by Emily Nathan
Last Thursday evening, Norwegian artist Ida Eklbad
(b. 1980) stood out from the crowd gathered at Greene Naftali Gallery on 26th Street for the opening of her new exhibition. Understated and elegant in a slate-gray velvet dress that clung to her very-pregnant belly, her blonde hair pulled back to reveal a high forehead, she chatted with visitors who swarmed around her, ducking into the gallery’s back room every so often -- presumably to catch her breath.