Inside the Brant Foundation’s Spring Opening

Inside the Brant Foundation’s Spring Opening

The forward-thinking arts oasis in Greenwich drew Stephanie Seymour, Val Kilmer and more to its biannual showcase

The forward-thinking arts oasis in Greenwich drew Stephanie Seymour, Val Kilmer and more to its biannual showcase

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

On Sunday, a swath of artists and art patrons decamped to Greenwich, Connecticut for the Brant Foundation’s spring exhibition, a group show of the three contemporary artists Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon and Michael Williams.

Juxtaposed against the Foundation’s converted farmhouse space and manicured grounds, the exhibition reflects the scruffy visuals favored by the featured artists. Bradley, known for his so-called “slacker” aesthetic, showed a wide range of his low-tech oeuvre, from early, never-before-seen paintings to his later grease-penciled “Schmagoo” series. Like Bradley, Williams exhibited works small and large, from seemingly unfinished sketches to large-scale Technicolor inkjet paintings.

Tuazon’s standout work, the large-scale Une colonne d’eau – Life Prototype (2017), may have been most at-home in the Brant Foundation, which is also home to monumental works by Urs Fischer and Richard Serra. Comprised of a nine-foot-tall segment of industrial water pipeline and a tree trunk harvested from Paris’s Bois de Vincennes park, the piece, a comment on water use and the ecosystem, also functions as a kind of inverted symbol for the museum’s hyper-verdant campus.

Coinciding with Mother’s Day, the Brant Foundation’s spring showcase was a family affair; founded by publishing magnate Peter Brant in 1996, the Foundation has been overseen by daughter Allison Brant for over a decade. The event drew fellow Brant sibling Harry Brant as well as a cast of recognizable art fans, from Kelly Rutherford to Val Kilmer, who assembled on the lush compound’s freshly mowed lawn for a tented luncheon. Click through the gallery to go inside the art-filled affair.

Chum Langhorne, Kelly Rutherford

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