FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: “I’m kind of the person who, if I see something that I die over, I stalk the person [who made it] until I meet them and then I get to know them and eventually we become friends,” explained Paper magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter at the opening party for her latest curatorial endeavor, “My Amazing Friends,” an art exhibit-cum-pop-up-shop at Partners & Spade. Long known for making (and maintaining) friends in high places throughout the art, music and fashion worlds, it’s no wonder Hastreiter lured a sizable chunk of the indie crowd to Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s new gallery space on New York’s Great Jones Street June 3, including Yigal Azrouël; Nicole Miller; Matthew and Cari Modine; Moises de la Renta; Threeasfour’s Gabi, Adi and Ange; Albert Maysles; Kenny Scharf, and Ingo Maurer.
For the show, Hastreiter asked nearly 30 of her friends to contribute work, ranging from Scharf’s cartoonish ceramic bongs and magnets to Kate Spade’s candy sculptures to John Waters’ Barbie plates and Threeasfour’s shell necklaces. Most everything is for sale — fans of Todd Selby’s cultish design Web site, The Selby, for example, can buy his tote bags for $50, while Spade’s pieces go for between $90 and $100. Items are accompanied by plaques with blurbs written by Hastreiter, which offer her take on the artist as well as their year of introduction.
It’s clear that Hastreiter’s aim is strictly social, not intellectual or, despite the price tags, economic. “I don’t do it for money,” Hastreiter said. “I do it [out of] love for my friends. I love connecting people, I love art, I love talent and I love paying homage to amazing people and letting other people see them.”
Not that these friendships don’t come with some perks for the editor, at least according to Scharf, a F.O.K. (friend of Kim) since 1978. “I customized [Kim’s] appliances probably 30 years ago,” Scharf recalled. “She has a customized blender, coffee grinder, telephone and answering machine. Now they’re art. Before they were working appliances, then they break and they become art.”
— Nick Axelrod
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