Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Grand Surprise

In Gray Foy's Salon celebrating the publication of The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman.
“The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman” hosted by his longtime companion, the painter Gray Foy, with Stephen Pascal, the editor of The Journals. Over 200 friends of Leo and Gray’s gathered in the Edwardian splendor of their apartment in the Osborne. 

Leo Lerman was a writer, critic, editor who worked at Conde Nast from the 1940s until his death in 1994.  He was a big man in stature in his community (of culture and the arts), and in physical presence. He was one of those New Yorkers who cultivated so many friends and acquaintances in the arts, society, and entertainment that he had great influence in those circles as a catalyst.

He lived for many years in a sprawling apartment at the Osborne with his partner Gray Foy. Together the men entertained and were entertained by the legions of socialites, celebrities and artists of the passing parade of the second half of the 20th century. All of this has now been earmarked if not totally captured in “The Grand Surprise; the Journals of Leo Lerman.”

Last week there was a book party/reception at the Lerman/Foy apartment and it brought out all kinds of friends and acquaintances – old and young --  who arrived to pay homage to the man and his times and the memory of it all.

Guests waited anxiously to be taken to the sixth floor by an elevator that moved at such a leisurely pace that one might have suspected it was set up that way to heighten anticipation of a giant red curtain about to rise on a tableau of New York social and publishing history.  As the elevator doors opened, guests filtered in moving toward Gray Foy who stood patiently by one of the living room mantels with a portrait of Leo behind him (Leo was premeditatedly captured with a grin of approval decades before). Stephen Pascal, wearing a gardenia, signed books and guided guests though the fantastic collections Gray and Leo accumulated during the more than 40 years together.
Many of the young writers who Leo assigned stories to now run their own magazines and guests at the party included Amy Gross (O), Grace Mirabella, Ruth Reichl (Gourmet), Paige Rense (Architectural Digest), Nancy Novogrod (Travel + Leisure), Joan Juliet Buck and Aileen Mehle as well more than a half dozen of the Newhouse family who were his patrons and friends.

They were revisiting the rooms that in parties past held guests such as Truman Capote, Cary Grant, Jacqueline Onassis, Marlene Dietrich and Maria Callas. Among the guests on this night were an amazing array of Foy and Lerman’s friends, followers and admirers including: Mary Lee Bandy, Peter Beard, Patricia Bosworth, James Brady, Holly Brubachl, Tina Brown, Joan Juliet Buck, Charles Busch, Grace, Mirabella, Ellen Adlerl, Bill Cunningham, Jim Dale, Stephen Drucker, Freddie Eberstadt, Robert Gottlieb, Amy Gross, Michael Gross, John Guare, Louise Hirschfeld, Jade Hobson-Charnin, Susan and Howard Kaminsky, Rocco Landesman, Jeffrey Lyons, Steve Martin, Sandra McElwaine, Aileen Mehle, Richard Meier, Duane Michaels, Grace Mirabella, Patricia Neal, Donald and Susan Newhouse, Ellen Newhouse, Steve Newhouse, Victoria Newhouse, Phyllis Newman, Nancy Novogrod, Robert Osbourne, Hannah Pakula, Elizabeth Peabody, Ruth Reichl, Paige Rense, Steve Ross, Alexandra Schlesinger, Marion Seldes, Mimi Sheraton, Rochelle Udell, Pilar Vilades and James Wolcott.
James Wolcott and Joel Kaye
Patricia Neal, Robert Osborne, and Steve Martin
Elizabeth Peabody
Marion Seldes and Donald Saddler
John Guare
Gary and Mary Bandy
Stephen Pascal and Nancy Novogrod
Charles Busch and Nancy Balbirer
Roger Schoening and Jade Hobson Charnin
Carl Swanson and Jared Hohlt
Steve Ross and S. Powers
Amy Gross
Gary and Naomi Graffman
Frederick Tuten and John Homans
Hannah Pakula
Alvin Colt
Gray Foy
Joan Juliet Buck and Steve Newhouse
Alexandra Schlesinger, Phyllis Newman, and Louise Hirschfeld
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Fred Goray, Duane Michaels, and Joel Kaye
Remi Saunder
Frederick Eberstadt and Rachel Crespin
Frederick Tuten and Steve Martin
William Rayner
Jade Hobson Charnin and Grace Mirabella
Nancy Novogrod
Susan and Donald Newhouse
Susan Kaminsky
Jack Venza and Louise Hirschfield
Joel Kay and Victor Elmaleh
Nancy Norman Lassalle and Frederick Eberstadt
Jim Dale and Charles Busch
Mimi Sheraton and Richard Falcone
Shelly Wanger

