Yelp's Art & Absinthe Elite Event
Last night Yelpers and guests were among the first people in the world to view one of the most anticipated art shows of 2013: “Deadwood”, the new exhibition by Johnny Romeo. NG Art Gallery in the beating heart of Sydney’s creative precinct was the perfect setting, and owner Nicky Ginsberg, the doyenne of the Chippendale art scene and director of the BEAMS Festival, the perfect host.
Johnny Romeo is a man who’s received rave reviews in N.Y. and L.A., has shown with Banksy and Shepard Fairey, collaborated with Blink-182, and counts Leonardo Dicaprio amongst his many fans. What a privilege it was, then, to have Johnny himself in attendance, explaining his artistic vision and hanging out to shoot the breeze with Yelpers. Marky M put it best: “What a beautiful, charismatic and compassionate man.”
And the work? Where to start. A collision of street art and rock’n’roll swagger. An incendiary paean to Hollywood celebrity in all its neon, trashy glory. James Dean, Elvis, Jim Morrison, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and even Galactus the World Devourer got the neo-expressionist pop art treatment.
Award-winning Mission Restaurant & Bar provided aesthetically beautiful canapés nestled in a bower of tree branches, and the gents from Green Fairy kept guests lubricated with Absinth, the once-outlawed spirit popularised by avante-garde artistic luminaries in 19th century France.
What a way to cap off a memorable week that featured not one, but two, smashing Elite Events. As always, thanks to Sam Macdonald Photography for the snaps. Want more?
And until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp!)
Ben B Sydney Community Manager