To kick off Oscar week, the Bui Gallery of Hanoi, Vietnam held a pop-up exhibition last night of work by preeminent music photographer, Mathieu Bitton, displaying images of his last four years on the road with Lenny Kravitz. Recognized for hundreds of music albums, books, posters, videos, photographs, and logos for some of the most iconic artists and records of the last century, the charming and charismatic Bitton showcased sensual, but thoughtful photos of confident subjects in intimate settings. Lenny Kravitz on zebra print bedding, Quincy Jones serving up cocktails at his home, Raphael Saadiq posing across a 1967 Ford mustang and Sean Lennon behind the piano; the images provide an insider’s look into the lifestyles of these esteemed musicians.
Although he is based in LA, the French, Bitton, certainly brought his French crew out last night, making the atmosphere tres chic. The Monday night soiree, coordinated by elite events expert, Carla Bate, was held in the much-buzzed-about, still-in-construction, 3-story entertainment offshoot of the famed Sheats Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills. Originally designed by renowned architect John Lautner, in the early 60s, the historic LA residence is a gem of California mid-century architecture for which architecture buffs will need no introduction. For those of us that need some, ah hem, brushing up, you’ll recognize the home from such films as The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels to name a few. One of the first events held on the expanded premises, the exhibit gave attendees an exclusive peak at the unfinished space designed by architect, Duncan Nicholson. The indoor-outdoor lounge mirrors the 60s lines and style of the main house, but employs modern materials and flat, open wall space fitting for the pop-up gallery. News was swirling that Goldstein already closed a deal with LACMA to host ongoing private events and exhibitions beginning in the very near future. No doubt that when LACMA is not using it, the eternal bachelor, Goldstein, will have plenty of shindigs himself. For now, the Bui/Bitton exhibit will continue through the week and viewings are available via private reservations (contact: 323.810.0700 – www.thebuigallery.com – firstname.lastname@example.org).
Judging from last night’s event, we’re sure that whatever goes down at the Sheats Goldstein entertainment complex will be a good time. With the LA skyline as the backdrop and partygoers getting down to KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer‘s remixed disco jams, la nuit etait magnifique!
Truffle Notes: The residence is owned by non-other than James Goldstein, the legendary and eccentric NBA super-fan who is known for attending over 100 games around the country per season and never missing a Lakers or Clippers home game. You may recall him from our Daily Truffle guide to Lakers courtside seating chart: http://www.thedailytruffle.com/2011/05/lakers-seating-chart/#.USLn66X3BlA The reptile wearing, fashion-enthralled, man of mystery has been the subject of more stories than we have time for including romantic ties to Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield, although only one of them is correct . . .
SHOTS OF THE NEW 3 STORY MEGA PARTY COMPLEX JAMES GOLDSTEIN IS BUILDING RIGHT NOW … AKA “CLUB JAMES”
Photos on display of Kravitz were taken in New Orleans and Eleuthera, Bahamas, but Bitton followed Kravitz’s 20 city 2012 US tour for his 9th studio album “Black and White America”. Raphael Saadiq was a special guest at select shows, hence Bitton’s photos of Saadiq. The US tour came off the heels of Kravitz world tour through South America and Europe throughout the fall of 2011.
This event is in conjunction with the release of Lenny Kravitz’s documentary “Looking Back On Love” which was released on iTunes a couple weeks ago. http://www.lennykravitz.com/news/125853
This piece was written by our Truffle Hunter, Kristen HG: Director of Business Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group and LA native (a graduate of Marlborough School in Hancock Park). When Kristen is not attending live shows and signing new artists, she provides Daily Truffle’s inside scoop for music happenings around Los Angeles and beyond. Kristen also writes for various travel blogs including Vacationist.com and Matador Network, among others.