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April 20 2014

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4 posts tagged "Rita Ackermann"

Venus Rising

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After the fluorescence of Frieze, last night’s cloistered and barely candlelit opening of Venus Over Manhattan was a shock to the art system. The new gallery at 980 Madison Avenue is the latest passion of Adam Lindemann, and if it seems strange for an art writer and collector to turn dealer at age 50, well, strangeness is part of the aim. “I was fascinated with the novel À Rebours,” Lindemann said, referencing Joris-Karl Huysmans’ decadent classic. “It means ‘against the grain,’ and it’s about a debauched nineteenth-century aristocrat who destroys his life with drugs and art.” (It also gave him the title of his inaugural exhibition.) He was offering a modulated version of excess: a late, 10 p.m. start time (the better to coexist with Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale, one of the big events of the auction house’s year) and a different drink from the usual gallery-opening Champagne. “Have you tried the absinthe yet?” he asked the crowd, which included Linda Evangelista, Rita Ackermann, Hope Atherton, Charlotte Kidd, and Richard Kern.

Elise Øverland had not. “I can’t do hallucinogenics,” murmured the designer (pictured), just back from sabbatical in India. “It’s trippy enough just being in the dark,” added art world impresario Yvonne Force Villareal. “I think this is my first candlelit art opening, and I love the mystery, the feeling that anything could happen.” Erin Fetherston felt it, too. “It’s been so long since I did anything spontaneous,” she said. “I love it. My friends said let’s go to this art thing, and now I’m in a haunted house.”

“Isn’t it so weird here and wonderful?” sighed curator Stacy Engman. “I hardly know what time it is or where I am, but it could only be New York.”

Photo: Steve Eichner

Twice The Fun With Chloë Sevigny And Opening Ceremony

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Apparently, one party per day does not suffice for the Opening Ceremony crew. Yesterday afternoon, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, and Chloë Sevigny collected a typically heterodox crowd to their garden party preview of the new Chloë Sevigny for O.C. collection: Spike Jonze (left, with Sevigny), Kim Gordon, skater Jason Dill, performance artist Justin Bond, and designer Eddie Borgo were among the notables nibbling finger sandwiches as friends-of-Chloë like Rita Ackermann, Lesley Arfin, Lissy Trullie, and Jen Brill modeled the new looks. (The five dress styles, by the way, are named after five of the friend/models, too: Lissy, Lesley, Winnie Wong, Alanna Gabin, and Sophie Aschauer.) Sevigny, in a leopard-print dress and reversible baseball jacket from the collection, noted that she likes to show her clothes on friends, rather than models, because she designs sportswear “that’s meant to be worn by real people.” “It’s not a runway collection,” she said, as Terry Richardson popped off a few impromptu shots of the girls in hot pants. “The clothes are for doing stuff like this, hanging out.”

Sevigny went on to say that the new collection’s vibe was derived from early Benetton and Esprit de Corps, and that the sure-to-be-everywhere printed tights and socks represent the summa expression of an obsession with legwear that dates back to the eighth grade. “I remember wearing a pair of striped tights to the first day of school,” she recalled. “I guess it’s been a thing for me since then.” At that, the clock chimed seven, and it was time for the tea and macarons to be packed away. On to party number two, at Santos, where a bevy of O.C. regulars turned up to celebrate both the collection and Leon’s birthday. Needless to say, the mood was a little less genteel. By midnight, “Edge of Seventeen” was playing and the dance floor was packed. Sevigny was nursing a drink in the corner. And sure enough, she was wearing tights.

Photo: Hannah Thomson

Recessionista: Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve

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What: Limited-edition T-shirts by Marika Thunder Nuss, $40

Why: At Wednesday night’s opening party for Partners & Spade—Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s stream-of-consciousness store that doubles as their design firm headquarters—we browsed for something thrifty amid the random, tightly curated collections of other people’s stuff. Assorted mini staplers, Lehman Brothers paraphernalia, and used artists’ palettes were all for sale. While some of the prices were gallery caliber ($350 for the palettes), we did find something that was cash-and-carry: budding 10-year-old artist Marika Thunder Nuss’ playful T-shirts. When she’s not living the life of a brooding downtown visionary with a current show at Half Gallery (no, seriously), Nuss goes back to her full-time job as Rita Ackermann’s daughter. Based on the party crush—we spotted Cynthia Rowley, Waris, and Chiara Clemente among the browsers—you might want to make your way to Partners & Spade ASAP. Each T-shirt style is a limited edition.

Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., NYC, (646) 861-2827.

Kai Kuhne Had An Arty Week

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It’s no secret that women in the art world don’t mind going there a little with their fashion. (Please see: Cindy Sherman in Comme des Garçons’ bump dress.) Last week, prompted by his love of those ladies and the fact that the seven-day stretch was stacked with arty activities (Terence Koh and Cindy Sherman’s openings, the Guggenheim gala, the Metal Ball), Kai Kühne made it his mission to dress some of said world’s most stylish denizens. On that list were curator Yvonne Force Villareal (pictured, top right), Performa founder Roselee Goldberg (pictured, bottom right), artists Agathe Snow (pictured, bottom left) and Rita Ackermann, art lover Genevieve Jones, and gallerist Bronwyn Keenan (pictured, top left). Kühne’s Spring collection was filled with intricate and architectural tailoring inspired by leeks. (What could be artier than that?) For his part, Kühne told us that he enjoys giving creative women the feeling of being “female sculptures,” and frankly, they’re also a lot of fun.

 

 

Photo: Chance Yeh and David X. Prutting/PatrickMcMullan.com