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Inside Antwaun Sargent’s Hyperspeed Art-World Ascent

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On the Thursday after Labor Day, the Gagosian gallery held a dinner at Altro Paradiso, a haute pasta spot in New York’s SoHo. Each year that September evening is a rite of passage in the art world. The Chelsea galleries throw open their doors to the big fall shows, the public floods the blocks between 10th and 11th Avenues, and a select few get invited to dinners to celebrate it all, with cocktails flowing late into the evening.

Of those galleries hosting dinners, Larry Gagosian’s is the biggest, with 19 locations around the globe. That evening the Houston-based artist Rick Lowe had debuted a suite of paintings at Gagosian in his first New York solo show, which had come on the heels of his inclusion in the Whitney Biennial earlier in the year. A line snaked down West 24th Street, and staff had to ensure passage for certain VIPs: Met director Max Hollein, Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, former cultural commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, the Ghanaian British architect Sir David Adjaye. The opening was set to close at 8 p.m., but by 8:30 the gallery was still thronged. Lowe, 61, finally arrived at Altro around 9, flanked by a dozen family members from Alabama, many of whom had never been to New York City. The restaurant was crowded with well-wishers. David Breslin, who would be announced as the new modern and contemporary curator at The Met in a few weeks, was chatting with the artist Cy Gavin. Gagosian COO Andrew Fabricant ate at a table stuffed with collectors. The artist Awol Erizku held court at another without ever removing his Marni sunglasses.

Coat by Bottega Veneta jacket and pants by Bianca Saunders shirt by Bode hat by Esenshel sunglasses by Gentle Monster.

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At the center of it all sat the show’s curator, Antwaun Sargent, who joined the gallery as a director at the start of 2021. Dressed in an outfit typical of his style—Gucci loafers with a Comme des Garçons jacket and Esenshel wool cap—Sargent occupied a seat reserved for Tyler Mitchell, the young photographer whose own Sargent-organized show at Gagosian would open the following week in London. Mitchell was occupied for the evening at a dinner hosted by Matthieu Blazy, creative director of the Italian fashion brand Bottega Veneta, at The Strand bookstore.

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“Believe me, if I didn’t have to be here, I would be there—can you believe it, a Bottega dinner at The Strand?” Sargent said, his eyes wide.

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Sargent is 34 years old and speaks with the authority of someone much older while still exhibiting the excitability of a Gen Z TikTok star. His proclamations, which he can pose as outrageous provocations without indicating that his tongue is fully in his cheek, often end with a dramatic upswing in pitch. He’s lithe, a former cross-country runner who still bikes hundreds of miles a week, and often coils his body as he begins a story, affecting a pounce when he hits his crescendo.

At Altro, it was difficult for tablemates to shift the subject as Sargent opined, sipping a negroni and then a second negroni. We discussed the sheer improbability of a dinner for a Lowe show at Gagosian, the world’s most sales-obsessed gallery. The artist’s practice has long been concerned with community organizing in Houston’s Third Ward, about as far from the transactional temple of Gagosian’s white cube as you could get. Yet Sargent had landed him.

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“In the middle of the pandemic, I called Rick and I said, ‘I heard you’re making paintings,’ ” he told the audience at the dinner in an all-eyes-on-me toast that had been preceded by screams of “Antwaaaun.”

It was, in many ways, Sargent’s night as much as the artist’s—a characterization the curator would strenuously disagree with, telling me in the hours leading up to the event that “Tonight is all about Rick, it’s about Rick.” Even so, as those pre-toast chants indicated, it was also undeniably Sargent’s stage. In his two brief years at Gagosian, Sargent, who not so long ago was scraping together rent writing online, has become one of the more fawned over, buzzed about, and mystifying forces in the commercial gallery world.

Sargent’s trajectory from outsider to consummate insider has come amid a movement to bring Black artists more into the programming at blue-chip galleries and top-flight institutions, where for centuries they’ve been marginalized or not shown at all. No one has done this more visibly than Sargent, becoming an art world micro-celebrity along the way, with nearly 100,000 Instagram followers. Openings for shows he has curated have looked more like concerts, with young kids spilling out into the streets, generating waves of press and celebrity attention. When Jay-Z stopped by the gallery’s London outpost during the Sargent-staged show “Social Works II,” he was given a private tour by Sargent.

Inside Antwaun Sargents Hyperspeed ArtWorld Ascent

As dessert arrived around midnight, Sargent showed little inclination that he would soon be heading back to the apartment in Downtown Brooklyn he shares with a roommate. In a few days’ time, he was set to fly to London to start installing the first Gagosian show for Mitchell, a major step in the photographer’s continued ascendance.

