The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 20, 2014


New York City's Museum of Arts and Design to Start Exploring Scent as an Art Form
The Museum of Arts and Design in it's new space at 2 Columbus Circle in New York. The nose rarely figures in the sensory experience of a museum visitor. That is about to change at one New York City museum. The Center of Olfactory Art dedicated to scent as an art form was launched at the Museum of Arts and Design on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP).- The nose rarely figures in the sensory experience of a museum visitor. That is about to change at one New York City museum.

The Center of Olfactory Art dedicated to scent as an art form was launched at the Museum of Arts and Design on Thursday.

"What we're going to be able to do ... with the center is place scent directly in the mainstream of art history and demonstrate that it is the equal of paintings, sculpture, architecture and all other artistic media," said Chandler Burr, the former fragrance critic of The New York Times whom the museum said it hired as its — the nation's — first curator of olfactory art.

More a curatorial department within the museum than a separate entity, the museum created the new center because "scent is a really interesting part of the world of design," museum director Holly Hotchner told The Associated Press.

It fits the institution's DNA as a "sensuous, sensory-orientated museum" where patrons can touch and feel many of the objects. And of course, smell is as much a part of the senses," she added.

The center will present its first exhibition, "The Art of Scent, 1889-2011" next November, examining the reformulation and innovation of olfactory works by some of history's best-known perfumers through 10 seminal scents.

An audio guide, narrated by Burr, will explain the context in which they were created. Each perfume will be identified only by artist and year to allow visitors to appreciate each as an independent work.

And don't expect fancy fragrance bottles, brand perfumes, design graphics and packaging to be part of the exhibit.

Visitors to "The Art of Scent" will experience each fragrance along a 6-foot-wide path that will follow the curvature of the gallery wall where buttons on a specially-design atomizing machine will release "the work of art."

With the center's launch, the MAD is the only museum to study fragrance as art. A museum in Grasse, France, focuses on the history of perfume and another perfume museum in Madrid "is entirely about bottles," said Burr, who is also the scent editor at GQ magazine and the author of two books on scent.

Among the featured perfumes is "Jicky," one of the first to use non-organic ingredients,and pave the way to the modern era of fragrances. Designed in 1889 by Aime Guerlain, Burr called it "the first work of modern perfume art ... and the first major perfume to use synthetic molecules that freed the scent artist from nature."

"Jicky is one of the great neoclassicist, romanticist works of olfactory art of the late 19th century," he said. "It's an expression in this artistic medium of exactly the same aesthetic concern and intellectual concern and the artistic style used by (Jean-Auguste-Dominique) Ingres in painting and used in music by (Frederic) Chopin."

Scent artists or perfumers, colloquially known as "The Nose," are fragrance composers or painters. Among the masters featured in the exhibition will be Jean-Claude Ellena, whom Burr called "one of the most important artists alive in this medium."

"He is intentionally wiping away any reference to nature, effacing and erasing natural landmarks. He is doing work that is cutting edge in it's forcing us to experience and rethink works of oflactory art," he added.

Other leading perfumers whose work will be shown include Olivier Cresp, the creator of "Angel," and Alberto Morillas and Annie Buzantian whose "Pleasures" made the use of a carbon dioxide extraction that's considered a major technological advance in the art of perfume-making.

A pivotal role of the center also will be to present public programs, including informal discussions with scent artists and perfume industry executives talking "about the tension between olfactory works of art and perfume as product," said Burr.

Future shows will include a retrospective on Ellena's work; a technology exhibit demonstrating the use of synthetic molecules in perfume making; one on the raw materials that constitute fragrances such as Ugandan vanilla and Peruvian pink peppercorn. Many of the exhibitions will travel to other museums, Burr said.

The new center also will have an artist in residence program in which perfumers will work and be observed in MAD's artist studios creating new fragrances over a period of several months.

Because most people don't associate perfume with art, Hotchner said, the center will introduce them to the creative work of "very serious, very talented and very sought-after designers who are artists who create scent — and have for hundreds of years."



Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Museum of Arts and Design | Chandler Burr | New York | Holly Hotchner |


Last Week News

December 9, 2010

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Old Master & British Paintings Realises $37,054,556

17th-Century Spanish Sculpture, by Juan Martínez Montañés, Acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange "Man of the Year" in Naples Nativity Creches

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Major Acquisition of an Early 17th Century Painting

In Time for the Holidays, Christie's Launches Free App Optimized for the iPAD

Controversial Video by David Wojnarowicz "A Fire in My Belly" on View at the New Museum

Bonhams Sell 38 Pieces of Fine Meissen Porcelain that Survived the 1945 Dresden Bombing for £500,000

Garry Gross, the New York Photographer of Young, Nude Brooke Shields Dies

Recently Acquired Peformance Art Piece by Allora & Calzadilla Debuts at MoMA

Ben Johnson Begins to Complete One of His Paintings in Public at the National Gallery

Sotheby's Smashes World Record for Any Piece of English Furniture Sold at Auction

Getty Museum Displays a Selection of Chinese Photographs Produced Since the 1990s

