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Remembering Basquiat—Nude and Otherwise

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RECLINING NUDE: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Photographs by PAIGE POWELL

“It wasn’t my idea to do this,” explained photographer and curator Paige Powell. “I didn’t want to face it.” The artist is talking about her new exhibition, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude, which opened at the Suzanne Geiss Company on Grand Street last night. The photographs on display, grainy black-and-whites blown up to massive scale from negatives that were untouched for three decades, depict Basquiat lounging nude while sketching in his Upper West Side apartment. Powell’s work captures a moment of intimacy between she and Basquiat—one of many the pair shared during their two-year relationship at a time when Powell ran with Andy Warhol (she started working at Interview magazine just a couple of weeks after moving to New York in 1980) and his crowd of Factory regulars.

“I had so many photographs—prints, video, Polaroids—and they had all gone into boxes, so nothing was referenced, very little was dated,” continued Powell, stopping to greet friends including Gus Van Sant, David LaChapelle, Rufus Wainwright, and Isabel Toledo. “When I came across these, I wasn’t sure if I should show them. I thought, ‘What would Jean-Michel think? He would love these.’”

“Paige was always wired to be a little more conscious of the moment at hand or what it meant—with Andy, with everything,” mused longtime pal, curator and fellow Warholite Carlo McCormick. “I never hung out with Jean naked,” he added. “I only hung out with him doing drugs. But I think it’s nice that she’s conveyed something really intimate on a big scale. It’s a space that you don’t often share.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is on view at Suzanne Geiss Company in New York through February 22.

Photo: Patrick McMullan Company

Behind The Scenes With Balenciaga

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Balenciaga bucked tradition debuting its new Fall ad campaign. Rather than break the images in a magazine and wait for some enterprising fashion spotter to scan them in and send them around, the label unveiled the Marie-Amélie Sauvé-styled and Steven Meisel-shot images online. Now you can go backstage online, too. In the new behind-the-scenes video, debuting exclusively above, catch models posing and strutting (and being attended to by the usual fashion-shoot phalanx of stylists, makeup artists, and minders) at the Harlem church where several of the images were shot on location. Kate Elson (yes, Karen’s sister) shot the video, which features models including Liisa Winkler and Julia Nobis. Soundtrack sound familiar? It will if you were at the show. It’s a remix of Rufus Wainwright’s “Tiergarten,” which played as the girls marched down the Paris runway back in March.

Calvin: “You Have To Sweat Sometimes”

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Things ain’t what they used to be. That was the sartorial judgment of no less than Calvin Klein (with Nicholas Gruber, left), who hit the Hamptons this weekend for the 17th annual Watermill Summer Benefit. Klein built his business on the lesser-dressed gentleman and -woman (remember the Weber campaigns of the early nineties?), but for formal affairs, the rules still hold. “It’s less dressy,” he said of this year’s party; he himself was in a jacket (which he carried), a white shirt and jeans. “I mean, there was a time when people really dressed up for this event. Now, maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the humidity, but it’s much more casual. You would never have seen men walking around in shorts here. I think it’s inappropriate, actually. We’re all sweating. That’s what happens; you have to sweat sometimes.”

Alec Baldwin, for one, was on board. He looked appropriately overheated in a seersucker jacket. And then, at the other extreme, was Rufus Wainwright. He did a jazzy rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to drive up bids on a pair of concert tickets—in flip-flops.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

The Celebs Flock To NYC’s Newest Hot Spot—MoMA?!

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The performance artist Marina Abramovic titled her Museum of Modern Art show The Artist Is Present. Why? Because the artist is present. Among the many Abramovic pieces re-created for the exhibition, the one drawing most attention is a simple desk at which the artist has agreed to sit silently for the entire duration of the show, and invites spectators to take a seat for as long as they like (or can stand). The sharp-eyed ladies at Jezebel noticed that Abramovic’s table has hosted some famous visitors over the course of the show, which runs through May 31. (Each sitter is photographed for the museum’s Flickr page.) Sharon Stone, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Christiane Amanpour, Isabelle Huppert, and André Balazs all came to sit for a spell. We’d try to reach Abramovic for comment, but we’ve got a feeling her lips are sealed.

Photo: Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramovic

Blasblog: Rufus Wainwright May Let Karl Lagerfeld Make Him Over

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I’ve seen Rufus Wainwright perform in all sorts of places: the great outdoors over a year ago at the Last Song of Summer fundraiser for Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and then an elementary-school gymnasium a couple months back for the same benefit. There was the rousing revival of Judy Garland hits at Carnegie Hall, and then a gay piano bar on the L.E.S. In each one, the singer-songwriter and, as of this summer, opera composer, was the same: engaging, funny, and truly terrific. Tomorrow night, Wainwright returns to Carnegie Hall with a group of musicians including sister Martha Wainwright, Courtney Love, and Scarlett Johansson for a Gavin Friday and Friends concert to benefit (RED). On his playlist will be many of the songs from Milwaukee at Last!!!, his recording of a live performance in the Midwestern town, released last month. I sat down with Wainwright to talk about that concert, the Albert Maysles documentary that coincides with it, and, of course, his relationship with fashion.

On October 4, you’re back at Carnegie Hall. I saw you in your Judy Garland tribute there a few years ago. Do you particularly like that venue? Or do you just like Judy?

No, no. I am so proud to have called Carnegie Hall my New York home for many years now, whether it’s my Judy tribute, the Christmas shows, assorted benefits, and so forth. It’s a dream to many to play the venue. And before anyone asks me, I do know the way to get to Carnegie Hall: “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

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