Since it’s never too early to get your art on, we sent brothers Jameson and Hudson Kroenig—ages 5 and 8, respectively—to the Whitney Museum for an educational afternoon in the company of Gary Simmons, Peter Saul, Allan D’Arcangelo,and more. Take it away, boys!
First, Hudson and Jameson checked in to receive their age-appropriate guides. Their favorite artists? Jameson picked Van Gogh, while Hudson remains an Andy Warhol fan. “I’ve always liked his art!” he said.
Peter Saul’s de Kooning’s “Woman With Bicycle” was the first painting that enchanted the brothers. Given that they take art class at school and study painting at home, they’re well-versed in the subject matter. “In the mornings, I look up cartoon pictures and free-hand them on paper,” says Hudson. “Mom and Dad are really impressed!”
“I don’t think I can fit in these, but Dad could!” says Jameson of Gary Simmons’ Gold Plated Basketball Shoes. “I ordered a pair of Yeezys online like two months ago, but they still haven’t come,” moans Hudson. “I’m not sure if the company I bought them from is real!”
“It looks like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!” exclaims Jameson of Allan D’Arcangelo’s Madonna and Child painting. “I know there’s a bow in the blonde girl’s hair, but still!” affirms Hudson.
How do the brothers generally unwind on Saturdays? “We usually stay home [in New Jersey], but sometimes we come into the city to go to the park, restaurants, or shop,” says Hudson. “We usually go to museums in the summer when they’re not as busy.”
The boys ended the day with a trip to the gift shop, where they bought prints for their bedrooms. “We’ll be back!” vows Hudson. Their other favorite weekend activity? “Traveling!” says Jameson. “I love St. Tropez and Paris.” (Hudson is a fan of Dubai.) Naturally, the boys have traveled on Karl’s private jet. “The best part is they serve you food whenever you want!” says Hudson.
P.S. What’s the Karl Lagerfeld Connection?: Brad Kroenig is not only dad to Jameson and Hudson—he’s also one of Lagerfeld’s muses and closest friends. In fact, the Kaiser is Hudson’s godfather, and Lagerfeld takes the role very seriously. “Karl’s taught me the most about design and ways to do techniques, like blending and sketching,” says Hudson. Both boys have also graced the Chanel runway.
Art Credits: From top to bottom: Peter Saul’s de Kooning’s “Woman With Bicycle,” (1976), © Peter Saul; Charles Ray, Untitled, (1973, printed 1989), courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Gary Simmons’ Gold Plated Basketball Shoes, (1993), © Gary Simmons; Allan D’Arcangelo’s Madonna and Child, (1963), © estate of Allan D’Arcangelo.