McLaren, the iconic British sports car brand, has introduced three retro-styled fashion collections inspired by cars, drivers and the most exhilarating moments from its 50 years of race-winning history. McLaren 50, McLaren 50 by Hunziker and James Hunt Racing Collection comprise a range of clothing and accessories celebrating the best of this remarkable journey. Available for a limited time only, all items can be purchased directly from the McLaren Store (

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren mclaren_logo_newTechnology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and, in keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, recently unveiled the McLaren P1™. The brand continues to expand, operating through a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market. To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology.  These include Akebono, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli, SAP and TAG Heuer.

The McLaren 50 Collection includes a commemorative range of classically styled clothing and collectables available for men and women. The renowned automotive artist, Nicolas Hunziker, designed the McLaren 50 by Hunziker line comprising five retro-styled t-shirts and inspired by the most accomplished McLaren cars in Formula 1™ history. Concluding this vintage offering is the collection designed by James Hunt Racing in collaboration with the Hunt family and Hunziker to celebrate the achievements and style of this British racing legend.

McLaren 50 Collection

McLaren 50 Collection

McLaren 50 Collection bracelet

McLaren 50 Collection bracelet

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InStyle and TrioFit Technology launch THE INSTYLE ESSENTIALS “PERFECT WHITE SHIRT COLLECTION” The only shirt sold by bra size

A shirt sizing solution has arrived that solves a common fit problem for women — no more button-popping or baggy-at-the-waist shirts. From the editors of InStyle magazine, comes InStyle Essentials, a collection of chic, white, button-front shirts using TrioFit, a patented sizing system that allows women to shop by bra size, ensuring a nearly custom-fit. The collection launches in InStyle’s September (2013) issue, the largest issue in the brand’s 19-year history.

InStyle and TrioFit Technology launch THE INSTYLE ESSENTIALS "PERFECT WHITE SHIRT COLLECTION".  (PRNewsFoto/InStyle and TrioFit)

InStyle and TrioFit Technology launch THE INSTYLE ESSENTIALS “PERFECT WHITE SHIRT COLLECTION”. (PRNewsFoto/InStyle and TrioFit)

InStyle editors worked closely with TrioFit co-founders Rebecca Matchett and Drew Paluba to develop the versatile styles.  Matchett and Paluba developed TrioFit’s proprietary technology in 2004, a sizing system that takes into account a woman’s bust and band size, rather than dress size.

Men have had access to individualized shirt sizing by arm length and neck size for generations.  We felt it was time for women to have equal access to great fit,” says Matchett, CEO of TrioFit.  “And we all know that properly fitting clothes boosts women’s confidence, and helps them look and feel their best.”

The only shirts to be sold by bra size, the InStyle Essentials “Perfect White Shirt Collection” is available in 30 sizes ranging from 32B – 40H, providing a great fit for women of all proportions and shapes, whether large or small-busted. The collection launches with three styles: classic button-front, weekend tunic, and the bow blouse. The shirts are available for $59.99 each at

So many women write to us at InStyle about their struggle to find well-fitting clothing that we were compelled to find a solution. Given that the white shirt is both a wardrobe staple and notoriously tough to fit, we decided to start with this collection of great-looking basics,” says InStyle Editor Ariel Foxman. “The collection solves a common fit problem associated with button-front shirts: They often fit through the torso, but pull across the bust.  Our solution is an affordable, ‘nearly custom’ wardrobe staple.”

Expressive Art of Japanese Calligraphy on View in Exhibition Opening August 17 at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: August 17, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Exhibition Location: The Sackler Wing Galleries for the Arts of Japan, second floor Galleries 223–232

Calligraphy reveals the person.” — Ancient East Asian saying

Handwriting was thought to reflect one’s personality in the East Asian tradition, but not in the sense of Western graphology or “handwriting analysis.”  Rather, through copying of revered models and through creative innovation, handwriting style conveyed one’s literary education, cultural refinement, and carefully nurtured aesthetic sensibilities.  Showcasing more than 80 masterworks of brush-inscribed Japanese characters—some serving as independent works of art and others enhanced by decorated papers or by paintings—the exhibition Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan takes a close look at the original gestural movement marked in each work, by analyzing the applied pressure, speed, and rhythm that are said to be the reflection of the artist’s state of mind. The works on view, dating from the 11th century to the present, demonstrates that beauty was often the supreme motive in the rendering of Japanese religious or literary texts, even at the expense of legibility. These works are complemented by some 100 ceramics, textiles, lacquers, woodblock prints, and illustrated books that are closely related to the art of brush writing.

