Playing Peekaboo With Adele, Tracey Emin, Jerry Hall, Cara Delevingne + More

Adele’s signature lashes garnish the singer’s Fendi Peekaboo iteration.

In conjunction with the May opening of Fendi’s London latest (on New Bond Street if you’re in the area,) the Italian fashion house announced its collaboration with 9 iconic women, asking the celebs to personalize a Peekaboo. Tracey Emin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Jerry Hall, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, Kate Adie, Naomie Harris, and Tanya Ling all took part.

Starting today, the bags will be on view at the new London location. They’ll also be on auction online, with all proceeds going to Kids Company. Bids start at GBP 15k.

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The Art World Rules

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London has just launched a new social media initiative which invites anyone—even you—to contribute your thoughts on a rule for or definition of Art. Everyone’s opinion is then encapsulated in a bubble and floated, in a style somewhat resembling VH1’s Pop Up Video, across a constantly refreshing screen. It’s seeded with wisdom from the likes of Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, and Tracey Emin, but most of the commentary is from ordinary folks. So as you might imagine, the results are a bit…erratic. (Consider Elizabeth Thornhill, who advises that her new art rule is to “Kill your parents.”)

Some users urge the end to gallery press releases; others define art as simply “a way of soaking up excess money.” It’s a fairly cute interface, but what we’re really waiting for is someone to hijack the site for…well, an art project. Something along the lines of Steven Soderbergh’s bizarre novel-via-Twitter. Until then, we’ll have to make due with bubble-based advice like “Don’t expect to get paid or laid. The work is its own reward.”

Tracey Emin to Light Up Times Square With Unrequited Love

Fiercely brilliant artist Tracey Emin is known throughout the art world for her wide range of works from painting and drawing to video instillations and photography to needlework and sculpture. But whatever medium she’s working in, her pieces always reveal her personal hopes and desires, exposing her failures and longings in a way that’s both heartbreaking and inspiring. And next month, the English artist will have her first American public-art piece in Times Square as she lights up he consumerist hub with neon passion.

At exactly of 11:57 every night, 40 screens—some large, some small—will run her six messages for a span of three minutes, engaging passerby’s with their romantic glow. The messages will "appear digitally animated, as if being written by an unseen hand" and share Emin’s yearning for love and love lost. “I’m really brilliant at unrequited love,” she says. “I haven’t had a relationship for years. It’s totally inspired my work," she told ARTNews.

Take a look at some of her beautiful work that will be debuting next month and read on for more details. 

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Bobby Jindal as Art Basel Muse & Other Must-See Gems

imageI have family friends and relatives who are annoyingly quick to extol the virtues of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal not because they agree with his parochial politics, but for a sense of cultural pride that when pitted against his politics, makes no sense to me. But now, thanks to Richard Phillips, we have this glorious work to translate Bobby Jindal’s value into visual terms — so that even the blindest Jindalites may pause for a moment, scratch their heads and say, “Oh, I suppose he doesn’t have my best interests at heart.” And it’s just one of millions (or more likely, hundreds) of pieces on display at Art Basel in Switzerland, some of which are rather unimpressive. And for the rest of you who can’t be bothered to venture so far out to Central Europe, fear not! There is still some excellent work that hasn’t been snapped up by the thieving hordes at Basel.

On some days, you may feel the non-joy of standing in a packed subway car stalled in the dark recesses of the MTA underground for no apparent reason for about 15 minutes. In those moments, as time crawls along like a slug, you find yourself awkwardly staring at nearby passengers, recoiling at what you can’t help but gape at. Video artist Josh Melnick knows this feeling well and uses it as the driving force behind “The 8 Train” at Art in General, a gallery space located where Tribeca, Chinatown, and Soho converge. “The 8 Train” runs until July 18.

Further uptown, in Chelsea, the tiny spartan Ippodo Gallery has a collection of intricately neat ceramic things on display by artist Park Young Sook through the end of June.

The Paul Kopeiking Gallery in West Hollywood, meanwhile, hosts photographer Hiroshi Watanabe’s “Ideology in Paradise” until late August. With this body of work, Watanabe’s initial aim to dispel Japanese myths about North Korean brutality was ultimately overshadowed by his exploration into the nuances of North Korea’s civilian life.

Best Bet: London’s White Cube collects gold stars for the most intrigue, presenting artists Raqib Shaw and Tracey Emin at their Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard galleries, respectively. Shaw’s work (“Absence of God,” on display through July 4) is all about hedonism, drawing influences from old Indian jewelry, Japanese manga, and the work of Arthur Rimbaud. On the other hand, through the works in “Those who suffer love” (also showing through July 4), focuses on conveying more by saying less, with a series of stark, minimalist pieces. Says she with more aplomb than Jordin Sparks could ever hope for: “I’m constantly fighting with the notion of love and passion. Love, sex, lust — in my heart and mind there is always some battle, some kind of conflict.”

The Art of the Ryan Adams Pick-Up Line

Tracey Emin is an England-based artist of Turkish origin. Her avant garde work has adorned museum walls across Europe and North America, and she’s cozy with everyone from David Bowie to Naomi Campbell. And judging by this piece of pop art musician Ryan Adams conceived through the miracle of hypertext markup language and Photoshop, Emin seems fit to step up next to former Adams’ flames Parker Posey, Mandy Moore, and yes, even Courtney Love. It’s probably for the best, though, that Adams has forgone the bouquet of roses and obligatory “I love you” in favor of the much more heartwarming “/tracey_emin/this_ones_for_you_baby.html” subdirectory. Nothing says romance to a pop artist like a casually indiscernible homage.