Iké Udé: Style and Sympathies

October 10 – November 9, 2013

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #35, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAT: Fez Hat with long gold cord, Greek ethnic hat, early 1880s to present

SWEATER: Green Preppy Athletic Sweater, 1950s, United States

PIN: Gold Tone and Rhinestone pin Cupid with a Bow and Arrow, 1950s-1970s, United States

SHIRT: White Shirt, 2012, France

BOW TIE: Handmade brocade blue with maroon and green designs

TROUSERS: Mens Harem trousers, India, 1890-to-present

SOCKS: Soccer/Football socks, Italy, 2011

SHOES: Foti Spectator Loafers, 1930s/40s, Italy

CHAIR (Target practice): Contemporary American, late 20th century

BIRD: Macaw Parrot, Brazil

FRUIT: Lemon

ARTIFACT: Apache Bow, Quiver and Arrows, Native American, circa 1880

PRECIOUS STONE: Lapis Lazuli, Afghanistan, time immemorial 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #34, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAT: Mexican Sombrero, 1565-present

CAPE/CLOAK: British. Sussex Cub Scouts cape with badges from around the world and various events ranging from the 1970-1990s: Ecclesden 1980, Cornwall year of the scout 1982, the mini-Olympics; countries including Germany, France and Wales, etc. 1970-1990s

TROUSERS: Whale, men‚ trousers, embroidered whales, United States, 1950s-60s

SHOES: British, 2000

CANE: Walking cane with silver-head/ handle, 1930s

FRUIT: Pomegranate 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #33, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAIR STYLE: Personalized variation on the Afro hair-style, United States, 2013

CAPE: Catholic Church cape, date unknown

SHIRT: United States, 2012

NECKWEAR; 17th/18th century men‚ neckwear, France

WAISTCOAT/VEST: British, 1890s

TROUSERS: Madras trousers, 1980s, United Sates

SOCKS: United States, 2004

SHOES: British, 2000

FLUTE: Japanese Shakuhachi flute, date unknown, 2004 reproduction; originally introduced to Japan from China in the 8th Century

HAT: Men‚ vintage miniature Fedora, 1947-1964; Post WWII, early 1960s

BOX: Art Nouveau Reed & Barton sterling silver heart-shaped box

TREE: Found miniature tree, New York, 2013, plus two cherries

BIRD: Woodpecker

CARPET: Contemporary carpet, United States, circa 1990s/2000s

FLOOR: Bou Inania Madrasa, Fez, Morocco

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #32, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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FACE MASK: Striped knit Jamaican Rastafarian hat worn backwards, over face and head; Jamaica, 1970s-present

JACKET: Marching band uniform, 1970s, United States

TROUSERS: Sailing flags, Men‚ trousers, embroidered sail-flags, United States, 1950-60s

NECKWEAR: 16th century Western European ruff collar reproduction, reproduced with West African fabric, 2013

HAT: Top Hat, circa 1980s/1990s, United States

CANE: Vintage cane, 1980s, United States

TABLE: Low-table, Chinese, date unknown

VASE: Miniature black vase, American, 2010

DECANTER: Japanese sterling silver overlay captain/ship‚ decanter, early 20th century

PLANTER: Satsuma earthenware planter, Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912)

CARPET: Persian Gabbeh Oriental Rug, Vintage/Antique, date unknown 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #30, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HEAD-PIECE: Turkish, Ottoman era to present; reproduction, 2011

2nd HEAD PIECE: A skullcap, 1501, worn underneath Turkish hat; a reproduction after the Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini

SHIRT: France, 2011

BOUTONNIERE: American made, circa 1990s/2000

NECKWEAR; 17th/18th century men‚ neckwear, France

CAGE: Vintage copper metal small dome bird cage with artificial flowers, 1960s

JACKET: American, 1936; worn in College Holiday starring George Burns, Grace Allen and Bing Crosby

