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Artist Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with Dior Homme’s art director Kim Jones for the label’s Summer 2020 show continues with another set of editions that pay homage to the label. In the style of his signature “Future-Relics” series, Arsham meditates further on archival excess and nostalgic affliction.
A highlight among an edition of 100 includes a $9,500 hydrostone sculpture book cover, a reimagining of the brand founder, Christian Dior’s 1951 volume Je suis Couturier- a trove of the designer’s career-spanning musings. Arsham is one of the contemporary artist-entrepreneurs putting stock in the value of mass-produced multiples.
Last fall, Arsham’s work reached an auction record in the Phillips Hong Kong 20th Contemporary Art & Design Sale with his Quartz Eroded Vogue Magazine 101 (2019) selling for $300,000. That is in excess of fourteen times the original low estimate of almost $20,000. Made with selenite, a variation of crystal and treated to look calcified, the art work is emblazoned with the magazine cover’s display text cut in relief. The names Richard Serra and I.M. Pei gesture to the commercial art world through Vogue's 2019 headlines. In the same season, his Eroded Brillo Boxes sold for over $200,000 in a Sotheby’s Contemporary Day sale. Produced in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum (for their benefit), it was the first time an Arsham edition hit six-figures in the secondary market.
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