This week, we’re having a very special auction of several special edition photography portfolios made by Erwin Olaf. Every portfolio is from a different series of Royal Blood, Grief, Hope, Separation, Rain and Paradise, containing a different selection ranging from 6 to 9 photographs. All the portfolios are made from different material, from rich velvet to dark leather.

Royal Blood (2000) is one of Olaf’s most well known series of photographs, depicting the deaths of famous royals. Think of Julius Caesar stabbed in the back, Marie Antoinette with her head severed, and Princess Diana with a Mercedes Benz emblem embedded in her bleeding arm.

Erwin Olaf’s trilogy Grief, Hope and Rain centres on the suspended moment when an emotional reaction begins.

Grief (2007) is a series where solitary figures brood in tearful silence. This series is loosely based on the style of American aristocracy in the early 1960s, and more precisely, on the torment of Jacqueline Kennedy immediately after the assassination of her husband. These images blend historical detail with staged emotions. In these photographs, Olaf plays with the idea in which he places cold reality versus cruel artifice, capturing that precise moment when innocence, hope and joy are lost.

The series Hope (2005), Rain (2004) and Grief (2007) reveal characters caught in moments of longing, loss, or introspection. Olaf’s highly stylized images are inspired by iconography of the 1950′s and 1960′s and frequently evoke the sensibilities of artists including Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper.

Paradise (2001) reminds us of a large-scale circus performance. The photographs are horrific, while at the same time they are extremely decadent. In the series Paradise Portraits (2001), Erwin Olaf is studying portraits of the human face. The portraits are strong and intimate.

The photographs of the series Separation (2002/2003) are dark and mysterious. The models are covered in a black latex second skin. Although the series hints at fetishism and sadomasochism, it is in fact about vulnerability, and, as the title suggests, the separation between mother and her children.

These portfolios are true collectors items and are a great addition to your art collection.Happy bidding!

Naomi Cambell By Nobuyoshi Araki


Naomi Campbell and Riccardo Tisci are featured in “Tokyo Love,” in the September 2014 issue for Vogue Japan.  The photographs were shot by Nobuyoshi Araki.

New Mural by Banksy


Yesterday morning, the British town of Cheltenham was surprised by the sudden presence of a mysterious mural, which pretty much looks like the work of the famous street-artist Banksy. The unconfirmed mural, located near the office of the GCHQ (the British Government Communication Headquarters) shows three men in trenchcoat with audio recording devices, making an obvious reference to the bugging activities by the NSA and the GCHQ.

Remarkably, a few hours after this unofficial mural popped up, Banksy posted a picture of his newest official mural on his website: a completely different artwork showing a man and woman embracing while taking a look at their smartphones. The picture goes without any description, leaving everyone guessing for the location of the new mural and the identity of the – up to now – unknown creator of the Cheltenham mural.

Unfortunately Famous Auction House does not auction any work of Banksy, but if you are interested in Banksy, you might be also interested in the work of the famous artist Blek le Rat. Banksy once said of Blek le Rat:

“…Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.”

Now on auction:
Limited Hardback Edition: Getting Through the Walls by Blek le Rat

A conversation between Jeff Koons and John Waters


Last Sunday, two of Famous’ favourite artists, Jeff Koons and John Waters, had a sold-out talk at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The event, the latest in the Broad’s ongoing series of high-profile pairings, is co-presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s ALOUD in association with Blouin ARTINFO. The talk was being live streamed and is still on view here.

In this talk, John Waters interviewed Jeff Koons, in a conversation about his three decades-long career. They talked about the inspiration and creative processes behind Jeff Koon’s artworks, including some of his most iconic and most controversial works, including the ‘Balloon Dog’ and the ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles’.

John Waters, famous for his filmmaking work and classics as ‘Pink Flamingos’ and ‘Hairspray’, has been a long-time fan of Koons’ work. As he says, “As with all great contemporary art, Jeff Koon’s work at first leaves you confused and possibly angered,” says Waters. “His sculptures and paintings are deadpan, misleading, comforting, and even threatening at times in their guiltless devotion to innocence. Koons is never campy or even merely clever. Just smart.”

Joanne Heyler, the Broad’s finding director, said in an interview: “Jeff Koons is an artist who challenges our cultural assumptions, a trait he shares with John Waters. We expect this to be a provocative discussion between two brilliant artists and are pleased to be able to present it to a Los Angeles audience at the iconic Orpheum Theater.” And it was!

Check out the talk here, or check out the John Waters’ or Jeff Koons’ items at Famous Auction House!

Marcel Wanders is ‘Pinned Up’ at the Stedelijk Museum!


Tomorrow, 31st of January, it is time for the opening of the exhibiton ‘Pinned Up – 25 Years of Design’ by Marcel Wanders. The title suggests the way in which the designer and his work are ‘pinned up’ and analyzed in the Stedelijk Museum.

Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) is seen as one of the most pioneering artists of the past decennia. He is internationally known for his products, furniture, interiors and art direction.

The exhibition is the largest overview of Wander’s work ever, and the first major design exhibition since the reopening of the Stedelijk in 2012. More than 400 objects, from the end of the eighties until more recent work, are on view in the monumental underground space of the new wing.

Gallerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam is proud to announce the collaboration with Marcel Wanders on the Snotty Valentine XL, a bronze sculpture in an edition of 8 produced in conjunction with his solo show “Marcel Wanders: ‘Pinned up’ – 25 Years of Design” at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The sculpture will be exclusively available at the gallery from February 1st.

The exhibition ‘Pinned Up – 25 Years of Design’ at the Stedelijk Museum is on view until the 15th of June 2014.


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