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TABULA RASA

T A B U L A R A S A – the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions.

An epistemological idea that French-Tunisian artist eL Seed has adopted to entitle his latest body of work and first UK exhibition.

Lazinc shall present Tabula Rasa in January 2019, launching the year’s programme and the gallery’s first year anniversary.

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The collection will evince a range of acrylic on canvas incorporating eL Seed’s signature style: an adaptation of traditional Arabic calligraphy. What differs from his previous works however, is the new style of painting: “(…) I am attempting to break down my thought process into layers. It also asks the audience to question the way they think and how much they have been affected by assumption or misconception.”

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Tabula Rasa at Lazinc reinforces eL Seed’s continued relationship with the Arabic script. The work produced not only contends with the words and their meaning but also their movement.

Altering the many preconceptions and mis-associations made with Arabic script and the Arab culture, will be the primary aim of tabula rasa. 

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By stripping down and tearing the surface of the pieces, eL Seed’s objective is to investigate whether one is able to remove other influences and start a project with fresh eyes, or, as 17thCentury philosopher (and pioneer in the concept of tabula rasa) John Locke said, all that we make is actually the product of what has come before.

25 January – 9 March 2019

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RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: A Roll of Dice

A visionary artist and a Delphian presence in New York’s downtown art scene, Rammellzee’s constant drive to deconstruct and challenge society’s use of language and his metamorphosis of traditional graffiti, has quite simply made him synonymous with greatness.

Rammellzee was a revolutionary contemporary artist whose aesthetic of futurism emulated in his work. He began his street artist life by tagging the infamous A-train, it wasn’t long before his work had spread across the whole of New York city. His radical creativity meant that his universe had seeped into mainstream society.

Carlo McCormick, the American culture critic and curator described Rammellzee’s universe as a “(…) distant cosmos of proximate dreams that we have just begun to explore.”

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: A Roll of Dice will run at Lazinc from 2 October – 10 November 2018. The show will coincide with Frieze London, evincing the Estate of this legendary artist, including works from a number of private international collections.

In addition to the exhibition, Lazinc shall release a catalogue of essential essays and critical analysis on Rammellzee, by Seth Tillett and Duncan Smith.

2 October – 10 November 2018
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Banksy – Greatest Hits: 2002 – 2008

This July, Lazinc will host a unique collection of Banksy’s most iconic images. The two-week exhibition is curated from notable pieces showcasing the elusive artists’ classical identity.

The artworks on display hail from various private collections, gathered to form ‘Greatest Hits’, a body of secondary market works including stenciled canvases, exceptional paintings, sculptures and limited-edition prints – some of which shall make their very first public debut.

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Lazinc will be the sole location in the UK to offer the public exclusive access to view Banksy’s work in one place. ‘Greatest Hits 2002 – 2008’ comes at a time where his work prevails relevance in a world perfectly illustrated and reaffirmed by the artist’s vision and resistant political stance.

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Preeminent pieces in the show include: Love Is In The Air (2006); Girl and Balloon (2006); and Show Me The Monet (2005) – a subversive take on Claude Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899).

12 JULY – 25 AUGUST 2018
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Hoping for Palestine

What do you get if you cross rock and roll royalty, kings of comedy, counter-culture heroes, contemporary poets and one football legend? A legendary night of solidarity with the youth of Palestine.

Since its inception in 2006, Hoping has constantly strived to raise awareness and money for Palestinian refugee children in the most creative and memorable of ways. June 2018 was no exception. Karma Nabulsi and Bella Freud, the founders and trustees, managed to once again institute history with a night of hope for a cause deserving of peace and freedom.

 

The benefit concert held at London’s Roundhouse, provided the perfect backdrop for music royalty and nobles of the spoken word to grace the stage with performances by Patti Smith, The Libertines and Sonic youth’s Thurston Moore literally rocking the house. Set recitals delivered by Eric Cantona, Frankie Boyle and Loyle Carner captivated the crowd with a mix of original works as well as pieces by award-winning artists such as Samih al Qasim and Mahmoud Darwish.

 

Over the past decade, HOPING events, HOPING supporters and wonderfully generous donors have raised nearly three million pounds for young Palestinian refugees across camps in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria.

For more information, please visit: www.hopingfoundation.org

 

 

Hermès – The Dubai Mall

The official opening of Hermès Middle East’s newest store at The Dubai Mall, transformed the foot of the Burj Khalifa into an enchanted world of colour and fantasy.

