10 posts tagged "Adrian Grenier"
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.”
Wear Chanel to save the environment? Well, not exactly, but buying one timeless tweed jacket instead of four trendy ones is just the kind of subtle lifestyle change Adrian Grenier and Angela Lindvall are advocating with their new eco-friendly pop-up, open today and tomorrow on Greene Street in Soho. “I’m never going to give up my Chanel pieces, because I’ll wear them forever,” Lindvall told us at a preview of the space yesterday. “It’s about knowing what you really need and finding a style that doesn’t have to be so consumptive.”
Part sustainable artwork gallery, part green goods shop, the pop-up is a joint venture between pureDKNY and SHFT. Lindvall is the face of DKNY’s environmentally minded fragrance (the bottle is recyclable and the vanilla bean that makes up its key note was sourced from female farmers in Uganda), and Grenier, along with film producer Peter Glatzer, created SHFT as an online forum that promotes an eco-conscious lifestyle that’s more Stella McCartney than Birkenstock.
The attractive activists, who first became pals through Grenier’s television show Alter Eco on the Discovery Channel, stress that it’s easy to make a difference with simple changes like turning off all the electricity during a dinner party (how romantic) or buying vintage instead of new. “The boogieman is not a good spokesperson for change. You don’t want to be preached to and you don’t want to be scared,” Grenier stressed. “It’s all about finding a balance.” You can preach to us anytime, Adrian.
The pureDKNY SHFT pop-up gallery is open to the public today, October 22, and tomorrow, at 112 Greene St.