“Its really difficult to assert that a painting, say, with splashes of paint all over it has any meaning. It’s hard to assert its meaning and I think the difficulty is partially the point of the work. Maybe this has something to do with the gentrification of ideas. The assumption with an artwork is that its aesthetic has attained an automatic validity. When you see Carl Andre’s brick sculpture at the Tate, you don’t stumble over it and think “What the fuck is that doing there?”. You look at it with a seamless thought: “Look . . . . . Carl Andre’s bricks . . . . Beautiful” – because beauty has become the iconic utterance of the gentrified classes. It’s an absolutely instinctive belief that aesthetics is unquestionable, embedded like an inalienable fucking right. Beauty can make a pile of bricks on the floor as palatable as a painting of a beautiful landscape. Alternatively, a more critically active question might be, as you stub your toe, “What the fuck is this doing here?””.
Lanvin artistic director Bouchra Jarrar has stepped down at the helm of Lanvin after showing only 2 collections. Jarrar was named as successor to Alber Elbaz in March 2016 after Alber’s shock resignation from the house which sparked protests among the Lanvin ateliers. Jarrar and the house “have mutually decided to put an end to their collaboration”. The designer put her own eponymous label on hold whilst at Lanvin which she may return too.