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