Net-A-Porter’s ART CAPSUL Collection

NET-A-PORTER, the luxury fashion ecommerce website, recently announced the launch of ART CAPSUL, a series of exclusive capsule collections of bespoke garments curated by art curator and style icon Stacy Engman. Beginning in July, the retailer will sell made-to-order items from top contemporary artists including Mickalene Tomas, Marina Abramovic, George Condo, Terence Koh, and Vik Muniz. ART CAPSUL will showcase iconic elements from each of the artists’ works (there most definitely will be some sort of swarovski-studded ensemble from Tomas!)

While we wait on pins and needles for the complete collection to be unveiled in just a few weeks, I bring you some works characteristic of the artists to get our minds working about what these bespoke items will look like!

Qusuquzah, une très belle négresse 2, 2012; rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel

MICKALENE THOMAS, Qusuquzah, une très belle négresse 2, 2012; rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel

Wheat Field with Cypresses, after Van Gogh (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011 Digital C-Print

VIK MUNIZ, Wheat Field with Cypresses, after Van Gogh (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011; Digital C-Print

MARINA ABRAMOVIC, Portrait with Flowers, 2009 archival pigment print,

MARINA ABRAMOVIC, Portrait with Flowers, 2009; archival pigment print

GEORGE CONDO, Alone with a View, 2006, oil on canvas

GEORGE CONDO, Alone with a View, 2006; oil on canvas

TERENCE KOH, Untitled, 2006 - 2011; Glass vitrines, mixed media

TERENCE KOH, Untitled, 2006 – 2011; Glass vitrines, mixed media

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Art I’m Loving: Mickalene Thomas

Today, everyone is going to be talking about the fashion from the Golden Globes. But I am talking about art, and the oh-so-talented Mickalene Thomas (have no fear, I will post my favorite looks from the award show tomorrow). The artist has been featured in multiple solo shows, including “How to Organize a Room Around A Striking Piece of Art” at Lehmann Maupin in New York, which closed on January 5th, “Origin of the Universe,” which was on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and is now at the Brooklyn Museum through the 20th, and an exhibition at the ICA Boston through April 7th.

As if helping to organize these solo shows wasn’t enough, the artist spent last year working on a mural commissioned for the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn (which you can read about in my post here) and incorporating actress Jessica Chastain into a work of art for W Magazine’s annual Art and Fashion Issue, on newsstands now.

Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. She often draws on images from art history, inspired by genres that range from the Hudson River School to Impressionism to contemporary popular culture. Her work is a glammed-up, multicolor retinal blast that is both shocking and smart. It is no wonder she is highly sought after by top museums and notable collectors alike. I look forward to watching her career blossom even more over the next decade.

Three Graces: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2011; Rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood

Three Graces: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2011; Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood

Din, Une Tres Belle Negresse 2, 2012; Rhinestones, acrylic, and oil on wood panel

Din, Une Tres Belle Negresse 2, 2012; Rhinestones, acrylic, and oil on wood panel

interior- Zebra with two chairs and funky fur, 2012

Interior: Zebra With Two Chairs And Funky Fur, 2012; Rhinestone, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel

What's Love Got to Do With It? 2008; Mixed media installation at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

What’s Love Got to Do With It? 2008; Mixed media installation at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Chastain in Thomas's Tamika, 2012

Jessica Chastain in Thomas’s Tamika, 2012 for W Magazine

images via MickaleneThomas.com, ICA Boston website, and Wmagazine.com

Brooklyn’s Newest Additions: Basketball and Big Scale Art

So we are all well aware (at least us New Yorkers) that the Nets will soon become the Brooklyn Nets, and will play their games in the monstrous new Barclays Center on Atlantic Avenue. The arena will open to much fanfare and hype with a Jay-Z concert on September 28th, which seems only appropriate considering that Beyonce’s other half is a (small) owner of the team. But what you may not know is that in addition to this enormous – though very impressive – piece of architecture, Brooklyn will also be erecting a few ambitious art projects around the new home of the Nets. One such project is a giant vinyl mural by artist Mickalene Thomas depicting Brooklyn’s cityscape. The site will also be the home of a 70-foot-long painting by local artist José Parlá. Last but not least is an artistic collaboration of three digital artists — Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser — collectively known as OpenEndedGroup, which will receive prime placement on the center’s 3,000-square-foot, 360-degree LED marquee outside the main entrance. According to co-owner Bruce Ratner, these three works are “just the beginning” of artistic creations that will be commissioned for the Barclays Center. They have brought on Arnold L. Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, and Eugenie Tsai, the museum’s curator of contemporary art, to serveas advisers for the center’s arts program.

So just remember when you are on your way to the Justin Bieber, Barbra Streisand, or John Legend concert (or perhaps actually going to watch a basketball game), to take a moment and appreciate the art at the Barclays Center as well!

A detail of Mickalene Thomas’s mural (image via Lehmann Maupin)