If you want to see the first U.S. exhibition of destefashioncollection, don’t head to a Chelsea gallery or a Midtown museum; make your way instead to the Barneys New York Madison Avenue flagship. There in the windows you’ll find a public art event called “genuinely daring” by WWD—but hurry because it’s on view for just another two weeks (through July 16th).
An initiative of the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens, destefashioncollection is devoted to investigating, interpreting and celebrating the complex relationships between art, fashion and culture. (Naturally, it’s right up our alley.) The five artists currently exploring these themes in the Barneys windows are M/M (Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) Paris; photographer Juergen Teller; artist Helmut Lang; poet Patrizia Cavalli; and filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari.
We filmed DESTE’s founder, the internationally admired collector and patron Dakis Joannou, and Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman, in conversation about this project. Understandably passionate about contemporary art, Joannou states, “It’s a different world. It changes you. So for me, what you gain is really immeasurable.”
Video by Benjamin Morsberger.