In-Demand Star Kandis Williams Picks a New Gallery, a Top Music Producer Clues Us Into His Collection, and More Art-World Gossip

In-Demand Star Kandis Williams Picks a New Gallery, a Top Music Producer Clues Us Into His Collection, and More Art-World Gossip

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The purpose I adore artwork fairs is that promotions that would usually happen hush-hush guiding shut doorways unfold in plain sight. It transpired at Art Basel Miami Beach last 12 months, when Simone Leigh claimed bye-bye to Hauser and Wirth to be part of Matthew Marks, who introduced his illustration of the artist with a piece by the artist in his booth. When Kennedy Yanko joined Salon 94 (or, I guess now LGDR), the gallery likewise created the announcement in its 2021 Miami booth.

So visualize my surprise when, last 7 days, even though I was reporting from Frieze Los Angeles, I observed something curious at Morán Morán’s Felix Artwork Fair booth: a piece by the intently-watched artist Kandis Williams

Williams acquired her major crack when Ebony L. Haynes arranged a solo clearly show of her work at the David Zwirner-owned, kunsthalle-like 52 Walker gallery in Tribeca. From my vantage level, it was the most star-studded opening of 2021, with attendees which include Massimiliano GioniCecilia Alemani, Aziz Ansari, and the late Virgil AblohAnd critics loved it far too: our reviewer identified as it “elegant and conceptually rich” and a sharp “rejoinder to the overdetermination, commodification, and brutalization of the Black body.” The exhibit included collages, paintings, sculptures, videos—the complete gamut, even houseplants—for a highly choreographed exhibition on racism, id, eroticism, and intimacy. It had a large amount likely on! 

The get the job done at Moràn Moràn’s booth caught my attention because it was legendary Williams: tall, crafted from a large plant, and completely eye-catching. But then I realized, wait a minute… Williams doesn’t present with Moràn Moràn! She exhibits with Night time Gallery, and has been with them because 2013!

Effectively, not any longer. Williams—who gets yet another star switch in New York as portion of this year’s Whitney Biennial (did I mention that she will also have a showing at Effectiveness Space in New York, plus quite a few online video screenings at the Getty all over the yr?)—is now formally element of the Moràn Moràn secure. Check their website! She’s on there. And she’s not on the Night Gallery checklist of artists any extended. None of the other parties associated (not Williams, not Moràn Moràn, not Evening Gallery) needed to converse to your very poor, lonesome Wet Paint scribe about it. Was it a little something I stated?

My full point is, with the artwork environment seemingly at her ft, why didn’t Kandis go for one of the mega-galleries? All I can do is speculate. Leigh, who produced headlines when she abandoned Hauser and Wirth considerably less than two many years following joining the gallery to join Matthew Marks’ significantly, um, smaller sized outfit, may possibly have been determined by the drive to get the sort of specific focus that company behemoths simply cannot give. (All that mentioned, Hauser is still sponsoring her do the job at the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Biennale.) 

Probably this is the commence of a new course for Williams? Both way, cheers.



Rostam Batmanglij and James Cherry at Karma's booth at Frieze, Los Angeles.

Rostam Batmanglij, on the ideal, with James Cherry at Karma’s booth at Frieze Los Angeles.

Past Saturday, I had the pleasure of strolling as a result of Frieze with a lesser-acknowledged patron of the visible arts, a extensively identified producer of songs: Rostam Batmanglij, who very first created his splash as a member of the Ivy League pop group Vampire Weekend.

Batmanglij (he’s basically largely recognised as Rostam in business circles) was there with his partner, the artist James Cherry, whose do the job you can see now at dealer Ryan Midday‘s new Los Angeles outfit, Noon Assignments. (Midday essentially just offered a single of Cherry’s is effective to Sarah Miller Meigs, who also owns items by Sol LeWitt and Louise Bourgeois. Cherry also has works in the homes of hip Angelenos these types of as Jeremy O. Harris, Danielle Haim, and Nick Robinson.)

