Beyonce stuns in gown by Arab design team at the pre-Grammy’s

Beyonce and recording artist Jennifer Hudson attend the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 28 January 2018

Beyonce stuns in gown by Arab design team at the pre-Grammy’s

NEW YORK: On the night before the Grammy awards, Beyonce took the stage in a gown designed by a Lebanese design team at a New York dinner where her husband, Jay-Z, was honored.
Beyonce was the queen of veteran music producer Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party as party goers and photographers made a beeline to get a picture of her.
Dressed in a dramatic black dress in silk crepe by Lebanese couture brand Azzi & Osta, she held hands with her husband when she arrived, and later held court with Mariah Carey, with Jay-Z nearby.
The custom-made fishtail dress took 300 hours to complete. George Azzi and Assaad Osta, the design duo behind the creation told Vogue Arabia they wanted the singer to feel “confident, powerful and feminine.”
The Beirut-based brand has a number of A-list clients including Eva Longoria, Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux.
Saturday’s event was attended by music industry titans to discuss Jay-Z’s complex relationship with music’s highest honors, where the odds are historically stacked against hip-hop artists winning top accolades.
Jay-Z, who was honored by the Recording Academy, spoke about his decision to boycott the Grammy awards in 1998 when rapper DMX did not get any nominations despite having two hit albums out that year.
Jay-Z said he only returned to the awards show in 2004, when Beyonce, to whom he is now married, was nominated for her breakout solo album.
“The Academy, they’re human like we are and they’re voting on things that they like; it’s subjective ... we care because we’re seeing the most incredible artists standing on that stage and we aspire to be there, so I was like, I have to be here,” the rapper said.
“It’s our duty to make sure that not only are we making the greatest art, that we’re upholding and supporting things that are super real,” he added.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.