armory week 2014
The gala circuit, as it gathers steam in early spring, can make one feel somewhat cynical. The succession of grandiose speeches, anemic benefit auctions and bags of cutesy swag induce a mild malaise. “This one feels upbeat,” said artist Jenny Holzer, one of the honorees at the annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on Wednesday, as she surveyed the room. It was true, the mood at the museum that night was buoyant. Perhaps it was the relief that the April snow the night before didn’t stick around, but people seemed to be enjoying themselves. As always, some women took the word “ball” and ran with it: sweeping floor-length gowns in Easter egg hues abounded.
Normal Red Bull, sugar-free Red Bull, even Red Bull Total Zero: these were the drinks that greeted arrivals to last night’s Armory Party at the Museum of Modern Art, proffered by waiters standing in formation like the caterers at a fashionably late-night funeral. Never before has a fête been so upfront about—and accommodating of—its guests’ extreme exhaustion.
You’re probably stacking the deck a bit when you ask a bunch of tipsy people a rhetorical question, but nevertheless let’s hand the microphone to dealer Sean Kelly for a moment. “Stop the dancing, stop the party, just for a few minutes, I promise.” That’s what they all say!
Kehinde Wiley, whom I profiled a few months ago, will open his first show with Sean Kelly Gallery tomorrow night and the exhibition has already received a fair amount of hype because it will include some of his first major portraits of women.
And this painting to the left is one of them! Details Read More
Artist Kehinde Wiley will have his first solo show with Sean Kelly Gallery on May 5. For the occasion, he is presenting, for the first time, a series of portraits that focus on women as his subjects.
The Jewish Museum announced today that its Kehinde Wiley exhibition, “World Stage: Israel,” which is set to open on March 9, will include a special painted “wallscape” in downtown Manhattan, on either Houston or Canal Street, though the exact location is yet to be decided. The outdoor piece represents a new direction for the Upper East Side institution, museum representative Anne Scher said today, and “a very different way of promoting an exhibition.”