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T+L Reports: New York Two Ways

Two shows in Manhattan reveal how the contrasting worlds of uptown and downtown interpret the meaning of wild. When the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens the exhibition "Wild: Fashion Untamed" (December 7-March 13; www.metmuseum.org), huntress outfits by Yohji Yamamoto will be shown beside the 19th-century paintings of la belle sauvage that inspired him. There's fetish gear, but it's a couture leather bodysuit made of whips, by Thierry Mugler. Fur coats are accompanied by Caravaggio's and Rubens's depictions of the aristocratic women who loved them. On the other side of the divide, in "East Village USA" (December 9-March 19; www.newmuseum.org), the New Museum of Contemporary Art considers the neighborhood that was an eighties frontier. Here, Jean-Michel Basquiat graffitied, painted, and played the rebel with equal abandon. Photographer Nan Goldin depicted her friends' lives in the now legendary Ballad of Sexual Dependency. And punk style made the move from a St. Mark's Place oddity to a global one.
—Mark Van De Walle

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