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Lots of Babes Celebrated .@Rebecca_Dayan's First Solo Exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

 
About Last Night: Lots of Babes Celebrated Rebecca Dayan's First Solo Exhibition 

 Lola Kirke
Julia Restoin Roitfeld

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Lucien Smith

 Dree Hemingway
 Gigi Burris and Fiona Byrne

Christian Siriano

A few nights ago in New York City Dayan celebrated the opening of her first solo show, entitled Assumption, with guests including ALESSANDRA BRAWN, ALIX BROWN, ANNABELLE DEXTER-JONES, ATHENA CALDERONE, ATLANTA DE CADENET TAYLOR, BENJAMIN LALLIER, BROOK KLAUSING, CAMILLA DETERRE, CECILE WINCKLER, CHRISTIAN SIRIANO, COOKE MARONEY, CRYSTAL MOSELLE, DEV HYNES, DREE HEMINGWAY, ELI REED, ERIK FOSS, EVA ZUCKERMAN, FIONA BYRNE, GARANCE DORÉ, GIGI BURRIS, HARI NEF, JASMINE CHESS, JON NEIDICH, JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD, JULIE HELLER, JUSTIN MELNICK, LAURA LOVE, LOLA KIRKE, KYLE HOTCHKISS CARONE, LUCIEN SMITH, MAGGIE BETTS, MARGARITA LEVIEVA, MORGAN COLLETT, NATALIE JOOS, OLGA NAZAROVA, PHOEBE AND ANNETTE STEPHENS, PIETRO QUAGLIA, RACHEL ROSSIN, REECE SOLOMON, RJ RAIZK, SABINE GANHEM, THOMAS HAYO, TIM BARBER, TIMO WEILAND and more…   

Rebecca Dayan, Catherine Ahnell 
REBECCA DAYAN “ASSUMPTION” SOLO EXHIBITION 
Rebecca Dayan is pleased to announce her debut solo exhibition, entitled “Assumption,” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, which will open September 8th, 2015 and run through October 11th, 2015, marks the first showing of Dayan’s portraits in the form of a solo exhibition in America.  
A native of the South of France, Rebecca started out as a young model and designer in Paris with the likes of some of the industries most acclaimed role players such as Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh and Sonia Rykiel. In 2009 Dayan relocated to New York to pursue a career as an actress. Her acting career has grown rapidly since that year, giving Dayan an impressive collection of features that most recently includes a lead role in the much-acclaimed indie film H, which made its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Despite this, she has one specific passion that remains consistent and unwavering throughout her career: painting. 
Today acting and painting are to expressions that for Dayan need to co exist as one couldn’t exist without the other. Dayan’s parallel careers constantly inspire and feed off each other. 
As a perfect example Dayan found inspiration for her upcoming solo exhibition while researching for a role in a film that she will be taking on in the fall of 2015. In the film, entitled “NOVITIATE,” Dayan is set to play a young nun, a role that required much research to understand. Dayan spent time studying stories that were either written by nuns or included interviews with nuns. Dayan, a non- religious woman, found intrigue in the way that these nuns expressed their love for God. She found that it ironically paralleled the way a young woman might speak about her first love. 
This intrigue led Dayan to further explore the parallels that can be found between passions of religion and passions of eroticism, giving her the idea for the series of watercolor portraits she produced for her solo exhibition. 
“I became fascinated by religious iconography depicting religious ecstasy and the inherent human need to find meaning and solace in altered states — communing with a higher power through religion, sex, drugs, money, etc.” says Dayan. “There is an inherent need in all of us to imbue ideas, symbols, and people with meaning in order to fight the inevitable. Most of the time we distract ourselves to not face the truth, until we reach moments of freedom and bliss. It is in these small fleeting moments that I am interested.” 
Naturally Dayan came in contact with the stories of the Virgin Mary and stories of women with similar experiences. She started to explore the word ’virgin’ as part of her work process and the original meaning of the word as of a young woman or girl’s freedom without any commitments not bound to a husband nor a family. Fascinated by how the word has been charged by different meanings, obligations and expectations through time she decided to reclaim it’s original values and play around with the freedom of interpretation in relation to herself, her friends, our bodies and desires in her work.
On paper or canvas Dayan’s watercolor strokes find juxtaposition in the subtle and the bold. Letting light take an essential part of the work; there is always a contrast between blank space, fragile lines and rich colors. As she is studying the details in a mouth, the eye or the imperfection of the skin her art conveys emotions rather than exactitude - the unique peculiarities the eye often misses but that translates through a personality.
Rebecca Dayan’s work and portrait has been featured in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Observer, T: The New York Times, VOGUE, New York Magazine, The Telegraph, W Magazine and L’Officiel.
Dayan is the third female artist to showcase an exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery this year as part of what Ahnell calls “The Year of The Woman.” Dayan follows on the heels of Tali Lennox and Ahn Sun Mi, two other emerging female talents who have exhibited at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in 2015; the live in workspace, established by Catherine Ahnell with the intent of creating a unique experience through the presenting art in it’s place of creation, has set out to exclusively showcase female artists for the entire year of 2015.
Dayan will join the likes of past exhibitors who have showcased at Catherine Ahnell Gallery including Tali Lennox, Ahn Sun Mi, Miljan Suknovic, Sambre, L'Atlas, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Jonas 'Sun7' Bournat, TANC, LMDLDZR (LeMoDuLeDeZeeR), and Yaze Yassine Mekhnache, in undergoing the process of living and creating her show within the gallery space.
For one month prior to the exhibition opening Dayan will live within the gallery, transforming the space itself into an art studio wherein Dayan will not only live but also produce the works for the upcoming exhibition for the purpose of allowing collectors and media the ability to understand the artists work and process. The month-long residency will be followed by a one-month solo exhibition of the art created by Dayan within the space. Dayan will celebrate the opening of her exhibition with a private reception on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.
The Rebecca Dayan solo exhibition, entitled “Assumtpion,” will be open to the public for the duration of four weeks following the opening reception beginning on Wednesday, September 9th 2015 and closing on Sunday, October 11th 2015 at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.

