Living at the confluence of Film, Art and Fashion
My 1989 show at Bruce Lurie in the Lower East Side of Manhattan was called “Equilibrists”, with figures balancing in yoga position around swimming pools reflecting my two routines: yoga and swimming.
When I received a call from Zurich asking me if I was an equilibrist I could not say no. Little did I know that the gallerist calling was Aytun Altindal, a Turkish researcher of occult societies. The show in Zurich was attended by the Who’s Who of European Masonry. I later found out the equilibrist is an obscure but favorite figure in Mason iconography.
Soon after, two friends of Aytun came on calling. They were ex-KGB agents and part of his occult circle who in 1990 were opening the first commercial gallery in Moscow since the 1917 Revolution. They like the idea of pools, a capitalist symbol and they offered me a show.
This kind of event was a unique opportunity. So, I put together “POOLS” a gathering of International artists who had used pools as a subject. David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Francesco Clemente joined immediately and so we went to Moscow.