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April 21 2014

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Blasblog: Partying Like It’s 1981 With Schnabel and Koh

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Until recently, when I’ve had to acknowledge that I know and work with people born in the 1990′s (thanks a lot, Tanya D!), I was always so vainglorious about being born in the eighties. You remember, that decade when Reagan was president and the shoulders that Balmain re-created for Spring were all over town? I liked being one of the youngest kids in the room. The only time my expression would go from smug to glum, however, was when people would reminisce about the good old days: Club America, Area, the Factory, Warhol, Studio 54, disco, free sex, late-night dancing, the hedonistic days of yester-decades. Indeed, even listing those buzz words makes me sad. (Well, not that sad, because unlike some of my friends, I haven’t even thought about Botox. Yet.) But last night, at the opening of the Vito Schnabel-curated Terence Koh show at the home of Olivier and Charlotte Sarkozy—a.k.a. the former residence and studio of Richard Avedon—I caught a glimpse of what I think I might have missed. Anna Wintour (who has the same job as seventies icon Diana Vreeland, let’s remember) swung by early, joining the likes of the MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach, Mary Boone, and Jeffrey Deitch for a Schnabel-led tour of the all-white space full of dozens of Koh’s all-white powdered paintings. Apparently the powder was toxic, or so laughed Ann Dexter-Jones, who was covered in the stuff when she picked out her painting. But the kids, including the rest of the Schnabel clan—Lola, Olmo, and Stella—who joined the likes of Zac Posen and Alexandra and Theodora Richards, stayed late. Very late. In fact, by the end of the night, the entire bar was empty. Not so much a drop. “But that’s not a bad thing,” one artist told me. ” ‘Cause these people wouldn’t have left otherwise.”

Photo: Derek Blasberg

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  1. BillyWarhol says:

    My kinda Art Party!! ;)) Peace*