Creative luminaries voice their support of Matthew Rolston’s “Talking Heads” in NYC

Richard Mishaan & Homer Host a Book Signing Reception in Honor of Matthew Rolston's new Book, "Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits"

Simon Doonan, creative ambassador at large for Barneys, poses with Matthew Rolston at the book signing for “Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits” at Homer in New York City.


Renowned New York–based interior designer Richard Mishaan is used to boldfaced names visiting his chic University Place retail emporium, Homer. But last Wednesday evening, there was an unusually high concentration of luminaries on hand as Mishaan hosted a private party in honor of Matthew Rolston and his new book, Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits.

Among those in attendance were Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor at large; Simon Doonan, Barneys’ creative ambassador at large; designer Nicole Miller;  influential creative director Sam Shahid; photographers Patrick McMullan and Roxanne Lowit; legendary actor Joel Grey; Suzanne Slesin, publisher and editorial director of Pointed Leaf Press, which published Talking Heads; and Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Glassman was one of the early supporters of Talking Heads. He and Matthew had been working on one of their many cover shoots of Oprah Winfrey for O, The Oprah Magazine when Matthew showed him a selection of portraits that he’d shot at the Vent Haven Museum (the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism) in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Glassman was immediately taken with the work and encouraged Matthew to produce a book.

Like Diane Keaton, who recently hosted a launch event for Talking Heads in Los Angeles, Richard Mishaan was also instantly taken with the project, which he learned of through his and Matthew’s mutual friend Dr. Brian Saltzman. “I was so intrigued by the book that I immediately offered to host an event for Matthew in New York,” he says Mishaan. “The photos are just incredible and I wanted to be able to share this unique compilation with all of my friends.”

At Wednesday’s by-invitation-only event, Matthew screened a documentary on the making of Talking Heads and signed more than 100 copies of the book. A vividly colored 5-foot-square artist’s proof of Hook Boy, one of the images from the book, hung prominently inside Homer and will remain on display for the next two weeks. Its exhibition marks the first time a Talking Heads print of this size has been shown publicly in New York City.

“I’m known for my work with celebrities, and while this book and these images are of ‘entertainers,’ they are certainly not celebrities,” Matthew notes. “This very first effort in fine art was a passion project for me, and I’ve been gratified by the art and design world’s response to the work.”

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"Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits" on display at Richard Mishaan's Homer.

“Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits” on display at Richard Mishaan’s Homer.

An artist's proof of Matthew Rolston's "Hook Boy" on display at Homer.

An artist’s proof of Matthew Rolston’s “Hook Boy” on display at Homer.

"Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits" by Matthew Rolston.

“Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits” by Matthew Rolston.


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