Jimmy D’s new season that recently debuted at NZ Fashion Week features a collaboration between the designer and Andrew McLeod, who created a series of prints for the label that draw on the artist’s penchant for black metal.
The union made Leg of Lamb think about other antipodean art/fashion collabs like:
Russian socialite and Garage co-founder Dasha Zhukova has released an art/fashion crossover magazine named after her Moscow-based art space. Dinos Chapman, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst have each created a cover for the first issue, with Hirst’s contribution causing such an uproar that it’s been banned by some UK newsagents. Why? Hirst’s cover (photographed by Hedi Slimane) features a woman’s crotch covered by a green butterfly sticker. Peel it off – a la Warhol’s Velvet Underground cover art – and you’re left with a vagina tattooed to Hirst’s specifications.
And how does the recipient feel about all of this? The 23 year old stated “I would have been stupid not to be part of this project. I have a piece of art on my vagina. Not one single person can ever say they gave birth through aDamien Hirst piece of art. I can [if I ever give birth].”
A new commercial gallery backed by Deutscher and Hackett is set to open in Sydney next month. Located in Deutscher and Hackett’s exhibition space on Oxford Street, New Albion Gallery is run by Associate Director Adam Sims (previously Gallery Manager at Kaliman Gallery) with former QAG Director and this year’s Australian Commissioner for Venice Doug Hall acting as consulting curator.
But as of next year, New Albion’s on the move, taking over the Sherman Contemporaray Art Foundation’s current gallery space in Paddington. SCAF are relocating to the new purpose-built Sherman Family Gallery housed in the College of Fine Arts. With over 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, this 5 year joint initiative between SCAF and COFA is expected to become Sydney’s third major public gallery after the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the MCA.
Of course, Pieter Hugo isn’t the only contemporary artist who’s been a victim of plagiarism – witness the repeat offending of Lady Gaga, who’s adopted the work of Marina Abramović, Marilyn Minter, H.R. Giger and Matthew Barney (above) to name but a few. Check out her other ‘homages’ here.
Beyonce’s latest music video, ‘Run the World’, (directed by Francis Lawrence) owes a great debt to the work of South African photographer Pieter Hugo. Whether the singer’s hyena-handling is interpreted as an homage to the photographer or downright plagiarism is debatable, though Hugo’s leaning towards with the latter, stating in The New Yorker: “I’m sure the Hyena Men are wondering if they’re going to get paid!”.
This isn’t the first time Hugo’s work has been appropriated, with the photographer identifying over a dozen direct visual copies from his Nollywood series (recently exhibited at the IMA in Brisbane and Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland) in Grinderman’s music video ‘Heathen Child’ (above). But Hugo’s letting this one slide, he’s a fan.
Talking Heads frontman and artist David Byrne has created a series of fake iphone apps for Social Media, a group exhibition at The Pace Gallery in New York. Byrne’s amusing mock-ups advertise non-existent iphone services like Weaselface that ‘adds snark and satire to any written text’ and Invisible Me (above) that replies to emails in your absence in ‘busy’, ‘agitated’ or ‘sexy’ modes. View them all here.