AM: The Whitney Biennial on Tuesday was fabulous, all the right people were there; artists, donors, gallerists, me and my friend Ebba… I stood in (the VIP) line (obv) for 40 minutes, Ebba showed up just as I was going in. Lovely timing. Fourth floor was great, enjoyed the craft-based art. Third was also great, very spidery - loved the view of America, mid-west, pioneers, Americana were re-occuring subjects. Two walls of Zachary Drucker photographs were among my favourites. Second floor? I can’t remember Bjaarne Melgaard pieces were cool - it felt like wine time. So much art by mature and/or dead artists. An ode to the accomplished ones that haven’t been shown there previously! Gretchen Bender, Sheila Hicks and Sterling Ruby some more highlights. Dinner at J.G. Melon afterwards, young art-crowd definitely contrasted with all the men in suits who I suppose regularly frequent the establishment. Ran into Ellie Rines of Robert Blumenthal Gallery as we were leaving, she was looking chic as usual.
I also enjoyed the opening of the Armory show! I brought Moch as my date, he’s a painter. I haven’t yet had a chance to see his work but he is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the craft, very useful. He’s also quite charming AND he walked around with a skateboard. Far out. We said hello to painter Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer - both who had work in the show, ran into Annika Connor in the mix along with a ton of other people. As I was hoping to see a male gallerina I recently had a romantic encounter with I (un)fortunately ran into a non-art-related fling instead, I was friendly and casual he was awkward. Whatevs. We went for ramen at Totto Ramen afterwards. Yum!
Private collector’s visit at Martina Yamin's East side dwelling/conservation studio was AMAZING. The townhouse is full of fantastic drawings, prints and editions from a multitude of talented artists (Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeous, Lalylah Ali, Los Carpinteros…much much more) on the top floor she has a conservation studio set up where she works with a colleague. Resembled a spaceship with lots of advanced machinery for cleaning, flattening and examining different types of works on paper. Awesome PR for their business!
I missed the Bruccennial, Ryan McGuinnes studio party and opening of Moving Image - for the greater good (I hope). Was up all night writing my application for the MA program in curating at Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard (CCS Bard), under the directorship of Tom Eccles, formerly led by Maria Lind…it’s the best program for curating in the world. Fingers crossed. Submitted my application at 7:30 am… Exhausted. Over and Out!