Rufus in the raw

Posted on 21 Sep 2006 at 3:21pm

Wainwright bares all for Marc Jacobs



SKIN IS IN: The Rufus-Jacobs shirt sells for $20.

If you have any friends in the Big Apple who’ll run an errand for you, you might want to give them a call. Gay designer Marc Jacobs got a gaggle of celebs to pose nude for a new T-shirt line. It’s all part of a preventative skin-cancer campaign called “Protect The Skin You’re In.”

The naked and famous include Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Selma Blair, Winona Ryder, Julianne Moore, Rufus Wainwright and Jacobs.

Considered the most influential designer in New York, Jacobs is one of Wainwright’s most devoted listeners. While creating in his studio, Rufus’ music is almost always playing in the background. And for Wainwright’s recent restaging of the legendary 1961 “Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall” concert, Jacobs designed the commemorative concert T-shirt.

And now Rufus has returned the favor, posing nude on the front, and bare-assed for the rear of the T-shirt. Each celebrity was assigned an individual color: Rufus’ is sky blue.

The shirts, $20 each, are only sold at Jacobs stores. And they’re apparently flying off the shelves.

Marc Jacobs, 403 Bleecker Street. New York. 212-924-0026.



WILCOX AT WHISTLER

Five new paintings by local gay artist John Wilcox hang at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Deep Ellum. Wilcox pairs bold colors and contrasts with subtle surfaces and imagery, like “Fountain” (2005-06). Wilcox creates these acrylic-on-canvas works by applying multiple layers of paint while sanding each layer and scraping elliptical shapes. With his reoccurring elliptical shapes, Wilcox strikes a delicate balance between luminous surface and the hand-drawn line.

Through Oct. 14. at the Barry Whistler Gallery, 2909-B Canton St. Wednesday – Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 214-939-0242. BarryWhistlerGallery.com.

KINCAID AT MAC

A retrospective of local gay artist Ted Kincaid hangs in the main gallery at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Kincaid’s surreal works of orbs, clusters and clouds, blend photography, minimalism and trippy imagination.

Through Oct. 13 at the MAC, 3120 McKinney Ave. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 214-953-1622.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, September 22, 2006.

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