“I forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste” -Marcel Duchamp
“Every bar I built was a reflection of me and the influences I was experiencing at the time.” _ Kristin Vincent, Owner of Sel Rrose Montauk
Slated to open June 2019, Sel Rrose Montauk is Kristin Vincent’s 4th venue. Vincent has ventured out her comfort zone of the Lower East Side, where all three of her other bars are located, to the waterfront of Montauk. She sees Sel Rrose Montauk as the perfect expansion of Sel Rrose Manhattan. On any given night at the Manhattan flagship, a cool downtown fashion crowd, the art world, and avant garde professionals, linger over natural wines, cocktails, and fresh oysters.
Building off of her obsession with Rrose Selavy, Marcel Duchamp’s female alter ego, which inspired Sel Rrose New York, Vincent was motivated by Duchamp’s unlikely friendship to Salvador Dali when creating Sel Rrose Montauk. It was Duchamp and Dali’s summers on the south coast of Spain in a fishing village, not unlike Montauk, that these two unlikeliest of bedfellows solidified an intimate and lasting friendship. Duchamp and Dalí’s meetings were largely social, involving frequent visits, beach trips, and dinner parties. On the surface, these two great 20th-century artists could hardly be more dissimilar. One would expect to find the artistic geniuses locking horns but, in fact, the relationship looked more like two holidaying chums enjoying the laid-back nature of a classic beach town. Taking this to heart, Vincent created a space that holds the same spirit as her downtown venues but in the relaxed salty air of Montauk.
4 South Elmwood Avenue Montauk, NY