Oh, and ALSO! Obsessed With: Kiki by Kiki Smith Perfume

Allow me one more Friday obsession -- when major contemporary artists comes out with beauty products!

Jul 29, 2011 at 4:02pm | Leave a comment

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I'm not an artist -- I literally cannot take a photo with an iPhone even -- but the contemporary art scene is one of the things that I love more than maybe anything in the world. I follow it like other people follow fashion or music. I love the galleries; I love getting the art magazines every month and collecting art books; I love art world gossip; and basically I just love looking at things.

But most of all, I love a really, really trendy art museum gift shop! Yes, I'm a non-purist like that, and a vapid ME-generation consumer, too.  I live near the New Museum in the East Village, and I go to the gift shop there all the time. Where I don't go all the time: inside the actual museum to look at the exhibits. Whatever! Anyway, that's where I found this perfume, Kiki by Kiki Smith. In the gift shop.

Now while Smith isn't one of my favorite-ever artists, she's definitely major and does, like, sculptures and prints of, like body parts and nature-themed stuff and all sorts of things. The Museum of Modern Art had a good retrospective of her work a few years ago -- click here. And recently she did a cool stained glass window for a synagogue in my neighborhood, which I gave 8 out of 10 paintbrushes in a recent ARTFORUM review -- that despite not even being Jewish! (Fine, the ARTFORUM review was published only in my own mind. But I'm still not Jewish!)

Okay, the fragrance: Kiki, according to the New Museum site, "evokes Kiki's most significant olfactory memories: musks, boxwood, patchouli and sandalwood next to fresh, ripe foliage and fig leaf notes."It was co-designed by mohawked Frenchie Christophe Laudamiel, who did that really cool-sounding "fragrance opera" performance art thing at the Guggenheim not so long ago that I lazily didn't attend but meant to ... as is my custom.

Did I just bore you? TRUTH. I like when readers play editor.