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July 22 2014

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A Night Off From Fashion At The New Bortolami Gallery

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Man cannot live on fashion alone. And especially as the end of fashion fortnight (who ever said it’s just a week?) approaches, a little art starts to look very good. No surprise, then, to see the style types at the opening of the new Bortolami gallery last night. Artist (and fashion-friendly DJ) Nate Lowman; Adam Kimmel and his new bride, Leelee Sobieski; and The Webster’s Frederic Dechnik and Laure Heriard Dubreuil (pictured, with Lowman) all stopped by.

“This is a really fun space to work with,” Stefania Bortolami said of her new space on West 20th Street, one that’s roughly three times the size of her old one. To celebrate her new real estate, the inaugural show is a retrospective of past Bartolami exhibitions, including some of the hottest names in the business—Jack Pierson, Cecily Brown, Hanna Liden, and Gardar Eide Einarsson among them. Einarsson was in town from his home in Tokyo, joined by his gorgeous model-turned-PR-maven wife, Maryline. He’ll be working out of a Dumbo studio for six weeks. “I don’t really work too much in Tokyo because I don’t have a studio there,” he explained. “Basically I’m an intern for Maryline’s PR company; I just sit around and stuff envelopes all day!” Just another hardworking fashion publicist in New York, in other words—albeit one with a few works in permanent collections ’round the globe.

Photo: Antwan Duncan

may we have your attention, please?

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Gardar Eide Einarsson often spells out powerful political slogans and flaunts an activist attitude in his black-and-white, simple image- and text-based sculptures, paintings, wall installations, and neon signs. But his most furious stance is against the easy assumptions and quick reads of the subcultures he references. In New York City, he is represented at the hyper-hip Team gallery. But for “No Chaos, Damn It!” the Norwegian artist returns to the Standard gallery in his native Olso. “I think art functions with its own attention span,” Einarsson revealed on the occasion of a previous show. “Rather then set up a hierarchy between reading and experiencing the work, I have attempted to work in a way where a conscious relationship between these reactions can open up possibilities for different meanings within the work.” A host of controversial messages in Einarsson’s art might be boldly written. But really, they all say the same thing: Pay attention!

Photo: Gardar Eide Einarsson, courtesy of Standard gallery