Robert De Niro, Mary Kate Olsen, and Brooke Shields Rub Elbows With Art Elite at Tribeca Ball

Savvy collectors know this is the place to snap up talented young artists.

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Peter Brant, Robert De Niro
Peter Brant, Robert De Niro
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Larry Gagosian, Rachel Feinstein, John Currin
Larry Gagosian, Rachel Feinstein, John Currin
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Mary-Kate Olsen, Olivier Sarkozy
Mary-Kate Olsen, Olivier Sarkozy
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Brooke Shields, Eileen Guggenheim
Brooke Shields, Eileen Guggenheim
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Eileen Guggenheim, David Kratz
Eileen Guggenheim, David Kratz
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Larry Gagosian, Ara Arslanian
Larry Gagosian, Ara Arslanian
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Spencer Sweeny, Dustin Yellin, Dan Colen
Spencer Sweeny, Dustin Yellin, Dan Colen
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Van Cleef & Arpels models
Van Cleef & Arpels models
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Stella Schnabel, Rachel Chandler Guinness
Stella Schnabel, Rachel Chandler Guinness
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Dan Colen, Tony Shafrazi, Peter Brant
Dan Colen, Tony Shafrazi, Peter Brant
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Misha Nonoo
Misha Nonoo
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Nicole Miller
Nicole Miller
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Casey Fremont Crowe
Casey Fremont Crowe
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Harry Brant, Zani Gugelmann
Harry Brant, Zani Gugelmann
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, John Demsey
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, John Demsey
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie of York
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Vito Schnabel, Jacqueline Schnabel, Peter Brant
Vito Schnabel, Jacqueline Schnabel, Peter Brant
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Kenny Scharf
Kenny Scharf
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
George Farias, Rachel Hovnanian, Ara Hovnanian
George Farias, Rachel Hovnanian, Ara Hovnanian
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Paul Kasmin, Kara Finnerty, Georgia Kasmin, Aaron Kasmin
Paul Kasmin, Kara Finnerty, Georgia Kasmin, Aaron Kasmin
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Di Mondo
Di Mondo
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Joyce Zybelberg Varvatos, John Varvatos
Joyce Zybelberg Varvatos, John Varvatos
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Vincent Fremont, Shelly Dunn Fremont
Vincent Fremont, Shelly Dunn Fremont
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour, Harry Brant
Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour, Harry Brant
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Aby Rosen, Calvin Klein
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Calvin Klein, Peter Marino
Calvin Klein, Peter Marino
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Hillary Macklowe, Ben Macklowe
Hillary Macklowe, Ben Macklowe
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
2015 Tribeca Ball
Musicians
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Van Cleef & Arpels model
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan
2015 Tribeca Ball
Dinner atmosphere
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Patrick McMullan

What: The New York Academy of Art‘s annual Tribeca Ball (see The New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball Offers Something Other Galas Don’t).

Where: The sprawling halls of the New York Academy of Art at 111 Franklin Avenue.

When: April 13, 2015.

Who: Everyone from artists Dan Colen, Dustin Yellin, and Kenny Scharf and über-gallerist Larry Gagosian to A-list celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Brooke Shields, Parker Posey, and Mary-Kate Olsen (and less bonafide celebrities like “Real Housewife” Kelly Killoren Bensimon) turned out to party in honor of art collector and publishing mogul Peter Brant (see The Brant Foundation Hosts the Party of the Year). The whole Brant clan and much of the Schnabel family were in attendance, as were Princess Eugenie of York and fashion designers Calvin Klein, Nicole Miller, John Varvatos, and Misha Nonoo.

Why: The evening, which was sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, raises funds for the academy’s MFA program and continuing education courses. It also provides MFA students with the opportunity to open their studios to the public, make valuable art world connections, and in many cases, sell work. Savvy collectors know this is the place to snatch up talented emerging artists still in their larval stages—we even overheard one snappily-dressed woman lamenting that a piece she “absolutely loved” had already been sold.

The Moment: Designer cocktail in hand, we traversed the place looking for cool, young artists to chat up, and boy, did we find some. From second year student Jehdy Vargas’s immersive installation inspired by childhood memories of her grandparents Santería practice (complete with a wall of clay penises and a massive vagina candle) to first year Nick C. Kirk’s delightfully disturbing portrait of pink-soaked American icons Paris Hilton and Honey Boo-Boo, there was no shortage of talent and vision in the house. And despite the ever-so-slightly meat market quality of the event, the fledgling artists looked genuinely excited to be in the spotlight—even if it meant having to start cleaning up their studios about two weeks out.


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