Friday, December 7, 2018

Jill Krementz covers the launch of "Ursula"

The entrance to the Roth Bar and bookstore of the Hauser & Wirth gallery at 548 West 22nd Street in Chelsea.

Hauser & Wirth is an international gallery devoted to contemporary and modern art, founded in Switzerland by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992. It is now a global enterprise, with spaces in Zurich, London, New York, Somerset, and Los Angeles.

The gallery represents over 60 established and emerging artists, including Mary Heilmann, Mark Bradford, Christoph Büchel, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist, and is responsible for artist estates and foundations.
The launch of a new magazine
Roth Bar and Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop
December 3, 2016

The magazine is a quarterly whose next issue will be out in March, 2019.
Ursula is a new quarterly art magazine from Hauser & Wirth celebrating global artistic achievement and creativity.

The lavish quarterly takes its name from the internationally admired co-founder of the gallery, patron, collector, mentor, and art world materfamilias Ursula Hauser.

Helmed by Randy Kennedy, a veteran arts writer from The New York Times, Ursula features essays, interviews, original portfolios and photography by some of the most thought-provoking writers and artists in the world.

A cocktail reception celebrated the magazine’s editor Mr. Kennedy and its namesake, Ms. Hauser, along with many of its contributors: Robin Coste Lewis, Linda Goode Bryant, Ida Applebroog, and Alissa Bennett. Other stars of the of the contemporary art world included Mary Heilmann, Glenn Ligon, Peter Nadin, Donna De Salvo, Linda Norden, Yuta Nakajima and Princess Eugenie of York.
Randy Kennedy, the evening's host, greets Robin Coste Lewis and artist Glenn Ligon.

Ms. Lewis is the Los Angeles poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award for her book of poems, The Voyage of the Sable Genius.

Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. Based in New York City, Ligon engages in intertextuality with other works from the visual arts, literature, and history, as well as his own life.

Ursula Hauser, the Swiss collector, arts patron and matriarch of Hauser & Wirth. The magazine is named in her honor.  She is a revered champion of under-recognized artists, many of them women.
There is an 8-page portfolio of text  and paintings by Amy Sherald. When asked about her motivations in painting African-American figures, Sherald said she hoped her work would  be seen as “portraits of Americans doing everyday things.”

"I think about when my parents  grew up, in the Deep South, in the 1930’s and ’40s, and that they were really lucky not to get lynched, my father in particular.  I’ve always read about lynching and the reasons why men in particular were lynched, sometimes for just looking at a white woman, in passing, just an incidental look or a perceived look. So for me, the idea of the gaze is really powerful. I don’t take it for granted.”

A survey of “Amy Sherald”  is on exhibit  (through December 31st) at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The painter's official portrait of Michelle Obama was created for the National Portait Gallery.
Randy Kennedy with his son Leo (14) and daughter Iris (11). Artist Mary Heilmann. Hauser & Wirth is marketing a blanket that was made using an image from one of Mary's paintings and produced by a high-end Scottish blanket maker called Roam. There's a small item about them in a monthly column — "Late Capitalism."
Mary Heilmann, Manuela Wirth with her husband Iwan Wirth, and Janet Kennedy.

Iwan Wirth and Ursula Hauser founded the gallery. Manuela, who is Ursula’s daughter and Iwan’s wife, is a partner. Dr. Kennedy is a renowned sleep specialist, who is married to Randy Kennedy.
Manuela Wirth with the artist Ida Applebroog.

Randy Kennedy has interviewed Ms. Applebroog for the magazine in an article titled "Angry Birds," about art, power and feathered things.

Born in the Bronx in 1929 into a deeply Orthodox Jewish family, she married and raised four children while living in Chicago and San Diego with her family. In 1974 she emerged into the art scene having returned to New York— living and working in a high-cellinged, whitewashed loft on Broadway near Broome Street.

Her work has twice been featured in Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and it resides in major collections of major museums including the Whitney, the Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim.

Princess Eugenie of York, a Director at London's Hauser & Wirth, flew in to New York for the occasion.

The British royal recently married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor castle after a seven-year courtship.
Yuta Nakajima, a Director at Chelsea’s Hauser & Wirth, with his British colleague, Princess Eugenie.

Donna De Salvo has recently curated the Andy Warhol Retrospective at The Whitney.

