Wednesday, February 25, 2015

KEHINDE WILEY | BROOKLYN MUSEUM










Through the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, which just opened at the Brooklyn Museum, New York based artist Wiley proves that it is possible to create a place for African Americans within the canon of Art History, and that it can be done beautifully and poignantly, while still eliciting questions and inciting change.

The exhibition highlights various series of Wiley's works, including many paintings as well as a grouping of stained glass pieces.  For much of his work, Wiley appropriates poses from heroic portraiture, but replaces the subjects with African American youth, usually male (though he branched out into female subjects with the series An Economy of Grace).  Generally, the subjects themselves choose the portrait they would like to be fashioned after, which gives them a sense of control over the outcome. 

Viewing Wiley's body of work as a whole, he continues to challenge the role of the black individual within Art History, combining hip hop culture with high brow, traditionally white, male portraiture.  It is a thought-provoking commentary on the way that art, and society, have been and continue to be further democratized.

Dress: Tracy Reese
Blouse: Vintage
Tights: H&M
Shoes: United Nude
Necklace: Vintage

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through May 24, 2015.
Photos of me by Kathy Paciello; other photos by me.

Friday, February 13, 2015

CLOUDS IN PARIS


#fbf to my last trip to Paris, when I floated through the Latifa Echakhch installation at the Centre Pompidou.  I'd take a cloudy day in Paris anytime, especially if the clouds are reminiscent of Rene Magritte.

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (see the last time I wore it here)
Boots: Theyskens' Theory

Photo by Kathy Paciello.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHRIS OFILI | NEW MUSEUM








If you're in New York City this weekend looking for something to do, I highly recommend that you check out the Chris Ofili exhibition at the New Museum before it closes on February 1st.

Ofili made a name for himself with his controversial work in the Sensation exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999.  His work is imbued with cultural references, from his heritage to Hip Hop music to the Bible, and his work spans across media including painting, drawing, and sculpture.  In some ways reminiscent of cave painting, the works also have a decorative aspect and an arts and crafts feel brought on through the use of materials such as glitter, studs, and even elephant dung.  The exhibition fills the entire museum and is a surprising journey through Ofili's career; proof that he has covered a lot of ground in his twenty years as an artist.

Dress: Givenchy (SIMILAR HERE)
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Hussein Chalayan (exact shoes in patent leather HERE)

Photos of me by Kathy Paciello; other photos by me.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

DAMIEN HIRST | OLAF BREUNING




On a recent weekend, I pulled out my Olaf Breuning x Damien Hirst dress for a Panda Bear concert at MoMA PS1.  Combining Hirst's LSD painting with Olaf Breuning's photo of a nude (entitled Damien), the dress combines the work of two artists and was executed by designer Cynthia Rowley.  I love it when art and fashion collide.

Dress: Damien Hirst x Olaf Breuning by Cynthia Rowley for Colette 
Tights: Joe Fresh
Boots: United Nude (similar here)

Breuning image from jeremyriad.com; photos by Kathy Paciello.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PHILIP TAAFFE








On Friday night I made the familiar trek to Bushwick for the Philip Taaffe (b. 1955) opening at Luhring Augustine.  I've long been a fan of Taaffe's work (peep my ancient blog post inspired by his work), and the way he is able to combine so many elements into a large canvas.  His canvases feature a myriad of processes, including silkscreen, collage, stain, and paint, and imagery drawn from broad sources such as religion, popular culture, and media.  According to his gallery, "Taffe strives for an optical vibrancy and visual energy that integrate the decorative with the narrative, the natural with the man-made, the ancient with the modern - entwining cultural lineages and histories to create something authentically new from these interwoven sources."

The exhibition continues through April 26th at 25 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn.

Vintage Dress: No Relation, NYC
Leather Boots: Goodwill, VA
Poncho: Brooklyn Flea

Photos by Kathy Paciello.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KLIMT KICKS



I've just returned from loads of travel and it's snowing in New York.  The best thing I can think to wear is a pair of Gustav Klimt inspired knee highs to trudge through the slush.

Recaps on the way from my visits to Paris and Miami!

Socks by Hot Sox via Sock Shop in Haight Ashbury.

Monday, November 24, 2014

BONJOUR DE PARIS!


Bonjour de Paris!

Can you guess who I visited today?
La Joconde (AKA Mona Lisa) was first on my list when I arrived at Le Louvre this morning.
I spent all day in the grand museum and am fairly certain I could spend the rest of my life there.

More to come!

Skirt: Celine
Socks: Hot Sox
Boots: Coach