Posts Tagged ‘art’

Kehinde Wiley – Down @ Deitch Projects


for more kehinde wiley, go here.



art Shoes: Reebok X Jean-Michel Basquiat


flyAzz shoes. makes me wanna create some kind of shoe-painting contest…





Reebok Fall 2009.
Tribute to New York-based street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Two colors.
buy them at Colette.


a very cool book: agnes b. Collection Book

more art books for you urban gents…

“Every art-minded person dreams of amassing an art collection that will grow to outlive their life on earth (ooh that’s heavy). Agnes B is one of those people that has fulfilled that dream. Known equally for her business and her art world prowess, Agnes B has put together a one of kind collection, strong in photography and modern art (especially NYC art(. Seriously, as you flip the pages, you’d think this was a museum book, not a personal collection. But this is way too cool for any museum. It might be the coolest thing ever. Features work from Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Ryan McGinley, Futura, and many others. ” 65 pages. Highly recommended. via turntable.com

pre-order agnes b. Collection for a discounted price here.

Art Master: Black Light by Kehinde Wiley

Anyone who knows me knows Kehinde Wiley is one of my favorite artist, he even inspired the designs of my first collection created via fashion CAD. (It was my first time using a computer to design clothes so the designs weren’t that impressive, but I was still pretty proud.) When I got word that he would be releasing a new book of his art I was beyond excited, and a friend sent me a preview document of it.

The book, Black Light, is Wiley’s first photographic series and I must say it’s genius, he is absolutely inspiring, and I’m still wondering why he hasn’t ended up on Oprah yet, lol.

Here’s an excerpt:

For his first photographic series, the artist invited young black men to pose for him in his studio, where he basked them in a bright and luminous light. His studio was especially equipped for the Black Light series with visual technologies that “blasted out,” as Wiley describes it, “a super rapturous light,” reminiscent of the dazzling shine of Hype Williams’ Hip Hop music videos. The resultant photographic prints present viewers with young black men in a brilliant light that appears to burnish their brown skins and to highlight their facial features. Light, in particular, draws viewers to their eyes, which emit a halo of white light and reflect the source of their illumination.

(another excerpt…. )
Wiley is not the first artist to explore the representational possibilities of “black light.” In the 1960s and 70s, poets, photographers, and painters associated with the Black Arts Movement sought to represent black light and in doing so, to reorient philosophies of aesthetics and beauty more generally.3 Some artists at this time gave black light visual form by attempting to extract whiteness from the idea of and representation of light. This is evident in artist and activist Faith Ringgold’s Black Light series of paintings exhibited in 1970.

Buy the book from powerHouse. This would be a great gift, source of inspiration, or addition to your library. I feel everyone should own atleast one Kehinde Wiley book- and this would be a great first.

Title: Black Light
Photographs by: Kehinde Wiley
Essay by: Brian Keith Jackson, Krista A. Thompson

And here’s an Urban Gentleman sneak peak at Wiley’s soon to be released photobook, Black Light.

Sharrod Hosten
After Sir Joshua Reynolds’
Portrait of Doctor Samuel Johnson

Jerry Valdes
After Titian’s (Tiziano Vecellio)
Repentant Mary Magdalene

Keyshawn Wamer
After Giovanni Bellini’s
St. Francis in the Desert

Kofi Graham
After El Greco’s (Doménikos Theotokópoulos)
The Annunciation

Alston Sajery
After Hans Holbein the Younger’s
Portrait of Simon George

Jonathan Swinton
After John Singer Sargent’s
The Countess of Rocksavage
(he’s the cool dude who hangs with Dee and Ricky)

Algorna Crawford
After Sir Joshua Reynolds’
Miss Susanna Gale

Mark Shavers
After Sir Anthony van Dyck’s
Triple Portrait of Charles I

Abiel McIntosh (left) Mark Shavers (right)
After Pontormo’s
Two Men with a Passage from Cicero’s “On Friendship”

pre-order Black Light for a discounted price here.

Art Basel in Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach is the sister event of Switzerland’s prestigious Art Basel show.
Pharrell Williams sportin’ a nice pilot’s jacket.

Lorenzo Martone and Marc Jacobs- he loves his skirts
(but atleast his are more like kilts than anything else)

Dwayne Wade is always so well-dressed.

Russell Simmons and Dwayne Wade
2 Very dapper men, except I don’t like
Dwayne’s pants, they’re so inappropriate for the look.

President- elect Barack Obama by David Zwirne
one of the many great pieces of art at Art Basel this weekend.

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