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Since 2005, the year when designer Helmut Lang left his namesake label, the New York-based Austrian has been making a name for himself as a contemporary artist. His first solo show was in 2008 in Germany, and last summer, Lang caught the attention of many across the fashion/art divide with a show entitled “Make it Hard,” in which he created sculptures from thousands of shredded Helmut Lang archival garments.

His latest exhibition, “Helmut Lang: Sculptures,” will be on view next week in New York to coincide with Frieze art fair, the hotly-anticipated inaugural New York edition of the London art fair.

The exhibition, which features 20 new sculptures, is co-curated by Mark Fletcher and Neville Wakefield. While the theme of deconstruction is again present in “Sculptures,” this time Lang left the garments out of it, and instead made use of found objects, like plaster, rubber and foam.

The totem-like sculptures will be on view at 24 Washington Square North, in Washington Square Park, from May 5 through June 15.

In other art and fashion news, Kehinde Wiley, the painter best known for his outsized canvases of African American men posed against Baroque backdrops, has collaborated with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.

The exhibition entitled “An Economy of Grace” will be the first time the artist has depicted women in his work, and what better way to approach the fairer sex, than with custom-designed gowns by Tisci.


The paintings will be on view at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York beginning on May 5, and a documentary about the making of the series by filmmaker Jeff Dupre will be released later this year.

And last, (for the moment, anyway), designer Lisa Perry has collaborated with Jeff Koons on a series of dresses emblazoned with some of the Pop superstar’s most iconic works.

The collection includes dresses, T-shirts, jackets, accessories and jewelry and is available at the Lisa Perry boutique on Madison Avenue, as well as online. A portion of the proceeds from the first week of collection sales will support the Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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