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2009 June 25

Art From the Masses

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A Bergdorf Goodman window featuring work from the permanent collection of the American Visionary Art Museum A Bergdorf Goodman window featuring work from the permanent collection of the American Visionary Art Museum
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(NEW YORK) At last night's launch of Jennifer Creel for Modo sunglasses, guests at Bergdorf Goodman found themselves a bit distracted by a certain Fifi the Poodle, a giant pup sculpture by Theresa Segreti that is now installed right between the Goyard and Prada rooms on the ground floor. "It's a Jim Moore thing," explained Linda Fargo of the retail mecca's partnership with the American Visionary Art Museum. Gold, a close friend of one of the institution's trustees, sent his visual team to on a research trip to the Baltimore museum, and now, a selection of works from the permanent collection apper in 11 Bergdorf Goodman windows. As in Fifi's case, some art even made it onto the sales floor in display cases and installations.

Over 50 works will be displayed. What makes them especially interesting? All were created by non-professional artists. The works represent the creative genius hidden inside a doctor, a farmer and other tradespeople. Andrew Logan's sculpture of Divine (a local icon beloved by John Waters fans and beyond) apper alongside whirigigs by Vollis Simpson, an artist based in North Carolina. Curators from the museum travelled there to procure additional pieces for the Bergdorf display. They also visited Clyde Jones in the small town of Bynum, North Carolina to source more of his "critters," which are said to appear on most of the walls in town. "These pieces are truly unusual," Fargo summed up us last night. No wonder Bill Cunningham had his camera at the ready.
ASHLEY BAKER




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