The Week in Art: Public Art Fund Turns 40, Christie’s Launches Beverly Hills Office

There was lots of partying this week.

Birthday cake at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.
Birthday cake at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Here’s a rundown of some of this week’s art-scene highlights.

Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary Benefit
Art was front and center at the Public Art Fund’s (PAF) 40th birthday party on April 20, where the undeniable highlight of the night were the interactive art projects. Jesse Hamerman let guests create molds of their fingers at his plaster workshop; Oliver Herring asked the crowds to transform models into tin-foil covered sculptures over the course of the evening; Anna K.E. created selfie stations stocked with asymmetrical neon-colored wigs; and B. Wurtz offered the chance to win one of his sculptures in his carnival-themed game Pistachio Toss.

“Everyone kind of looked like they were kids,” Wurtz told artnet News of watching party-goers try their luck. The winners were easily spotted by their medals, crafted from ribbons and the lids from take-out containers.

Among those in attendance were Jenna Lyons, Tony Hale, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Lisa Phillips, James and Jane Cohan, Paul Kasmin, Liz Glynn, and Rob Pruitt.

During the family style dinner, featuring place mats designed by Tabor Robak, PAF chairman Jill Kraus spoke to the organization’s 40 year history, noting that it shares a birth year with three other women-founded New York art institutions: the Drawing Center, Studio in a School, and the New Museum, all of which were represented at the festivities. “This was a seismic year for women in the arts,” said Kraus.

“We are one of a number of organizations that began in that mid-to-late ’70s moment when artists were making work that was more than museums could accomodate,” PAF director and chief curator Nicholas Baume told artnet News, noting that public art is “part of what makes New York the quintessentially creative and democratic city we know and love.”

An after party, featuring an array of colorful birthday cake, saw guests dancing late into the night.

Massimiliano Gioni, Cecilia Alemani, and Tony Matelli at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Massimiliano Gioni, Cecilia Alemani, and Tony Matelli at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Brett Littman, Lisa Phillips, and Nicholas Baume at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Brett Littman, Lisa Phillips, and Nicholas Baume at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Guests playing B. Wurtz's <em>Pistachio Toss</em> game at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Guests playing B. Wurtz’s Pistachio Toss game at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Ivan Argote and Natacha Polaert at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Ivan Argote and Natacha Polaert, repeat winners of B. Wurtz’s Pistachio Toss game at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Jenna Lyons at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

Jenna Lyons at the Public Art Fund 40th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Max Lakner/BFA.

National YoungArts Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
With the spectacular backdrop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur, alumni from the National YoungArts Foundation performed in front of over 270 guests at the organization’s second annual New York gala, held on April 20.

Guests included gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm and Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Symonds, Klaus Biesenbach of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, actor Christian Slater, Marlies Vehoeven of the Cultivist, opera singer Placido Domingo, and artists Dustin Yellin, Will Cotton, and Derrick Adams.

“I feel that culture in America is under attack in a way that I never thought I would see happen,” Salmaan Rushdie, the event’s honorary chair, told the crowd. “We must see ourselves now as the guardians of culture. It is for us to protect American culture and to show that it is not the dark manifestation that currently occupies so much of our lives. America is a richer place and a better place than that, and the arts are where that richness begins.”

Guest, Klaus Biesenbach, Agnes Gund, and Sarah Arison at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Guest, Klaus Biesenbach, Agnes Gund, and Sarah Arison at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Will Cotton and Rose Dergan at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Will Cotton and Rose Dergan at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Christian Slater at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Christian Slater at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Salman Rushdie at the YoungArts Gala. Courtesy of BFA.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Benefit Auction at Cipriani Wall Street
New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center held its benefit auction on April 20, featuring more than 20 artworks on sale via Paddle8 by the likes of Alex Katz, Richard Prince, Deborah Kass, Katherine Bernhardt, Nicole Eisenman, and Hanna Linden.

The evening, which raised over $1.75 million, saw Hillary Rodham Clinton receive the Center’s Trailblazer Award, while fashion designer Marc Jacobs was honored with the Visionary Award. In attendance were both honorees, Huma Abedin, Arianna Huffington, Lana Wachowski, Jonathan Adler, Deborah Kass, Patricia Cronin, and Stacy London.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Arianna Huffington at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Arianna Huffington at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Glennda Testone, Arianna Huffington, and Isabella Huffington at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Glennda Testone, Arianna Huffington, and Isabella Huffington at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Stacy London at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Stacy London at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Charly DeFrancesco, Marc Jacobs, Glennda Testone, Lana Wachowski, and Karin Winslow at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

Charly DeFrancesco, Marc Jacobs, Glennda Testone, Lana Wachowski, and Karin Winslow at the LGBT Community Center. Courtesy of BFA.

SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit at SculptureCenter
Over 300 guests were on hand on April 18, as SculptureCenter held its Lucky Draw benefit, an art raffle that lets every ticket holder go home with an original work of art. Sara Friedlander of Christie’s kicked off the night with a live auction featuring works by Ugo Rondinone, Amy Sillman, and Adam McEwen, and Lowell Pettit served as emcee.

Mary Ceruti and Adam McEwen at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Mary Ceruti and Adam McEwen at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Jemilah Afshar, Sara Friedlander, and Lowell Pettit at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Jemilah Afshar, Sara Friedlander, and Lowell Pettit at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Dennis Freedman, Sascha Bauer, and Allison Rubler at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Dennis Freedman, Sascha Bauer, and Allison Rubler at the SculptureCenter Lucky Draw Benefit. Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Appraisers Association of America’s Annual Award Luncheon at the New York Athletic Club
This year’s Annual Award Luncheon for the Appraisers Association of America, held April 18, honored art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. The gallerist was introduced by Jeff Koons, his friend of 40 years. Nancy Harrison and Elizabeth von Habsburg served as lunch co-chairs. Deitch follows in the footsteps of past recipients including artist Frank Stella, art critic Peter Schjeldahl, art historian Linda Nochlin, and gallerist Arne Glimcher.

Jeff Koons speaks at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Jeff Koons speaks at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Johanna Levy, Teresa Caputo, guest, and Jennifer Buonocore at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Johanna Levy, Teresa Caputo, guest, and Jennifer Buonocore at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Josh Baer, Jeffrey Deitch, and Jeff Koons at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Josh Baer, Jeffrey Deitch, and Jeff Koons at the Appraisers Association of America 13th Annual Award Luncheon. Courtesy of Sean Zanni, © Patrick McMullan.

Art F City’s Goth Opera Benefit at Collapsable Hole
Art F City went for a creepy goth theme for its annual benefit, which included an operatic performance from Joseph Keckler and a photo booth from artist Sean Fader. Delia Deetz, the fictional sculptor from Beetlejuice, who appeared on the cover of Art in America at the end of the film, was “honored” with a lifetime achievement award presentation. Guests at the spooky event included gallerist Asya Geisberg; artists Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw; and Emmanuel Lemakis, of the College Art Association; and his wife Suzanne Lemakis, of Citigroup’s fine art program.

Joseph Keckler at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Joseph Keckler at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Paddy Johnson and Sean Fader at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Paddy Johnson and Sean Fader at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Paul Outlaw, guests, and Jen Catron at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Paul Outlaw, guests, and Jennifer Catron at the Art F City 2017 Benefit. Courtesy of Liz Ligon.

Opening for “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time” at Mnuchin Gallery
Thirty years worth of transformative self-portraits by Cindy Sherman were on view in one place at Mnuchin Gallery, which saw French art dealer Philippe Ségalot, artist Casey Spooner, and Klaus Biesnbach, in addition to Sherman and the gallery’s Sukanya Rajaratnam and Robert Mnuchin, on hand for the April 18 opening.

Sukanya Rajaratnam at the opening of "Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011." Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Sukanya Rajaratnam at the opening of “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011.” Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Cindy Sherman at the opening of "Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011." Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Cindy Sherman at the opening of “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011.” Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Robert Mnuchin and Philippe Segalot at the opening of "Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011." Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Robert Mnuchin and Philippe Segalot at the opening of “Cindy Sherman: Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011.” Courtesy of Neil Rasmus/BFA.

Opening Reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marking the centennial of the birth of Irving Penn, the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the opening of their retrospective of work by the American artist with an opening party on April 17. Guests included Vogue‘s Grace Coddington, jewelry designer James de Givenchy, photographer Robert Freson, and producer Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of Spike Lee.

Grace Coddington at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Grace Coddington at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

James de Givenchy and Ulla Parker at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

James de Givenchy and Ulla Parker at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Tonya Lewis Lee and Spencer Means at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

Tonya Lewis Lee and Spencer Means at the opening reception for “Irving Penn: Centennial.” Courtesy of Tiffany Sage/BFA.

The Kitchen’s Spring Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom
Proving that gala season is indeed in full swing, the Kitchen also held their annual event on April 17, attracting the likes of LCD Soundsystem musician James Murphy, Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, composer John Cale, and MoMA PS1 founder Alanna Heiss.

James Murphy, John Cale at the Kitchen's Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

James Murphy and John Cale at the Kitchen’s Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

Lawrence Weiner and Kathryn Bigelow at the Kitchen's Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

Lawrence Weiner and Kathryn Bigelow at the Kitchen’s Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

Alanna Heiss and Nita Scott at the Kitchen's Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

Alanna Heiss and Nita Scott at the Kitchen’s Spring Gala. Courtesy of Paul Bruinooge, © Patrick McMullan.

