Last weekend I trekked it out to the Hamptons again for the inaugural edition of Art Southampton, presented by the same organizers behind Art Miami. It was such a pleasure to see spectacular works spread out in an expansive space with room to breathe. The works shown were a stellar array of both US and international galleries. There was one corner with stunning sculptures by the late John Chamberlain in metallic slick shades of red and blue. The works along with the premiere of the new documentary 'Heaartbeat', directed by his stepdaughter Alexandra Fairweather, are to benefit the Ross School Chamberlain-Fairweather Scholarship Fund For The Arts.
Last week I attended the annual White Party at the New Museum. On display is the current show 'Ghosts in the Machine' which included stimulating light installations and the iconic vacuum pieces by Jeff Koons. Fellow members and guests rubbed elbows wearing summery white frocks while sipping on tranparent Bulldog vodka cocktails. For the review on the show click here
I visited Art Hamptons last weekend, which is the premier art fair for the Hamptons. Now in it's fifth year it was in full swing with a diverse selection of international galleries. Simultaneously, Jackson Pollock's centennial was being celebrated, where one could bid on a Jackson Pollock portrait by Peter Max. One standout gallery was the Mark Borghi gallery, who had two booths at the fair. One booth had charming images of a young Obama during his freshman year at Occidental College by photographer Lisa Jack. At their other booth they showcased work by veteran abstract painter Ed Moses. After the fair I stopped by Moses' opening being held at Borghi's Bridgehampton gallery.
I attended the Yayoi Kusama opening at The Whitney, showcasing the Japanese pop artist's prolific work. The show spans several decades of her paintings and sculptures that exude both explosive color and vibrancy. I personally loved her later paintings, located where you first enter into the show, which are uplifting and utterly hypnotizing. Kusama left her native Japan, first setting in Seattle and later making her mark in New York City in the1960s. A contemporary to Warhol and semi rival as well, Kusama challenged the mostly male dominated art scene with her defiant and sexually charged artworks. She fell from prominence in the 1970s and returned to Japan, where she has since lived and worked out of a mental hospital. Kusama is now enjoying a newfound resurgence, just having had a major retrospective at the Tate Modern and a new fashion collaboration with Louis Vuitton. The show runs till Sept 30, for more info click here
Keith Haring, one of my personal art heroes, currently has a show at The Brooklyn Museum. Titled 'Keith Haring 1978-1982' this show encompasses his early years- from his college days at SVA, to performance art collaborations with fellow artists at 80s hotspots like the The Mudd Club and Club 57, to the emerging grafitti aesthetic that was popping up all over NYC streets and subways. Definitely a nostalgic route for those who lived in that heyday and an eye opener for new a generation of a New York that no longer exists. Click here for more info
I leave for Paris next week and I'm simply ecstatic to return to this splendid city. On my agenda are many cultural adventures, specifically these two shows at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs - Jean Paul Goude and Louis Vuitton. Currently running till March 18th, the retrospective 'Goudemalion' spans decades of his daring fashion photography and stimulating imagery. The latter exhibit opening March 9th, 'Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs', draws on the parallels both designers share. Vuitton and Jacobs, whose careers are a century apart, have served as creative innovators defining tastes in our time.