Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #6’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAT: Boater (contemporary/classic) with rose flower, 2005
FAN: Oversized Chinese fan, (contemporary/classic), 2007 SUIT: Seersucker suit, (contemporary/classic),
20th century
NECKWEAR: Black continental bow-tie, circa1950s,
circa 1950s
SHIRT: Contemporary shirt, 2012
FABRIC: Early 20th century Ashanti/Ghana fabric, worn in the manner of the Ashanti Royal court
SHOES: Contemporary shoes, 2012
CANE: Leaf pattern English antique silver-finished walking stick, circa 19th century
CARPET: Antique Tabriz rug, early 20th century, Persia/Iran

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