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Weekend Agenda: I <3 John Giorno

In time for New York Gay Pride, a multi-venue show celebrating poet/artist/activist John Giorno opened at thirteen different sites throughout the city last night. Put on by Giorno's husband, the artist Ugo Rondinone, the site-specific installations include poetry, painting, and sound work. Plus, there is a calendar of performances scheduled through the end of July. I adore Giorno's work, and I can't wait to hit a bunch of the spaces! 

I &lt;3 John Giorno Locations

I <3 John Giorno Locations

John Giorno, I &lt;3 John Giorno Installation View

John Giorno, I <3 John Giorno Installation View

John Giorno, I &lt;3 John Giorno Installation View

John Giorno, I <3 John Giorno Installation View

John Giorno, I &lt;3 John Giorno Installation View, Red Bull Studios

John Giorno, I <3 John Giorno Installation View, Red Bull Studios

Weekend Agenda: The Met

I saw two shows at the Met recently that blew me away. The first is the Irving Penn retrospective. Known as a fashion photographer, Penn's body of work is actually big and varied, including truly sensitive portraits, still lifes, magazine covers, and travel images. Here are two favorites! 

Irving Penn, Modern Family, 1947

Irving Penn, Modern Family, 1947

Irving Penn, Glove and Shoe, 1947

Irving Penn, Glove and Shoe, 1947

Next, you must pay a visit to Sara Berman's Closet. This pint-sized period room is meticulously filled with clothes and assorted objects, including a jar of white buttons and a bottle of Chanel No 5. For me it was incredibly appealing because I love white on white, tidiness, and a minimalist lifestyle, but I think there's also something so intriguing about looking into this idiosyncratic and highly aesthetic personal space.

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Favorite of the Week: Katherine Bernhardt

(This is really my favorite of two weeks as we were out of town last week!) There is an awesome site-specific installation of Katherine Bernhardt paintings and sculpture at Lever House on Park Avenue open through the end of September. I adore her bright Pop Art canvases, and this was a great environment in which to experience them. In the artist's words: "When constructing the show, I envisioned a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. In this show, gigantism rules. You'll find giant gummy worm sculptures and giant paintings. The gummies could also be seen as giant paint strokes that have fallen out of the paintings. You can play on them or rest on them as well as admire the beauty of gummy worms. The painted walls, colored film windows, and painted concrete blocks, all encapsulate this colorful crazy concrete jungle. Similar to the botanical garden, these works are contained in their own glass bio-dome: The Lever House.  Welcome to the Jurassic terrarium."

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Weekend Agenda: Venice Biennale

As the art season in New York winds down after this week, turn your eyes to Europe! If you, like me, aren't going to make it to Venice for the Biennale, how about a lazy Sunday looking at images online of all the amazing installations from 86 participating countries? The 57th Venice Biennale, which as the name suggests takes place every other year, opened on May 13 and will stay on view through November 26. Here are images of a few pieces that everyone is talking about! 

Lorenzo Quinn, Venice Biennale, 2017

Lorenzo Quinn, Venice Biennale, 2017

Ernesto Neto, Um Sagrado Lugar (A Sacred Place) at the Arsenale,&nbsp;Venice Biennale, 2017

Ernesto Neto, Um Sagrado Lugar (A Sacred Place) at the Arsenale, Venice Biennale, 2017

Anne Imhof, Faust, German Pavilion,&nbsp;Venice Biennale, 2017

Anne Imhof, Faust, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017

Musical stage by Xavier Veilhan, curated by Lionel Bovier and Christian Marclay, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017

Musical stage by Xavier Veilhan, curated by Lionel Bovier and Christian Marclay, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017

Damien Hirst,&nbsp;Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable,&nbsp;Venice Biennale, 2017

Damien Hirst, Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable, Venice Biennale, 2017

Weekend Agenda: SPRING/BREAK BKLYN IMMERSIVE

If you missed the Spring/Break Art Show in March, they have another... thing (I don't think it's quite an art fair) on view at Brooklyn's Citypoint daily (noon - 7pm) through Sunday. Large scale, site-specific and immersive installations by 12 artists are on view. Check it out! 

SPRING/BREAK BKLYN IMMERSIVE

SPRING/BREAK BKLYN IMMERSIVE

Weekend Agenda: Doug Wheeler at the Guggenheim

I think I would be a better person if I had a Doug Wheeler installation in my home that I could spend time in every day. Until that miraculous moment comes, there's one at the Guggenheim that can be experienced through August 2 (don't forget to buy your timed ticket in advance!). For the uninitiated: by manipulating space, light, and sound, Wheeler creates rooms with a sense of infinite space that are both disorienting and extraordinarily peaceful. I walk away feeling like my brain has had a spa day. 

Doug Wheeler, Installation, Guggenheim Museum

Doug Wheeler, Installation, Guggenheim Museum

2016 Favorites

Introducing a new weekly feature! Every Monday, I will share an image of my favorite work of art I saw the previous week. To close out 2016, here is a round up of my 2016 favorites! 

Favorite Museum Show
Visiting Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest exhibition at the New Museum is like exploring a magical underwater land. Enchanting for adults and would be super fun with kids. It’s beautiful, transporting, and interesting—everything I’m looking for in art. Open at the New Museum through January 15.

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest, Installation view, New Museum, October 26, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest, Installation view, New Museum, October 26, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Favorite Gallery Show
My favorite gallery show of the year was Elizabeth Peyton’s perceptive, sensitive portraits at Gladstone uptown. Exquisitely painted and extraordinarily expressive, I could not tear myself away from these pictures. Living with one of these paintings would be such a privilege. If you’re drawn to her work, I would love to talk to you adding a piece to your collection. 

SPEED POWER TIME HEART: New Paintings by Elizabeth Peyton, Gladstone 64, November 4 - December 21, 2016

SPEED POWER TIME HEART: New Paintings by Elizabeth Peyton, Gladstone 64, November 4 - December 21, 2016

Favorite Piece I Sold to a Client
I am so proud of the three commissioned paintings by Antonio Murado I placed in the Brookfield property that was once the World Financial Center in downtown New York. Adjacent to the Hudson River, these watery abstracted seascapes offer a moment of escape in a busy corporate lobby. I love working on commissions for both private and corporate collections. It allows my clients to get exactly the piece they want and something that was created specially for them. Please get in touch with me to discuss a commission for your home or office! 

Antonio Murado, Atlantico I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 66 x 72 inches

Antonio Murado, Atlantico I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 66 x 72 inches

Antonio Murado,&nbsp; Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Oil on canvas, 90 x 150 inches

Antonio Murado, Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Oil on canvas, 90 x 150 inches

Favorite Piece I Bought for Myself
I have wanted a lips photograph by Sam Samore for a decade. This piece failed to find a buyer at a Phillips auction last spring, so I made an offer and got it for a great price! If there’s a picture you’ve been hunting, let me know, and I will keep my eyes open for a great a deal for you! 

Sam Samore, Allegories of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999, Gelatin silver print,&nbsp;26 15/16 x 49 3/4 inches  AP 1 (from an Edition of 2 + 1AP)   

Sam Samore, Allegories of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999, Gelatin silver print, 26 15/16 x 49 3/4 inches
AP 1 (from an Edition of 2 + 1AP)