Friday, July 26, 2013

Invitation-only previews

Pamela Cohen, Nick Korniloff, Henri Barguirdjian, Steve Bernstein, Bob Chaloner, Mayor Mark Epley, Brenda Simons, and Richard Yasztremski at last night's preview reception of Art Southampton.
Last night's massive downpours and one of the worst East End traffic tie-ups in recent memory proved no match for the most eagerly anticipated event of the season, the second edition of Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami.

The invitation-only preview reception of the premier contemporary and modern art fair in the Hamptons, benefitting Southampton Hospital, drew thousands of international collectors and art enthusiasts to the massive 100,000-square-foot pavilion Thursday evening.

Dietrich Klinge sculpture on the grounds of f Art Southampton
Upon arriving, guests passed through the sculpture garden designed by LaGuardia Design, featuring works by Albert Paley, Alexandra Arrechea, Dietrich Plain, Robert Lobe, Hal Buckner and more.

Guests enjoyed Perrier-Jouet champagne and hors d’oeuvres by the Southampton Social Club while admiring the stunning display of precious jewels exhibited by sponsor Graff Diamonds. Equally impressive was the intimate outdoor cocktail lounge in which Maserati North America showcased their latest high-caliber automobiles, the Ghibli sports sedan and the all-new full-sized Quattroporte.

Lucky attendees got the first look – and first dibs – on extraordinary artworks from over 90 of the world’s most prestigious galleries. Early reports indicated that sales were more than brisk, and there was serious interest in even one of the priciest works for sale, Roy Lichtenstein’s $19 million Woman with Peanuts.

The New York Academy of Art partnered exclusively with Art Southampton on a special exhibition of works by renowned academy artists, curated by America’s foremost narrative painter and academy senior critic, Eric Fischl, to benefit The Academy’s scholarship fund.

Also of great interest was a showcase of artwork by Ross School students, sales of which will benefit the Chamberlain-Fairweather scholarship fund, and a special reception at the Westwood Gallery booth to honor philanthropist and collector Henry Buhl, founder of ACE (Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless). Highlights of the evening also included painter and performance artist Kevin Berlin staging an eye-catching Alien Invasion, JonOne beginning work on an 8-by-12-foot wall mural, and iconic photographer Jerry Schatzberg revisiting his famous black-and-white photos of The Rolling Stones in drag and Bob Dylan as well as autographing copies of his two books, “Fashion 1950s” and “Paris 1962”.
From the outset, it was abundantly clear to both dealers and attendees that the level of quality of international contemporary art that Art Southampton offers – and in an extraordinarily elegant setting that allows each gallery’s work its own spotlight – was the major draw as word of mouth spread quickly among the Hamptons cognoscenti. Local media was quick to add their praise for the amazing assemblage of works.

Art Southampton will continue through Monday, July 29, with a host of special events, including a special Andy Warhol exhibition and discussion led by his longtime friend Bob Colacello, a young contemporaries afternoon that includes a visit to the private collection of Theodore and Ruth Baum, a VIP interior design brunch, a book signing by famed fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco, and a cocktail reception hosted by New York Academy of Art President David Kratz and Eric Fischl.
Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen with the Tansey family
Kevin Berlin and his aliens
Models with Graff Jewelry and Perrier Jouet
Ann Thomas
Nancy Stone and Patty Kaus
Katherine and Gary Andreassen
Michel Witmer
Henry Buhl, Pamela Cohen, and Nick Korniloff
Guy and Dorothy Wiggins
Jean Shafiroff and Ike Ude
Joe Pintauro
Amy and George Kane
Nathan Joseph, Orlan, Rafael Cuir, and Stanley Cohen
Brett McMicking, Ann Van Ness, and Michael Hall
Cricket Burns
Sue Madonia and Henry Koehler
Michael Shaheen and Maryann Horwath
Ron Burkhardt
Judy and Rod Gilbert
On the evening of July 20th, under the glow of a midsummer’s full moon, East Hampton’s museum, garden, and arts education not-for-profit LongHouse Reserve hosted its annual summer benefit gala, WHITE NIGHT. As anticipated, this year’s event, which was held in honor of internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, as well as architectural legend Richard Meier and famed patron of the arts, the late Lisa de Kooning, did not fail to entertain. Legendary textile designer and LongHouse Reserve founder Jack Lenor Larsen joined the Reserve’s illustrious Board of Trustees in welcoming artists, patrons, and art-enthusiasts alike to this glamorous garden affair that raised $420,000 for the organization.

