Category Archives: FASHION

L.A. ART BOOK FAIR

DoPe Press is extremely happy to see the return of the Printed Matter–LA Art Book Fair to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. We will be in section H07 on the main level.

Our newest publications—the journal PARIS LA 16: “The Fashion and Writing Issue” and the artist’s book …my life in the sunshine—Liz Craft 2006–2017—will be available, as well as our back catalogue and a selection of out-of-print titles.

For art and fashion lovers: In 2013 the artist Max Hooper Schneider created a silk scarf edition with P.P.M. Studio, Milan. We are offering the edition for purchase, as well as his last available original artwork from this series—dense, hand-drawn graphic lines recalling imaginative worlds and biologies—which will be part of a forthcoming book published by DoPe Press in September 2019.

In addition, we have invited some friends and family from Paris to share their publications and journals: Paraguay Press, MAY, and Profane.

PRINTED MATTER—L.A. ART BOOK FAIR 2019

Opening night, April 11, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Friday, April 12, from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Saturday, April 13, from 11 am to 7 pm.

Sunday, April 14, from 11 am to 6 pm.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Cassi Namoda, Love and compromise between a clock and hyena, 2018, from “Selected Paintings,” PARIS LA 16; Liz Craft, …my life in the sunshine–Liz Craft 2006-2017 page layout; image from PARIS LA 16, drawing of Lotta Volkova by Cédric Rivrain, 2018; image from PARIS LA 14, photograph of Elizabeth Schmitt Jennerjahn and Robert Rauschenberg at Black Mountain College by Hazel Larsen Archer; image from Alex Hubbard, Eat Your Friends (DoPe Press, 2015); Max Hooper Schneider, silk scarf edition for P.P.M. Studio, 2013, photograph by Nuage Lepage, 2019; image from PARIS LA 14, Juliana Huxtable, Sympathy for the Martyr, 2015; image from Oscar Tuazon, Live (DoPe Press and Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014); cover image, Pentti Monkkonen, Box Truck Paintings (DoPe Press, 2014); PARIS LA 16 inside covers, Michèle Lamy, photograph by Katerina Jebb, 2018.

PARIS ASS BOOK FAIR 2019

The Paris Ass Book Fair returns to Palais de Tokyo this weekend.

This celebration of print publications (books, periodicals, fanzines, comics, multiples, and literature) that “explore taboos, sex, and gender… as playful, poetic and political subjects” will feature guest panels on Saturday and Sunday.*

PARIS ASS BOOK FAIR*

Opening night: Friday, April 5, from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Saturday, April 6, from noon to 9 pm.

Sunday, April 7, from noon to 7 pm.

Palais de Tokyo

13 avenue du président Wilson, 16th, Paris.

From top: Jules Magistry, Montreuil; from the series Tempest Under the Mask, Printing on Fire (Paris) and 17 17 (Marseille), James St. Findlay, Red Star, Ginny, London; Uzine, Paris; Sissy Boy, Brooklyn; Spyros Rennt, Berlin; _ricci/forte Performing Art Ensemble_, On Your Slate, Paris; Marilou Chabert, Paris; Kink, a magazine by Paco and Manolo, Barcelona; Faye and Gina, graphic design studio, Paris, founded in 2016 by Helena Kadji and Rocío Ortiz.

REI KAWAKUBO — 2019 ISAMU NOGUCHI AWARD

Rei Kawakubo is this year’s sole recipient of the sixth Isamu Noguchi Award, which will be awarded on May 2 at the Noguchi Museum‘s annual benefit in New York.

See “Independent Lines: Adrian Joffe in conversation with Dorothée Perret,” PARIS LA 16 (2018): 20–24.

2019 SPRING BENEFIT AND ISAMU NOGUCHI AWARD

Thursday, May 2.

Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City.

From top: Rei Kawakubo, photograph by Paolo Roversi, © Comme des Garcons, 2016; Spring Benefit, 2019; Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, courtesy the Met.

FINAESTAMPA — ILLUSTRATION AND FASHION

FINAESTAMPA—ILLUSTRATION AND FASHION features the work of nearly two dozen artists, including François Berhoud, Blair Breitenstein, Jason Brooks, Helen Bullock, Gill Button, Cecilia Carlstedt, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, David Downton, Ricardo Fumanal, Laura Gulshani, Mats Gustafson, Richard Haines, Amelie Hegardt, Richard Kilroy, Jordi Labanda, Tanya Ling, Jowy Maasdamme, Inés Maestre, Rosie McGuinness, Aurore de la Morinerie, Hiroshi Tanabe, and Unskilled Worker.

The exhibition is complemented by a fully illustrated catalogue.

FINAESTAMPA—ILLUSTRATION AND FASHION

Through May 19.

Museo ABC

Amaniel 29–31, Madrid.

From top, left to right, artwork by Gill Button, Rosie McGuiness, Aurore de la Morinerie, Amelie Hegardt, Richard Kilroy, Laura Gulshani, Mats Gustafson, Richard Haines, François Berthoud, and Blair Breitenstein. Images courtesy the artists and Museo ABC.

COMME DES GARÇONS — WINTER 2020

One could question the location Rei Kawakubo chose this season to present her Comme des Garçons Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection. She picked the hall of a neoclassical building on rue Cambon—though not the famous number 29! As always, Kawakubo intervenes with the space. Here she created a stage from the marble flooring, overlaid with strips of red-passé carpet. This small arena is enclosed by a few rows of benches and six long, lighted perches—the same machines that will later follow each model in an idiosyncratic ballet, giving the set a futuristic twist. As usual, the assembly is small, but one should know Kawakubo is not here to convince a large audience, but rather one that focuses.

Silence. The show is about to start. The lights turn off, the room is dark, and the ambiance feels quite enigmatic. Rei Kawakubo holds her crowd in a meditative state for one minute of silence. Strangely, this minute feels like eternity—long enough to understand the roles that gravity and magnitude play in this collection. Finally the show starts, with a discontinuous soundtrack from the back. One by one each model comes out to follow the patch of a square—making sure to pass by every corner—and meet at the center. Yet we feel a sense of disorder on stage, and in the air. 


The ambiance is austere: each silhouette is uniquely worked with fastidious details and crafted in a range of solid black materials that echo throughout the space like shadows of knights stepping out of the nightfall. This season, Kawakubo envelops her women in a voluminous armor, dark and rigid. The collection recalls medieval and ecclesiastical themes reinterpreted in a raw couture spirit. One purple garment questions signs of royalty. As always, Kawakubo dazzles with radical strength and bold engagement.