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Leigh Bowery, photo by Ole Christiansen

Leigh Bowery, photo by Ole Christiansen

26th March would have been the birthday of Leigh Bowery (who passed away in 1994), genius and legendary Australian performer artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer (also for the Michael Clark Dance Company), based in London and was part of London Blitz Kids, New York City Michael Alig’s Club Kids and founder along with Boy George in 1985 of Taboo Club during the times of new-romantic movement. Today I remember him who is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles, influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny along with many bands and nightclubs in London and New York City which arguably perpetuated his avant-garde ideas featuring the grotesque as non-conventional standard of beauty. Many are the books, documentary films, exhibitions and the permanent collections at Museums that celebrate his sign, that visionary attitude going beyond time and energy I love and pay homage always and forever.

LEIGH BOWERY: SEMPRE & PER SEMPRE

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight

Il 26 marzo sarebbe stato il compleanno di Leigh Bowery (venuto a mancare nel 1994), geniale e leggendario performer artist australiano, club promoter, attore, pop star, modello e fashion designer(anche per la Michael Clark Dance Company) che ha vissuto a Londra ed ha fatto parte dei Blitz Kids di Londra, dei Club Kids di Michael Alig a New York ed ha fondato con Boy George nel 1985 il famoso locale Taboo ai tempi del movimento new-romantic. Oggi ricordo lui che è considerato una delle figure più emblematiche, avendo influenzato una generazione di artisti e designer. La sua influenza é giunta attraverso il mondo della moda, dei locali notturni e dell’ arte  per avere impatto, tra gli altri, su Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny unitamente a svariati gruppi e locali notturni a Londra e New York City che presumibilmente hanno perpetrato le sue avveniristiche idee di cui è protagonista il grottesco quale, anticonvenzionale e sovversivo standard di bellezza. Molteplici sono i libri, i documentari, le mostre e le collezioni permanenti nei musei che celebrano il suo segno, quell’ estro visionario oltre il tempo ed energia che amo e a cui rendo omaggio sempre e per sempre.

Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud working on his portrait

Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud working on his portrait

 

Leigh Bowery by Lucien Freud, 1991, Tate Modern

Leigh Bowery by Lucien Freud, 1991, Tate Modern

 

Leigh Bowery/Alexander McQueen

Leigh Bowery/Alexander McQueen

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Leigh Bowery/ Alexander McQueen

Leigh Bowery/ Alexander McQueen

 

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

 

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

 

John Galliano

John Galliano

 

Leigh Bowery/Jean Paul Gaultier

Leigh Bowery/Jean Paul Gaultier

 

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

 

Leigh Bowery/Gareth Pugh

Leigh Bowery/Gareth Pugh

 

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

 

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

 

Leigh Bowery/Margiela

Leigh Bowery/Margiela

 

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2013

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2013

 

Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela

 

Margiela

Margiela

 

Leigh Bowery/Michael Clark

Leigh Bowery/Michael Clark

 

 

photo by Sølve Sundsbø

photo by Sølve Sundsbø

 

Boy George

Boy George

 

Boy George and Leigh Bowery at the Taboo

Boy George and Leigh Bowery at the Taboo

 

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto

 

Leigh Bowery & Nicola Bateman/ Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016

Leigh Bowery & Nicola Bateman/ Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016

 

Costume for a female performer designed by Leigh Bowery and made by Mr Pearl for 1987 dance performance, "Because We Must" by Michael Clark Dance Company (Victoria & Albert Museum Collections)

Costume for a female performer designed by Leigh Bowery and made by Mr Pearl for 1987 dance performance, “Because We Must” by Michael Clark Dance Company (Victoria & Albert Museum Collections)

 

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Boy George

Boy George

Boy George, iconic artist, renowned DJ who has been one of the main features of New-Romantic movement, recently made “This is what I do”(“Very me” Records, the own label of artist created via Kobalt Label Services), a solo album which will be released on 28th October 2013, featuring 11 tracks he wrote by himself, by teaming also with his longtime partners John Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens and includes a version of Yoko Ono’s “Death of Samantha”. A not to be missed album to enjoy the work by vibrant artist.

