Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Marc Jacobs / Andy Warhol

Photographs by fashionartedit

Marc Jacobs. By Glenn O'Brien. Interview. June / July 2008. 
excerpted text:

"His collaborations with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince have shaken things up in both the fashion and art worlds. Not to mention advertising that looks like art and boutiques that feel like clubs. Andy Warhol used to talk about the best art being business art. And it would be hard to find someone who has done more to apply to an artist's thinking of running a creative big business than Marc Jacobs." (Glenn O'Brien)

"It's not my fault! I just have interests outside the superficial world of fashion" (Marc Jacobs)

"I started to thinking in romantic terms, and I always thought back to the time of Schiaparelli and Chanel and Cocteau, when all these creative people seemed to be doing things together. They where influenced by Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dali, and fashion and art had a chance, you know?" (Marc Jacobs)

"And what I wanted to do, in the same way as Serge [Gainsbourg] had done, was deface it. The way that Duchamp had done with L.H.O.O.Q., by putting this moustache on [the Mona Lisa] and making it something hipper, a little bit anarchic, and just cooler". 

"Takashi was so pleased with what we had done that he then had a show at Marianne Boesky Gallery where he showed his paintings, which were inspired by the work that we had done together. He had an actual art show of work that he had done after seeing the fashion show". 

"Whether you like it or not, there's a validity to it. For all the critics who made fun of the installation of a Vuitton shop within Takashi's MOCA exhibition...I saw it like Martin Kippenberger's subway grate, you know? It Challenged this sort of categorizing. Like, what is teh art here? Is it what's on the bag? Is it the action of buying the bag - that's the art? Is it watching the people buying the art? Because it's installed in an exhibition in a museum, it it some kind of conceptual performance piece? It operates on so many levels that it's hard to categorize." (Marc Jacobs)

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