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April 24 2014

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Barneys Throws Away the Key

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To be trapped in Barneys would be anyone’s fantasy, especially when award-winning filmmaker Casey Neistat is directing the dream sequence. For the retailer’s latest Locked in Barneys video, Finn Jewelry’s Candice Pool enlisted Neistat (her fiancé) to turn that wish into a reality. Traveling from Central Park to The Pierre on her yellow bike (while dressed up in a Katie Ermilio frock and Prada heels), the jewelry designer finds no city icon as enticing a playground as Barneys, where Finn’s latest fine jewelry collection stops whimsy right in its tracks. Watch the video here exclusively, before it launches tomorrow on Barneys.com.

Toasting The Artist Who Saved The Standard From Itself

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Multimedia artist Marco Brambilla’s (pictured) work is very familiar to a certain partygoing set. He’s the man behind the trippy elevator video, Civilization, that plays on the long ride to the 18th floor of the Standard hotel. “I’ve seen Marco’s work too many times going up to Boom Boom Room,” Waris Ahluwalia admitted last night a private dinner to fête the artist’s latest exhibition, RPM, at the hotel’s High Line Room and Terrace. “I know every scene and every bouncing breast.”

It almost wasn’t to be. “We originally had a lame concept for the elevators: gold bricks to convey that we were the ‘gold standard’ of hotels,” André Balazs said in a toast. The audience—which included Cecilia Dean, Marina Abramovic, Jacqueline Schnabel, Dustin Yellin, and Casey Neistat—groaned. “It was a terrible idea.”

When the lights dimmed, the guests dutifully put on red stereoscopic shades they had been given to watch the psychedelic 3-D video, featuring a continuous loop of racing clips from the Monza Grand Prix processed with archived Ferrari photos and set to the sound of roaring Formula One engines. Midway through the screening, a rowdier set spilled in. The group, including Theophilus London, had come from the OHWOW fête taking place just upstairs to check out what Brambilla had created. “I wanted to capture the feeling of euphoria and danger, which are equally present in the mental state of a driver during a race,” the artist explained. Luckily, cabs were the preferred mode of transport home.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Your In-Room Flicks: The Hangover, Julie & Julia, And…Marilyn Minter?

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With a dozen fairs, countless openings, and thousands of collectors in New York for Armory Arts Week, the Standard probably wasn’t the first place aficionados were looking to find compelling art on Friday. But that’s exactly what was on display at the launch of the hotel’s new StandArt channel. Curated by Creative Time, this seasonally updated in-room video installation, which also bowed in L.A. and Miami, includes ten films by international art stars including Mika Rottenberg, the anonymous (and ubiquitous) Bruce High Quality Foundation, and Marilyn Minter. “It’s so rare that you have time to watch art films,” says Creative Time curator Meredith Johnson. “So we chose pieces that are more hypnotic and durational so you can turn it on at different times of day.”

Among those are Minter’s lush Green Pink Caviar, which went on tour with Madonna last summer and is also playing in the MoMA lobby. “I love doing this type of stuff,” Minter told us; she’ll soon do it again, with a forthcoming video project that will “look like silver.” Equally seductive is BHQF’s 75-minute black-and-white fictional tribute to Godard, L’eau de vie un film de Jean-Luc Godard, which follows a group of character types (actor, art consultant, agitator) as they hunt down elusive truths at 2005′s Art Basel Miami. Elsewhere, Lee Walton acts out his friend’s Facebook statuses in F’Book: What My Friends Are Doing on Facebook and the Neistat Brothers race a Ducati against a Dutch city bike in the hilarious Yogurt vs. Gasoline.

“The competition for this is cable TV and you have to make this better than that, and it’s tough because Jersey Shore is soo good,” said Casey Neistat, wearing a towel with his blazer and tie after a jump into the pool earlier in the evening. (He’d mistakenly assumed the water was at “bathwater” temperature.) While the plunge provided a shock to his system, the installation is already paying dividends. “I’m doing a crazy Lazer Tag movie and I’m shooting here next Sunday,” he said. “Think Jason Bourne meets 1986, Worlds of Wonder Lazer Tag.” Just another Sunday at the Standard.
Check out a selection of the films, below.