ARM-BAND: Soviet Military band for Commander, 1940s-1990s

SHOES: 17th century men‚ shoes, French, reproduction

SOCKS: France 2007

FURNITURE: Rosewood Regency Tea Caddy with brass overlay in sarcophagus form with velvet-lined locking lid, 19th century, England/Britain

BOTTLE: 19th century Japanese Satsuma earthenware stoppered bottle with carnation flower

SERVERED HAND: A prop, done in plaster, United States, 2013

CHAIR: Vintage/Antique, origin/date unknown

CARPET: Transitional Tibetan Rug, date unknown

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #29, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HEAD-PIECE: Native American Indian Chief Headdress/Leather Bonnet, reproduction, 2012

JACKET: United States Marine jacket with 2007 series East Chinese Sea PLA Navy Fleet Patch

SASH: Royal Sash, Britain, reproduction 2012 

WRISTBAND/CUFF: Spiky Leather Gothic/Punk men‚ wristband/cuff, 1970s to present

CUMMERBUND: Indian Army cummerbund, date unknown

BREECHES: Paned slops/breeches, Renaissance/16th century, reproduction

CANE: 19th/20th century walking cane

SOCKS: English football/soccer socks, 1970s

SHOES: British made, 1990s

EWER: Pink ground gilt and enamel Decorated Royal Crown Ewer, England, 1877-90

MUSIC INSTRUMENT: Bass Cornnamuse, Renaissance/16th century; reproduction, Gunter Korber, Berlin, stamped Gunter Korber, 1990s (exact origin unknown)

STRING INSTRUMENT: Pandurina, attributed to Marinus de Magistro, circa 1620

MEDALS: Uganda Police‚ Africa Police Meritorious Service Medal Group, 1935 (Awarded to 1st Class Sergeant Asmani Temteo, Uganda Police)

CARPET: Contemporary American rug, circa 1990/2000s

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #28, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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TURBAN: Sikh turban, India, 15th century (1400s to present)

SHIRT: Contemporary/classic, 2013 

ARMOR: Reproduction, single leather basic rounded Spaulder armor, 13th-15th century 

SWEATER: 1940s Stadium Shaker Wool School Letterman Varsity sweater, 1940s 

TIE: Madras plaid necktie, 1960s 

KILT: Fustanella, Greece, 1868 to present/2013 (Worn by the Greek Palace Guard, Fustanella kilt is made from 30 meters/98 feet of white material, with 400 pleats, representing the 400 years of Turkish occupation)

BIRD/PERCH: Bird, Woodpecker; Bird Perch Gym Stand, 2013 

DECANTER: Rockwell Silver Deposit Black Glass Decanter, Wood- land scene, early 20th century/1900s, United States

MEDAL: Steam-punk military medal, date, unknown; United States

GARTERS: Sock garters, 1940s, Britain/United Kingdom

SOCKS: 2012, United States

SHOES: 1960s, United States 

CHARGER: Edo period, Japanese Imari Charger with Cranes, 1603-1868 

CARPET: Antique Bidjar Kurdish-Persian carpet, date unknown

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #27, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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COAT: Revolutionary war/Pirate Buccaneer Swashbuckler circa 1500s; 1700‚ nobleman tunic

HAT: Fulani, Nigeria and West/North Africa 

HAT ACCESSORY: Customized Anglo-British massive safety-pin 

NECK WEAR: Bow-tie, 1970s, America 

BELT: Army Officer leather belt with shoulder strap, Soviet Union, WWII, 1940s

TROUSERS: American Levi Jeans, 2000

SOCKS: Italian football/soccer socks, 2010

SHOES: Spectator shoes, American, 1920s

CANES: Walking canes, 1900s - 1960s

STAFF: Yoruba/Nigeria, 1930s-1950s

ASHTRAY: Vintage American Buffalo/Bison hoof copper ashtray taxidermy, 1950s 

UMBRELLA HOLDER: Ceramic umbrella holder, circa 1895- 1930s, Britain 

CARPET: Antique Tabriz carpet, circa 1800s, East Azerbaijan province, West of Iran

