|Last Tuesday night Mark Gilbertson hosted his annual cocktail party at a private club here in New York. Mark has a big list that he's developed over the years here in New York. Among the hundreds attending, many know each other through that connection. So it's an oldtime New York cocktail party where everyone is happy to be there just to see and chat with old friends, new friends, and enjoy the drinks and pigs in a blanket, mini-crabcakes, fried shrimp, etc.
It's a big crowd for a cocktail party, the kind that keeps you there, wondering whom you haven't seen or talked to; the kind where the guests stay and stay. I think it was 6:30 to 8:30 but I wasn't there at that last hour so maybe they were still there after nine. A keeper.
|Last Wednesday a week the World Monuments Fund (WMF) hosted their 27th annual Hadrian Gala at the Pierre, and honored artist Ellsworth Kelly and interior designer and philanthropist Mica Ertegun.
The Hadrian Award has been presented annually by the WMF since 1988. It honors international leaders whose patronage has greatly enriched the appreciation and conservation of art and architecture around the world. The award was inspired by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 76–138), a great patron of the arts, who demonstrated a concern for the survival of outstanding artistic treasures.
|In a world that seems to be moving faster and faster, where the past is quickly lost from memory, it is easy to lose sight of heritage which speaks to us of the civilization whence we came. The World Monuments Fund, since 1965 has been "racing against time in more than 90 countries, applying proven techniques to preserving important architectural and cultural heritage sites. They achieve this through partnerships in local communities, with funders, and with governments.
The evening featured tributes to the honorees by Agnes Gund (for Ellsworth Kelly) and Father Alexander Karloutsos (for Mica Ertegun).
|Ellsworth Kelly has made significant contributions to cultural heritage by donating works to the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies and by supporting World Monuments Fund's projects and training programs, including at Mughal gardens in Agra, India; the Church of St. Trophime in Arles, France; and Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in New Lebanon, New York.
Mica Ertegun has a worldwide reputation in her interior design business. What is less known except to those close to her is that she has led heritage preservation efforts in her Romanian homeland and throughout Eastern Europe. She is the tireless champion of the work of sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, whose Endless Column ensemble in Târgu Jiu, Romania, was restored by World Monuments Fund.
Since the death of her husband, the great music tycoon Ahmet Ertegun, she had made large and significant contributions to education and to cultural organizations.
|On Thursday, October 16, 2014, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) hosted the 26th Annual Preview Party for The International Fine Art and Antiques Show. Held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, the show features many of the world’s most prominent art and antique dealers from the U.S. and Europe. The Society has had the pleasure of being the beneficiary of the Preview Party since Anna and Brian Haughton established the fair in 1989. This celebratory evening was co-chaired by Catherine Carey, Melanie Holland, and Karen Klopp, and the evening was generously sponsored by ELLE DECOR, MaxMara, Hartmann and Warburg Realty.
|Joining the high profile crowd in support of The Society was the evening’s prestigious Design Committee Chair, Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR, and International Chairman Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, architect and interior designer of Taylor Hannah in Toronto. More than 1,000 high profile guests attended The Society’s Preview Party and mingled amongst the International Show’s sixty-five exhibitors for a private preview of extraordinary art and antiques ranging from furniture and rare books to jewelry and glass. The party raised nearly $600,000, with proceeds going toward The Society’s important patient care, research and education programs at MSK.
|Guests included: Tory Burch, Michael Boodro, Linda Fargo, Caryn Zucker, Jacqueline Schnabel, Cynthia Frank, Fiona Druckenmiller, Veronica Beard, Lauren DuPont, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Tom Scheerer, Christopher Spitzmiller, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Nina Griscom, Alex Papachristidis, Mario Buatta, Madeline Weinrib, Ernest de la Torre, Jamie Niven, Clelia Peters, Frederick Warburg Peters, Jim Bunn, Catherine Carey, Melanie Holland, Karen Klopp, Martha and John Glass, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Susan Zises Green, Eleanora Kennedy, Jennifer Creel, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Grace and Chris Meigher, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Geoffrey Bradfield, Muffie Potter Aston, Elizabeth Peabody, Barbara and Donald Tober, Bunny Williams, and many more.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|