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April 18 2014

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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

Abramovic The Opera Hits The Stage, Hedi Slimane’s Marilyn Manson Photo Project, And More…

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The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, a new opera by Abramović and Robert Wilson, opened in Madrid this week. Also involved in the “autobiography-cum-eulogy” are Willem Dafoe, who’s the narrator, and Antony Hegarty, who co-wrote the score. [WSJ]

Jimmy Choo has a capsule collection in the works with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt. The footwear label’s creative directors, Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, explain, “We were captivated by Pruitt’s energy, his computer screen use of colour and the festive exuberance of his prints and materials; there were elements in his work that reminded us in subtle ways of the Jimmy Choo design iconography.” [Vogue U.K.]

Hedi Slimane is the new YSL designer, but he has not put aside his photography projects just yet. Marilyn Manson is his latest subject, and Hintmag.com has a look at Slimane’s new photo series of Manson. [Hint]

Jean Paul Gaultier is confirmed to be designing Madonna’s costumes for her upcoming world tour. The two originally worked together on costumes for her iconic 1990 Blond Ambition tour. [Grazia Daily]

Photo: Hedi Slimane

In The Studio With Nate Lowman

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Hospital-room art, such as it is, tends to be of the “Hang in There” cute-kitty poster variety. And according to the New York-based nonprofit RxArt, there’s not too much that’s comforting about that. The organization’s stated mission is to place contemporary art in patient, procedure, and examination rooms to inspire patients and promote healing. Over the years, it’s developed a healthy roster of art-world friends, many of whom have donated to its annual benefit party and auction. James Franco, Terry Richardson, and Rob Pruitt are hosting this year’s event, which takes place this Monday, November 15 (tickets are still available here). As for the auction items, from the likes of Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Terence Koh, and Dan Colen, they’re on view at RxArt.net.

Well, all except one, that is. Artist Nate Lowman is donating a piece to the auction (as well as taking on DJ duties for part of the evening), but he’s working down to the wire to get it completed in time. He’s offering, he told Style.com last night, one of his drop-cloth paintings, created from pieces of fabric that began life on his studio floor, where they become splattered as he paints standing above them. It’s a surprisingly ingenious process: He works on his projects—like the recent, de Kooning-inspired Marilyn series, details from which appear above—and what doesn’t end up on the canvas takes on a second life on the drop cloths. “[They] develop this whole crazy aesthetic history on their own,” he explained from his studio (pictured). “That body of work becomes recycled from whatever didn’t make it into the painting. They also have the dirt from the bottom of my shoe, and from being on the floor…Some of them have other things on them. Some of them have spilled whole paint cans crusted on them.”

“I work on them for a short period of time or a long period of time—at a certain point I look down at them and go, that’s cool, and put them aside,” he continued. “Then maybe I take part of them and crop them and stretch them as a canvas. It happens really naturally. It’s not like I’m making two paintings at once. I do it really unselfconsciously. The editing process comes in—I wouldn’t say arbitrarily, but serendipitously.”

Serendipity in action—yours on the auction block.

Photos: Nate Lowman

Designers And Artists On The MOVE!

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At Visionaire‘s Halloween party on Saturday, an elaborately costumed crowd took to the sweaty dance floor to cut loose. The designers on hand deserved it. They’d been in the museum all day, installing MOVE!, an exhibition curated by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and journalist David Colman that paired artists and designers to create—well, whatever they wanted.

MOVE! is a unique experience of art and fashion, where one is a reflection of the other,” explained Italo Zucchelli. “Reflection” was literal in the case of the “live sculpture” he and Terence Koh created: two silver-painted and -cloaked men (above), walking continuously toward and away from one another. “Bringing the future into history and presenting it as a perfect present,” Koh described it in a rare moment of verbosity.

Performance artist Ryan McNamara—who recently completed five months of public dance lessons for a project called Make Ryan a Dancer—took the weekend off to act as instructor. McNamara and 11 dancers, in costumes designed by Robert Geller, taught museum-goers everything from strip dance to traditional Korean moves. “We created this McNamara/Geller carnival of dancers, with Ryan as this kind of crazy Andy Warhol carnie directing the whole thing,” Geller said. “Sometimes art and fashion can be too serious. This was meant to be fun, and even a little funny.” Continue Reading “Designers And Artists On The MOVE!” »