Terence Koh: Flowers for Baudelaire
by Ariston Anderson
Last night France's first brother Olivier Sarkozy hosted an unusual opening in his swank Upper East Side abode, which also happens to be Richard Avedon's former studio. Budding art dealer Vito Schnabel (son of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel) curated the show featuring Terence Koh, who formerly worked under the alias asianpunkboy. Known as much for outlandish high-fashion statements as for his shocking works often covering pornographic themes (not to mention his apparently guileless approach to it all), everyone was abuzz about what kind of paintings he would show.
In keeping with a common Koh all-white trope, the studio has been turned into a smoky white room, the floor and walls gessoed into a white landscape of slopes eliminating the right angles of the room. After removing their shoes to enter the room, guests are treated to the "flowers," gorgeous readymade canvases, simply constructed from corn syrup and powdered sugar. The results are sweet and mesmerizing in their simplicity, a delicate tribute to the French poet's Les Fleurs du mal.
Flowers for Baudelaire
Open Tuesday-Thursday, 11-6pm
Through January 2009
407 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021 map