Ouattara Watts `Vertigo`


    14 February 2012

    By Katja Schmolka


    It was Tuesday night February 7th in New York City. Like always Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld kicks off his exhibition right before fashion week starts. ‘VERTIGO,’ a new solo exhibition by Ouattara Watts, features fifteen large scale paintings. This is Watt’s first major exhibition in New York in nearly five years. Drawn to Neo-Expressionism and inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom he met in Paris during his studies at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, Watts brings a new breeze into the art scene. The exhibition opening was celebrated with an intimate dinner at ACME.

    Art crowd meets fashion crowd

     No one knows how to bring the  art and fashion scene under one roof better than Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. He brings a fashionable, sophisticated touch to every event. Bringing together these two worlds gives you a great sense of how much the art and fashion scene influence each other and what a great energy it creates between collaborators. This kind of chic feeling was emulated by Roitfeld’s mum, fashion icon Carine Roitfeld, his sister Julia Roitfeld with cute baby belly, Giovanna Battaglia, Diane Von Fürstenberg, her son Alexander von Fürstenberg, and Designer Derek Blasberg. Intellectual spirit was represented from the  British, Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdi. At the event I also spotted Pc Valmorbida, super model and Chanel girl Elisa Sednaoui and many other well dressed art and fashionista’s. By the end of the evening over 1000 art connoisseurs marveled Ouattara Watt´s paintings!

    The exhibition will run through February 19, 2012 at 560 Washington Street 37 E, New York City.

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