Sunday, May 9, 2021

PIERRE BERGIAN: PORTRAITS OF ROOMS @ EERDMANS GALLERY

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Grand Salon of Karl Lagerfeld, 51 Rue de l'Universit√©, Paris (2020) by Pierre Bergian // Portraits of Rooms @Eerdmans NYC

Prosecco and Perrier paired with paintings in the parlor make for a unique Saturday afternoon. In an intimate and purposefully private tour of Pierre Bergian's 20+ Portraits of Rooms at Eerdmans' newly expanded gallery, Emily Evans Eerdmans herself details the icons and inspiration behind the portraiture. Through combining artistic interpretation with actual visits and photographs, Bergian affords his viewers access to the personal dwellings of familiar fashion and design icons. Contrary to tradition, this latest collection of interiors by Bergian is filled with furniture! Keep reading for a look inside... 

Gallery entryway on the second floor of 14 East 10th Street

Presented in a room as noteworthy as those painted, Bergian's artwork is clustered into Anglophone and Francophone areas. On one wall, the library of Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles and dining room of interior designer Howard Slatkin rival the late Karl Lagerfeld's Grand Salon and the Drawing Room of Hubert de Givenchy. My personal favorite is the Mayfair Drawing Room in London, with its pop of blue and 'grid' of paintings, followed closely by Kenneth Jay Lane's Living Room. I concede that I may not have appreciated the collection quite the same without Eerdmans' contextual nuggets of wisdom. Pierre Bergian: Portraits of Rooms is available for viewing at Eerdmans' Greenwich Village townhome through May 28th by appointment. The Prosecco and garden time are a bonus, weather permitting. 

View into the back of the gallery space

Library of Hamish Bowles (European editor-at-large for Vogue), 45 East 9th St, NY (2021)

View of American room portraits

Living Room of Kenneth Jay Lane (Jewelry Designer) 23 Park Avenue NY (2020)

Living Room of Mario Buatta (late interior designer, a.k.a "The Prince of Chintz"), 20 East 80th St, NY (2020)

Grand Salon of Donna Olimpia Torlonia (Italian American aristocrat and paternal grandmother of Brooke Shields) (2021) 

Salon of Hubert de Givenchy, Hotel d'Orrouer, Rue de Grenelle, Paris (2020)

Gallery view of Francophone portraits

Exceptional two-tiered garden space 

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