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July 29 2014

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Art School Is In Session

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From teacher’s pet to art-world enfant terrible? “I was a good student,” Terence Koh (left) insisted at Friday night’s Re:Form School kickoff. Playing host for the Bing- and Shepard Fairey-led pop-up art exhibition and education awareness initiative, Koh even decided to dress the part—well, at least within his usual aesthetic. He wore his trademark all-white getup, this time with an exaggeratedly oversize collegiate blazer. “See, I’m sort of dressed for school, aren’t I?” he said. “It’s nice to be back in school.”

That sentiment was felt quite literally. The exhibit was held at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in Nolita (recently shuttered for financial reasons), and it drew a crowd of those you’d imagine as the cool kids in school: Cynthia Rowley, Chiara Clemente, and Tatiana von Furstenberg among them. Not everyone was as “good” as Koh—”Oh, I was quite naughty,” Lady Alice St. Clair-Erskine mused, while checking out the artwork—but they were all there for a good cause. The exhibition raises awareness about the need for public education reform, and artists like Fairey, Swoon, Chris Johanson, and Faile all contributed to the show. Rosie Perez, a native New Yorker, felt the whole experience quite personally. “I was one of those kids, one those kids who went to school with hunger pains. I was one of those kids that was ignored,” the actress told the audience. “No one noticed that I was extremely intelligent—don’t mind my accent. The only thing that separates a privileged child and underprivileged child is opportunity.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Billy Farrell Agency

First Look: A MAGAZINE Curated By Giambattista Valli

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Some people dream of opening their own boutique. Some people dream about editing their own magazine. Giambattista Valli gets to do both: Valli (left) is the guest editor of issue No. 10 of A MAGAZINE, which will launch in tandem with the opening of his first store, in Paris this November. Following designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Riccardo Tisci, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler onto the Belgian pub’s masthead, Valli has conceived his issue of A MAGAZINE as an extended essay on the topic “What is beauty?” Work by Chiara Clemente, Nan Goldin, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Avedon, and the late Corinne Day will help him answer that question. The print magazine launches in late November, but impatient Valli fans can get a look at the online edition on October 10. To tide them over in the meantime, Valli prepared a special “scrapbook” collage of inspiration images, seen here (below) for the first time.


Photos: Kate Barry (Valli portrait); Courtesy of A MAGAZINE

Give Pamela Love A Hug When You See Her Tonight

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Pamela Love did not have a good day yesterday. The jewelry designer was loading out materials for her installation at Milk & MAC, which opened today, and wound up knocking out a water main and flooding her basement in two feet of water. Shortly after the plumber arrived, Love was informed by her boyfriend that her cat had fainted. “I mean, uccccch,” Love said this afternoon, getting the bad news out of the way. “I have to rush the cat to the vet, I’ve got musical equipment in my basement that’s just destroyed…Yesterday was pretty much the worst day of my life, ever. So this,” she added, “better be the best day, to make up for it.” Love will be getting plenty of hugs tonight—pals such as Olivier Zahm, Chiara Clemente, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld are expected to come by for cocktails in the goth-hippie encampment Love has set up on Milk’s second floor. The jewelry displayed therein shows Love elaborating on a variety of signature pieces from seasons past—she’s made her claw bracelet into earrings that look like hoops gripping the lobe, for example, and modularized her heishi bead bracelets (lock two together to make a choker, six to make a belt, etc.). Love is also debuting a collaboration with the brand Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons at the show and has recruited two of her buddies to design poster art befitting its music festival vibe. “Seriously, thank God for my friends,” Love commented. “I really just want to have a good time with everyone tonight. I mean, one night. I have to take my cat to the neurologist tomorrow.”

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Recessionista: Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve

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What: Limited-edition T-shirts by Marika Thunder Nuss, $40

Why: At Wednesday night’s opening party for Partners & Spade—Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s stream-of-consciousness store that doubles as their design firm headquarters—we browsed for something thrifty amid the random, tightly curated collections of other people’s stuff. Assorted mini staplers, Lehman Brothers paraphernalia, and used artists’ palettes were all for sale. While some of the prices were gallery caliber ($350 for the palettes), we did find something that was cash-and-carry: budding 10-year-old artist Marika Thunder Nuss’ playful T-shirts. When she’s not living the life of a brooding downtown visionary with a current show at Half Gallery (no, seriously), Nuss goes back to her full-time job as Rita Ackermann’s daughter. Based on the party crush—we spotted Cynthia Rowley, Waris, and Chiara Clemente among the browsers—you might want to make your way to Partners & Spade ASAP. Each T-shirt style is a limited edition.

Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., NYC, (646) 861-2827.

Chiara Clemente Has Now Lived Six Lives

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Chiara Clemente will happily volunteer that she’s spent much of her life in the shadow of her father, painter Francesco Clemente. But now the daughter is making her own light: This week, Chiara debuts her first feature film, Our City Dreams, at Manhattan’s Film Forum. A documentary exploring the experiences of five renowned female artists—Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero—Our City Dreams is both a window on five eclectic lives and a group portrait of one kind of life, that of the New York artist. Closely observed, beautifully shot and scored, and often moving, Our City Dreams easily earns the acclaim it received on the festival circuit last year. But the feedback she most appreciates comes from her own artist pals. “People have told me that the film makes them feel good about what they do and inspires them to get back to it,” Clemente says. “I couldn’t ask for any better response.” Our City Dreams is at Film Forum through February 17; dates in other cities are soon to be announced. (Click here to see the trailer.) And later this year, the doc will air on the Sundance Channel. In the meantime, Clemente talks to Style.com about overcoming her allergy to New York, why it doesn’t have to be your birthday for the party to be a surprise, and how being a documentary filmmaker is like having split-personality disorder.

I’m going to ask why you chose to focus solely on female artists, but first, I’m wondering what made you decide to center Our City Dreams on artists in New York?

There’s sort of a long answer to that. I grew up in New York, and I think, when you grow up here, you either feel like you can never leave the city, or the second you can, you get out. I was one of those. When I was 18, I took off for L.A., and I really thought I’d never come back. It was like, see ya, bye. And after L.A. I went to Rome and was working there. Maybe three years into living in Rome I began to realize I had more New Yorker in me than I’d ever admitted to myself. So I came back. All told, I was gone about eight years. That may not seem like such a long time, but I left a child and I returned as an adult. I need to rediscover New York. And the easiest way to that, it seemed to me, was through a camera lens. What I mean is—I knew I wanted to create a portrait of New York before I knew anything else about this film. Because I’d been working with artists and filming artists in Italy, telling the city’s story through an artist’s eyes felt like the right thing.

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