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April 21 2014

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Monsieur Vladimir Dit Merci

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He may be a fixture on the fashion-party-circuit, but Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld continues to make a strong case for himself as an up-and-coming art world contender. Following a successful show with Sotheby’s last October, the Paris native previewed his most ambitious group exhibition to date this morning at developer Aby Rosen’s contemporary art mecca, 980 Madison Avenue. Dubbed Merci Mercy, the 35-artist show explores the power and vitality of the written word. “I was looking for a new concept to develop and discovered that many of the artists I like use text in a systematic way,” said Restoin-Roitfeld, looking every bit the power broker despite frigid climes and the before-noon preview. “It was a good opportunity to bridge the artists I love with those I’m less familiar with and contextualize them in a way that made sense.” Borrowing its title from a Louise Bourgeois inscription (left), the show features works from industry veterans Ed Ruscha and Nan Goldin) to Zeitgeist darlings (Tom Sachs and the late Dash Snow, whose work is pictured below). “We wanted to find pieces that were less expected or typical,” said co-curator and Bortolami Gallery director Christine Messineo, who was introduced to Restoin-Roitfeld by his sister Julia. “And we were especially interested in working with artists from our generation.” To wit, the pair paid studio visits to several younger artists including Rashid Johnson, Jason Loebs and, Lucien Smith, all of whom created original works for the show.

This March, Restoin-Roitfeld will curate a two-man exhibition with his longtime collaborator Nicolas Pol and Ashley Bickerton at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, but the roving dealer has no plans for a permanent gallery anytime soon. “I would like to settle down, but it’s a step-by step-process,” the 27-year-old told Style.com, though he’ll start by holding private salons at his new Upper East Side office. “I think it”s good to do things uptown. Young people should see what’s happening on this side of the city.”

Merci Mercy will run until February 17 at 980 Madison Avenue

Photo: Courtesy of Merci Mercy

James Franco Plays “Dangerous”

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With a roster including Terence Koh, Dan Colen, Bruce LaBruce, and the late Dash Snow, the Peres Projects gallery is familiar with fame that extends beyond the art world’s stratosphere. But its latest get is an even rarer sort of art star: a household name (and soon to be Academy Awards host). That name, of course, is James Franco, and his first European solo exhibition just went up at the two Peres Projects sister spaces in Berlin. While fame is not the focus of Franco’s The Dangerous Book Four Boys, he sprinkled grace note allusions to his star power throughout the witty multimedia exhibition. But the theme of play that links his clutter-art installations is the fun sort of play, not necessarily the acting sort—it animates his melted toy houses and video installations of Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock, ahem, exploring their sexual tension (just the sort of video that makes is-he-or-isn’t-he speculation such an evergreen media fascination).

Of course, acting and the fame it has afforded Franco has given him the opportunity to play on a big stage. After center stage at a media blitz at the Peres Project Kreutzberg space, Franco headed for the private opening party in the elegant Peres Projects Mitte gallery’s vaulted-ceilinged basement party space. There, while sitting across from German fashion icon Veruschka and mega-model Luca Gadjus, Franco explained that art is the forum that enables him to connect widely disparate and often controversial endeavors in acting, literature, and academia. “All these worlds influence each other and translate into art,” he explained. “Artists are expected to work in different mediums and explore different disciplines. They are permitted to experiment. Outside the art world, even in established creative fields, there are still perceived divisions between high/low culture and different areas of intellectual inquiry. But art is freer and more forgiving.” And you don’t have to gnaw off your arm to make it.

Photo: Toni Passig / Getty Images

Canal Street Meets The Colosseum

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As our celebration of New York’s fashion talent was winding down, a blowout of the city’s artistic talent was just getting started in Rome with New York Minute, an exhibition of 60 downtown artists curated by Deitch Projects’ Kathy Grayson. Yes, 60 artists. The big show stretched across two football field-sized nineteenth-century slaughterhouses repurposed as a public museum called Macro Future. You could probably guess some of the names here. You know, your Dan Colens, Ryan McGinleys, Terence Kohs, and, of course, the now-sainted Dash Snow. Also of note: Jim Drain and Ara Peterson’s kaleidoscopic spinning pinwheel installation (pictured above) as well as work from Aurel Schmidt and Ben Jones. The show opened on Saturday night with over 3,000 visitors grooving to A.R.E. Weapons and DJ Spencer Sweeney. For the show, exhibition designer Rafael de Cárdenas utilized a whole host of Canal Street booty: 1,000 feet of mirrored street-grate-patterned Mylar, 4,000 feet of pennant flags, and 40,000 feet of neon tape, which was woven into a pop-up shop for Aaron Bondaroff’s stock of downtown zines, limited-edition artist tees, and CDs. “Rome is not a city known for contemporary art,” notes de Cárdenas. “But it was a total spectacle with kids and families. People loved it.”


Macro Future Museum, Via Emilio Reggio 1, Rome; New York Minute runs through November 1, 2009.

Photo: Courtesy of Macro Future Museum