More pictures and more fun from the Costume Institute's annual Gala, this year celebrating the exhibition of the work of Paul Poiret.
Naomi Watts
Byrdie Bell
Amanda Peet
Cate Blanchett
Amy Fine Collins and Alexandra Kotur
Lauren Davis
Amber Valetta and Scarlett Johansson
Carroll Petrie
Jennifer Garner
Stella McCartney, Amber Valletta, and Scarlett Johansson
Bee Shaffer
Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Stam
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann
Molly Sims
Naomi Watts
Natasha Richardson
Olivia Chantecaille
Queen Rania of Jordan
Vera Wang
Camilla Belle
Parker Posey
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Cate Blanchett
Claire Danes
Cameron Diaz
Kirsten Dunst
Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Jacqueline Schnabel
Karolina Kurkova
Cameron Diaz, Rachel Zoe, and Marley Shelton
Daria Werbowy
Emily Mortimer
Giselle Bundchen
Isabeli Fontana
Jennifer Lopez
Julianne Moore
Ivanka Trump
Mary Kate Olsen
Tinsley Mortimer and Zani Gugelmann
Margherita Missoni
Naomi Campbell
Fabiola Beracasa
Ziyi Zhang
Molly Sims
Alicia Keys
Roberta Armani
Rose McGowan
Rachel Roy
Renee Zellweger
Sandra Bullock
Jennifer Hudson

Coolest Escort?
1. Mark Consuelos
2. Ed Burns
3. Donald Newhouse
4. Mick Jagger
5. Nick Cannon
6. Zac Posen
7. Jean Paul Gaultier
8. Francisco Costa
9. Peter Som
Last week the American Patrons of the Tate held an “Artists’ Dinner” for “America’s greatest living artists and most important collectors” in New York. This was a first in New York – a dinner for the Tate – and a very glamorous event. The objective of the dinner which celebrated the artists from the Americas whose work is in the Tate collection, was to highlight the museum’s commitment to being and remaining the most important collection of contemporary art from the Americas in a museum outside of the United States. Through the dinner, the Tate also hoped to raise more than $2 million for further acquisition of contemporary art from North and South America.

The guests all loved it from what I could gather, just from the fact that it was sold out, and with a guest list of high profile names, both artists and collectors.

Trudy Cejas, Julio Le Parc, Tiqui Atencio, and Paul Cejas
Among the artists included in the dinner were Chuck Close, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Vik Muniz, Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Hoko Onok Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Bill Viola and Kira Perov and Terry Winters.

Among the guests were Giorgio Armani, Mercedes and Sid Bass, Ron Burkle, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Larry Gagosian, Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, Veronica Hearst, Calvin Klein, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Ronald Lauder, Samantha and Aby Rosen, Dame Jillian Sackler, Carlos Slim, Kate and Andy Spade, Ambassador and Mrs. Robert Holmes Tuttle.

The Artists’ Dinner was co-chaired by Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Donald B. Marron, Jeanne Fisher and Carlos Slim. It was held at the Riverfronty Pavilion on 39th Street and the West Side Highway.
Ella Cisneros and Guido Albi Marini
Veronica Hearst
Steve Martin
Agnes Gund
Samantha Boardman, Aby Rosen, and Elizabeth Saltzman
Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg
John Currin and Rachel Feinstein
Robert Rauschenberg
Gabriel Orozco and Lynn de Rothschild
Mercedes Bass
Nick Serota and Frank Stella
Jeff Koons and Lynn de Rothschild
L. to r.: Amy Greenspun; Calvin and Kelly Klein; Chelsea Clinton.
Ed Rushca
Ray Learsey, Chuck Close, and Melva Bucksbaum
Kate and Andy Spade
Aby Rosen
Mariela Cisneros
Etheleen and Allen Staley
Frances Bowes and Anthony Grant

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan
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