The art of brush writing in the East Asian tradition both encompasses and transcends the Western aesthetic concept of “calligraphy,” a word derived from Greek that literally means “beautiful handwriting.” Japan inherited from China a fascination with the artistic potential of inscribing characters with flexible animal-hair brushes, while developing a distinctive system of inscription for rendering poetry and prose written in the vernacular. In the case of East Asian brush writing, the original gestural movement—the speed, rhythm, and pressure—of the inked brush across paper or silk can be transmitted across centuries to the contemporary viewer.

Integrated with the permanent installation of ancient Buddhist and Shinto sculpture in the Arts of Japan galleries, the opening section of the exhibition introduces a splendid array of religious narrative paintings and mandalas that juxtapose text and image to convey sacred messages. It was believed that copying such narratives, or sutras, or having them copied would bestow religious merit; therefore, no expense was spared in creating editions of sutras.

The magical efficacy ascribed to the transcription of Buddhist teachings in ancient Japan laid the foundation for the reverence of the written word. Works on view in this section includes essential Buddhist scriptures—transcribed in glittering gold and silver pigments on indigo dyed papers and accompanied by shimmering frontispieces—that attest to the importance placed on the brush-written word. Continue reading

Whitney Museum of American Art to Highlight Recent Acquisitions by Emerging Artists

This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Test Pattern, an exhibition that showcases the work of predominantly young and emerging artists who are questioning the ways in which we process visual information. All the works on view have entered the Museum’s permanent collection within the past four years and will be displayed in the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Lobby Gallery from August 22 through December 1. The exhibition is organized by Whitney senior curatorial assistant Laura Phipps and curatorial assistant Nicholas Robbins.

Nick Mauss, b. 1980, only that, 2012. Glaze on ceramic, 11 1/4 × 14 7/8in. (28.6 × 37.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  2013.5. Digital Image, © Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Nick Mauss, b. 1980, only that, 2012. Glaze on ceramic, 11 1/4 × 14 7/8in. (28.6 × 37.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2013.5. Digital Image, © Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. Focusing particularly on works by living artists, the Whitney is celebrated for presenting important exhibitions and for its renowned collection, which comprises over 19,000 works by more than 2,900 artists. With a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking intense debate, the Whitney Biennial, the Museum’s signature exhibition, has become the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States. In addition to its landmark exhibitions, the Museum is known internationally for events and educational programs of exceptional significance and as a center for research, scholarship, and conservation.

Michel Abeles, Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:, 2012. Inkjet print mounted on board, 41 × 37 1/8 in (104.1 × 94.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Elizabeth Kabler T.2013.41 © Michele Abeles. Photograph courtesy of 47 Canal, New York

Michel Abeles, Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:, 2012. Inkjet print mounted on board, 41 × 37 1/8 in (104.1 × 94.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Elizabeth Kabler T.2013.41 © Michele Abeles. Photograph courtesy of 47 Canal, New York

The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, prints, and sculpture by more than a dozen artists, including Michele Abeles, Tauba Auerbach, Walead Beshty, Mathew Cerletty, Leslie Hewitt, Nick Mauss, Seth Price, Lucy Raven, Matt Saunders, Meredyth Sparks, and Kaari Upson. The title, Test Pattern, refers to a graphic tool used for projectors and other devices to synchronize signals for optimum color and clarity. For this presentation, it also suggests a metaphor for how the featured artists address the manipulation of visual information and question the legibility of images. The works in Test Pattern demonstrate shared concerns with issues of reproduction and materiality, as well as interests in the processes of layering, obscuring, and complicating content. For example, the photographs of Walead Beshty, a Los Angeles–based photographer, bear the marks made by an airport scanner when his film traveled through security. Meanwhile Matt Saunders, an American who is based in Berlin, prints photographs from paintings he makes of movie stills, resulting in mysterious and partially obscured images. And Lucy Raven, who lives and works in California, incorporates actual test patterns for film and sound into her prints, illuminating their paradoxical nature as they are “images you’re not supposed to see, made to make you see better.” Continue reading

Art Basel announces Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, as Curator of Art Basel’s Public sector at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Opening Day (by invitation only): Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Public opening dates and hours: Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8

The Public sector sites work by some of the world’s leading and emerging artists into the cityscape of Miami Beach each year; and for the third consecutive year, Public will transform Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large-scale sculpture, video, installation and live performance. Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, the sector includes works presented by the show’s international galleries. A night of performances and events, free and open844e5_feb22_basel_img to the public, traditionally opens this sector.

Curated for the first time by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City’s Public Art Fund, this year’s edition of Public will reflect Baume’s deep commitment to and relationship with art in the public sphere.

