July 30, 2008, 5:12 pm
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If you are in Soho tonight please stop by Eric Elms’s new installation for Nike Sportswear. Its gonna be sick. I’ll be there, so it must be cool. Right? RYAN DYE

July 29, 2008, 10:25 pm
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Two things have been pissing me off lately. The first is where the fuck are my socks? Honestly. Where are they? But we’ll talk about that another day. The second is it seems like every time I pick something up to wear it (off the floor) some member of my team of art supplies has found its way over to the cloths section of my floor and stained my new Muji T. I had decided that this was objectively bad and made my life sadder and less fulfilling. I was wrong. I just got served by Fernando Brizio. These little dresses are kinda mod and dare I say, chic. Plus, the owner can even clean the dress and then change the colors the next time they wear it! Form and function. holler. K$

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Kehinde Wiley

Some of you may think it priggish, but I love portraiture. And I also love pretty much every painter to come out of Yale in the last 15 years. I don’t know what they’re feeding these people–probably carrots–but damn. Kehinde Wiley, whose “World Stage” series is being exhibited in a solo show at the Studio Museum in Harlem right now, does incredible nouveau-18th and 19th century Realist portraiture of young black men set against ornate baroque and Art and Crafts-era backdrops.

Let’s be honest, the subject matter is pretty damn political, but I’m interested in the way artists, like Wiley or John Currin, use this hyper-technical, finesse-y mode to take their shit to that meta level, where you start thinking about the classicism of the form as being a statement in itself. Because if it doesn’t blow your mind on multiple levels of consciousness, then it’s not even worth looking at. DUH! HALEY

July 25, 2008, 7:21 pm
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Faile. Currently made up of Patrick McNeil (a dirty Canadian) and Patrick Miller (a brave American citizen), there’s hardly a New Yorker below 14th street who hasn’t seen one of their works. They’ve travel to Tokyo, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Zurich, and Amsterdam with their graphic, pop wheat pastes. You can get your very own piece of Faile in the form of a book, t-shirt, or little trinket, available via theironline store. K$

July 25, 2008, 6:32 pm
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In one piece of art Darcel was able to capture a day in the life of almost every New Yorker. Brilliant. RYAN DYE

July 25, 2008, 3:45 pm
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Blu is from Bologna, Italy. Blu is also just awesome. Give his web site a look next time your boss is in a meeting or whatever because it’s well of amazing art. Be warned, however, there is a lot of stuff thematized by violent eye-gouging angst over the state of the modern world (see Haley’s post about gladiator sandals). His sketches are narrative and evocative, but his outdoor wall work is simply astonishing. I respect not only his skill as a painter but his logistical prowess–he works on a much grander scale than most street artists at the moment. He is also the most aloof of the 6, so don’t expect to find his picture anywhere. K$

July 25, 2008, 3:32 pm
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House of Orange is a hot little agency in the Netherlands.  They represent the usual suspects; hair people, stylists, photographers, and models.  The thing I found special about them is that they just put out there first publication, HOUSE OF ORANGE ISSUE 1. Its a genious idea, put out a magazine featuring all of your own clients and get advertising at the same time, duh. RYAN DYE