Friends of the Maison and members of the house’s Executive Committee, gathered together in the City of Lights in presence of Hermès Executive Vice President Florian Craen to celebrate the start of a new chapter for Hermès Middle East.

Guests were welcomed to discover Hermès’ newest store, an impressive architectural space at the heart of Dubai’s Downtown District. The majestic structure sits its stately proportions elegantly beneath the world’s tallest building.

With three floors imparted over a 1000m², distinguished invitees explored the breadth on offer before heading out to a secret location.

A hot air balloon, bumper cars, aerial dancers and an array of other hoopla filled Dubai’s Burj Park. An evening of Hermès Fantasy beneath the stars was the perfect ending to an exciting new beginning.

Hermès, The Dubai Mall is located on the Fashion Avenue, Boulevard Level.

For more information visit: www.hermes.com

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LAZINC OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES AND OPENS ITS DOORS IN MAYFAIR

January 2018 sees the launch of Lazinc, a contemporary arts business and new flagship gallery space in the heart of Mayfair.

Lazinc is based on a joint partnership with contemporary art specialist, Steve Lazarides, who founded the existing Lazarides business in 2006, alongside eminent art collector and global retail expert, Wissam Al Mana. Lazinc will incorporate the existing Lazarides business, which has already produced internationally acclaimed projects in New York and Los Angeles as well as solo exhibitions, art fairs and museum collaborations across London and Europe.

Lazinc now comprises a flagship gallery in Mayfair, the Lazinc Banksy Print Gallery on London’s Southbank and an e-commerce print sales business based in Greenwich.

Alongside a rich roster of primary artists including: JR, Invader, Todd James, Mark Jenkins and Vhils, the gallery will look to acquire dynamic estates and undiscovered bodies of work by lesser known artists and historic movements reminiscent of the Lazinc ethos to be uninhabited, expressive and disruptive.

Steve’s existing curation will be enhanced with international artists and expertise from Wissam Al Mana and the two are working side by side to refresh and build an innovative new programme.

Having already earned a robust reputation as one of the world leaders in the provenance and re-sale of high-value Banksy works, Lazinc will continue to evolve and develop secondary market sales by artists that have historically fallen within a left-field, street art category, including Keith Haring and Basquiat, in addition to continuing to build a distinctive private Lazinc collection.

Lazinc will officially launch the new gallery space with an exhibition by French artist and photographer, JR, on the 11th January 2018 entitled ‘Giants – A Body of Work’.

Lazinc’s new gallery is a vast two-storey, 4,000 square foot space on London’s Sackville Street, dating back to the 17th century with a series of classic early 19th century alterations. The English heritage listed townhouse will showcase some of the world’s most transformative and pioneering artists, in tandem with a cross-disciplinary programme of events and previews, reflective of the background and passion of co-founder Steve Lazarides.

“It feels like a natural time for us to be starting a new chapter. The move to Mayfair allows us to broaden our international programme and provide the developmental and curatorial support that our artists deserve. At the heart of Lazinc our values still remain – representing disruptive artistic practice at the forefront of the contemporary art scene.” Steve Lazarides & Wissam Al Mana

The new website with Lazinc’s new branding and logo is now live: lazinc.com.

Market Movers

WWD delves into Arab Fashion Week’s role and influence on fashion apparel and the luxury industry in the region, with an interview with Wissam Al Mana to set the scene and get a deeper insight into the direction of fashion and retail in the Middle East. The spotlight special edition is also available online at wwd.com

Stating that Wissam Al Mana’s eye for design is in his genes would be an easy way out in describing his unshakeable perspectives on the fashion industry within the Middle Eastern market. Taking the lead from his father who started the Al Mana Group has invigorated the company to broaden its reach in not only growing revenue, but also innovative ventures. His vision reaches beyond traditional acquisitions – under his watch the Al Mana retail portfolio has grown to include a range of companies from interiors to jewelry brands such as Hermès,Armani Group and Kering Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How would you describe the current Arab Market?

There has been a shift in perception but also a transition of pattern and customer behavior. The Arab market covers such a vast area from North Africa to the Levant concluding its borders in the GCC, which means regional trends have reshaped global economic power quite simply in our favor.

With the current geo-political climate as well as a rapid urbanization especially within the GCC, growth is fast and investment is high. Technology has leaped tenfold and these factors have contributed to a changing trend. The region is evolving and with falling oil prices, the market has taken a fall but will recover.

