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As If, Audemars Piguet Bring Stimulating Talk to Beautiful Setting

At As If magazine’s event on Thursday, it was education before pleasure.
Introducing its inaugural speaker series, launched with Audemars Piguet, As If editor in chief and cofounder Tatijana Shoan said, “It’s our duty to deliver real estate in the magazine to art.” She was preaching to the converted, but it reached a whole other level since the venue was the Brooklyn Museum. Moderated by András Szántó, Audemars’ art adviser, the museum’s director Ann Pasternak and the prolific and outspoken artist Mickalene Thomas let loose on issues such as the patriarchal nature of the art world.
“Corporations want to take advantage of artists,” said Thomas. “Some don’t want to work with people of color and women. Especially if it’s a six-figure [campaign], it’s a white male like Jeff Koons, who is so used and saturated.”
The large-format, biannual As If published a 26-page story about Thomas, whose work encompasses paintings, installations, collages, photographs, film and video and sculptures. During the conversation with Pasternak, Thomas mentioned her handbag design for Dior‘s capsule collection bowing in Miami on Dec. 4, in time for Art Basel Miami Beach.
“Oh yeah, absolutely I’d like to work more with Dior,” said Thomas. “There are a few brands I would collaborate with…Gucci

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