Posted in To Do | music | style on January 8, 2009

Stephen Sprouse

A "child" of Andy Warhol, friend of Debbie Harry, buddy of artist Keith Haring, inspiration to Marc Jacobs and collaborator with them all, Stephen Sprouse was among the first generation of artists who didn't distinguish between fashion, art and rock. Mostly known for his upscale version of downtown street fashion, Sprouse's artwork extended from design to silkscreen to paper. Before his premature death in 2004, Sprouse had been preparing for a retrospective of his life's work. And this January, five years later, it will be ready for display in a full-blown Sprouse-esque exhibition called "Rock on Mars" -- a futuristic, pop-influenced smorgasbord -- at Deitch Projects.

"Hopefully people saw his fashion designs when people were wearing them out," says Suzanne Geiss, director at Deitch, "but I'm excited to see what he did on clothing extended to total installations. Seeing these things together will be a first." Sprouse often incorporated musicians into his work -- in this exhibition, designed and curated by long-time collaborator Jamie Boud, there will be paintings of a crucified Iggy Pop and a rarely-seen Sid Vicious with his pants down. In conjunction with the exhibition, Rizzoli is set to release a book of Sprouse's work by Roger and Mauricio Padilha, The Stephen Sprouse Book; and Louis Vuitton has created a new line of clothing and accessories based on the original Vuitton-Sprouse 2001 collaboration.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 9 through Feb. 28, 2009, at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster St., New York.
[Paper Magazine]

The exhibition at Deitch coincides with Louis Vuitton's "boutique on SoHo's Greene Street [being] transformed into a Sprouse destination in time for the collection's arrival." AND IN HONOR OF THAT:
Vuitton will honor the late artist with three events this Thursday [January 8th/today]. The night will kick off with cocktails at the Vuitton boutique on Greene Street, with a simultaneous event at nearby Deitch Projects' Wooster Street Gallery for the opening of the "Rock on Mars" Sprouse retrospective [see above]. Afterwards, Vuitton and Jacobs will host a bash at the Bowery Ballroom, featuring a performance by Sprouse's friend Debbie Harry, followed by DJ Jus Ske. The venue is expected to have a Sprouse feel, with a special graffiti-and-neon decor.
That is one of two big private shows in NYC tonight. The other, as pointed out by someone, is a performance by Cat Power at Union Pool in Brooklyn...

Cat Power

I assume both events mentioned here are invite only. Some upcoming public Cat Power shows are listed HERE.



Comments (16)

I'm guessing ordinary mortals are not allowed into the bowery ballroom tonight :(

Posted by Lori | January 8, 2009 1:01 PM

if you're in the neighborhood, you should walk by Bowery anyway. There's a pretty cool setup out front.

I was offered tickets to the actual event, but it seems a little too swanky for my taste. I don't like hobnobbing with those fashion people.

Posted by wembley | January 8, 2009 1:15 PM

The Union Pool folks are denying the rumors of a Cat Power performance this eve.

Posted by the Lad | January 8, 2009 4:14 PM

"The Union Pool folks are denying the rumors of a Cat Power performance this eve."

They have to deny it. Who knows if she'll show up, but she was advertised to those who were invited.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2009 4:20 PM

See the setup of the Ballroom from this morning.

Posted by boweryboogie | January 8, 2009 7:37 PM

Went to Union Pool last night at like 8:00 with no invite just to check it out since it was like a 10 minute drive, at 9:15 walked right in up to the front of the stage. Watched her play only 4 songs which was still totally great and worth it. She looked great, sounded great and seemed super happy.
Big shouts to Julianna for letting us with the extra +1.

Posted by crook from the bronx | January 9, 2009 7:37 AM

the private opening @ deitch last night was amazing. what a great throwback to such an amazing artist.

Posted by bellita | January 9, 2009 7:44 AM

Hey Crook, what songs did she play? do you know? :)

Posted by amphibian | January 9, 2009 11:38 AM

I Dont Blame You, Blue, Song to Bobby, Fortunate Son.

Videos are dark but the sound is nice.

Posted by crook from the bronx | January 9, 2009 3:29 PM

Susan Sarandon's daugher Eva Amurri was there in a disgusting fur. She should be ashamed of herself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2009 3:20 PM

The crush continued at the third and final stop on the Sprouse celebration circuit: a performance by Debbie Harry at the Bowery Ballroom. "This place has never seen so much mink," the new wave icon shouted from the stage, as Sprouse's rose motif—a discarded design idea from his 2000 collaboration with Vuitton, which Marc Jacobs revisited in the new collection—was projected behind her. Perched in the club's balcony was Jacobs himself, clad in his now trademark kilt with Sprouse tights tucked into combat boots. "He's a true hero of mine, and of fashion," he said as he greeted a stream of cross-dressers, buff men in tiny tees, and the likes of Peter Marino and Donna Karan. "A true artist and a brilliant thinker." And what did he expect the response to the collection to be? "People are going to love it or they're going to hate it. And I'm fine with either reaction."

Posted by | January 10, 2009 3:22 PM

bisey anlamadim :D

Posted by Sesli Chat | June 4, 2009 8:18 AM

very nice post thanks! i really like it

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Posted by Generic Xenical | October 1, 2009 11:36 PM

Indeed true hero and of fashion

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Posted by منتدى | January 20, 2010 2:57 AM

Not only is she rich and an icon of fashion, but very talented too.
Post some pics from the show please. Thanks.

Posted by Azithromycin Manufacturer | February 6, 2010 7:23 PM

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