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April 17 2014

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20 posts tagged "Nate Lowman"

Let the Games Begin

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“I haven’t done a puzzle since I was 13,” Jason Wu confessed last night at Shiseido’s RxArt party for Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s jigsaw puzzle and its own new Future Solution LX skincare line. “I’m definitely going to buy one. But knowing me, I’ll toss everything else aside until I finish it!” At least the missed work day will be for a good cause. Sales of the 200-piece puzzle, which features Kusama’s Self-Portrait (2008), will benefit RxArt’s program to engage hospital patients with contemporary art. (Aptly, the 80-year-old artist currently lives—by choice—in a Tokyo mental institution.) Kusama skipped the party, but quite a crowd turned up at the airy West Village space to celebrate, including Lauren Santo Domingo, Olivier Zahm and André Saraiva, Terry Richardson, and the party perennials of the downtown cool set, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, Jen Brill, and Nate Lowman, who split DJ duties with Leo Fitzpatrick for the night.

The rub with puzzles, of course, is finding the time to complete them. Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock, who recently moved the line’s offices from Brooklyn to Manhattan, was glad the party’s nearby location gave her a few minutes to admire Kusama’s self-portrait. Daphne Guinness professed to being a fan, too, but the heiress/designer/muse may be a little busy for puzzling: “I live in New York now, but I’m basically flying all the time for work.” But with cold weather coming, a good puzzle may be just the rationale a party girl needs for a night at home. Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim agreed. “I’m going to take up puzzles again,” she said. “It’s the perfect excuse for staying in.”

Blasblog: The A-Crowd Comes Out For Nate Lowman

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With so many art-loving financiers losing their pants in the current economy, the art world might be in for some tough times. But Nate Lowman isn’t going down without a smile. Or, more specifically, without a smiley face. That familiar little yellow circle with two dots and a curve was the ruling icon at his Saturday night opening party at the Maccarone gallery. A festive crowd of fashion and art world aficionados—and even two tween rappers called Little Wiki and Powered By Googs—came out to show Lowman support (Wiki and Googsdid so by free-styling by the front door). Despite the buzz, Lowman admitted to feeling not quite up to smiley-face standards. “I’m too tired,” he said, acknowledging he hadn’t slept much in the weeks leading up to the show. “Though I did manage to work in a shower before, which was nice.” Explaining the smiley faces, Lowman said he thought now was a good time to showcase something reminiscent of happier times—childhood doodles and the feel-good seventies. Lowman’s girlfriend, Mary-Kate Olsen—there with her sister, Ashley—was working a few oldies but goodies of her own: A vintage Prada brown leather jacket with fringe and a very late-nineties messy half ponytail. Further in the back of the gallery, where the likes of Camilla Nickerson and Jen Brill had congregated with the artist’s father, Lowman showed some of his more traditional pieces, including grainy images of an old headstone. (My favorites, however, were a picture of three dirty bottoms and a traditional landscape turned on its side, which suggested something naughtier.) Hopefully Lowman enjoyed his night out—it looked that way later at the Beatrice Inn— because on Sunday day he was starting his next project, a large installation that will debut at the Venice Biennale.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Nate Lowman

 

Blasblog: Downtown Divas, Delusional and Otherwise

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“This is low-budget art life support,” teased Yvonne Force Villareal on Friday night, standing in a small gallery space on the lower half of Wooster Street—the new venue for her and partner Doreen Remen’s Art Production Fund called APF Lab. “Look, there’s not even a handle on the front door,” she pointed out. True, there might have been some jerry-rigging when it came to the entrance, but this part of town should be used to creativity on a shoestring—or at least have a faint memory of when artists were struggling in Soho. Force Villareal was working Wooster Street for the debut APF’s newest collaboration called Delusional Downtown Divas. The five-part video piece features three self-described art brats—young people with high-powered art-world parents—who grow up and realize that they’re going to have to find a way to stay relevant in this creative community. And so we’re treated to footage (a still is pictured here) of Isabel Halley, Joana d’Avillez, and Lena Dunham posing really hard at gallery parties, dancing really hard at Beatrice Inn, and trying really hard to get in with hot young artists like Nate Lowman. (In the episode I saw, two of the girls break into a gallery, get Nate’s number, and attempt to seduce him under the guise that they’re seeking art for an upcoming fair.) “The story is basically about three young girls who, because they grew up in the world they did, never had to try hard to impress people,” explained Force Villareal. “They grew up in the art world, which will take anyone. Now they have to figure it out for themselves.” Of course, Force Villareal is an expert at doing just that. Her new budget-sensitive gallery APF Lab is a donated space that she is happily filling with events for the next five years. (This particular installation, which is set up to look like one brat’s Tribeca lair, is up through this week.) “If you have any good ideas, we’ll take them here,” Force Villareal was overheard telling a fellow art world-er. “I will literally give you the keys.” Presumably by then there will be a door knob.

They Said It: Moments From The Accompanied Literary Society’s Art World Panel

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Six panelists gathered at the Mondrian on Friday night to grapple with art world issues. The discussion, sponsored by Intermix, also celebrated the release of the book The Impossible Collection, a compendium of some of the world’s most sought-after art. A few choice highlights:


—”[It looks] a bit like ice cream in winter.” Author and collector Adam Lindemann on the high-priced art at Basel

—”Sorry, what was the question? I was ordering a drink.” Nate Lowman

—”Look at Botticelli. The thing that’s beautiful always wins.” Rachel Feinstein on the recession killing the ugly-art trend

—”I don’t think that any of that art is immune to the market.” Gallerist Mary Boone on trophy works

—”My former boss, Andy Warhol…bought jewelry and toys and real estate.” Interview‘s Glenn O’Brien on whether art lovers are art buyers.

Photo: Nick Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Blasblog From Miami: Pardon The Error, But Le Baron Is Basel’s Beatrice Inn

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Earlier I erroneously suggested that the Raleigh hotel’s backyard was the Beatrice Inn of this year’s Art Basel Miami. I am now reporting that as an error. (My bad.) Sure, the Oasis, as the André Balazs-owned hotel calls its sandy post-pool area, is a hot spot: Visionaire‘s party last night was just as good as Deitch Projects’ fête the night before, if not better. But when it comes to the bawdy, smoky hedonism that the Beatrice prides itself on, it’s not about the open area and iconic pool. Nah, to get all of the above we’d have to go to the pop-up Le Baron nightclub in the Delano Hotel. (This kind of makes sense, since Beatrice and Le Baron are related in that same-club-owner kind of way.) Thursday night was the most fun, sweatiest dance party yet. Somehow, through the haze, I made it to the hippest Art Basel table. From left to right, I ID’ed artist Hanna Liden and her DJ ladyfriend Rachel Chandler; artist Nate Lowman and his ladyfriend Mary-Kate Olsen (seen here with Ryan McGinley earlier in the evening); then Aaron Young, Neville Wakefield, and Interview‘s Christopher Bollen. Dancing in front of them—to the weirdest mash-up of music I’ve ever heard, spanning techno, Ting Tings, Beyoncé, and Frank Sinatra—was Fabiola Beracasa, Katie Lee Joel, and Nylon‘s Dani Stahl. (I’m sure there were people elsewhere in the club, but once you get a seat at a place like this, you don’t give it up!) At one point Pharrell, who is making cameos at nearly every party in town and hosting a dinner with Parisian retail outlet Colette tomorrow night, came over to have a chat with Ms. Olsen. It might have had something to do with a mutual respect of Murakami, but I couldn’t hear. I think that’s when Sinatra’s “New York, New York” was blaring.

Photo: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com