FURNITURE: Rosewood Regency Tea Caddy with brass overlay in sarcophagus form with velvet-lined locking lid, 19th century, England/Britain

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #26, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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COAT: Gray Loden wool men‚ jacket, Austria, Winter Hunting riding sport jacket, 1842 to present

BOOTS: Vintage red brown leather tall custom lace-up riding Rocketeer style boots, 1950s-70s

TROUSERS: Men‚ Riding Jodhpurs/Men‚ Horse Riding Breeches, Anglo-Indian, circa 1920s-30s 

SHIRT/TIE: Shirt and tie pair, British, 1990s 

HAIR PIECE: Ibo Nigerian head/hair piece, circa 1800/1900s

NET: Butterfly net, United States, 2013

PIN: Vintage Millinery fruit cherries, 2012, United States

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #25, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAIR: Red, magenta, auburn brown streaks, 1900s-1920s

SHIRT/TIE: Shirt and tie pair, British, 1990s

JACKET: Mid-century, Japanese, belted bullion smoking jacket, 1920s-1950s

TROUSERS: Vintage Baseball Pants 1930s

HOSIERY: Men‚ long hosiery socks with palm /flower motif embroidery, 2008

SHOES: Vintage, 1970s

BOUTONNIERE: Silk-velvet boutonniere, 2007, United States 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #24, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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COLLAR/CUFF: European men‚ruff-collar, 16th century 

HAIR: Partial to the Indian sub-continent style 

SASH: New Masonic Scottish Rite 32 Degree Master of the Royal Secret Regalia Sash 

DRESS: Indian sub-continent formal men’s gown with embroidery 

ARM BAND: Soviet Military Band Commander, circa 1920s-1990 

TROUSERS: Marching band trousers,United States, circa 1950s 

SHOES: 17th century men‚ shoes, French, reproduction 

STOOL: Vintage English Leather Lion Footstool, circa 1950-70s 

CARPET: Transitional-Tibetan Rug, date unknown

BRUSH: Painter‚ brush 

STILL-LIFE: Books, ceramic flower-pot and a stem of carnation flower sat on top of distressed vintage smallish Commode

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #23, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

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MASK: Fencing mask, France, 1940s

COLLAR: 16th century Western European ruff-collar reproduction, in white lace/cotton

CUFF: Lace-cuff, Britain, 18th century, a vintage reproduction

GOWN: Nigerian massive mens gown with embroidery, 1940s

ANIMAL: Bird, Woodpecker

TROUSERS: American golf trousers, classic/contemporary, 1998

SHOES: American, classic/contemporary, 2010

VASE: Large Pumpkin shaped Royal Bonn vase, 1880-1920

ANIMAL: Antique Murano glass fighting rooster, circa, 19th century

FURNITURE: Antique/Vintage chair, date/place unknown CARPET: Persian Gabbeh Oriental Rug 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #22, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAT: Uzbekistan traditional military armor hat, circa 19th century, date unknown

MASK: Fencing mask, France, 1940s

COLLAR: 16th century Western European ruff collar reproduction, rendered in burlap fabric

COAT: Morning tailcoat and matching waistcoat with piping

TROUSERS: Nigerian/Yoruba trousers, 1950s

SHOES: American platform shoes, 1970s

WEAPON: Period Brass Crossbar, 42 inch steel blade Epee Fencing sword, date unknown

RECORD PLAYER: Early phonograph, Victor Talking Machine, 1901-1929, United States

BAG: Binocular bag, 1920s, France

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #21, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAT: Bowler hat hugged by Octopus

SHIRT: Contemporary/classic white shirt, 2012, United States

BOUTONNIERE: Contemporary/classic boutonniere, 2007, United States

TIE: Wool collegiate/rep tie, 2002, United States

JACKET: 1930s/1940s School/Boater Blazer in red, yellow pinstripe, U.K.

