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Bettina's Take: Eric Firestone Gallery Celebrates the Opening of Nose Job


Tiffany Dubin

“My son Carlton is in a group show called 'Nose Job’ at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton,” said Beth De Woody. “I’ll send you an email, please come.”

The invitation didn't disappoint. It featured Andy Warhol’s “Before and After”, but if you were to say Warhol’s Nose Job, any fan of Andy's would know what you were talking about.

“I didn’t read the invitation that carefully, and I thought these were all going to be takeoffs on Andy Warhol’s Nose Job,” said Bob Colacello.

Not a bad idea for a show, Bob! However, the noses in this case were discarded aircraft and missile nose cones from airplane graveyards, recycled and turned into art by the likes of Richard Prince, Kenny Scharf, Peter Dayton, Juan James (aka Carlton de Woody and Sebastian Errazuriz), and they were spectacular.

“I was working a lot with street and graffiti artists in the past years so I decided to think about a concept that had never been done before,” said Firestone. “Subways have been done before, buses have been done before, trains have been done before. I spent the past 20 years in Arizona and I know about the bone yards, and I thought to myself, planes! So here we are in New York, bringing the big project to the world.”

The gallery and the celebratory barbecue were packed with collectors and art lovers alike, including curator Carlo McCormick, Tiffany Dubin, Richard and Soraya Rothenberg, and Serena Altschul.

“Everybody’s having nose jobs these days. Why not have some nose jobs?” cracked De Woody. Personally, I’d love to have Richard Prince's nose job. It’s subtle and it goes with everything.

Photo: Tiffany Dubin with Futuras Chocolate Chip 2011, acrylic on F101 Voodoo Fighter Jet element