Anyone interested in seeing objects once belonging to deceased soul singer James Brown should check out WORK, a new show by New York based visual artist Tom Sachs, presently on view at Sperone-Westwater in the Bowery, NYC through December.
Sachs WORK is a solo exhibition featuring many things: sculptures referencing NASA, and hundreds of memorabilia and artifacts belonging to the Godfather of Soul arranged in interesting ways. We're talking things like: hair products, letters, lyrics, passports and a hair dryer.
Sachs bought Brown's things at auction and said, in the new issue of Arena Homme+ that Brown is an inspiration of his.
"His soul music inspires me to work. So when all these pieces came up at auction I bought them because I thought the nefarious dealers at Christie's were really trying to capitalize on James Brown's infamy which dominated the end of his career, for the last 20 years of his career. Ever since Eddie Murphy did his hilarious impersonation of him Saturday Night Live, It's been all bout his infamy, his trouble with the law, drugs."
Above: James Brown Hair Products, 2009; mixed media.
November 4-December 7-2011