Kicks on The Fop!

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Critic Wilhelm Kicks

and Anonymous on

“The Fop!”

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The following conversation between art critic Wilhelm Kicks and an anonymous bystander took place at the opening reception of the exhibition, Struttin’, at the Peg Alston Fine Arts Gallery on June 13th 2013. Kicks opinions on Barboza’s art piece “ ’The Fop!’: a Character Portrait of Draco Adollphus B” were recorded by a junior member of our staff, and transcribed here by D.Alamander78 of the staff at DracoB.com.

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Critic Wilhelm Kicks discussing Danica Barboza, Draco B, The Fop, lifesize sculpture, Peg Alston Gallery, '' Struttin' '' Exhibition, 2a

“The Fop! A Character Portrait of Draco Adollphus B”:

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WK:     …What’s surprising about the work  [referring to “The Fop!”] for me, is it’s title. It’s both literal as well as satirical. You could say it’s literally a portrait of  ‘a Fop,’ perhaps ‘a Dandy’…

   he’s clothed in this [Kicks gesturing to artwork] vibrant, elaborate, barrage of high-fashion magazine elements,

in this barrage-of-color… 

And yet there is an element of the satirical    —The seriousness…   the-sobriety-of-his-expression opposes all the qualities that seem to make him a  ‘a Fop’!

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Anonymous Bystander:     So is he actually ‘a Fop’?

[Bystander laughing casually] I mean do you see him as an accurate representation of one?

[both Kicks and Bystander laughing briefly]

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WK:     [Kicks laughing] Well… I don’t claim to be an expert on foppery… [Sipping wine] but, here is where it gets interesting (for me at least)   —because we (the viewers) have no way of knowing whether the figure is in fact ‘a Fop’ of is he has been branded as one.

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Anonymous Bystander:     It’s an enigma   [Bystander suggests]

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WK:     [Kicks casually nodding in agreement]   It’s an enigma.

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Anonymous Bystander:     What I find strange is that the face,

out of all the portraits I’ve seen her [referring to the artist Danica Barboza] do of Draco, look so…

I mean, I have NEVER seen her sculpt his face to look that much like              ___[Name Omitted]__! I mean the body, the broad shoulders, I suppose that all feels like Draco, looks like… Draco B,

but the face, it looks EXACTLY like a portrait of ___[Name Omitted]__ !! It’s as though she is suddenly showing off the fact that— [Kicks interrupting]

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WK:     So you think that this her [Danica Barboza’s] way of blatantly implying that ___[Name Omitted]__ is in fact Draco’s actual father ?

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Anonymous Bystander:     [silent]    [frowning at artwork]

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WK:     [longer pause]

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Anonymous Bystander:     You know? … [pause] I just don’t know.

I mean it’s been a rumor for SO long. It could almost be—[Kicks interrupting]

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WK:      Another layer of satire?

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Anonymous Bystander:      [nods thoughtfully looking at artwork] Yes… but that’s almost not the word for it…

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WK:     Interesting…

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Anonymous Bystander:     [Silent]   [looking at work]

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WK:     — I mean, because, it could actually be more of a metaphor— I suppose.

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Anonymous Bystander:      How so?

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WK:      Well it leads one to question… even if Draco is supposedly posing as this character, as “The” Fop. Who is he really masquerading as? [pause]

Who really is “The Fop”?

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a scketch of the Fop, the life size sculpture by Danica Barboza, 2

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The Gordon Parks: 100 Exibition

The Barbozas at the Artists Opening of
The “Gordon Parks: 100″ Exhibition at the Schomburg in New York City

Claire Yaffa, Leticia Barboza, Anthony Babroza, Danica Babroza,  photo by clair Yaffa at Gordon Parks 100 Shomburg

(From left to Right) Leticia Barboza, Anthony Barboza and Danica Barboza at the Schomburg 2012. The photo above was taken by Photographer Clair Yaffa.

