Fighting the mean reds



Truman Capote knew what he was talking about but there are some great gallery shows on the Upper East Side (yes, really!)  right now that make for a quick and  immensely satifsying afternoon art outing guranteed to fight off any potential nasty mood swing.   Today I started at Acquavella to see their show of works from the collection of Robert and Ethel  Scull (apparently she was known as SPIKE and of course all I can think is how do you get people to start calling you Spike?)  


They were this very groovy couple who assembled an amazing collection in the 60s, the major pieces of which are now reassembled (with notes indicating which private and museum collections now own the works) at Aquavella gallery on 79th street.


Robert Scull commissioned Andy Warhol’s first portrait ever, in 1963, of his wife.

I’m a bit obsessed with Jasper Johns.  (The house at the center of the story of The Summer We Read Gatsby was called Fool’s House, after the Jasper Johns painting of that name. )


This piece wasn’t in the show but there are other amazing examples at Aquavella including Double Flag, also a commissioned piece. This show closes next week and it is well worth checking out before it does.


MIKE KELLEY ARENA #7 (Bears) 1990

From Acquavella we hopped next door to Per Skarstedt Fine Art to see the Mike Kelley Arenas show.  Poignant and creepy and wonderful.



At the Mike Kelley show we happened to run into Richard Prince which was funny as we were actually on our way to Gagosian gallery to revisit Richard’s new show of paintings, aptly, for this day, entitled the Tiffany Paintings


I’ve been having a major Truman Capote moment right now, re-reading his work reading up as much as I can about him (check out The Party of the Century by Deborah Davis about his famous black and white ball.) 

I’m going to re-read Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I’d be curious to hear about any other great gallery shows and reading suggestions

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