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April 20 2014

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12 posts tagged "MoMA"

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

On The Scene At The Armory Preview Party

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Despite last night’s near arctic temperatures, swaths of people turned out for the Armory Show 2009 Preview Party at MoMA. Under some very trippy lighting effects on the museum’s ground floor, DJ Justin Miller spun disco-punk tunes while guests clustered around one of the many bars (we saw three, at last count). Some guests chose to wander—sans drink—around the museum’s upper floors, but most stuck close to the cocktails, like the absinthe-infused “Van Gogh”—named for a noted devotee of the bohemian spirit. The crowd itself was an eclectic mix, from smartly dressed collectors and perma-tanned, heavily-accented gallerists to forlorn artist-hipsters and scantily clad PYTs. The night’s fashion winners included shiny, belted gathered dresses paired with black tights, the winter-weather mainstay. Experimental rock group Gang Gang Dance marked the evening’s high point with a bass-heavy performance in front of the lobby’s glass-and-metal curtain wall, providing stellar views of MoMA’s funky sculpture garden. If last night’s kickoff bash is any indication, this weekend’s art fair-heavy agenda—Armory, Pulse, Red Dot, Bridge, etc.—will be rocking.

Photo: Sam Mayne