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NEW YORK — It was a logjam Wednesday night where a diverse art, music, fashion and celebrity crowd descended on Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue store to help the designer fete an installation from Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi.
Five large logs, roughly 10 feet long, hang from the ceiling of the store and rotate at specific intervals. Tiny screens on the ends of the logs play videos replicating fire. Single-log versions will be installed in Klein’s Dallas and Paris stores beginning Tuesday and Nov. 21, respectively, and all art will be on display through the holidays.
“We love having the opportunity to showcase different artists’ work,” said Klein. “What Plessi is doing is very special and we look forward to people getting to see his work when they come into the stores.”
Guests at the event — which was co-hosted by Art in America and Interview magazines — included Jeff Koons, Larry Clark, Todd Solondz, John Cameron Mitchell, Taye Diggs, Eva Amurri, Tricky and K.D. Lang, among others.
Accessorizing the store to accommodate the visiting woodiness resulted in window displays featuring hewn beams. Although the beams weren’t created by the artist, they eased the contrast between the store’s stark environment and the suspended timber.
Plessi, who is known for his large-scale video and mixed media installations, is the most recent artist to display work at the Madison Avenue location over the holidays. Past installations have included sculptures from Tim Prentice and work from installation artist Dan Flavin. Photographer Christopher Makos and Austrian-born multimedia artist Erwin Redl have also installed projects during the past two “Madison Avenue: Where Fashion Meets Art” events.