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Whitney Art Party Wrap Up

by habituallychic

06 . 18 . 09

The title of the first work above by Andrew Kuo is Late Hangover And/Or This is Why I Don’t Like Mirrors on February 17, 2009 and could pretty much sum up how I am feeling this morning! Just kidding! I really don’t feel that bad. Probably because they ran out of champagne too early. The art available through the silent auction at the Whitney Art Party was amazing and I wish I could have bought everything. Silent auctions and charity sales are a great place to buy contemporary art usually at a good price .

More interesting than the art was the crowd which was made up of fabulous fashionistas, galleristas, models and celebrities. I clearly wasn’t the only girl trying to stalk Bradley Cooper. He was quite popular all night and is much thinner in person that I would have suspected. Also throwing the ladies into a tizzy was Gerard Butler. I overheard two girls planning what they were going to say to him and when I left they had made their move and were chatting him up. This mixed media work above Endless Prayers III by Iranian artist Y.Z. Kami was another one of my favorites.
You know you’re not at a normal party when the socialites are thinner than the models. It was a bit depressing but definitely motivational. I swear I’m never eating bread ever again! I ran into Porter Hovey who was taking photos for Art in America and we were joking about the amazing people watching! Definitely a much different crowd than the design parties as Chase Booth also acknowledged! It was so nice running into him because he was with Matthew Larkin who I finally got to meet in person. Remember my post about his amazing light fixtures and topiaries? I feel bad comparing artists to each other but this piece above M.R.C. (c. 1921) by Jeremy Lawson reminded me of a modern version of a Cy Twombley. (It looked much better in person.) And since Cy Twombley is beyond most people’s price range, it’s a great alternative!

Artist Hunt Slonem donated a work Rabbit and was also at the party among other wonderful artists. If you didn’t get to attend the Whitney Art Party this year, then I highly recommend that you put it on the calendar for next year. You can have a drink, bid on some art and check out the amazing crowd! What could be better than that?!

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  1. An Aesthete's Lament June 18, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    The combination of Slonem’s “Rabbit” and the hyper-Victorian frame is gorgeous.

  2. French furniture June 18, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    I’ll try and make it the Whitney Art Party next year. But the problem is that I live in London, so it’s not that easy! I love Hunt Slonem’s Rabbit.