Fashionable painting

[...] Chock-full of references to art history and music, these works elicit pleasure partly because they force the viewer to reconsider the notion that fashion and design are somehow frivolous and stupid compared to more ‘serious’ disciplines – light rather than heavy, as Jean Baudrillard might say. To Reid, the two aren’t mutually exclusive; they’re dialectically dependent. A dress isn’t merely a dress, but something more. In the end, everything, from writing to revolution, comes down to looks. [...]

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