August 30 2014

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Venus Rising


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

Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale


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” »

Exclusive: Proenza Schouler Breaks Language, Fashion Barriers In Florence


UPDATE: While the rains continued in New York, the weather held for Proenza Schouler’s multipart Pitti W happening in Florence, Italy, and despite being taken over by the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, the Villa Petraia’s sixteenth-century gardens remained happily intact. “This is the crown jewel of Medici villas,” said Jack McCollough. “[And that’s saying a lot] as they are like Starbucks in Italy.” Among the New York imports helping him and his partner Lazaro Hernandez “export a slice of Americana overseas” were Yvonne Force Villareal and Bee Shaffer, along with video stars Chloë Sevigny, Liya Kebede, and Kalup Linzy (click to watch them in action above). Waving the flag for the Brits was the indefatigable Suzy Menkes.
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The Proenza Schouler show is one of New York fashion week’s hottest tickets, and tonight that sense of anticipation goes international, as Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough unveil their Spring ’10 pre-collection at Pitti W in Florence. For their debut on the world stage, Hernandez and McCollough say they want to “up the ante”—and they’re not kidding. Far from a run-of-the-mill runway show, the event will feature a performance by Kembra Pfahler, in the guise of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, an installation by sculptor Haim Steinbach, and a video by the soap-spoofing, drag-wearing, stardom-bound performance artist Kalup Linzy (with a cameo by a bewigged Chloë Sevigny). We’re posting the video exclusively here, though fair warning: If this song were ever released as a single, it would have one of those “Explicit Lyrics” stickers.
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Read our review of Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2010 pre-collection >

This is your first time showing a collection in Europe. What made you decide to debut with a multimedia extravaganza?

Lazaro Hernandez: When the Pitti people asked us to show the pre-collection, we were a little skeptical at first. I mean, pre-collections are sales-driven—

Jack McCollough: Not the most fantastic, editorial thing.
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Blasblog: Downtown Divas, Delusional and Otherwise


“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.

Kai Kuhne Had An Arty Week


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/