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Insta-Gratification: #PFW Edition


In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. For this very special edition of Insta-Gratification, she’ll be calling out the best shots from #PFW. See below for today’s picks.

Wednesday, March 6

Model massage train.

Front row selfie realness with Lupita and RiRi.

A note from Nicolas.

What I love most about this picture is that Jared Leto took it.

Peace out, Paris. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification: #PFW Edition” »



In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. See below for today’s top shots.

Wednesday, February 5

From four eyes back to two.

Marina’s #NYFW mantra.

Ahhh! Real monsters.

It may not be Thursday, but we couldn’t resist this throwback.

Pusha T pushing tees on Marcelo Burlon. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification” »

RxArt: Just What the Doctor Ordered


Diane Brown, Kenny Scharf“Art on the wall of children’s hospitals? You’d have to be a monster not to support it!” exclaimed ArtBinder founder Alexandra Chemia from the entrance of Lever House last night. She’s talking about the work of RxArt, the thirteen-year-old nonprofit that held its packed-to-capacity annual party at the Park Avenue mainstay last night. The event brought in the likes of Nate Lowman, Rob Pruitt, Agnes Gund, André Saraiva, and so many others—all for a little silent (and with help from Simon de Pury, not so silent) bidding, champagne, and mingling to support a cause that, as more than a few attendees were quick to point out, is hard not to rally around.

The guest of honor was Kenny Scharf (above), the colorful Pop artist whose video installation project was unveiled on the stairs of the pediatric unit of Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital earlier in the day. “Basically, I feel very honored to make some kind of light in these kids’ lives,” said Scharf of his involvement. The artist, who’s in between “murals and car bombs,” also donated a customized work for the evening’s live auction. “He’ll paint your garage doors, your walls, your facade, your motorbike—whatever you want him to paint…your body, maybe?” mused de Pury before the frantic bidding began.

“It’s too early to talk, but yeah, we’re planning on doing a hospital project,” revealed a soft-spoken KAWS. The artist is preparing to show in New York for the first time since 2008 this November. “I met Diane [Brown, founder of RxArt, pictured above] a few years ago, and I’m always happy to be involved with whatever she’s up to,” he added. Artist Erik Parker concurred, offering, “It’s a no-brainer.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /

Alejandro Ingelmo x Kenny Scharf’s Street Feet


Kenny Scharf, known for his vivid, cartoonish paintings, installations, and sculptures (you may have seen his work, Squirtz, on view outside The Standard hotel), was one of the first talents to bring street culture into mainstream contemporary art. So it’s fitting that in celebration of his new show, Kolors, which opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery tonight, Scharf has teamed up with accessories designer Alejandro Ingelmo to create a pair of streetwise high-tops. “I like to make people take a second look at something they think is familiar, and draw out imperfections, which, to me, is the real beauty,” the artist told The his and hers kicks are offered in black, white, and slate, and feature one of the artist’s signature monster drawings. With three eyes and a few missing teeth, Scharf’s bright red creature—which he created specifically for the collaboration—is indeed imperfect. But that’s what makes him, and the shoes, so endearing.

Alejandro Ingelmo x Kenny Scharf’s shoes are priced between $395 and $450, and are available now at the Paul Kasmin Shop and on Kolors is on view at the Paul Kasmin Gallery through May 4.

Photo: Courtesy photo

They Wish They All Could Be California Artists


New York tends to think of itself as the art capital of the U.S. That it may be—but it’s getting a little competition from Los Angeles, which, not too long ago, poached one of NYC’s most respected gallerists, Jeffrey Deitch, to direct its Museum of Contemporary Art. And for his new show at MOCA, The Artist’s Museum, he’s drawing on L.A.’s own resources—namely, the work of area artists, both established and emerging. Longtime art supporters Lubov and Max Azria hosted a fête for the new show (set to run through January) last night at their L.A. home. “I think for a long time MOCA has been pushed to the side. But if you look at the Whitney Biennial, so many of those artists are from California,” Lubov explained. “California always has something different to say than New York, so to see so many of the newer and established artists together—and in my own home—is incredible.”

The crowd included fashionable Angelenas, including transplanted New Yorkers like Eva Amurri and Jessica Joffe, as well as artists Barbara Kruger, Kenny Scharf, and Bill Viola. “Los Angeles is a creative capital, and so this is where a lot of the ambitious and creative people want to be,” Deitch said of the art/fashion overlap (both at the party and at the show, which is sponsored by BCBG). “What’s so exciting is that the creative people in these different fields are now connecting with one another.”

Photo: Courtesy of BCBG