Sunday, 26 February 2012

Any Rock Stars Left?

See the rest here.

This Sat I was at the Museo Pecci opening for the exhibition “Live!”.

The introduction says that “a suggestive perspective has been adopted, to show how the history of contemporary art and of rock music have followed parallel paths to contribute to the construction of the cultural universe of the last forty years.
Music and the visual arts have crossed and overlapped, over time, engendering a unified and consistent landscape; what draws them together is the performative dimension, articulated according to the specific occasion within an exhibition or a concert.
LIVE! offers a parallel and original reading of historic events by exhibiting paintings, sculptures, installations, video clips, artworks, LPs, graphic works, photographs, magazines and films.”

Of course I would switch automatically this concept into fashion, and, most of all the key question of the exhibition made me think of the “fashion stars” mostly more falling than rising, in the last years:

does the notion of rock star make sense in the 2000s?_(I would here start a debate aboutGaga: of course she is worshipped by talents as Formichetti and was a real star’s friend(?) (McQueen of course; but is it really from this kind of phenomenon that we get our emotions from? or more human yet cutting edge artists like Bjork, that also appears in the exhibition with the timeless video “all is full of love”? and who makes me think about fashion in a real, concrete way, even if full of meanings and cultural references, and but not shouted and dramatic)
If the question owes its first formulation to Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, a band made up of four cartoon characters drawn by Jamie Hewlett, its answer could be seen as Michael Jackson’s legacy. In 2009, after his death, the Pop king left us, as a suggestion, an unfinished act: This is It, his last concert, a show that never took place and never will, the symbol of the end of our hypothetical path through our culture’s history.”

stars or clouds?….and If you don’t care you can still take ispiration from the pics for your next editorial shoot. Or refresh your studies reading and listening to the artists being part of the exhibition.

Artists: Alighiero Boetti, Marco Lodola,Yoko Ono, Pattie Boyd, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Ira Schneider, Gianfranco Gorgoni, Matteo Guarnaccia, Paolo Icaro, Franco Vaccari, Giulio Turcato, Marcello Jori, Dennis Oppenheim, Joan Jonas, Luciano Giaccari-MUel Videoteca Giaccari Varese, Urs Lüthi, Luigi Ontani, Victor Vasarely, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Peter Christopherson,William English, Jamie Reid, Linder, Martin Kippenberger, William Wegman, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sandro Chia, Nicola De Maria, Alessandro Mendini, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beyus, Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente Robert Longo, Mark Kostabi, Paul Tschinkel-Innertube, Paul Tschinkel, Anton Corbijn, Malick Sidibé, Cheri Samba, Lonid Sokov, Thomas Billhardt, Nan Goldin, Massimo Kaufmann, Gilbert&George, Fischli&Weiss, Efrem Raimondi, Stefano Arienti, Marco Cingolani, Daniele Galliano, Massimo Barzagli, Raymond Pettibon, Karen Kilimnic, Pruitt-Early, Daniel Johnston, Richard Kern, Cindy Sherman, Christian Marclay, Macelo Gutman, Richard Billingham, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, Damien Hirst, Stanley Donwood, Aernout Mik, Tony Oursler, Nico Vascellari, Emanuele Becheri, Fausto Gilberti, David LaChapelle, Kon Trubkovich, Gianni Molaro

Music: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Renato Zero, U2, Vasco Rossi, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Nirvana, Blur, Oasis, Gorillaz, Bjork, Radiohead, Michael Jackson


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