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Cultured Magazine

02.12.2020

 
Calida Rawles VIP Dinner at Various Small Fires In Collaboration With Cultured Magazine and Whispering Angel
Sarah Harrelson, Calida Rawles and Esther Kim Varet. Photos by Jojo Korsh/BFA.com.
 

The soundtrack to the evening—the heavy breathes of Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon—lead the way down the narrow alley to the backyard of Various Small Fires, where a trio of the artist’s inflatables were under siege. The oncoming troops were here to stare at these endlessly bloating and collapsing shapes, but also to pick apart the flatbread and floral topped dairy peaks left by chef Amanny Ahmad on tall tables that constituted the outdoor bar, stocked with Whispering Angel and Kikori Whisky. Inside, the breathing stopped for artist Calida Rawles‘s extraordinary painting debut with VSF. History felt both heavy and light when Amy Sherald toasted Rawles, who is not only her friend but a peer since college days. The whole evening contained a reunion type vibe, but with a mix of friends old and new, including Hunter Schafer, Mera and Don Rubell, Tyler Mitchell, Diedrick Brackens, Jason Bolden, Ashley Bickerton and Billy Al Bengston.

 
Calida Rawles and Amy Sherald
Calida Rawles and Amy Sherald
Taylor Russell and Hunter Schafer
Taylor Russell and Hunter Schafer
Alicia Parker, Don Rubell, Sarah Harrelson and Mera Rubell
Alicia Parker, Don Rubell, Sarah Harrelson and Mera Rubell
Dee Kerrison and Joy Simmons
Dee Kerrison and Joy Simmons
Ann Soh Woods
Ann Soh Woods
Isabel Flower and Jonathan Griffin
Isabel Flower and Jonathan Griffin
Billy Al Bengston and Ashley Bickerton
Billy Al Bengston and Ashley Bickerton
Jason Bolden, Calida Rawles and Adair Curtis
Jason Bolden, Calida Rawles and Adair Curtis
Marla and Jeffery Michaels
Marla and Jeffery Michaels
Tyler Mitchell and Amy Sherald
Tyler Mitchell and Amy Sherald