A Rare Tour of Donald Judd’s Home, the Judd Foundation in Soho

An exclusive photo tour of the Judd Foundation in Soho, just above ‘Make art, not pipelines, Get in on the Ground Floor’ open now for limited public viewing.

Studio space featuring two works by Dan Flavin (and a few permanent Donald Judd installations) opened to the public on Friday and Saturday last weekend, available for free viewing for the first time. Make art, not pipelines, Get in on the Ground Floor is on view as the first part of the series of temporary installations at 101 Spring Street, the Judd Foundation in Soho. Just upstairs from the ground floor is the rest of the Judd Foundation, the site of the late artist Donald Judd’s New York home. Everything there is exactly as Judd lived and left it, from kitchen utensils to early Dan Flavin works (the artists were friends) to a personal library to bedding. Get an inside look at Donald Judd’s Soho home below, and get some minimal home design inspiration while you’re at it.

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101 Spring Street, New York, 1st Floor, 1974, courtesy Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Barbara Quinn, Licensed by VAGA
(Note: Whitney Independent Study Program Seminar with artist Donald Judd at his studio in 1974. On Judd’s left is Ron Clark, and on his right is artist Julian Schnabel.)

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101 Spring Street, New York, 2nd Floor. Photo credit: Mauricio Alejo-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA

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101 Spring Street, New York, 2nd Floor. Photo credit: Mauricio Alejo-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA.

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101 Spring Street, New York, 3nd Floor, Library. Photo credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA.

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101 Spring Street, New York, 3nd Floor, Library. Photo credit: Mauricio Alejo-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA.

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101 Spring Street, New York, 4th Floor. Photo credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA.

 

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101 Spring Street, New York, 5th Floor. Photo credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd FoundationFlavin artwork © 2012 Stephen Flavin/(ARS), © Chamberlain artwork/(ARS), © Claes Oldenburg. Licensed by VAGA.

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Second Floor, 101 Spring Street, New York, NY. Photo: Joshua White.

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Second Floor, 101 Spring Street, New York, NY. Photo: Joshua White.

 

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101 Spring Street, New York, Exterior. Photo credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives. Image © Judd Foundation. Courtesy Judd Foundation Archives. Licensed by VAGA.

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Donald Judd Portrait, 1991. Image © Judd Foundation. Courtesy Judd Foundation Archives. Licensed by VAGA.

The Cronut Creed: Dominique Ansel’s Top Five Rules About The Cronut

Since launching the croissant-donut hybrid known as The Cronut on May 10th, Dominique Ansel has never been the same. Instantly, the famed French pastry chef’s namesake bakery in Soho has become the hottest New York venue between the hours of 5:30am and 8am – and it’s not even a nightclub. 

Folks from as far as Dubai and Australia are flying in to get a taste of the flaky, creamy, sweet phenomenon. This week, I sat down with the chef who – like Madonna and Cher – has now been most commonly referred to as simply "Chef," to discuss The Cronut Creed: his top five rules about baking, devouring, and loving The Cronut.

1. The Cronut Shalt Not Discriminate.

While only 300 cronuts are made a day, and only the early-birds can snag ’em, The Cronut feeds a worldly crowd that’s, according to Dominique, "half tourists, half locals, including people who have flown in from Taiwan, Japan, South America. You name it."

2. The Cronut Shalt Not Be Scalped.

Now that scalpers are flooding Craigslist with under-the-table, expensive cronut offers, food has for the first time become a Craigslist scalping commodity. "And I don’t like it," says Dominique. "It’s why we limit the number of cronuts people can get in the store to two."

3. There Is No Wrong Way To Eat A Cronut.

"You can cut it in half," the chef says. "Just bite into it, take it apart layer by layer. But everyone has their own way. Whichever way you have the most fun eating it, is the best way. My favorite is to cut it in half."

4. The Cronut Must Be Eaten Within Six Hours.

"It takes three days to make, is fresh for six hours, and eaten in 30 seconds," he says. "Eat it while you can."

5. One Shall Be Selfish With Their Cronut.

"A lot of people come in early and alone, and come just for a single cronut for themselves with their coffee. And that’s very okay."

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The Cronut

Tonight: Unleash Your Inner Feasting Beast At Isola Trattoria’s New “Family Meal”

Did you grow up with that Sunday family feast? Are you Italian? Did you sit through weekly screaming matches about the significance of ricotta cheese and marble entryways? Starting tonight and every Tuesday at Isola Trattoria in the Mondrian Soho hotel, you’ll be able to revisit these magical family moments in their chandelier-filled space with their new "Family Meal:" a weekly table-full of $12 rigatoni bolognese and Margherita, truffle artichoke-topped pizza, $30 carafes of wine from the village of Puglia in Italy, and $15 pitchers of Peroni. 

Bring your family, don’t bring your family. Whichever is the case, get ready to unleash your inner feasting beast at the 9pm start time. 

But do keep the screaming matches down – people are sleeping upstairs. 

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost at WAN*DER*LUST

The mission statement of WAN*DER*LUST—a collaborative exhibition featuring the talents of New York artists Jody Levy, Yarrow Mazzetti, Artem Mirolevich, Reka Nyari, Peter Ruprecht and Dara Young—called to those clustered by the crowded doorway before they even set foot inside 72 Wooster Street. Scrawled in black paint on a wall just beneath the vaulted ceiling of the filling gallery, the objective of the exhibition introduced itself:

"Wanderlust is about the primal impulse for exploration. The work assembled expresses a freedom pulsing through the body blood.

The collective narrative in this exhibition is informed by the journeys unknown; inspired by the surprise of every given moment. The work is meant to inspire a state of constant flow and transformation. Through these works on paper, canvas, photography, sculpture and furniture we express the human craving for discovery.

Welcome to Wanderlust. We invite you to suspend in your reality."

Though I’ll be hard-pressed to make a connection between a portrait of a naked woman tonguing a flaccid chicken, an intricate illustration of a boat in the middle of a city that looks like it was ripped from one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s plotlines and a hand-hewn table of Southern Heart Pine and stainless steel, I can see how under the umbrella of “exploration” any and all of these thought-provoking works could somehow wind up in the same room.

With a number of mixed media collages, furniture pieces, photos and installations scattered throughout the gallery, each artist’s contribution and their redefinition of “journeys unknown” was only made stronger when juxtaposed against the work of one of their colleagues. The best example of this could be found on any given wall, with one of the brightest featuring a vibrant, Technicolor portrait of an ornately clad woman sitting in the middle of a smoldering desert scene by Ruprecht (Ascension), a series of monochromatic canvases (Levy) and a number of blackened steel shelves by Mazzetti that showcased these smaller-scale paintings. Steps away, Young’s Diamondback pieces—tables and bookshelves which seemingly bear the skin of a serpent—flanked Nyari’s provocative photography, with the curves of nudes in varying degrees of exposure serving up a sharp contrast to the clean lines of the wooden structures before them.

The works of Mirolevich (the aforementioned magic realist illustrations) and Ruprecht may have adhered to Wan*der*lust’s articulated themes most obviously, in that both put forth vibrant, engaging pieces that clearly played with place and time, but taken into consideration with the drastically different missions and styles present in its collection, it’s clear to see that every artist (and visitor) will walk into Wan*der*lust with a different destination in mind—and an unpredictable journey through these paradoxical artistic pairings as a result.

?uestlove, Rhazel Surprise Soho With Improvised Set

Yesterday in New York was beautiful—hot enough to get a sweat on, even—and if you were lucky enough to take your midday walk through Soho you may have run across an unusual sight: a pop-up concert featuring ?uestlove on drums and Rhazel on the mic.

The duo freestyled for twenty minutes, with Rhazel doing some vicious beatboxing, for a very appreciative lunchtime crowd of about three hundred. The event was affiliated with Red Bull Music Academy, a music festival of sorts that spans the entire month of May—“37 events with over 230 artists at 34 venues across New York.”