“THIS IS WHAT I DO”, IL NUOVO ALBUM DI BOY GEORGE

Boy George, iconico artista, rinomato DJ che è stato uno dei principali protagonisti del movimento new-romantic, ha recentemente realizzato “This is what I do”(“Very me” Records, l’ etichetta dell’ artista creata mediante Kobalt Label Services), un album da solista che sarà pubblicato il 28 ottobre 2013 di cui sono protagonisti 11 formidabili brani da lui scritti, collaborando anche con i suoi e anche partners di lunga data John Themis, Kevan Frost e Richie Stevens ed include una versione di “Death of Samantha” di Yoko Ono. Un album imperdibile per apprezzare l’ opera di un vibrante artista.

www.boygeorgeuk.com

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An age, a subculture, the punk and new romantic movement, the club scene in London from 1976 to 1984, features in the book “We can be heroes, punks, poseurs, peacocks and people of a particular persuasion” (Unbound editions, £30,00)  by Graham Smith which evokes “Heroes” track by David Bowie, the punk’s do-it-yourself(DIY) attitude, includes photographs, interviews, texts by Chris Sullivan along with forewords by Boy George, Steve Strange and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp documenting the rise of club fashion, style magazines, futuristic synth pop and funk. A vibrant age where appeared a new generation of creatives and artists as Steve Strange, Chris Sullivan, Boy George, Sade and Spandau Ballet as well as London clubs as the Blitz, Le Beate Route, the Mud club, the Wag and the Dirty box. A book to have for enjoying and knowing of a unique time under the sign of creativity.

IL FASCINO DI UNA SUBCULTURA: “WE CAN BE HEROES, PUNKS, POSEURS, PEACOCKS AND PEOPLE OF A PARTICULAR PERSUASION” DI GRAHAM SMITH

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Un’ epoca, una subcultura, il movimento punk e new romantic, lo scenario dei locali notturni a Londra dal 1976 al 1984 è protagonista di un libro, “We can be heroes, punks, poseurs, peacocks and people of a particular persuasion” (Unbound editions, £30,00) di Graham Smith che evoca “Heroes”, il brano di David Bowie, l’ atteggiamento do-it-yourself(DIY) del punk, include fotografie, interviste, testi di Chris Sullivan unitamente a prefazioni di Boy George, Steve Strange e Gary Kemp degli Spandau Ballet che documentano la nascita della moda dei locali notturni, magazine sullo stile, l’ avveniristico synth pop e il funk. Una vibrante epoca in cui è apparsa una nuova generazione di creativi e artisti quali Steve Strange, Chris Sullivan, Boy George, Sade e gli Spandau Ballet come anche locali londinesi quali il Blitz, Le Beate Route, ol Mud club, il Wag e il Dirty box. Un libro da avere per apprezzare e conoscere un’ epoca unica all’insegna della creatività.

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Boy London

Boy London

It successfully returns Boy London, legendary brand established in 1977 by Stephane Raynor, that featured as dress code from the punk , new-romantic age to the one of club kids – evoking my adolescence -, become a fetish celebrated by Andy Warhol, Boy George and Madonna. The clothing and accessories of brand are available at the virtual boutique of brand and also in New York at the Patricia Field’s boutique. A not to be missed fetish for all the ones who are devoted to the subcultures.

IL RITORNO DI BOY LONDON

Boy London

Boy London

Ritorna felicemente Boy London, leggendario brand fondato nel da Stephane Raynor che è stato protagonista quale dress code dall’ era punk, new-romantic a quella dei club kids – ricordo della mia adolescenza -, divenuto un feticcio celebrato da Andy Warhol, Boy George e Madonna. L’abbigliamento e accessori del brand sono disponibili nella boutique virtuale del marchio e a New York presso la boutique di Patricia Field. Un feticcio imperdibile per coloro che sono devoti alle subculture.

