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April 19 2014

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4 posts tagged "Elizabeth Peyton"

The Artist Was Present

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Jay-Z

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.”

Photo: Brittany Adams

Taking Fashion At Face Value

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Animal prints have become so popular that department store racks are starting to resemble petting zoos. Lately, though, we’ve been noticing a new novelty trend: faces. Some designers have taken visages in cartoony directions. Sophia Kokosalaki put a pop art depiction of a girl in tears on the Diesel Black Gold runway back in February, while Mugler‘s Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné collaborated with illustrator Mel Odom on the kissing image in their new Resort collection. Others spotlighted more familiar faces. Marc Jacobs commissioned his pal Elizabeth Peyton to immortalize him on a collector’s item sweatshirt for his Marc by Marc line. Rihanna paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor by wearing a Topshop Unique look, and model Sean O’Pry, perhaps looking for a job, wore a T-shirt with the photographer David Sims on it while off-duty at the menswear collections.

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Photo: Courtesy of Mugler

Shopper’s Guilt Is No Retailer’s Pleasure

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Feel guilty about shopping? Good, you should. Psychologists declare that splurging is out and self-denial is in, but that buying something cheap is just fine.

Sarah Jessica Parker puts the kibosh on Kim Cattrall‘s confirmation of a Sex and the City sequel because Carrie is the star and Samantha is her minion.

If you had any doubt about Michelle Obama’s coolness factor, check out her latest gig as wall-mate to Marc Jacobs and Kurt Cobain. Artist Elizabeth Peyton added the First Lady-to-be to her New Museum exhibition after election day, a rendering we think would look mighty nice in the Oval Office (we hope you’re reading, Barack!).

Photo: James Devaney/Wireimage

marc jacobs lives forever, thanks to elizabeth peyton

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For many of the guests at the opening of Elizabeth Peyton’s Live Forever exhibit (underwritten by Banana Republic) at the New Museum on Tuesday evening, it was the first night out since getting back from the shows in Europe. “I’m beyond jet-lagged,” said Michael Roberts. “I flew in last night and had meetings at 8:30 this morning.” Glenn O’Brien felt no different. “I worked four weekends in a row!” he said. “This weekend, I’m off. I’m sleeping and going to the country.” Peyton took advantage of her friendship with Marc Jacobs, wearing an outfit that just walked down his New York runway. She returned the favor by including a portrait of the designer in the show, from his long-hair days. “It’s one of my favorites! I remember saying after seeing it, ‘If only I looked like an Elizabeth Peyton painting I’d be really happy,’” said Jacobs, who was trailing boyfriend Lorenzo Martone around by the hand. Is it time for a new portrait of the new Marc? “I think he’s always been a very changing person, so I don’t think it’s any different,” said Peyton, who enjoyed her preview and skipped out at 8:45, just as DJ Spencer Sweeney was turning the museum’s top floor into a dance party.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/PatrickMcMullan.com