Glitterati Gridlock at Domingo Zapata’s “11 Minutes”

Monday, March 18, 2013

One can always count on Domingo Zapata‘s art exhibitions to attract a truly starry crowd – and last Wednesday was no different, when the celebrity artist and songwriter welcomed his friends and supporters to the opening of his pop-up gallery at 376 West Broadway.

The three-story former Tommy Hilfiger mega boutique is adjacent to Cipriani Downtown, so perhaps it is no surprise that the restaurant played host for the evening, which was also organized by Unik and Lokee productions. ┬áThe pop-up gallery showcases Zapata’s latest collection, “11 minutes” – a title inspired by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s novel of the same name.

The show revolves around what conventional wisdom has identified to be the basic triggers of human obsession: beauty, sexuality, and power. As Zapata explained it to us: “11 minutes is about love, passion, and desire. According to [Coelho’s novel], the actual act of making love averages 11 minutes, and he examines how the world revolves around such a short period of time. In my exhibition, I tried to represent that through my paintings. With strokes of passion, love and desire, I used very strong colors and themes. Life is a short but intense journey, where we no longer pay attention to details and we forget how important these are…just 11 minutes.”

The appropriately high-wattage crowd – among them Jessica White; Frederique van der Wal; Antoine Vergas; Jonathan Cheban; and Ryan Serhant – sipped Cipriani Bellinis and snacked on freshly delivered gourmet pizza whilst perusing over 6,000 square feet of Zapata’s work, with DJ Devon Talbert spinning late into the night. (For the bonafide night-owls of the group, the festivities continued with an official after-party at No. 8). Also present and accounted for was Vikram Chatwal, one of Zapata’s most important collectors, whose $500,000 purchase, La Vida en Sueno “Plane Series” diptych permanently hangs in the lobby of his Dream Downtown hotel.

The show will be on display and open to the public at its current location through April 5th.


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