Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekend relief

Looking south from high above 30th Street between Fifth and Broadway. 10:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Monday, July 11, 2016. The weather is the good news.

In a world in need. Cooler weekend relief from the heat in New York with some sunshine, some cooler breezes, mid-60s with some steady rain at night; and a bright sunny sometimes cloudy Sunday with temperatures hovering around 80 with little humidity and a pleasant evening.

Out east in the Hamptons, the 5th edition of the Art Southampton Fair drew throngs of art aficionados and international collectors at their tents on the grounds of Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton. Art Miami Fairs Partner and Art Southampton Fair Director Nick Korniloff welcomed more than 4000 Artists, International Collectors and Celebrities to the VIP Preview Party last Thursday which benefitted the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital. The fair exhibited contemporary artworks by more than 70 prominent international galleries.
Among those attending were prominent collectors and notables such as Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ruth Baum, Tony Award winning Broadway producer Stewart Lane, Bobby Flay, Kevin and Linda O'Leary, Audrey Gruss, Elayne Mordes, award-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Kevin Berlin, Randi Shatz, Christie's International Real Estate President Dan Conn, Gary and Katherine Andreassen, Cindy Farkas, New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, Leesa Rowland, Morphew Concept's Bridgette Morphew and Jason Lyon, Sheila Rosenblum and Melody Mayer. Academy Award winner Adrien Brody's second series entitled Hooked featuring colorful and vibrant fish paintings was a huge hit. 
The New York Academy of Art exhibition, Call of the Wild, co-curated by Brooke Shields and Academy President David Kratz, featured stunning paintings and sculptures by academy alumni focusing on the natural world and the animal kingdom  Shark Tank host Kevin O'Leary introduced his contemporary photography exhibition Irreconcilable Images, which was presented by Gallery Valentine and benefitted the Perry J. Cohen Foundation ( and aspiring Teenage Entrepreneurs.

If you’re out there, today is the last day of the Art Southampton Fair.
Brooke Shields, Nick Korniloff, and Kevin O'Leary.
Yigal Ozeri.
Christopher French, Terri Sultan, Jonah Bokaer, and Aviv Bokaer.
Jules Feiffer, Donna Rosenthal, Ted McGwin, Claudia DeMonte, Bonnie Star, and Jean Albano.
Cole Rumbough and Tina Landi. Audrey Gruss.
Hal Buckner, Nick Korniloff, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Christopher French.
Alexis Gregory and Victoria Wyman. Kim Heirston-Evans and Caroline Jenkins.
Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl.
Michel Cox Whitmer and Randi Schatz. Connie Lippert, Wendy Diamond, and Jacqueline Murphy.
Emilie Pellenz and Gary Lawrence.
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley. Brooke Shields, David Kratz, and Kevin O'Leary.
Steve Bernstein.
Hal Buckner and Dorothy Lichtenstein. Katherine and Gary Andreassen.
Emeritus Stephen, Rick Moser, Guest, Joe Laguori, Dan Conn, and Carmen Di'Angelo.
Jennifer Tansey, Mike Tansey, and Kevin O'Leary.
Jason Lyon and Bridgette Morphew.
Susan Shin.
Kevin Berlin.
Mamont Vodka station.
Age and the New Age Old. I had dinner at Sette Mezzo on Thursday night with Boaz Mazor and Sir John Richardson. John is 93 and just signed another five year contract with Larry Gagosian to continue producing his now-famous Picasso exhibitions ... the next coming up at Gagosian in London next Spring.

John is also writing the fourth volume of his Picasso biography. He has macular degeneration so his sight is seriously, and most specifically inconveniently, impaired for a prolific writer who also is a massive reader. He explained to me how he can (hand)write his copy with a large very black pen which his editorial assistant types up and reads to him and they slowly sharpen it.  And then he can re-read in the largest font available in order to edit and tighten it up.
Boaz Mazor and John Richardson in the '80s. Photo: Bob Colacello.
John’s passport in life was, and remains, great curiosity with comparable charm and a matching brilliant intellect. He told me that his father who was born in 1854, served in the Boer War under Lord Kitchener. After Kitchener’s death and Richardson’s retirement from the Army, he started the first Army Navy store — first in London, and then in India and several other British outposts. John’s father, Sir Wodehouse Richardson, was knighted in 1904 by King Edward VII, (great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth), presided over the investiture.

