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"STARRY NIGHTS"

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 6/29/2012 1:13 PM
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Madison Square Park Conservancy Benefit Celebrates Martin Friedman's 60-Year Career In the Arts:
Some 300 art stars including David Hockney , Chuck Close in his brilliant African-patterned cloth suit, Christo, John Currin, John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner, wife of John Currin, a smiling, platinum-haired Cindy Sherman, the always chic Yvonne LaForce in sequins, the Whitney's Adam Weinberg, Arnold Glimcher, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, (to name just a few) toasted the legendary Mr. Friedman and enjoyed a marvelous dinner at the St. George Ballroom (a hidden gem). The money raised supports the park's pubic art program.



Cindy Sherman at the MADISON SQUARE PARK Conservancy Benefit by RH




John Baldessari, Chuck Close and Lawrence Weiner



El Museo del Barrio GALA AT CIPRIANI, a Salute to Narciso Rodriquez:
A gorgeous, energetic crowd gathered at Cipriani to honor the multi-talented designer, Narciso Rodriguez and philanthropist ... Read More


Memorable Events Day & Night

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 6/5/2012 9:40 PM
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The Youth America Grand Prix saluted legendary prima ballerina Natalia Makarova at Lincoln Center. In addition to films that highlighted Makarova's extraordinary career, some of her most memorable roles were performed by today's leading dancers. Like fellow ballet aficionados, I was delighted to meet her during a festive, champagne-fueled dinner.



YAGP Gala honored Natalia Makarova at Lincoln Center



Peripatetic Artist Colette:
A lively crowd of art aficionados filled the Gershwin Hotel to preview "A Pirate in Venice", a beautifully-photographed film of Colette's recent journey/exhibits to Venice. Swathed in her signature flowing white clothes and fantastic hats, director Fredericke Schaefer showed the artist at her very best.



Colette at the Gershwin HOTEL



Ivy Brown Gallery Must-See Show:
In an unfortunate bit of coincidence, the innovative Ivy Brown GAllery exhibited Sunny Bak's three-decade photo tribute to the Beastie Boys a ... Read More


MY FAVORITE MARCH ART EVENTS

By Rose Hartman
Wednesday, 4/11/2012 2:33 PM
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I joined a group of illustrious art collectors, dealers and aficionados at the Art Show VIP gala, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, at the Park Avenue Armory. The Art Show looked especially elegant this year, because of its carefully-chosen range, from 19th and 20th century masterpieces, to cutting- edge art works. Metro Pictures showed Cindy Sherman's handcut black and white collages (featuring Sherman playing 13 different Hollywood-style characters), a striking counterpoint to her enormous color prints on view at MOMA.



Armed with energy bars, attired in strong walking shoes, I attended the VIP opening at the Armory Show (Contemporary & Modern), on cavernous Pier 92 and 94. To really appreciate this mammoth fair,several visits are recommended. In between chatting with international dealers, there's always the champagne bar for a quick sugar fix. Collectors at each of these fairs support the Henry Street ... Read More


Delectable Dining

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:27 PM
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On a cold winter evening, there is nothing more pleasurable than reserving a table at Bistro Chat Noir, a relaxed dining room filled with an UES crowd. Located just off Madison Avenue, in a landmarked townhouse, my art dealer friend and I enjoyed an ecclectic menu of baby ravioli, Chat Noir salad, succulent sea scallops mixed with a melange of vegetables and anchovies, truffle-flavored french fries, and an incomparable merengue-topped bagatelle, washed down with Prosecco.

We certainly plan another visit soon for the Sunday brunch of buckwheat crepes filled with French ham and gruyere.

When the weather warms, there is also outdoor dining.



Photo by Rose Hartman

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The French Institute's Trophee des Arts Gala

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:24 PM
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Descending the staircase into a sea of French bluebloods and Francophiles, chatting in French and English, who had gathered to honor businessman Paul Desmarais Jr. and sublime chef Alain Ducasse, I spotted Sirio Maccioni, Michele Gerber Klein, Daniel Boloud and Stanley Tucci with his friend and fellow-actor Patricia Clarkson. They were all enjoying a champagne and foie gras canapé reception.

During dinner, the glittering crowd enthusiastically bid on trips to France, Morocco and the Dominican Republic. The lucky winners are packing as I write.



Michelle Gerber Klein, photo by Rose Hartman



Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, photo by Rose Hartman



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THE BEST OF THE BEST in 2011

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:18 PM
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2011 NYC FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL:

At the annual NYC Food and wine festival festival housed in a huge tent fronting the Hudson River, delectable food and alcohol tastings prepared by the country's best chefs make this 4-day event a must for gastronomic adventurers and, most importantly, the Food Network benefits. Save the dates, Oct. 11-14, 2012 so you won't miss the often sold-out culinary offerings.

ARTBASEL MIAMI ANNIVERSARY:

Flew south to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ArtBasel Miami along with some 50,000 collectors, art lovers and world travelers, whose art awareness is less than zero, but their need to socialize knows no bounds.

In- between visits to endless galleries and a dozen satellite fairs offering works in every style, quality and price range, I managed to attend "Interview" Magazine's screening of Warhol's "San Diego Surf", a never-before-seen film at a V.I.P.cocktail party. The crowd of internationals, including the Warhol Museum's Eric Shiner, the ... Read More


August Sweets

By Rose Hartman
Sunday, 9/4/2011 2:32 PM
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Returning from an unforgettable 17-day trip to London to sultry NY, several events attracted my interest.

The first, a benefit for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, featured a star-studded lineup of Broadway actors who sang and danced ( “Billy Elliott’s” star Tade Biesinger mesmerized the audience at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.As an admirer of the legendary, soulful Roberta Flack, I was especially delighted to see her honored with the organization’s first Ambassador of the Arts award. In addition, $50,000 in college scholarships raised for promising dancers made the evening even more memorable. Bravos to Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster and Robin Cofer, who co-chaired the event, which ended in a lively champagne reception!!!

Last weekend, I joined a bevy of collectors and art aficionados who East Hampton’s famed Guild Hall museum, to celebrate Richard Prince’s exhibit “Covering Pollack”. Using black and white images of ... Read More


LOVELY LOVELY LONDON…and a Masterpiece Theatre-like Side Trip

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 8/5/2011 3:29 PM
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My recent trip to London was nothing less than memorable, from dinner on exuberant Zandra Rhodes' terrace in the East End, to photographing and lunching with the delightful Lady Kingsley (wife of the legendary Ben Kingley) in their charming Spelsbury home (unfortunately, Sir Kingsley was in NY shooting his latest film), catching a Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the V&A, seminal images of Hungarian photographers (Capa, Brassai, etc.) at the Royal Academy, Toulouse-Lautrec at the Courtauld, Cy Twombly at Tate Modern (highlighted by a small glass vase of white roses to memorialize his passing), securing the last ticket to an Arnold Wexler play at the Royal Court theatre, visiting the witty and brilliant hat designer Stephen Jones in his exquisite boutique, strolling through historic Brick Lane with its sari-filled Indian shops and endless restaurants, enjoying delectable guinea fowl in a quintessential English pub, visiting privately-owned 187-room Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ... Read More


"FOUR ART PICKS: "Disco Darlings" at the Tea-Set Cafe

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 4:54 PM
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My photos of Studio 54, the glamourous, never-to-be duplicated hot spot of the late seventies, are on view at the Tea-Set cafe at 235 West 12th St, an intimate cafe run by a charming Frenchman who will make you want to wile away several hours enjoying sangria, a wide assortment of exotic teas, organic salmon, etc.



Jerry Hall and Andy Warhol at Studio 54, photo by Rose Hartman



Mick Jagger at Studio 54, photo by Rose Hartman



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Art Picks: International Center of Photography Infinity Awards Gala

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 2:05 PM
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What better way is there to spend a gala evening than joining photo collectors, art dealers, former ICP recipients and this year's ICP honorees at the Chelsea Piers? I especially enjoyed meeting 99-year-old photojournalist Helen Gruber and lifetime achievement ICP Infinity Award winner Elliott Erwitt, who has focused his camera on Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe and all those canines for six decades.

Even if you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket for the sold-out benefit, photo lovers should dash over to the ICP to enjoy Erwitt's huge, black and white retrospective, aptly entitled "Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best", along with Gruber's color images of Alaska's natives and Jewish communities throughout the world.



Monique Knowlton and Elliott Erwitt, photo by Rose Hartman



Glenda Bailey, photo by Rose Hartman



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ART PICKS: "Billowing Beauty"

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 2:03 PM
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Even the most blase passerby will be delighted by the shimmering installation viewed only from the outside of the Roger Smith Hotel. Paris-based artist Anne Ferrer has created five brilliantly-colored, giant, hand-blown sculptures that breathe, billow, grow and evolve in slow motion to the lighter-than-air music of L.A.-based composer Carol Worthey.

Bravo both to freelance curator Ed Rubin and the LAb for their invitations to a versatile group of artists who transformed 47th St. and Lexington into a magical space.

In addition, the post-viewing was followed by a private dinner, highlighted by stimulating conversation, endless wine, pasta and salad.