Randy's opinion:

"I've interviewed and written about Donna's shows for many years. She's one of the smartest curators and art minds out there."
Donna De Salvo gets a “Puffy coat ” embrace from independent curator  Olivier Renaud-Clément

Alissa Bennett and her seven-year-old son Oliver Nirenberg.

Ms. Bennett contributed a piece to the magazine's first issue entitled "Unknown Pleasures" on the tempestuous correspondence between the collector Baroness Marion Lambert and the writer Dominick Dunne. The Baroness died in 2017 — killed in an accident when she stepped into the path of a bus in London.

Linda Goode Bryant is an award-winning producer, writer, and director of experimental short films, videos, and documentaries.

She co-produced, directed, and edited "Flag Wars" (2003), a cinema vérité look at what happened in a working class black neighborhood over the course of 4 years as white gays moved to the area.

Ms. Bryant is also a founder of Project EATS, which builds and operates farms in New York City neighborhoods that are underserved by grocery stores and other healthy food options.
Dustin Yellin of Pioneer Works, Randy Kennedy and Linda Goode Bryant.

Mr. Yellin is an artist and founder of Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, a social sculpture and nonprofit institute for art and innovation in Red Hook.
Oliver Nirenberg wondering, “When am I going to get out of here?” Two Icons of the art world: Donna De Salvo and Linda Norden.

Linda, in addition to being a writer, was curator of contemporary art at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum between 1998 and 2006 and was commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2005 Venice Biennale, where she organized Ed Ruscha's project, "Course of Empire" with Donna De Salvo.
Randy Kennedy and art writer Carol Vogel. Frances Beatty, art dealer and historian, with Cathy Fuld, a MoMA trustee.
Poet Robin Coste Lewis and Glenn Ligon.

The magazine incudes a new poem by Ms. Lewis in response to the sculpture of Jack Whitten (1939-2018).
Mary Whitten (Jack Whitten’s widow and a print conservation expert) and her and Jack’s daughter Mirsini Amidon.

Randy Kennedy welcoming the guests and thanking all the people who contributed to the first issue of "Ursula."

"This evening is such a wonderful way for me and for all of us to mark this. It's not every day you get to make a new magazine!"
Jaap van Liere, one of the people who represents the estate of the artist Lee Lozano; seated are Mary Heilmann and Ursula Hauser. Ida Applebroog.
Art dealer Frances Beatty. She’s a founder of Adler Beatty, with her son Alexander Adler. They represent the Ray Johnson estate, among other artists and estates.  Princess Eugenie and Janet Kennedy.
Janet Kennedy with her brother, or in Randy's description:

"The guy with the cool striped sweater and chunky Buddy Holly glasses is my brother-in law, the artist and designer Larry Krone! There was a big piece on him in the Style section of the Sunday Times on November 25th. That sweater is his own creation. He makes a lot of his pieces from salvaged clothes and other fabric he finds at thrift stores."
Randy Kennedy, his wife Janet, and the painter Peter Nadin. Randy  wrote about him for the NYT Magazine in 2011. 
Anne Kennedy and Randy Kennedy.

Ms. Kennedy (no relation to Randy) is one of the founders of the great company Art & Commerce that started out by helping art photographers like Mapplethorpe get editorial work to support themselves. She's also artist Peter Nadin's wife.
Ida Applebroog and Ursula Hauser.
Madeleine Taurins, a gallery assistant who assisted with “Ursula.” Mary Heilmann and Marc Payot, partner and vice president of Hauser & Wirth.
Randy with  Phillip Spradley. He's the gallery's events manager. And according to Randy, “he’s fantastic. He used to work at the National Arts Club and organized many of their events with writers and artists and others thinkers.”

Julie Martin and Melissa Rachleff Burtt.

Ms. Martin is the widow of Billy Kluver. Kluver was a Bell Labs engineer who, along with artists like Rauschenberg and others, started Experiments in Art and Technology in the late 1960 to bring together artists and people in the sciences. Julie was pivotal in EAT's development.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt is an associate professor at NYU and curator of the amazing "Inventing Downtown" show at the Grey Gallery in 2017, about the late '50s East Village Gallery scene.
Kristian Kluver, the son of Billy Kluver, lives in Boulder, Colorado working as a digital and analogue designer/collaborator.
Melissa Saenz Gordon and Donna Cheng. Randy Kennedy saying goodbye to Frances Beatty.

Princess Eugenie with her roller bag heading off to Miami Art Basel.
The perfect end to a perfect evening celebrating the debut of a wonderful new magazine.

Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved. Contact Jill Krementz here.