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REBECCA DAYAN “ASSUMPTION” SOLO EXHIBITION | PRESS RELEASE

Rebecca Dayan is pleased to announce her debut solo exhibition, entitled “Assumption,” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, which will open September 8th, 2015 and run through October 11th, 2015, marks the first showing of Dayan’s portraits in the form of a solo exhibition in America.  
A native of the South of France, Rebecca started out as a young model and designer in Paris with the likes of some of the industries most acclaimed role players such as Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh and Sonia Rykiel. In 2009 Dayan relocated to New York to pursue a career as an actress. Her acting career has grown rapidly since that year, giving Dayan an impressive collection of features that most recently includes a lead role in the much-acclaimed indie film H, which made its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Despite this, she has one specific passion that remains consistent and unwavering throughout her career: painting. 
Today acting and painting are to expressions that for Dayan need to co exist as one couldn’t exist without the other. Dayan’s parallel careers constantly inspire and feed off each other. 
As a perfect example Dayan found inspiration for her upcoming solo exhibition while researching for a role in a film that she will be taking on in the fall of 2015. In the film, entitled “NOVITIATE,” Dayan is set to play a young nun, a role that required much research to understand. Dayan spent time studying stories that were either written by nuns or included interviews with nuns. Dayan, a non- religious woman, found intrigue in the way that these nuns expressed their love for God. She found that it ironically paralleled the way a young woman might speak about her first love. 
This intrigue led Dayan to further explore the parallels that can be found between passions of religion and passions of eroticism, giving her the idea for the series of watercolor portraits she produced for her solo exhibition. 
“I became fascinated by religious iconography depicting religious ecstasy and the inherent human need to find meaning and solace in altered states — communing with a higher power through religion, sex, drugs, money, etc.” says Dayan. “There is an inherent need in all of us to imbue ideas, symbols, and people with meaning in order to fight the inevitable. Most of the time we distract ourselves to not face the truth, until we reach moments of freedom and bliss. It is in these small fleeting moments that I am interested.” 
Naturally Dayan came in contact with the stories of the Virgin Mary and stories of women with similar experiences. She started to explore the word ’virgin’ as part of her work process and the original meaning of the word as of a young woman or girl’s freedom without any commitments not bound to a husband nor a family. Fascinated by how the word has been charged by different meanings, obligations and expectations through time she decided to reclaim it’s original values and play around with the freedom of interpretation in relation to herself, her friends, our bodies and desires in her work.
On paper or canvas Dayan’s watercolor strokes find juxtaposition in the subtle and the bold. Letting light take an essential part of the work; there is always a contrast between blank space, fragile lines and rich colors. As she is studying the details in a mouth, the eye or the imperfection of the skin her art conveys emotions rather than exactitude - the unique peculiarities the eye often misses but that translates through a personality.
Rebecca Dayan’s work and portrait has been featured in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Observer, T: The New York Times, VOGUE, New York Magazine, The Telegraph, W Magazine and L’Officiel.
Dayan is the third female artist to showcase an exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery this year as part of what Ahnell calls “The Year of The Woman.” Dayan follows on the heels of Tali Lennox and Ahn Sun Mi, two other emerging female talents who have exhibited at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in 2015; the live in workspace, established by Catherine Ahnell with the intent of creating a unique experience through the presenting art in it’s place of creation, has set out to exclusively showcase female artists for the entire year of 2015.
Dayan will join the likes of past exhibitors who have showcased at Catherine Ahnell Gallery including Tali Lennox, Ahn Sun Mi, Miljan Suknovic, Sambre, L'Atlas, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Jonas 'Sun7' Bournat, TANC, LMDLDZR (LeMoDuLeDeZeeR), and Yaze Yassine Mekhnache, in undergoing the process of living and creating her show within the gallery space.
For one month prior to the exhibition opening Dayan will live within the gallery, transforming the space itself into an art studio wherein Dayan will not only live but also produce the works for the upcoming exhibition for the purpose of allowing collectors and media the ability to understand the artists work and process. The month-long residency will be followed by a one-month solo exhibition of the art created by Dayan within the space. Dayan will celebrate the opening of her exhibition with a private reception on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.
The Rebecca Dayan solo exhibition, entitled “Assumtpion,” will be open to the public for the duration of four weeks following the opening reception beginning on Wednesday, September 9th 2015 and closing on Sunday, October 11th 2015 at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.