In one of our several interviews, in early September, I asked Sargent about the place he now occupies among the tippy top of the art market’s highest elevation, and how exactly he reached it despite the odds stacked against him—and some forces still at play.

“I do understand that there is a space that I carved out, and I am sensitive to that,” he said. “If you would’ve asked Antwaun what he would be doing when you’re 33, I would’ve never said this. Never in my life would I have said this.”

“You get attention, people hate. But no one has done it to my face.”

For the last few years, many major institutions and blue-chip galleries have gone out of their way to correct the long-standing inequity of Black artists in programming and collections—between 2008 and 2018, just 2.37 percent of acquisitions at 30 prominent American museums were of work by Black artists. Since then, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum both deaccessioned works by white artists in order to have an endowment to acquire works by women and artists of color. Black artists, especially those who work in the field of figurative painting, have seen their prices skyrocket on the secondary market and have waiting lists for work on the primary market so long that even some of the world’s top collectors can’t access the work.

Sargent is arguably the most recognizable face of this movement, a red-carpet-walking social-first curator-slash-dealer cloaked in custom Bode jackets and Issey Miyake pleats. “Young Gifted and Black,” a show of work from the collection of former media executive Bernard Lumpkin and his husband, Carmine D. Boccuzzi, that Sargent cocurated with Matt Wycoff, has been touring for three years and is currently on view at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Sargent organized “Figures of Speech”, the massive exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of work by the late Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh that saw enterprising streetwear dealers buy out gift shop merch to flip at resale. This year Sargent was asked, with Aimee Ng, to put together a show of paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks at the Frick, the first time a Black artist has had a show at the museum. In the fall, Sargent taught a photography course at Yale, a fact he casually dropped as he tracked down our Uber outside the Brooklyn Museum one afternoon this past summer after a walk-through of the Abloh show where he was gawked at by the designer’s young devotees.

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“You get attention, people hate. But no one has done it to my face.”

Inside Antwaun Sargents Hyperspeed ArtWorld Ascent

As he’s gone about his work, Sargent has overhauled the typical notion of an art curator as an egghead entombed within the institution. He is out on the town constantly. When he released the 2019 book The New Black Vanguard, it came with a signing in Milan hosted by Gucci, attended by Tyler, the Creator; Arthur Jafa; and Maurizio Cattelan. In March, following the Academy Awards, he attended Vanity Fair’s after-party, then moved on to Madonna and Guy Oseary’s bash, then went to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s at the Chateau Marmont, then straight to his Sunset Tower suite to retrieve his bag. He had to be back in New York for a dinner honoring Lowe’s inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. Then he was off for a talk at Savannah College of Art and Design alongside Mitchell, and then Venice for the Biennale, posting an Instagram pic in a pink silk three-piece Gucci suit.

“Antwaun has always been stylish, he’s always been in fashion, he’s always been in music, he’s always been in multiple circles.… Me and Antwaun, we used to say we’re like the Future and DJ Esco of the art world,” Erizku told me, name-checking the trendsetting Atlanta rapper and his producer-manager.

The comparison of Sargent, who has worked to carve out his own lane in his own style and been handsomely rewarded as the industry caught up, was apt. For years, Sargent was a freelance critic, writing for The New York Times and The New Yorker. He has reached his lofty curatorial perch at the world’s most powerful commercial gallery without the usual MFAs and PhDs—and without climbing the ladder from front desk to assistant to dealer to director.

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To many in art’s old guard, this deems him unworthy. That this concerns the most air-kissed echelons of the art world, few inhabitants would even voice their criticisms for attribution, but suffice it to say Sargent has his haters, and they typically have two or three lines of complaint. From speaking to a number of arts professionals, many think it’s a bit much to proclaim him a genius for finding market-friendly Black artists and selling their work to loyal Gagosian clients under the aegis of “Black social practice”—especially if he’s making money doing so. Some scholars of photo-based work, meanwhile, have knocked his choice of artists, saying he tended to elevate his friends, who work mostly as—the horror!—fashion photographers. As for the crowds he tends to attract to his openings, well, some find it distracting at best, PR at the worst—as if pursuing populism was the equivalent of the blue-chip galleries turning into the Museum of Ice Cream. Or some say that Sargent is too quick to appear on a red carpet or front row at a fashion show to be treated like a serious curator. As one source put it to me, “Antwaun Sargent was on Gossip Girl. Can you ever imagine Harald Szeemann on M*A*S*H?”

