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August 23 2014

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11 posts tagged "Kai Kuhne"

Designers And Artists On The MOVE!

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At Visionaire‘s Halloween party on Saturday, an elaborately costumed crowd took to the sweaty dance floor to cut loose. The designers on hand deserved it. They’d been in the museum all day, installing MOVE!, an exhibition curated by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and journalist David Colman that paired artists and designers to create—well, whatever they wanted.

MOVE! is a unique experience of art and fashion, where one is a reflection of the other,” explained Italo Zucchelli. “Reflection” was literal in the case of the “live sculpture” he and Terence Koh created: two silver-painted and -cloaked men (above), walking continuously toward and away from one another. “Bringing the future into history and presenting it as a perfect present,” Koh described it in a rare moment of verbosity.

Performance artist Ryan McNamara—who recently completed five months of public dance lessons for a project called Make Ryan a Dancer—took the weekend off to act as instructor. McNamara and 11 dancers, in costumes designed by Robert Geller, taught museum-goers everything from strip dance to traditional Korean moves. “We created this McNamara/Geller carnival of dancers, with Ryan as this kind of crazy Andy Warhol carnie directing the whole thing,” Geller said. “Sometimes art and fashion can be too serious. This was meant to be fun, and even a little funny.” Continue Reading “Designers And Artists On The MOVE!” »

Curtains Up At New York’s
Newest Gallery Of Note

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New York’s newest gallery, Algus Greenspon, is a bona fide labor of love—emphasis on labor. It’s been two years in the works, and only a few months ago, co-founder and director Amy Greenspon (who will run the gallery with Mitchell Algus) was referring to the Morton Street space as “the puddle,” thanks to the poky pace of construction. Luckily, she had supportive friends to ease her along. “I didn’t have much to do with it,” pal Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler demurred. “But I’d ride my bike over after work and we’d sit in the space and drink a bottle of wine.”

He was only one of the many friendly faces on hand for the grand opening last night. Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Kai Kühne, artists Nate Lowman and Hanna Liden, and gallerists Kelly Taxter and Pascal Spengemann were all there to see the opening show, a retrospective of the work of Gene Beery (pictured). Artist/performer/gallerina Emily Sundblad even performed a few songs for the occasion. (“Pure bliss,” was Kühne’s verdict.) All in all, a bang-up opening—and a testament to the power of word of mouth. “I’m a technological disaster,” Greenspon said. “So apparently not a soul received the e-mail invite I sent. I’m so happy the word got out, or it would have been Emily singing her heart out for Mitchell, me, and Michael, the mouse that comes out at night.” And luckily for revelers, Michael didn’t end up making an appearance.
Algus Greenspon, 71 Morton Street, NYC, (212) 255-7874, www.algusgreenspon.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Algus Greenspon

Blasblog From Germany: Veruschka Represents At Berlin Fashion Week

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Since my ancestors hail from Germany (well, some of them; I’m a complete American mutt), I experienced a sense of pride coming to Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week, where designers were showing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections a full two months before the same season starts in New York. Yes, we are an organized, responsible people. The re-launch of Boss Orange on Thursday night was my first show, and while the venue was miles away, the provided transportation was meager, and the publicists at the door were very far from friendly, the collection had some peppy elements, like his-and-her denim and cute T-shirts with sequined ball skirts, not to mention a front row that included VIPs Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody, the latter of whom was working a tight cardigan with nothing underneath but a bandanna. On Friday afternoon, Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf’s Designer for Tomorrow presentation—Germany’s answer to Project Runway—showcased eight finalists from a pool of more than 150 applicants and proved that Berlin is a city to keep an eye on. Later that night, you couldn’t help but keep an eye on the Michalsky show. What the clothes lacked in originality, the theatricality of the production more than made up for: Designer Michael Michalsky set up a Broadway-worthy stage complete with upside-down cars and a runway with a moat. I put on my tourist hat to see Knut the famous baby polar bear at the Berlin Zoo. Sadly, Knut ain’t a baby anymore, nor is he as cute, but a young elephant called Ko Raya, who has taken up residence at the zoo, fits that description. The highlight of the week, though, was seeing the legendary Veruschka at Kai Kühne. She looked severely chic (or chicly severe) in a full-body jersey thing, which had a turtleneck that rolled up rather fittingly into a dramatic hood.

Photos: Derek Blasberg

The Surreal Life Of Diane De Maria

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Though his name may not resonate with the masses the way, say, Salvador Dalí’s does, Pierre de Maria was a Surrealist of no little significance—his work hangs in the Guggenheim and at MoMA, for example. For years, however, many of his pieces were languishing in the family archives. Diane de Maria, the artist’s granddaughter, decided to do something about that—last night, she opened a show of Pierre de Maria originals in West Chelsea, and as a further homage to her grand-père, the Parisienne has extracted and abstracted his man vs. machine-themed designs for use on her new range of ultra-luxe bags. “First of all, it’s an homage,” de Maria explained. “I want to show my grandfather’s work to the world, but as well as showing the paintings, I thought it would be interesting to take the work out of the atmosphere of the gallery and put it in another context.” De Maria also noted that a handbag, unlike a T-shirt, say, is somewhat like a painting in that it can be passed down—it’s a vessel between the past and the future. At the post-opening dinner at Il Bottino, however, the attendees were squarely focused on the present. Co-hosted by ex-Rivington Arms gallerist Melissa Bent and artists Rita Ackermann and Amy Greenspon, the indoor/outdoor fête saw a good portion of New York’s art and fashion bright young things enjoying weather that was its own kind of masterpiece. (Not to mention, also, the limitless wine.) “It’s perfect,” said Kai Kühne, who had just returned from Vienna. “Perfect,” said Jessica Joffe, just back from L.A. Perfect, indeed.

Photo: Courtesy of Diane de Maria

Blasblog From Vienna: Brought To Tears Here, Literally

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The Life Ball in Vienna, a fundraiser for AIDS charities founded by Gery Keszler in 1993, is the biggest event of its kind in all of Europe—40,000-plus guests big, all of whom attend for different reasons. Some come to raise money to find a cure for the debilitating illness; others use it as an excuse to wear skimpy clothes; and still more are just looking for a reason to see Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. While taking a self-guided tour on Saturday, I stumbled into Kai Kühne, the New York-based designer who happens to fit into all three categories. “I cried four times last night,” he told me. “We were at a bar with rose marble ceilings and it was just too beautiful. It drew me to tears.” He wasn’t the only one to let his emotions get a hold of him: Later, at the Ball itself, Róisín Murphy’s mother lost control when she spotted President Bill Clinton backstage. “She just busted through his security and planted a big kiss on him,” Murphy said. Then there was Patricia Field. The Sex and the City stylist arrived at the festivities via a leopard-print convertible. “Who would have thought I would be in a motorcade?” she asked in the VIP room, where this picture was taken with models Emina Cunmulaj and Heather Marks. “I was so happy I was gonna cry.” And the crying jags didn’t stop until the chartered plane—which carried the likes of Maggie Rizer, Amber Valletta, and the rest of the models who appeared in the show—touched down back in New York. In the final minutes of the flight Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” came over the speakers, prompting a little emotional outburst from the singer herself. Not to worry, the song was promptly changed. Check back later for a complete report and party pics.

 

 

Photo: Derek Blasberg