The Roitfelds hosted amazing parties on two continents this week, first with Carine's Black Tie, Smoky Eye celebration to close Paris Fashion Week and then continuing on Manhattan's Upper East Side with Vladimir's Hue + Cry opening at Sotheby's. Clearly stamina is required if you want to be a Roitfeld...
Hue + Cry, A Selling Exhibition Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld features 30 works by 20 artists, largely unknown, at private-treaty prices that range from $10,000 to upwards of $1,000,000. When asked why he chose the title Hue + Cry, Vladimir replied: “It’s all about powerful brush strokes and distinctive works and looking at them can have a very strong emotional reaction. Many many years ago you could ‘hue’ of joy, and you can also cry of joy. It’s about playing with the terms. When you’re looking at it, it’s so beautiful that you can hue or you can cry.” The artists for sale, should you hue, are Allora & Calzadilla, Ali Banisadr, Kadar Brock, Cecily Brown, Francesca DiMattio, Rob Fischer, Michel Francois, Daniel Hesidence, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Robert Melee, Jin Meyerson, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Angel Otero, Nicolas Pol, Ugo Rondinone, Jackie Saccoccio, and Wendy White. The exhibit is open to the public through 21 October.
Elaborating on the concept behind Hue + Cry and how it developed, Roitfeld shared: "The original idea of this show was to do a whole female artist exhibit, with Joan Mitchell, Cecily Brown, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Francesca DiMattio, and to show a relationship between the different generations, connecting the dots. The fact that the show was all female artists became the main focus and so we decided to incorporate male artists to the list… In a networked age of following and sharing — of 'pinning,' 'tweeting,' and 'liking' virtual images of fleeting consequence — Hue + Cry strives to lead with the first embodied principles of painting and sculpture. Always physical and tactile, the tools remain simple, the colors a vivid spectrum, and the results infinitely variable as each of the twenty artists gathered here strives to ignite their own interior light… It’s good; it’s good to do a little bit of everything, you know? Working with such an important institution for me is a huge opportunity.”
On hand to support Vladimir and the event were his parents, Christian Restoin and Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy, girlfriend Giovanna Battaglia in Dolce & Gabbana with a collar necklace by Marni, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Stephen Gan, Sante D’Orazio, Vito Schnabel, Michael Avedon, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Andrew Kreps, Leo Koenig, Augusto Arbizo, Maayan Zilberman, Stacey Bendet, Aby Rosen, and Kim Heirston. Guests enjoyed passed pigs in a blanket and sauvignon blanc as well as an open bar while viewing the work. The art obviously had his mother and girlfriend huing of joy, Carine gushed: "The show really looks like him, doesn’t it?" and Giovanna observed with pride: “This is such a prestigious location. Every time Vlad does something, it’s different and a step ahead.” The evening ended with a private dinner for guests at Casa Lever.
If you are in the market for contemporary art, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is obviously the man to call. Thanks to GalleristNY, here is a sample of the art for sale via Sotheby's:
Oil on canvas
Acrylic and oil on canvas
"Bird in Space (All of a Twist)"
Polished aluminum airplane propeller and granite pedestal
"Victory (SK-HF) (Poussin Series)"
Oil and oil paint skins collaged on canvas
China paint and underglaze on porcelain
Oil on linen
Allora & Calzadilla
Broken solar panel fragments, collage on linen and solid-faced aluminum stretcher
Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld et al photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of galleristyny.com.