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Fashion in France
As I was wandering around the quiet rooms of Central Saint Martins' fashion studio to take a closer look at this year's crop of MA fashion graduates, a conversation was murmuring in the background between Louise Wilson, whose voice can boom across a room making it hard not to eavesdrop and Fleet Bigwood, noted textiles designer and head of print at Central Saint Martins. Bigwood was not happy with my taking pictures of the students' portfolios and samples whilst Wilson was fortunately coming to my defense and saying "She's giving exposure to the students!" It ended up being a much ado nothing conversation as I quickly assured them that I would be obtaining permission from all students to feature their work and Wilson thankfully let me get on with it. From Bigwood's viewpoint though, I could see why he had reason to quibble.
Visitors to Untitled Gallery on the Lower East Side enter through a door marked by a question mark for Matthew Chambers' newest exhibition. Chambers' relentless canvases at times remind of Martin Kippenberger and venture from representation to abstraction seemingly on a whim. Interspersed with these canvases are paintings made of strips of paper layered into appealing patterns that break up the intensity of Chambers' installation. On view through April 21st 2013 at Untitled , 30 Orchard Street, New York. Photo and text Juliana Balestin