Millennials are key contributors and opinion leaders resulting in a new generation of consumers and a new type of strategy in retail. We have started to move away from the traditional approach of how we do business and who we do business for.

The Arab market is becoming a leader and no longer a follower on the global economic stage. What are new initiatives and projects developed in the market? What will be the results?

Overall increased investment in infrastructure particularly in the UAE and Qatar must support the recovery in non-oil activity this year. Both countries have firm deadlines by which they need to deliver world class events that require substantial new infrastructure. I would say one of the biggest projects is Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai. With an expected number of visitors to reach 25 million over the six-month period, the global platform is a key player in terms of regional development across a number of different sectors. The effect on the market will be an apparent one and the results of such investments apparent almost instantly – this is already the case. Tourism and increase in infrastructure paves the way for a reversal domino effect, linking and raising opportunity predominantly in real estate, investment and retail.

How is Arab Fashion Week evolved in its importance for the industry?

Its relevance is simply putting Arab talent on the map and there is. From raw materials to textile, manpower, engineering and strength in economic hosting the countries that compose this Arab market have all the tools needed to expose home-grown talent but also welcomed international talent and represent their skills in an ever-growing and powerful area. Arab Fashion Week is an opportunity (and I use that word with great importance) to showcase the significance of what we are about, what we are capable of and shed light on the preponderance of the expertise that often gets lost amid louder topics and quiet often negative interpretations and misconceptions.

How do you think the market will evolve in the coming months and years?

We foresee technological breakthroughs on all fronts. With online retail growing at such a rapid pace, the market leaders need to be innovative in order to survive this technological era. Consumers are better informed than ever.
The market will continue to grow steadily and e-commerce will rise both from local and international platforms. Customers today want a more personalized shopping experience and such an experience, as a whole will be the main factor in the success of a brand within the region.
Smaller niche brands are being embraced and we are seeing a very common trend: less branding and less logos meaning that innovation in the communication of a brand is key. The regions consumers seek uniqueness and quality all the while carefully paying attention to prices.

Hermès Mall of the Emirates – Opening Night

Hermès Middle East celebrated the inauguration of its fourth store in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, 26th October 2016 at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.

Florian Craen, Hermès Executive Vice President and Wissam Al Mana, Hermès Middle East Managing Director welcomed the Middle Eastern press at a brunch in-store to kick off the day that ended in a night of jungle enchantment, welcoming guests from across the region.

hermes-moe-6-of-257In keeping with the year’s theme: ‘Nature at full gallop’, the rest of the evening hosted by Wissam Al Mana, was a whimsical array of jungle sounds, animal surprises and a light show for the senses.

From Beethoven to Debussy, a 45-piece orchestra serenaded the guests with euphonious elegance accompanied by friends of the jungle peeping out in the most unusual of places. With zebras wooing the harps and lions dancing amongst the violins, the evening was a true exotic marvel.

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Disguised in customized leafy green masks, the regions most genteel and dapper ended the evening on the confetti-filled dance floor.

Hermès Mall of the Emirates is located on the 1st floor in the Central Galleria.

For more information visit: www.hermes.com

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Future Unlimited

As published by H Magazine – Issue 002 – September 2016
By Max Berlinger

Ten years is a long time —120 months, 520 weeks, 3,650 days, 87,600 hours, and so on. And this decade, from 2006 to now, has felt especially long with the advent of social media helping to change the way we understand the world around us, changing the way we understand time itself. This has been a particularly long decade for those who work in the art world, a decade where everyone with an iPhone camera and an Instagram following fancies themselves an artist and where likes and filters have come to mean more than paint strokes and ideas. It’s the decade that changed everything.

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Naturally, the art market has been rocked by these developments, and it’s reflected in the record-setting auction prices and a new generation of artists who bring a digital energy to their work. It’s an unstable, thrilling time and it’s the era in which Steve Lazarides has owned his gallery in London, aptly called Lazarides. This year, he celebrated his first decade as a gallery owner and art dealer in perhaps the most tumultuous art market ever known. He started his business just as the global financial markets faltered, and he’s survived nonetheless. “It’s a miracle that we are still here,” Lazarides remarked, acknowledging that there’s a certain renegade luck in his gallery’s success and longevity. “Every step of the way we were told by the art world that what we were doing was impossible, and it would never work. But you know, we’re still here.”