TROUSERS: Embroidered indigo/blue Yoruba, Nigeria trousers with draw strings, 1940s

LEGGINGS: Pair of officers WWII, 1940s Leather Army Field Leggings Spats + straps

SHOES: Pair of contemporary shoes, 2012 worn with flower pom-poms in the 17th/18th century European manner

CHAIR: Vintage, origin unknown

COMMODE: 19th century Louis XV bronze mounted Kingwood Commode and painted wooden duck 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #20, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HEAD GEAR: Vintage/1930s Rawlings PL50 Boxing Wrestling Hockey Helmet Head Gear and Doctor Surgical style scrub cap, 2013

DRESS/GOWN: Traditional Chinese men‚ dress 18th century to present (as worn in the movie North, 1994)

FIGURINE: French Ormolu Boudoir Candelabra Lamp mounted with Geisha Figurine and Porcelain flowers, 1920s

OPERA GLASSES: 19th century, French Abalone Shell Opera Glasses by Colmont with Lorgnette handle

SEMANIERS: Louis XVI style Marquetry stacked Commodes or Semaniers, 18th century

SHOE-HORN: Vintage Etonic shoe horn, Mass., United States

CUFFLINKS: Vintage Art Deco cufflinks, red Bakelite silver chrome modernism, 1920s

SHOES: Belgian velvet loafers/slippers

BED: 21st century

BED-SPREAD: Patch-doll quilt with antique fabric, United States

CARPET: Antique/traditional Persian

BOOK: FEET-ISHISM, Hans-Jufgen Dopp, Parkstone Press Ltd, New York, United States, 2001

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #19, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

45.7 x 36.5 in / 116.1 x 92.71 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HEAD PIECE: Red-feather wig, 1980s

COLLAR: European men‚ ruff-collar, 16th century

MASK: 1920s to present

TOP: Hand woven three-quarter men‚ caftan with embroidery, Nigeria, 1940s

TROUSERS: United States, 1970 to present

SHOES: Anglo-American riding boots, 1900s-present

CHAIRS: Antiques: Origins unknown

ANIMAL: Maryland/Chesapeake Blue Crab; painted tin 20th/21st century

CARPET: Persian Gabbeh Oriental Rug

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #18, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

40 x 30 in / 101.6 x 76.2 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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MASK: A Lord Byron costume/mask; reproduced after the portrait painting of the poet, Lord Byron in Albanian dress; portrait, painted by Thomas Phillips, circa 1835 

COLLAR: European men‚ ruff-collar, 16th century, rendered in Western African fabric

MEDAL: United States WW2 Army Good Conduct Medal, 1945 

COAT: 1940s navy coat, United States

WAIST GEAR: Scottish Sporran

TROUSERS: Nigeria, 1960s

SHOES: Italian, 2013

GLOVES: Hardware, work gloves, United States

FIGURINE: Russ. Kosaken‚ Leutn., 1830 (Voight Brothers Sitzen Porcelain Figurine of Russian Soldier), German made

TABLE: 19th C. Louis XVI Neoclassical Painted Demilune Cabinet Commode

FRUITS: Pomagrante

ANIMAL: American Pit-bull

CARPET: Tabriz, Azerbaijan, circa, 1920s

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #17, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

46 x 36 in / 116.8 x 91.44 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAT: Fez/Turkey

SHIRT: British dress-shirt, 1900s to present

BOWTIE: 1970s, United States

JACKET: Tuxedo jacket, United States, 1970s

SKIRT: Fabric, Mali; Worn in the West African, Indian/Asian men‚ traditional style; 18th century to present

