I had the great pleasure to attend the press preview for John Baldessari's Pure Beauty exhibit at LACMA before it opened. I had a one on one viewing moment with this painting and Mr. Baldessari himself, sitting quietly on a bench nearby. But when I saw how tired he looked, and imaged the whole ordeal must be so taxing--especially a huge one like this, with hoards of press and then a celeb studded gala--I lost my nerve to tell him how much I liked his work. Now of course, I could kick myself.
Baldessari's road to fame was a long one, but he taught and influenced many art stars along the way. Now he's a veritable Los Angeles hero, thought to be one of the most influential living American artists. I loved the retrospective, and this painting was my favorite. It's hard to tell from the image, but the size is grand, and the red shirt seemed to dangle above my head, somehow teasing and tantalizing my mind, as if there was a message, an unknowable mystery that was close but just eluding my grasp.
Clothes however, are much more tangible and mundane. So to this end of the fashion mystique, if not mystery, I present this week's art inspired outfit. Wonderful as the Martin Margielas are, I can't bring myself to wear men's brogues, and so I offer the pretty option of these Rupert Sanderson heels. Now the question is, are you in camp pretty or camp purist?
Details: Neon Hart Suede Shirt $100 - generalpants.com.au; Maison Michel Hat $500 - colette.fr; Levi'S Curve Id Slight Skinny Black Superstretch Jeans $141 - coggles.com; Maison Martin Margiela Dégradé suede and patent-leather brogues $795 - net-a-porter.com; Rupert Sanderson Black Elbamatt Lace-up Ankle Boots $855 - rupertsanderson.com; Chloé Marcie Small leather cross-body bag $620 - net-a-porter.com; Majolie White Angel Wing Diamond Necklace Majolie Collections $535 - maxandchloe.com.
p.s. Feeling art inspired in a fashion-y kind of way? Check out the other 16 posts on artists and their inspired outfits on the right hand index under "art inspired fashion".