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A Bright Spot In January

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Bold strokes of black acrylic paint and built-up fluorescent polymer gel isn’t what you would expect from a painter based in the French countryside, but Hermann Amann isn’t one for conventionality. “He’s such an interesting man; you can’t even have a conversation with him without him suddenly talking about colors or going over his work out loud,” curator Alexis Dahan said at last night’s opening for the 76-year-old artist. Up for the next three weeks at Half Gallery, Fluorescence is the first U.S. show for Amann, but Dahan, a photographer whose own work has been featured in Purple and W magazines, was attracted to Hermann’s oeuvre early on. “I was his secretary when I was 17,” Dahan explained. “I realized then that I couldn’t be a painter myself. I saw what it took; you can’t just make painting your hobby.”

With wintry conditions on both sides of the Atlantic, the German-born painter couldn’t make his own show, but had he made the hop, he would have been greeted by admirers such as Justin Giunta, Cynthia Rowley, and model Coco Young. “Those bold colors are what caught my eye first,” Half Gallery owner Bill Powers began. “I was walking past Alexis’ office and he had one of Hermann’s paintings up. That’s how the show idea came about.” Young, who’s served as painter John Currin’s muse, offered a like-minded observation: “It’s nice to see a bright pop of color in the middle of winter.”

Fluorescence runs until January 22 at Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth St., NYC, www.halfgallery.com.

Inside The CFDA Incubator With Waris, Prabal, Bibhu, And More

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The 12 designers who now call the CFDA Fashion Incubator their home-away-from-home opened their doors to the press this morning for a meet-and-greet. When we strolled through, Prabal Gurung was shooting a video with NY1 and Waris Ahluwalia was handing out “Waris ♥’s You” pins (pictured) to lucky visitors. “It’s a fashion frat, only with better cocktails,” Justin Giunta jokes in our video tour of the new space. The atmosphere is certainly collegial, but it’s definitely more about work than play at 209 W. 38th Street. We asked Bibhu Mohapatra, who by luck of the draw landed the largest studio, if he ever feels pressure to stay as late as his peers. “The pressure doesn’t come from the other designers, it comes from the show date in September,” he told us. “But there have been times I’ve thought about not turning off the lights, closing the door, and sneaking out.” Lucky for him, he’s closest to the elevators. For a more in-depth look at the Incubator, watch this clip.

Photo: Staff

If I Had A Hammer…

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It seemed a simple enough concept: To rebuild following its devastating earthquake, Haiti needed cash and tools. So that’s exactly what Tools For Thought founders Diana Campbell and Julie Ragolia set out to find. Campbell, a museum administrator, and Ragolia, a fashion stylist with an art background, canvassed their friends and colleagues to gather tools. Of course, when your friends and colleagues are Nate Lowman, Dan Colen, Alex Katz, and Ed Ruscha, they’re swinging a different sort of hammer than the one that repairs the hospital. No matter. The hammer—the one is question Ruscha’s, by the way, a mallet for pounding canvas stretchers—is going on the auction block, along with the tools and work of more than 100 other artists, to raise money for Partners in Health’s Haiti efforts. Kon Trubkovich, Alex Katz (whose paintbrush is above), Subversive’s Justin Giunta, Marilyn Minter, Kiki Smith, and Patti Smith have all donated work to Monday night’s auction, where Smith (Patti, not Kiki) will perform and Alexandra Richards will spin. Attendees are encouraged to bring a mighty tool of their own—the checkbook.

Tools for Thought’s Rebuild Haiti cocktail reception and silent auction take place Monday, March 15, at Sotheby’s. For more information, visit www.ourtoolsforthought.org, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of Tools For Thought

Ping-Pong For Haiti, And Other Adventures In Fashionable Do-Gooding

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Emergency parties, disaster-relief socials—whatever you want to call them, there was no shortage of get-togethers in New York last night designed to raise much-needed money for Haiti’s devastated earthquake victims.

Modelinia and SPiN teamed up to bring paying guests into the trendy Gramercy table tennis club, with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Orphans. “We’re watching it on TV and then we go on with our daily lives. And tonight we’re having fun, but we realize why we’re here—that’s a step,” offered paddle-wielding Doutzen Kroes. Of all the models, the Dutch former speed-skater seemed to have the best game. “I’m just competitive,” she insisted.

Farther downtown, hotelier Jason Pomeranc was overseeing a party at the Thompson LES that he and his team had only started planning Monday. “This situation requires people to move quickly, so everyone’s going outside the norm to do something right,” he said. (Narciso Rodriguez had been quicker than most, holding a benefit at 60 Thompson on Monday night.) And so the likes of Vito Schnabel, Lily Donaldson, and Justin Giunta made their way up to DJ Mark Ronson—whose sister Sam was spinning at a simultaneous fundraiser at Pomeranc’s L.A. property, the Roosevelt—by way of a lobby donation box. The nightlife crowd showing it cares, fashion types paying for drinks? “Like I said,” Pomeranc shrugged, “outside the norm.”

Photo: Retna

Blasblog: The Camera Phone, Now A Legit Artistic Medium

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With camera phone technology getting increasingly sophisticated (did you know some of those suckers can do high-def video now?), this was bound to happen: an art show composed entirely of snaps taken on cells. Such was the gist of a party at the Stephan Weiss Studio on Wednesday night to celebrate Exilim’s new phone, where giant slideshows of the work several New York art types—Cass Bird, Justin Giunta, Richard Kern, Danielle Levitt, Chrissie Miller (see her self-portrait above), and Christian Weber—took on these new phones were projected on the walls. For the artists themselves, it turned out to be a fun experience. Bird, a professional photographer, found herself dabbling in food styling, like when she propped an order of French fries into a sunset, and shooting pics of skateboarders on the street. “I guess you don’t realize how many photographable things surround you,” she said in the VIP section of the party. The technological progress of camera phones was a hot topic of conversation, especially since the crowd spanned chic teenagers, like Taylor Momsen and Zoë Kravitz, to a more mature audience, like Mick Rock and Ann Dexter-Jones. “I can remember when there weren’t even digital cameras,” smiled Dexter-Jones. “Actually, I can remember the time before cell phones.” One good thing—or bad, depending on who you’re asking—about this sort of picture is how intimate they can be. In a few of snaps that Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller took of Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, and the Virgins’ Donald Cumming for her portfolio, they look just like regular folk. “Everyone keeps asking me who the vivacious redhead is in these pictures,” Miller joked. “And I say, ‘Only the most photographed woman in the world: Lindsay Lohan.’ “