“He’s able to bridge Park Avenue and Bushwick, right?… He’s able to connect the East Side with East New York.”

Then there are the literal critics. In a splashy but quietly devastating review, The Times’s venerable Holland Cotter wrote, “Gagosian is, of course, deeply inside that world and deeply conventional in every way. In fact, the single most surprising thing about ‘Social Works’ is finding it there at all.” The small but influential Manhattan Art Review panned the same show—hard. “At root, the problem is that there’s a persistent assumption that the work has meaning by virtue of cultural associations that stand outside of the artwork’s own qualities,” the site’s much-feared author, Sean Tatol, wrote.

Sargent said he’s aware of the critiques, if indifferent.

Artforum has never reviewed or written about anything I’ve ever done. Ever,” he told me. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years. And…I’ve been doing this at a scale that no one has been doing.… So, I think there might be some hateration over there. You get attention, people hate. But no one has done it to my face. ” (In a statement, Artforum editor in chief David Velasco said: “Antwaun Sargent’s writings and exhibitions have been noted in various parts of the magazine. The reviews section is small, and there are hundreds of shows each month competing for attention. We miss many worthy exhibitions all the time.”

Nor has it slowed his ascent. After his multishow takeover of Gagosian’s gallery at Park Avenue and 75th Street, he’ll stage an edition of “Social Works” at the gallery’s Beverly Hills space, followed by two solo shows in Los Angeles, another complete takeover. “Antwaun is a Renaissance man, what the consultants call an ‘ambidextrous leader,’ and what I mean by that is he is truly interdisciplinary,” says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, the $16 billion art and social justice fund. “And I think he’s a great curator. He’s a beautiful writer. He is a capitalist. All of those things are part of his identity, and he wears it with pride.”

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In the world of online shopping, finding a reliable and unique platform can be a daunting task. Enter hypeunique, a name that has been making waves in the e-commerce space. This comprehensive hypeunique review will take you on a journey through this platform, providing insights, recommendations, and much more.

Introduction

Welcome to the future of online shopping! Hypeunique is not just a shopping website; it’s an experience. With an array of products, exciting features, and a user-friendly interface, it has quickly become the go-to place for shoppers worldwide. In this review, we will explore every nook and cranny of this platform to help you make an informed decision.

What is Hypeunique?

Hypeunique is a one-stop-shop for fashion enthusiasts, sneakerheads, and streetwear aficionados. It’s the place where you can find the latest and greatest in fashion, sneakers, and accessories. From the hottest streetwear brands to limited-edition sneakers, hypeunique offers it all.

A Unique Shopping Experience

Hypeunique prides itself on offering a unique shopping experience. It’s not just about buying products; it’s about being a part of a community that shares your passion for fashion and style.

Why Choose Hypeunique?

When you’re on the hunt for the perfect fashion piece or limited-edition sneakers, hypeunique stands out for several reasons.

1. Trend-Setting Collections

Hypeunique stays ahead of the curve by curating collections that are on-trend. You can always expect to find the latest styles and fashion pieces here.

2. Premium Quality

Quality matters, and hypeunique knows it. They source products from trusted suppliers, ensuring that you get the real deal, whether it’s sneakers, clothing, or accessories.

3. User-Friendly Interface

Navigating the website is a breeze. Whether you’re a tech-savvy shopper or not, hypeunique ensures that your shopping experience is smooth and enjoyable.

What to Expect When Shopping on Hypeunique

Product Variety

Hypeunique offers an extensive range of products. From sneakers to clothing, bags, and accessories, you’ll find everything to elevate your style game.

Exclusive Releases

One of the most exciting aspects of hype unique is its exclusive releases. Get your hands on limited-edition sneakers and streetwear items that are bound to turn heads.

Easy Payment Options

Payment is hassle-free with various options available, making your shopping experience convenient and secure.

Fast Shipping

No one likes to wait too long for their purchases. Hype unique ensures swift shipping, so you can rock your new fashion pieces in no time.

24/7 Customer Support

Have questions or concerns? Hype unique offers 24/7 customer support to assist you at any time.

The Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Trendy Collections
  • Premium Quality Products
  • Exclusive Releases
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Secure Payment Options
  • Fast Shipping
  • Reliable Customer Support

Cons:

  • Limited Stock of Exclusive Items
  • High Demand May Lead to Quick Sellouts

FAQs

Q: Is Hype unique safe for online shopping?

