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Feb 16 2010
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Wouldn't anyone like a wall-sized Madonna print? 

IMG_4993 Just got back from Virgin Spirit, a multi-media event at Good Units in the Hudson Hotel in NYC that blended the rare Madonna images of Richard Corman with performances by Jessica 6 and Dan Black and a fashion show by Prince Peter.

Were you there? Hope so.

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IMG_4939Anyone who bought prints from me made a good deal...Richard's are all $3,250 from now on.    

The space is new and quite amazing, calling to mind the '80s with its rawness. Of course, plastering the walls with vintage Interview covers and eye-popping 36"X36" prints (22 of them) of young Madonna helped with that vintage vibe.

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The color shot is from a truly NEVER-EVER-BEFORE-SEEN test Polaroid.

Maybe the most wow-inducing touch was the inclusion of several wall-sized photographic prints on canvas that go for about $7,000. The attendees, many of whom were trendy fashion-show drop-ins, spent a lot of time taking pictures of pictures, and having their pictures taken in front of them.

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Yes, that's 94-year-old Eli Wallach in the basement of the Hudson Hotel. 

IMG_4971 The fashion show had great colors even if it was startlingly brief. I loved Jessica 6! Transsexual lead singer Nomi Ruiz is supersexy onstage, has a terrific voice and rocked a flawless cover of Madonna's "Justify My Love" (alas, it missed the '80s theme by thismuch). The follow-up set by Dan Black was also impressive, and his "Into the Groove" was another fantastic cover version.

The evening was a blast. I hope everyone who wanted to go was able to get in—the list was pretty severe. (I did see several readers, so I know all the names were in...it was just a matter of whether the right list was consulted once you got there.)

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Me with the lovely and talented Nomi. 

More images after the jump...


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T-shirts were sold for $25. A part of proceeds were for Haiti.

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The artist being interviewed in front of his work.

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When I tracked Richard down after seeing his credit on a tear sheet, I never dreamed he'd mount this show.

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The backdrop for the perfs and fashion show: MADONNA MANIA.

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Ambience.

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I struck some poses.

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Madonna-themed drinks for all! 

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The fashion show aftermath.

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Jessica 6 creates an early-Madonna impression.

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One of Richard's rarer images, featuring a Keith Haring-esque treatment.

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Another rare shot from an early sweater series only published in Italy.

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At the end of the night, José and I did the pretend A-list thang.    

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