Pharrell Takes On a New Gig as a Parisian Art Gallery Curator
Seriously, is there anything Pharrell Williams can't do? Most recently, the musical genius designed a lampshade and dished on his fragrance collaboration with Comme des Garcons—now, he can officially add art curator to his growing résumé.
To mark the release of his latest album G I R L, Williams curated a special exhibition (of the same name) at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The contemporary collection brings together 48 artworks—including 12 specially produced works—that pay tribute to femininity and love. Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, Yoko Ono, Terry Richardson, Andy Warhol, KAWS, and Cindy Sherman are among the featured artists.
Williams marked the exhibition's opening at the Galerie Perrotin's new space, where he discussed his love of the art world and performed several of his major hits this past weekend. "I have always mixed artworks into my music, clothing, jewelry and my entire way of life. They stimulate creativity, mutual curiosity, and simply happiness!" Williams says in a statement. "I’m like a student when I’m with visual artists, I love to learn from them. Artworks teach you how to live and think differently."
The man of many hats brings together a number of artists, who each show off their unique styles in a wide array of artistic expressions. The pieces range from lighthearted to dark and foreboding; several feature Williams's own famous face. Rob Pruitt adorned an Ikea couch with images of Williams's visual universe (above), while Murakami crafted an acrylic work that features a photo of the curator and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, taken by Richardson at their wedding (below).
Want to see the pieces for yourself? The "G I R L" exhibition is open to the public now through June 25 at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. For more information on visiting the gallery, check out perrotin.com.