Thursday, January 8, 2009

Stephen Sprouse at Dietch Projects

While everyone on the net is a-buzzing about the revival launch of the Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton collaboration (we here at The Ladies First brought you the insider scoop on the collection a few weeks ago...), we can't forget that first and foremost, Sprouse was an artist, a real visionary who brought much-needed visibility and attention to street/graffiti art.

An accomplished artist in all mediums, Sprouse is described as one of the first who "didn't distinguish between fashion, art, and rock". Drawing inspiration from downtown and the punk rock lifestyle in particular, Sprouse's use of bright colors and graffiti stylings soon garnered attention from the high-ups in the fashion world. Marc Jacobs took a special liking to him and dubbed him "his muse". The result was Sprouse's first collaboration line with Louis Vuitton in 2001, which sold out instantly. His latest collaboration with the French luxury fashion brand replicates Sprouse's 1987 graffiti tags and sketches in pop-esque neon colors. The rose prints and script will cover everything from LV branded "Speedy" bags to Skateboard decks.

5 years after his death, Sprouse's collected works will be shown for the first time in the entirety, to conincide with the launch of a book commemorating his various projects. The exhibit, entitled "Rock on Mars", will cover everything from Sprouse's screenprints, to fashion sketches, street art, and paintings. The works to be displayed are widely influenced by pop culture and punk iconography. Expect to see depictions of loudspeakers, Sid Vicious, and other icons.

Sprouse's work will be on display from January 9th through February 28th. For more information, please visit the Deitch Projects gallery site.

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