In a nod to the street-level nature of the performance, Rhazel asked the crowd if this show were as good as one you’d see on the A train. He also asked where Mayor Bloomberg was at, scanning the audience to no avail.

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Brunch to Celebrate 2013, or Help Your Hangover

It’s no mystery: on the first day of 2013 you will probably be hungover, as will I, as will my boyfriend, as will just about everyone I know. But hey, isn’t that what New Year’s Eve is all about? Hence, brunch is in order to help ease you gently into a new year, and the one week you swear off booze because of some silly resolution.

For those of you stuck on being healthy, Apotheke co-owner Heather Tierney’s, The Butcher’s Daughter Juice Bar & Café will be open New Year’s Day and you can stuff your gullet with fresh juices and vegan meats.

If you want to go for more of a boozy hangover cure and the party route, head to KTCHN Restaurant for their “All Day Revive Brunch” from 10am to 5pm. For $45 you get a choice of chef Dale Schnell’s entrees like Steak and Eggs Benedict that comes with a pinot noir hollandaise sauce, or go to the sweet side and choose his Belgian waffle with hand-whipped vanilla cream. But why $45 you may ask, well this also includes unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Uptown, at A.G. Kitchen they also stay on the sinful side and chef Alex Garcia offers guests the ultimate hangover burger and shake combination for $29. The 100-percent ribeye burger comes with a crispy potato skin, cheddar, and bacon, and your choice of shake, including the salted caramel made with Jim Beam, malted powder, and caramel sauce.

Starting at 11am on January 1, chef Michael Berardino is whipping up an array of tasty brunch treats at Angolo SoHo, including roasted grapefruit with Aperol and mint, ricotta pancakes, tagliatelle Bolognese and an exquisite grilled cheese with Parmesan, speck, tomato, and topped with an egg. You can indulge in this à la carte menu until 4pm.

The Dalloway in SoHo has the right idea of kicking off 2013 by debuting their brunch menu. Starting at 11am, January 1 and beyond, chef Vanessa Miller will serve mascarpone stuffed French toast, breakfast pizza with spinach and poached eggs, and fried chicken with waffles. Naturally, they will offer boozy brunch cocktails too, including the Clarissa & Mary, their special bloody with clear-pressed tomato juice that aptly tips the hat to owners Amanda Leigh Dunn and Kim Stolz’s presence in the lesbian scene.

Now if these places don’t get 2013 going in the right direction, you are already lost.

‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Leads A Quiet, Zombie-Free Life in Lower Manhattan

Norman Reedus has built a career on playing instantly memorable characters beloved by fans. First there was Murphy McManus in the cult classic The Boondock Saints, memorialized on college dorm room walls from coast to coast as an unimpeachably badass, gun-waving Catholic warrior. But it’s his role as the hotheaded Daryl Dixon—the one with the crossbow—on AMC’s hit zombie show The Walking Dead that has garnered the most attention. Initially introduced as a virulent redneck, Reedus’s Daryl slowly came into his own over the show’s first two seasons, evolving into the type of rough-edged antihero that thrives in a post-apocalyptic world. Though his character was written for the show, Reedus’s portrayal has been so immensely popular that he’s soon to be introduced in the long-running comic book, giving him an even more permanent place in the hearts of zombie-loving fans.

His stomping ground is downtown Manhattan. We catch up with him after his appearance at New York Comic Con, where hundreds of fans turned out to absorb tidbits about the show’s current season. The sweetest part, though, was the moment when those hundreds joined in on a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for his son, Mingus, who had just turned 13. Listening to him proudly talk about his son—he says, “he’s directly on the path of being taller than me, which sucks”—it becomes clear that, in comparison to the brash characters he’s famous for, Reedus is more reserved and congenial—both appreciative and down-to-earth about his success. It’s an attitude that informs this roundup of his favorite shops and restaurants in New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy neighborhoods.

Bread

20 Spring St., New York, NY, 212-334-1015

Reedus has been going to Bread, a chic yet homey bistro, for years. He orders coffee and nothing else. “I’m a creature of habit,” he says. “I go to the same places.” He takes a sharp left to a story about being given a breast implant by a devout Walking Dead fan. “Things have definitely gotten weirder over the last six months,” he dryly notes.

