Our buddies at Louis Vuitton have started an amazing program called ART TALKS, and the second installment that we have produced and designed was last week, held in Manhattan in their transformed SoHo store. The evening featured Ruben Toledo in conversation with Sally Singer, the Editor in Chief of the NEW YORK TIMES’ T magazine, and it began with a cocktail party and exhibition of the artist’s work, followed by a spirited discussion and more cocktails. We transformed the store into a gallery and theater, and Louis Vuitton created this excellent video on Ruben to key off the conversation.
Not only do I find Ruben very inspiring, but I so enjoyed the process of curating this exhibition, visiting his studio, finding the themes within his body of work, and personally installing the show. Ruben is amazingly prolific and each work is more beautiful then the next, but I was very drawn to his sketchbooks which are not usually publicly shared – he always has one with him as he draws wherever he goes! Thus, I was very excited when Ruben agreed to allow me to enter his mind and share the insides of those books. The following photos do show some of the large scale scroll works that he does, pinned to the gallery walls, but the crux of the exhibition showcased many, many sketchbooks opened to particular pages. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I do.
Have fun viewing. I couldn’t help myself – there are a ton of photos below!
P.S. Many thanks to my great buddies at Louise Vuitton and to Ruben Toledo for the trust and opportunity to be part of this evening. I enjoy our art journeys so, so much!
Photos courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.