Fab Five Freddy Saw the Old Friends at Rammellzee Opening

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“It’s a bit of a story, but he found us,” said filmmaker Charlie Ahearn about the late graffiti artist Rammellzee at the opening of “Rammellzee: The Letter Racers,” the debut show for Suzanne Geiss Company, a new gallery in Soho. “He was seeking out people he wanted to contact like Fab Five Freddy and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Fred was working with me on the film.”

Mr. Ahearn, who was speaking of the iconic ’80s hip-hop film he directed, Wild Style, was standing with Gallerist in a black-lit room. Above us, there were 26 “letter racers”—skateboards souped up and hung from the ceiling like a flock of aerodynamic, robotic birds flying madly out of a cave. Read More

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Former Deitch Projects Executive Director to Open SoHo Gallery

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Suzanne Geiss

When Jeffrey Deitch closed his eponymous gallery in SoHo last year to become director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LA MOCA), the New York art world, and particularly the SoHo neighborhood, was widely acknowledged to have lost one of its galvanizing forces. As of next week, new life will be brewing at the former Deitch headquarters at 76 Grand Street, with a gallery that appears to continue in the Deitch tradition. The Observer has learned that Suzanne Geiss, former executive director of Deitch Projects, plans to start a new gallery in the building, which will be open to the public next spring. Read More