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Two Openings Even Fashion Week Couldn’t Compete With


Tearing the social set away from fashion week isn’t easy, but then, a Ross Bleckner opening doesn’t come along every day. The New York-based artist—who counts Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ingrid Sischy, and Alec Baldwin as close friends and fans—took over Mary Boone Gallery last night for the first showing of his work in two years, and the people came to celebrate. (Even Baldwin, who, the tabloids were gleefully reporting, had been rushed to the hospital earlier that day under murky circumstances.) “I don’t know where he finds the time to make all this gorgeous work,” the painter Mary Heilmann said of Bleckner, who spends a good amount of time on philanthropic ventures, including a role as U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. But the fresh tan he was sporting was from good times rather than goodwill. “Just returned from the Caribbean!” Bleckner reported.

Downtown, Reed and Delphine Krakoff were hosting an opening of new work by Mattia Bonetti at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Elaborate mirror systems, cabinets carefully co-constructed by Giacometti’s former blacksmith, and a gravity-defying side table were among the trippy furniture pieces featured both in the show and an accompanying catalog, shot and published by Krakoff. “It’s like there’s more than one man behind these designs,” the designer said wonderingly. Nope, just one guy, but he’s the fleet-footed sort. “It all comes from here,” Bonetti told us, pointing to his head. “I travel without traveling.” These are some souvenirs.

Photo: Shaun Mader / Patrick McMullan

Dept. of Culture