OK, so what exactly are we looking at here? What initially appears as a fairly standard-issue Virgin Mary desktop statue is revealed, on closer inspection, to be a mash up of the holy mother and a Malibu Barbie (check out the sunglasses propped casually on her head, for your first clue).
The statue, by UK-based artist Heath Kane, is based on a print entitled In Brands We Trust, originally created in June of 2016 in association with Jealous Gallery of London. The idea for the print was to create a mock idol by galvanizing a Malibu Barbie figure with the Virgin Mary.
Says Kane: In Brands We Trust is designed to look on the surface like a classic piece of pop art – juxtaposing Barbie’s face with an image of the Virgin Mary. But the light facade masks a deeper question about consumerism. Whereas Pop Art fetishized consumerism, In Brands We Trust challenges it. In March 2016 two people were shot and seriously injured in America when Nike released a new version of its Air Jordan 2 Retro shoes. In Brands We Trust ponders the question ‘have brands become our new religion?’ And if so are they encouraging division and extremism? Brands have such a profound impact on our daily lives it’s raises the question if religious faith can compete.
On Saturday March 9th, 2019, I was fortunate to attend the wildly-anticipated Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience; a one-day only celebration of Barbie’s life and legacy marking the occasion of her 60th Birthday, so to speak. The free event, which had non-ticket holders queuing up for a quarter mile along Broadway in SoHo, was set up like an interactive Barbie museum. As much as the push-and-shove of instagramming hoards hindered me from getting any really great photos of this very fun and memorable event, I came away with some choice photo documentation, such the photos you see here. No Barbie Pop Up would be complete without a lifesize recreation of her famous Dream House, and this one did not disappoint.
Not only are Barbie’s kitchen appliances a delightful shade of Shocking Pink, but, apparently, she eats pink food as well. Behold: the Pink Glitter Roasting Chicken hiding in her oven!
It’s great see Barbie Rocking the Pink at 60. You go, girl!
Today March 9th, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of the introduction of the world’s most famous fashion doll, known to us simply as Barbie. In honor of this lovely icon of pop culture, I dug up a set of photos I took earlier this year that I have dubbed the Golden Barbie Street Art Shrine, even thought it has less to do with Barbie than it does with the mission of NYC street artist Hispano Man (@hispanoman). Check out his Instagram for more art and information!
Golden Barbie Street Shrine was Spotted on Elizabeth Street Near the Corner of Prince Street in the Nolita Neighborhood of NYC!
Mattel launched the Barbie doll in 1959, but it was only in the late 1970s and 1980s that much of her wardrobe became a bright pink, known as “Barbie Pink.”Jeremy Scott of Moschino collaborated with Mattel on this Moschino Barbie (whose outfit is copied in fine detail from the pink leather ensemble seen below) that was available to purchase in the spring and summer of 2015.
Both the doll and the outfit above were photographed as part of the exhibit Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, on view at The Museum at FIT in NYC Through January 5th, 2019.
Being old enough to have watched the TV sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie in its first run, I certainly would have been overjoyed to have owned a Barbie Doll as cool as this one, based on the character played by the lovely Barbara Eden. Designed by Robert Best and release in November of 2010 (on Mattel’s Pink Label®!) the doll originally sold for $34.95. Not surprisingly, it is no longer available from Mattel, so good luck finding this great doll on eBay or collector’s sites.
The Barbie Doll celebrates its 50th Birthday today, March 9th, 2009! Barbie Trivia: during her first year in stores, about 300,000 Barbies were sold at $3 a pop. The average price it would cost you to get one of those original dolls in good condition today: $27,450. Happy Birthday, Barbie! We all wish we had your glamorous life, amazing wardrobe, huge rack, mile-long legs and teeny tiny waist!
Just a Few of the Gazillion Incarnations of Barbie since 1959!