projects+gallery: HAUTE HIP-HOP

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“Rising Down” Fahamu Pecou

HAUTE HIP-HOP, an exhibition that celebrates the rise of the hip-hop phenomenon and its preeminent cultural influence, presented by projects+gallery opened Friday, January 29.

Brass Monkeys flowed as droves of art and hip-hop admirers gathered to view the impressive exhibition in proper form. DJ Smitty spun, projecting good vibes in a jam packed gallery. Everyone was there. I had to go back the following day to actually take in the ingeniousness. Iconic images of Tupac, Salt N Pepa, Beastie Boys to notable enigmatic epigrams of Basquiat and works of emerging St. Louis artist Jermaine Clark are all masterfully curated into a must see experience.

Other featured artists include Tyler Boye, Jermaine Clark, Joe Conzo, Dolce & Gabbana, Shepard Fairey, Fantich & Young, Gregory Ingram, Jonathan Mannion, Charlie Le Mindu, Marilyn Minter, Moschino, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Fahamu Pecou, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Valentino, and Kehinde Wiley.

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“Gypsy Fortune-Teller” Kehinde Wiley
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“Wangechi Gold #4” Marilyn Minter | DJ Smitty

“HAUTE HIP-HOP celebrates the rise of the hip-hop phenomenon and its preeminent influence on contemporary art, culture, and fashion. Beginning in the 1970s as a vibrant grassroots youth movement, hip-hop has evolved into an international artistic, economic, and philosophical phenomenon. Born in the boroughs of New York and cultivated in the mixtapes, dance moves and street fashion of its leaders, hip-hop has seen fifty years of growth from the underground to the mainstream, from rebellion to sovereignty. A child of contradiction, hip-hop still serves both as a voice of the frustrated subaltern and as the basis of a global, multibillion dollar industry. Like its music, hip-hop fashion began in the streets, costing little, but representing everything to a youth culture that champions individualism, attitude, and the power of creative expression. As hip-hop has transcended the underground, making millionaires and pop culture paragons, it has never lost its original spirit of revolution.” More here.

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“Black Boy Fly” Fahamu Pecou

Also on display at projects+gallery is jewelry by St. Louis maker, Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute. The statement pieces are an elaborate mix of art and fashion– wearable art. Pieces can be found towards the back of the gallery.

HAUTE HIP-HOP will be on view at projects+gallery until March 12, 2016. Free and open to the public.

Photos by Steve Heineman

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