Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Cartier In The 20th Century - Margaret Young-Sánchez - Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson

28/10/14

Cartier In The 20th Century - Margaret Young-Sánchez - Thames & Hudson

Cartier's long history of ultra-lux design and fabrication, of contriving ever more splendid vehicles for ornament, reveals a fascinating order of objects in which function is utterly secondary to spectacle. Eschewing the spirit of modernism entirely, the jewelers have pursued an unflagging agenda of beguiling the purpose of their creations through tireless elaboration, encrustation and mystification. This is a luscious publication, beautifully designed and packed with gem-like photographs. As a survey of the activities of Cartier over the last century it is perfectly judged. The myriad objects on show are testimony to man's endless obsession with the rare, with surface and detail. There are dozens of thrilling pieces here but perhaps the most fabulous are the Mystery Clocks. Cartier made a series of these, staggeringly extravagant, virtuoso pieces. Some of them featured hands which, seemingly suspended in faces of pure, transparent rock crystal, would keep perfect time without the smallest evidence of any mechanism to drive them. They are truly magical objects. The first time I saw one I was nine years old yet today, the idea still inspires the same delighted curiosity it did then. The book is every bit as seductive as the works it documents.