Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Serge Sorokko Gallery

Isabelle de Borchgrave

One of my favorite classes in art school was papermaking. So naturally I was extremely excited about the “Pulp Fashion” exhibition at the Legion of Honor where renowned Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave has fashioned some of the most amazing historic costumes out of delicate paper. The opening party drew San Francisco’s most noted art collectors.

Paintings and sculptures by Isabelle de Borchgrave
Isabelle de Borchgrave, Dame Rita Bral, Tatiana Sorokko
Leslie Friedman, Jonathan Clark, Werner de Borchgrave
Guests admiring a painting by Isabelle de Borchgrave
Claudia Ross, Denise Hale, Heather Hanson


Roberta Sherman and Dennita Sewell in a shawl by Isabelle de Borchgrave

On March 17th 2011 the Serge Sorokko Gallery re-opened in its new location on Geary Street. What better way to celebrate than with the prolific de Borchgrave who has put together a site-specific installation including paintings on canvas, works on paper and sculptures made of intricately manipulated paper. The exhibit is great example of her versatility as an artist and how far she has been able to push the medium of paper. Showing a more contemporary side of the de Borchgrave the pieces have to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. At a distance one is captivated by the ebullient colors and exotic patterns born from her extensive travels, but only upon close inspection the intricacy, texture and craftsmanship can be fully valued.

Catherine Malandrino and Marlene Conetta
Serge Sorokko and Dr. Silim Goldberger
Nathalie Delrue-McGuire and Jerry McGuire
Elizabeth Thieriot and Tatiana Sorokko

Equally as captivating is the artist herself who could not have been more charming. Despite her tremendous international success and museum following Isabelle de Borchgrave could not have more approachable and charming. She modestly asked us which our favorite pieces were. How could one choose? I would be delighted to own any of them.

Installation by Isabelle de Borchgrave
Dede Wilsey and Suzy Kellems Dominik
Cheryl and Randall Smith
Sculptural pieces by Isabelle de Borchgrave
Marina Gikhman, Dr. Clara Shayevich, Tatiana Sorokko
Erin Cowan, Elizabeth Touw, Claudia Ross
Dennita Sewell , Tatiana Sorokko and David Nash

Present to host the artist were Tatiana and Serge Sorokko, Mayor Willie Brown, Consul General of Belgium Dame Rita Bral, Maria Manetti Farrow, Suzy Dominik, Daniela Faggioli, Doreen and James Ho, Nathalie andJerry McGuire, and Dede Wilsey. Fashion designer Catherine Malandrino flew in from Paris, and curator and fashion historian Dennita Sewell from Phoenix.

Sonja Molodetskaya and Willie Brown
Maria Manetti Farrow, Daniel Diaz, Tatiana Sorokko
Ricky Serbin and Jennifer Raiser
Matthew Turner and Claudia Juestel

Guests previewed de Borchgrave’s work while sipping Casa Dragones, one of the world’s finest tequilas. The company’s CEO Bertha Gonzalez Nieves was available to educate everyone on the art of sipping tequila. The pairing was a most delightful departure from the usual glass of white wine, which was of course also available. But the tequila was the star of libations, as exotic and refined as the artwork.

Ben Wells and Kim Watts in front of an armoire made from cardboard
Moanalani Jeffrey with Jacques

To see Isabelle de Borchgrave’s exquisite work please visit the Serge Sorokko Gallery through May 19th, 2011.