August 23 2014

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Endless Summer With The Kennedys


“I first met Jackie Onassis and her children in 1970, when Peter Beard, who was tutoring Caroline and John Jr. in art and photography, asked me to give them some lessons in filming,” legendary lensman Jonas Mekas tells “Our friendship grew and expanded so much that at one point I was asked to make the Kennedy family movie.”

Mekas went about diligently documenting his summer days with the Kennedy and Radziwill families at Andy Warhol’s Montauk house. “I was always carrying my 16mm Bolex camera, and since I always filmed, nobody minded my filming. They didn’t take me too seriously,” Mekas says. The resulting movie, This Side of Paradise: Fragments From an Unfinished Biography, was eventually dropped, but nonetheless, Mekas completed it on his own in 1999. For the first time ever, photo prints from Mekas’ film will be on display in New York at Agnès B.’s Howard Street store starting tomorrow.

Mekas’ intentions for exhibiting his intimate moments with Caroline Kennedy at the beach or having cocktails with Andy Warhol are simple. “I hope you’ll get a glimpse of the happiness of those summers in Montauk from these very casual images made without any plan or intention,” he says. “None other than just having a good time.”

This Side of Paradise: Fragments From an Unfinished Biography opens September 24 and runs through October 30 at Agnès B., 50 Howard St., NYC.

Photos: Jonas Mekas; Boris Lehman (Mekas)

To Gallery Hop Or To Shop?
At Agnès B., No Need To Choose


“It’s my relationship with New York that I am trying to show through the art,” Agnès Troublé said Friday night at her new Soho gallery-slash-boutique. “I wanted to give my friends here an homage for the pleasure we have together.”

Those friends include artists and filmmakers Harmony Korine, Ryan McGinness, Dan Colen, and the late Louise Bourgeois. A carefully curated collection of brightly colored paintings and photographs by Troublé’s friends, set to change monthly, now covers the exposed brick walls of her Howard Street store—the 246th one worldwide. Works of art by the likes of José Parlá, Rostarr, and McGinness are also available in the more wearable form of limited-edition T-shirts, sold exclusively at the boutique.

Troublé, a major collector herself, has had a longstanding love affair with both art (“since 1983 in Paris, we have [had] a little gallery in Marseille”) and fashion. On Friday, the Paris-based designer saw the marriage of her two greatest passions. “It’s my life,” she said of art. “We have been doing this in a way for a long time, but not so visible as here. It’s normal̵2finally.”

Photos: Courtesy of Agnes B