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Art fairs like Frieze are glamorous occasions for wealthy collectors and casual browsers of fine art, but for the gallery directors and sales teams working the show floor, it can be a grueling experience—exhausting days filled with endless banter and always being “on” despite having a skull-splitting hangover from last night’s parties. For those poor souls, Alexandra Chemla, the 27-year-old founder of ArtBinder, has dreamed up this Art Fair Survival Kit, debuting here today exclusively on Style.com. The limited-edition kit, done in collaboration with the artist Deborah Kass, premieres for Frieze Art Fair 2014 at Fivestory. All proceeds from the sale of the kits will go to Free Arts NYC, which promotes arts education to underserved children and families. Among the goodies you’ll find inside: blister Band-Aids, Listerine breath strips, an iPhone charger, Kiehl’s lip balm and eye cream, Purell, Advil, and—for those who can find time for sleep—a Kass-designed “Enough Already” eye mask.
The concept of blurred gender lines isn’t anything new. But it’s been at the front of our minds over the last few months, after seeing gaggles of girls dressed like boys (Saskia de Brauw in Saint Laurent’s Spring menswear campaign, Tamy Glauser, Jenny Shimizu, and Ashleigh Good on Givenchy’s Fall ’13 men’s runway) and boys dressed like girls (thank you, J.W. Anderson and Meadham Kirchhoff ). The art world seems to be pondering the topic, too. Evidence? Last night’s opening of Ladies & Gents—an exhibition at Salomon Contemporary that aims to cheekily explore our perception of the sexes. Featuring sixteen works, like Kiki Smith’s Daisy Chain (a long metal chain with a woman’s head and feet, made in 1992), Deborah Kass’ Four Barbras, Six Red Barbras, Four Barbras (a 1993 Barbra Streisand-centric silk-screen series), and Judith Hudson’s Bribe (an irreverent 2009 watercolor of a topless, pearl-adorned woman), the show lightheartedly juxtaposes masculinity and femininity, and sometimes fuses both. Take, for instance, E.V. Day’s work Spidey / Striptease (2012). Known for deconstructing fashion items (like a Chanel jacket, an Hervé Léger bandage dress, and pink panties) and stringing them up into complicated webs, Day presented a piece that combined a shredded Spider-Man costume, fishnets, and red stiletto heels. “I love Spider-Man, because his web looks just like a fishnet stocking,” said Day. “And that brought me to the realization that there’s a feminine idea about him,” she added.
Nir Hod—who showed Genius, a new painting that depicts a jaded, judgmental child wearing what looks like Elizabethan clothes while he smokes a cigarette—insisted that his work is about pure beauty. “That’s beyond gender. If you asked me if this was a boy or a girl, I couldn’t even tell you.” Continue Reading “Ladies & Gents, Unsexed” »