Boy London

Boy London

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Boy George

Boy London

Boy London

Boy London

Boy London

Boy London

Boy London

Boy George

Boy George

http://www.boy-london.com

It will be held from 19th October 2012 to 3rd February 2013 in Vienna at the Kunsthalle Xtravaganza, staging Leigh Bowery”, exhibition, curated by Angela Stief, paying homage to Leigh Bowery, unforgettable persona, celebrated fashion designer and performer artist who featured in the Eighties new-romantic scene as Blitz Kid in London and later in early Nineties as Club Kid in the New York club scene created by the iconic party promoter Michael Alig. The exhibition will include works by Leigh Bowery and Anthony & the Johnsons, Peter Ashworth, Charles Atlas, Nicola Bateman, Bruce Bernard, Boy George, Michael Clark, Cerith Wyn Evans, Avram Finkelstein, Lucian Freud, Padhi Frieberger, Rudi Gernreich, Alex Gerry, Fergus Greer, Richard Habberley, Dick Jewell, Martin Margiela/Marina Faust, John Maybury, Minty, Nick Knight, Jean-Claude Lagrèze, Catherine Opie/Ron Athey, Werner Pawlok, Mr. Pearl, Raw Sewage, Johnny Rozsa, Sue Tilley, Trojan, Donald Urquhart, Baillie Walsh, John Waters/Divine, Fred Whisker, David Wojnarowicz and U.V.A. celebrating the work of a creative who thought about himself as a canvas and acted under the sign of eccentricity, “doing the opposite” – as he asserted – “of what people expected”, an ethic under the sign of humor and subversion of clichés of conformism. A not to be missed happening to enjoy and re-discover a legend, his work and find again his signs in contemporary times.

“XTRAVAGANZA, STAGING LEIGH BOWERY” AL MUSEO KUNSTHALLE DI VIENNA

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight(1992)

Si terrà dal 19 ottobre 2012 al 3febbraio 2013 a Vienna presso il Kunsthalle Xtravaganza, staging Leigh Bowery”, mostra, curata da Angela Stief che rende omaggio a Leigh Bowery, indimenticabile personaggio, celebre designer and performer, protagonista negli anni Ottanta della scena new-romantic nelle vesti di Blitz Kid a Londra e successivamente nei primi anni Novanta quale Club Kid nella scena dei locali di New York creata dall’ iconico party-promoter Michael Alig. La mostra includerà opere di Leigh Bowery and Anthony & the Johnsons, Peter Ashworth, Charles Atlas, Nicola Bateman, Bruce Bernard, Boy George, Michael Clark, Cerith Wyn Evans, Avram Finkelstein, Lucian Freud, Padhi Frieberger, Rudi Gernreich, Alex Gerry, Fergus Greer, Richard Habberley, Dick Jewell, Martin Margiela/Marina Faust, John Maybury, Minty, Nick Knight, Jean-Claude Lagrèze, Catherine Opie/Ron Athey, Werner Pawlok, Mr. Pearl, Raw Sewage, Johnny Rozsa, Sue Tilley, Trojan, Donald Urquhart, Baillie Walsh, John Waters/Divine, Fred Whisker, David Wojnarowicz ed U.V.A. che celebrano il lavoro di un creativo che pensava a sé stesso come a una tela ed agiva all’ insegna dell’ eccentricità, “facendo l’ opposto” – come egli affermava – “di ciò che la gente si aspettava”, un’ etica all’ insegna dell’ umorismo e sovversione dei clichés del conformismo. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare e riscoprire una leggenda, la sua opera e ritrovarne i segni nella contemporaneità.

www.kunsthallewien.at

AND-i Spring/Summer 2012

Taboo” – reminding me the stage musical based on the book y Mark Davies that tell’s of the New-Romantic London scene and Boy George who wrote its lyrics – is the unusual Spring/Summer 2012 jewelry collection of AND-i, brand created by the Austrian designer Andreas Eberharter, featuring totemic suggestions as skulls, part of body – mandibles -, turned in necklaces, rings and unusual masks.

“TABOO”, L’ INSOLITA COLLEZIONE DI GIOIELLI DI AND-I

AND-i Spring/Summer 2012

 

Taboo”, – che mi ricorda il musical basato sul libro di Mark Davies  che racconta dello scenario new-romantic londinese e di Boy George che ne ha scritto le canzoni – è l’insolita collezione primavera/estate 2012 di gioielli di AND-i, brand creato dal designer austriaco Andreas Eberharter di cui sono protagoniste totemiche suggestioni nelle vesti di teschi, parti del corpo – mandibole -, trasformate in collane, anelli ed insolite maschere.

