Saturday night, artist Callie Curry (a k a Swoon), hosted a pop-up beauty parlor in Long Island City. Patrons were offered up anything from a $10 “Primp” to a $500 “Total Transfiguration” by an artist of their choice—Mickalene Thomas, Duke Riley, Dustin Yellin and Natalie Frank were a few on hand helping to raise money for Ms. Curry’s community art center in North Braddock, Penn. We’re told they succeeded in bringing in nearly $55,000 (both from the event and from the sale of a work by Ms. Curry).
You may have seen Dustin Yellin’s show at Half Gallery in April, but come September, the artist will put aside his resin specimens and will do your hair, for the right price. Mr. Yellin is one of the many artists including Mickalene Thomas, Natalie Frank, Duke Riley, K8 Hardy and Dzine who will be offering up their services for a few hours at Pearly’s Beauty Shop on the night of September 8.
Author Jonathan Safran Foer is teaming up with Samuel Messer, a painter and associate dean of Yale School of Art, on a retrospective exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser gallery in Chelsea. The only thing is, the retrospective, which opens June 21, is for a fictional character named “S—.”
“Retrospective of S” is really a summer group show—with a twist. The paintings in this female artist’s show are actually done by 10 different artists selected by Mr. Messer: Natalie Frank, Rochelle Feinstein, Francesca Lo Russo, Josephine Messer, Judith Linhares, Njideka Akunyili, Caitlin Cherry, Chie Fueki, Jackie Gendel and Jennifer Packer.
It’s late spring, time once again for the age-old tradition of the MFA thesis exhibition. Graduating art school students put on a final show of their work, in a rite of passage that marks the beginning of their lives as officially accredited artists, with all the struggles that entails: finding a studio, finding a gallery. The thesis shows, at least at the top-end schools like Columbia, Hunter and Yale, have also become a way for collectors and dealers to sniff out talent. It’s just a matter of making all those trips to all those schools. As of last week, there’s a brand new twist on the MFA thesis show, one that doesn’t involve any schlepping. VIP MFA, which launched last Friday, is the first-ever juried art fair that gives arts professionals and collectors a crack at the new talent emerging from 58 art schools around the world, from Manhattan to Mumbai—and it happens entirely online.
The Brooklyn Museum’s annual Artists Ball gala was held on the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on the museum’s fourth floor. The lobby was filled with more than a few intimidating presences for the occasion. Gloria Steinem stood a bit hidden behind the press check-in and had a long line of admirers waiting to hold court with her; Marisa Tomei wore a gold chain that read BROOKLYN spelled out in cursive and said that feminist art “touches your soul”; Judy Chicago, the artist behind the Sackler Center’s permanent installation The Dinner Party, wore bright green and pink and stuck out of the crowd.
The figurative painter Natalie Frank will join Fredericks & Freiser gallery, with a first show planned for the fall of next year.
“I’m excited to be working with a gallery that I respect tremendously, both personally and professionally, and that represents so many compelling artists,” Ms. Frank wrote in an email.