John Baldessari on the floor, “White Snow” off-duty, and a strawberry that looks like Hello Kitty are a few things that popped up on the art world’s Instagrams this week, where the images were dominated by blockbuster openings of James Turrell at the Guggenheim and Paul McCarthy at the Park Avenue Armory and Hauser & Wirth. Llyn Foulkes, Jew York, and Playboy Marfa also made a splash. Here’s a gallery-goer enjoying the McCarthy buzz at the Hauser & Wirth opening of “Rebel Dabble Babble” last night — with McCarthy surreptitiously captured in the background.
John Baldessari is clever at getting himself on Instagram. Here he is lying on the floor at the Turrell opening as Turrell himself looks on nonplussed.
As the Turrell images were so stunning, following is a small selection of some of our favorite shots from the show’s opening. Here’s one, of the Gugg’s rotunda, by Fitz & Co.’s Dan Tanzilli.
More James Turrell.
James Turrell from a fashion angle, Derek Blasberg.
MoMA PS1’s Rebecca Taylor shot a great one in green.
A Rothko-esque snap of the Turrell.
Mara McCarthy took this one of her dad, Paul McCarthy, and White Snow, off-duty from their nefarious filming at the Park Avenue Armory. Quick, hide the kids.
At McCarthy’s “WS” opening. Park Avenue Armory. No comment.
The opening of McCarthy’s show “Rebel Dabble Babble,” at Hauser & Wirth, was no less dramatic, but by this point, we were kind of desensitized.
Nice picture by Believer editor and Organist co-founder Ross Simonini.
Chuck Close was at the Llyn Foulkes opening too. He’s a fan of the audio guide!
Bruce High Quality Foundation commemorated Father’s Day with this photo, altered with their odd clown-face markings. If you missed it, check out this preview of the collective’s upcoming retrospective opening on June 28 at the Brooklyn Museum.
Judith Bernstein’s early work at the Jew York show presented by Zach Feuer and Untitled.
Richard Phillips celebrating the unveiling of Playboy Marfa with a couple of Playboy Bunnies (including Raquel Pomplun, this year’s Playmate of the Year) at a soiree at the Standard Hotel.
Richard Phillips not only likes racing cars and making questionable branded art for Playboy, but also takes to riding the waves every once in a while.
Gallerist at the Hole, May Andersen, shows her support for fallen designer John Galliano, as did Vanity Fair’s Ingrid Sischy. These good times belong to “#throwbackthursday,” natch.
Jeff Koons’s “Banality” plates are on sale. Here they are at the Bernardaud window.
Falling water makes way for artist Josephine Meckseper at Random International’s “Rain Room” at MoMA.
Marking the culmination of the week’s spectacular events, Internet artist Jeanette Hayes found a strawberry that looks like Hello Kitty.
— Rozalia Jovanovic
Tags: Bruce High Quality Foundation, Ingrid Sischy, James Turrell, Jeanette Hayes, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, John Galliano, Josephine Meckseper, Judith Bernstein, Kathy Grayson, Paul McCarthy, Playboy, rAndom International, Richard Phillips, Ross Simonini