6 posts tagged "Amy Greenspon"
New York’s newest gallery, Algus Greenspon, is a bona fide labor of love—emphasis on labor. It’s been two years in the works, and only a few months ago, co-founder and director Amy Greenspon (who will run the gallery with Mitchell Algus) was referring to the Morton Street space as “the puddle,” thanks to the poky pace of construction. Luckily, she had supportive friends to ease her along. “I didn’t have much to do with it,” pal Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler demurred. “But I’d ride my bike over after work and we’d sit in the space and drink a bottle of wine.”
He was only one of the many friendly faces on hand for the grand opening last night. Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Kai Kühne, artists Nate Lowman and Hanna Liden, and gallerists Kelly Taxter and Pascal Spengemann were all there to see the opening show, a retrospective of the work of Gene Beery (pictured). Artist/performer/gallerina Emily Sundblad even performed a few songs for the occasion. (“Pure bliss,” was Kühne’s verdict.) All in all, a bang-up opening—and a testament to the power of word of mouth. “I’m a technological disaster,” Greenspon said. “So apparently not a soul received the e-mail invite I sent. I’m so happy the word got out, or it would have been Emily singing her heart out for Mitchell, me, and Michael, the mouse that comes out at night.” And luckily for revelers, Michael didn’t end up making an appearance.
Algus Greenspon, 71 Morton Street, NYC, (212) 255-7874, www.algusgreenspon.com.
Remember the silver finger ring and nail polish set we reported on earlier this month? Its designer, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, was at Opening Ceremony last night showing it off, along with other creepy-chic creations like bejeweled skulls, frogs, spiders, and eyeballs. It’s not as dark as it sounds: “I don’t take it too seriously. See my skulls, they’re smiling,” the young designer explained. “I rather think that the pieces are ironic.” Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon was apt to agree. “She has a sense of humor about things that’s refreshing,” he said. While the presentation was her first stateside, the 22-year-old already has a strong fan base. Amy Greenspon, Mickalene Thomas, and Amy Phelan stopped by to check out her new Anatomik collection; Jen Brill showed up bedecked in her pieces; and afterward, The New York Times‘ Stefano Tonchi hosted a private dinner at his place for the jewelry designer. But with her famous last name—mom is Silvia Venturini Fendi—is she content to stick with jewelry? “Well, for now I’m growing the line, but I would love to do clothing as well,” Delettrez Fendi said. “Oh, but I would do bags first. I think always bags before clothing.” Mama must be proud.
There was a sort of meta-Hollywood moment on Tuesday night at a girly dinner for Aussie model-turned-jewelry designer Samantha Wills when Lindsay Lohan tried on a set of bracelets strung with religious charms, named Mary-Kate. The Sydney-based Wills was in town after a trip to Los Angeles, where she’s already amassed a starlet following. Lohan certainly seemed to like what she saw. The intimate dinner (and we mean 12-person intimate, not 100) at the Bowery Hotel’s Gemma, hosted by Sarah Howard, drew more would-be fans like Chrissie Miller, Amy Greenspon, and Zani Gugelmann. Wills’ five-year-old collection has been quite the hit down under and now sells in the States at Nordstrom, Blue & Cream in New York, and Beckley in Los Angeles. The look of the line—all rendered in semiprecious gems and various metals—is decidedly bohemian, but tracks the entire range of that category from the rocker chic end to the more luxe in statement cocktail rings and cuffs set with big colorful stones. Though Wills is based in Sydney, you’ll probably be seeing the former face of Billabong around town in New York, where she’s decided to spend more time.