The Opening Reception for “Calder | Miró: Constellations” at Pace Gallery and Acquavella 
The families of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró were on hand for the opening of the two part exhibition of their respective “Constellation” series at Pace and Acquavella galleries. In addition to Calder’s grandson, Alexander Rower, and Miró’s, Joan Punyet Miró, guests included Emmanuel Di Donna, Fran Lebowitz, and another artist descendant, Mark Rothko‘s son Christopher Rothko.

Elan Gentry, Fairfax Dorn at the Pace Gallery opening for "Calder | Miro, Constellations." Courtesy of BFA.

Elan Gentry and Fairfax Dorn at the Pace Gallery opening for “Calder | Miro, Constellations.” Courtesy of BFA.

Fran Lebowitz, Sandy Rower, and Elan Gentry at the Pace Gallery opening for "Calder | Miro, Constellations." Courtesy of BFA.

Fran Lebowitz, Sandy Rower, and Elan Gentry at the Pace Gallery opening for “Calder | Miro, Constellations.” Courtesy of BFA.

Holton Rower, Sandy Rower and Gryphon Rower-Gryphon at the Pace Gallery opening for "Calder | Miro, Constellations." Courtesy of BFA.

Holton Rower, Sandy Rower and Gryphon Rower-Gryphon at the Pace Gallery opening for “Calder | Miro, Constellations.” Courtesy of BFA.

Christie’s Launches Los Angeles Flagship in Beverly Hills
More than 60 paintings, sculptures, photos, and works on paper by artists including Cy Twombly, Francis Bacon, and Pablo Picasso, collectively valued at over $450 million, were on view as Christie’s celebrated the opening of its new Los Angeles flagship in Beverly Hills. Guests including the Art Production Fund’s Casey Freemont, Jonas Wood, and and Christie’s America president Brook Hazelton enjoyed a cocktail reception and private viewing of its inaugural exhibition.

 

Casey Fremont and Lily Grant at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Casey Fremont and Lily Grant at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Brook Hazelton, Jonas Wood, and Shio Kusaka at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Brook Hazelton, Jonas Wood, and Shio Kusaka at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Amine Bing, Danny Rimer, and Nico Bing at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Amine Bing, Danny Rimer, and Nico Bing at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Guests at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Guests at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Aimee Martinez, Rachel Melvald, and Jackie Wachter at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

Aimee Martinez, Rachel Melvald, and Jackie Wachter at Christie’s Beverly Hills Opening. Courtesy of Owen Kolasinski/BFA.

I Love Dick Premiere at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Los Angeles
The highly anticipated Amazon TV adaptation of art writer Chris Kraus’s book I Love Dick had its premiere on April 20. The author wasn’t on hand, but showrunner Jill Soloway and stars Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon were among those walking the red carpet.

Kevin Bacon at the premiere of Amazon's<em>I Love Dick</em>. Courtesy of David Crotty, © Patrick McMullan.

Kevin Bacon at the
premiere of Amazon’sI Love Dick. Courtesy of David Crotty, © Patrick McMullan.

Jill Soloway, Sarah Gubbins, Griffin Dunne, Roberta Colindrez, Kathryn Hahn, and Kevin Bacon at the premiere of Amazon's<em>I Love Dick</em>. Courtesy of David Crotty, © Patrick McMullan.

Jill Soloway, Sarah Gubbins, Griffin Dunne, Roberta Colindrez, Kathryn Hahn, and Kevin Bacon at the
premiere of Amazon’sI Love Dick. Courtesy of David Crotty, © Patrick McMullan.

Kathryn Hahn at the
premiere of Amazon’sI Love Dick. Courtesy of David Crotty, © Patrick McMullan.

Bombay Beach Biennial in Bombay Beach, California
While celebrities turned up at Coachella over the weekend, a decidedly offbeat festival was happening just down the road by the Salton Sea. Called the Bombay Beach Biennial, it is the brainchild of Lily Johnosn White, of the Johnson & Johnson family; actor Tao Ruspoli, son of the late Prince Alessandro Ruspoli; and Stefan Ashkenazy, of the Ashkenazy real estate family.

The quietly-launched secret festival is now in its second edition, bringing works by over 100 artists and performers including Kenny Scharf, James Oster, and Gary Oldman to the tiny, mostly-abandoned town of Bombay Beach, once a popular resort town.

An installation by the artist Marco Walker at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

An installation by the artist Marco Walker at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

An installation at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

An installation at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

Visitors at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

Visitors at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

Visitors at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.

Visitors at the Bombay Beach Biennial. Courtesy of Jennifer Wiley & Frank Martinez.


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