August 22 2014

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Timberlake And De La Huerta Get An Eyeful


It’s been a boom week for art in New York, between Frieze, the auctions, and a spate of openings, and it shows no signs of ending quietly. Last night, Jerusalem-born artist Roy Nachum unveiled an exhibition at New York’s Joseph Nahmad Contemporary gallery that was, quite literally, an eye opener. In part, that was courtesy of the big-name guests who had turned out for the occasion. The crush of flashbulbs that followed every step of his longtime friend and collaborator Justin Timberlake (Nachum did the interiors for Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality restaurant) and Russell Simmons’ every smiling exchange with models were blinding experiences.

Exploration of vision and perception, however, were exactly what Nachum had in mind for the project. “I wanted to look at blindness and different ways of seeing things,” said the artist of his new exhibit, Open Your Eyes. Large-scale paintings inspired by color blindness tests and Braille messages floated above an installation piece of a sea of 1,800 golden crowns in the center of the room, each sold to benefit the Lighthouse Foundation. “There’s a kind of metaphorical blindness that comes from taking the world for granted.”

So hectic was the scene that Paz de la Huerta nearly slipped through unnoticed. She revealed that she, too, has been looking at things differently—by taking her place behind the camera, rather than in front of it. “I directed my own version of The Red Shoes, which I’m also starring in,” she said. “It’s part of a series of films I’ve been working on since I was 16.” A bigger surprise, though, is that, unlike with many of her other roles, she plans to remain clothed. “I always have to do what’s unexpected,” she quipped, “so I think next I should play a nun.”

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