I was drifting along Madison Avenue, looking for inspiration to write a poem on the world of Luxury, when I saw bright lights coming from a manicured corner building on 73rd Street.
The good thing about having long hair and a beard is that everybody takes you for a celebrity in hiding, and I was immediately greeted inside by the PR assistants checking their lists.
Following is my special report, brought to you more than two weeks after the event.
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Paola Pivi’s installation « Ok, you’re better than me, so what ? »
by the polar bears’ happy colors.
Todd Eberle and Knight Landesman were accidentally wearing matching orange. A blue polar bear suspended from the ceiling somehow reminiscent of Yves Klein “Le saut dans le vide“ made a transition to « Audible Presence » the inaugural show at Dominique Levy’s gallery on the upper floor featuring Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Cy Twombly.
Maurizio Cattelan wearing a teeshirt with the words « failure by design »
Xavier Veilhan high-spirited although straight off a Paris flight.
Emmanuel Perrotin, dressed in Lanvin.
The egg-shaped object in the corner couldn’t be identified by our freelance fact checker: loud speaker, air purifier, sculpture, or all at once?
Emmanuel Barbault in front of a Jean-Michel Othoniel.
Paola Pivi Money machine (true blue, baby I love you)
The metal sculpture was spitting out one dollar bills and coins to the delight of art world guests and patrons. A reminder that no other investment throws back money more spectacularly than art (if purchased and sold in a timely fashion).
Although apparently made out of plush feathers, I was nearly knocked down by a low kick in the shinbone by the angular steel bar structure of the bear leg.
In case I had been tempted to cuddle Paola’s sculptures, I was abruptly reminded that true art stands in discomfort when it doesn’t simply hurt.
KAWS and his KAWS Companion
Luisa Moraes, an actress and a photographer.
Cleopatra’s Bridget Finn, seen in the after party’s light.
André Saraiva, with a friend
The Hole gallery’s Kathy Grayson with her unnamed dog.