Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hero spotlight: OLIVIER ZAHM

Is there anything this man can't do?
Just to give the brief rundown:

* Art critic for Artforum, Flash Art, Art Press and Texte Zur Kunst during the 1980s and early 1990s.

* Renowned curator and has worked with over 150 exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the world, including institutions like PS1, MoMA, and Centre Pompidou [1].

*In 1992, he founded Purple Prose magazine (1992 - 1998) with Elein Fleiss, and the publication has created spin-offs like Purple Fiction (1992 - 1998), Purple Sexe (1998 - 2001), Purple magazine (1998 - 2003), Purple Journal (2004 - present), Purple Fashion (1995 - 1998, 2004 - present), and Purple Books, a publishing house [2].

* Since 2004, Zahm is editor in chief of Purple Fashion, a biannual magazine attempting to bridge the worlds of art and fashion. Zahm and Fleiss also run the Paris-based think tank Purple Institute, an art direction society and consulting company aimed at creating links between the art world and industry[4].

* Directed the Spring 2007 Yves Saint Laurent Homme campaign. [5]

* The first installation of Purple’s new online presence was launched on Monday, February 16th 2009. can be considered as the extension of the magazine but as a digital voice that offers immediate access to the world of Purple — including Olivier Zahm’s personal pictures

This blog is crazy awesome. Definitely one of my favourites. Although most of the time it leaves me writhing in envy for the fabulous life this man has: Screwing a model at Lit Lounge NYC one day, sitting at the Chanel table in Paris the next.
All photographed. All exposed.
But this is the world we live in now, isn't it?

Olivier's myspace
Purple's website


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