ART IS ALIVE is an independent editorial platform launched in London in 2007 by Nicolas Smirnoff. Restructured in 2016, the online publication was conceived for an eclectic audience eager to consume new covering the full spectrum of the arts. ART IS ALIVE features exclusive interviews; it offers a digest on creativity around the world as well as “moments of digital contemplation”. Oh and lots of David Bowie too.
“I believe there are no boundaries between contemporary art, fashion, architecture, design, music, dance and performing arts.” – Nicolas Smirnoff, 2007.
Celebrating its 10 anniversary in 2017, ART IS ALIVE has featured exclusive interviews with Tilda Swinton, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marianne Faithfull, agnès b, Bella Freud, Django Django, Barnaba Fornasetti, Banks Violette, and fascinating conversations with Helena Christiensen, Louis Fratino, Diane Pernet, Paul Smith, Pandemonia, Alex Farquharson, Iwona Blazwick, Axel Rüger among many other talents.
The title of the publication references James Whale’s 1935 film “the Bride of Frankenstein”. After tiresome experiments, Henry Frankenstein, the main character, succeeds in bringing his bride to life and famously cries “She’s alive! Alive!”. The title also refers to the punk movement phrase “Punk is Dead”.
Nicolas Smirnoff is Magnum Photos’ Gallery Director in London. He grew up in Arles, in the South of France, and he has previously served cultural organisations including Christie’s, dOCUMENTA (13) and Pace Gallery. In his tenure at Pace Gallery, Nico produced three catalogues, Alexander Calder: The Calder Prize; Hoyland, Caro, Noland and Lee Ufan From Point, From Line, From Wind.
In previous roles in London, Barcelona and Paris, he has delivered campaigns and strategic advice for private and public clients that include the LUMA Foundation, the Lyon, Art Dubai, the Sharjah Biennale, Yvon Lambert Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts.
He has also contributed to The Art Newspaper, Flash Art, Vernissage magazine, with news and reviews. A regular speaker at Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute, and Artiq, Nico is also on the board of charities Siobhan Davies Dance and Art Night.