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Lazarides is known to many as the man who first took street art, graffiti art, off the streets and into the gallery to spectacular effect, and for having represented the mysterious artist Banksy until 2008. “He pioneers artists in the early stages of their careers, Banksy being just one example, which shows what a great eye he has for emerging talent,” the gallerist Oliver Cox has said about Lazarides. To Lazarides, “Art is a basic human need whether it’s in a mud hut in Africa or on the walls of a penthouse in New York.” He is a non-conformist, challenging the norm of what is acceptable and championing adventure, freedom and equality in the art world. He has full faith and confidence in the public’s appreciation of art. “I tend to have quite a populist eye,” he explains. “I’m trying to appeal to 30 million members of the public, not 30 critics.”

To look at Lazarides’ roster is to see that he prefers bold, dynamic artists who have a palpable connection to the street, perfect visuals for a world that views everything in pixels on a screen. Artists like Ron English, Robert Proch, Oliver Jeffers, Sickboy, the Miaz Brothers, Conor Harrington, Chloe Early — they share a sense of irreverence and rebellion that is integral to Lazarides gallery. “If there had been one individual responsible for whipping up and sustaining the fever around urban art, and who stood to lose most from its demise, it was Steve Lazarides,” the Financial Times has proclaimed about the maverick gallerist.

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“I think that money has become the be all and end all of the whole thing, and it seems that for everybody from the artists through to the collectors and everyone in between, money is the main motive,” he reflects. “When I started out, it was just for the sake of it, because we only wanted to make art.”

Earlier this year, Lazarides opened a special anniversary exhibition provocatively titled “Still Here, A Decade of Lazarides” which celebrated his pivotal role promoting those artists thriving outside the conventional contemporary art market. His survival against all odds proves that success is not limited to conforming to the rules and following a beaten path. “I think that’s what I’m aiming for… and global domination of course,” he says. While that last bit may sound cheeky, he’s forged a partnership with Qatari business mogul Wissam Al Mana, a signal that Lazarides is serious about continuing his work in the art world in a major way.

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“I have been interested in opening an art gallery for quite some time,” Al Mana told us regarding his new connection to the gallery. “As an art lover and collector, owning a gallery seemed the next thing to do, so when Steve approached me to partner with him, it was a great opportunity to penetrate the art world by being part of a successful and renowned gallery with a potential to take it to the next level.” The investment by Al Mana will, in part, fund a move to the Mayfair district, and an e-commerce component to the business.

“Art, to me, is just so rich and diverse,” Al Mana continues. “From the old masters to today’s most renowned street artists, I have always been fond of viewing different art forms and disciplines, the feelings they arouse and the fulfillment of actually owning great pieces that can be cherished in one’s home. Loving the piece is really the most important factor when deciding what to own, I don’t care for buying pieces that are considered a good investment if I don’t like them … I actually never sell anything. The piece must provoke something inside me.”

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Provocation in the art world is harder and harder to achieve, but if someone can do it, it’s Lazarides, with his canny sense of who can balance nuanced thought and present it with striking visual élan. And while it’s a tired (and juicy) tale now — Lazarides helping to discover Banksy and catapult him to fame before they ultimately went their own separate ways — it’s a story that helps demonstrate Lazaride’s attraction to talent.

No one ever gets to the future by dwelling on the past, and neither Lazarides nor Al Mana seem to be spending too long looking in the rear view mirror. This partnership is the foundation on which to build a formidable gallery with the sort of pull that it deserves.

“I hope to bring financial strength and retail experience to the gallery,” Al Mana says. “I actually really love working with Steve and we are working on several very interesting projects together to expand on the gallery offer and strengthen our position in the market.”

“Building a brand is what I love most,” Al Mana says, before adding, “Look out for ‘LAZinc’ coming soon.”

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) unveils ‘Muslims Are Speaking Out’ MASO – a national initiative to highlight and combat Islamophobia in the United states.

The event was held at the New York home of Epic Records Chairman Antonio L.A. Reid and his wife Erica Reid on Thursday, May 26.

Although Wissam Al Mana, a patron of the cause, was unable to attend, other FFEU ambassadors and key figures including New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Andre Carson were among the guests. National leaders of American Muslim, Jewish and Interfaith organisations all joined the nexus of this great cause led by Chairman Russell Simmons and President Rabbi Marc Schneider.

The pioneering milestone that is MASO – ‘Muslims Are Speaking Out’ is anticipated to launch nationally on the 27th June, 2016.

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