Sunday, March 30, 2008
Jan Hoffman's article in today's NY Times, "Gatekeepers to the Art World," about girls who work the front desk of the city's most prestigious galleries hit pretty close to home. Working at the front desk at Laurence Miller Gallery is of course how I got my start in the art world. Here's how the article begins...
"ON a balmy Saturday afternoon in far west Chelsea, the après-brunch art stroll gathers force, as the gallery tourists emerge from winter hibernation. Snippets of gossip in a confetti of languages! Purse pooches! Let’s see who you’re wearing, let’s see who’s on the walls. Springtime warmth dances friskily along West 24th.
Until you step behind the opaque gallery doors that line the block.
Here, winter is eternal. Brace yourself for the icy blast from the so-called reception desk. The gallerina sitting there will not give you so much as a once-over. Perhaps you’ll merit a flicker of a glance, before she returns to her infinitely more compelling computer screen.
Feel kneecapped? Not hip enough? You asked for the price list? You rube!
Don’t slink away. Here’s the good news.
It’s not about you."
Continue reading here.
I was really impressed by Volta NY. Participating galleries mounted one-person shows and the result was so clean and elegant and the quality of work was high. When a small fair is done right the result is an intimate environment, which encourages me to spend time interacting with the art. The big fairs (like the Armory) lead to sensory overload and I just shut down after twenty minutes. Here are some of my favorites from Volta...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Alex and I are doing business in New York this weekend but finding time for some pleasure too. Like having drinks with Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher at Angel's Share, my favorite bar in Manhattan. It's so incredibly cozy and cool. They have a 4 person maximum per table, which at first I thought was lame and now I think is completely civilized and fabulous. I love the mural of the angels above the bar (above) and the wood paneled lounge (below).
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Jeana and I met for lunch at Mishima today. We do this every month and I always love chatting with her about art, life, fashion, houses, furniture and most importantly food. We both order the "three hand roll special," which has to be one of the best deals in LA. As always, I'm inspired by Jeana's easy/vintage California style. Loved her gray palette today (especially the tights). So pretty.
This past weekend, Alex and I went camping in Joshua Tree with our friends Lisa and Blake. We hiked to barker dam, frolicked in fields of wildflowers and set up camp. My favorite part of camping is always setting up camp and just hanging out by the fire, cooking, talking, eating. Joshua tree is such a great weekend getaway because it's close, it's easy and it's completely inspirational and grounding.
Click here to see a slideshow of really pretty pictures.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Miuccia Prada was the subject of the New York Times Magazine cover story this past weekend and I can't not post about it. Michael Kimmelman deemed Prada "The Patroness" in this fantastic article about the fashion-art merge. In addition to her fashion empire, Prada has been supporting contemporary artists and building a successful art foundation for over a decade.
This woman is a force.
Click here to read the whole article.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I love these pictures of Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell from the new Vanity Fair. They accompany an article by Shelia Walker which is an excerpt from her soon to be released book, "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation." Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
Carly and Joni both look like the gorgeous, chic bohemians they are in these pictures. Style icons for the thinking woman.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I understand that Santa Monica Seafood might seem like an odd spot for an impromptu photoshoot, but what can I say? The spirit of the place moved us. My mom and I gathered mussels, shrimp and striped bass for the dinner we planned - Ina Garten's recipe for Roasted Striped Bass with a side o' cous cous.
The meal was amazing but not nearly as amazing as the cute picture of my momma.
Friday, March 14, 2008
To wrap up a long and overstimulating week, tomorrow we open a show I'm really really excited about - new work by Claire Oswalt. Claire makes "sculptural drawings," which in layman's terms means puppets she has carved out of wood. They are completely incredible. The piece pictured above sits in a corner of the gallery and has a motor which makes these two headless business men shake hands. Totally brill....