Wallpaper* and the New York art world toast a dual creative feat by Laurie Simmons
Few artists manage to merge the realms of fashion, art and popular culture as well as Laurie Simmons. The filmmaker-cum-photographer - who guest-edited our October issue - was the toast of the town last month at the Schwartz Gallery Met launch of ’Two Boys’, an exhibition of her photographs inspired by Nico Muhly’s opera of the same name.
Some of the New York art world’s most exciting characters, including Marilyn Minter and Cindy Sherman, turned out to support Simmons’ work at the opening reception - co-hosted by Wallpaper* - where her trademark dolls and dummies had evolved from angelic women into young men. ’I was drawn to the story of Two Boys, which involves the vastness, seduction and perils of the online world—something I think about often,’ Simmons explained.
Wallpaper*, of course, had twice the reason to celebrate that evening. So we continued the party with an intimate dinner to mark her other triumph: the 20 pages she co-opted in our October issue. Her guest-edited section is the artist at her best: a pastiche of wide-ranging references whose fusion is disarmingly natural. A true Simmons speciality.
A select crowd from the Schwartz Gallery Met opening, including Simmons, her collaborators, colleagues, family and friends, congregated at the Dream Downtown hotel, where - with the help of Cherry restaurant - we toasted her talents over plates of sushi (a hit with Marilyn Minter) and sake that flowed freely into the night.