FREEDMAN’S NEXT STEP: Dennis Freedman, executive vice president and creative director of Barneys New York, has officially left the retailer. News of his departure was reported in WWD earlier this month, but Barneys officials declined to comment at that time.
In an internal memo circulated to Barneys staff on Tuesday, Daniella Vitale, chief executive officer, told employees that Freedman plans to pursue new opportunities. In the near term, Freedman will serve as the curator of a Barneys New York project to be revealed in May featuring the iconic sculptures of artist Louise Bourgeois and key archival pieces by Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo. The exhibit will be to coincide with upcoming exhibition devoted to Kawakubo at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
During Freedman’s six-year tenure at Barneys, he spearheaded a number of creative initiatives including the 2014 “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters” campaign with Bruce Weber that spotlighted 17 transgender men and women, as well as collaborations with Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Baz Luhrmann, Miuccia Prada and John Galliano. Freedman also forged partnerships for the window displays with influential artists including The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Alex Katz, Rob Pruitt and Nick Cave, and worked with such photographers as Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Mario Sorrenti on creative campaigns. Freedman also oversaw the design of the retailers’ downtown flagship, which opened in Chelsea in February 2016.