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4 Swoon-Worthy Love Stories From Art World It Couples
(And What You Can Learn From Them!)
Entertainment 11 Feb 2016

Love

4 Swoon-Worthy Love Stories From Art World It Couples
(And What You Can Learn From Them!)

Valentine’s Day can be rough. If you’re single, it’s hard not to feel decidedly un-fabulous, regardless of how much you truly love being unattached the other 364 days of the year. If you happen to be in a relationship, it can be a minefield of mixed signals and unfulfilled expectations. Multiply the awkwardness by about 100 percent if you happen to be in some kind of casual or otherwise undefined situation.
But what gives us hope—even on the most emotionally fraught day of the year—are the stories of couples who managed to find love and make it last.
Sure, it’s a little hard not to be jealous of these picture-perfect meet-cutes when you’re alone on your couch shuffling through Tinder yet again, but think of it this way: if it can happen to them, it can happen to you. Behold, the stories of four art world It couples and what you can learn from them.
❤ Tom Sachs and Sarah Hoover
Sachs and Hoover, who married in 2012, first met by phone in 2007 when she was working as an assistant at Gagosian, with whom Sachs has collaborated on several occasions.
“She was very sassy,” he told the New York Times. “We kept talking, but I didn’t meet her for a month. I asked her to send me her picture, but she’d send me other pictures instead. Once she sent me a picture of the Loch Ness Monster, so I fell in love with the Loch Ness Monster. And that really illustrates the kind of person she is.”
Hoover, who is 18 years Sachs’s junior, had a crush on him from the get-go, but was initially daunted by the age difference and Sachs’s “bad boy” reputation. Luckily for the couple, Sachs was persistent.
The Lesson: Always turn down the sexy, older artist for a date—at first.
Tom Sachs, Sarah Hoover== 2013 WHITNEY GALA to Honor ED RUSCHA Supported by LOUIS VUITTON== Skylight at Moynihan Station, NYC== October 23, 2013== © Patrick McMullan== Photo - Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com== ==
❤ John Currin and Rachel Feinstein
John Currin and Rachel Feinstein are both two of the most successful artists on the contemporary scene, but it wasn’t always that way. When the pair met at a gallery opening in the early ‘90s, Currin was slightly depressed over his lack of commercial success, while Feinstein was a strange, gothic kid who dressed only in white and sported shaved eyebrows, platinum blonde hair, and bright red lips.
“She was very very pretty… and very weird,” Currin told the Guardian in 2003.
A mutual friend noticed that Feinstein bore a striking resemblance to the girls that kept appearing in Currin’s paintings and insisted that the two meet under the pretense that he might like to paint her.
John Currin, Rachel Feinstein== BROAD MUSEUM GALA OPENING== Los Angeles, CA== ©Patrick McMullan== September 17, 2015 == Photo - DAVID CROTTY/PatrickMcMullan.com== ÊÊ
Upon spotting him in his paint-splattered overalls, Feinstein walked right up to him, planted a red kiss on his cheek and asked him out, to which he responded that he had other plans. Six months later, they were an item. 22 years later, they have three children and a gorgeous home in Gramercy Park.
The Lesson: Don’t be afraid to go for what you want. Even if he thinks he has other plans.

❤ Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

It’s one thing to decide to spend your life with someone, but it’s a whole other to decide to spend your life with them and work alongside them on a creative vision every day. But for Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, that’s been the reality of the past two decades.
The artists, who work together under the name Allora & Calzadilla, met as art students studying abroad in Florence, Italy in 1995. They now live in Puerto Rico with their young daughter.
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“That’s half of our relationship—fighting,” Allora told Linda Yablonsky for Interview in 2011. “All of us is all one thing, all part of our dysfunctionality. Everything becomes a personal problem or becomes part of our work problem. There’s just no separation.”
The Lesson: Study abroad whenever possible, and talk to every hot guy you see.

Charline von Heyl and Christopher Wool

Art market darlings Christopher Wool and Charline von Heyl met in 1994, when von Heyl visited New York for her first time from her native Germany. She’s a pure testament to the notion that sometimes in life, things just work out: on that first visit, she managed to find a little East Village apartment for just $400, studio space, and an ardent suitor named Christopher Wool.
“He just wouldn’t take no for an answer,” she told Artnews in 2013. “I didn’t have any money, and he had money, and I was really keen on having good dinners. He became such a close friend, and then I fell in love and the whole thing suddenly fell into place.”
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The pair were married just three years later, a marriage von Heyl has described as “about the luxury of being alone together.”
The Lesson: When good things happen, don’t question them. Even $400 NYC apartments.
by Cait Munro
Photos: by David Crotty and Nicholas Hunt

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