At Dar Mima in Paris, Laura Gonzalez created an oriental paradise on the rooftops of Paris infused with Arabian hospitality.
Photo: Romain Ricard

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a new Parisian hot spot designed by Laura Gonzalez to Sophia Narrett’s must-see solo exhibition at Perrotin

Sophia Narrett, Truth, (2021 - 2022). Photo: Stan Narten; Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin

1. Sophia Narrett Presents Solo Exhibition at Perrotin New York

Celebrated for her meticulous embroideries that capture intimate experiences of womanhood, artist Sophia Narrett—winner of Galerie’s 2019 Emerging Artist Award—will present a solo exhibition at Perrotin New York, her first show with the gallery. Titled “Carried by Wonder,” the exhibition features a number of Narrett’s pieces, among them recent works such as her 2021-22 Truth as well as 2022 piece Charms, which focus on the complexities surrounding romance and love. The exhibition opens March 3. —Shelby Black

Inside Donald Robertson's new concept studio in Palm Beach. Photo: Carrie Bradburn/CAPEHART

2. Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson Opens a Colorful Concept Studio in Palm Beach

Famous for his fantastical artworks that transform strips of neon gaffer tape into high fashion and cheeky reinterpretations of luxury logos, Donald Robertson has brought his vibrant oeuvre to Palm Beach’s Royal Poinciana Plaza, setting up a welcoming outpost next door to high art gallery Lehmann Maupin. Inside, a mix of “Drawbertson” works are presented in a visually compelling space, decorated with towering flamingos of wild brushstrokes, playful puns, and of course, layers of colorful tape. Adding further excitement to the introduction, the artist himself is leading small-group “bougie art playdates” where participants can try their hand at making works and enjoy a pizza party, then leave with a signed hand-painted print. —Jill Sieracki

At Dar Mima in Paris, Laura Gonzalez created an oriental paradise on the rooftops of Paris infused with Arabian hospitality. Photo: Romain Ricard

3. Laura Gonzalez Melds East and West for New Parisian Restaurant Dar Mima

The latest dining hot spot from French hospitality group Paris Society just made its eagerly awaited debut atop the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Islamic cultural institution that sits next to the Sorbonne. Envisioned as an aesthetic bridge between East and West, Dar Mima features glamorous, layered interiors by designer Laura Gonzalez, who deployed an array of traditional Arab elements (think zelliges, straw marquetry, and gold-leaf frescoes) to dazzling effect. The restaurant itself was dreamed up by French-Moroccan entertainment mogul Jamel Debbouze as a tribute to his mother, Fatima. Don’t miss the whimsical terrace created as a Mediterranean oasis planted with almond, jasmine, lemon, and palm trees. —Geoffrey Montes

High Line Nine Galleries. Photo: Courtesy of High Line Nine Galleries

4. Hindman Auction House Launches Pop-Up at High Line Nine Galleries

Fine art auction house Hindman kicks off its first series of New York exhibitions at the High Line Nine Galleries in Chelsea, in advance of the firm launching a permanent location in the city. Visitors will be able to discover highlights from the major collections this spring, from post-war and contemporary art to Asian art, jewelry, and watches. “We are excited to open our doors for the first time since establishing a New York presence in the historic arts district of Chelsea,” says Gemma Sudlow, Hindman’s New York managing director. “The extraordinary estate of Susann Craig, a passionate outsider art collector and a founder of Chicago’s Intuit Art Center, connects beautifully with New York’s annual Outsider Art Fair. We are also delighted to be previewing highlights from significant Asian art collections during Asia Week and spotlighting our Important Jewelry auction in April.” —Lucy Rees

To speak in silence by Aïda Muluneh. Photo: Aïda Muluneh

If they come for me in the morning by Aïda Muluneh. Photo: Aïda Muluneh

5. Aïda Muluneh’s First Public Art Exhibition Launches in the United States and Ivory Coast

Commissioned by Public Art Fund and advertising company JCDecaux, Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh’s striking photographs will be on display across New York, Boston, and Chicago in the United States, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. The first Public Art Fund exhibition in Africa, “Aïda Muluneh: This is where I am” is comprised of 12 new photographs by Muluneh presented on over 330 JCDecaux bus shelters. In contrast to stereotypical images of poverty and violence in Africa commonly disseminated in Western media, Muluneh shows a powerful representations of African women in her photographs. These stoic women are adorned in Ethiopian body ornamentation and among colorful hand-painted backdrops, alluding to Muluneh’s cultural heritage and lived experience as an immigrant and refugee. “Aïda Muluneh: This is where I am” will be on view until May 21, 2023. —Stefanie Li

An event by Houses & Parties. Photo: Houses & Parties

6. Event Planner and Interior Designer Rebecca Gardner Brings Her Signature Style to Round Top

In a few weeks, antique lovers from around the world will flock to Texas for the annual extravaganza known as Round Top. An exciting addition to this year’s antique market at Blue Hills will be an outpost of Houses & Parties, the event planning and interiors design firm known for its whimsical take on Southern decadence. Curated by Texas native Rebecca Gardner, this outpost of her online retail destination, located under a circus tent with flying flags, will offer a celebratory curation of vintage flair and unpredictable treasures with tabletop, linens, cocktail accoutrements, and more. In line with Gardener’s charmingly irreverent style, the mix promises to offer everything from European antiques to custom Easter baskets from March 23 through April 1. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

Cover: At Dar Mima in Paris, Laura Gonzalez created an oriental paradise on the rooftops of Paris infused with Arabian hospitality.
Photo: Romain Ricard


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