone Lebon photographed friends and family in his own image. The result is Nothing Lasts Forever, an intimate anthology of the friends and family who passed through his Brixton studio during that period. ”It doesn’t reflect much about the way I am feeling now, but back at the start of 2010 I was in a darker mood,” says Lebon. “These photos are about impermanence and change, and this project began as a way of mourning that.
“Photography is especially good at highlighting change, as a moment and all the circumstances that surrounded it are frozen in a picture life moves on. By the end of 2010 I didn’t feel the same and the photos started to feel forced so I stopped, and started working on printing the images and getting the book made.”
Composed of 60 portraits of sombre beauty, Nothing Lasts Forever reflects the passage of time and the ephemeral nature of a feeling.
The festive season always gets musicians in a flurry of Yule spirit and this year there’s been no shortage of Christmas song offerings from the likes of Dog is Dead and She & Him. Twin’s favourite is by Summer Camp, who for a second year running has proffered a special Christmas prezzie to fans.
This year it’s a simply smashing mash up of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time and Mariah’s classic karaoke high-hitter All I Want For Christmas Is You. Featuring Eighties synth and Elizabeth Sankey’s signature cool vocals it’s all we want to listen to on Christmas Day.
We love Alice Dellal for her irreverent beauty and punk attitude and it seems Karl Lagerfeld is a fan too. Chanel have now confirmed that the model, and Thrush Metal drummer, will be the new face of their Boy Chanel handbag collection. With Chanel declaring the Boy Chanel collection will strive to subvert conformist notions of femininity, it’s clear why Alice is the perfect muse.
The campaign has been styled and shot my Karl himself and at the moment all we’re getting is a sneak peek within the design house’s rococo walls, but we can’t wait to see what edge Alice brings to a Chanel skirt-suit.
The Boy Chanel campaign will be revealed in March 2012. chanel.com
For her first solo show, Love Before Intimacy, artist Lola Montes Schnabel has created an Arcadian landscape energised by the vibrancy and colour of passion.
Created over the past year, the five canvases on show at The Hole gallery in Manhattan share a unity of pallet and subject. Each painting depicts an episode in a narrative of androgynous youth encountering each other on a remote Greek island. Depicting a time of love before sexuality, nude youths make free in her heated teal and tan landscape.
Blending expressionism with figurative painting, it is Schnabel’s own heated application of paint that sets her scenes of romance and free love on fire.
Love Before Intimacy is at The Hole, 312 Bowery, New York until February 4th, 2012 theholenyc.com
Four decades of society-questioning artwork will be on display as part of the Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence exhibition at the MoMA.
A self-proclaimed feminist artist, she started out as part of the Nova Umjetnička Praksa (New Art Practice) generation in Croatia. To this day, the Zagreb-born creative continues to produce fascinating and deeply critical work in the form of photographs, sculptures and installations. In her early work, Iveković showed an insight into the psychological effects of mass media through work such as Double Life in 1975, which placed a collection of the artist’s personal photographs alongside women’s magazine advertisements.
Nowadays, her work analyses politics, gender, paradoxes as well as the place and representation of women within society. Figure & Ground, her 2006 compilation of collages depicting blood-covered female models in high-fashion military-style outfits as armed terrorists, as well as Women’s House, for which the artist produced facial plaster casts of abuse victims, are a testament to this ideology.
Innovative and thought-provoking, Sanja Iveković proves that art is best when served with afterthought.
Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence is exhibiting at the The Museum Of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 until March 26 moma.org
To celebrate the launch of their new website, luxury footwear brand Hogan has invited cult photographer and blogger Todd Selby to record a day in the life of 17 inspiring creatives going about their day-to-day lives and of course in a pair of Hogan’s finest.
Among the 17 creatives stars featured in Future Roots are Twin favourite, illustrator Quentin Jones, artists Gaia Repossi and Lola Montes Schnabel and director Benn Northover. Each film is up to five minutes long, enough time to reveal each person and what they represent, while leaving the viewer with some seriously stimulating thoughts. Thank you Hogan.
This holiday, Madewell, the effortlessly cool jean makers, are asking whether you prefer tea or coffee? Shoes or bags? Sparkle or confetti? Dree Hemingway and Maria Muñoz star in this fabulously fun fashion film. Each choice reveals a different sequence. Girls..I bet you only need one second to choose…enjoy.
Brixton, and Market Row in particular, is quite the foodie destination thanks to the likes of Franca Manca and Rosie’s. But there’s a new kid on the block that’s luring the after-hours crowd. Seven at Brixton is an eclectic venue offering art, board games, pintxos and cocktails.
Paying homage to its former life as a luggage shop, suitcases take the place of shelves in the bar and the cocktail menus are printed on brown luggage tags. At £5 a pop cocktails are purse-friendly and the in-house creations are inventive; try the Electric Avenue – marmalade, apple vodka and pomegranate juice, served in a sherbet-dipped martini glass. Failing that, the classics are just as delicious – an Old Fashioned is an ideal winter warmer. The food, seemingly typical tapas fare, is a similar mix to that of the cocktails. Expect the classics done well alongside inventive, moreish little dishes like sherry-soaked figs on bruschetta.
Past a church pew and up a storey via the crooked staircase artists have been invited to produce temporary installations in each of the rooms, which will be changed every three months. Sam Cook and Joe Crowdy’s mounted paper sculpture is accompanied by A3 sheets of ‘cut-around’ instructions; these lie waiting on the makeshift road sign table for eager fans to recreate their triangular work.
In another room Adam Hemuss’ scribblings creep up the walls and onto the ceiling. Sitting up here is like taking part in a live installation; don’t be put off if half-way through your conversation an art enthusiast pops up next to you to observe the works.
Seven at Brixton is open to catch the breakfast crowd from 8am but it closes relatively early for a cocktail bar (6pm Mon-Wed, 10pm Thurs-Sat and 5pm on Sundays). The address itself surely insinuates the best time to visit. Meet you there at 7pm.
Seven at Brixton is at 7 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB