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Lil Bucks & His Jookin' Center Stage At Aspen & WSJ Innovators Awards

Author Sarah Lewis speaks with dancer Lil Buck

None other than Madonna showed up at WSJ’s Innovator Awards Wednesday night, held at MOMA in New York. Eminem lauded Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for their years of Entrepreneurship including Beats, which was sold to Apple for 3 billion. Jennifer Connelly presented a Fashion award to Nicolas Ghesquiere, and then the material girl took the stage to honor dancer Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley in the Performing Arts category.Other honorees included Sou Fujimoto in Architecture; Kara Walker in Art; René Redzepi in Food; and Reshma Saujani in Technology.

Lil Buck is paired with model Joan Smalls in Daniel Jackson’s editorial for WSJ Magazine. George Cortina styles the duo in long and lean, mostly black elegance. See entire editorial.

Madonna & Lil Buck

“You are as fearless as you are talented,” Madonna said in her introduction of Lil Buck. “You are more than a dancer. You are a poet.” Calling her comments ‘delightfully unhinged’, New York Magazine continued saying “Buck shows up uninvited at my house for dinner all the time” before praising his tenacity, grace and talent.

LA-based Lil Buck received his Innovators award and then performed his now famous ‘The Dying Swan’ in a style of street dance called jookin’. Lil Buck met Madonna in 2011, dancing in her Super Bowl half time show after winning ‘Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition’. He then joined her MDNA Tour as one of 22 dancers.

Lil Buck Swan at Vail International Dance Festival


Nick Gentry's Repurposed Film Negatives Create New Identities In 'Synthetic Dreams'

British artist Nick Gentry exhibits a new series of portraits titled ‘Synthetic Dreams’ at Miami’s Robert Fontaine Gallery from Nov 8-Nov 26, 2014. In his latest works, Gentry showcases a series of collage paintings 35 mm film negatives and X-rays on glass.

A graduate of the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, Gentry’s techniques represent a reversal of traditional portraiture. The artist takes a deep dive into identity with repurposed technology such as floppy discs or — in the case of ‘Synthetic Dreams’ film negatives — Gentry uses these outdated technology artifacts to speak to the collective nature of identity.

Gentry questions the fundamental relationship of the “human being” to both the created world and what we call reality. The space which art identifies becomes places where new behaviors, thoughts and feelings can arise. via


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Chiharu Okunugi In 'Forbidden Colors' By Barnaby Roper For

In the world of dance few names resonate as deeply as Kazuo Ohno; the founder of Butoh revolutionized dance in and out of Japan by pushing artistic boundaries throughout his expansive career. With his precise movements and dramatic full-body makeup, Ohno’s distinctive visual signatures have also been a source of inspiration within the world of fashion. Image maker Barnaby Roper looks to Ohno in this inventive original beauty story for starring Chiharu Okunugi. With makeup artist Mariel Barrera, hair stylist Esther Langham and stylist Keegan Singh recreating Ohno’s stark look as Chiharu poses up a storm, the inventive story truly captures the spirit and feel of one of the true masters of movement.

Butoh - Piercing the Mask Documentary


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