SOCKS: Italian men‚ soccer socks

SHOES: United States, 1990s

FIGURINE: Celadon Chinese Export Lion Dog, 19th century

CARPET: Persian Sirjand rug, circa 1930s

GAME: Poker Set, United States 

IKÉ UDÉ 

Sartorial Anarchy #15, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

54 x 36.11 in / 137.2 x 91.72 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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TURBAN: Blue taffeta turban in the classic Arab-Egyptian style

TIE: Vintage tie, circa 1970s

SHIRT: Classic French cuff shirt and blue-gold cufflinks, 1999

OUTERWEAR: 19th century, Chinese men’s floral gown 

TROUSERS: Golf trousers, England, 1970s

SOCKS: United States, 2009 

SHOES: Classic/contemporary Arabian shoes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012 

TABLE: Antique table, origin unknown, circa 1900s 

TABLE ITEMS: Classic/contemporary blue Hookah, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, 2012; Alpaca hounds-tooth shawl, United States, 2010; Antique long-necked emerald vase, date and origin unknown; Bohemian ruby red and gold enamel vase; Vintage blue Wyeth eye wash-cup, United States, circa 1917 

CARPET: Transitional oriental rug, vintage, circa 1950s

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #12, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

54 x 36.11 in / 137.2 x 91.72 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAIR: Stylized Ram horn inspired hairstyle

GLASSES: Contemporary/classic glasses, 2010

NECKWEAR: Men‚ Jabot white cotton organdy, 18th century and a Victorian red stickpin cravat

SUIT: Harlequin suit, 19th century (reproduction)

JACKET: Tuxedo jacket, 1970s and an enameled-flowers- pin-brooch, 1960s

BELT: Contemporary/classic, 2000s

SOCKS: Argyle contemporary/classic socks, 2000

CHAIRS: Antique/vintage, origin unknown

MEDAL: 1898 Philadelphia Peace Jubilee medal

CARPET: Antique Aubusson French rug, late 1800s 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #8, 2013

Pigment on satin paper

48.1 x 40.1 in / 122.2 x 101.9 cm

Edition of 3, 3 AP

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HAT: Customized Turkish classic Fez with royal-blue tassel, 2009

HAIR: Canary-yellow dyed hair, 2012

SHIRT: Contemporary shirt, 2011, Italy

TIE: Black bowtie (untied) circa 1950s, France

GOWN: Nigerian men‚ gown with embroidered motifs, 1930s

TROUSER: Scottish tartan trousers, classic, 1950s

SHOES: Classic velvet slippers with embroidered skull insignia 2001, England, United Kingdom

BICYCLE: Vintage Schwinn bicycle circa 1954, United States

SCARF: Men silk scarf with fringe, United States, 1940s

CUFFLINKS: Tourmaline Cabochon cufflinks in 9ct yellow gold, 2007 England, United Kingdom

CHAIR: Antique chair, origin and date unknown

CARPET: Antique Shiraz rug, Persia/Iran, 1900s 

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #7, 2013

Pigment on Satin Paper

54 x 36.11 in / 137.2 x 91.72 cm

Edition of 5, 3 AP

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HAIRSTYLE: Medussa/American Afro and West African inspired hairstyle

FLUTE: Indonesian flute, contemporary

HAT: Antique Top Hat, 1900s,United States and Desert hat Pin in ceramic with silver wire wrapping, vintage, circa 1930s

SHIRT: Contemporary/classic plaid shirt, 2005

NECKWEAR: Wool, red/black, green, blue plaid tie, Scotland, 1930s

JACKET: Contemporary plaid/ jacket, 2012 and a molded- glass-green cameo-stick pin, early 1900s, England

SHORTS: Contemporary plaid shorts, 2011; belt and wool pom-pom, 2012

SOCKS: Italian football/soccer socks, 1990s

SHOES: White Golf-style shoes, Italy, contemporary/classic, 1998

SHOE HORN: Antique bone/wood shoe-horn, late 1890s

VIOLIN: Violin (contemporary reproduction, circa 1990s)

CHAIR: Empire style-French-chair 1800/1815 (reproduction)

