$ale At THE LINE

Looking to add to your collection? Starting today, THE LINE has partnered up with to host a sale (on both websites and at The Apartment, THE LINE’s brick and mortar home base) of artworks by Lauren Seiden, Sanda Iliescu, Jeffrey Hoone, Werner Bischof, Nicholas Alan Cope, Chip Hooper, Do Ho Suh, and Tony Scherman, and curated by The Line’s cofounders Vanessa Traina and Morgan Wendelborn and in conjunction with Artsy’s Christine Kuan and Rebecca Bronfein Raphael.

The co-curated co-sale is THE LINE’s first venture into art — previously a go-to for the quintessentially chic and perfect water glass, button down, or toothbrush. The available works in Line-perfect setting, below:

Fill your own home with art; click to shop art at THE LINE or Artsy.

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Images courtesy of The Line

Matt Lipps, Kadar Brock, and Karl Wirsum: Fantasy Shopping at NADA in Miami

Hey, we’ve got an unlimited fictional bank account and some blank walls to fill in our brand-new Tribeca penthouse. Thanks to Artsy, we can now browse most of the offerings for the NADA fair in Miami early, ensuring that once the preview hours begin, we’ll know exactly where to head for the best deals. Let’s get shopping…

Chris Bradley (Thomas Campbell Gallery): I love Bradley’s ‘totems’ – strands of trinkets hanging from the wall – and this young sculptor’s illusionistic handling of materials (he once crafted a potato chip out of metal).

Despina Stokou and Karl Wirsum (Derek Eller Gallery): Stokou is a Berlin-based artist whose mixed-media paintings cram an overload of language onto the picture plane; Wirsum is part of the Hairy Who cadre. Presenting both artists together, this gallery’s NADA booth guarantees to be a cross-generational serving of irreverent awesomeness.

Matt Lipps (Jessica Silverman Gallery): I’ve always loved Lipps’s photos, which are constructed by staging little collaged vignettes in the studio. This latest body of work takes his own aesthetic and throws in a bit of Carol Bove’s things-arrayed-on-a-shelf style. (And hey, if you’re building a collection according to a very specific theme, why not pick up David Korty’s Blue Shelf #15 over at Night Gallery’s booth?


Kadar Brock (The Hole): Painting-as-sculpture-as-mixed-media-explosion…This Brock piece looks like a city street in the aftermath of a war, followed by a celebratory post-war parade, with lots of confetti. Process-based abstraction gets a slightly longer lease on life.

Robert Moskowitz (Kerry Schuss): I had no idea who Moskowitz was until I started prowling through this NADA preview. (Thanks, Artsy!) According to his Wikipedia profile, I’m not alone in not knowing who he is. I’d like to make up for that oversight by asking someone to buy me this totally weird, totally perfect painting.

Richard Kern (Feature, Inc.): I’m not sure if I’d be able to deal with this on my own wall, but the double-vision nude portrait of Angela Pham – the most self-obsessed of all the self-obsessed Gallery Girls – is something to behold, however queasily.

Jamian Juliano-Villani: I’ve previously written about this young painter’s tangential affinity with Mike Kelley. She’s got several works in this gallery’s booth in the fair’s ‘Projects’ section, and they’re all “affordable,” by the punch-drunk standards of the art world.

Main image: Jamian Juliano-Villani

Getting Artsy for Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant

Center548 got in touch with its artsier side last night at ICI’s Annual Benefit and Auction. Candles flickered in mirrored boxes as animated colors were projected along the walls. The room was buzzing with that particular energy that only a roomful of passionate people can provide. Patrons browsed an impressive curation of art up for auction as members of Artsy walked the crowd, providing iPads for easy bidding. Large projections of the featured artwork and their respective current bids flashed across the walls – it all was very high-tech.

After some boozing and bidding, Dasha Zhukova, Sophia Coppola, Marina Abromovic, and other attendees venture upstairs for dinner. Somewhere between the pear salad and the apple-filled donuts another live auction took place led by Sotheby’s Alexander Rotter. Guests held up their programs illustrated with bidding paddles as the auctioneer called out prices for lots that didn’t offer physical prizes. The resulting outpouring of generosity from the paddle-waving attendees stunned onlookers.

The Leo Award and The Agnes Gund Curatorial Award were bestowed upon Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant, respectively, for all their contributions to the world of contemporary art, the work of the Prada Foundation and for the exhibit When Attitudes Become Form:Bern 1969/Venice 2013. Celant graciously accepted his and Prada’s awards, tearfully reading a letter on her behalf, as she was unfortunately unable to attend. His gratitude and appreciation was palpable through a heavy Italian accent.

I had the absolute pleasure of sitting beside one of the artists whose work was featured in the silent auction. Halfway through our second course we found ourselves discussing the struggles of being an artist and he imparted upon me some wonderful advice in the way of artists being like gardeners, albeit pretty poor gardeners at times, who only reap a few crops despite the amount of seeds tossed. He stressed the importance of not getting too caught up in the weeds or discouraged by what didn’t grow but rather to really focus on cultivating what did break the surface and bloom. As he finished his story his work of art flashed across the projector screen, he nodded, that grew.

After dinner, guests headed back downstairs for the after party, kicked off by a stunning performance by Amadéus Leopold. From the far corner, dressed in flowing robes and with his face painted chalk white, he made his way through the crowd, playing his violin and occasionally singing a haunting line or two from “Silent Night” and “Amazing Grace”. There was an innate theatrics to his performance that was only emphasized by the extravagant costume and the exaggerated movements of his bow arm as he made his way through the crowd and up to the stage. His performance ended abruptly has he raced out of the room, a roar of applause chasing him out. To say he made the night would be an understatement.

The evening raised over $600,000 in funds that will directly contribute to ICI’s public programs, educational initiatives, and international networks of curatorial exchange.