Dior X Daniel Arsham Limited Editions Released Ahead of Summer 2020 Campaign

Artist Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with Dior Homme’s art director Kim Jones for the label’s Summer 2020 show continues with another set of editions that pay homage to the label. In the style of his signature “Future-Relics” series, Arsham meditates further on archival excess and nostalgic affliction.

A highlight among an edition of 100 includes a $9,500 hydrostone sculpture book cover, a reimagining of the brand founder, Christian Dior’s 1951 volume Je suis Couturier– a trove of the designer’s career-spanning musings. Arsham is one of the contemporary artist-entrepreneurs putting stock in the value of mass-produced multiples.

Last fall, Arsham’s work reached an auction record in the Phillips Hong Kong 20th Contemporary Art & Design Sale with his Quartz Eroded Vogue Magazine 101 (2019) selling for $300,000. That is in excess of fourteen times the original low estimate of almost $20,000. Made with selenite, a variation of crystal and treated to look calcified, the art work is emblazoned with the magazine cover’s display text cut in relief. The names Richard Serra and I.M. Pei gesture to the commercial art world through Vogue‘s 2019 headlines. In the same season, his Eroded Brillo Boxes sold for over $200,000 in a Sotheby’s Contemporary Day sale. Produced in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum (for their benefit), it was the first time an Arsham edition hit six-figures in the secondary market.

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ABOUT Daniel Arsham

Born in 1980 in Cleveland Ohio, OH, USA
Lives and works in New York, NY, USA

New York based artist Daniel Arsham work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.

Soon thereafter Arsham toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience lead to an ongoing collaborative practice which continues as Arsham works with world renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands.

Arsham’s uchronic aesthetics revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.

In 2008, Arsham co-founded Snarkitecture with architect Alex Mustonen. Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture. Snarkitecture focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. The studio’s work includes installations, architectural environments and objects for a diverse range of clients such as Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, COS, Design Miami, Gufram, Kith, New Museum, and Valextra.