The museum has been mounting productions of Prokofiev’s 1936 Peter and the Wolf since 2007, with Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi providing a sassy, improvised narration. As he narrated the piece during last week's premiere, it was the delightful confection of a set behind him, for which the museum commissioned New York-based artist Will Cotton, that made the performance noteworthy.
As his latest show opens, painter Will Cotton reflects on the Will Cotton - Katy Perry art-industrial complex
Since then, Cotton has continued to see what he believes are references to his work. “It feels almost epidemic,” he said, adding that he recently began keeping an archive of Cotton-esque advertisements—girls in cotton candy clouds, models with cupcakes on their heads—torn from the pages of Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan.
The small crowd that gathered in an upstairs room at Christie's on Tuesday evening was youthful even if it wasn't universally young, casually well-dressed, savvy about both art history and the technical aspects of painting. It was, in other words, a group of people very much like the artist Will Cotton, whose talk these people had come to hear.
It was the first ArtTalk of the American Federation of Art's 2010-11 season, this one with in-kind support from Christie's, which provided the conference room and the flat-screen monitor, and refreshment from the Kumquat Cupcakery.