Rene Ricard: When I speak nobody believes me, but when I write it down everybody knows it to be true. – quote from the movie, Basquiat (1996)
Rain came down on the day for the memorial service of Rene Ricard, which AF attended via invite by Vito Schnabel and held at the Synagogue on Eldridge Street. It seemed that the heavens wept for the loss of one of the beacons of artistic and poetic brilliance – Rene Ricard. A protégé of Andy Warhol, a brilliant writer, beautiful poet, and artist, Rene stepped into the lives of so many in the art world and its surrounding constellations. He was the sun where the other planets orbited – a true radiant child.
The stars came out but the luster was a little more subdued in memory of one of its brightest that shone quite boldly in his lifetime. Art luminaries and celebrities such as: Larry Gagosian, Francesco Clemente, Peter McGough, Brice Marden, fashion designer Zac Posen, Lola and Stella Schnabel, actress Jessica Lange, et al. – each person called to speak about Rene had profound memories of a life lived to the fullest and his most authentic self. He is a force of nature to be reckoned with and also the gentle catalyst that influenced many lives. The common thread from all the recounted stories and personal accounts from friends and those who knew him best was this: he lived in his truth. Life is not a dress rehearsal. You got one shot, live in your own light and then let others choose to see you or not. Just LIVE it to your ultimate best and with no apologies.