World-renowned concert pianist and painter Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, known to her friends as Coco, spent last Wednesday morning running around her gigantic two-floor apartment in Soho preparing for an “artist showing” that was to be held in her honor that evening at the BoConcept store on Greene Street. There, the walls were being covered with the Vietnamese-born artist’s paintings: bright splashy watercolors, some of which had already been bought by the litany of notable New York names that make up the 37-year-old’s inner social circle.
“I’m having all my friends wear traditional Vietnamese dresses made by my friend Duc Hung,” Coco told the Transom, motioning to her own walls, where the exotic gowns hung like art. Mr. Hung himself sat quietly nearby, an old friend from the Hanoi School of Music and Fine Arts, where Coco studied from age 8. (It was still the morning, so Coco was in daytime Missoni.)
“We’re collaborating on an underwater opera as well,” she said, while Mr. Hung smiled bashfully. This type of collaboration is not unusual for Coco, who runs her home like a cultural salon for all types of creatives, from gallery owners and tech entrepreneurs to celebrities and artists.
Auctions are nothing if not ruthless. Last week, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips held multimillion-dollar spring photography sales of a combined 644 images. The results offered clues, as the art market continues to thaw from the 2008 recession, as to which contemporary photographer’s stocks have risen, whose have fallen and whose are holding steady post-crash. In Read More
Pop artist Peter Tunney isn’t crashing at Crobar anymore.
These days, the 48-year-old reformed nightcrawler fantasizes about waking up at the Strand!
“My wife, she reads. I go home and watch [Ultimate Fighting Championship],” explained Mr. Tunney, pointing to his recent painting of a large chalkboard with the phrase “I must Read More
Tucked away in a cul-de-sac on East 50th Street, One Beekman Place was built by the Rockefellers in 1930; previous residents include playboy Aly Khan; William J. Donovan, head of the O.S.S. under Franklin Roosevelt; and game-show mogul Mark Goodson. It’s very difficult to get into the building, but once you do, it’s almost impossible Read More
“I’ve never been so sick in my life, and I wasn’t even partying last night,” said Peter Tunney, 43, at Cipriani Downtown one recent afternoon. He didn’t look sick. With his ruddy complexion, full head of blond hair, and honking style of speech, he seemed like someone who’d spent the day sailing on the North Read More
On Friday, Aug. 15, the Bridgehampton Beach Club was thronged past capacity with villagers, none of whom had brought their bathing suits. Cars were parked illegally on the grass for half a mile down Ocean Road. Dozens of policemen were stationed at the entrance, and officers surveyed the scene in a mobile command unit parked Read More
It was nearing 7 p.m. on the evening of Feb. 6 when stately,
plump Viacom chief operating officer Mel Karmazin and his wife, Terry, blew
into the Waldorf-Astoria’s Grand Ballroom for the Museum of Television and
Radio’s black-tie gala.
Because he was only the second celebrity to arrive- Sex and the Read More
Beard and the Breasts
When Peter Beard photographed the bare-chested, 17-year-old Fayel Tall near Lake Rudolph in Kenya in 1987, the young African woman says she thought no one would ever see the portrait. Ten years later, in November 1997, while she was working in a boutique in Los Angeles in between modeling jobs and Read More
Of all of the 80′s art stars, Donald Baechler has had the quietest career. While his good friends Ross Bleckner, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Philip Taaffe were seeing their work on the walls of major museums and appearing in movies, Mr. Baechler was pursuing a painting career in a steady, workmanlike way that has Read More