Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld certainly has a knack for shaking up the New York art scene, opening his latest exhibit last night at 22 East 71st Street in New York, an elegant neo-Italian Renaissance mansion designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, owned by Aby Rosen, and currently listed for sale with Sotheby's for a cool $50 million. Titled Neverlodge, the show focuses on 40 new works by French artist Nicolas Pol priced between $40,000 and $60,000, most of which are either sold or on hold.
I love the description from the official press release: "Transforming the palatial home into a den of standardized iniquity, Pol’s new body of work exists in a realm where sin and forbidden fantasies have been commoditized as carnivalesque. Part brothel, part ticketed amusement park, Pol’s Neverlodge captures both its subjects and onlookers within a participatory whirlwind of pleasure and suffering. Yielding imagery of high fashioned demons, faux corporations, reductive physics and wanton whores, the artist transposes his manic narrative onto the canvas within the web of a layered acrylic assault. Pol puts forth sarcastic and sadistic observations on abstract expressionism, figurative sculpture and mass production as he interweaves high and low culture into a bloodied frenzy."
Among the glamorous guests were Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Alexandra Richards, Marjorie Gubelmann, Nicole Miller, Alexander Acquavella, Alexander Tisch, Alexia Elkaim, Ashley McDermott, Attilio Brillembourg, Bara Tisch, Claude Wasserstein, Corice Arman, Cynthia Rowley, Dustin Yellin, Eric Eisner, Fabiola Beracasa, Gherardo Guarducci, Ginevra Caltagirone, Henry Allsopp, Honor Fraser, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Larry Gagosian, Maria Bell, Matthew Mellon, Nick Cohen, Nicolas Poniatowski, Pietro Quaglia, Rashid Johnson, Renee Rockefeller, Richard Evans, Richard Sachs, Sante D'Orazio, Sean MacPherson, Serge Azria, Simon de Pury, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Tamara Mellon, and William Bell. Neverlodge is on display in New York through 16 March, 2012, and travels next to Istanbul.
Carine Roitfeld photograph © 2012 Brent Murray. Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Nicolas Pol photographs courtesy of artsgrantsfinder.com, axesmundi.blogspot.com, haberturk.com, and newyorksocialdiary.com