August 31 2014

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8 posts tagged "Aurel Schmidt"

Finally, The Doctor Prescribes M&Ms


Don’t let Raquel’s expression fool you—art is uplifting. That, in a nutshell, is the guiding principle behind RxArt, the nonprofit that works to install artworks in hospitals and healthcare facilities. To that end, the group is having its 12th anniversary benefit in New York Monday night, honoring Dan Colen, who is about to undertake a major installation at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital pediatrics unit. (Given the setting, he’s trading his occasionally R-rated material for something more PG: M&Ms.) Tickets are still available for the Monday night party, where art by Colen, Terry Richardson, Inez and Vinoodh (whose photograph Freja and Raquel with Bill Clinton by Chuck Close is above), Aurel Schmidt, Marilyn Minter, and more will be on auction. You can get a jump on bidding online, but to take it home, you’ll want to be able to fend off competitors at Milk Gallery on Monday night. Even if you don’t walk away with a piece, you won’t go without reward: Each attendee can pick their own T-shirt, courtesy of Pickwick & Weller.

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Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

A Day Off Is A Day On For Rafael De Cárdenas


For many style-world types on the periphery of the interior design world, Rafael de Cárdenas’ opening on Friday night, part of the season’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair schedule, was the first and last ICFF stop. But that’s fitting: De Cárdenas himself toes the line between fashion and design. After studying fashion at RISD and taking a job at Calvin Klein, de Cárdenas quickly figured out that the typical fashion path wasn’t for him. After a second degree in architecture, he branched out into interiors and industrial design—all the while keeping the style world well within his sights. Recent projects include Unknown Union, the Cape Town, South Africa boutique run by the owners of New York’s now-shuttered Bblessing; the OHWOW Gallery in Miami; and the homes of Jess Stam and Parker Posey.

On Friday, he showed his first collection of furniture, an angular, cheerily painted geometric range indebted, he said, to the work of Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright. (“Actually, this table is called the Wright Table because it’s so similar to [one by] Frank Lloyd Wright,” de Cárdenas admitted. “We called it [that] to get it out of the way.”) Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon (above, with de Cárdenas) and Olivia Kim, Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and artists Aaron Bondaroff and Aurel Schmidt were a few of the many who spilled onto Greenwich Street to sip beers and check out what the designer called a “joyful” collection. The wooden tables, benches, and desks were decorated with pops of metallic gold, painted ombré, or striped with brilliant color. They’re definitely not made to blend in. So where, one had to wonder, would they fit in—say, chez Stam or chez Posey? “That’s the great thing about these,” de Cárdenas said. “I don’t have to worry about what spaces they live in. That’s not my job today, that’s my job every other day. Today my job is to put it anywhere.”

Photos: Christos Katsiaouni (de Cardenas and Leon); Johnson Trading Gallery / Connie Zhou (furniture)

Witchy Woman


The Lindsey Thornburg look is often described as “witchy,” and for good reason, given the designer’s taste for cloaks and crushed velvet. And for her first-ever fashion week presentation last night, which drew the likes of Nate Lowman and Aurel Schmidt, Thornburg took over a suitably gothic venue—the grottolike wine bar Bacaro—and tapped the talents of a rather chic coven. Thornburg’s pal Anna Sheffield (of Bing Bang) chipped in with the sterling silver, ruby, and black diamond jewelry; her friend Chase Cohl, of the burgeoning accessories line Littledoe, collaborated with her on a small range of brushed felt fedoras bedecked with raw crystals and feathers. The hats summed up the city-Wiccan vibe of the Fall ’11 collection, which saw Thornburg riffing on her signature Pendleton-fabric cloaks, turning them into blanket wool trenches and overcoats, and branching out into slouchy, casual suiting. “I feel like I’m at the point, now, where I can start to push the things I’m known for in new directions,” Thornburg explained. “The inspiration always comes from the same place, from nature, but there are endless ways to interpret that.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

Aurel Fixation


Artist Aurel Schmidt seems to be everywhere these days, from the Whitney Biennial to the pages of Purple, so it only makes sense that she’s found her way into Opening Ceremony, too. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim commissioned Schmidt to create a logo for the new Ace Hotel OC shop, and she obliged in her own creepy-cool style, spelling out Opening Ceremony in a self-created alphabet of cigarette butts, dollar bills, donuts, lighters, and bloody Band-Aids. Now the store’s going one better, screening Schmidt’s letters onto pre-worn vintage tees. They’re for a particular type—blood-spatter and bacon-grease enthusiasts, this one’s for you—but we’re betting they’ll go fast. Until then, a full spelled-out set decorates the hotel shop windows. And not that we’d advocate cutting corners where art is concerned, but downtowners, it’s half the trip to the Whitney!
$60, available at Opening Ceremony,

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Animal Magnetism


The Brucennial, the art collective Bruce High Quality Foundation’s annual free-for-all expo, may pride itself on being the downtown alternative to a certain Biennial uptown, but at last night’s Vito Schnabel-hosted party for the show, furs—a 10021 staple if ever there was one—were on display. Chloë Sevigny and artist Aurel Schmidt both wore bold skin jackets to the event, as did The Smile’s Melia Marden. (Schmidt also wore a fur—a gray ombré one—to attend the Whitney Biennial opening last week.) They’re right in step with the mood of the coming season—Fall’s runways saw a profusion of fur, especially here in New York. What do you think? Is the blue-blood mainstay ready for a young-blood revival, or is this a look better left on the Upper East?