After a brief blogging hiatus for a much-needed vacation, I am finally back at the computer to bring you all things art and fashion—starting with my current artist obsession, Nick Cave. While I have always been captivated by the visual and performance artist’s signature Soundsuits—extravagant ensembles meticulously handcrafted from found objects, recycled remnants, and discarded materials—the artist is currently having quite a moment here in New York City.
As part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of Grand Central Terminal, Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit have organized Heard•NY. For this week-long event, Cave transformed Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall with a herd of 30 colorful life-size horses that peacefully “graze” and twice-daily break into choreographed movement (“crossings”) accompanied by live music. Himself a trained dancer, Cave called upon The Ailey School students to perform these daily crossings.
I attended the performance yesterday, and was blown away by the beauty of the soundsuits, the fluidity of the performance, and how engrossed I felt within everything happening around me (see pictures below). The soundsuits, according to the artist, exist as both sculptures in themselves and, when occupied by the body, activated forms, and reference dress and ritual attire from around the world, responding to the globalization of cultural identity. While acquiring a soundsuit is a bit out of my budget, the artist makes rather affordable prints of people in mid-soundsuit performance (which you can purchase here).
Check out my video of Heard•NY, and if you get a chance to go see it today before it ends (11am and 2pm), I highly recommend it!
Flashback Friday – to 2011, when Lisa Perry launched her second artist inspired collection in collaboration with the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. A notable Pop Art enthusiast (she herself owns a few of the artist’s iconic Benday dot prints), Perry translated the inspiring artistic genre to a limited edition collection of dresses and tees. The collection featured familiar Lichtenstein motifs, including the “on” light switch, the hot dog, and comic strip iconography.
As alluded to above, this artist inspired collection marks just one chapter of an annual series of collaborations for the designer’s eponymous clothing and accessories line. I previously wrote (and raved) about her most recent collaboration with Jeff Koons in this post, and cannot wait to find out who she will be working with next.
In the latest installment of my monthly column, On Trend, on Artspace.com, I address the long-debated status of fashion within the sphere of fine art. Where do I stand on the topic? Click here to read my full article.
In the meantime, here are a few avant-garde ensembles that are undeniably deserving of placement on a museum pedestal:
Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou (who’s collaboration with Current/Elliott I raved about in this post), has created her first digital artwork in partnership with [s]edition. s[edition] offers original artworks from well-known artists in digital format, with the goal of making art collecting both instant and affordable. Once a work is purchased through their platform, you can then access it anywhere and display it on any digital screen.
Katrantzou’s penchant for print and pattern design is nearly unmatched in the fashion world, which she adapts to varying silhouettes each season to create a fantastic world of color and beauty. Thus, it comes as no surprise that her first digital artwork would similarly integrate colorful shapes and designs. She chose the pound note as the central theme, appropriating the symbol into various forms. Pound – as the work is aptly titled – “is a collage of many fragments of English pound notes that are fused into a magical whole that is then animated according to the rules of a kaleidoscope.” To collect Katrantzou’s work, visit [s]edition’s website here.
Art week in New York City is coming to an end, and I must say I was impressed with what I saw. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, which now has to battle with Frieze to lure the international contemporary buyers who prefer to come to New York only once a year to do their art shopping. Up to the challenge, galleries brought their A-games, and were consequently rewarded with great sales (all here say, of course). The bad weather during the first half of the fair may have kept potential shoppers at bay, but the clouds cleared for a beautiful weekend—leading to heavy traffic at booths across the city. A few favorite pictures from The Armory Show and the ADAA Art Show are below, but to see the full albums, head to my facebook page (and if you haven’t “liked” it yet, do so now!)
Lorna Simpson, 2013 at Galerie Nathalie Obadia @ The Armory Show
James Nares, In Three Words, 2012 @ the Armory Show
Angelo Otero @ The Armory Show
Shinichi Maruyama, Nude #4 and #6, 2012. Bruce Silverstein Gallery @ The Armory Show
Brice Marden, Han Shan Exit, 1992 (complete portfolio) at Susan Sheehan Gallery @ the ADAA Art Show
Louise Lawler, Marie + 90, Marie + 180, Marie + 270, 2010/2012 at Metro Pictures @ the ADAA Art Show
Dutch artist Rop von Mierlo has fade his first foray into the world of fashion with a collaboration with quirky contemporary brand Marni. Known for his self-published book Wild Animals, which won the Dutch Design Awards in 2011, the graphic designer/illustrator was tapped by Marni to translate said “animals” onto t-shirts and tote bags for their new capsule collection “Sunday Morning” for Summer 2013. Sunday Morning is “a twist of masculine shapes and feminine ease,” according to the brand’s blog, combining outerwear and loungewear inspired pieces to create a metropolitan and relaxed wardrobe. Each of the blotchy-shaped animals adorning the pieces in the collection, such as a donkey, parrot, ostrich, and tiger, were created exclusively for Marni.
You can buy the Sunday Morning collection in Marni boutiques or on their website, www.marni.com.
The four bags form the capsule collection
A look from the Sunday Morning Summer 2013 collection
A look from the Sunday Morning Summer 2013 collection
A third look from the Sunday Morning Summer 2013 collection
Marni creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni, doning a look from the collaboration at the end of her Spring/Summer 2013 runway show
In a groundbreaking deal with MAC Cosmetics, girl-of-the-moment Rihanna has collaborated on multiple color cosmetic collections that will roll out over the course of the year. Though images from the various collections have been circulated to the media, the first product to launch in-stores will be RiRi Woo, a lipstick inspired the singer’s favorite MAC red, Ruby Woo. The release date coincides with Rihanna’s Diamonds Tour concerts on May 4 and 5 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. MAC will also open a pop-up shop on-site at the concert to showcase the line.
In an exclusive interview with WWD, Rihanna discussed channeling her creativity in other outlets, and her connection to MAC as a brand: “Being creative is something that I love, so I can put that into different outlets. Music happens to be the first thing that I gravitated to, and now music opens doors to just so many different opportunities, and they all tie in. My makeup looks, my fashion looks…they help me to express myself as an artist. I think it helps people to understand me or my mood, my story.”
The MAC deal is unprecedented in that the brand has never collaborated with a single personality on more than a one-time project. Rihanna, however, has co-created four collections that include a total of 31 SKUs. Rihanna’s name will appear on packaging, and her signature will be embossed on the RiRi Woo lipstick case as well as a few other products. She was shot for the fall and holiday and winter ad campaigns. As such, the singer is being referred to a “creative partner” rather than a collaborator.
Rihanna is truly having her moment, all at the ripe age of 25. Love this girl. Can’t wait to see what she does next.
Pieces from the various Riri for MAC cosmetics collections
Rihanna looking stunning in custom Alaia at the Grammys