As adventurous, outspoken and bold artists can be in their work they are usually quite conservative in the way they dress themselves: the artist wears black. There are artist who adapt a uniform like Pablo Picasso wearing a Breton shirt. Jeff Koons looks more like a business man wearing tailored suits. Yayoi Kusama’s oeuvre is largely based on the polka dot motif and she dresses accordingly wearing bold coloured garments with the circle pattern. More eccentric is, Grayson Perry, the British artist known for his cross-dressing and appearing in public as his female alter-ego Claire.
In 2008, the artist Sterling Ruby started to design his own work wear clothes to be worn in his studio. His first ‘collection’ consisted of a button down shirt and a pair of jean-style pants. Sprüth Magers presents a survey of Ruby’s clothing and textile production ‘Work Wear: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016’.
The work-wear collection is a natural progression of Ruby’s large canvas collages for which he uses left over fabric scraps, clothing and denims. The surfaces are bleached, scratched or splattered with paint.
The collection – consisting of coats, shirts, pants, poncho and laundry bags – are not displayed on racks but suspended on the wall. The clothes seems to me like an attractive, artistic version of the Dutch clothing brand G-Star RAW known for the raw, unwashed, untreated denim collections.
The gallery is located in the heart of London’s luxury shopping district. Bond Street is just around the corner. Inside the gallery I observed a shopper carrying a Gucci and Burberry bag wondering to step in. She decided not to enter but an Asian women carrying a Dover Street Market shopping bag did. Guess what colour of clothes she was wearing? All black.
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Art Art Basel 2019 (Part 1)
Highlights from the fair.
Art Art Basel 2019 (Part 2)
More highlights from the fair
ART Gavin Brown interview
“Are you crazy?!” an art dealer would tell his artist when he proposes for his next show to dug a 38-foot-by-30-foot crater, eight feet deep, into the foundation of the gallery. Gavin Brown didn’t.
Art Interview Anish Kapoor
“I don’t want to do what I did before, I want to do what I just don’t know how to do”.
ART Tracey Emin
“I got to be a lot more honest about my work.” In her new show, Tracey Emin, shows more of herself than she has ever done before.
Art David Salle interview
“The paintings are done a little bit in the spirit of trying to keep children entertained”. David Salle on his latest show ‘Musicality and Humour’.
FILM Steve Mcqueen
Interview with the artist and film director on his films.
Art Eric Fischl
In a series of cracking paintings the American artist gets the viewer emotionally invested in the characters depicted on the canvas.
ART Inside the Blackhouse
Matthew Day Jackson gives a mini-tour of the house.