 

Bluebird Sky

121 Baxter St., New York, NY, 212-966-4646

Reedus is greeted warmly by the owner of this 
Little Italy cafe and gladly poses for photos with
the enthusiastic staff, most of whom grab knives in deference to his bloody fictional life. Asked what first drew him here, his answer is simple: “It’s right across the street from my house.”

 

Aqua Star Pet Shop

172 Mulberry St., New York, NY, 212-431-4311

We get a little waylaid in between locations as Reedus gets a shoeshine from a wizened Chinese man, then befriends one of the cats roaming the streets. When we get to this hole-in-the-wall pet store, the first thing we see are crickets, and lots of them. “My son has two bearded dragon lizards, so I buy the crickets for them,” he proudly announces.

 

21 Crosby Deli Grocery

21 Crosby St., New York, NY, 212-966-2020

This pint-sized deli is decidedly unglamorous, but that’s the point: it’s a local grocery, one that Reedus only frequents in order to buy cat food for the black cat he found for his son a number of years ago. “He would only eat the shittiest cat food,” Reedus says with a shrug.

 

Caffe Roma

385 Broome St., New York, NY, 212-226-8413

“Coffee, cats, and cigarettes. That’s all I do.” Indeed, we’re at another low-key Little Italy cafe where he seems to know the entire staff. He even claims to have met some of the directors of his movies here. “I just get coffee, and that’s it,” he says. “Even with the tourists up and down the street it’s very comfortable, you know what I mean?”

Photography by Janira Martinez.

United Colors of Knitted Sex Positions Comes to Soho

As it turns out, a lot can happen in three weeks: a vacant garage in Soho can be turned into a pop-up store, a bunch of colorful, wind-defying knitted clothes can be thrown into the space, and several life-size, knitted sculptures of couples in Kama Sutra positions can be hung from the ceiling and ogled at. And so begins the story of the latest United Colors of Benetton pop-up shop.

Celebrating “The Art of Knit” (and many other things), United Colors of Benetton’s new concept store is a bit of a wonderland; one walk through, and you feel like you swallowed a ball of rainbow yarn and then methodically spit it out onto the four surrounding walls. But it’s all in good fun – lots of fun, actually – since the clothing store is unlike any other clothing store you’ve walked into, probably.

Most notably because knitted sculptures of couples in sex positions hang from the ceiling. Yes, I said it before, but I’ll say it again. We’re talking life-size statues, which is kind of ironic because those couples certainly don’t need clothes (and such beautiful wool clothes at that) when they’re in those positions, but that’s not the point.

Other unique nuances include the assorted “home goods” on the walls – knitted mirrors, hammers, skateboards, cacti, and flags – that will be auctioned in December, when the pop-up leaves this fair land with the new year. All of the home goods were made by just 12 students from FABRICA, a venerable art and design school in Italy, and all of them were created in just the past three weeks. Talented folk.

And if you’re too busy staring at the sculptures and trying on knitted socks and shawls to remember the time, the pop-up has a handy-dandy multimedia clock to remind you, with each digit on its own screen, photographed, and made of yarn. Yes, there is a theme here.

And who would have thought, you know? That a shop filled with knitted sweaters, sex positions, and cacti could literally just pop-up next to a BP gas station. Soho, these days. Thank heavens. 

United Colors of Benetton Pop-Up

New York Opening: Dior Homme

With devoted Dior gents sartorially stranded by the ongoing renovation of the Madison Avenue flagship, this stopgap Soho store comes with a certain exigency. Located in a rather epic, neoclassical-looking building on Greene Street, Dior Homme stocks the full Dior arsenal, from accessories to fragrance to footwear to ready-to-wear.

Unsurprisingly for the neighborhood, interiors feature skylights, soaring ceilings, and exposed brick. The space’s art – a neon text piece by Scottish situationist artist Robert Montgomery – cleverly contrasts the offerings of this luxury brand.