A: Absolutely. Hype unique ensures a secure and safe shopping experience, protecting your personal information and transactions.

Q: How can I track my order?

A: You can easily track your order through the website’s tracking system, which provides real-time updates on your purchase.

Q: What if I receive a damaged product?

A: Hype unique has a hassle-free return and exchange policy. Simply reach out to their customer support, and they’ll assist you with the process.

Q: Are the products on hype unique authentic?

A: Yes, hype unique is committed to offering authentic products. They source items from trusted suppliers to ensure their authenticity.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: Hype unique accepts a variety of payment methods, including credit cards and secure online payment gateways.

Q: Can I cancel my order?

A: Yes, you can cancel your order as long as it hasn’t been shipped. Contact customer support for assistance.

Conclusion

In the ever-evolving world of online shopping, hypeunique emerges as a breath of fresh air. Its unique approach to fashion, exclusive releases, and dedication to quality make it a top choice for fashion enthusiasts. So, if you’re looking for a reliable and exciting shopping experience, don’t miss out on hype unique.

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Ah, Valentine’s Day – a symphony of love, a crescendo of passion, and a dash of high notes with an ensemble of roses, chocolates, and yes, the all-important outfit. But remember, it’s the harmonizing background singers, or in this case, accessories, that can elevate a tune from catchy to legendary. After all, where would Mick Jagger be without Keith Richards’ iconic riffs?

In the world of Valentine’s Day fashion, these accessory riffs are your jewelry, shoes, bags, and other ornate embellishments. They add that extra flair, that personal touch, that scream of individuality amongst the sea of reds and pinks. So, strap in and tune your fashion guitars, as we embark on a melodic journey of accessorizing for the day of love.

Jewelry: The High Notes of Your Ensemble

  • Necklaces: Whether you’re going for an intimate dinner or a gal pal brunch, a dainty heart-shaped pendant or a layered chain necklace can be your go-to.
  • Earrings: Hoops with tiny heart charms or stud earrings shaped like Cupid’s arrow can be both chic and thematic. For the men, how about rock-inspired ear cuffs or studs?
  • Rings & Bracelets: Stackable rings with romantic motifs or charm bracelets tell a story. Men can go for leather bands or metallic rings for that rockstar vibe.

Bags: The Bassline That Holds It All Together

  • Clutch: For those evening dates, a sequined or velvet clutch in deep red or black can be the perfect companion to your outfit.
  • Totes & Handbags: For a more casual day date, a leather tote with romantic charm attachments or patches can add a fun element.

Shoes: The Drumbeat of Your Look

  • Stilettos & Heels: A patent leather red or nude heel can never go wrong. Add some bling or bows for that extra Valentine’s touch.
  • Boots: Men can pair their outfit with leather or combat boots. To stand out, opt for ones with metallic details or custom patches.
  • Sneakers: Yes, Valentine’s isn’t all about being posh. Couples can go matchy-matchy with limited edition or custom-painted love-themed sneakers.

DIY Accessories: The Solo Break in Your Fashion Concert

  • Brooches: Craft a love note or photo brooch. All you need is a small frame pin, your chosen photo or note, and some strong adhesive.
  • Hairpins: Use craft store jewels and bobby pins. Glue a single jewel or a combo to the flat end of the pin, and voilà, you’ve got yourself a sparkling hair accessory.
  • Custom Patches: Express your love for music by creating DIY patches of your favorite bands or love songs, and iron them onto your bag or jacket.

The Encore: Miscellaneous Add-Ons

  • Scarves: A silk scarf with musical notes or love motifs can add a sophisticated touch.
  • Cufflinks: Men, showcase your personality with guitar-shaped or vinyl record cufflinks.
  • Belts: From studded ones that scream punk rock to more classic leather, it cinches your look and adds an edge.

Accessorizing for Valentine’s Day is not just about following trends; it’s about striking the right chords of your unique love song. It’s about syncing with the rhythm of your heart and letting that guide your fashion choices.

As you set the stage for the most romantic day of the year, remember, it’s not just about the grand gestures but the tiny details that echo in the memory. In the words of the legendary Beatles, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

So, take these accessory notes, add your personal spin, and rock on, lovers!

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Chivalry Perfume A Fragrance That Evokes Timeless Elegance

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Meta Description: Discover the allure of Chivalry Perfume – a fragrance that encapsulates timeless elegance and sophistication. Dive into the world of aromatic notes and learn about its history, composition, and frequently asked questions.

Introduction

In the realm of perfumery, certain scents transcend time, capturing the essence of sophistication and elegance that remains eternally captivating. Among these, Chivalry Perfume stands as a remarkable creation that has carved its niche in the fragrance industry. This article delves into the exquisite world of Chivalry Perfume, exploring its composition, history, and the emotions it evokes.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Fragrance Profile
2. Ingredients
3. Crafting Process
4. Occasions to Wear
5. Packaging
6. Longevity and Sillage
7. Reviews and Testimonials
8. Scent Versatility
9. Sustainability
10. Conclusion

1. Fragrance Profile Chivalry Perfume

Chivalry Perfume is a harmonious symphony of notes that embraces the wearer in an aura of elegance. With top notes of citrusy bergamot and a heart of delicate roses, it exudes a refined charm that lingers on the skin.

2. Ingredients

Crafted from the finest ingredients, Chivalry Perfume incorporates rare and premium elements. From the ethereal essence of jasmine to the earthy richness of sandalwood, each ingredient contributes to the fragrance’s distinct character.1

3. Crafting Process

The creation of Chivalry Perfume is an art form in itself. Master perfumers meticulously blend essential oils and extracts, allowing the fragrance to develop its unique personality over time.

4. Occasions to Wear

Chivalry Perfume is versatile, fitting for both daytime and evening wear. Its sophisticated allure complements formal events and intimate gatherings alike.

5. Packaging

The perfume’s exterior is as captivating as the fragrance within. The packaging is a testament to the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of Chivalry Perfume.

6. Longevity and Sillage

One of the remarkable attributes of Chivalry Perfume is its longevity. It gracefully accompanies the wearer throughout the day, leaving a subtle yet distinct sillage.

7. Reviews and Testimonials

Enthusiasts of Chivalry Perfume have expressed their admiration through glowing reviews. Its ability to evoke emotions and memories makes it a cherished accessory in the world of fragrances.

8. Scent Versatility

Chivalry Perfume adapts to the wearer’s skin chemistry, creating a unique scent experience for each individual. This versatility adds to its appeal among a diverse audience.

9. Sustainability

In an era of environmental consciousness, Chivalry Perfume embraces sustainability. The brand’s commitment to eco-friendly practices enhances the fragrance’s allure.

10. Conclusion

In the tapestry of fragrances, Chivalry Perfume is a masterpiece that weaves together notes of elegance, history, and emotion. Its timeless appeal and ability to evoke a sense of refinement make it a true embodiment of chivalry in the realm of scents

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Is Chivalry Perfume suitable for both men and women? A1: Yes, Chivalry Perfume is designed to be a unisex fragrance, appealing to both men and women.

Q2: How long does the fragrance of Chivalry Perfume typically last? A2: The longevity of Chivalry Perfume varies depending on individual skin chemistry, but it is known for its impressive staying power.

Q3: Does Chivalry Perfume use natural ingredients? A3: Yes, Chivalry Perfume incorporates a blend of natural and premium synthetic ingredients to achieve its distinct profile.

Q4: Can Chivalry Perfume be worn year-round? A4: Absolutely, Chivalry Perfume’s balanced composition makes it suitable for any season or occasion.

Q5: What makes Chivalry Perfume different from other fragrances? A5: Chivalry Perfume stands out due to its timeless elegance, unique blend of notes, and its ability to evoke refined emotions.

Q6: Are there any allergens in Chivalry Perfume? A6: Chivalry Perfume’s ingredients are carefully selected to minimize allergens, but it’s always advisable to check the product label for specific details.

Q7: Can I layer Chivalry Perfume with other fragrances? A7: Yes, Chivalry Perfume’s versatile nature allows it to be layered with complementary scents for a personalized fragrance experience.

Q8: Is Chivalry Perfume available in different sizes? A8: Yes, Chivalry Perfume is typically offered in various sizes to accommodate different preferences and needs.

Q9: Does the brand behind Chivalry Perfume test on animals? A9: No, Chivalry Perfume’s brand is committed to cruelty-free practices and does not test on animals.

Q10: How can I properly store Chivalry Perfume to maintain its quality? A10: To preserve the fragrance’s integrity, store Chivalry Perfume in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

Conclusion

Chivalry Perfume is not merely a fragrance; it is an embodiment of timeless elegance and sophistication. Its meticulously crafted notes, versatile nature, and commitment to sustainability make it a beacon of distinction in the world of perfumery. As you embrace the allure of Chivalry Perfume, you’re inviting a symphony of scents that echo the chivalrous spirit of a bygone era into your modern world.

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