WHITE NIGHT was organized by LongHouse Reserve President Dianne Benson, Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Benefit Architect Committee members Preston Phillips and Lee and Jo Ann Skolnick, Board of Trustees including honorary chairs Martha Stewart, Edward Albee, Jeanne and Herbert Siegel, and Louis and Sandy Grotta.
At Saturday evening’s soiree, as guests enjoyed the seductive musical samplings of renowned saxophonist and founding Philip Glass Ensemble member, Dickie Landry, along with those of celebrated Iranian singer/composer, Sussan Deyhim, an impressive showing of artistic elite came to pay tribute to the evening’s distinguished honorees and LongHouse Reserve’s laudable work towards the advancement of art and arts education. Among them were Honoree Richard Meier and his wife Ana Meier, modernist painter Frant Stella, playwright Edward Albee, American artist Alice Aycock, whose latest sculpture was unveiled that night, sculpture artist Jack Youngerman, and avant-garde director and artist Robert Wilson.

Along with the evening’s many artistic treats and temptations, LongHouse Reserve paired a decadent dinner with two exciting auctions: an art-filled silent auction along with a live auction conducted by CK Swett of Paddle 8. Though still unable to leave his country due to the his contentious run-ins with the Chinese Communist Party, honoree Ai Weiwei also greeted gala goers via special video appearance. The critically-acclaimed Elisa Monte and her dance company were also on hand, giving thrilling pop-up performances during an elegant cocktail hour in the gardens.
Gala goers also included president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Dorothy Lichenstein, famed lensmen Bill Cunningham, and Patrick McMullan, the late Lisa de Kooning’s daughters Isabelle, Emma and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve, author and socialite Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alice Weil Judelson, Fabiola Beracasa and Jason Beckman, Faith Popcorn, Patricia and Geoffrey Schneider, Michael Halsband, the Pucci family including Ralph and Ann, Nicole, Maria and Michael, fashion stylist Yuta Powell, R. Couri Hay, Cynthia Fitzgerald, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Toni Ross and Sara Salaway, Thomas Shulte, Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ralph Gibson, Peter Olsen, Lys Marigold, Skye Marigold, Martin Liu and Abby MacFaeen.

With guests adorned in their most imaginative, iridescent versions and visions of WHITE, the night was a celebration of not only high art and arts patronage but, true to LongHouse’s longstanding mission, of art in all of its living forms.
Geoffrey Schneider and Patricia Schneide
Lys Marigold, Skye Marigold, and Faith Popcorn
Stephen and Sandy Perlbinder
Richard and Ana Meier
Fabiola Beracasa, Stacy Engman, and Ekaterina Boki
Sussan Deyhim
Emma de Kooning Villeneuve, Isabel de Kooning Villeneuve, and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve
Alice Aycock, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Dianne B
Elisa Monte, Elena Prohaska, and Sherry Dobbin
Simone Hossack, Tina Maria Birch, and Yuta Powell
Alice Weil Judelson, Kelly Bensimon, Eric Firestone, and Angie Firestone
Matko Tomicic, Ron Kaplan, and Lee Schulnic
Jack Lenor Larsen and Robert Wilson
Ralph Gibson and Mary Jane Marcasiano
Melissa Meyer, and Nicole, Maria, Ralph, Anne, and Michael Pucci
The James Beard Foundation honored award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher Andrew Zimmer at Chefs & Champagne, The Foundation’s annual fundraiser which took place in the Hamptons at the beautiful Wolffer Estate Vineyard. The sumptuous tasting party featured flowing Champagne, the wines of Wolffer Vineyards, and Culinary offerings from a select group of more than 35 renowned chefs, many from the JBF Award-winning restaurants. Among the Chefs were Food Networks Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto and Alex Guarnaschelli.

