The Unknown Hipster

Galerie Perrotin New York opening

Posted in Art by unknownhipster on October 1, 2013

TributeTo PaolaPivi001_LA tribute to Paola Pivi’s Untitled (donkey) 

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.

Soon I understood that I was at the preview of Paola Pivi’s inaugural show at Galerie Perrotin, and remembered that I had actually been invited.

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 ? »

viewers001_LViewers accustomed to more esoteric works were mesmerized

by the polar bears’ happy colors.

PaolaPivi001_LPaola Pivi

knight002_LKnight Landesman’s orange suit was challenging the art.

Knight-Todd001_LTodd 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.

Pharell001_LWoodkid J.R.,  Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams.

Cattelan002_LMaurizio Cattelan wearing a teeshirt with the words « failure by design »


Xavier Veilhan high-spirited although straight off a Paris flight.

Bill001_LHalf Gallery Bill Powers (right) and NY Times Bob Morris (left) taking live notes on the battlefield for his review now published more than two weeks ago. If you haven’t read it yet, click here.

Perrotin001_LEmmanuel 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?

viewerandOthoniel001_LEmmanuel Barbault in front of a Jean-Michel Othoniel.

ThrowingMoneyMachine002_LPaola 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).

Viewers002_LArt conversation.

unknowntripping001_LCutting through the crowd, I tripped on a bear’s rear paw.

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.

NatachaPolaert001_LNatacha Polaert

Kaws001_LKAWS and his KAWS Companion

Murakami001_LA claw game gave guests a chance to walk away with a small Takashi Murakami

Luisa002_LLuisa Moraes, an actress and a photographer.

Cleopatra’s Bridget Finn, seen in the after party’s light.

Andreandafriend001_LAndré Saraiva, with a friend


The Hole gallery’s Kathy Grayson with her unnamed dog.