Welcome to my first virtual gallery show. As we approach the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spring 2015 exhibition opening, I felt inspired to create my own exhibit. In true Collectista fashion (no pun intended…okay, pun intended), it is fun, light, and relatable. I have no idea if fashion designers really had specific artists in mind as they created their 2015 SS collections. However, the pairings that came to me are rather uncanny. There is simply no denying that visual art is having a definitive moment. It is infiltrating our daily lives as never before. You all deserve a piece of the action! Hence, without further ado, let me take you on a tour. How fortunate are you that the curator happens to be in house as you opened this feature?
Let’s begin with what I like to refer to as the “flying colors” group. I never shy away from color or patterns. It makes you unique in the sea of black many think is “proper” in the art world. I know, I am wearing gray today. I just didn’t want to detract attention from the art. Anywho, for those die-hard minimalists, let’s start on the back wall with Günther Förg’s Untitled, 1988 acrylic and lead painting and Stella McCartney’s blue and red mixed rugby striped belt. As you face the back wall, to your right we have a close up of a piece of El Anatsui’s Amemo (Mask of Humankind) alongside Moschino’s can print cocktail dress.
ROOM I (OPPOSITE WALL)
If you turn to your left, we really start getting into a vacation state of mind. First, we have Josh Smith’s Untitled, 2014, with Mara Hoffman’s Harvest printed voile jumpsuit. Toward the right, we have Saint Laurent’s embellished velvet cape, with Piotr Uklanski’s Orgasmatron.
This second room of the gallery is my mod squad alcove. On the left wall is the amazing Robert Irwin’s Four Fold paired with AVF’s acrylic Treasure Box. On the center wall, on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria, is a sick Sarah Morris painting, Jockey Club, and its reincarnation as a pair of Isa Arfen cropped pantaloons. When I view the right-hand wall, I consistently feel energized by Chris Martin’s Here Comes the Sun and Paula Cademartori’s Petite Faye embellished bag.
When you are ready to go a bit more Zen—relatively speaking, of course—we can head into Room III of the gallery. In the center of the room, you see we were lucky to have Isamu Noguchi’s Sculpture Finding straight from Yorkshire Sculpture Park, coupled with Haider Ackermann’s dress. To its right, Joyce Pensato’s Batman I is gently inspiring a pair of Stella McCartney acetate sunglasses. On the left, we have a very black-and-white situation with a miniature version of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #370 and Nicholas Kirkwood pointy-toe shoes.
According to recent surveys, this should be everyone’s favorite space because it is the blue room. On the back wall, we have a stunning pairing between Alexander Wang laser-cut gowns and Sarah Crowner’s Legs.
As we stride along to the other wall, we have a very hot Korakrit Arunanondchai (feeling blessed at this moment that we are not having a live conversation) denim and bleach work with Filles à Papa checked sequin-detail trousers.
We complete our gallery tour with my favorite Yves Klein La Vénus d’Alexandrie sculpture and the Pharrell sneakers she inspires. And, last but not least, Sadie Laska’s Ditzy 1 with Pierre Hardy shoes.
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