“I never thought my ‘bizarre’ culinary journey would include a stop in the Hamptons, where I will join the ranks of such prestigious past Chefs  & Champagne honorees including Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse,” said Andrew Zimmer. “I am humbled by this recognition.
Dan Gasby, Susan Ungaro, Andrew Zimmer, B. Smith, and Ted Allen taking selfie pictures
Andrew Zimmer and Susan Ungaro
Andrew truly is one of the most innovative and multi-talented individuals in the food world today,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “We are thrilled to honor him for all of the work he has done to enlighten eaters around the world, broadening our culinary spectrum and assisting us in making more informed choices for the future.”

Chefs & Champagne® New York is considered the East End’s premiere culinary event. Funds raised at the event help support the James Beard Foundation’s wide variety of initiatives, including culinary student scholarships and the organization's annual food conference on sustainability, public health, and nutrition. A silent auction consisting of fine dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages also raised funds.  
Under the tent ...
Chefs at work
Chef Alex Stupak serving sweet corn with lobster and epazote mayonnaise
Chef Georges Mendes, Aldea Restaurant presents his grilled quail with coriander and black olives
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Iron Chef Morimoto signature Ale
Chef Patrick Feury, Nectar Restaurant, Berwyn, PA
Chef Stefan Karlsson from Fond Restaurant with his Swedish creations
JBF Award winner
Pastry Chef, Coleen Grapes with assistants from the Harrison Restaurant
Pastry Chef Abby Swain, Craft Restaurant
Cornmeal Cake with Strawberries from Craft Restaurant
Tasting and champagne sipping
Chef Cariline Perego
Mango mouse by Chef Caroline Perego
Chef Todd Mitgang, Crave Fishbar, NYC
Chef Timothy Fischer, Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort, NJ
Chef Andrew Weiner of Almond Restaurant
Dan Gasby and B. Smith
Chef Caroline Perego with her assistant chefs from Citarella and Fulton restaurants
Chef Ron Paprocki, Gotham Bar and Grill
Jenna and Melissa Principi of Wolffer Vineyards
Pastry Chef Zac Young, David Burke Restaurant
Chef Maricel Presilla, Zafra Restaurant, Hoboken, NJ
Luke Li and Jasmine Chen
Chef Billy Oliva from Delmonico's
Chef Todd Jacobs, Fresh Restaurant, Bridgehampton, NY
The littlest foodie
The 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Approximately 450 guests attended in kicking off the 2013 Showhouse which runs until Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013 in Bridgehampton, New York.  Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY. 

Traditional Home magazine is the 2013 Presenting Sponsor and LX.TV Open House is the 2013 Television Sponsor. Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman.  Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen. Designer Sales will be featured on LiveAuctioneers.com. 
The 2013 Designers
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its thirteenth year, is a showcase for America’s premier design talent. 30 interior designers and decorative artists have turned a lavish shingle style home into a decorating masterpiece. This year’s Showhouse located at a traditional shingle style Hampton home located at 990 Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton, NY has been generously provided by the exclusive firm of Bodenchak Design and Build.

“What could be more inspiring than the Hamptons at the height of the summer season?” says Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home magazine. “We’re delighted to once again serve as the national media sponsor of The Hampton Designer Showhouse. This incredible project is not only a premier showcase for innovative design ideas from some of the top talent in the industry—but more importantly—raises critical funds to support Southampton Hospital.”
Sherrill Canet, Brian del Toro, Keith Baltimore, Kim Hendrickson-Radovich, Rosemarie diSalvo, and Annemarie diSalvo
The Hampton Designer Showhouse is open to the public Sunday, July 21 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013. Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes the Showhouse Journal. 
Thom Filicia
Dan Weiss, Skye Kirby Westcott, and John Weiss
Tony Manning and Jenny Bradley
Hayley Sarno and Patrick Mele
Matthew Yee, Vicente Wolf, David Storper, Tina Storper, Dawn Bodenchak, and Frank Bodenchak
Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler
Ann Maine and Brian Brady
Earl Crittenden, Judy Hadlock, Jack Hadlock, and Alan Sheppard
Celerie Kemble and Mario Buatta
Diane and Mark Guariglia
Bob and Beth Brenner
Suzanne and Peter Cook
Brian Brady, Barbara Page, and Mario Buatta
Albert Sardelli, Jana Phipps, and Steven Stolman
Robert Chaloner, Kim Baker, and Tony Manning

Photographs by Annie Watt (Art Southampton); Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan (Longhouse); Patrick McMullan (Hampton Designer Showhouse); Lisa Tamburini (Chefs & Champagne).