Canada Goes Electric – Roots x Coupland

July 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Roots had a good reason for giving the design of a clothing and accessories collection to an outside designer for the first time: they got renowned Canadian  writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland to do it. Coupland’s first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized the title term, which refers to Americans and Canadians who reached adulthood in the late 1980s. Coupland is a prolific artist and his work comments on Canada and pop culture.

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“For more than 10 years I’ve been intimately exploring what it means to be Canadian,” says Coupland. “This partnership with Roots is an amazing opportunity to keep that dialogue going with an even wider, more diverse audience.”

The collection, called Canada Goes Electric, hits selected stores July 8th. I bought a tote through the Facebook pre-sale page, and you can see that and other images in the slide show above. This alliance makes perfect sense to me, as Coupland’s blend of national inquiry and commercial instinct is in just the right balance here. The effect is playful, provocative, and most importantly, the clothes look terrific.


Pop Life Hits Canada

June 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

Takashi Murakami  <i>VISVIM KEIFER Hi-Suede Multi Flower</i> 2008  © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co Ltd /  photo Masaki Sato
Takashi Murakami VISVIM KEIFER Hi-Suede Multi Flower 2008
photo Masaki Sato

Back in the Fall I was excited about this show at the Tate and now it’ s a few miles closer. The National Gallery of Canada brings to Ottawa “Pop Life – Art in a Material World” with its more than 250 art works from the likes of Keith Haring, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst,
Tracey Emin, Martin Kippenberger, Maurizio Cattelan and Takashi Murakami. Canadian Art has the story.

Andy Warhol  <i>Mick Jagger</i> 1975 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS/SODRAC /  photo Tate Photography
Andy Warhol Mick Jagger 1975
photo Tate Photography

Pop Life: Art in a Material World

September 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

Murakami Rainbow Flower Cushion: Murakami Rainbow Flower CushionJeff Koons Beach Towel: Jeff Koons Beach Towel

It’s tomorrow! On October 1st Tate Modern opens the doors for its very anticipated show Pop Life. The exhibition brings together artists from the 1980s onwards who have embraced commerce and the mass media to build their own ‘brands’: Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Keith Haring, Tracey Emin and others. The subject will be discussed  during the symposium Good Business is the Best Art (after Warhol’s quote). The best way to celebrate this must-needed show is by hitting the Tate shop. You can take home a Murakami Rainbow Flower Cushion or a Jeff Koons Beach Towel among many other items.

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