Anne Ferrer on 47th St. in front of her installation, photo by Rose Hartman



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"ART PICKS"---"Living in Havana"

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 2:02 PM
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While Cuba certainly has its challenges (I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Havana visiting amazingly resilient artists), even with its impoverishment, there is a tremendous amount of artistic activity. That range of talent is encapsulated in "Living In Havana", a talented five artist exhibition at Chelsea's Marlboro gallery through June 18th.

We were especially moved by Kcho's work, that revolved around the provocative theme of desperate migration. Guests of the Marlboro gallery celebrated the exhibition with mojitos and dinner at Havana Central.



Sculpture by Kcho, photo by Rose Hartman



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"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER"

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 1:59 PM
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The Latins certainly know how to party! Last night, some 600 fun-loving internationals put on their dancing shoes to attend the Museo del Barrio's annual gala. Cipriani's elegant space was the ideal venue to honor fashion photographer Mario Testino with a lifetime artistic achievement award, midst lively conversation, washed down with Bellinis. The glam guests included Chairperson Yaz Hernandez, who was elegant in white, a striking Carine Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, who was graciously posing for endless pictures, Fe Fendi in a magnificent antique shawl from Sevilla, Grace Coddington, Josh Hartnett , Narciso Rodriquez, blonder-than-ever Donatella Versace and the down-to-earth Kate Winslet, who honored Mario with an ASPREY silver tray signed by 35 admirers. The revelers danced the night away and raised $1,000,000 for the museum. Bravo!!!!

While I covered the event for my weekly blog, I couldn't resist a single picture of Ms. Winslet (who is one of my favorite actors). ... Read More


"Dining Out Without Attitude"

By Rose Hartman
Monday, 5/16/2011 8:08 PM
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No one loves to dine out in a scene restaurant more than I. One of my favorites is the Lion, where four of my archival photos are prominently displayed, Another is the charming Waverly Inn, where Pierce Brosman and Cindy Lauper once waited patiently for their tables.

However, there are those occasional evenings when a relaxing seafood dinner without attitude is just the thing. Recently, I discovered the Mussel Pot on Bleecker Street. In a rock garden, highlighted by a soothing waterfall, I enjoyed good conversation, a tower of succulent seafood, an oversized pot of Thai mussels (with red curry, lemongrass, cilantro, coconut milk and couscous) and a delectable crème brûlée.

As everyone knows, the enjoyment of any meal is enhanced by where you're seated in a restaurant. So, imagine how delighted my friends and I were in this setting of alpine rocks and and waterfall...without leaving the city!

Whenever you book ... Read More


'SAVAGE BEAUTY' - THE Exhibit OF THE DECADE

By Rose Hartman
Monday, 5/16/2011 7:59 PM
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When I attended the fledgling fashion show of the provocative Alexander McQueen at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the lower east side one snowy evening, little did I know that he would become one of the world's most renowned designers.

Sadly, McQueen recently took his life at age 40, leaving behind endless radical creations. Run, do not walk, to the Met's Costume Institute to view over 100 works and mind-altering accessories from the the early 1990's to his very last collection. While his London fashion house is in the capable hands of the very private Sarah Burton, few will ever forget such masterpieces as a glass-vitrine encased gown covered with silk and fresh flowers (that are slowly disintegrating) or a flowing silk taffeta cape or a hat of butterflies.

As his fellow design student Stella McCartney remarked at the Met's press conference, "Who would have thought?"

The exhibition closes on July 31st.

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NY ROSE-"WORTHY CAUSES: KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE"

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 5/10/2011 11:15 AM
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At the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show house , I strolled through 16 rooms designed by top decorators, getting my fix of decorating inspiration. Held in a striking Upper East Side mansion, formerly the home of diplomat Jock Whitney, I joined other design enthusiasts who clearly believe that New Yorkers' true obsession is interior design. Celerie Kemble transformed a dark paneled library into a glimmering "Sanctuary for a Siren" and Amanda Nisbet created a charming bedroom highlighted by Marilyn Minter's luscious photo "framing" the bed.

And it is good to know that each $30 ticket helps Kip's Bay support after-school programs for young Bronxites. (closes May 26, 2011).