Bonhams to Sell Archibald Thorburn Masterpiece Entitled 'The Covey at Daybreak'

Ambika P3 Presents Terry Flaxton: High Resolution Moving Image Works

Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Artists and Participants of the 2011 Sharjah Biennial

Art Gallery of Alberta Announces Winning Project in Sculpture Commission

Centre D'Art Contemporain Presents Image Mouvements

The Hirshhorn Launches ARTLAB+ Digital Technology and Innovative Approaches Are Key

Parasol Unit Presents Exhibition Dedicated to the Work of Emerging British Artist Nathan Cash Davidson

December 8, 2010

Roman Imperial Marble Bust Sells for a Staggering $23.8 Million at Sotheby's

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering

Photographs of Adolf Hitler are Expected to Fetch a Six-figure Sum at J.P. Humbert Auctioneers

Three Early Paintings by Johannes Vermeer Reunited at the National Galleries of Scotland

Spectacular Installation by Eva Schlegel Deals with the Theme of Flying and Falling

Andrew Wyeth Portrait Nets $2.4 Million at Auction for Maine's Farnsworth Art Museum

New Installation Features Cabinets and Caskets from Metropolitan Museum's Collection

National Museums of Liverpool Confirm the Origins of Bed-In for Peace Bedspread

Collection of Russian Imperial Correspondence Sold for $410,000 in Geneva

Audubon's "Birds of America" Fetches $10 Million Establishing a New World Record

Late Night Opening for James Turrell Show this Thursday at Gagosian Gallery in London

Getty Museum Displays First Survey of Felice Beato's Long and Varied Photography Career

More than 70 Photography Galleries will Be Present at the AIPAD Photography Show

SMU'S Meadows School of the Arts Announces Recipients of Second Annual Meadows Prize

Art Miami Achieves Strong Finish with Record Crowds and Major Seven Figure Sale

Three Preeminent Russian Non-Conformist Artists Exhibit at London's Aktis Gallery

Sotheby's to Exhibit 12 Masterpieces by Eduardo Chillida at Isleworth

Who Would Want to Harm the Plastic, Pink Snails of Miami Beach?

Roundhouse Announces Appointment of Christopher Satterthwaite as New Chairman

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Announces the Appointment of Charles Waldheim as Consulting Curator of Landscape

December 7, 2010

Glasgow-Born Sound Artist Susan Philipsz Wins 2010 Turner Prize for Contemporary Art

Sotheby's Sets New World Record for a Printed Book at Auction with Audubon's Birds of America

Fragment of Manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci Unearthed in French Town Library

J. Paul Getty Museum's Statue of Love Goddess Aphrodite Transfer Ends Italy Dispute

A Masterpiece by Félix Vallotton Sells for $2,478,584 at Sotheby's Swiss Art Auction

Rijksmuseum Exhibits Recently Acquired Masterpieces of 20th-Century Photography

Antik A.S. Auction House Sets World Record Prices for Turkish Calligraphy and Paintings

Works from the Collection Besselaar Lead Sotheby's Amsterdam Sale of 19th Century European Paintings

Van Ham Celebrate their 10th Anniversary with Over 400 Works by Outstanding Photographers

Elvis Presley's Powder Blue Mercedes-Benz 600 Sells at Bonhams to German Buyer for £80,700

Exceptionally High Quality and Very Solid Sales at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Picasso Show at Kunsthaus Zürich has Already Received 100,000 Visitors Since Opening in October

Louvre Pays Tribute to the 18th Century With a Special Series of Four Exhibitions

Property from the Life and Career of Johnny Cash Sold by Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills

Exhibition of Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City Opens at the V&A

Smithsonian Stands Firmly Behind "Hide/Seek" Exhibition

Auction of Communist Art Helps Red Sludge Victims

Michael Jackson Glove Brings $330,000 at Auction

Bonhams to Sell Watches Owned by the Watch Collector and Explorer Dr. George Fisher

December 6, 2010

Artistic Revolution Triggered by the Flemish Primitives is the Subject of Exhibition

Dallas Museum of Art Showcases Select Works by Contemporary Artists at Cowboys Stadium

Christie's New York December Photographs Sale Offers Exceptional Array of Works

With More than 100 Galleries, Art Miami Attracts Record Crowds and Strong Sales on Saturday

Matt Stokes: No Place Else Better Than Here Opens at Kunstahalle Fridericianum

Donations to Save an Iconic Old Master Painting by Pieter Brueghel Approach £1.4 Million

Commemorative Exhibition by Don Olsen Now on View at The Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Presents an Exhibition of Works by Moshe Gershuni

Legendary Albert Watson Captures the Stunning Voyage to the Heart of The Macallan

Minister for Arts Lui Tuck Yew to Open Lim Tze Peng's Exhibition at Singapore Gallery

ArtParis: the Event for the Modern and Contemporary Art Market Returns to the Grand Palais

Extremely Poignant Works of Art by Teresa Margolles at Kunstahalle Fridericianum

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents the Work of German Artist Erik Parker

