Top 10 Scary Art World Summer Tans

Is orange the new black?

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Valentino Garavani, Vera Wang, and Giancarlo Giammetti at Ed Ruscha's PSYCHO SPEGHETTI WESTERNS opening at the Gagosian Gallery
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Bjorn Wallander, Linda Fargo, and Tony Ingrao at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party
Bjorn Wallander, Linda Fargo, and Tony Ingrao at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. Photograph courtesy of Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com
Cathy Reilly, Kelly Kott, and Gennifer Lancaster at Art Southhampton. Photograph via Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcmullan.com
David Koch, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Aby Rosen
David Koch, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Aby Rosen. Photograph via Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com
Enrico Bruni and Claudia Avendano at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party
Enrico Bruni and Claudia Avendano at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. Photograph via Owen Hoffman/PatrickMcMullan.com
Gwen Bokine and Cindy Stern at Art Hamptons
Gwen Bokine and Cindy Stern at Art Hamptons. Photograph via Adriel Reboh/PatrickMcMullan.com
Jenna Spector and Sara Burack at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party
Jenna Spector and Sara Burack at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. Photograph via Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com
Valentino Garavani, Vera Wang, and Giancarlo Giammetti at Ed Ruscha's PSYCHO SPEGHETTI WESTERNS opening at the Gagosian Gallery
Valentino Garavani, Vera Wang, and Giancarlo Giammetti at Ed Ruscha's PSYCHO SPEGHETTI WESTERNS opening at the Gagosian Gallery. Photograph via Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com
Joel Lefkowitz and Paul Turcotte at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party
Joel Lefkowitz and Paul Turcotte at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. Photograph via Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com
R. Couri Hay and Joe Alexander at Art Hamptons
R. Couri Hay and Joe Alexander at Art Hamptons. Photograph via Adriel Reboh/PatrickMcMullan.com
Richard Soloway and Donna Soloway at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party
Richard Soloway and Donna Soloway at Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. Photograph via Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com

Everybody looks forward to summer—it’s warm, minimal clothing is needed, day-boozing is a legitimate pastime (well, maybe…) and, of course, there are endless opportunities to soak up the sun.

The perception of a tan has gone through various cycles throughout history. A tan used to signify a blue collar job, since much manual and farm labor was done outside. After the Industrial revolution, workers were moved into factories and only the wealthy had the time and means to vacation in the sun. But with skin cancer on the rise, and a growing awareness of the damage sun does to skin, insane tanning is less common.

But looking through Patrick McMullan’s summer art world party photos, it seems like not everyone got the memo: cadmium orange is still going strong, at least in certain areas of the art world. Here are our Top 10 picks for scary summer tans.

Finally, if you’ve got a friend who needs a ‘tan intervention’, what we like to call a ‘tan-tervention’ send them a link to this story or even “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen“, directed by Baz Lurhmann.


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