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Ghurron Briscoe's Artscope: Day 2

Mr Chris Ofili Ph:Ghurron BriscoeMr Chris Ofili Ph:Ghurron Briscoe

TI's always elegant art correspondent Ghurron Briscoe swung by the Chris Ofili opening at the David Zwirner gallery and made Mr. Ofili's acquaintance. The David Zwirner gallery issued this press release regarding the event.

Opening on September 20, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist Chris Ofili, who lives and works in Trinidad. This will be the artist’s debut solo exhibition at David Zwirner and the first to unite his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and graphite drawing. A fully-illustrated catalogue will be published by Steidl/David Zwirner in conjunction with the exhibition.

The exhibition title, Devil’s Pie, is derived from singer-songwriter D’Angelo’s 1998 lyrical meditation on temptation and retribution, reaffirming the artist’s longstanding relationship with music, especially hip-hop sounds and culture, as well as his continued exploration of Biblical themes. According to the song, the ingredients of this metaphorical dish include “materialistic, greed and lust, jealousy, envious/bread and dough, cheddar cheese, flash and stash, cash and cream.” While addressing specific aspects of the black urban experience, the song maintains a universal significance, questioning the nature of sin, desire, and redemption. Similarly, in its diverse references and inextricable dichotomies, Ofili’s work functions as a magnet for viewers’ own meanings, ideas, or arguments and encourages them to disagree freely, even with themselves.

The Hedi Cult

Photography by Hedi Slimane for hedislimane.comPhotography by Hedi Slimane for hedislimane.com

"The seasonal collections don't relate to anything anymore because everything is on the Web in a second. Because it is impossible to adapt the logistics, the fashion business is running to keep up with fashion. Once upon a time all that made sense, but not any more."
Hedi Slimane to Le Monde

And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

Birth Of Venus : 2002 : DelawareBirth Of Venus : 2002 : Delaware

Right this sec TI is obssesed with the work of Delaware and their "motion paintings". Remember now- these Japanese iconoclasts are not artists- they are "artoonists". See more at www.delaware.gr.jp. Look for "popcorn motion paintings". Also, be sure to get into the music. M. Sama+a's "Password Blues" is beyond genius!

The Power Eye! The Stylists With The Influence

Stylists: The Interpreters Of Fashion: Rizzoli 2007Stylists: The Interpreters Of Fashion: Rizzoli 2007

The talk this week? Rachel Zoe's bold claim about possibly being more influential than Anna Wintour. The cabal is in a frenzy at this sacrilege. Its the best fashion sound byte since “We don't get out of bed for less than 10,000 a day” But given the high altitude Rachel now lives at (and the corresponding lack of oxygen) Rachel Zoe is entitled to be as megalomaniac as she wants to be. I mean maybe she means more influential in malls...or more influential with the 18 and unders. There is even a rumor in circulation that Zoe has first pull at Calvin. A rumor probably...possibly started by the Zoe camp. But it gets you thinking. Whose eyes, tastes, preferences inform the idea of what is fashion now? And how does the tastes and preferences (and talent) of these forces affect how fashionable women dress? . I spent my entire Saturday ringing up some kids in the trade to form an informal style council. Not only was Wintour with her fashion funds, speed dial to billionaire CEO's and Met Costume Balls PR machines in another universe of influence, the conclusion was there were easily 5 forces in the world of styling who could eat Zoe for lunch...and use her ribcage as toothpicks.

THE FIVE:
Grace Coddington:

Current Listening: Kudu: Death Of The Party

Death Of The Party: Nublu RecordsDeath Of The Party: Nublu Records

Dear Kudu! When is a new album coming ? We miss you and are feeling nostalgic for those fantastic party nights you gave us last Spring! You smashed it at the 2006 Winter Music Conference and shone as one the leading lights of that whole Nublu lounge scene. Its criminal that ( lead singer ) Sylvia hasn't become , as one reviewer predicted "the next Karen O" but we know there's still time. 2006's "Death Of The Party" is still banging and in fact as TI writes this "Bar Star" is throbbing on the headphones.

The sick shoe at Marc Jacobs SS08 via style.comThe sick shoe at Marc Jacobs SS08 via style.com

Also Slyvia luv, you were a year ahead on your sick shoe statements. Love. TI.

Modelspotting, Art Barons and The Face Of The Zeroes

Gemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked ShowsGemma Ward : In the Days When She Walked Shows

At Haru while having lunch with the nicest model manager you could imagine, the following happened. As usual, the talk had turned to agency gossip. Not malicious, or particularly competitive but just...idle. " Yeah and Gemma Ward's been looking particularly happy these days". he said in a fairly loud voice, "Cause as we all know she's not always the happiest camper" I sat facing the door, so I could see, literally as he spoke the approaching figure of...Gemma Ward, in these little denim hot pants and a totally non-descript tank top with that model staple, an army coat thrown over it. She looked great, tall and slimmer than the last time we glimpsed her with long tousled blonde hair, looking very much like a beautiful teenaged tourist. She was with her IMG agent. I completely blanched and my lunch companion followed my eyeline to its conclusion. At that point we burst out laughing.If this were a scene in a movie, the audience would go..."Yeah Right!" Poor Gemma probably felt over scrutinized at this point and whether under the weight of our gaze or by pure chance, Maja and Gemma soon elected to take an outside table. I waved hello as they went by and left it at that.