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ABOUT
REBECCA DAYAN

Rebecca Dayan is a French-born artist, actress, and model. From a young age, the classic French beauty has been passionate about the pursuit of success in all of her creative endeavors. At just 18 years old, Dayan immersed herself into the worlds of fashion and art by moving to Paris and beginning work in modeling. Immediately drawing attention from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Peter Lindbergh, this was just the beginning of her flourishing artistic career. After modeling for a time and spending a period assisting Gabrielle Greiss of Sonia Rykiel, Dayan made the move to New York City in 2009. It was there that she began pursuing her passion for acting and building an impressive list of on-screen features, the most recent being her starring role in the much-acclaimed indie film H, which made its world premiere at the year’s Venice Film Festival. As of late, Dayan has spent time focusing on her passion for painting. The artist, who specializes in watercolor, has painted portraits that have been featured in publications including L’Official Homes and UNEMPLOYED magazine. Dayan herself has been featured in leading publications including AnOther Magazine, Elle Magzine, Grazia, InStyle Magazine, Interview Magazine, Into The Gloss, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Purple Magazine, Refinery29, RUSSH, STYLE.COM, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Tatler, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Vice, Vogue, W Magazine, Who What Wear, Women’s Wear Daily, Wonderland, and more. For further details on the multi-talented creative, visit www.rebeccadayan.com
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CATHERINE AHNELL GALLERY

Catherine Ahnell Gallery Freerunning Art Corp represents recognized young foreign artists by introducing them to the New York market. Debuting in New York these artists have received critical acclaim abroad where they are represented by established galleries such as Magda Danysz and Suzanne Tarasieve. They have also exhibited in art forums such as Foundation Cartier, Espace Louis Vuitton, Palais Tokyo and the Les Bains Douches project curated by Magda Danysz - an art exhibition showing installations from the world's most prominent street artists. It's not just a gallery. It's a live in work space with the goal to create an unique experience by presenting art in it's place of creation. The idea of the gallery came to Ahnell while living in Paris for three years before opening the gallery, meeting with artists as a collector. The meeting with Yassine Mekhnache was especially important; he was also the very first artist in residence and co-director in the beginning. “This project is a gift to myself,” says Ahnell, “an experience I would like to share with others.”
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The exhibition marks Dayan’s first solo presentation in New York and features new paintings that explore the intriguing parallels between classic religious interpretations of the Virgin Mary and eroticism. Dayan uses watercolor paints as a medium create a series of portraits which show reinterpreted images of Mary in a new erotic light, posed for by women of the likes of Lola Kirke, Tali Lennox, Carlotta Kohl, Camilla Deterre, Alix Brown, and more...The exhibition will be on view until Sunday, October 11 at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, in New York City. 


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