Archive | July, 2013

Trish Summerville, Catching Fire Costume Designer, Talks Fashion at Comic-Con

21 Jul
I totally stole this from her instagram @mztsummerville

I totally stole this from her instagram @mztsummerville

The cast of Catching Fire (ie. my fave Jennifer Lawrence) along with Costume Designer Trish Summerville  were at Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego. I know Trish will be taking the look of the Hunger Games 2 film to a new level of couture, honey! There is a website just for the Catching Fire fashion called Capitol Couture that has some gorgeous and absolutely stunning stuff! I love the amazing and innovative designers Summerville used in the film like Walter Van Beirendonck, Tex Saverio, and the great McQueen- to name just a few! Trish’s last film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was a big fashion hit for her and Catching Fire is going to be even more fashion influential!

I would totally wear this!

I would totally wear this!

http://capitolcouture.pn

More ‘Catching Fire’ Autograph Signings at SDCC.

Advertisements

The Mainstreaming of Contemporary Art: Is Jay-Z Dumbing Down Smart Art?

14 Jul

Picasso & JayZ

When the celebs start infiltrating the art world I have to say “no”! They’ve already ruined fashion (JLo, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson and even Beyonce!). Now they are slowly trying to enter into contemporary art.

The current rap-god, Jay-Z…also married to pop queen Beyonce, was performing at NYC’s Pace Gallery this past week. He posted on twitter that he will be delivering 6 pieces of art following the release of his new album and this was his first. The initial coverage I saw of the event seemed to indicate it had some relation to performance artist Marina Abramović. Apparently Jay-Z was presenting his own take on Abramović’s piece she did at the the Museum of Modern Art, where she sat for 750 hours in stillness while visitors viewed her. At Pace Gallery Jay-Z was rapping his new song “Picasso Baby” for six hours in front various art world and hipster VIPs. With Mr. Z’s new album coming out, he was using this time to shoot his video for the latest single, directed by Mark Romanek. Having worked on many music videos, a 6 hour shoot is nothing compare to the usual 12+hour days of a video shoot…that’s a lucky production crew.

It bugs me that Jay-Z is using Marina Abramović as an access point into the art world. When the contemporary art world succumbs to the glitz of celebrity I find it disappointing. I’m glad for Pace Gallery to get a lot of coverage and maybe some sales, but it all appears to be a silly publicity stunt. Jay-Z is obviously a smart man and an great opportunist. He is super successful. Is he taking “art” and making it accessible to his audience? Kinda. I think what he’s doing is replacing the Gucci-Prada-Louis Vuitton element, which is so prevalent in rap… which is the element that gives rappers the sense of being rich and sophisticated, and is replacing it with big art names. Before the fashion brands were the signifying status symbols, it was expensive drinks like Cristal and Courvoisier to show clout and cultivation. In his new song “Picasso Baby” he raps the names of Picasso, Rothko, Warhol, Koons, Condo, Bacon, DaVinci and Basquiat. Well it seems he took an art history class. He’s using very well known/text book names in art and I guess to the common man it would seem very cultured to know them. It would be different and maybe more interesting if he rapped about Lari Pittman and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
Ok, maybe he’s not quite ruining contemporary art. It makes me laugh at Jay-Z and Pace Gallery for trying so hard – and yes I can laugh at myself for taking art so seriously sometimes. It’s good that he’s bringing awareness of art to a new audience, but it still bugs me a little because I’m an art snob.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/07/jay-z-marina-abramovic-pace-gallery-picasso-baby.html

Jay-Z & Marina