Untitled (You Are Everywhere) by Poppy de Villeneuve
Never Nude by Kristian Laliberte
About the Curator
Kristian Laliberte, a graduate of Columbia University and Archives Nationales in Paris, is the New York Editor at Refinery29, where he oversees content on everything NYC-related. From Fashion Week to the latest art exhibitions, hottest new restaurants, and must-visit boutiques, Laliberte tells R29′s tapped-in readers where to go, what to do, and how to stay stylish.
I Love My Life by Rona Yefman
Curator Q & A
Yves Saint Laurent defined himself as an artist. In fact, Warhol himself proclaimed YSL “le plus grand artiste français de notre temps.” Are fashion designers artists?
Absolutement. You look at, say, a Rodarte gown or a Monique Pean necklace and see not only artistry but art. I think the McQueen exhibition at the Met proved just how blurry those lines are. And the actual lines were pretty long, too.
29 Palms: Corporal Hoepper by An-My Lê
How has art influenced your view of fashion?
Isn’t fashion art? I would put a wink face here if I used emoticons. Art quite often is influenced by and reflects current events, sometimes in quite a literal way. Do you think this holds true for fashion? Of course, if not always so explicitly. With the current recession, for instance, there’s been a flight to high-quality, classics brands, and an emphasis on all things handmade and custom-fitted. The in-your-face label-mania’s gone—you’d never have guessed back in ’02 that the Cavalli-billboard that was Victoria Beckham would design a bag with a logo you can only see with a magnifying glass.
Viewer by by Sara Greenberger Rafferty
There is the notion that art is serious and that fashion is frivolous and fleeting — do you think that notion is changing and why?
There was always an argument that fashion is more commercial. I think there’s a realization now that clothes can also be archived, be investment pieces, be shown at museums. And high art, too, is getting more accessible thanks to sites like Artspace. Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s now. . . pretty soon I’m sure we’ll see Damien Hirst for CB2.
Pinocchio is on Fire by Mark Bradford
What is your favorite gallery and/or museum?
Moderna Museet is a reason alone to visit Stockholm. The first director, Pontus Hultén, was a real pioneer—I especially love the Rauschenbergs he brought to the collection. Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland is super zen, and then you have this Rothko room that just blows your mind. It’s a trippy combination. The Palais de Tokyo in Paris has the raddest bookstore and boutique—it stays open way late and is always full of interesting looking-people—there’s a good chance you can find someone to flirt with who resembles (or is!) the model in the obscure European art magazine your browsing.
View more works from the collection at Artspace.