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NYC: The Sprouse Retrospective at the Deitch Gallery on Wooster Street January 24, 2009


By Katya Moorman of StyleDefined

Suffering from mid-winter blahs and recession blues? Then the Stephen Sprouse retrospective at Deitch Projects might bring some much needed color into your life. Deitch, in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, provides an energetic and immersive environment that provides a brilliant introduction to this iconoclast.

Sprouse was famous in the downtown nightlife of the early eighties and hung out with the likes of Keith Haring and Debbie Harry. Before the explosion of hip-hop, Sprouse was on the tip of mixing street culture and high fashion: day-glo colors, graffiti and Warholian style screenprints. This exhibition is a fantastic overview of his work. In addition to his clothes the exhibit features Sprouse’s artwork and videos from the period. It is fun, fresh, and funky and seeing it made me ridiculously happy and hopeful that great creativity can happen in times of economic uncertainty. Go before it closes on 2/28