Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #15’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

TURBAN: Blue taffeta turban in the classic Arab-Egyptian style
TIE: Vintage tie, circa 1970s
SHIRT: Classic French cuff shirt and blue-gold cufflinks, 1999 OUTERWEAR: 19th century, Chinese men’s floral gown TROUSERS: Golf trousers, England, 1970s
SOCKS: United States, 2009
SHOES: Classic/contemporary Arabian
shoes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012
TABLE: Antique table, origin unknown,
circa 1900s
TABLE ITEMS: Classic/contemporary blue Hookah, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, 2012
Alpaca hounds-tooth shawl, United States, 2010
Antique long-necked emerald vase, date and origin unknown
Bohemian ruby red and gold enamel vase
Vintage blue Wyeth eye wash-cup, United States, circa 1917 CARPET: Transitional oriental rug, vintage, circa 1950s

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