There’s been a lot of talk about gender identity and masculinity in the last year and it’s going to continue through 2020. This exhibition looks promising. Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography opens at The Barbican next month, featuring work from over 50 artists, photographers and filmmakers, including Sunil Gupta (above), Richard Avedon, Jeremy Deller, Karlheinz Weinberger and Collier Schorr.
A name to look out for in the 2020s: Amoako Boafo. This Vienna-based Ghanian painter came to my attention during Art Basel Miami, when his work kept pinging up on Instagram.
His portraits have a really magnetic, visceral power, using fingers to paint directly onto the canvas. While the effect is in your face and graphic, I like the attention to fashion detail, it’s got a bit of Alex Katz and Elizabeth Peyton flavour in that respect. In 2020, Boafo will have a solo show at Mariane Ibrahim in Chicago and I’m sure his influence will be far reaching. (more…)
“I’m a commercial artist. I think things are going so well because I’m not afraid to do things that are commercial.” And therein lies the success of Kim Jones. His Dior men’s fall collection shown last Tuesday was highly anticipated by me and my fashion cohorts as soon as the collab with Shawn Stussy was announced. (more…)
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RALPH LAUREN IS NICE
In the 20-teens you’re no one if you haven’t had a documentary made about you. The Ralph Lauren story, Very Ralph, airs on HBO this Tuesday, but according to the NYT it’s as saccharine as a Polo ad campaign. In response to the lack of scandalous ‘tea’, Ralph said, “Can people believe there might be people out there who might be honorable? They can’t believe it. They won’t be happy unless they find out that I’m a killer or I did something bad.” (more…)