Dickie Landry: New York Stories

Memories of Manhattan From Philip Glass and Robert Rauschenberg's Favorite Saxophonist

Musician, photographer, artist and farmer are some the guises formed by the inimitable Dickie Landry in Tabitha Denholm’s portrait that comes on the eve of a new exhibition of his pictorial work. Landry moved to New York in 1969, becoming an integral member of the Philip Glass Ensemble and part of SoHo's burgeoning avant-garde art scene alongside artists Robert Rauschenberg, fellow Louisiana-native Keith Sonnier and Gordon-Matta Clark, co-founder of experimental gastronomic clubhouse Food with Landry’s then wife, Tina Girouard. “Dickie was really ahead of his time,” says Denholm of the saxophonist who collaborated with David Byrne, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, and whose restlessness saw him branch out into black-and-white photography and abstract painting. “It was his Louisiana upbringing that taught him to do what’s necessary to survive and he took that with him as a model to New York. These days it’s pretty normal to do several things at once but at that time being a polymath was quite unusual.” In the early 2000s, Landry returned to his hometown of Cecilia, Louisiana and now resides between his family pecan farm and his apartment in nearby Lafayette, where he is surrounded by the beautiful ephemera of his extraordinarily full life.

Dickie Landry runs at Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA from January 14 through May 3.

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    Edie Campbell: In the Arena

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    With her new raven-hued cut, model-of-the-moment Edie Campbell reveals her principal off-runway passion in this short film by director Linda Brownlee. Horsey life wasn’t always an obvious direction for the London-born and raised model, who graduated with a first class degree in History of Art at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art before scooping Model-of-the-Year at the British Fashion Awards. But while spending weekends in the countryside as a child Campbell caught the bug, joined the Pony Club and began to focus on eventing, the sport that requires horse and rider to tackle the three separate disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Although the Viva London-represented 23-year-old has tried her hand at other equestrian sports, most notably triumphing in the Charity Ladies’ race at Goodwood in 2011, eventing is where her heart lies. She keeps two horses, Dolly and the aptly named Armani, in Warwickshire and commutes out of London to train. “I don’t expect to win,” she says on balancing her competing life with a career in front of the camera, which includes campaigns for Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, as well as appearing on the cover of British, German and Italian Vogue. “In this sport, even in the lower levels, you are competing against people on Olympic teams. Standards are high, so I compete against myself and try to improve each time I go out.”

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    Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

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    What made you choose these subjects initially?
    Mike Brodie: It was intuitive—something told me that the world of the train riders was important. I knew I only had one chance to get the photos because soon they would grow up and so would I. Now I don’t want to ride trains anymore.

    What have been some of the most compelling places to photograph?
    MB: The train bridge that spans Escambia Bay just as your leaving Pensacola, Florida to the east—it’s just beautiful and nostalgic in all the right ways. Also New Orleans, Louisiana. Historically it’s always been a place where travelers congregate but after Hurricane Katrina it opened itself even more. Lots of abandoned spaces and a strange freedom to do whatever you want—people’s imaginations can really run wild there. 

    Have you since interacted with your old friends?
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    A Period of Juvenile Prosperity will be on view at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, and M+B Los Angeles, through May 11. The accompanying monograph is available now from Twin Palms, and in a limited artists edition from TWB. 

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