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Scenes from Jamaica painted by Hurvin Anderson
British artist Hurvin Anderson is best known for his ‘Barbershop’ series – colorful, almost abstract paintings inspired by the salons he attended with his father as a child – which earned him a 2017 Turner Prize nomination Arts Club of Chicago combines a handful of these works with more recent paintings created after a trip Anderson took four years ago to Jamaica, where much of his family is from. These works show the lush Jamaican landscape: eruptions of foliage are in emerald and avocado, ringlet and fuchsia tones and envelop abandoned structures made of concrete and limestone – modern ruins hidden behind jungle thickets. Anderson, the youngest of eight children, was born in Birmingham (he now lives in London) and grew up while his family remembered their lives in the Caribbean before moving to England in the 1960s. The title of the exhibition, “Anywhere but Nowhere”, was taken from the 1973 hit by the Jamaican music artist KC White and offers an emotional run-through that suggests the longing and loss that keep certain geographies alive in us, elusive oases of memory and the imagination which, with the passage of time, become almost mythical. “Anywhere but Nowhere” runs through August 7, 201 East Ontario Street, Chicago, artsclubchicago.org at the Arts Club of Chicago.
Adding accessories can be a challenge during those hot summer months, which is why artist Meghann Stephenson’s recent launch of M. Finley – a line of silk scarves made in Como, Italy – by artist Meghann Stephenson is particularly exciting. When Stephenson realized that existing brands weren’t making scarves to match their style, Stephenson saw the opportunity to create their own: think Hermès, but with a palette and aesthetic similar to that of California’s poppy Super Blooms and the Color Field Paintings “from the 1950s and 60s, along with the art of Ellsworth Kelly and Katrin Bremermann. The line includes four delicate patterns in lush swirls of mauve, burnt orange, pale pink and soft white that are perfect for any time of the year. As Stephenson says, M. Finley scarves add “playfulness, intrigue and glamor” to any outfit. $ 96, mfinleystudio.com.
5 books celebrating emerging artists
When the Parisian concept shop Colette closed its doors in 2017, its co-founder and creative director Sarah Andelman started a new project called Just an Idea. His goal, says Andelman – who is known for nurturing emerging innovators, from young Virgil Abloh to Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver – is to “showcase talent from around the world and help them showcase their work.” To this end, Just an Idea enables collaboration between big brands and young designers. And recently it ventured into the world of publishing, bringing out a series of five books, each exploring the vision of a different creative. For example, fashion designer Nicole McLaughlin transforms discarded clothing and objects into sculptural clothing – from chunky shoes from tennis balls to vests sewn together from Ziploc bags – while the Parisian florist and former art dealer Louis-Géraud Castor creates sublime floral compositions that you explore the poetic shapes and forms of the botanical world. Other creatives highlighted in the collection include writer and artist Douglas Coupland, Sydney-based illustrator and sneaker collector Eric Ng, and graphic designer Sho Shibuya. Andelman plans to bring out two sets of these books a year: “They’re like a visual portfolio for any artist,” she says. About $ 60, justanidea.com.
More than a bank
For Tel Aviv-based architect Simon Barazin, the past year was a year of change. Tired of designing large commercial skyscrapers, he leaves his company to open his own small studio focused on interiors and furniture. His latest project, which he developed together with graphic designers Tal Baltuch and Tom Melnick, began with a simple need: a bench that doubles as a table for the shared workplace. But the limited F04 bench is more than just a piece of furniture: it is also a kind of optical illusion. Almost four feet long, the object is made of translucent panes of treated Plexiglas (a material that reflects and refracts surrounding light) so that it emits a spectrum of brightly colored shadows. Barazin – whose work plays with this idea of what’s real and what isn’t – also released an NFT version of the piece later that year. About $ 2,500, simonbarazin.com.
The designer Adam Selman is not afraid to experiment with cut or color: his sporty and at the same time playful sportswear from his label of the same name is aimed at self-confident women. So it felt like a natural extension of the brand as he unveiled a swimwear collection that promises to outfit those looking forward to the “wild summer” the designer himself is hoping for. The line, which offers a variety of styles – from low-cut one-pieces to sporty bikini tops with a round neckline and high-waisted bottoms – is available in bright, expressive hues and iridescent patterns, and also includes beach towels, totes and a zippered bag. Without sacrificing design for support or comfort, the suits are made from recycled nylon and spandex and designed with different body shapes and tones in mind. (An accessories collection with cover-ups and hats is also in the works.) “Adam Selman Swim is not for wallflowers,” says the designer. “It’s made for women who want to stand out.” From $ 60, adamselman.com.
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