John first started working on his Picasso biography when he was 72.  I asked him what it was like at his age to be living such a work schedule – not to mention a frequent social schedule. He told me the only noticeable difference is that he often has to rest at some point in the day now (while working on the book). But only for an hour. Then at night he goes out and is GREAT conversation at dinner.
Boaz and John out on the town.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened its 2016 Tanglewood season this past Friday, July 8, with a program of music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev, led by conductor Jacques Lacombe.

The opening night program featured American violinist and Tanglewood favorite Joshua Bell as soloist in Saint-Saëns's Violin Concerto No. 3. Mr. Lacombe opened the program with Ravel's colorfully Spanish-flavored Alborada del gracioso, and closed it with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, a work composed in just one month in 1944 and given its American premiere in 1945 by Serge Koussevitzky and the BSO.
This special evening began with a festive pre-concert cocktail reception and gala dinner. Guests then moved from the dinner to the gala concert.

This year's event raised $475,000 and was attended by 410 guests. Co-chairs were Gregory E. Bulger and Richard J. Dix, Lina S. Plantilla, M.D., and Eduardo R. Plantilla, M.D. of Brooklyn.

A number of BSO trustees and overseers were in attendance at the pre-concert reception and Provencal-style dinner, including major philanthropists such as Katie and Paul Buttenwieser (Paul is the President of the Board of Trustees), Jill Hornor and Yo-Yo Ma, Parthenon founder Bill Achtmeyer and Alli Achtmeyer, and Joyce Linde. 

The post-concert reception was attended by the Opening Night concert's conductor Jacques Lacombe and soloist Joshua Bell, who has been performing at Tanglewood yearly since 1989.
Jerry and Joanne Dreher.
BSO Overseer Larry Horn and Jackie Horn.
BSO Violinist Wendy Putnam with husband Mark Tracy.
Katharina and William Perlow.
Bruce Auerbach and Overseer Robin Richman. Carole and Dan Burack.
Lis Tarlow and BSO Trustee Steve Kay.
Lynn and Ken Stark.
Alli Achtmeyer, Chairman of the BSO Board of Trustees Bill Achtmeyer, and Joyce Linde. BSO Trustee Joyce Linde and Tom Patti.
Nathan Hayward, BSO Overseer.
Overseer Emerita Scott Singleton and Robert Singleton.
Overseer Sanford Fisher and Isanne Fisher. Sara Perles and Chase Womack.
Cathry Cluver and Tom Ashbrook.
Paul Gilbert and Patricia Romeo-Gilbert.
Opening Night conductor Jacques Lacombe with star violinist Joshua Bell.
At last there is joy in the Hudson Valley, says Mary Hilliard. Stanfordville, New York, sometimes thought of as the ugly stepsister of tony Millbrook, has at last found her prince, in the form of Mark Burdick, whose family has been in the area for eight generations. His mother, Dot, is at 92, deservedly the town historian. After five years running a roadside stand selling produce from his farm, Big Rock, Mark has expanded into a meticulously renovated early 19th century house on route 82 in the village.

The creamy yellow house overlooks a newly fenced-in yard where children can safely romp among the hay bales while their parents browse over the delectable within. In addition to produce from his own farm, Mark has gathered other locals to supply meat, dairy products, flowers, fruit, vegetables and breads, primarily seasonal and local.
It's easy to shop for all your weekend meals. A tempting display of sweet local strawberries, local cream and homemade scones made Friday night's dessert a snap: strawberry shortcake. In a comfortable room next to the main sales room there are wooden tables, newspapers to borrow and various coffee choices. Add a delectable cider donut and there you have the perfect combination to while away a pleasant hour or two.

Rumor has it Mark will soon be adding a menu of sandwiches and light meals to east there or takeout. A word of warning: beware of Jenneka ... with her bright eyes, lilting voice and beaming smile. She can easily convince you to buy everything in the market, although you may have already decided that for yourself.
In the good news department ... The other night at Sette Mezzo, I caught this shot of Hilary Heard and George Gurley celebrating their fourth anniversary. Congratulations George and Hilary!!

Photographs by Annie Watt & Steve Eichner (ART SH); Michael Blanchard (Tanglewood)

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