AND-i Spring/Summer 2012

AND-i Spring/Summer 2012

AND-i Spring/Summer 2012

http://and-i.net

Taormina

I recently visited Taormina, marvelous place I appreciate along with the fetishes of Sicilian culture – as cassata, cannoli and its picturesque craftsmanship – and music, having attended to the concert of iconic, eclectic and vibrant artist Boy George who has held a concert at the Greek Theatre, magnificent location that emphasized a successful live performance featuring the unforgettable tracks as “Hare Khrisna”, “Victims”, “Church of poison mind”, “Everything I own” along with covers of yesterday celebrated songs as “Get it on” by T-Rex and “You don’t say you love me” by Dusty Springfield”. A successful chance to enjoy a genuine, generous artist.

UNA GIORNATA A TAORMINA ALL’INSEGNA DI MUSICA ED EPICUREISMO

The Sicilian craftsmanship

Ho recentemente visitato Taormina, luogo meraviglioso che apprezzo unitamente ai feticci della cultura siciliana – quali la cassata, i cannoli ed il suo pittoresco artigianato – e la musica, avendo assistito al concerto dell’iconico, eclettico e vibrante artista inglese Boy George che ha tenuto un concerto presso il Teatro Greco, magnifica location che ha enfatizzato la felice esibizione dal vivo di cui sono stati protagonisti indimenticabili brani quali “Hare Khrisna”, “Victims”, “Church of poison mind”, “Everything I own” unitamente a cover di celebri canzoni di ieri quali  “Get it on” dei T-Rex e “You don’t say you love me” di Dusty Springfield”. Una felice occasione per apprezzare un autentico, generoso artista.

A view on the via degli artisti, standing as the street of artists

La Scala dell'Amore, poetic restaurant and wine-bar in Taormina

Cannoli

Hats on the road

The make-up artist Charles

A skull on a church

Me at the Greek Theatre

Boy George

Boy George

Boy George

www.boygeorgeuk.com

Boy George

The iconic and eclectic artist Boy George – singer who recently published the album “Extraordinary alien” including the cover of track “Amazing Grace”, smashing dj, photographer and designer – runs as dj in the latest edition of the top 100 DJ Mag award. I already voted for him and I also ask you to all you, dear FBFers of supporting  a legendary artist, voting for him on the web site of Dj Mag within 23rd September 2010. Following the link where you can vote. Seize the day, let’s vote now!

www.100topdjs.net

SUPPORTIAMO BOY GEORGE NEL CONCORSO TOP 100 DJ MAG

L’iconico ed eclettico artista Boy George – cantante e che recentemente ha pubblicato l’ album “Extraordinary alien” che include la cover del brano “Amazing Grace”, formidabile dj, fotografo e designer – concorre nelle vesti di dj all’ultima edizione del premio top 100 DJ Mag award. Ho già votato per lui e chiedo a tutti voi, cari FBFers, di supportare un artista leggendario, votando per lui sul sito web di DJ mag entro il 23 settembre 2010. A seguire il link in cui potete votare. Cogliete l’attimo, votate adesso!

www.100topdjs.net  

www.boygeorgeuk.com

 

Boy George, Amazing Grace

Boy George, style icon and wonderful voice, the celebrated front-man of Culture Club, designer and dj will release on March 22nd 2010  his latest album Amazing Grace(Decode Records) – having the name of the famous song become Christian hymn, singing the desperation of slaves carried by boats of John Newton, its author – under the sign of catchy disco sounds. The artist will promote new album with a tour beginning in London at Leicester Square Theatre on April 9th 2010.  

AMAZING GRACE, IL RITORNO DI BOY GEORGE

Boy George, icona di stile e voce meravigliosa, il celebre leader dei Culture Club, designer e dj, pubblicherà il 22 marzo 2010 il suo ultimo album Amazing Grace(Decode Records) – che ha il nome della famosa canzone, divenuta un inno cristiano che canta la disperazione degli schiavi trasportati sulle navi di John Newton, il suo autore – all’insegna di accattivanti sonorità disco. L’artista promuoverà il nuovo album con un tour  che partirà a Londra presso il Leicester Square Theatre  il 9 Aprile 2010.  

www.boygeorgeuk.com