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Aperture is pleased to release this limited-edition print by Iké Udé, which coincides with the publication of Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis. 

Sartorial Anarchy is a series of photographic self-portraits that depict a “post-dandyism” that transcends geography, cultures, and time, in order to explore, as he puts it, “a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/postnationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman, and fashion/art.” In Sartorial Anarchy #29, he pairs a Native American headdress and a 1970s wristband with a US Marine Corps jacket bearing a 1935 Ugandan Police medal. Here, he highlights the absurdities of cultural constructs, critiquing the tropes of dandyism while offering new sartorial possibilities. As in all of Udé’s work, he deconstructs and reconstructs ideas of representation, notoriety, gender, and identity.

Iké Udé is an aesthete, dandy, writer and founder of the seminal artfashion print magazine aRUDE, 1995-2009. He is the author of Style File: the World’s Most Elegantly Dressed, published by Harper Collins in 2008. Vanity Fair included him in the magazine's International Best Dressed List in 2009 and 2012. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and has been reviewed in a number of publications including Art in America, The New Yorker, Art Daily, L'UOMO Vogue, Flash Art, and The New York Times. Throughout his innovative career, Udé’s work has been exhibited at Leila Heller Gallery, New York (2013), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence (2013), the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis (2014), the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2014), the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs (2015), and the National Academy Museum and School, New York (2015), amongst others. Udé’s work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum, Washington D.C., The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, amongst others. He currently lives and works in New York.