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Welcome to the Archives of Velvet Magazine! For those of you who might not know, Velvet was Prague's first city magazine and sadly published just a few issues. I, Jeffree from Think Magazine, designed the very last issue of Velvet, which was killed the day it was to go to press... and thus, I turned my attention to making Think. A lot of the contact, adresses and business information here is too old to be useful, but why not take a walk down memory lane and enjoy yourself?


Photos by Jiri David

t the American Culture and Commerce Center, Kiki Smith is flipping through slides of her work. One slide jumps out at the crowd of about 150 people. The slide is of an odd statue: a naked woman on all fours, frozen as she was crawling across the floor. A long and longer rope of shit dangles for about ten yards behind her Smith explains that "we all leave a trail of shit behind us no matter where we go." This is art?

The next morning we are sitting in the sterile lobby of her hotel Smith is licking the last sticky bit of honey out of one of those single serve plastic containers. She accidentally drops it and the container gets stuck. in her long curly black hair. "I think there is a comprehensible language in the art world," says Smith, pulling the container out of her hair (it isn't an easy task.) "But maybe there is no language at all." For an artist who sports an eyebrow ring and sculpts female genitalia and statues of men with semen stains, Smith appears to be rather, well, normal. "I'm moderate," says Smith in her Roseanne-esque monotone, "and now more comfortable with life."

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, from a family of artists, Smith moved to New York at age 18 and began drawing cell tissues, neurofibrils, and blood cells; she was from an early age extremely interested in the human body.

"I decided to become an artist," says Smith "because I didn't know what else to do." Now she has exhibited all over the United States and Europe.

Smith creates life-size sculptures made from wax, paper, glass beads, bronze, paper mache, and anything else she can find. The Galerie Rudolfinum presents an impressive selection of Smith's work from the last four years. The exhibit is drawn from a collection at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. Most of her work shown here, like all of her work, contradicts the conventional Western ideas of beauty, and attempts to put us in touch with the inner workings of our bodies. Smith explains, "Our bodies are basically stolen from us, and my work is about trying to reclaim one's own turf, or one's own vehicle; to own it and to use it to look at what we are."

Kiki Smith: Sculptures Galerie Rudolfinum Ends August 27 Open Tues-Sun 10-6


This month's FIRST contributors are Omri Ben-Amos, Michelle Legge, Michael Wayne Jr., David Freeling, Radha Burgess and Anne Renahan.

 

 

Cover credits

  Pg. 07 Editor's Letter
  Pg. 09 FIRST: Ghost Busker
  Pg. 10 The King is Dead
  Pg. 10 Kik's Kaka
  Pg. 11 Trick of the Trade
  Pg. 11 Telephone Obsessive
  Pg. 12 The H.O.G.s are here
  Pg. 12 Fugazers
  Pg. 13 Windex
  Pg. 14-15 POLAROID: Laurie Anderson
  Pg. 17 Letter From L.A.
  Pg. 18-19 6 Kc and Peace of Mind
  Pg. 20-23 Velvet Devolution
  Pg. 24-27 FASHION: Cafe Couture
  Pg. 31 REVIEW: Jiri David's "Hidden Image"
  Pg. 32 Czech Cubism 1911-1919
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Klub Lavka
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Subway Club
  Pg. 34 MUSIC: The Ecstacy of St. Theresa
  Pg. 36 RESTAURANTS: Here's the Boeuf
  Pg. 37 RESTAURANTS: Comedy Cafe Akropolis
  Pg. 42 COFFEE: Meduza Kavarna
  Pg. 43 ALTERNAMALL: Jilska 22
  Pg. 44 SHOPS: Ligne Roset
  Pg. 45 Above & Beyond
  Pg. 47-48 BOOKS: Expat Mixed Bag
  Pg. 50-51 MUSIC REVIEWS
  Pg. 54-55 MOVIES: Karlovy? Very.
  Pg. 52 Scene
  Pg. 53 LAST: Intro to Cool.
   
 

Volume 1, Number 1
August 1995

Editor and Publisher MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Senior Editors
WALTER R. DEVINE, JOYCE-ANN GATSOULIS

Associate Editor
SUSANNAH ROSENSTOCK

Editorial Assistants
HELENA SIPKOVA
MAURA GEDID

Contributing Editors NICHOLE ACHS
OMRI BEN-AMOS
MATT WELCH

Contributing Writers RADHA BURGESS, LOU CHARBONNEAU, DAVID FREELING, JOHN HECK, MARKETA JIRASKOVA, ANNE RENAHAN, JENNIFER TORPIE, LAURA ZAM


Creative Director GERMAIN E. DESEVE

Senior Designer
CLARE MANIAS

Production Associates STEVE ROWLAND
D.A. STRUBLE

Staff Photographer ZUZANA OPLATKOVA

Contributing Photographers
SEAN GALLUP,
AHMED RAHIM

Publicity
MICHELLE LEGGE


Advertising Director CHRISTOPHER LOVERING


The Prague Review s.r.o.

CEO: NICOLAS R. PERKlN

CFO: DAN ROSE

COO: MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Main Offices:
Velvet Towers East
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Velvet is a publication of the Prague Review, s.r.o. (c) 1995, The Prague Review, s.r.o. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited by law.

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