To celebrate Style & Sympathies, the latest exhibition of photographs by New York-based, Lagos, Nigeria-born artist Iké Udé, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a private viewing at the Leila Heller Gallery with gallery owner Leila Heller. Following the exclusive tour, Shafiroff and Heller hosted a luncheon with Udé at The Americano Restaurant on Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Those in attendance included Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum of FIT, Randi Schatz, President of AVENUE Magazine, Thomas Woodham Smith, Creative Director of Masterpiece London, fashion designer Maggie Norris, Nazy Vassegh, Chief Executive of Masterpiece Art, Design & Antique Fair, Lara Bjork, Director at Art Capital Group, jazz and cabaret singer Cole Rumbough, interior designer Susan Gutfreund and socialite Lucia Hwong Gordon.
Recently featured by The New York Times and well-known for his work exploring the world of dualities, artist Iké Udé unveiled to guests a selection of his photographic works. Style & Sympathies includes a selection of self-portraits from Udé’s critically acclaimed “Sartorial Anarchy” series, which shows a highly stylized world of color featuring men’s fashion from various eras and places. Among the highlights of Udé’s new collection are portraits of glamorous women in styles represented by Shafiroff, Heller and Amy Fine Collins, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair. Udé’s works remain on display at the gallery through this Saturday, November 9.