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“The EU has made our lives much better in many ways—and even though there is undoubtedly room for improvement, using our democratic rights is the way to shape it for the better…

“What we are experiencing is a reactionary rebellion against a hundred years of social progress… After three and a half years of part-time dedication to activism, I’ve concluded that above all democracy comes down to electoral participation. What’s really necessary is mediating through the basic principle of one person, one voice.” — Wolfgang Tillmans

Vote Together—a Between Bridges initiative advocating an affirmation of the European Union in this week’s elections—has released a series of images by (and featuring) a large cohort of Tillmans’ friends and associates in the art, music, and fashion worlds.

From top: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster by Stefano Cozzi in Venice; Vivienne Westwood by Andreas Kronthaler in Alpbach; Rita Roque and Joana Machado by Nuno Vieira in Porto; Giselle Mapp by Wolfgang Tillmans in Berlin; Rem Koolhaas by Dana Lixenberg in Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert and Walther König by Katja Rahlwes in Paris; Oko Ebombo by Tim Elkaim in Paris; Gillian Wearing by Joana Piotrowska in London; Noemi Smolik by Ruth Magers in Prague; Dan Sablon by Rahlwes in Paris; Tomasz Armada and Kacper Szalecki by Karol Radziszewski in Warsaw; Patricia, Roland, Ruggiero, and Bernardo de Middel by Cristina de Middel in Madrid; Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans, poster. Images courtesy and © the photographers, their subjects, and Vote Together.


“Bartsch picked up where Warhol left off.” — RuPaul

History is made at night. In her capacity as party-throwing club-kid den mother and AIDS fundraiser par excellence, Susanne Bartsch provided a sanctuary of free expression for those pushed to society’s margins while engaging in what Ingrid Sischy called “the most serious political action of our time.”

Sischy was referring to the 1989 Love Ball at Roseland, a Design Industry Foundation for AIDS event that brought Harlem’s vogue balls to midtown Manhattan, introduced Madonna to the uptown cultural practice, and raised $400,000 to help fight the disease that was decimating Bartsch’s circle.

Prior to hosting events in clubs all over town, Bartsch was the proprietor of the eponymous SoHo boutique that was the first in town to import the clothes of Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. As one of the most imaginative exemplars of sartorial self-adornment of the last half-century, Bartsch was honored with a 2015 Fashion Institute of Technology exhibition Fashion Underground—The World of Susanne Bartsch.

The riveting documentary SUSANNE BARTSCH—ON TOP (directed by Anthony Caronna and Alexander Smith) brings this only-in-New York story to the screen with new interviews, extensive documentary footage, and home movies of Bartsch’s family life at the Chelsea Hotel.

Bartsch—whose personal aesthetic and Swiss accent recall a Dada/Weimar-era ballet mécanique—was the leader of a very fast pack, and this cinematic tribute is a moving critique of gender norms and an inspiration for boundary-breakers everywhere.



Through September 13.

Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica.

VOD release on September 11.

See: New York is Burning

and: Fashion Underground—The World of Susanne Bartsch

Top: Susanne Bartsch (right) and RuPaul at the opening of Fashion Underground—The World of Susanne Bartsch.

Above: Bartsch and her husband, fitness entrepreneur David Barton.

Below: Bartsch applying an eyepiece. Image credit: The Orchard.


“R.I.P. my dear Judy. I will always remember our house on Mortimer Road, fun days at @i_d, your kind heart, unparalleled creativity and how you pushed me to be the editor I am today, I will miss you always xoxo #JudyBlame #legend’.” – Edward Enninful’s Instagram post in remembrance of Judy Blame (1960-2018), who died today.

“R.I.P to my friend Judy Blame who was beautiful, talented and arch as hell.” – Boy George’s response

See Neneh Cherry, Vivienne Westwood, and Bjork on Judy Blame:


See Paul Flynn:


On Never Again, a 2016 exhibition of Blame’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in London:


From top:

Image styled by Judy Blame for i-D.

Installation view of Never Again. Photograph by Mark Blower.

Judy Blame in the 1980s.