Mickalene Thomas - Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2012

This holiday season I have fallen in love with the work of Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas. Her strong, often embellished-aesthetic seems the perfect fit to celebrate the start of 2013. I have grown to love her collage-inspired paintings and I see so much of Pam Grier circa her Foxy Brown days in Mickalene’s portraits. You may also recognize the background in Din, Une Très Belle Négresse #2 (pictured below, right) from Mickalene’s Nancy Gonzalez bag she customized for the TWOxTWO auction in October; previously featured in Croc for a Cause.

Mickalene Thomas - Qusuquzah, Une Très Belle Négresse #2, 2011–12. and Din, Une Très Belle Négresse #2, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, Qusuquzah, Une Très Belle Négresse #2, 2011–12. and Din, Une Très Belle Négresse #2, 2012

Not only does Ms.Thomas currently have a show running at the Brooklyn Museum, Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe – closing January 20th – but her work is also on display in a two-gallery exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in New York City. Both shows are entitled Mickalene Thomas: How to Organize a Room Around A Striking Piece of Art and will be on view through January 5th. Before I left the city for the holidays I had a gallery day and visited both Lehmann Maupin locations at 540 West 26th Street and 201 Chrystie Street. It was quite a treat to view Ms.Thomas’ portraits and short film in Chelsea and to see her large-scale landscapes and interior scenes at the Lower East Side location.

Mickalene Thomas - Interior Monet's Blue Foyer, 2012
Mickalene Thomas, Interior: Monet’s Blue Foyer, 2012

Mickalene Thomas - Jessica Chastain W Magazine
Mickalene Thomas Jessica Chastain Cover, W Magazine, January 2013

Mickalene has been getting a tremendous amount of press over the past few months, most recently in the January 2013 Art and Fashion issue of W Magazine. Actress Jessica Chastain models in four art-inspired covers, one of which (pictured above) was inspired by Ms.Thomas’ work. The accompanying spread (pictured below) shows Chastain posing in a setup similar to Thomas’ Untitled Room Installation at Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea location.

Mickalene Thomas - Jessica Chastain W Magazine
Jessica Chastain, W Magazine, January 2013

Mickalene Thomas - Louis Vuitton SS10
Louis Vuitton SS10

W Magazine styled Chastain in current looks by Versace and Lavin for the Thomas-inspired shoot, but I can’t help but see Louis Vuitton SS10 (pictured above) and Marc Jacobs SS11 (pictured below) when looking at her work. While I did covet Louis Vuitton’s foxtail keychains from SS10 for a short time, Marc’s SS11 collection is still one of my favorites to date. Fingers crossed Mickalene is on Marc’s radar for a future collaboration. My mind goes wild dreaming of what Ms.Thomas could do with free reign of the LV and MJ archives.

Mickalene Thomas - Marc Jacobs SS11
Marc Jacobs SS11

Holiday Cheer

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Holiday Cheer - Lucio Fontana
Red and Green works by Lucio Fontana

Merry Chirstmas everyone! I hope your holiday season has been relaxing and filled with fun and family. I have gotten my hands on some amazing new art and fashion books that I am very excited to share. To celebrate Christmas 2012 I have included some of my favorite red and green works from various artists below. Enjoy!

Holiday Cheer - Andy Warhol
Work by Andy Warhol

Holiday Cheer - David Benjamin Sherry
Photograph by David Benjamin Sherry

Holiday Cheer - David Benjamin Sherry
Photograph by David Benjamin Sherry

Holiday Cheer - Alberto Burri
Work by Alberto Burri

Holiday Cheer - Richard Prince
Work by Richard Prince

Holiday Cheer - Richard Prince
Work by Richard Prince

Holiday Cheer - David Hammons
Flag by David Hammons

Holiday Cheer - Mark Rothko
Work by Mark Rothko

Holiday Cheer - Sarah Jones
Photograph by Sarah Jones

Holiday Cheer - Sarah Jones
Photograph by Sarah Jones

Holiday Cheer - Keith Haring
Work by Keith Haring

Work by Cy Twombly

Holiday Cheer - Ellsworth Kelly
Work by Ellsworth Kelly

Gift Guide 2012! - All
Gift Guide 2012!

