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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Dan Flavin Installation view at Joni Weyl. Courtesy of GEMINI G.E.L.

We often view works of art as individual strokes of genius. This naïve interpretation of what art is stems from our lack of understanding of the artistic process, one that involves countless attempts at experimentation, countless drawings and preparatory sketches of the very idea we admire, even multiples of the same scene in the same […]

Lucio Fontana. Concetto spaziale--Teatrino, 1965. Courtesy of Dorotheum.

Argentine by birth and Italian by choice, Lucio Fontana made the crossing of the Atlantic a habitual occurrence, sometimes out of necessity (on the occasion of the WWII) and others out of conviction. His reinstatements in Argentina focused on his own development as an artist and transmitter of ideas. In 1924, he established his own […]

R. Venturi & D. Scott Brown. Spots. 1993. Courtesy of V'SOSKE.

Cherry blossoms are long gone but the 28 flower buds, irregularly spread on a woolen “midnight navy” rug appeared for the first time today on La Guardia Place.  The rug, designed in a flat style derivative of Japanese art by American architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (1993, 6’x8’, 100% wool), is one of […]

Schiaparelli and Prada at the Met, general view

or “An Impossible conversation with Thomas P. Campbell” Rather than give another descriptive review of the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit (currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) I will focus on the following quote by the museum’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, to identify the faults in his reasoning: “Given the role […]

Brice Marden. Untitled. 2011. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.

Rather than the absolute drama of big sweeping statements, what Brice Marden offers with his 15 new paintings on marble is individuality, intimacy, familiarity, and desire. Desire primarily. Currently on view at Matthew Marks Gallery (at 526 West 22nd Street) Marden’s paintings are his second attempt at exploring the physical world as presented to him […]

Norma Kamali dress. Courtesy of CFDA.

For collectors of haute couture the current exhibit at the Museum at FIT, “IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America,” is reassuring. This is because the pieces on display seem to have had a twofold impact on American culture: as items of popular fashion/culture, namely trends that inundated the market at […]

John Baldessari, God Nose, Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L.

If you are interested in prints (lithographs and etchings) you must visit GEMINI G.E.L at Joni Weyl. The gallery just moved to a new location in Chelsea at 535 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor to a sleek, upbeat, and most inviting space. The quality of the work conducted at Gemini G.E.L., which began in 1966 as an […]

Film still: James Nares, Pendulum, 1976. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Just days after viewing Jesus Soto’s exhibit at the Grey Arts Gallery, I was invited by a former student of mine to join her and the social club “The Contemporaries” in a gallery talk by James Nares at the Paul Kasmin Gallery.  JAMES NARES: 1976: ‘Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper’ is a show […]

La cocotte, 1956; Courtesy of The Grey Arts Gallery

Jesus Soto (1923-2005), a Venezuelan artist who moved to Paris in the 1950s to escape his country’s political repression, is re-introduced to this side of the Atlantic with an exhibition at New York University’s Grey Arts Gallery. The exhibit examines Soto’s production during two decades, from 1950 to 1970, and while he worked among the […]