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Talk | Trey Abdella with Bob Colacello and David Salle


Watch a conversation with Trey Abdella, Bob Colacello, and David Salle on the occasion of Trey Abdella: Under the Skin, the gallery’s debut exhibition with the Virginia-born, New York-based artist.

The exhibition features eleven new works that bridge the mediums of painting, sculpture, and assemblage. A sly storyteller, Abdella cultivates a relatable nostalgia in his works, drawing upon life’s wholesome trivialities and mundane aspects, electrifying them with a heightened sense of drama and dread. Bold in scale, unapologetically illustrative, and fervently colored, his latest works on view at Vito Schnabel Gallery narrate a story about the pitfalls and miseries to be found along the path of the American dream.

Trey Abdella Trey Abdella (b. 1994, Manassas, VA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2016) and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (2019). Abdella’s work has been exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include the X Museum, Beijing, China (2022); KÖNIG GALERIE, (Seoul, South Korea, 2021; Berlin, Germany, 2020); and T293 Gallery, Rome, Italy (2021; 2019). Selected group exhibitions include Vito Schnabel Gallery & Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, CA (2022); Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (2021); and Nino Mier, Los Angeles, CA (2020).

Bob Colacello was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised on Long Island. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969 and Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts in 1971 with an MFA in Film. By then he had been hired to run Andy Warhol’s new magazine, Interview, a job he held for thirteen years, becoming one of the artist’s closest creative collaborators. His memoir of that period, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, was acclaimed by The New York Times as “the best-written and the most killingly observed” book on the so-called Pope of Pop. Colacello's photographs have recently been exhibited at Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York, NY; Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK and Paris, France; Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY; Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C.; Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY; Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island; and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida. In February 2021, Ivorypress presented a solo exhibition of Colacello’s photographs in Madrid, accompanied by an artist book, It Just Happened. 

David Salle’s paintings have been shown in museums, galleries, and major international expositions worldwide for over 40 years. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Contemporary; and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, among many others. Salle is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A collection of his essays, How To See, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton.