CULTURE

Jean-Claude Jitrois Marks Kerry James Marshall Opening with Typically French Savoir Faire

The French designer was painted by performance artist Jessica Gorlicky as part of a series of events to mark the opening the Met Breuer’s latest exhibit.


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“I have to go change,” designer Jean-Claude Jitrois announced, right before his Madison Avenue shop kicked off festivities Tuesday night to mark the opening of the Met Breuer’s new “Mastry” exhibit by painter and sculptor Kerry James Marshall. Jitrois shot a secretive smile to his confused guests, who couldn’t imagine why he would need to change. The designer, after all, was clad head-to-toe in skin-tight leather, for which his brand is well-known.

It turned out that Jitrois was having a true art-meets-fashion moment at the shop, thanks to the Canadian painter and performance artist Jessica Gorlicky. Gorlicky did a performance piece, and then proceeded to paint Jitrois. She painted his likeness on canvas, and then turned her paintbrush to the designer himself, much to the delight of customers and other artists in the crowd, like the activist and director Sonia Nasssery Cole and Amir Baradaran.

It was a fun night in New York for the Frenchman, who counts the Madison Avenue shop as his U.S. flagship, outside of Aspen. “It feels like it is booming,” said the designer of New York, just as his leather-clad denizens filtered out into the brisk evening, off to visit neighboring stores, like Djula – which officially launched their fall jewelry collection – Aquatalia, and Gianvito Rossi.

A Retrospective of Kerry James Marshall’s Paintings of Black History

Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled (Studio),” 2014.

Kerry James Marshall/The Metropolitan Museum of Art Purchase, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Gift, Acquisitions Fund and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Gift, 2015

Kerry James Marshall’s “De Style,” 1993.

Kerry James Marshall/Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Kerry James Marshall’s “Many Mansions,” 1994.

Kerry James Marshall/The Art Institute of Chicago, Max V. Kohnstamm Fund, 1995.147

Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled,” 2009.

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Kerry James Marshall’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self,” 1980.

© Kerry James Marshall. Photo: Matthew Fried, © MCA Chicago.

Kerry James Marshall’s “Voyager,” 1992.

© Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall’s “Many Mansions,” 1994.

© Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall’s “Vignette,” 2003.

© Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled,” 2008.

© Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall’s “School of Beauty, School of Culture,” 2012

© Kerry James Marshall. Photo: Sean Pathasema

Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled (Vignette),” 2012.

© Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall’s “Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of his Master,” 2011.

© Kerry James Marshall. Photo: Bruce White.
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A Retrospective of Kerry James Marshall’s Paintings of Black History