What Art To See In New York, Los Angeles + London April 14-20

Ai Weiwei photographed by Gao Yuan, 2012

Monday, April 14

Christo makes a rare public appearance at Neuehouse (we assume you’re a member) in New York to speak about Over the River and The Mastaba, two projects of the artist. A tour of Neuehouse’s art collection precedes the talk at 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15

Jean Nouvel’s Triptyques opens at Gagosian Gallery in London with a reception from 6-8 p.m. 17-19 Davies Street, London.

Thursday, April 17

Julian Schnabel’s View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 opens at Gagosian Gallery in New York with a reception from 6-8 p.m. 555 West 24th Street, New York.

Henri Matisse’s blue nudes are back together at the Tate Modern in London. The Cut-Outs exhibition opens Thursday. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bankside, London.

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Friday, April 18

Ai Weiwei’s According to What? exhibition opens at the Brooklyn Museum. Tickets are $15; the show is free for members.

Saturday, April 19

Thomas Ruff’s Photograms and Negatives opens at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills with a reception from 6-8 p.m. 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, California.

J.Crew Celebrates Two Original Shorts By Casey Neistat with Jenna Lyons, Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, And More

The scene at Neuehouse’s library was packed for the private screening of award-winning filmmaker Casey Neistat’s latest short films. J.Crew’s Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons and Head of Men’s Design Frank Muytjens took center stage as flashing cameras glistened and cocktails flowed endlessly.

J.Crew’s new Ludlow Traveler Suit was the belle of the ball in Neistat’s custom made for J.Crew short “Travel With Style” highlighting the fact that the high performance suit traveled 11,000 miles with Casey — it seems like you could wear this suit doing a triathlon! Also screening was Neistat’s short “My Kid and Me” which captured real life moments with Casey and his son.

Guest including Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Misha Nonoo and Tali Lennox munched on truffle grill cheeses and bags of freshly popped popcorn. As this was a movie screening, the stock of candy was the perfect fix for that sweet tooth in-between cocktails.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.04 PMCynthia Rowley and Karlie Kloss

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.27 PMNick Wooster

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Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.54.45 PMCasey Neistat

Images courtesy @BFA_nyc

WATCH: Mikey DeTemple and Jack Spade’s “Now For Then”

Surfing and one-digit wind chills usually don’t go hand and hand, unless you’re surfer/filmmaker Mikey DeTemple. DeTemple has been dominating the East Coast longboarding scene since the age of 16. Dubbed “the stylish longboarder,” Jack Spade rode in on a wave and nabbed that man of many talents for a campaign and short film.

DeTemple stars as the face for Jack Spade’s spring 2014 campaign. Taking things a step further, Spade commissioned DeTemple to make a film, “Now For Then” inspired by Spade’s spring designs– mesmerizing short with shots that will make you want to escape whatever your doing right now and head to the beach.

Neuehouse held a screening and cocktail to celebrate the release. The feeling was very relaxed house in Montauk meets Malibu beach party, filled to the brim with tequila and bites of lobster rolls. For a hot minute you could’ve forgotten the harsh polar vortex that was just through the door.

“The brand cares immensely for their craft, the same way I care for mine. It’s that harmony that not only allowed us to collaborate so well on the campaign, but also inspired me in the making of ‘Now for Then,’” DeTemple said in a release. A match made in menswear heaven.

JACK SPADE Presents Now
Deborah Lloyd, Mikey DeTemple
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Siki Im and Maxwell Osborne

JACK SPADE Presents Now

 

 

Story Time with Joyce Carol Oates and Amy Hempel at Neuehouse

The ground floor or “The Gallery” area of Neuehouse was spotted with people seated at desks or lounging on couches, hovered over laptops and sipping drinks from the café-cum-bar. Members seemed hard at work despite it being past seven on a Thursday night. But downstairs in the facilities’ library voices could be heard engaging in bright, thoughtful conversation, for a small slice of New York was gathered to hear the works of Joyce Carol Oates and Amy Hempel brought to life by actors reading aloud a story by each.

Guests sat on overstuffed leather couches and chairs, clinking glasses of wine that when paired with the fireplace helped fight the bitter cold outside. The moment the actors began their readings the room went silent, rapt in attention. Reminiscent of the primal joys of being read to as a child, there was a palpable admiration for the power of language that filled the room with an electric energy. Carla Guigino’s rendition of “Mastiff” by Joyce Carol Oates and Samantha Mathis’s performance of “A Full-Service Shelter” held the room enthralled for over an hour. Readings aside, the only audible noises from the audience were an occasional sigh, gasp or laugh in accordance with the tale.

After the short story readings took place the authors were invited to come on stage and participate in a discussion moderated by Bill Henderson, the founder of The Pushcart Prize.  The theme for the night was the dog — both stories involved a character’s relationship, one positive and one negative, with a canine. Though the conversation began with talk of the actual furry animals it quickly veered toward a much deeper discussion of the symbolism imbued upon the dogs in each of the stories.

Cedering Fox, the founder of WordTheatre NY, which presented the event, prodded the authors to discuss their use of language to create intimacy or the lack there of, citing that similarity between the stories as the reason she chose the two to be read together. Joyce Carol Oates’ painfully honest analysis of her protagonist brought to light her extraordinary grasp on the human condition. Both of the authors’ insights bolstered the experience of the previous readings.

The night ended with an exuberant Ms. Fox thanking the group for their support and directing them in the way of books for sale, all proceeds helping to keep WordTheatre and The Pushcart Prize alive. The audience, still captivated by the communal experience of sharing stories, lingered in groups around Oates and Hempel. They too had something to share.

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Paul Smith on Money, Purity, and Afghan Hounds

It’s always nice to hear from the ones who have made it all the way to the Order of the British Empire. Sir Paul Smith spoke to a crowd of some of fashion’s best – like Barney’s’ Simon Doonan and Saks’ Eric Jennings –  at Neuehouse in NYC on Tuesday night on the occasion of the release of Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, his new book.

Sir Paul – Smith, not McCartney – spoke on “Inspiration and Other Things”, like the textiles, architecture, photographs, and library books that inspire his collections. Also mentioned: the 12 x 12 foot “shop” in which he first started his business, his afghan hound (the shop’s true proprietor) and the importance of keeping your creative work pure. How? By spending the majority of the week doing whatever it takes to earn money – all to keep the pure stuff afloat.

As a gathering place for cultural programming and events, Neuehouse was the perfect setting to house Smith’s talk and signing. It’s a beautiful, easy-to-get-lost-in-your-work type of space. Inspiration was abound even for Smith, who thought that the horizontal and vertical line placement of bricks in the wall would work wonderfully as a knit.