Karen O, center of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Just in time for Halloween, the art world’s optical illusionist moves his life sized boulders and giant Balenciaga shoe sculptures into the New Museum on the Bowery. Urs Fischer, who hails from Switzerland but lives in NYC with his American girlfriend likes to have fun constructing life sized skeletons. In this round, he’s built textured prints of the Empire State Building and mounds of Swiss cheese on blocked mirrors. The head of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, was sniffing around the opening as were big chip artists like Chuck Close, who grinned while running his wheel chair in between works. But for the birds who can’t envision bringing home a large piece of Urs, his silk scarves will do. Two limited editions are now up for sale at the New Museum gift shop. And the night of the opening, I spotted Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman dancing around in one — a top a slim sweater and gray trousers — at the Interview Magazine’s after party. Two varieties ($350), in silk, rumored to be from the same mills that supply Hermes. Ooh, la, la! Exhibit and scarves at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. Urs Fischer until February 2010. Silk scarves, while supplies last.
Cool Urs Fischer scarf, likely a collector’s item