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FASHION FORWARD: Celebrity Stylist Renaldo Nehemiah [@Renaldonehemiah]

Posted in Art, Design, Fashion, New Product on August 14, 2010 by multitudenyc

RENALDO NEHEMIAH (RenaldoNehemiah.Com)— Hailed as one of the top fashion stylists in the industry.From His success to his love for fashion. Renaldo’s clients range from industry elites such as Ludacris, to mainstream entertainers who include Chingy, Yelawolf, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild, Jagged Edge, Cheri Dennis, Tisha Campbel-Martin, Tasha Smith, the DTP Family, and Eva Pigford– to name a few.

His credentials are supported by an array of exclusive fashion events like the Music Fuse and Fashion show which took place in August of 2006 in Atlanta– where he created some of the hottest looks for Vibe Magazine, Macy’s, and The UPN network. His works have graced the pages of Vibe Magazine (December 2006 issue) and have been featured in chart topping videos such as the remix of DJ Khaled’s “I’m so Hood”. Nehemiah has been blessed to work behind the scenes for what’s known as “The Industries Best Dressed Label” -The GOODMUSIC/ HUSTLE Management Team where some of the most creative, trendsetting artists such as Kanye West have called home. Renaldo Nehemiah will soon become a household name within the entertainment and fashion industry as the demand for fresh and innovative stylists grows. Nehemiah says that he’s “not just a stylist but also the future of industry executives”-and with such an already impressive track record, you can not doubt him. So if you feel the need to get that fresh, new, exclusive look from head to toe, Renaldo Nehemiah is your go to guy.

Renaldo Nehemiah also Co-Hosts the new raw radio-show “N Da Crib” alongside his comrade  Cristal The Great–delivering dynamic discussions, exclusive interviews, special and surprise guests, as well as the latest in news and pop culture.

#TuneIn Mon-Thurs 6pm ET (Atlanta)

#PEEP Pieces of his Portfolio:


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Camera Ready: Snapshots–Marc Cartwright Photography @mcphotog

Posted in Art, Design, New Product on August 14, 2010 by multitudenyc


Los Angeles based photo-phenomena Marc Cartwright has creatively captured a catalog of top-tier celebrities– crafting stunning settings which propel his picture taking talents to new dimensions. Exercising a keen and abstract eye for both elegant and rugged stills separates Cartwright from his collective counterparts placing a unique and unmatched quality to his artistic works.

#PEEP pieces of Marc’s Portfolio:



Get Lifted: Bobby Bonaparte & Skate Lift [Montage Included]

Posted in Art, Design, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

Many often question the pure passion of young degree-earning scholars exiting top tier institutions to fearlessly pursue a dream that boldly cuts away from corporate careers and manuevers far beyond most expected elevations–However, as each moment is a privilege and we each are granted only one life to chase our visions– the hustle is always now or never.

For Northwest born and Cali-crafted Street Skater/Entrepreneur Bobby Bonaparte— a distinguished Liberal Arts Degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles provides an incredibly reliable grounding to land firm upon in the unlikely case his steady grind falls from the highlife–though those odds are less than likely.

Beginning in the early years of Bobby’s college career, he followed his artistic talents and launched SkateLift Clothing (which he independently designed & printed from home)  ignited a later inspiration to unite a gifted collective of local scaters and establish the SKATE LIFT–his growing group of trick-heavy skatekids who can be seen skying over steep staircases and park benches throughout Sunny Southern California.

#PEEP The SkateLift Team Montage:



Kingdom Come: Kanye West–POWER [Video]

Posted in Art, Design, Music, New Product, Video on August 6, 2010 by multitudenyc

#PEEP Kanye West’s much anticipated video for his first single POWER:

Description (Via SPEAKEASY):

In Kanye West’s new video “Power,” directed by artist Marco Brambilla, the rapper aims to make an artwork come to life. “It’s not a video .. It’s a moving Painting!!!” Kanye tweeted about an hour ago.

The clip begins with an up-close shot of Kanye West and pans out to reveal a neoclassical living portrait of the rapper surrounded by supernatural figures from various historical eras, including horned women, winged women and dudes with swords. The clip has the feel of a slow-motion Roman orgy, with West being the Caesar at the center. And then, 90 seconds into the song, that’s it. Painting gone. You have to hope there will be an extended version to see soon.

Brambilla is an Italian-born Canadian artist who received wide acclaim for his 2009 video installation “Civilization.” (He also incongruously directed the 1993 action movie “Demolition Man” starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. I guess an artist has to eat.) A major retrospective of Brambilla’s work is scheduled for display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2011.

West has worked with other top-tier visual artists in the past, including Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who designed the artwork for his album “Graduation.”

The new video reportedly drew on Michelangelo’s frescos for inspiration. But surely if the painter of the Sistine Chapel had done this music video, it would have been much longer.



