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Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Final Days Of The Biennale

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The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).

We started Friday at the Prada Foundation, which I found to be one of the highlights of the entire Biennale. I totally related to Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture of an ostrich with its head in the ground (left), but I have to say—clothes being such an important element of my life—my favorite piece was Louise Bourgeois’ cell (clothes) from 1996. Walking around it, you snuck peeks through a pair of glass doors to discover a white blouse with the words “The cold of anxiety is very real” embroidered in red.

After the Foundation, I walked around the little streets with Aaron and went for a gelato. It’s a must in Italy, especially with this beautiful weather. We couldn’t resist any longer. Then onto an antique little shoemaker’s shop behind Piazza San Marco to get a pair of Gondoliers’ velvet shoes. I’d love to wear them totally worn-out in red and navy with summer dresses… (Speaking of summer dresses, there were plenty on display over the course of the festival…and none more popular among festivalgoers than Prada’s and Alaïa’s. I haven’t been anywhere for the past five days without seeing at least four or five beautiful women showing off one or the other’s Spring 2011 collections!)

From there, went to see Julian Schnabel’s show, Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing at the Museo Correr. The show was closed when we arrived but fortunately Julian arrived at the same time with Cyprien Gaillard (another artist who has a few pieces in Venice, too) and they opened the doors for us. The ballroom was completely dark when we entered, as the shutters were already closed, but Julian opened a window himself and the sunlight brought his piece El Spontaneo (for Abelardo Martinez) (1990) back to life! Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Final Days Of The Biennale” »

Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale

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The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).

Thursday was another beautiful day in Venice, and we went to see all of the countries’ pavilions at the Giardini. Even before seeing the art, I was blown away by the very intense smell of jasmine, my favorite fragrance and the one I wear. The entire fence surrounding the garden is covered by blossoming jasmine flowers. Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale” »

Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale

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The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).

Today, Aaron and I went to the opening at the Palazzo Grassi, the art-filled manse owned by the Pinault family. I met Shala Monroque in front of Joana Vasconcelos’ sculpture Contamination, a patchwork sprawl of brightly colored forms that invades every nook and cranny of the Palazzo (above). Contamination is huge, and it’s growing—Vasconcelos uses materials she either makes or finds, and she adds new elements each time she installs it. It really spreads like a virus, taking over the whole Palazzo. She makes a strong case for so-called “female” crafts like sewing, knitting, and crocheting being valid means of artistic expression—not just artisan craftwork.

Later, I stopped in at the shop of my favorite Venetian jewelry designer, Antonia Miletto, who is doing little cocktail parties every day to offer some festival relief. Couldn’t resist trying a few pieces on. I loved her thick chain ring in sterling silver with a tiny peridot (left), as well as diamond-encrusted bracelets in yellow gold and skull pendants in gold and sapphire—very Venetian.

After dinner with friends—where I discovered a new (but very old in Venice) drink, the Sgroppino, vodka with Prosecco and lemon sorbet!—we headed to the Maurizio Cattelan party for his magazine, Toilet Paper, at the military fortress San Sereolo. Everybody was wondering if Maurizio is going to continue working after his joke that he’d quit—but it doesn’t seem to be true. He installed a series of sculptures called Tourists all around the city—they’re pigeons, just like the real ones that wander all through Venice (below). Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale” »

Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale

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The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young (top), hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).

I arrived in Venice for the Biennale on the morning of Memorial Day, with my boyfriend, Aaron Young. We decided to come a little earlier to enjoy Venice and the beautiful, early summer weather before the fair officially begins—a little calm before the madness! I hadn’t been to Venice since last September when I came for Adam Kimmel and Leelee Sobieski’s wedding, and I have to say I’m looking forward to this trip. I just love Venice and have never been disappointed by its magic!

We took a vaporetto from the airport to our hotel, and we could feel the energy of everybody getting ready for the festivities: art pieces being set up, gardeners doing the last touch-ups, workers putting on the last coat of paint, even cranes being moved around on ships, all for the city to look its best to welcome the “Contemporary Art World.” We’re staying at the Europa Hotel (above), one of the old palazzos on the Grand Canal right next to Palazzo Bauer. We had drinks there with Stefano Tonchi before hitting the famous Harry’s Bar for bellinis and carpaccio with Rob Pruitt, who’s here for a month to teach at an art school.

On Tuesday, we spent the entire day at the Biennale preview—the fair doesn’t technically open until the 1st. We saw everything—I especially liked Navid Nuur’s neon pieces (below), and Emily Wardill’s films—but I have to say my favorite piece so far is Urs Fischer’s Untitled. It showcases a life-sized sculpture of the Italian artist Rudolf Stingel (left) made out of wax, gazing at a marble statue that looks like a Bernini sculpture. The sculptures are giant candles and there are many wicks everywhere—I guess a different one will be lit throughout the exhibition. You can see the residues of melted wax on the floor. We got super-lucky to see it right at the beginning when it’s almost entirely intact; I can’t wait to see how it’ll look at the end of the Biennale…it’s ever-evolving. Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale” »

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