Though not a duet, Elton John’s latest project is a harmony of sorts. An avid collector of black-and-white photography, the singer has handpicked 50 Peter Hujar prints for an exhibition at San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery. Opening next week, “Peter Hujar curated by Elton John” showcases the photographer’s breadth of subjects, which range from seascapes to beefcake to pets. “I’d long desired to invite a formidable guest curator to dig into Hujar’s work,” says Jeffrey Fraenkel, who’s represented the artist’s estate for the reason that early 2000s. “I got here up with a few half dozen names, mostly writers and visual artists, but the thought of Elton seemed unbeatable.” Besides the proven fact that John has acquired 15 works by Hujar since 2011, the union made emotional sense to Fraenkel. “Hujar’s work focused on the [queer] cultural scene, male erotica and other issues that overlap with Elton’s interests,” says Fraenkel. Hujar is probably best known for his images of members of the cultural vanguard of Nineteen Seventies and ’80s Recent York — amongst them Fran Lebowitz, Susan Sontag and David Wojnarowicz, who was Hujar’s partner. John made a degree of selecting a few of the photographer’s less-seen portraits, including those variously depicting a young Stevie Wonder, a middle-aged Peggy Lee and the Warhol acolyte Jackie Curtis in her open casket. “The show doesn’t shrink back from the tough pictures about illness or death, that are essential components of Hujar’s work,” says Fraenkel. Hujar himself died of complications from AIDS in 1987. Fittingly, all proceeds from the show’s first two sales will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. On view from Sept. 8 through Oct. 22, fraenkelgallery.com.
On a Greek Isle, a Hotel Overlooking the Water
For greater than 20 years, essentially the most stylish hotel on Kastellorizo, a tiny Greek island just a couple of miles from the Turkish coast, has been the Mediterraneo, with its lemon-yellow facade and 6 regular rooms and ground-floor suite. Designed, owned and run by the French architect Marie Rivalant Lazarakis, it’s named after the 1991 Oscar-winning film that was shot on the island. In 2007, Lazarakis opened a store on Kasetellorizo that sells kaftans, throws and jewellery; this summer, after much anticipation, she unveiled a second hotel property there — Casa Mediterraneo, set inside a trio of joined neo-Classical buildings across the harbor from Mediterraneo and painted a blood-orange red. It also has six rooms, in addition to a stepped garden planted with olive and mulberry trees. For this project, she partnered with two friends of hers, Grégoire Du Pasquier, who’s also an architect, and Luc Lejeune, an interior designer, who helped decorate the rooms. Breakfast is included and dinners will be arranged; starting next yr, the owners will invite international chefs to host pop-up culinary events. And guests can all the time try Deli Mediterraneo — a newly opened delicatessen on the town that sells Greek cheeses, charcuterie and such and is one more considered one of Lazarakis’s projects — and revel in their purchases on the hotel terrace overlooking the water. From about $170, casamediterraneohotel.com.
Through the years, the inside designer and furniture designer Josh Greene has been filing away ideas, from those inspired by an ex-coworker’s bad tribal tattoo to an overhead view of an industrial complex, for designs that he thought might work well on wallpaper. Last summer, he bumped into the owner of a Recent Jersey wallpaper printing company and asked about actually producing a few of them. From there, Greene teamed up with Juraj Straka, a Belgium-based surface designer who used to work for Dries Van Noten (Greene’s textile and color hero): The pair developed six final prints that, depending on the pattern, come on either grass cloth or nonwoven paper. Though Greene has lived in Recent York longer than he’s resided anywhere else, several of the designs draw from his upbringing on the West Coast: One includes a forest’s value of cypress trees that appear to be swaying within the wind, one other a cheerful array of palm trees that nods to Ed Ruscha’s 1971 artist’s book “A Few Palm Trees.” There are also geometric options, including Banda, with loose stripes composed largely of triangles and half circles. For Greene, the gathering is deeply personal. “Once I unrolled the printed samples for the primary time, I got really emotional, which caught me by surprise,” he said. “I got here to appreciate it was since it’s such a pure expression of what I find beautiful and interesting.” From $65 per yard, joshgreenedesign.com.
David Webb’s Menagerie, on View in Recent York
The jewellery designer David Webb grew up surrounded by wildlife in Asheville, N.C. When he moved to Recent York on the age of 17, he nurtured his fascination with the natural world by collecting pre-Columbian sculptures of animal figures and plants. In 1957, almost a decade after launching his namesake brand, he created an animal-inspired piece of his own — a gold cuff modeled after a double-headed makara, a sea creature from Hindu mythology. He’d soon grow to be known for similar pieces featuring leopards, giraffes and more. On Sept. 19, following an extended delay on account of the pandemic, the brand will host “A Walk within the Woods,” an in-house exhibition spearheaded by the corporate’s head of archives, Levi Higgs, and dedicated to Webb’s animal kingdom, on the second floor of its Madison Avenue store. Included will probably be numerous pieces from the archives, equivalent to a 1963 zebra cuff and a one-of-a-kind Winking Owl brooch from 1962 comprised of tumbled turquoise, textured 18-karat gold and brilliant-cut diamonds, together with some latest and never-before-seen pieces developed from archival sketches. Webb’s favorite animal, the frog, which he considered lucky, appears in the shape of a green enamel brooch with rubies for eyes. On view from Sept. 19 through Oct. 2, davidwebb.com.
At the same time as the Moroccans — Mohcyn Bousfiha and Mouad Mohsine’s Marrakesh-based brand that now encompasses a hotel and a holistic center with aerial yoga and sound healing — has grown, the sweetness line that inaugurated all of it stays at its core. A women’s cooperative continues to assist produce its products, made partially with ingredients that grow wild on its farm on the road to Essaouira. The label launched back in 2015 with freshly pressed argan and prickly pear seed oils — the previous is supposed as an all-purpose elixir for hair, skin and nails, while the latter accommodates vitamin E and is assumed to assist combat aging. This spring saw the addition of a trio of facial moisturizers that depend on the fruits of Bousfiha and Mohsine’s loquat trees within the Ourika Valley. “It’s super wealthy with hyaluronic acids,” Bousfiha says of the trees’ fruit, which looks like an orange-colored plum and is the essential ingredient within the Face serum, while the Sunrise day cream also incorporates beeswax and antioxidant-rich saffron grown within the small town of Taliouine. The third loquat-laced offering, the Sunset, is an evening cream that, due to royal jelly, has a rather heavier texture. On the horizon for fall are 4 latest fragrances featuring notes of coriander, myrrh and sandalwood, to call a couple of, that can join the brand’s five existing Morocco-inspired perfumes, including the recently added Burkan, designed to evoke the burned woods and leathers of the medina. From $42, moromarrakech.com.