Basquiat draws a crowd

Creating the new "Jean-Michel Basquiat" line, which hits London's Dover Street Market tomorrow, was not exactly a simple process. The Inoue Brothers (whom you may know as the world's leading London-based, Japanese-Danish design team) started with polos, jackets, sweats, and shirts from iconic brands like Lacoste, Wrangler, Levi's, and Pendleton. Then, they worked with photographer Nicholas Taylor to print the various pieces with atmospheric, never-before-seen photographs of the late artist. Head over to High Snob to see the complete collection.
On sale tomorrow at Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover St., London, doverstreetmarket.com

Photo: highsnobiety.com
Tags: Art, Fashion

No Polo ponies were harmed in the making of this exhibition

There's no escaping the famous name, but Greg Lauren—nephew of Ralph and son of Jerry Lauren, a longtime designer for the family empire—picked a career in art rather than fashion. His latest work bridges the two worlds. A year and a half ago, Lauren taught himself to sew on his late mother's seventies-era Singer; the result is Alteration, an exhibition of meticulous, hand-made garments-as-artworks. Many are riffs on the sort of classics you might find in his uncle's collection: a safari jacket inspired by one in a photo of Hemingway, or a wide-lapelled pinstripe suit (above), all hand-constructed from Japanese paper. In another section, 20 fabric jackets serve as a series of journals in cloth: One is sewn from an old drop cloth from his studio; another is pieced together with mementos of a trip to Paris he took with his wife. "It's got the vocabulary of a store," Lauren says of the exhibition.
Alteration: New Works on Paper runs through November 1 at 28 Wooster St., NYC, (646) 620-2338; greglauren.com

Photo: Greg Lauren
Tags: Art, Fashion

Louvre, Juergen

High on our list of fashion week diversions: Juergen Teller's new show at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Teller—who recently published a book of his collected Marc Jacobs ads (and chatted with our sister site about it here)—presents a large-scale (70" x 50") series shot for the French art/fashion/smut mag Paradis. The Louvre gave the German lensman an all-access pass to the museum, which he put to typically good use—i.e., stripped down some famous subjects (like model Raquel Zimmermann and can-she-really-be-63 Charlotte Rampling, pictured) and let them lounge. (The gallery has copies of the Paradis issue in which the photos originally appeared, and a skin-bound—of course—catalog is forthcoming from Steidl.) Leave it to Teller to undermine the whole fashion premise in a fashion-spread-turned-fashion-week-exhibition. The takeaway message: Clothes—overrated?
Paradis opens tonight and runs through October 17 at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th St., NYC, (212) 255-2923, lehmannmaupin.com

Photo: Juergen Teller/Courtesy of Lehmann-Maupin Gallery
Tags: Art, Fashion
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From paparazzi shots to art, in just 40 years

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Don't get us wrong: Brigitte Bardot has done some fine work as an animal-rights activist since leaving the acting game. Still, we'd like to remember her as the French femme fatale from And God Created Women and Manina—and apparently we're not alone. Savile Row's James Hyman Gallery is celebrating BB's upcoming 75th birthday (on September 28) with an exhibition of 75 vintage prints snapped by the famed first-gen pack of paparazzi who followed her around in the sixties. Most of the prints are one-of-a-kind and priced between $800 and $4,000, but if your collection's in a holding pattern these days, there's an eminently clickable online slideshow. Feeling flush and getting an early start on the weekend in London? The opening's tonight.
Brigitte Bardot and the Original Paparazzi: An Exhibition of Rare Original Vintage Photographs, through October 3 at James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London, jameshymangallery.com

Photo: Courtesy of James Hyman Gallery
Tags: Art, Women

One More Thing...

We must admit, we find it hard to look at this oddly appealing pic without making reference—however obliquely—to M. Zahm's other preferred photographic subject.

