When Emmanuel Perrotin met Pharrell Williams in Miami during 2007 and asked him to come up with his very first design object, he never imagined that tPharell, song-writer, hip hop legend and fashion designer would come up with a “simple thing” a sculpture created with Takashi Murakami and Jacob the Jeweler. (and that sold for a simple $2 million)
” I have always mixed artworks into my music, clothing, jewelry and my entire way of life. They stimulate creativity, mutual curiosity, and simply happiness!
I’m like a student when I’m with visual artists, I love to learn from them. Artworks teach you how to live and think differently” Pharrell Willliams
Seven years later, on occasion of the release of the album G I R L, Pharrell Williams and Emmanuel Perrotin continue their artistic collaboration with a dedicated exhibition curated for Galerie Perrotin in Paris.
“After the launch party for my new gallery in New York in late 2013, Pharrell took a few of us to listen to the first 5 tracks of his upcoming album G I R L. The songs put us in such a good mood that we danced to all of them. At this moment, we realized that this tribute to women was going to be a worldwide success and would represent a shift in his career. Pharrell made us feel like we were part of it. This project at the gallery in Paris is a natural continuation of this adventure,”
G I R L | curated by Pharrell Williams, Galerie Perrotin, Salle de Bal, Paris / Mai 27 – June 25, 2014
With works by: Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Chiho Aoshima, Daniel Arsham, Valérie Belin, Sophie Calle, Johan Creten, Tracey Emin, Daniel Firman, Gelitin, Guerrilla Girls, Laurent Grasso, Gregor Hildebrandt, JR, Alex Katz, KAWS, Bharti Kher, Klara Kristalova, Mr., Guy Limone, Annette Messager, Ryan McGinley, Takashi Murakami, Prune Nourry, Yoko Ono, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Rob Pruitt, Paola Pivi, Terry Richardson, Germaine Richier, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, Mickalene Thomas, Aya Takano, Agnès Thurnauer, Xavier Veilhan, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann..
Photos from the opening reception, May 27 by Annabel Fernandes via purple diary