Party Of The Week: A night of pop art for Rankin and friends
Friday 13 November 2009
The singer Joss Stone, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, magazine editor Jefferson Hack and My Summer of Love actress Natalie Press were out in force on Monday night for the private view of Rankin's exhibition Destroy at London's Phillips de Pury Gallery.
To celebrate Youth Music's 10th birthday, artists and musicians, including Jarvis Cocker, Debbie Harry and Kylie Minogue, turned their own Rankin portrait into an original artwork, which will go under the hammer on Saturday. The star piece is Damien Hirst's oil portrait of Joe Strummer, also inspired by a Rankin photograph.
The bash was swarming with pop stars – the Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield chatted to Stone, while band members of The Feeling and Hard Fi mingled at the bar.
There were live performances from Patrick Wolf, wearing a magnificent Elizabethan-inspired cape, as well as from Micachu and Josh Weller. Wolf later jammed with Weller backstage in the gallery's makeshift green room, which is usually the boardroom.
Hack was busy talking to Rankin and film director Mike Figgis, while guests, including photographer John Swannell, PR guru Matthew Freud and Michael Portillo pottered around the exhibition.
Invited guests, indie rock trio, The Enemy couldn't attend the party nor can they perform at the gallery tonight, as part of Youth Music's series of special gigs, because they have been struck down by swine flu.
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