TAKE FIVE: Kuwait retailer Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah enlisted 25 artists and industrial designers to interpret the iconic Chanel No.5 bottle for an exhibition at his new gallery, Al Sabah Art & Design. He said almost 90 percent of the works sold in the first few hours, suggesting people are “starving for fun, new and creative artistic ideas.” Works, priced from about $300 to $500 by the likes of Haluk Akakçe, Maarten Baas and Tom Dixon, are on display through next Monday. While one depicts a sailing ship inside the iconic bottle, most contain the actual perfume and therefore are functional, too.
ART HOUSE: Chanel, once again the sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Artist Awards Program, is getting its very own art preview this year. As part of the program, 10 New York artists donate works to the festival’s winning filmmakers, and, for the first time, the paintings, prints and collages will be exhibited at Chanel’s SoHo boutique at 139 Spring Street from Thursday through April 29. The house’s iconic tweed suits and quilted leather handbags are in for some heavy competition. This year, the roster of artists includes Clifford Ross, Mickalene Thomas, Stephen Hannock, Robert Mangold, David Salle, Hank Willis Thomas, Fritz Chestnut, Tom Slaughter, Kalup Linzy and SunTek Chung.