• A Radiant Life That Will Shine On: Rene Ricard (1946-2014)

    Francesco Clemente at the memorial of Rene Ricard photo by JM
    Francesco Clemente at the memorial of Rene Ricard photo by JM

    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.

    Solemnity and beauty on Eldridge Street
    Solemnity and beauty on Eldridge Street
    Larry Gagosian spoke briefly at the memorial photo by JM
    Larry Gagosian spoke briefly at the memorial photo by JM
    The friends and people who knew Rene Ricard best
    The friends and people who knew Rene Ricard best
    Zac Posen was one of the readers at the Memorial Service
    Zac Posen was one of the readers at the Memorial Service
    Artist Michael Anderson
    Artist Michael Anderson
    Stella Schnabel sharing her memory of Rene Ricard
    Stella Schnabel sharing her memory of Rene Ricard

     

     

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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