The Week in Art: Refinery29 Gets Artsy for Fashion Week and Accessible Art Fair Announces New York Launch

Summer may be ending but the fall art scene is already heating up.

Marcelle Murdock at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.
Marcelle Murdock at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Though it may seem that Armory Week and Frieze Week get all the action, the reality is that there is never a dull moment in the New York art world. From the East Side to the West Side, there’s always something happening at the city’s museums, galleries, and various event spaces. This week was no exception.

Refinery29’s 29Rooms in Bushwick
For the second year, women’s website Refinery29 is celebrating New York Fashion Week with a funhouse-like interactive installation curated by co-founder and executive creative director Piera Gelardi and creative director of experiential Albie Alexander Hueston. Before the three-day event opened to the public, the company threw a celebrity-studded party on September 8.

Present for the festivities were actors Jessica Alba, Carrie Brownstein, Priyanka Chopra, Adrien Grenier, Rashida Jones, Victoria Justice, and Kate Mara. Representing the world of fashion were designer Christian Siriano and model Adwoa Aboah.

The wonderland of installations included a slew of Instragram-ready photo ops that Hueston, speaking to artnet News, called “an opportunity for guests to create their own content.”

Rashida Jones, Abbi Jacobson, and Carrie Brownstein at Refinery29's 29Rooms. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Rashida Jones, Abbi Jacobson, and Carrie Brownstein. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Victoria Justice at Refinery29's 29Rooms in RuPaul's "Wig Out" room. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Victoria Justice. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Kate Mara at Refinery29's 29Rooms in the "Just Dance" room. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Kate Mara. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Piera Gelardi and Priyanka Chopra at Refinery29's 29Rooms in the "Just Dance" room. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Piera Gelardi and Priyanka Chopra. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Cleo Wade and Cory Booker at Refinery29's 29Rooms in the "Just Dance" room. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Cleo Wade and Cory Booker. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Christian Siriano at Refinery29's 29Rooms in the "Just Dance" room. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

Christian Siriano. Courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/BFA.

MvVO ART Announces the Debut of the Accessible Art Fair New York at artnet
With Brussels’s Accessible Art Fair set to inaugurate its New York edition at the National Arts Club in November, the fair’s US partner, MvVO ART, held an anticipatory event at artnet’s Woolworth Building offices.

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Stoli Elit Vodka before taking in talks from the major players at the new fair, including MvVo ART co-founder Maria van Vlodrop, who co-founded the fair’s New York edition, and Stephanie Manasseh, who founded the Accessible Art Fair in 2007 and will serve as chief curator in New York.

Participating artists Marcel Ceuppens and Margaret Ann Withers were also on hand to address guests, as well as guest curator Isaac Aden.

Stephanie Manasseh, Maria van Vlodrop==MVVO Announces the Debut of the Accessible Art Fair New York==ArtNet Headquarters, NYC==September 07, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo- Owen Hoffmann/PMC====

Stephanie Manasseh and Maria van Vlodrop. ©Patrick McMullan.

Isaac Aden and Ann Lydecker at MVVO Announces the Debut of the Accessible Art Fair New York at artnet. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Isaac Aden and Ann Lydecker. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Marcel Ceuppens and Margaret Withers at MVVO Announces the Debut of the Accessible Art Fair New York at artnet. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Marcel Ceuppens and Margaret Withers. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Christophe Allard, Andrea Bonaito, and Christian Loos at MVVO Announces the Debut of the Accessible Art Fair New York at artnet. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Christophe Allard, Andrea Bonaito, and Christian Loos. Courtesy of photographer Owen Hoffmann © Patrick McMullan.

Opening Reception for “Robert Polidori: Ecophilia/Chronostasis” and “Ian Davenport: Doubletake” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
The evening of September 8 marked the kick off of the fall gallery season, and dealers all over the city opened their doors to art lovers.

At Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, art critic and artnet News contributor David Ebony, PR maven Anna Rosa Thomae, artist Marcelle Murdock, and art advisor Maria Brito were all on hand for the opening reception for solo shows of work by Robert Polidori, of large-scale urban photography, and Ian Davenport, of striking, art historically-influenced striped paintings.

Ian Davenport, Paul Kasmin at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Ian Davenport and Paul Kasmin. Courtesy of photographer Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Jane Fire, Anna Rosa Thomae, and David Ebony at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Jane Fire, Anna Rosa Thomae, and David Ebony. Courtesy of photographer Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Maria Brito at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Maria Brito. Courtesy of photographer Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Brittany Sanders, Adelaide Polidori, and Robert Polidori at the opening of Ian Davenport and Robert Polidori at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Courtesy of photgrapher Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

Brittany Sanders, Adelaide Polidori, and Robert Polidori. Courtesy of photographer Sean Zanni © Patrick McMullan.

House of Peroni at 306 Bowery 
Popular Italian brewing company Peroni Nastro Azzurro teamed up with photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini to debut the first US edition of House of Peroni, a celebration of fashion, cuisine, film, design, and art.

At the September 7 opening at the former Patricia Field boutique, guests included model and artist Tali Lennox, musician Solange Knowles, and award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin. On the occasion of the pop-up space (open through September 10), Martin’s work from such films as Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby is on view in an exhibition titled “Bizarre Love Triangles.”

Guests sipped Peroni-infused cocktails and enjoyed bites from iconic New York Italian restaurant Cipriani while enjoying work by Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft and London-based sound designer Max Cooper.

Model Louisa Warwick at the House of Peroni Opening Night hosted by Francesco Carrozzini. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Model Louisa Warwick. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Victoria Gucci (right) and guest at the House of Peroni Opening Night hosted by Francesco Carrozzini. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Victoria Gucci (right) and guest. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Solange Knowles and Francesco Carrozzini at the House of Peroni Opening Night hosted by Francesco Carrozzini. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Solange Knowles and Francesco Carrozzini. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Catherine Martin at the House of Peroni Opening Night hosted by Francesco Carrozzini. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

Catherine Martin. Courtesy of photographer Sylvain Gaboury © Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.


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