There's no question that Givenchy's creative director, Riccardo Tisci, has dipped his foot into an incredible number of creative pools. Music? Check. (Kanye, Jay-Z, Madonna.) Fashion photography? Check. (His guest-edited edition of Visionaire included work by Mert and Marcus, Inez and Vinoodh, and Mario Sorrenti.) Performance art? Check. (He's famously friendly with Marina Abramovic.) The list goes on.
And now it continues, with a collaboration with painter Kehinde Wiley (pictured above, with Tisci). Wiley's become well known in the art world for his bright, patterned portraits of contemporary African and African-American men in the style of traditional European greats like Thomas Gainsborough and Jacques-Louis David. In an exhibition called "An Economy of Grace" at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City, Wiley takes another step forward: For the first time, he's depicting women—cast straight off the streets of NYC—dressed in gowns designed by Tisci especially for the project. The show coincides with the development of a documentary film directed by Jeff Dupre, which will provide insight into Wiley's work, the collaboration with Tisci, and the history of each of the models chosen for the project.
"An Economy of Grace" at the Sean Kelly Gallery. May 6 through June 16.
—Justin Berkowitz, market editor at Details