[via Purple Diary]

Photo: Olivier Zahm
Tags: Art, Media

They'd like to thank the Academy, er, Style Conglomerate

The fashion world has no shortage of awards, and come to think of it, neither does the world of film. But the Gucci Group Award, presented annually to an artist who's made a contribution to film, celebrates both domains, so we're naturally in favor. The nominees for the 2009 award were announced this week: aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand; Playboy writer-at-large Mark Boal, whose investigative reporting became the basis for In the Valley of Elah and The Hurt Locker; Iranian photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat; and video artist Pipilotti Rist, whose recent MoMA installation earned her rave reviews. The winner will be announced at this year's Venice Film Festival, where he or she will go on to join a winner's circle we might say deserves an award of its own: People You'd Most Like at Your Party. Since its inception in 2006, the Gucci award has gone to Nick Cave, Julian Schnabel, and British video artist Steve McQueen. No word on whether it comes with a Gucci discount.

Tags: Art, Fashion, Media

Like the show? Get the shirt

Acclaimed Dutch street artist had an exhibition, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt. Well, maybe. If the artist in question is Parra, and the exhibition is the one opening tomorrow in Berlin, it could just as easily be Acclaimed Dutch street artist had a T-shirt, and all I got was this lousy exhibition. Parra, whose kinetic, vividly colored illustrations (often of scantily clad girls) have made him a favorite of the streetwear set, opens both an art show and a pop-up shop in the German capital. I like the tee shirt but I will get the painting, at Pool Gallery, features his large-scale illustrations; the accompanying store, housed in the Berlin outpost of Denmark's Wood Wood, has the wearable goods. There's something for all budgets, in other words—that is, all budgets that have room for a ticket to Berlin.
I like the tee shirt but I will get the painting: Works of Art by Parra opens tomorrow at Pool Gallery, 38 Tucholskystrasse, Berlin, 011-49-30-243-42-462; "I like the painting but I will get the tee shirt: Products of Art by Parra" opens August 30 at Wood Wood, 4 Rochstrasse, Berlin, 011-49-30-280-47-877

[Arkitip via Cool Hunting]

Photo: Parra/arkitip.com
Tags: Art, Fashion, Travel

Storm story

Voluntourism has been responsible some truly awful writing. But we're glad to report that American Splendor illustrator Josh Neufeld's new graphic novel, A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge, isn't that. Yes, it's inspired by a volunteer stint in Biloxi, Miss., following the storm, and yes, its development follows what's quickly becoming a common path—experience begets blog, blog begets book. But A.D., which was first serialized on the comics-friendly online magazine Smith, interweaves the fractured life stories of seven real New Orleanians—from a pastor's son who fled to California to an Iranian-born supermarket owner—with a rare clarity and empathy. (The engaging graphic style doesn't hurt, either.) As you might expect, the pitchmen of record are on board—both Dave Eggers (who just published his own reportage from the Big Easy) and Cornel West are fans—but this is one probably best experienced personally. If you're in New York, you can do so with an added bonus—the book launches tonight at Idlewild Books, where sales of limited-edition prints benefit the NOLA nonprofit Common Ground Relief.
A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge, $25, amazon.com; NYC book launch and benefit tonight, 6-9 p.m., at Idlewild Books, 12 W. 19th St, NYC, RSVP to events@idlewildbooks.com

Illustrations: Josh Neufeld/Courtesy of Pantheon Books
Tags: Art, Media

One More Thing...

Paul Smith's Keith Haring domino set.
About $65, available at paulsmith.co.uk

[via High Snobiety]

Photo: paulsmith.co.uk
Tags: Art, Fashion

Roll out the barrels

While we don't know the agency responsible for Guinness' golden age of advertising, we imagine it's something like the U.K. version of Sterling Cooper. In any case, bless them: While we waste our time in petty debates over whether our beer tastes great or is merely less filling, they cut to the heart of the matter. Aside from petty things like medical evidence to the contrary, who's to argue with the "emotional truth" of "Guinness Is Good for You"? A new exhibit at London's Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, "The Art of Guinness," pays tribute to the core message of the stout, now celebrating its 250th anniversary. If you can't make it over, we hope you can find it in your heart to raise a glass of your own this weekend. Just don't try this (pictured) at home.
Through Oct. 25; Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, 2 Colville Mews, London W11 2AR; 44 (0)20-7908-0880, museumofbrands.com

[via Cool Hunting]

Photo: Guinness
Tags: Art, Drink, Media
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