THE BIG BAD WOLF: Calvin Klein Inc. helped Robert Wilson sell and show off 200 of his latest drawings, “Les Fables de La Fontaine,” at Thursday’s preview benefit sale at the Paula Cooper Gallery. While graciously inscribing the colorful framed pieces for buyers, the prolific artist said he would often sketch one first thing in the morning. “It was a way of getting myself together and not having to talk to anyone.”
But like Francisco Costa and Ross Bleckner, Wilson was hard-pressed to pick a favorite. “They’re like children. You can’t say anything in front of them or they get jealous,” Wilson said.
Bleckner responded to the works’ childlike colors. “His work is usually a little darker.”
That might explain why the wolf illustrations were the first to go. “Of course,” Bleckner chuckled when informed of that. “It’s New York. Everyone loves black, still.”
This story first appeared in the June 28, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.