Remember You Well at the Chelsea Hotel: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis Has an Art Show, Rides a Motorcycle

Princess Gloria

“She’s here,” said a tall German woman in a full-length leopard-print dress. She and others at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront gravitated to the narrow doorway for the entrance of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, whose installation of 60 hand-drawn portraits of famous people, all vaguely connected to the Chelsea Hotel, opened last night. The Princess did not disappoint. Sporting an American flag helmet, she pulled up to the sidewalk on a motorcycle. Read More


Monica Lewinsky Was a Tween Fan of Robert Longo and Other Lessons From the Kitchen Gala

(Photo by Stephanie Berger)

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. Read More


Was It Even Supposed to Be Fun? The Whitney Biennial Opening Kicks Off Armory Week

"BCBGMAXAZRIA partners with the
Whitney Museum of American Art for the 
2014 Biennial Opening Night." (Photo and caption courtesy Patrick McMullan)

“Scenes,” read a label on David Foster Wallace’s Cuddly Cuties™ branded Pale King notebook on the fourth floor of the Whitney Museum at the Biennial opening Wednesday night. The object raised a few questions. Was it necessary to include one of the greatest writers of his generation in this museum show, when he’s already received no shortage of tributes since his suicide five and a half years ago1? And if a writer had to cover this particular opening, might it be, in just this one case, acceptable to attempt an imitation of Wallace’s trenchant, scene-oriented style of journalism2? Read More


Lifting the Veil: Izhar Patkin Celebrates Mass MoCA Show


Eating eggplant cabonata and balsamic caviar off of Elizabeth Taylor’s face may sound like the disturbingly specific fantasy of an extra on the set of Cleopatra, but it was merely typical at a reception Tuesday night for artist Izhar Patkin. Guests exploring the vast East Village complex of colorful rooms and courtyards he calls home nibbled Italian fare off plates Mr. Patkin purchased for $2 a pop and painted with the faces of famous Jews. (Taylor converted at the age of 27.)  Read More


Hadou-kin! Jon Rafman Hosts ‘Street Fighter IV’ Tournament at Zach Feuer

From the event.

Late Saturday afternoon, Chelsea’s setting sun had turned the windows of Zach Feuer to mirrors and, past the racks of fake video games at the entrance, the gallery had undergone a transformation too. Aggressive clusters of young men shit-talked each other over hip-hop from a DJ booth at the back of the room. Some of them ate Haitian food from tin containers on folding chairs, engaged in nodding discussions serious enough to discourage the gallery types from taking a seat nearby—they tended to hang near the walls. Read More


Shot From the Hip: SculptureCenter Fêtes Fred Wilson, Susanne Ghez at Annual Benefit


A topless Russian and an elaborate humanoid ice luge were among the sights that greeted guests at SculptureCenter’s annual benefit gala last night. More than a few attendees looked startled by the spectacle—the half-naked young man was dispensing lemon vodka from twin spigots that stuck out the sculpture, by artist Anicka Yi—but it could have been a lot more shocking. “I originally proposed he be completely nude,” Ms. Yi said as she watched the slender model banter. “That was shot down very quickly.” Read More