Batmanglij is a little bit of an artist himself. Right before he remaining Vampire Weekend in 2016, he was accountable for some of the band’s inedible cover art, like the photo for Contra, the group’s 2010 sophomore release. Not that he took the photograph. I imply, he did consider it, but from Flickr (and it afterwards grew to become the issue of a lawsuit).

“I wouldn’t say I’m a collector,” Batmanglij told me as we strolled by the Target area of the honest. “I have some items of art I acquired from good friends in the last decade”—Alex Da Corte, Cody CritcheloeBorna Sammak—”who have developed names for themselves in the art environment. I would not get artwork to set in storage and trade later.”

But he was surely searching to be inspired. Checking out a vase by Brian Rochefort at Massimo de Carlo’s booth, he explained it looked like the cover artwork for Battles’ album Gloss Drop.

So would he be interested in accomplishing a audio/artwork collab? When I outlined it, Batmanglij brought up his great friends Caroline Polachek and Matt Copson, a musician and an artist, who typically operate on projects jointly. “I’ve acknowledged Caroline because 2008, when we have been both in bands,” he said. “We really do not have the precise exact same arc, but I joke that we the two survived the course of 2008.” 

So guaranteed, Batmanglij was not at Frieze to get per se, and he wouldn’t say a great deal about what he appears to be for in artwork. But he did have a person final point he felt the need to point out. “I’ll notify you what I’m not mad about. Neon. Maybe I’m not by itself in that.”


WE Listen to

Collector Jeff Magid is opening a non-profit artwork space in Mexico City … Style manufacturer Kitsuné is launching an artwork house, Galerie Kitsuné, at its Brooklyn place, beginning with a solo display by Mario Navarro … Every month, a team of art-entire world lesbians congregate to play backgammon in a match called Lesbian Bisexual Backgammon which is arranged by Ellie Rines … Upsilon Gallery has a new flagship on the Upper East Side … Lomex Gallery’s Alex Shulan has been getting a complicated time with selected collectors in excess of his critically lauded H.R. Giger demonstrate, and Dean Kissick and Bridget Donahue each attained out with their sympathies … 



Laurie Simmons out to meal in Los Angeles decked out in Puppets and Puppets, the buzzy New York brand helmed by artist Carly Mark—she stated the outfit originally belonged to her daughter, Lena Dunham, but that she had it refitted *** Zac Bahaj, operator of the beloved Lucien, on Los Angeles soil for the first time ever last week *** David X Prutting, a founder of photography services Billy Farrell Company (you know it as BFA) offering to buy Will Ferrell’s jacket off his again at the VIP opening of Frieze (to his credit rating, it did have a Talladega Evenings patch on it) *** Jordan Wolfson and Chloe Smart visiting Jacolby Satterwhite’s fantastic new display at Morán Morán *** Tobey Maguire, Jonas Wooden, Adam Alessi, and Willa Holland participating in the Entire world Collection of Artwork Poker, upstairs from the Felix artwork fair ***

Jonas Woods records the final table at the World Series of Art Poker.

Jonas Wooden data the final table at the Environment Sequence of Artwork Poker.


Previous 7 days, I asked which artist received the most effective identify-look at on a well-known Tv clearly show. I was astonished that no a person wrote in with my most loved, which is from period a single of Sexual intercourse and the Town, when Charlotte receives picked up by a guy offering to present her his Ross Bleckner portray.

Lanya Snyder, editorial director with TheGuide.Art, wrote in about the Cindy Sherman name-fall on the critically abhorred Netflix sequence about the legend of Anna Delvey, while Kristin Sancken of Organization Agenda provided up that Miami Vice episode with Mark Kostabi (“The Shed Madonna”) as “absolutely amazing.”

NFT expert (and former Artnet staffer) Katie Rothstein had a fantastic one, mentioning a scene in Gilmore Girls in which Emily presents Lorelai a Kiki Smith etching as a wedding ceremony existing. “And Lorelai is fully nonplussed due to the fact it appears to be like like this.”

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