Maxxi Opens Two Exhibitions in Support of the Work of Young Italian Artists

A Cabinet of Curiosities by Fiona Pardington, Carlo Van de Roer, and David Boyce at Suite Fine Art Gallery

Everything is Just Wonderful! an Art Exhibition Organized by Blissland Project

SOFA CHICAGO 2010 and The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art Have a Resounding Success

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Presents First Major Solo Exhibition in the U.S. for Artist Jonathan Meese

Clerkenwell Design Week Returns to the Capital with Aplomb Following a Hugely Successful 2010 Inauguration

AGO's Toronto Now Series Continues with Laurel Woodcock Exhibition

December 5, 2010

Felipe Calderon and Cristina Fernandez Inaugurate Rescued David Alfaro Siqueiros Mural

Sotheby's to Sell Property from the Estate of the Late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

Art Miami Continues Attracting Buyers and Reports Robust Sales on Day Three of the Fair

Full Set of Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos on View at the Taft Museum of Art

"Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" Headed to Cincinnati Museum Center

MacDougall's Leads Market in Russian Sales Week, Outselling Three Older Auction Houses

Association of Art Museum Directors Issues Statement on David Wojnarowicz's Film

Campbell Archibald Mellon Works Star in Bonhams Auction with Three of the Top Five Lots

Cain Schulte Contemporary Art Presents Double Solo Exhibitions by Patrick Gabler and Owen Schuh

In Front of Thousands of Collectors, Haiti's Earthquake Spurs Miami Art Fair Projects

Alyce Myatt Appointed as the National Endowment for the Arts New Director of Media Arts

Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Its 100th Artist for December: Jessica Labatt

Birmingham Museum of Art Takes a Historic Look at an African-American Art Movement

Germany to Reopen Reichstag Visitor Platform

Haubrok Foundation Hands Over 13 Important Contemporary Artworks to the National Gallery in Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof Presents Cory Arcangel's First Solo Exhibition in Berlin

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana Sale at Christie's Achieves $6,608,688

Wifredo Lam Painting Sets New Record at Art Basel Miami Beach

December 4, 2010

Highlights from Sotheby's Old Masters Week in New York Exhibited in London

The Last Work by the Renowned Italian Master Caravaggio at Rembrandt House Museum

Newly-Discovered Works to Lead Sotheby's Sale of Old Master Drawings in New York

The Human Brain Featured in New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

China Stops Prominent Artist, Ai Weiwei, from Leaving the Country on a Flight to South Korea

Leonardo's Last Supper by Peter Greenaway Opens Today at Park Avenue Armory

Western Art Dealers and Auction Houses Hope to Lure Wealthy Chinese Buyers

Walking Tyrannosaurus Rex's First United Kingdom Visit at World Museum in Liverpool

Unseen Photographs by Russian Artist Alexander Rodchenko to be Unveiled at Art Sensus

Multiple Five and Six Figure Sales Reflect Art Miami's Quality of Works on Show

The National Gallery of Victoria Celebrates Work of 26 Contemporary New Zealand Artists

Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Copy Sells at Christie's in New York for $506,500

Christie's Once Again the International Market Leader in Asia, 5th Year in a Row

Asian Demand, Proved by Record-Breaking $390 Million Autumn Sales, Pushes Up Prices to Pre-Boom Levels

Art Stars Auction at Phillips de Pury & Company in Support Teenage Cancer Trust

The Neuberger Museum of Art Presents R. H. Quaytman: Spine, Chapter 20

The National Portrait Gallery Announces the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2011

Hartshorne Fine Glass Collection for Sale at Bonhams

Gifts Enhance Metropolitan Museum's Scholarly Activities in Cycladic and Early Greek Art

CalArts Launches 'East of Borneo', a Collaborative Online Art Journal and Archive

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 'World's oldest message in a bottle', tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter

2.- East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

3.- Ming-era 'chicken cup' sells for $36.05 million breaking record for Chinese porcelain

4.- United States pastor Kevin Sutherland convicted over Damien Hirst fake paintings

5.- Major exhibition at Pinacothèque de Paris explores the myth of Cleopatra

6.- Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opens with inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh Live!"

7.- Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

8.- Palm-sized scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient: Harvard Theological Review

9.- Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: British television documentary

10.- Bonhams to sell Madame de Pompadour's favourite porcelain which surfaced in Devon after 350 years

Related Stories



New York City's Museum of Arts and Design exhibit focuses on jewelry by famous artists

French Design Phenom Patrick Jouin Makes His American Museum Debut at Museum of Arts & Design

Insects, Antlers, and Bones Given New Life as Unforgettable Works of Art

Museum of Arts and Design Partners with Fountain Art Fair for a VIP Preview

Twenty-One Hand-Built Bicycles to Be Showcased at Museum of Arts and Design

Masterpieces of Contemporary Silver Jewelry from Three Major Regions of the World to Debut at MAD

Rare Collection of Woven Sculptures and Baskets Donated to Museum of Arts and Design

Museum to Show Exhibition that Transforms Organic Materials

Museum of Arts and Design Announces First Major Viola Frey Exhibition Since her Death

Japanese Design Team Nendo to Unveil Four New Designs and Prototypes



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site