HANUK GOES FORTH: Hanuk Kim, known to fashion insiders and the downtown social crowd simply as Hanuk, has carved out a unique niche as a party photographer with an eye for moments of spontaneous, intimate revelry — an antidote to the posed stiffness of conventional step-and-repeat publicity shots.
More recently, Hanuk has turned his attention to painting and on Monday night he debuted his first show of 30 works at an opening hosted by Vogue’s Sally Singer, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and art world publicist Bettina Prentice. On hand at The Line exhibition space in SoHo was Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, Maria Cornejo, Bevy Smith of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens,” Roopal Patel and author Christopher Bollen, all frequent subjects over the years of Hanuk’s lens. The artworks themselves were colorful, abstract oil-on-canvases, in complementing pairs. “People think they are diptychs but I actually sell them separately. They’re like lovers who might be perfect for each other, but they might not end up together,” explained Hanuk, who got his start painting in the basement of Ross Bleckner’s home. The AIDS organization ACRIA will host a luncheon for Hanuk on December 6 at the Mondrian hotel inMiami during Art Basel.