An absolute classic, this piece of art, was made by enfant-terrible Damien Hirst using 8,601 flawless diamonds including a pear-shaped pink diamond known as the Skull Star Diamond. It costed £14 million to produce. The work of art was originally piched at £50 million and said to have been successfully sold to an anonymous buyer. Up until today though, there has been no real proof.
This arcane object is a fantastic and excessive masse of intense light, whereas death, in art, is usually bleak and surrounded by dying light and shadow. Yet there it is, in a careful installation, revealed more then just shown. We see it shine, intrigued by its eerie magnificence.
For The Love Of God, by artist Damien Hirst
Personal notes from the artist taken from the publication ‘The Making of The Diamond Skull’ _ Published by Other Criteria/White Cube.
A jewelry box can have as much history as the jewel itself,
Carved from ancient wood, adorned with oysters and shells, jewelry boxes have been a well thought of design item through history. Very often, buried next to their kings and Egyptian Pharaos!
During our visit at Dimitris Tataris’ exhibition at Kalfayan Gallery Athens_’A Day In Hell’_ we picked up a rather controversially designed jewel box. The Cretan artist, a student of great painter Dimitris Mytaras, knows how to pay attention to detail. He mixes different elements of his multi-faceted talent, presenting complex and technically perfect works, bizarre collages overlaid on old engravings and then some..
Dimitris Tataris, Art Box, 2014 (detail)
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Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki. www.kalfayangalleries.com
Sent to us by our friend and art consultant Beatrice Spengou
The idea behind the work of Spanish graffiti artistic team called Boa Mistura is to inspire, unite and transmit that positive energy that we all need. Famous for splashing color and messages of hope through many cities, whether it is during big changes or difficult times, it makes us realize there’s nothing better then just being ourselves.
Cape Town 2011 http://www.boamistura.com/
We discovered our campaign with Danish super-star-model Carmen Kass
has inspired young artists!
Artist @bad_fever goes crazy with her pencils, drawing faces of stars
models and actresses, creating all the right shadows.
Her insta account, quite a popular one, features our collaboration with Carmen.
Here is her work, regrammed by the model herself on her personal instagram account:
Talent is often seen through simplicity. Our friend and visual artist Constantinos Varvitsiotis flew from New York to celebrate with us his latest project: 365 The project. A poster for everyday at Zoumboulakis Gallery. The 12th of October 2013 was the diamond day. Bling bling!
Constantinos Varvitsiotis_ http://threesixfivetheproject.squarespace.com/
Marlène Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Marylin Monroe, Princess Grace Kelly, Eva Gardner, Betty Davis all turned into diamonds by artist Vik Muniz.
Vik Muniz is a Brazilian avant garde spirit, artist, photographer, sculptor based in New York.
One of his famous works is the Diamond Divas series.
He used more then 3,000 loose diamonds, an estimate of 550 carats.
‘I love the way the diamonds play with the light’ was his first insight. A thing we know too well.
Buyers were interested while the pieces were still in the making,
‘because they are fascinated by diamonds.’
Vik Muniz’s ‘Monica Vitti’, 2004 (pictured above), will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on the 7th of March 2014 in New York. Lot 221, estimated price 60,000USD – 80,000USD.