On Monday night, Christie’s dumped its usually stuffy atmosphere and channeled the vibe of a downtown opening as hepcats crowded the halls to celebrate a silent auction for Young & Starving, an new nonprofit that aims to help up-and-coming artists. Read More
On Friday night downtowners crowded the New Museum for a very special edition of its Next Generation party hosted in part by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, co-curators of the 2015 New Museum Triennial. At the ground level, attendees mingled with DIS Magazine media companions (those full-body-spandexed creatures who wear advertisements and like to pose for pictures), but for the most part the party took place on the museum’s top floor, where DJ sets were interspersed with performances by artists like Lauren Devine, a YouTube sensation, who, as it was painfully explained to an older attendee, doesn’t actually have that many hits for her videos. She doesn’t need them! Parody would be the wrong word, but she’s described her music as “Fro-Yo Pop,” like the music they play at Pinkberry. Read More
Is “curate” the most overused word of the past few years? Everyone at the annual Independent Curators International benefit auction last Monday seemed to think so. Which made sense, if you think about it. These people had paid top bucks to celebrate the field, so you knew that it had to bug them extra when the word is used to describe websites or outfits, what have you. Read More
Though Instagram is a new enough medium that nobody has ever used it to photograph any actual murders (probably), the cheery photo app gained a darker filter Sunday afternoon at the Brant Foundation’s new Nate Lowman exhibition, which featured, just outside its main building in Greenwich, Conn., the very white Ford Bronco that O.J. Simpson used for his low-speed chase in 1994, a car that everyone immediately felt the need to Instagram. As soon as the art-world dons began to trickle in, the foundation’s hashtag began to fill with Kodachrome-y shots of the vehicle, looking very white and very unlike (maybe) homicide memorabilia in the sun. Perhaps the best shot featured one of Peter Brant’s sons standing before the vehicle in leather pants, with the caption “When Harry Met O.J.” Read More
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Gavin Brown’s Halloween party last night in Harlem was a swinging, raucous affair. Chelsea, the center of the New York art world, had just taken a major blow from Hurricane Sandy and it was all anyone could talk about. They questioned each other about what it could mean. If New York’s big industries are media, finance and art, why had God chosen to level four-foot waves at the one that probably does the least amount of harm to anybody? Read More
The Brooklyn Museum has canceled the popular dance party portion of its free Target First Saturdays. The museum announced the change on their web site with a note from Elisabeth Callihan, the director of adult programming, which was later reported by DNAinfo. Ms. Callihan says:
“We have to acknowledge, however, while the attendance is Read More
Not that you don’t have plenty of openings to hit up tomorrow night, but after you’ve swooped into Chelsea, head north to the Museum of Modern Art where, beginning at 8:30 p.m., PopRally is throwing the “Meta-Monumental Pre-Game,” an event in the run-up to Martha Rosler’s November installation Meta-Monumental Garage Sale—an enormous suburban-style garage sale right in MoMA’s atrium where the artist will be on hand to haggle tooth and nail for things that, for the most part, aren’t even hers. Read More
A note from ZieherSmith just arrived in our inbox that states that the block the gallery calls home on West 20th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues will be home to a party on July 10 complete with “art, food trucks and music from DJ [and publicist] April Hunt.” Très Brooklyn!
The event runs Read More
“But this is where I want to go tonight,” a woman in a short, tight dress whined, standing outside the Skylight Soho event space last Wednesday night. “I can go to Costa Rica for $500,” her friend snapped back. As they argued, a group that skewed young and thin streamed by them into the Whitney Art Party.
The front of the house—the former home of the Ace Gallery and recently a popular art gala venue—was an exercise in light, with a bunch of Lite-Brite-style boards arrayed behind the bars. Large black and white paper spheres hung over the main bar, which plied champagne and vodka. Read More
“Juergen, I’m not kidding,” Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman was telling the photographer Juergen Teller Tuesday night, as they stood before a massive photograph of Yves Saint Laurent on Madison Avenue. Mr. Teller, who shot the photo, had just stepped onto the black carpet leading into the store, wore a pair of running shorts to Mr. Freedman’s tie-less suit, and seemed open to compliments.
“These are some of the best windows we’ve ever done,” Mr. Freedman said. “The best!” Read More