Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #12’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAIR: Stylized Ram horn inspired hairstyle
GLASSES: Contemporary/classic glasses, 2010 NECKWEAR: Men‚ Jabot white cotton organdy, 18th century and a Victorian red stickpin cravat
SUIT: Harlequin suit, 19th century (reproduction) JACKET: Tuxedo jacket, 1970s and an enameled-flowers- pin-brooch, 1960s
BELT: Contemporary/classic, 2000s
SOCKS: Argyle contemporary/classic socks, 2000 CHAIRS: Antique/vintage, origin unknown
MEDAL: 1898 Philadelphia Peace Jubilee medal CARPET: Antique Aubusson French rug, late 1800s

About Iké Udé

With his ongoing photographic self-portrait series “Sartorial Anarchy”, wherein he is dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman, and fashion/art. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé offers a new take on aspects of performance and representation, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personas with his art. “By mixing varied costumes in concert with the now and then,” he has said, “we begin to realize how arbitrary, subjective, fleeting, even absurd—no less wonderful—our ‘real’ cultural construct is.” Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE and style blog,theCHIC INDEX. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide, and Vanity Fair included him on their International Best Dressed List in 2009 and in 2012.

Nigerian, b. 1964, Lagos, Nigeria, based in New York, New York