Monday, June 22, 2015

ART BASEL RECAP: It Was All Yellow










I'm just coming down from the art high of my first visit to Art Basel in Switzerland.  The largest and most well-known art fair in the world happens in the tiny town of Basel, on the German and French border each June.  According to FitBit, I spent 7 hours walking through 7 miles of art in one day.  There was such a wide range of artwork, and so much to see, that I'm sure my expression resembled the above photo more often than I'd like to admit.  A theme throughout was the color yellow, and there are just a few of my favorites, above, with links below.

Dress: H&M
Necklace: Kayellepea
Shoes: Kenzo

Photos by John Peter William Sealy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FRIDA AL FRESCO











You may already be aware of my love for Frida Kahlo (ahem, this Halloween costume).  That, coupled with my affinity for horticulture made the Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden something I couldn't miss.  I attended the Frida Al Fresco evening on Saturday, and couldn't wait to share.  Not only is there a recreation of Frida and Diego's Casa Azul and an exhibition of her artwork, there were also themed cocktails (prickly pear margarita!), an all-female mariachi band, a taco truck, and a dancer who looked like Frida!  It was such an arousing evening, really a sensory overload of color, sound, and smell.  At the end of the evening, there was a special Jenny Holzer projection on the Observatory of Mexican poetry, including excerpts from Frida Kahlo's diary.

If you're not able to make it to Coyoacan, Mexico to see the real Casa Azul, then definitely take the time to go to the NYBG before November 1st, 2015.

Blouse: Vintage
Skirt: Reiss
Shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison (also worn here)
Silk Shawl: Vintage
Flower Crown: Self Made

Photos by Meri Feir and myself.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ARTSY ONSITE



Last night, I had the pleasure of attending my first Artsy OnSite, at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.  Artist Patrick Wilson, whose exhibition opens at the gallery this evening, was on hand to discuss his suite of paintings on view.  While sipping sparkling wine, a small group of us heard from the artist on topics such as his inspiration, creative process, and execution.  He also briefly discussed his use of color, which particularly piqued my interest.

Thanks to Artsy for the invitation, to Patrick for the insight, and to Mark Rosen (@markatthemuseum) for the photos!

Jacket, pants, and blouse: Diane von Furstenberg
Shoes: United Nude

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GIVE ME LOVE






Yayoi Kusama's Give Me Love, on view now at David Zwirner Gallery, has me seeing spots.

Upon entering the gallery, which is fully open to the street, you are confronted with a little house which is furnished completely in white, from floor to ceiling.  Each visitor is given a sheet of polka dot stickers, and you are encouraged to use all of them to decorate obliterate the space.  
Also accompanying the Obliteration Room are some of Kusama's pumpkins as well as a number of paintings in the space next door.  It's difficult to be unhappy while surrounded by colorful spots, and to be able to participate in the madness makes it that much more fun.

Give Me Love is on view through June 13 at 519 and 525 West 19th Street in NYC.

Dress: Vintage, with dot stickers
Shoes: The Kooples

Photos by Kathy Paciello.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PLEASE TOUCH THE ART






I had so much fun on Sunday walking along the Brooklyn promenade, spotting Jeppe Hein's new installations, Modified Social Benches.  Part of the Public Art Fund's exhibition Please Touch the Art, the oddly shaped, neon benches encourage interaction with the viewer/participant and challenge the isolation of life in the city.  

Jacket: Rains, purchased in Paris
Chambray dress: Uniqlo
Shoes: Sperry

Friday, May 15, 2015

TGIF


It's been a long week.

Flashback to the position and location in which I'd like to spend every weekend.

Andy Warhol, Shadows, at Dia.

Photo by Meri Feir.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FRIEZE, FRAMED









Last night, I attended the VIP preview of Frieze New York, the yearly art fair housed in a giant tent on Randall's Island in NYC.  Among some of my favorite artworks on view were these paintings by Daniel Rich at Peter Blum Gallery's booth.  I wasn't familiar with Rich's work, but it called to mind the paintings of Charles Sheeler, with their technical detail.  Upon perusing further, I found that Rich paints similar works of different cities throughout the world, and the one I gravitated toward (pictured here) was from Rio de Janeiro.  I think a visit is in order!

Blouse and skirt: Clover Canyon
Sandals: The Kooples

Photos by Kathy Paciello and Christine Horgan.