Nicholas Baume has been Director and Chief Curator ofthe Public Art Fund since September 2009. Recent Public Art Fund exhibitions include solo projects by Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Oscar Tuazon, Monika Sosnowska, Paola

Nicholas Baume

Nicholas Baume

Pivi, Rob Pruitt, Eva Rothschild, and Ryan Gander; the group exhibitions Statuesque and Common Ground; a major career survey, Sol LeWitt: Structures, 1965 – 2006; and the blockbuster project Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus.

Prior to joining Public Art Fund, Baume served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He was responsible for shaping the artistic program from 2003-2009, including shows with Kai Althoff, Kader Attia, Carol Bove, Tara Donovan, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anish Kapoor, Lucy McKenzie, and Rodney McMillian; and the establishment of a permanent collection for the 2006 opening of the museum’s award-winning new building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A native of Australia, Baume was a Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney before moving to the United States in 1998 to become Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Among his exhibitions there were About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits; Sol LeWitt: Incomplete Open Cubes; and Noncomposition: Fifteen Case Studies. He also organized the first American solo museum projects by Francis Alÿs, Sam Durant, Christian Jankowski, Catherine Sullivan, and Fiona Tan as part of the Matrix Series. Programming and artists for Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Public sector will be available in the fall.

Nicholas Baume comments, “The growing importance of Art Basel’s Public program, reflects both the strong desire of artists to work in ways that initiate a direct encounter with the public, and the investment that many galleries now make to help artists realize their most ambitious ideas. The result is an opportunity for everyone in Miami to engage with great contemporary art in a highly accessible public setting.”

Marc Spiegler, Director of Art Basel, says: “Nicholas’s contributions to public art through his leadership at the Public Art Fund have been exceptional. We are looking forward to seeing how he will transform Collins Park in Miami Beach this December.”

The Art Basel Miami Beach show, whose lead partner is UBS, will present around 250 galleries from across the world, with 50 percent of galleries having exhibition spaces in the United States and Latin America. For the latest updates on Art Basel, visit, find them on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at

Legacy Recordings Celebrates Paul Simon’s Five Decades of Culture-Changing Popular with the upcoming Release of Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection

Showcased on Monumental 15-Disc Career-Spanning Library Collection and Available as Physical and Digital Releases Tuesday, October 15

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates American artist Paul Simon, whose birthday is October 13, with the release of the monumental career-spanning 15-disc Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection ( available as a physical and digital release on Tuesday, October 15.

Paul Simon, The Complete Album Collection

Paul Simon, The Complete Album Collection

Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection brings together, in a deluxe library box with magnetic closure, the 12 studio albums and two full-length live concert recordings which comprise the official canon of an extraordinary writer and tunesmith whose voice and music inform six decades of popular culture.

Included on Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection are the artist’s seminal and groundbreaking solo recordings from the 1960s (The Paul Simon Songbook), the 1970s (Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’, Still Crazy After All These Years), the 1980s (One-Trick Pony, Hearts and Bones, Graceland), the 1990s (The Rhythm of the Saints, Paul Simon’s Concert In The Park – August 15, 1991, Songs from The Capeman), the 2000s (You’re The One, Surprise) and the 2010s(So Beautiful or So What).

Each of the titles in Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection includes the original album in entirety, plus reissue bonus material not appearing on the original 12″ vinyl releases (37 bonus tracks in all).  The 15-disc collection includes a 56-page book of photos with new liner notes penned by American music historian Ashley Kahn.

The deluxe complete set includes The Paul Simon Songbook, an acoustic album–recorded in London in the summer of 1965–showcasing solo versions of many songs that would become central to the Simon & Garfunkel repertoire.

Paul Simon, The Complete Album Collection

Paul Simon, The Complete Album Collection

During the period covered (1965-2011) in Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection, Paul Simon continually expanded his musical vocabulary, each new album taking the artist beyond six-string acoustic accompaniment into whole new worlds of sound, while remaining consistent and true to the crafts of writing and recording. In the 1970s, he explored reggae, progressive jazz and Latin music.  By the 1980s and 1990s, Simon was creating new music steeped in Louisiana zydeco and South African jive, Brazilian street samba and Puerto Rican salsa.  On 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, he channeled Indian ragas, Delta blues, and West African kora music, even sampling Reverend J.M. Gates’ 1941 recording for “Getting Ready for Christmas Day.”



The Paul Simon Song Book (1965)

1. I Am A Rock

2. Leaves That Are Green

3. A Church Is Burning

4. April Come She Will

5. The Sound Of Silence

6. A Most Peculiar Man

7. He Was My Brother

8. Kathy’s Song

9. The Side Of A Hill

10. A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission)

11. Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall

12. Patterns

13. I Am A Rock (alternate version) *

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