CARPET: Antique carpet, origin and date unknown

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #5, 2013

Pigment on satin paper

54 x 36.1 in / 137.2 x 91.7 cm

Edition of 3, 3 AP

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HAT: Miniature fedora, 1920s

WIG: Macaroni wig, England 1850s

CANE: Zulu (South Africa) fighting stick, 1950s

JACKET: Norfolk jacket 1859/1860 to present

BROOCH: Miniature blue/silver vintage brooch of Philadelphia policeman, circa 1940s

SHIRT: French-cuff, two-tone white & blue collar shirt, 2009

SPATS: Canvas boot spats, WWI, 1900s

SHOES: Dress shoes, 1970s

TROUSERS: Yoruba, Nigeria, 1940s

CHAIR: Antique chair, origin unknown

FLOWER: Gladiolus

TABLE: Vintage side-table, origin unknown

CARPET: Antique Blue Gabbeh rug, circa 1900s/1930s, Persian/Iran

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #4, 2010

Pigment on Satin Paper

40 x 36 in / 101.6 x 91.4 cm

Edition of 3, 3 AP

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HAT: A boater with flowers for Fourth of June, (inspired by the traditional Eton/ Oxford College boat-race celebration for Queen and Country, started in 1829, held annually since 1856)

COAT: Green Afghanistan traditional coat American Boy Scout shirt 17th/18th century men‚ neckwear, cummer- bund, vintage, Anglo-American

BREECHES: Early 1990s Matsuda/ Japanese-designed tweed-knee breeches

SOCKS: Italian football/soccer socks, 1960s to present

BOOTS: Brown boots by Trickers

BUGLE: Antique American Boy Scout Brass Bugle

IKÉ UDÉ

Sartorial Anarchy #2, 2010

Pigment on Satin Paper

40 x 36 in / 101.6 x 91.4 cm

Edition of 3, 3 AP

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HAT: Ottoman era inspired onion-hat made with West African fabric

SHIRT: Oversized shirt collar worn over regular shirt

CAPE: Hooded cape with slit-armhole

BOW-TIE: Bow-tie used as brooch

FLOWER: A rose

GLASS: Large cognac/brandy snifter, Blenko/Pilgrim, mid-century/1950s, United States 

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Leila Heller is pleased to announce Style and Sympathies, an exhibition of photographs by Nigerian bornNew  Yorker Iké Udé, on view at Leila Heller Gallery, located at 568 West 25th Street, from October 10th to November 9th.

 

Style and Sympathies includes a selection of self-portraits from Udé’s critically acclaimed Sartorial Anarchy series and, for the first time, the series will be broadly continued and presented. Udé’s distinctive portraits, which poeticize colors, sumptuous fabrics, and composition, transcend the traditional aesthetic of portraiture by adopting a post-modern twist. The portraits show a highly stylized world of color and improvisational virtuosity, in which the artist employs men’s fashion ensembles that have been culled from various historical times and geographies.

 

At once a reference to and departure from Dandyism, Udé's Sartorial Anarchy series is essentially post-dandyism in its conceptual use of fashion/costume as an index of culture. Udé has been engaged with this body of work since 2010, when the first photographs of this series were presented in the exhibition, The Global Africa Project, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York. Most recently, Udé has continued his Sartorial Anarchy series for the exhibition Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum.

 

 

About Iké Udé

 

With his ongoing photographic self‐portraits, Sartorial Anarchy, wherein he is dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman and fashion/art. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé gives the aspects of performance and representation a new vitality, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personae with his art. Like Andy Warhol, Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE and styl blog, theCHIC INDEX. His work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and in many private collections; exhibited in solo and group exhibitions; reviewed in Art in America, New Yorker, Art Daily, L'UOMO VogueFlash Art, and the New York Times. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Vanity Fair included him on their International Best Dress List, in 2009 and in 2012. He lives and works in New York City.