New York Sidi: The Work of NY Streetpainter Sidi Abdul

Posted in Art, Design, New Product on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

Pastels & Skateboards– Kickflips and Canvases: The minimum requirements for passion-inspired traveling talents to pave way into a vast and eclectic New York City street art scene–whether bombing blocks as you push past the brownstones or marking murals in high-wall neigborhoods–the artistic environment for young painters emits a vibrant energy and welcoming spirit.

For gifted street painter Sidi Abdul the grind doesn’t end once the wheels stand still–Art is a Way of Life. Creative craftsmen by nature, ambition and trade, his works surface well throughout the city presenting bright-colored portraits of elegance and shape which beautifully blend shades of joyous and exciting colors to create a scattered collective of human emotions.

#PEEP some of his works below:

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Fire Starter: Jean Michel-Basquiat–The Radiant Child [2010 Sundance Film Festival Selection]

Posted in Art, Fashion, Politics, Video on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

Jean-Michael Basquiat— A tireless revolutionary wrapped in the beauty, pitfalls, and splendor of a continuous uphill battle with self, society, and the painful truths entangled in his storytelling. Once an anynymous New York street painter whose political prose took form in passionate pastel colors and paintings that placed power on the bodies of buildings across the five burroughs–Basquiat blazed a trail of colorful questions, created to challenge the status quo and expand the creative and cultural lens to see beyond the blasphemy this nation’s inheritance have performed toward the God of it’s world–LOVE.  Love is the root of Power. And the young genius guided the mortal masses on a powerful pictoral journey that now lasts an eternity–making heaven his canvas in a fight to paint the perfect picture of his life on Earth.  

“I start a picture, then I finish it. I don’t think about art whie I work. I try to think about Life”Basquiat

As his career spanned only a short decade, the Hispanic-African American artist ranks rightfully among the best artists of his generation. Subway walls, galleries, and city streets were all witness to the work of a magnificent talent. Known for his expressionist art–notably including text in his pieces–Basquiat often brought an Avant Garde approach to a collection of classical painters, including the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

Born in Brooklyn New York in 1960, he fell victim to an untimely death from a heroine overdose on August 12, 1988.

He was 27 years old.

#PEEP The Details for his Docu-Film entitled The Radiant Child running at the Film Forum in the West Village:

(Via Film Forum NY):

“Lively and touching… A thoroughly engaging film about an inimitable New York painter.”
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Tamra Davis creates a dazzling sense of the ‘80s New York art scene.”
– Caryn James, Newsweek

“Haunting! A moving meditation of a life cut short at 27.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Tamra Davis has surpassed the art world’s expectations with THE RADIANT CHILD, the newly definitive Basquiat documentary, which superbly sets out the life and times of Jean-Michel Basquiat with never-seen-before first-hand footage of the artist; source and anecdotal interviews and quotes from almost every player in the 1980’s art scene in New York. Davis has her own masterpiece of which to be proud.”
– Elliot V. Kotek, Moving Pictures Magazine

The meteoric rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat, born 1960 In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

General Admission: $12




Work Of Art: The Last Decade–Andy Warhol Exhibit [Brooklyn Museum]

Posted in Art, Design, New Product, Politics on August 5, 2010 by multitudenyc

Brilliance— The passion, power and personality felt escaping the radiant hues and complex concepts collaged across the canvases paraded by Avant Garde-inspired artist Andy Warhol solidify statements of evolution, creative escape, subconscious questioning, and the truth that what is natural is spiritual–having the ability to transform into organic images of beauty while remaining an honest reflection of self, feeling, and perception.

A legacy of glamorized commercial success–crafting the artistry for many major advertising campaigns,  including his acclaimed Campbell’s Soup image–smoothly segwayed into an exploration of abstract art–Life-sized canvases aligned to portray various identities of one image to Basquiat accompanied political portraits layered in message and style–eventually inspiring Interview Magazine and his self-hosted television series. His influence to the intellectual understanding of artistry is among the greats and his brand carries a reveranced title of risk, reward, and revolution.

The Andy Warhol Exhibit entitled The Last Decade is running through September 12th at the Brooklyn Museum:

#PEEP the Description (via BKMUSEUM):

June 18–September 12, 2010

Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor 

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor 

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.

Warhol continued to expand upon his artistic and business ventures with commissioned portraits, print series, television productions, and fashion projects, but he also reengaged with painting. In the late 1970s, he developed a new interest in abstraction, first with his Oxidations and Shadows series and later with his Yarn, Rorschach, and Camouflage paintings. His return to the hand-painted image in the 1980s was inspired by collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring. The exhibition concludes with Warhol’s variations on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the largest series of his career. Together, these works provide an important framework for understanding Warhol’s late career by showing how he simultaneously incorporated the screened image and pursued a reinvention of painting.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition was curated by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art, Emerson College, Boston. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum. A catalogue published by Prestel accompanies this exhibition.

The Brooklyn presentation is supported by the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, Inc., and Fashion Concepts, Inc.

New York Observer logo is media sponsor.

#DOPE #CLASSIC #GENIUS  –@allthingsmitch