An hour into the Kitchen Gala honoring Robert Longo, Monica Lewinsky walked upstairs to the center portico of Cipriani Wall Street and approached the bar. One by one, those among the annual event’s usual smattering of curators and dealers did double takes as they walked by. It was inevitable that, after breaking a decade-long silence with a tell-all in Vanity Fair this month, Ms. Lewinsky would start to show up to parties and schmooze.
On Saturday morning, at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Lafayette Street, renowned art writer Calvin Tomkins celebrated the re-release of his book The Bride and the Bachelors, which is back in print, this time by Gagosian Gallery. Mr. Tomkins’s art world peers Marian Goodman, Thelma Golden, Cecilia Alemani, Will Cotton, Adam McEwen, Dustin Yellin and many others sang the author’s praises.
Last Tuesday night, as the Museum of Modern Art’s glitzy annual film benefit was starting up on 53rd Street, British artist Isaac Julien was in Chelsea, dressed to the nines, pacing the floor of Metro Pictures gallery. The benefit was in honor of his longtime friend and artistic collaborator Tilda Swinton, but he wasn’t ready to leave—last-minute edits to his exhibition kept him striding everywhere but the door.
James Franco will debut a culture column called Francofile in the upcoming double issue of Playboy, Page Six reported over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, James Franco stood on stage in the New Museum’s basement theater holding a switchblade. “I just wanted to do something that said, ‘We remember you, Brad,’” Mr. Franco told the packed house. The switchblade’s handle read, “Brad Renfro,” in candy-colored letters, and the blade bore the word “forever.”
Armory Week 2012
Hilarie M. Sheets profiles Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, whose first major American retrospective comes to the Guggenheim in June. [NYT]
Report: Jennifer Lopez may play the Met’s Costume Gala. [WWD]
Independent, the 44-gallery art fair that opened for a VIP preview at noon today and that calls itself a “temporary exhibition forum” is located just 30 blocks south down the West Side Highway from the Armory Show’s Piers 92 and 94, but feels like a different world altogether. Started three years ago by art dealers Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook at the former Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea, it is smaller and more welcoming than most art fairs happening in New York this week. There are, for instance, windows that let actual light into the exhibition space, not to mention an accessible roof, which is about as rare at one of these things as free alcohol. Independent lived up to its tagline, feeling more like a large, convivial group show than a standard trade show.