Ghurron Briscoe's Artscope

Paul P in PersonPaul P in Person

Mr Ghurron Briscoe is back on the beat popping into the Salon 94 Freeman's Alley bash with Huma Bhabba and then at Paul P's Printed Matter launch party for his new monograph "Nonchaloir". And he nabbed a picture of TI's latest art crush, Marilyn Minter.

Paul P's NonchaloirPaul P's Nonchaloir

The Magnificent Marilyn Minter with a friend  at Salon 94's Freeman Alley partyThe Magnificent Marilyn Minter with a friend at Salon 94's Freeman Alley party

Huma Bhabba with husband Jason Fox  at Salon 94's Freeman Alley eventHuma Bhabba with husband Jason Fox at Salon 94's Freeman Alley event

Fast Fashion : Live Battles

House of Diehl's Style WarHouse of Diehl's Style War

The House of Diehl (you know ; makers of that infamous giant croc fake Lacoste T-shirt ) wanted us to tell all you aspiring designers out there about its upcoming Style War competition.The idea is designers go head to head on stage instantly whipping up killer outfits with the aim of wiping out the competition while live DJ's keep the night hyped.

Judges Include: Princess Superstar, Casey Spooner (FischerSpooner), Mick Rock, Whitney Museum curator Shamim Momin, Seven New York’s Joseph Quartana, The Style Network’s Jess Zaino, Bronques (Last Night’s Party), Julie Fredrickson (Coutorture.com), Alexander Allen, stylist, Georgina Graham (Tank magazine), Aaron Hicklin (Out), Riley John-donnell (Surface magazine), Laura Schreffler (NYDailyNews). Competitors must register at www.moli.com/stylewars by Sept 29 and the events take place in the following five cities!

October 11th - San Francisco @ Mezzanine

October 13th - New York City @ Don Hill’s

October 20th - Miami @ Pawnshop

October 23rd - Los Angeles @ Cinespace

October 26th - Chicago @ Subterranean

For more info Jessica Rotter - (212) 989-2222, x137 or Jessica@girlie.com

Plus! Check out 2 sneak-peek Style Battle tour warm-ups, on Friday 21st and Friday 28th Sept, at 205 Club, 205 Chrystie, NYC. 8-11pm.

TI Shout Out: Earsnot

Ace Boon Kunle: A/K/A  EarsnotAce Boon Kunle: A/K/A Earsnot

Regular readers of TI have probably picked up on our fetish for NY cult figures: the Teri's of the 80's, the Jenny's of the 90's and now our new Zeroes fixation, graf master Earsnot. Leader of the immortal Irak crew, openly gay downtown enfant terrible, scene stealing star of the cult film "Infamy", Mr Earsnot is a latter day icon to the arbiters of NY cool. And as is the way of life these days the Irak posse (Dash Snow was an early member) also has a clothing line and now offers its services as fashion and lifestyle consultants. How we would love to see Earsnot with folded arms at a corporate conference table. You have to wonder what Mr C.E.O would make of the legendary Earsnot tattoo featuring an attractive Hussein Saddam with a bulge in his pants. Paging Harmony Korine white courtesy telephone please.

Earsnot and friends amuse themselves terribly: Polaroid: Dash SnowEarsnot and friends amuse themselves terribly: Polaroid: Dash Snow

Early Warning Signal: Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani by Rad HouraniRad Hourani by Rad Hourani

"I STARTED IMAGINING CLOTHES THE SAME WAY I STARTED CREATING IMAGES:
WITH A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND INNOCENCE DRIVEN BY MY NO-BACKGROUND
BACKGROUND. NO SCHOOL. NO TEACHERS. NO TELLY. NO BOUNDARIES. NO FORMATTING.
I LIKE THE IDEA OF A WORLD THAT WE COULD LIVE AND SHAPE BY OURSELVES, ONLY BY OBSERVING.
EACH OUR OWN. MY CLOTHES HAVE ERUPTED FROM THIS WORLD OF MINE. THEY ARE ASEXUAL, ASEASONAL,
THEY COME FROM NO PLACE, NO TIME, NO TRADITION, YET THEY COULD BE HOME ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.
THEY EXUDE A SENSE OF DISCREET CHIC, THE ESSENCE OF TIMELESS STYLE, DRAWN ON A MONOCHROMATIC
AND GRAPHICAL CANVAS. PALETTE OF BLACKS, TOUCHES OF PURE WHITES AND INTENSE REDS. SOPHISTICATED
MODERN CLASSICS FOR ANTI-CONFORMIST INDIVIDUALS."

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