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AndrewAndrew photographed by Marcus Yam for the New York Times

I’ll be the first one to admit: I don’t know everything there is to know about art. With that caveat, AndrewAndrew is one of the most exciting and, dare I say, original, works of creativity that I’ve seen in a long time. The two-man “collective” have a bio that reads like a short list of a curatorial brainstorming session: guerrilla art interventionist, tech savvy, socialist  DJ duo in NY known as “the i-pad DJ’s” who have been dressing alike for more than a decade, eliminating any aspects of personal identity outside of the joint persona in a Gatsby-esque act of freedom. I can’t think of anything more inspiring. Be sure to check out the full feature on AndrewAndrew written by Michael Schulman for the New York Times, add them on Twitter for links to their latest mixes, and check out the AndrewAndrew blog which features their latest endeavor: instant theater reviews filmed, edited and posted using only and i-phone4.

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I am into Turkey right now.  My favorite historical world power is the Ottoman Empire, my favorite writer is Orhan Pamuk and my favorite fashion designer is Hussein Chalayan.  This is the man who brought us laser fashion (as seen above) and has talked on the record about technology as fashion’s final frontier.  He is the type of artist who contemplates multiple disciplines when creating his work–anthropology, art, psychology, and music, to name a few.  In an interview with the Guardian he was asked how he would like to be remembered.  His response: “ As someone who created bridges between alien worlds.” Me too, Mr. Chalayan.  Though my desire might be more literal than metaphorical.

Chalayan’s show is up at Lisson in London through October 2.

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Karl Lagerfeld, the outspoken kingpin of Chanel will be exhibiting at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie from September 10 to October 15.  The show appropriately opens during fashion week and will feature  personal work as well as many of his fashion shoots (Lagerfeld shoots all of the ad campaigns for Chanel).

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Gone Till November

If you can’t wait until November for the ever anticipated Art Issue by W Magazine, you’ll appreciate this video. Last year’s Art Issue featured work by some true legends in contemporary art- Maurizio Cattelan, R. Crumb and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year brings.

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Today sees the premier of Blow by Blow, a new play about the life of the divine fashion icon Isabella Blow. The debut performance will be part of the 11th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Will the most tragic part of the play be Blow’s self-induced death by drinking weedkiller or the impossible task of recreating her wardrobe?

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Daphne Guinness guest stars in Joseph Lally’s new film,  The Black and White Maze of the Painted Zebra. The film recalls old French films (think Marguerite Duras) and of course it is highly stylized and surreal. Many would guess that Daphne would be playing the role of the zebra given her trademark hair, however the zebra is just a metaphor for a pattern of getting lost in one’s mind.  See Interview magazine for a chat with the heiress and the director.

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