Alec Monopoly is now TAG Heuer's Art Provocateur
For the Swiss watch brand, this appointment will entail involvement at every level of the company’s artistic creation: products, events, marketing, communication. His creative and unconventional influence should pave the way to new areas of expression and ingenuity
Miami, US, 29th November 2016 –
To coincide with Miami Contemporary Art week, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, has announced the appointment of ultra-hot American artist Alec Monopoly as Art Provocateur for the Avant-Garde brand.
Alec Monopoly, street-art star
Sporting a hat, with his face always hidden behind a bandana to preserve his anonymity; but what is he famous for? Well, Alec Monopoly owes his fame to the character who shares his name. Mr. Monopoly, the diminutive and debonair banker that the artist depicts in different scenarios.
"When I started out, I did my graffiti in New York. The city was a huge source of inspiration".
In 2008, he quit the Big Apple for California. This was the year that the financial markets crashed. The subprime crisis, Wall Street, Bernard Madoff... The finance world experienced its darkest days. And this found its echo in Alec’s work. His career took off. "This was my way of making a statement about what was happening."
His work started to gain an online following amongst street art aficionados. People started to call him Alec Monopoly.
Since then, he has depicted the little banker in every conceivable situation... His rich, colourful works using this character – known throughout the world – are filled with humour. In the meantime, Alec Monopoly has turned his focus towards recontextualising other icons of popular culture. Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich... Today, Alec’s signature is worth a lot. Numerous American stars, such as Seth Rogan, Adrien Brody and Robert De Niro, have bought his works.
"Street painting remains my true passion": Jean-Claude Biver took him at his word.
With success, his relationship with painting has changed. "I was crazy when I was young. I graffitied trains, buildings..."
Has time tamed Mr. Monopoly? Not really. "I am still a graffiti addict. I still have this need to quickly graffiti something any time I get the chance. Street painting remains my true passion."
So, Jean-Claude Biver took him at his word! A few months ago, in Switzerland, he suggested that Alec became not only the "Art Provocateur"
for the watch brand he is CEO of, to imbue it with his creativity – but also to start to express himself in a different way, in the street, by tagging the TAG Heuer boutique located in the very heart of Miami’s Design District, as part of the artistic ambiance of the famous Contemporary Art Week.
said: “I have always had a passion for watches. I am excited by this great opportunity to put my creative ideas to work for TAG Heuer. This is a perfect opportunity to combine my artistic abilities with my love of time pieces.”
CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the Watch Division of the LVMH Group, commented: "To be the first, to be unique and different, has been my philosophy for the last 40 years. With Alec as Art Provocateur within my team at TAG Heuer, I would like not only to continue to reconnect the brand with the younger generation, the millenials, but also to pave the way for new areas of expression, in all domains from the products to marketing and communication to distribution....His unconventional creativity and enthusiasm are contagious!"
The next day, Jean-Claude Biver and Alec Monopoly inaugurated the Mondrian Gallery within the lobby of Mondrian South Beach, unveiling a giant wall graffitied by Alec. This ephemeral art installation, supported by TAG Heuer, is completely unorthodox and, since its inauguration, has become an unmissable stop for contemporary art connoisseurs who have flocked here during this busy week in Miami. TAG HEUER BOUTIQUE
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