Jill Krementz Photo Journal: Harold Pinter, Amy Sherald, Gus Van Sant, & Pace Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibitions

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Harold Pinter photographed by Jill Krementz on November 23, 1979. KV and I got married the following day — on November 24th.
The British playwright was at work in a rehearsal room at the Minskoff Theatre where Betrayal was in rehearsal. The play, starring Blythe Danner, Raul Julia and Roy Scheider subsequently opened in early January on Broadway at The Trafalgar Theatre.

The first two weeks of September have been filled with a back-to-school excitement — new plays on Broadway, wonderful art shows, and even a breathtakingly beautiful new museum-like gallery in Chelsea.

Thursday, September 5, 2019: Opening night of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and after party at The Pool.

L. to r.: Marquee of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre; Julio Peterson, Shubert VP and my host for the evening.
Curtain Call: Tom Hiddleston (Robert), Zawe Ashton (Emma), Charlie Cox (Jerry), and Eddie Arnold (waiter).
Hiddleston is well known for his portrayal of Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios film “Thor.”
Left: William Ivey Long & Amy Fine Collins.
Right: Katy Goulding & Adam Green. Be sure to read Adam’s profile of mentalist Derren Brown in an upcoming issue of The New Yorker. Mr. Brown’s Secret has just opened at the Cort. I attended last night’s opening and am raving about it to everyone. Sadly, Adam’s mother Phyllis Newman died earlier, only hours prior to curtain time — a huge loss to us all.
L. to r.: Cast member Emma Lyles, 5, was not only making her Broadway debut but simultaneously starting kindergarten; Zawe Ashton plays Emma, a gallerist in the midst of a sexual triangle. Hailed by Ben Brantley as a “breakout star,” she is also a playwright.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Amy Sherald’s opening at Hauser and Wirth.

Amy Sherald — famous for her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery — documents contemporary black experience drawing upon the American Realist tradition. 
On the wall: Sometimes the king is woman.
L. to r.: On opening night Hauser & Wirth was packed with a long line of people waiting to see the exhibition; Alexander Dorr, Amy Sherald’s studio manager.
Gillie Holme (artist) and Camille Massey (activist) who are Amy’s friends and mine too.
On the wall: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be (Self-imagined atlas).
Left: Arthur Haywood, 29, (a talented painter & muralist) with Sherald’s portrait of him — A single man is in possession of a good fortune. 
Sherald situates her always African-American subjects in brightly colored environments evoking quintessential Americana. The title of this painting is The girl next door.
Jordan Baker-Caldwell with If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
The painting’s title comes from the final passage of Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
The artist with Dr. Obiora Anekwe, her former classmate when they attended art school at Clark Atlanta University in the 1990s.

Wednesday, September 11: Opening reception at Vito Schnabel Projects: “Gus Van Sant: Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard.”

Gus Van Sant, the Los Angeles based artist and film maker, at his solo exhibition hosted by Vito Schnabel. Mr. Van Sant is standing in front of one of his 9 large-scale watercolors on stretched linen.
Proud father Julian Schnabel with his son Vito, the gallery owner.
L. to r.: Louise Schnabel (Julian’s wife) with Lilica (her Jack Russell mix); Artist Walter Robinson.
L. to r.: Painter Alexis Rockman; Bing McGilvray & Bob Colacello.
Left: Julian Schnabel and Dan Colen referred to by The Guardian as “the bad boy of post-pop New York, a central figure in a creative, degenerate set dubbed Warhol’s Children.” 
Right: Louis Miano and Gus Van Sant. Many years ago, Mr. Miano was asked by Gus’s father (a business associate) if he had any words of wisdom to pass on to his young son desirous of one day becoming a movie director. Lou warned that it was “an impossible dream.”
Gus went on to make Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, and the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting.
Bruce Cohen, a film and theatre producer. He worked on Milk with Gus.

Friday, September 13: A special reception for artists and friends at the new Pace Gallery in West Chelsea.

The new Pace Gallery, an eight-story building designed by Bonetti/Kozerski at 540 West 25th Street.
Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery.
The invitation to Pace’s opening. As you can see, five artists were celebrated. I did not have time for the floors devoted to the late Peter Hujar and to Loie Hallowel and am looking forward to many future visits.
The gallery’s new home with 75,000 square feet feels more like a small and perfectly designed museum (but unlike most museums, is free and open to the public.) Each gallery is unique, there is a sculpture terrace overlooking the Hudson River, and numerous cozy places where you can sit. This is a cultural destination for all lovers of contemporary art.
David Hockney’s new house in Normandy where he is now living and spending most of his time.
Bing McGilvray & Wilson Kidde with Hockney’s panorama. Bing is one of David’s closest friends and will soon be flying to visit him in Normandy.
DH writes in the catalogue: “It took me 21 days to make the 24 drawings. All of my marks are visable, thousands of them.”
L. to r.: Gregory Evans is David’s long time manager; Edith Devaney from the Royal Academy of Art curated David’s portrait show as well as a Jasper Johns and many, many others.
Vitrine Display: People familiar with DH’s work know his love of the Chinese scroll.
“The work has no vanishing point. It is drawn in the Chinese way. It is not a window. I walked all around the house. Why not.”
The style is a new invention by David that combines painting and drawing in a fresh unique way. The Bayeux Tapestry, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Bruegel were also inspirations.
You will want to purchase this beautiful catalogue. The opening end paper shows David at his drawing table.
The catalogue finishes with this double-truck end paper.
L. to r.: In between gallery visits, it’s fun to pop into the elevator and go up to the roof for a breath of fresh air. Tim Christ (architect), Melissa Steeves, and their three children Milo (10), Ruby (11 months), and Eliot (7); Maynard Monrow, conceptual artist.
Joanna & Lawrence Weschler. Mr. Weschler’s book — And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks — has just been published by FSG. Ren, as he is called by his friends, will be interviewing Ric Burns at the New York Film Festival on October 3rd following the premiere of Ric’s documentary, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life.”
Mr. Weschler is also the author of True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney.
Alexander Calder’s Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere is on the first floor.
L. to r.: Sandy Rower, Alexander Calder’s grandson and biographer, with his 8-year-old son Pond; Elan Gentry is Sandy Rower’s partner and the mother of their three children. And yes, I know who designed that beautiful brooch.
L. to r.: Agnes Gund; Collectors Jeanne & Joe Neubauer.
Left: Fred Wilson’s exhibition “Chandeliers” is on the 7th floor.

Fred Wilson admires Murano’s glassmakers for their combination of tradition and innovation. Wilson has thought of the object as a metaphor for the African presence in the Renaissance. The meeting of idea, design and manufacture technique in his chandeliers create ornate surfaces and elaborate patterns that suggest cultural transmission is an intimate process, the result of interaction between people from different places, different disciplines. — Darryl Pinckney’s catalogue excerpt
Karen Rempel (Fashion Editor of WestView News), Arthur Lambert, Bing McGilvray, and Edith Devaney.
L. to r.: Douglas Baxter, President of Pace Gallery; Artists Pat Steir, Tom Otterness, and Billy Sullivan. Mr. Otterness’s exhibition “Sculpture & Drawing” is currently on view thru October 12th at Marlborough, 40 West 57th Street.
Fred Wilson with his long-term partner and renowned artist, Whitfield Lovell. They have been together since 1981.

All photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved. Contact JK here.

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