|This past Wednesday night, collectors, interior designers and art-insiders descended upon the long-anticipated Metro Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion to take a sneak peak at the new incarnation of what was once called the American Antiques Show. A jewel-box of a fair with 35 specialists in Americana and folk art, Outsider Art, Art, mid-20th century furniture, tribal and oceanic art, textiles, paintings, sculpture Asian Art, American flags, 17th-19th century American furniture and decorative art brought out their finest material.
The place was packed with well-wishers who were abuzz about how sensational the show looks with its new global outlook towards art collecting. According to those in the know, the new mantra is no more boundaries as collectors and designers mix and match styles and disciplines. Period rooms are passé!
|Taking in the scene were the Collector Circle co-chairs Mario Buatta, Jamie Drake, Ellie Cullman, Thomas Jayne, Miles Redd, Bunny Williams, Ron Wagner and Timothy Van Dam. Wagner and Van Dam created a whimsical room-setting at the entrance of the show, which included a steam punk piano, an arresting music-making sculpture in Steampunk style, a design movement originating in the 1980s that blends Victorian-style embellishment with sci-fi newness. For the sculpture—which is the size of a baby grand piano and has a playable, digital-era keyboard—artist Sam Ostroff forged, twisted, hammered and welded more than 600 pounds of steel plate, bar and pipe.
Spotted in the packed crowd were: Audrey Gruss,Victoria Wyman, Jerry Lauren, Michel Witmer, Jean Shafiroff, Ilene Wetson, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin, Ron Bricke and Michael Hil, Bennett Weinstock, Jamie Drake John Rosselli, Caroline Kerrigna Lerch, Mark Lyman, Michael Franks, Carolyn Sollis, Penny Drue Baird, Wendy Moonan, Sharon King Hoge, Stephen and Wendy Lash, Marilyn White, Anne Meszko, Kate Shanley, Eric Bryant, Brook Mason, Brian Stewart, David Duncan and many more. www.metroshownyc.com.
|Eva Maria Worthington|
|Kerry Schuss, Maxwell Projects|
|Marybeth Welch, Marcy Burns American Indian Art|
|Paul Baker, The Whistle Pig|
|Pianist Richard Bennett, Bruce Rosenbaum, and Sam Ostroff creator|
|Jerry Lauren, Sy Rapaport, and Eleanore and Steven Score|
|Mark Limeman, Tim Hill, Amy Finkel, and Allan Katz|
|Richard Lebert, Dennis Milstein, Sharon Lipton, and Jeffrey Lipton|
|Bunny Williams and John Rosselli|
|Stephen Lash, William Cullum, Thomas Jayne, and Wendy Lash|
|Audrey Gruss and Victoria Wyman|
|Lynn Hancock, Allison David, Ellie Cullman, Lizzy Dexter, and Jenny Fischbach|
|Isabell Spahr, Yana Wirth, and Andrea Suomo|
|Jonathan Parisen, Maryanne Amato, and Tim Button|
|Alice Hoffman, James Adams, and Rubens Teles|
|Marc Whitehead with Patty and Sam McCullough|
|Jean Shafiroff, Bunny Williams, and Carolyn Sollis|
|Sy Rapaport, Sharon King Hoge, and Jerry Lauren|
|Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, and Brian Stewart|
|Ron Wagner and Timothy Van Dam|
|Catherine Cahill and Bill Bernhard|
|Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield|
|Wendy Moonan and Sharon King Hoge|
|Kitty and Randal Robinson|
|Mimi Fery and Ilene Wetson|
|Michael Hill and Ronald Bricke|
|Kate Shanley and Eric Bryant|
|Michael Franks and Mark Lyman|
|Tim Hill, and Kendra and Allan Daniel|
|Also on Wednesday night, The Olana Partnership held its 2012 Frederic E. Church Award Gala at the New York Public Library in the Celeste Bartos Forum. Olana honored Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Morrison H. Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Frederic E. Church Award (FEC) is a celebration of art, landscape and culture. Lucy W. Waletzky, MD and Lulu C. Wang served as the event’s co-chairs.
With 265 guests in attendance, the Gala raised more than $670,000 for The Olana Partnership. C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s conducted a live auction which included a painting by famed Hudson River School-inspired artist Stephen Hannock perfectly framed by Eli Wilner and Co, and a day in the country with Martha Stewart. The evening was catered by Daniel Boulud.
|The Olana Partnership honored Martha for her commitment to American culture, decorative arts and landscape design. Frederic E. Church was a visionary of his time in the fields of art, architecture, landscape and design. Ms. Stewart has consistently turned her passion for history, architecture, landscape, design, furniture, and art into major public accomplishments. Frederic Church’s greatest work of art is Olana, his home and designed landscape. Ms. Stewart has helped Americans see how they can make their homes and gardens a work of art.|
|On Tuesday night at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Syracuse University announced the launch of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, a new M.A. program named for the great literary agent and College of Arts and Sciences alumni, Mort Janklow.
The program will provide students with core competencies in leadership and administration, marketing and public relations, law and public policy, and financial management specifically targeted at arts institutions.
|The program was unveiled with an announcement and panel discussion at Lincoln Center featuring Barbara Walters as moderator. Panelists included Glenn Lowry, director of MoMA, Kate Levin, Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Andre Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Arts and Sciences Dean George Langford, Mark Nerenhausen, the program's founding director, and Mr. Janklow himself.|
|Wednesday night at BAM Harvey Theater on 651 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, they held a Richard III benefit celebrating the opening of the Shakespeare classic starring Artistic Director of the Old Vic, Kevin Spacey in the third and final session of the Bridge Project -- a three-year series of co-productions by BAM, the Old Vic and Neal Street.
|The evening began with cocktails and a banquet dinner at the BAM Lepercq Space at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Following the performance at the Harvey Theater, the cast and guests including Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose, Hugh Jackman, Mamie Gummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Bobby Cannavale, Agnes Gund and Pat Schoenfeld, joined gala chair Amy Schulman, Rena Desisto, and hosts Alan Fishman (BAM Chairman), Karen Brooks Hopkins (BAM President) and Joseph Melillo (BAM Executive producer).|
|"Opulent Vision," a group exhibition of fordPROJECTat 57 West 57th Street, opened on Tuesday night. This exhibition brings together a group of artists who have been part of fordPROJECT's first year. The collection of works highlight many parallels of the contemporary cultural landscape. It fills the gallery's penthouse space with vivid colors, rich wallpaper, paintings of inspired interiors, and a site-specific installation. The exhibition runs through February 17th.|