This week’s Supreme drop is headlined by a collaborative release with the estate of late New York artist Martin Wong. Originally from San Francisco, Wong got his start in the world of art by designing sets and props from radical queer performance art troupes like The Cockettes (later the Angels of Light).
Moving to New York City in 1978, Wong eventually settled in the Hispanic-dominant neighborhood of the Lower East Side — Loisaida. It was in there where Wong developed his art, documenting his surrounding urban environment and brick facades with paintings that often included inspiration from Nuyorican poet and playwright Miguel Piñero. His work often held messages and codes which were hidden in the form of newspaper headlines, graffiti, and sign language alphabets.
Wong would eventually pass away in his home town of San Francisco in 1994 at the age of 53 due to his complications with AIDS. Curator Barry Blinderman describes Wong’s work as paintings that “charted a world of unquenchable desire – the steadily burning flame of unrequited love, the junkie’s endless craving for oblivion, the poet’s wheel of misfortune, the alchemist or astrologer’s quest for meaning in the elements and stars.”
The Martin Wong x Supreme FW19 Collection will be available at Supreme’s New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris and online store starting November 14. Japan will see a later release on November 16.
In other news, BAPE is dropping a Big Sean capsule.