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Malcolm McLaren on Vogueing 1989: ‘By taking the name from a magazine that suggests for the rich to look rich, to buy rich, to wear rich, suddenly it’s the domain of the street’

Aug 29th, 2013

“The black gay community has given kids with holes in their trousers the opportunity to look as glamorous as mannequins on a Paris runway.

“By imitating the Great White Way of success – Vogue magazine, the profiles of glamour, the poses that intimate that…we’re not gonna criticize it, we’re gonna celebrate it, because that’s the Great White Way…

From Fashion TV 1989.

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Cygan: Robot-about-town goes on sale

Aug 23rd, 2013

//Scrubbing up well. Cygan with auction house assistant. Photo: Christie's//

M.Goldstein’s Nathaniel Lee Jones is on fire at the moment; on the heels of next week’s Reginald Alan Westaway exhibition in Prague, his awesome 9ft-high robot Cygan goes on sale at Christie’s Out Of The Ordinary auction on September 5.

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Curated by Peggy Noland for MOCAtv: A haul video; how to break open Sharpies; Charlie White’s pink ad panoply; and a Whitney Houston drag horrorshow

Aug 22nd, 2013

The fabulous Peggy Noland has selected four online clips loosely linked by the theme of transformation for LA’s Museum Of Contemporary Art channel MOCAtv:

• A “haul video” from Mall Of America made by dedicated shopper PiinkSparkles

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Street style: Remembering Badlands and Westernwear at Let It Rock + The Emperor Of Wyoming

Aug 20th, 2013

//Clockwise from top left: Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen, Badlands, 1973; Arnella Goes Rodeo, West One, 1974; Malcolm McLaren, January 1972; clothes from The Emperor Of Wyoming, 1973//

A fashion shoot styled by Pru Walters and photographed by Karl Stoecker for a 1974 issue of Janet Street-Porter’s secretarial magazine West One foregrounds the importance of Westernwear to London street style in the early to mid-70s.

//West One, May 14, 1974, p14: Fringed blouse from Kweens, 109 King's Road; shorts Stirling Cooper; boots + hat The Emperor of Wyoming, 404 King's Road//

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Edition Of 100: Austerity Measures by Bradley Richards

Aug 19th, 2013

The intriguing new project from photographer Bradley Richards is Austerity Measures, a hand-bound and printed collection of observations taken in and around Canary Wharf, the capital’s business district and financial hub.

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Reginald Alan Westaway: Artist + outsider

Aug 7th, 2013

//Reginald Alan Westaway, 1928-2008. Nude self portrait, 1960s//

Property Of A Gentleman, the exhibition opening at Prague’s Svit gallery at the end of the month, will cast much-deserved light on the life and creative outpourings of Reginald Alan Westaway, the British outsider artist and recluse.

Westaway died in 2008, the walls of his house in Herne Bay, Kent, scrawled with diagrams and plans for a lute he was making at the point of his demise. The words were written in Latin and the discarded instrument was propped amid the detritus of decades: empty wine bottles, documents and reference papers, threadbare clothes, packaging and paper bags. The “drawing room” was frozen in time – the curtains hadn’t been opened for years- and the surfaces in the house were submerged under accumulations of spiders’ webs.

From this clutter emerged a complete oeuvre indicating a singular artistic life, self-catalogued and apparently self-sufficient. Westaway’s achievements would have rested in obscurity were it not for the devotion of M.Goldstein’s Nathaniel Lee Jones, who is collaborating with the artist Dirk Bell on the forthcoming exhibition, the Czech title of which is Majetek ušlechtilého muže.

//Self-portrait on air-raid instructions//

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