Daniel Arsham show: art, fashion or architecture?

First Pharrell Williams, then Moynat - now a solo show in NYC

This year has been a huge one for New York-based Snarkitecture design practice founder Daniel Arsham – the continuation of his science-fiction film series Future Relic at Basel Miami, a capsule collection for luggage brand Moynat, as well as a collaborative performance piece created with Pharrell Williams. He continues to meld the worlds of art, fashion, architecture, film-making and performance to dazzling effect, and his first solo show in New York is no different.


On view at Galerie Perrotin from September 15 to October 22 are works that incorporate intense colour. Born colour-blind, Arsham recently acquired corrective lenses that now allow him to see brilliant hues, and his new sculptural pieces and large-scale installations ($10,000-$150,000) apply stone, crystal and ash embellishments to iconic 20th-century items – a basketball jersey, basketball tower and sports jacket (pictured), for example. The final – indigo-hued – creations simultaneously resemble decaying archaeological finds and bejewelled new creations: fascinating, imperfect pieces that combine a nod to history with satirical flair.


The lower floor of the gallery will be transformed into the immersive architectural installation Crystal Ball Cavern. Comprising a series of deep-purple basketballs composed of Hydrocal and amethyst, it promises to enhance the vibrant-meets-apocalyptic experience by engaging the viewer in explorations of archaeology, space and time.

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