Chat: When my fellow Brit and artistically acquainted friend James Cope told me, he was visiting the Dallas Art Fair, and why, I had to seize the moment and catch some inside scoop from the most stylish art curator on the New York art scene—Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. Life is full of odd coincidences; I just featured his mother Carine Restoin Roitfeld this week. It’s raining Roitfelds!
Nicolas Pol, Self-Invited Venredies, 2012.
James is a good bloke, and solid contemporary art connoisseur, he left Dallas last year to take a cultured bite out of the big apple, and, needless to say, his artful circles connected him with Mr Roitfeld—so I asked for a short Q&A about his impending appearance in Dallas for the Dallas Art Fair.
To get better acquainted with Mr Roitfeld, let’s think, Fashion Week, Armory Arts Week, Dallas Art Fair, just a few locations that Roitfeld has shown at this year and Frieze Art Fair this coming May. Then add the stylish friends that he hangs with such as Derek Blasberg, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Margherita Missoni, and Stavros Niarchos, to mention only a few. Über cool, fashionably connected, but most importantly he is one astute and talented curator.
Quattara Watts, Vertigo #9 2012.
MT: What made you decide to participate in the Dallas Art fair? VRR: I have never participated in an art fair before. The Dallas art fair is young and exciting and seems like a good fit for me, and for the artists that I am bringing. I have heard a lot of good things about the city and the art community here and I am very pleased and honoured to be part of it.
MT: What brought you to work with James Cope? VRR: I was introduced to James about 3 months ago, and I must say that it all started as a pure coincidence, as I had already planned on participating in the fair. I met James and discussed and learnt that he had spent some years in Dallas curating the Goss-Michael Foundation. James has a lot of experience here, and it was a great opportunity for me to collaborate with him.
MT: What artists will you be presenting at the Dallas Art Fair? VRR: Yi Chen (China), Richard Dupont (USA), Nicolas Pol (France), and Ouattara Watts (Africa).
MT: What’s next for you? VRR: I am organising a show in Istanbul, which opens on April 26th, in collaboration with Istanbul 74. More art fairs and a special project I am working on at the moment for next fall….and, soon becoming an Uncle!!