To me it seems like the ’90s just happened, but I was recently reminded that those born in 1990 are now over 30 years old. Yeah, crazy. The passage of time takes people by surprise, which is one of the reasons nostalgia washes over us in reoccurring waves. Currently, everything old is new again when it comes to the resurgence of Nineties pop culture!
From dance trends, to toys, food, fashion, music and more — we’re consumed with inspiration that allows us to live in the past. It’s no secret that people are willing to spend more if the product reminds them fondly of a previous time, and marketers have been tapping into the trend to drive purchasing power. Just in time for Prime Day, here are a few products from the no-so-distant past that you’re probably seeing more of these days, especially on social media.
Morgan Maher, Nice Posture (January 2021) Polaroid Photo and Collection of Childhood Earrings (All Images Courtesy of Photential)
Photential is a bold global art platform whose DNA is to create an alternative and exciting way for photographers and multimedia artists to present their work to audiences worldwide. Starting February 4th, Photential is pleased to present The Nineties Project, a three-part presentation featuring photographic work inspired by the culture-defining era of the ‘90s. The foundation for what we know as ‘cool’ today, this was the decade that gave us the rave scene, Chloë Sevigny, super models and Meisel covers for Vogue Italia. The 90’s were also the birthplace of the digital age, paving way for the technological revolution and giving rise to the modern day social media influencer.
Image by Louis Chevalier
The Nineties Projectwill explore the history and nostalgia of this iconic decade and its impact on art, culture and fashion in three parts. The headlining exhibition will feature original photographs by thirteen ‘90s kids’ whose work will be accompanied by six curated features by Photential’s advisory board as well as a fashion collaboration. Beginning on February 4, 2021, Photential will release one aspect of the initiative every week until March 2021 on the platform, www.photential.art.
Do you enjoy the sculptures and paintings of the late Austrian artist Franz West? I sure do. I remember when I initially misidentified a group of West’sSculptures as being by Julian Schnabel, but my friend Mark Kostabi (oops, I dropped something) told me that the artist was actually Franz West. Since then, I have learned to sight-identify West’s artworks from his very distinctive style. Franz West!
David Zwirner Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of works by Franz West — created during the 1990s — at its 537 West 20th Street location. I discovered this accidentally when Geoffrey and I were doing an art crawl in the Chelsea Gallery District this past Saturday, passing time before the George Condo exhibit’s opening reception started. Here are some pictures I took of the show!
I like this one a lot. It reminds me of an Ice Cream Sundae.
These freeform sculptures are in the front rooms of the gallery.
This one is awesome. I love the bright colors. These sculptures look like rocks covered with encaustic, but I believe they are all papier-mâché.
Here are some of West’s drawings with words on them. The writing is in German, so I don’t know what it says.
This exhibit has three different room tableaus that incorporate West’s artwork with furniture, found objects and work by other artists. Below is a passage I cut and pasted from Zwirner’s Press Release on the exhibit, which expands on this part of the show and provides added insight:
“The 1990s proved critical in the development of the idiosyncratic style for which West is still known today. Key innovations from this period — which included the addition of exuberant color to his papier-mâché forms, the incorporation of furniture both as art object and as social incubator, and the inclusion of work by other artists in his own installations — resulted in dynamic, frequently interactive installations that helped to redefine the possibilities of sculpture and the ways in which art is experienced.”
I like it.
Look, It’s The Beatles!
The exhibit also presents a group of the artist’s large-scale, anthropomorphic Lemurenköpfe(Lemure Heads), which playfully meld sculptural figuration and abstraction. These heads were first shown at documenta IX, Kassel (1992).
The Worley Gig Gives Franz West at David Zwirner Two Thumbs Up!
Works By Franz West will be on Exhibit Through December 13th, 2014 at David Zwirner Gallery, Located at 537 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.