The holiday season is well under way and with Christmas next week this is sure to be a busy weekend for last-minute shoppers. For all those present-procrastinators out these I have put together a list of my favorite gifts I have found to give and receive this holiday season.

Gift Guide 2012! - 1 to 10

1. These Takashi Murakami pillows liven up any room and always put a smile on my face.
2. I am obsessed with Ray Geary’s Pill Studies that can be found at Grey Area in NYC. In a pair they make the perfect bookends.
3. Somehow I never knew that the trademark aroma of Colette, Paris was sold as a candle. Ironically, I discovered this while shopping at The Webster in Miami two weeks ago. I am typically not a candle lover but it is the perfect year-round scent.
4. I find myself lately using two or three small money pouches as opposed to a full size wallet. Comme des Garçons makes my favorite alternative and this new star pattern is at the top of my wish list.
5. KRINK‘s Steele Tip Paint Markets are fun to play around with and perfect to decorate holiday gifts.
6. I love collecting films to watch over my holiday break. This season a few on my list are Ai Weiwei’s Never Sorry, Marina Abromovic’s The Artist is Present, In the Mood for Love and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.
7. The limited edition Kiehl’s by Kenny Scharf collection is the perfect holiday update of all of my favorite products.
8. I used to love russian dolls as a child and I think these Lanvin ones are the perfect new addition to my collection.
9. As if Eddie Borgo‘s jewelry isn’t already amazing enough, he has outdone himself with his premiere collection of jewelry boxes. They are available online in thirteen different colors and skins, but grey and red croc are my top picks.
10. There is no better time during the year for new books than around the holidays. The Kate Moss book is a must-read as well as Terry Richardson’s Terrywood, and for any art-lover, Taschen’s Art of the 20th Century is a favorite of mine.

Gift Guide 2012! - 11 to 18

11. I am a sucker for patterned scarves, particularly during the cold winter months. Proenza Schouler recently launched a limited edition series of seven patters that are the perfect alternative to my favorite cheetah scarves by Louis Vuitton.
12. I am still obsessing over Olympia Le-Tan’s book-clutches; the pieces in her christmas series are the perfect accessories for the holiday season!
13. I have been longing for a Maison Michel hat or headpiece. Just One Eye has my favorite selection online.
14. Natalia Brilli makes the most amazing leather accessories. I have been eyeing her laptop sleeve and small travel bag.
15. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these t-shirts or totes from Rop Van Mierlo’s collaboration with Marni. The animal portraits originally come from my favorite picture book by the Dutch illustrator, Wild Animals.
16. These motocycle pants by Belstaff have taken the place of my row leather leggings. They are perfect for any occasion, day or night, during the holidays.
17. Lisa Marie Fernandez bathing suits are my go-to for any vacation. I am obsessed with her black one piece and the collection she did in collaboration with Peter Pilotto.
18. Whose fashion team are you on? Les Plus Dorés t-shirts are the perfect present – I live in my Tisci T – and are now available online at V-Files.

Hew Locke - House of Windsor Series, 2002-present
Hew Locke – House of Windsor Series, 2002-present

Hew Locke is a British contemporary visual artist whose work spans all mediums. Amongst his sculptures is an ongoing series called House of Windsor that he started in 2002. His use of found objects and shrubbery to depict Queen Elizabeth II’s head takes me back to the first time I saw Jeff Koons’ Topiary Dog seated in front of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao as a child.

Hew Locke - House of Windsor Series, 2002-present
Hew Locke – House of Windsor Series, 2002-present

I vaguely recall a fashion spread a few month’s back that used Locke’s How Do You Want Me series (pictured below) as inspiration to showcase the abundance of patterns for Fall.

Hew Locke - Tyger Tyger, 2007
Hew Locke – Tyger, Tyger from How Do You Want Me? 2007

It is that time again to talk about hair. Although Locke’s art is striking, no one likes their own hair to feel as dry as arid flowers and leaves, which is why Paul Mitchell’s Crunch-Free Curl Definer (pictured below) is a lifesaver come winter. The dual-formula made of hydrating cream and smoothing gel tames hair and banishes frizz. For the final leg of Paul Mitchell’s Truth About Curls Campaign ‘like’ the facebook page here or click to submit your own Curl Confession and the chance to win four must-have products.

Paul Mitchell - Twirl Around
Paul Mitchell’s Twirl Around