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“holy hip-hop” lands in nyc tonight
15 January, 2009, 4:55 PM
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This evening (which it already is in the Big Apple, but anyways…) The Forum Gallery unveils “Holy Hip-Hop,” a collection of twelve portraits done by Alex Melamid. Melamid paints the likenesses of Common, Snoop, and Rev Run, among others, with the traditional oil-on-canvas approach to create anything-but-old school paintings. Long-known for his rebellious stance dating back to his days as an artist in Soviet Russia–where not only was his work ruined, it was bulldozed (!!!)–and nearly four decades of working alongside fellow Russian Vitalv Komar to devise Sots Art, which is “subversive combination of American Pop Art and traditional Socialist Realist painting,” according to The Forum’s press kit. The current exhibit began in Detroit and just left L.A., and it marks a shift in Melamid’s work. 

Not only will a charitable contribution be made to the L.A.-based Children’s Action Network (CAN) dedicated to helping America’s children, but the pieces present their subjects in a way that most mainstream media coverage works against: viewers will be hard-pressed to find drugs, prostitutes or “fly whips” in the portraits. Instead, the twelve men are featured as serious players in the music business and command respect; though I am no art historian, the pieces are truly reminiscent of the works of the “Old Masters” and set-up a really cool juxtaposition. Melamid met each of the stars and spent time with them before setting off to work on the pieces, and the idea came from his son, Dan, who directs music videos. 

What a great title: “Holy Hip-Hop” [emphasis added] and way cool pieces, check ’em here.

Saving some for later:  I’ll be back later with some pictures from the new Miu Miu ads with Katie Holmes (not a fan), the slimming down of all fashion weeks, and new tracks. 


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