Celerie Kemble's "Sanctuary for a Siren", photo by Rose Hartman

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NY ROSE: WORTHY CAUSES

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 5/10/2011 11:06 AM
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With its South Beach tropical feel (blazing orange walls, intensely-colored paintings and vases), Nuela's cavernous restaurant proved to be the perfect venue for a Sunday "Aid for Aids" benefit brunch . In order to help this worthy cause, I joined Phillip Bloch and an attractive, fashionably, arty and lively group to enjoy a "sabroso" South American brunch. Before anyone could say "Arepas!", i was ready for this fabulously tasty dish mixed with black beans and chorizo, followed by Latin crepes, all washed down with one, two or three Mimosas (who's counting when it comes to a good cause?). With the rhythm of bossa novas and cha cha chas provided by a young female DJ-the latest trend-the benefit was the perfect kick-off to the spring season. Booking a reservation at Nuela on West 24th Street for a Sunday- in -May brunch is a must--and you be helping a most worthwhile ... Read More


Urban Zen

By Rose Hartman
Wednesday, 5/4/2011 4:03 PM
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If you haven't visited Urban Zen yet, you are in for a treat. Located on a quiet West Village street, the store/gallery was established by Donna Karan.

Hand-crafted Balinese furniture, gorgeous exotic jewelry (like the pieces that Donna always wears), oversized art books and, of course, all those neutral linen and jersey must-haves (for those with money to spare) to entice Karan's many fans.

What distinguishes this space are the exceptional events that take place in the enormous, former sculpture studio of Donna's late husband, Stephen Weiss.

Recently, I strolled over to Urban Zen to attend the high-energied event for Elizabeth Jordan, a documentary photographer and world traveler who depicts the plight of people in war-torn and developing countries. The walls of the gallery held striking, brightly-colored images of African and Haitian women balancing enormous baskets of produce on their heads . Jordan, a philanthropist, had promised much-needed money to Rawandan women, so ... Read More


Spring Party Art Star

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 4/21/2011 2:00 PM
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Miniature camera in hand, I was more than ready to enjoy champagne and a silent auction with a fashionable group of some 450 high-powered guests at Capitale (the former magnificent bank designed by Stanford White) who happily paid $1000 ("hipsters"), $1500 ("very cool") or $2500 (benefactors) to support BOMB magazine's,(a highly-regarded arts journal that focuses on artists and writers interviewing other like-minded artists and writers) 40-year anniversary.

At a time when the same celebs are seen again and again at events, giving an award to superstar Marina Abramovic (who was both charming and approachable especially when she revealed that her favorite stylish woman was Maria Callas) guaranteed a sold-out event (Francine Prose, Betsy Baker and Richard Armstrong were also honored).

Mixing and mingling at the cocktail party and dinner were Ricardo Tischi (designer for Givenchy and a likely candidate to take over Dior) whose elegantly tailored suits are a mainstay of ... Read More


Feasting/Indian Style

By Rose Hartman
Wednesday, 4/13/2011 3:12 PM
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As a food aficionado and a devotee of all things Indian (I visited and photographed India on 2 separate occasions), I was delighted to join several hundred guests at the sold-out first Annual Varli Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Organized by the exuberant and charming Varli Singh (who also has a magazine devoted to Indian restaurants here and in Mumbai), I strolled past stations designed to reflect each restaurant's style. I really enjoyed Indian culinary creations freshly prepared by teams from 35 local restaurants including Devi, Junoon and Tamarind. A high point was meeting various chefs and getting tips on Indian cooking. Between a performance by the celebrated Indian singer Tina Sugandh, the on-stage cooking show by celeb Chef Sanjeev Kappor, and the chance to be photographed with noted Chef Photo Booth, coupled with delicious specialty cocktails, the evening was an unqualified success. What fun to receive a ... Read More


Fashion Frenzy

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 2/26/2010 12:58 PM
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Greg Lauren (Photo by Rose Hartman)


Rambling Rose: Fashion frenzy

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Counter-culture couture

Life size, hand-sewn men’s suits and accessories meticulously made from pristine treated white Japanese paper fill the gallery at the French Institute, in a show aptly titled “Greg Lauren: Counter Culture.” A dance sequence from Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is projected onto 10 unique paper sculptures of iconic menswear. It’s hardly surprising that these fabulously elegant actors ... Read More


Rambling Rose on Colette

By Rose Hartman
Monday, 2/15/2010 2:42 PM
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Downtown doyenne and culture chronicler Rose Hartman has documented the worlds of art and fashion in New York and across the globe for more than three decades. Here, she offers her best-of picks for where to see and be seen around town
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For more than three decades, I have followed the career of the artist Colette (like Prince, her single name is sufficient.) I recall her fearlessly painting enormous lips on W. 57th St. before the police briefly detained her; lying on a bed in a seductive, silky tableaux at the Robert Stefanotti Gallery; playing in her band at the stylish boutique Fiorucci; appearing nearly bare-breasted in the windows of the Rizzoli Bookstore; and using creamy parachute silk to transform her spacious Pearl St. loft into a poetic environment. Unfortunately, her loft was destroyed in 2007 before she could remove her artwork and records.

Attired in outrageous hats, dramatic makeup, striking original clothing and tottering on platform ... Read More


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