Wet Paint In The Wild: The Kapp Kapp Brothers Party at the Odeon and Blaze Through the Tribeca Scene With a Band of Artists

The twin gallerists take us out and about in Tribeca.

Hello readers! Fearless Girls Sammy and Daniel Kapp reporting for duty. We've taken Wet Paint captive this week (thanks, Annie!) and boy did we have some fun for y'all. For those beyond the Artnet paywall, you'll know FiDi is in contention for the new it spot and, though anywhere we go becomes a destination, we can neither confirm nor deny. But keep scrolling, if you dare, to catch a week with the Kapps.

Welcome to Wet Paint in the Wild, an extension of Annie Armstrong’s gossip column wherein she gives art-world insiders a disposable camera so they can give us a peek into their corner of the madcap industry.

Since the brothers Kapp relocated their Philadelphia gallery to 86 Walker in Tribeca earlier this year, it seems they’ve been the buzz in the buzziest neighborhood in the art world. They’ve hosted knockout shows by Stanley Stellar and Molly Greene, and added the beloved downtown artist Louis Osmosis to their roster all in the span of just a few months. Let’s see the triangle below Canal from their eyes, shall we?


Sammy (who splits his time between N.Y. and Philadelphia) kicked off his week attending a gala for a favorite Philly institution, The Fabric Workshop, with a pitstop for ice cream on the way home. Spotted: Jayson Musson sharing some art thoughts on a very humid evening (Jayson’s epic show “Jayson Musson: His History of Art” is up at the museum through November).

Made it to N.Y., just in time for back-to-school week for the art world and, perhaps more than any other month of the year, a week to see some A+ artworks. As we often do, we went for a twin gallery hop around the neighborhood, popping in to see some of our friends and favorites, P.P.O.W. (pictured here: Sammy with Betty Tompkins), Queer Thoughts (next slide), Jack Barrett, and JTT.

Sammy (left) and Daniel (right) posing with a Catherine Mulligan painting at her recently opened Queer Thoughts show (twin rating: 5 stars!). We asked a stranger to take our picture and attempted to teach her how to use the flash on our Kodak (twin rating: 3.5 stars)!

What is a week in Tribeca without at least one visit to The Odeon? We were headed to postwork aperitifs with love of our lives, Louis Osmosis, when we bumped into none other than downtown diva, Daisy Sanchez, who stopped in her tracks and joined us. Left to right: Daniel, Daisy, Sammy (in the halo of our disposable cam), and Louis with his fresh Mystique-from-Xmen inspired haircut.

NSFW: Louis and Daisy kissing on West Broadway (twin rating: 1000 stars).

Sometimes we split up! On Thursday night, Daniel flew solo to artist Sarah Kim’s farewell party, ahead of her move to L.A. (Angelenos, look out!). Seen here with on-the-rise hotgirl swimwear designer, Patricia Torvalds (center).

Patricia Torvalds (left) and Sarah Kim (right) singing Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey at Planet Rose on Avenue A.

Meanwhile, Sammy and Louis were spotted at Tribeca dive bar, Belle Reve, participating in Negroni Week ahead of Greene Naftali’s afterparty (see next slide).

Sammy and Louis paid a visit to Greene Naftali’s afterparty at The Playwright, celebrating their newly opened show with Justin Caguiat. Louis (far right) pictured with Carol Greene (to his left), Juliet Vincente, and Jordan Carter from Dia (far left).

Before our opening chaos ensued, we took ourselves out to a chic sushi lunch on Friday at Takahachi Tribeca. Note to self: Black Cod is best enjoyed after 5:00pm (twin rating: 4 stars).

Mid-day bubble tea refreshment from our favorite Tiger Sugar on Canal. Kapp Kapp condones the use of sugar as fuel, best served with 50% ice and 50% sweetness. Tiger Sugar, please sponsor us.

We seem to forget San Gennaro every year until it comes back around! After a festive dinner at The Tyger, we meandered looking for our perfect dessert pick-me-up. Pictured: Sammy, his husband, Harry Feldman, and forever best friend, Taylor Wordsman on Mulberry. Not pictured: our piping-hot bag of 13 zeppolis (and fried Oreos on the side just to certify our gluttony).

We celebrated Molly Greene’s gallery opening on Saturday with a sexy meal at the ever fabulous Dr. Clark (a gallery favorite) with some of our nearest and dearest (left to right: Harry Feldman, Thomas Brown, Stanley Stellar, Gabriel Ponton, and Daniel Kapp). Not pictured: Molly in a sea of love on the other side of the table.

Gallery artist Louis Osmosis (left) and Thomas Blair (right) mid-symposium at dinner.

Until next time…! xo S&D

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