10 posts tagged "Aaron Young"
If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.
“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told Style.com, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”
At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.
The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”
The famous old dodge—”I read Playboy for the articles”—is getting a contemporary update. Thanks to a revamp and a prominent new hire, you can now look at Playboy for the art.
The magazine recently signed curator Neville Wakefield as its special projects director, and he’s been working on some highbrow—albeit playful—extensions. His first official venture involved commissioning three artists (Aaron Young—left, Malerie Marder, and Alex Israel) to create work presenting the 2013 Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, within the context of art. “I think it’s a reimagining of what Playboy can be,” said Wakefield, who’s working on another art-centric supplement for November.
The effort got us wondering: When is a picture art, and when is it erotica? “I think it has a lot to do with context,” offered Wakefield. “Porn has an efficacy when it comes to arousal, but [these works] are meditations on a person and a condition, so in that respect, they are art.” We put the question to the artists themselves; their original works debut exclusively here.
Playmates are “always working with their bodies,” said Aaron Young, so he covered a nude Pomplun neck-to-toe in paint and had her press her body (in one case, dragging her) across canvas for a series inspired by Yves Klein’s press paintings. “This definitely has rich and deep connections to art history,” he said. “I mean, there have been so many different kinds of nudes, why not work with the most popular nude in America?
The bottom line: Is it erotica? “If somebody has a good enough imagination, I’m sure it probably could be. But I think that expressing an idea through any medium can be sexy. I mean, I find dry conceptualism sexy, sometimes.” Continue Reading “Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn Or Art?” »
The Webster founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil returned to Miami last week for Mercedes-Benz Swim fashion week. Between parties at her store, shows by the beach, and laps in the pool, she found time to send back a few snapshots from her trip.
After a stormy flight from New York, I finally got back to the Sunshine State for Mercedes-Benz Swim fashion week. I started the first official day with an early a.m. swim in the Soho House pool—swimming like a shark around the runway in the middle of the pool! Afterward, I joined Mary Kate Steinmiller and Jade Frampton at the Raleigh Hotel for the Mercedes-Benz Bespoke event, where we made jewelry from Mercedes-Benz leather. I kept the piece Mary Kate made for sale at The Webster!
After a very busy day, I went full-on Swim week look for the Vogue and Clarins party at The Webster: a Theyskens’ Theory mermaid-inspired dress and Charlotte Olympia aqua fish-skin pumps. I was so happy to see all of my swimwear designer friends like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Yodit Eklund of Bantu Wax, and Tori Praver. Once the event was over, I met up with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Delano Beach Club Midori Beachside Bash, where Kim was having her portrait painted live in front of the crowd. Continue Reading “In The Swim: Laure Heriard Dubreuil at Miami Swim Week” »