Unparalleled object periodical THE THING Quarterly recently released their twenty-second edition, and it’s a doozy: a new work by American treasure John Baldessari. Like all of THE THING's things, it's meant to be used — two standard sized pillowcases silkscreened with a film still from Baldessari’s collection, a mise en abyme of a tranquil, anonymous woman clutching a pillow.
We chatted with Paige Powell outside of Stumptown at Ace New York one morning this week. Paige is a pillar of the New York art world, was a confidante of Andy Warhol, and is one of the gentlest and funnest people around, and a fashion icon. She’s an old friend with fantastic fashion sense and she had this incredible, day glow jacket on, not to mention everything else…
Tell me about your fantastic coat.
The smurf blue day glow coat is by Stephen Sprouse and underneath a micro-mini skirt in the same color and fabric. Stephen’s clothes are so sexy, timeless and charged with energy. I think he made that ensemble in 1989. My boots (not in the picture) are from the beautiful Isabel Toledo’s vegan line for Payless Shoes. I’m also wearing matte, metallic red titanium sunglasses by Christoph Broich. But my main staple is Amy Sacks Eyewear — their world headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. The earrings, by the way, are ruby red Ted Muehling drops.
Where were you on your way to when this was taken?
En route by foot to the Chelsea Hotel to visit friends then Baldessari exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.
Stumptown is a little outpost of Portland (where we both call home) in NYC —- do you stop there when you’re in town?
I’m so ecstatic that Stumptown is in New York City — it’s the only place in all of New York to get the best coffee served by the cutest and fashionably coolest baristas. Oh, can I also mention how terrific Ace doorman Mike is?
John Baldessari’s traveling retrospective, PURE BEAUTY, is up at the Met through January 9. He’s been a pioneering force in conceptual art and a tumultuous flame within artistic politics for nearly 60 years. His work is as fun as it is epic. Go check it out if you’re in NYC, and see an article about the show in The Economist.