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FEELING BLUE: Artist Teresita Fernández's installation, which will turn the Louis Vuitton store on Union Square in San Francisco into an official "Maison" for the luxury company, will add a touch of blue to the environs. That's because Fernández's piece, called "Hothouse (Blue)," consists of a large piece from translucent blue glass overlaid with some 16,000 cabochon mirrors. The effect is dazzling, in the literal sense. "I wanted the piece to activate the space so that viewers entering the store could look up and catch shimmering, reflective glimpses of passersby and atmospheric conditions seen through the windows," Fernández said. Louis Vuitton will fete the new Maison, which joins existing ones in Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Taipei, with a reception and a private dinner on May 21.
CARTIER'S ART: The Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto is the recipient of 2008's Cartier Award at Frieze Art Fair, which provides funds for an artist to produce a major new work at Frieze, which will be held in London in October.
Barcelona-based Prieto will produce a site-specific installation for the fair called Pond, which will employ more than 100 opened oil drums, with a frog placed in among them. Prieto, who studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte de la Universidad de Habana, was selected for the award from more than 400 entrants. The award, which is open to artists based outside the U.K., also provides a three-month residency at the Gasworks studios in South London.