Artist Sebastian Errazuriz Styles Exotic Fancy Dress Gala for Museum of Arts and Design
"We're all gambling, right?"
Last night, the Museum of Arts and Design honored artist Sebastian Errazuriz with a chic evening of gambling inspired by Monaco in the 1960s, courtesy of Valentino.
The evening began with craps, roulette, and blackjack, along with cocktails, in the downstairs of a Neo-Georgian mansion on the Upper East Side. This particular high-stakes trend is finally sweeping the art world, it seems (see 4 Really Cool Things At Select Fair).
“I haven’t gambled at all tonight,” admitted Errazuriz when we caught up with him by the blackjack table. “But we’re all gambling, right? It’s New York City. This is a city where everyone comes to take something away, and everyone comes with everything they have…they’re here to compete and make that one bet.”
But for the 37-year-old artist and designer, the risks have reaped rewards (see Sebastian Errazuriz Explodes Design).
Over dinner in the upstairs ballroom, Errazuriz was introduced by veteran designer Vladimir Kagan, who admitted he had known the artist for three years, and wasn’t sure whether the introduction would be a “roast or a toast.”
“Roast!” yelled a voice in the crowd.
“I’ve worked really hard to break the boundaries between art and design,” Errazuriz told artnet News. “At the same time, I think that the fact that they are honoring someone really young is indicative of this new position that the museum is taking.”
It’s the second year that the museum has gone all out with a glittering gala chaired by a set of prominent art, fashion, and society figures, which this year included Rickie De Sole, Zani Gugelmann, Natalie Joos, Bettina Prentice and Sofia Sanchez de Betak.
The institution, formerly known as the American Craft Museum, has undergone a rebranding over the past few years, including a 2008 move to Columbus Circle, the announcement of a biennial (see The Museum of Arts and Design Hopes a Biennial Will Help Brighten Things Up), and the appointment of director Glenn Adamson in 2013.
The evening was attended by artists Peter McGough, Tali Lennox, Isca Greenfield Sanders, Cleo Wade, and Adam Pendleton, among others, along with photographer Michael Avedon, ArtBinder founder Alexandra Chemla, and Casey Fremont and Doreen Remen of the Art Production Fund (see It Feels Good To Be A Gangster at the Art Production Fund Annual Gala).
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