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2 posts tagged "Paul Kasmin Gallery"

Alejandro Ingelmo x Kenny Scharf’s Street Feet

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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 Style.com. 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 www.edition01.com. Kolors is on view at the Paul Kasmin Gallery through May 4.

Photo: Courtesy photo

David LaChapelle Celebrates His Own Personal Jesus

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David LaChapelle has his own way of doing an art opening. Last night at Paul Kasmin Gallery, for the vernissage of his American Jesus show, he had cameos from Julian Schnabel and Lenny Kravitz (pictured above, with LaChapelle) and a crowd of people photographing him as he danced—in a white caftan, no less. As it happened, there was a Jersey Shore party going on at the same time next door at Marquee—”probably a metaphor for my life,” LaChapelle shrugged.

That life is a busy one at the moment, with Chelsea the latest stop on the attention-getting show’s world tour. The abridged American Jesus exhibition at Paul Kasmin puts extra focus on three photos depicting the late Michael Jackson (well, a lookalike) as Christ and features a striking image of Naomi Campbell as Cleopatra. A broadly expanded version of the show opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art later this month. “It’s going to go on until people don’t want to see it any more, I guess,” LaChapelle said at the Standard’s High Line Room, where he was joined by the likes of Cynthia Rowley and Rory Tahari for the post-opening dinner. Speaking of going on, so did the party—the LaChapelle crew adjourned upstairs to the Boom Boom Room for some postprandial dancing, where they mixed with the likes of Yigal Azrouël and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. It was the last Boom, so to speak—the final late night of BBR revelry before the space is reborn as a private club after the summer. LaChapelle’s own take on resurrection? “I believe that there’s more to me than what’s contained between my hat and my shoes,” he said.

Photo: Shaun Mader/Patrick McMullan