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Posts Tagged ‘David Hershkovits’

In New Work, Cindy Sherman Becomes Women of a Certain Age

cindy sherman.jpgChameleonlike artist Cindy Sherman is back with her first exhibition of new work since 2004. On view through December 23 at New York’s Metro Pictures gallery is a series of color photographs of Sherman in the guise of upper-class ladies of a certain age: here the taftan-clad grand dame wafting through her villa, there a whirl of sparkly accessories and leathery skin in the hotel ballroom. Exploring ideas of beauty, self-image, and aging, Sherman nails an aesthetic that fashion designer Michael Kors has described as “very M.O.B. [mother-of-the-bride],” as shown in the spot-on lavender taffeta tableau at right. Shot against a green screen, the portraits are often an awkward match for their worldly backgrounds, which only heightens the disquieting effect that is a Sherman trademark. How did this new series come about? Sherman explained in a recent interview with Paper magazine editor David Hershkovits:

Well, a friend had been turning me on to some characters on websites. There’s this one called Brenda Dickson—she was a soap opera star who’s sort of infamous now on YouTube, where people mock her website. She has a video on her website which is all about how to look as effortlessly beautiful as she looks. And she doesn’t look at all effortless! She just looks so over-the-top. Originally the posing stuff came from work I did last year for French Vogue. They were meant to look like snapshots at parties. You know, people trying to look so eager to look good for the camera. I liked these older women trying to look good and dignified and over-the-top. Just the idea of these rich ladies who pose in ball gowns in their living rooms with their toddlers—it just looks so ridiculous.

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Art + Commerce: Rise of the ‘Indiepreneur’

paper august 08.jpgWhat do Kidrobot founder Paul Budnitz, publishing powerHouse Daniel Power, and Colette conservatrice Sarah Lerfel have in common? They’re all “indiepreneurs,” writes David Hershkovits in this month’s “action-culture” issue of Paper magazine. “Working predominantly outside the mainstream, these pioneers found a niche and cobbled together a livelihood with a mission statement that includes joy and fun among its core values,” writes Hershkovits, who finds the origins of this new breed in “the DIY aesthetic born of the hippies, updated by the punks, and set into full throttle by the emergence of a mass market catering to the tastes of people with an affection for street art, bad haircuts, comics, skateboards, computers, rock n’ roll, dumb (smart) movies, personalized t-shirts, tattoos…”

He goes on to profile Budnitz, Power, Lerfel, and Ace Hotelier Alex Calderwood. In talking with Lerfel, Hershkovits extracts the secret of global cool mecca Colette, the Paris “lifestyle boutique” that launched a thousand copycat emporiums: “Some shops have been inspired by Colette—they write on a piece on paper everything we have and open six months later,” says Lerfel. “Of course we are completely different six months later because we keep renewing. We keep changing and no one can follow the rhythm.”