"I swear to you I would not be here tonight if it had not been for Martin and the Walker," said Chuck Close in a ceremony at Manhattan's elegant Prince George Ballroom last night. Close was one of more than 300 guests honoring curator and writer Martin Friedman for his six-decade career supporting contemporary art. The party—a four-course dinner with plenty of booze—was being thrown by the Madison Park Conservancy, of which Friedman has been a key advisor and supporter since 2004. Artists, curators, dealers and collectors flew in from around the world to join in the tribute, which raised $1 million for Madison Park's newly established Martin Friedman Endowment Fund.
As part of her contribution to the current Whitney Biennial, where she is also showing sculptures and photos, queer-culture icon K8 Hardy staged Fashion Show in the exhibition's fourth-floor performance space. Draping real models in her funky fashions-ingenious amalgams of thrift-store finds constituting a species of anti-couture—and sending them through a set designed by Oscar Tuazon (another Biennial artist), Hardy choreographed a fashion show that wound up straying not so very far from the genre it aimed to critique.
War on Women? Fuggetaboutit! Eminent women were honored in two separate ceremonies at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, and women artists, exclusively, were selected to decorate tables at the second annual Brooklyn Artist's Ball, which rollicked the evening. The events marked the fifth anniversary of the museum's Sackler Center for Feminist art, where the feminist ur-table, Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, is permanently installed.
After nearly a decade of renovations, the Stedelijk, Amsterdam's premier venue for modern and contemporary art, is scheduled to reopen Sept. 23 with a bold new addition designed by the local firm Benthem Crouwel Architects. The building, designed by Adriaan Willem Weissman in 1894, has been closed since 2003. The museum operated for a while in temporary headquarters, and for the past two years, under its new American director Ann Goldstein, has commissioned roving projects around the city.
Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berli