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Bellow are Portraits of Gordon Parks taken by Anthony Barboza, along with images of the two photographers together (which displayed in the Exhibition “Gordon Parks: 100″)

Showing at the Schomburg 2012, Anthony Barboza and Gordon Parks  1991 b

Showing at the Schomburg 2012, Anthony Barboza and Gordon Parks  1991

Showing at the Schomburg 2012, Anthony Barboza and Gordon Parks  1991 c

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“Gordon Parks: 100″ has exhibited at The Schomburg, The ICP The Weinstein Gallery, and The NY State Museum

 About the Exhibition

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As Tiffany Hagler-Geard of  Abc News writes:
“Nov. 30, 2012, marks the 100th birthday of the late legendary photographer Gordon Parks.
Remembered for his Life magazine photo essays, Parks was also a filmmaker, composer and writer. He was the first African-American to work at Life magazine and the first to write, direct and score a Hollywood film, with “Shaft” in 1971.  The International Center of Photography in New York City is honoring Gordon Parks this year in an art-project installation piece, “Gordon Parks: 100,” up until Jan. 6.”
ABC New’s article: “Celebrating the Life of Photographer Gordon Parks” Nov. 30, 2012 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/celebrating-the-life-of-photographer-gordon-parks/

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More Photos and Coverage of the

“Gordon Parks: 100″

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.Weinstein Gallery, Gordon Parks 100

“. . . Gordon Parks: At 100, an exhibition of over 40 important photographs by the internationally acclaimed artist, Gordon Parks.

A preeminent photographer, poet, novelist, composer and filmmaker, Parks was one of the most prolific and diverse American artists of the 20th century. His photographs span from the social commentary of “American Gothic,” to Paris high fashion for Vogue. Parks’ photos chronicled the Civil rights movement in Life Magazine [ . . . ] As a filmmaker he was the first African American man to direct a major Hollywood production with the poignant memoir of his youth, “The Learning Tree,” and he broke new ground with a hip and provocative African American hero in “Shaft,” a movie that continues to be a pop culture classic.

For its initial exhibition of Parks’ work, Weinstein Gallery has selected images that reflect the photographer’s cross-cultural, poetic, and humanistic vision. This exhibition of more than 40 photographs encompasses Parks’ photographic evolution from rural Kansas and early years in St. Paul to his decades of work as a Life Magazine photographer . . .”

The Weinstein Gallery

http://www.weinstein-gallery.com/exhibits.php?eid=36

–          DNAinfo NY pictures

DNA info driector Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Gordon Parks 100

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg,

Speaking at the opening of the “Gordon Parks: 100″

Schomburg New York, Gordon Parks DNA info New York

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DNAinfo New York http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120712/central-harlem/gordon-parks-photos-featured-centennial-exhibit/slideshow/popup/209874

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Media Coverage and More:

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  •           The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324705104578149403625003338.html#slide/1

The Wall Street Journal, on the Gordon Parks 100 Exhibition

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  •  The Gordon Parks Foundation

http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/archive/

The Gordon Park Foundation, Gordon Parks 100

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  •  Times Union

http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/On-exhibit-Gordon-Parks-100-Moments-at-the-4217242.php#page-2

Times Union, on the Gordon Parks 100 ExhibitionTimes Union , on the Gordon Parks 100 Exhibition b………

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  •          The International Center of Photography

http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/gordon-parks-100-years

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ICP Gallery, Gordon Parks

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LIFE Magazine on Gordon Parks,

featuring the words of his friend Barbra Baker Burrows

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  •           LIFE Magazine

A Fierce and Tender Eye: Gordon Parks on Poverty’s Dire Toll

Read more: http://life.time.com/history/gordon-parks-classic-photo-essay-flavio/#ixzz2PDaCBfmD

Life magazine coverage of the Gordon Parks 100Life magazine coverage of the Gordon Parks 100 b

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