Photo by Ariana McLaughlin. It’s no secret that art history is woefully short on representation in both its artists and its subjects, all too often putting white bodies at the center of the frame. The Chicago-born, New York-based artist Darryl Westly decided to change that by altering the history of the paintings themselves in his first solo exhibition, Interior/Exterior at the PARISTEXASLA gallery in Los Angeles.
Solitary Dancer: Violence of the Lambs Neo-noir electro duo Solitary Dancer reached out to Ivorian-Ghanaian filmmaker Will Niava to develop a video concept that dealt with issues of racial inequality and systemic oppression. The Montreal-based musicians explain how, Violence of the Lambs, the first track from their new LP, was purpose-written with the idea for the video in mind, and “prompted by growing frustration with the state of law enforcement.” This film follows a trio of young men and their altercation with a hot-tempered off-duty police officer who racially profiles the only black member of the group. The music is as intrinsic to the plot as the action, with corroded synthesizer sounds and thumping bass keeping pace with the rising animosity between the central characters. “Growing up in Ghana and Ivory Coast, police brutality is something I’ve experienced and witnessed on numerous occasions,” says Niava.
International Geekdom very much knows Rian Johnson as the writer/director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi .
All photos by Arnaud Delrue. Violence figures prominently in Édouard Louis’s work.
That Time When is Interview ’s weekly trip through the pop-cultural space-time continuum, where we return to some of the most overlooked moments from issues past. In this edition, we revisit our March 1984 cover story, featuring everyone’s favorite jazzerciser-turned-jailbird, Jane Fonda, to find out how one good at-home workout can help save the world
Flavin Judd. Photo by Sebastian Kim. Essays, written, re-written, labored and belabored over are the thirteen course meals of thinking
Bello Magazine Photo Editor: Aleksandar Tomovic Photographer: Stan Evans Heidi: What was the photo direction? Stan: Taylor Hatala is a dancer who’s worked with some of the best in the biz. She’s toured with Janet Jackson, and been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In Residence: Sue Webster When an entire residential road lost power and an eight-foot sinkhole opened up in the street, the north London council of Hackney could no longer turn a blind eye to the rumours surrounding the ‘mole man house’—a property owned by notorious amateur tunneller William Lyttle. When British artist Sue Webster purchased the property at auction in 2014, she was well aware of the former owner’s illustrious history.
Andrea Fremiotti Who printed it? I’m really particular about color and paper quality, and since each postcard is basically a 5 x 7 art print that I hope the recipients will keep, I went the labor-intensive route and printed the promos in my home studio. I used an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and Moab entrada rag bright 300 gsm double-sided paper.
My Brother’s Keeper Titus Batts and DeSonni Hardge are the young co-captains of South Shore Drill Team, a non-profit organization based in Chicago that uses performance art to empower disenfranchised youth. In a city with a narrative of violence and crime, these two boys are showing their communities that the routines that bond them in drill are stronger than the social pressures that would divide them on the streets. “ My Brother’s Keeper examines the gift of tribal love between young black men and the communities that protect, support and honor their dreams,” says Rodney Lucas, an LA-based director known for intimate and human storytelling about his hometown, South Side Chicago. “This short is a reflection of the everyday leaders and local icons that propel the black community and their empowered beneficiaries.” South Shore Drill Team offers education support, employment training and financial assistance alongside its first-class dance program, which teaches students like Hardge and Batts the art of self-love and teamwork—forging a new generation of positive role models. “Through a collaborative partnership focused on elevating black storytellers, this piece provided me with a vehicle to illuminate the plight of young black men globally,” says Lucas
Great Women Artists , a massive yellow-tinted book, is an extensive collection of art spanning over 500 years and featuring over 400 passionate, diverse artists—and they’re all women. The artists are from over 50 countries, each with their own backgrounds, cultures, and histories, and encompass various mediums, from painting and sculpture, to photography and video installations. The collection promotes art created by every type of woman, and reflects on an era when art made by women, for women, is more prominent than ever. ” G reat Women Artists is the most extensive fully illustrated book of women artists ever published,” said Laurent Claquin, head of Kering Americas
Har’el with Lucas Hedges on the set of Honey Boy . Alma Har’el is the flame-maned Israeli director behind Honey Boy , a heart-wrenching and feverish work of autobiography written by Hollywood wild child Shia LeBeouf
Part 1. Team-building Two of four covers for “Extinction Party” I spoke to some students the other week, as they came to my museum exhibition. I tend to lecture the way I write, (off the cuff, spontaneous,) and soon found myself pointing to one of the photographs on the wall
Image by Alex Arroyo A massive, era-defining hit song can be as much a curse as a boon to one’s career. Indeed, Mick Jagger famously said he’d rather be dead than sing “Satisfaction” at 45 (but guess it’s okay at 75); and commercial success was certainly partly to blame for Kurt Cobain ending it all at 27.
The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.
Athlete in Progress: Dina Asher-Smith Nike has joined forces with American designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh to release Athlete in Progress, a new women’s line inspired by the drama, adrenaline and tenacity of track and field players. To debut the collection, Abloh invited a host of international Olympians to the runway for Off-White’s SS19 show in Paris, which also featured record-breaking sprinter Dina Asher-Smith. The athlete reprises her role as the face of athletic fashion in this Rai Nadal-directed extended cut of Nike’s latest campaign.
Ghosts , Balenciaga, 2019. Image courtesy the artist. Should a luxury store design offer shoppers an idealized vision of the human experience
Photo by Jack McKain. This is “Add to Queue,” our attempt to sort through the cacophony of music floating in the algorithmic atmosphere by consulting the experts themselves. Our favorite musicians tell us about their favorite music—the sad, the happy, the dinner party-y, the songs they want played at their funeral. Before Allen Stone and I start our interview, I have a promise to keep
Guest Post by Amy V.
Congos & El Diablo In a port city off the coast of Panama there is a dance steeped in folkloric tradition that chronicles the age-old battle between good and evil—a dance that breaks the yoke of oppression and overcomes the horror of servitude.