The Genteel
February 27, 2021


Greenpeace has released a series of images to highlight what it calls the toxic truth behind the glamour of the fashion industry. Source:

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.

An exhibit at Shit London.


NEW YORK - Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. Now Dig This? chronicles the vital legacy of the African American arts community in Los Angeles, examining a pioneering group of black artists whose work and connections with other artists of varied ethnic backgrounds helped shape the creative output of Southern California. The exhibition presents approximately 140 works by 32 artists active during this period, exploring the rising strength of the black community in Los Angeles as well as the increasing political, social, and economic power of African Americans across the nation. MoMA PS1 (until March 11, 2013).

LONDON - Shit London. An exhibition of street photography celebrating the best and worst signage, views and buildings from across London.
 KK Outlet (until December 22).

PARIS - Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700-1915. This exhibition reflects key movements in fashion during eighteenth-century Europe to the dawn of the twentieth century, with over 100 male and female fully-accessorised silhouettes. Les Arts Décoratifs
 (December 13, 2012-April 14, 2013).


Wagner and Me. Stephen Fry is one of Britain's best loved performers - a multi-talented actor, presenter and writer. He played the title role in the Hollywood movie Wilde, presents the cult quiz-show QI, and makes regular appearances in the hit US drama Bones. He is a lifelong fan of the music of Richard Wagner - the world's most controversial composer. But Stephen is also Jewish and, as he is acutely aware, the intensity of his enthusiasm for the composer was matched - or even surpassed - by that of Hitler. In this film Stephen makes a journey to explore his fascination for Wagner and confront his troubled legacy. Can he disentangle the music he loves from its poisonous links with Hitler? (Released today.)



Guardian - "Greenpeace has released a series of images to highlight what it calls the toxic truth behind the glamour of the fashion industry. Shot on location in the heart of China's textile industry, on the the bank of Qiantang River, in Xiaoshan district, Hangzhou, the images show the scale of the toxic water pollution that currently occurs in order to supply a global market."

New York Times - The Rolling Stones, who are celebrating their 50th year, have enjoyed an improbable half-century run as style avatars, stretching from the Mad Men era to Mad Men reruns.

Andrew Adebowale traces the fashion of The Stones: "From the Brian Jones "Prince Valiant" furs and velvet look onto the Jumpin' Jack Flash era of ringmaster hats, flag capes and revealing jumpsuits of the late-1960s, the Stones have provided many iconic fashion moments."

Financial Times - Sir Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur, is close to selling a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to a US private equity investor, in a move that could value the two jewels in the crown of his Arcadia retail empire at about £1bn. 

GOOD - Learning by design: it's not what you know, but how you think.

Complex Magazine picks its 25 biggest art moments of 2012.



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