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Friday Fête: Gucci Celebrates “The Artist Is Present,” SculptureCenter and Sotheby’s Host Annual Auctions, and More

For this week’s Friday Fête, Whitewall takes you through some of this week’s events, including celebrations with Storm King Art Center, Sotheby’s, Gucci, and more.

On Tuesday, we celebrated Anna Sheffield’s new art installation in partnership with LES Art Week at 47 Orchard Street. Aiming to showcase an artistic, unique female vision, and to celebrate the brand’s fifth anniversary downtown, the designer is displaying works by Swiss artist Chrissy Angliker, on view through October 21.

Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Uptown that night at Sotheby’s, the institution hosted its annual Take Home a Nude auction and party. Benefiting the New York Academy of Art, the event celebrated 11 muses to artists who have made great works from their relationship, including Jerry Hall, Helena Christensen, Brooke Shields, David Croland, Racquel Chevremont, Rose Deregan, Zoya Loeb, and Anh Duong. The night welcomed guests like Eileen Guggenheim, Live Schreiber, Brooke Shields, Alexander Gilkes, Racquel Chevremont, Mickalene Thomas, and Will Cotton, raising over $900,000 in silent and live auctions, featuring works by artists like Judy Chicago, Eric Fischl, Herb Ritts, and more.

That night, Storm King Art Center also hosted its annual gala and afterparty at the Rainbow Room to honor trustee and former board chair James Ottaway Jr. and artist Sarah Sze. Cocktails kicked off the night, which led to dinner and an afterparty full of dancing and music—all while a silent auction was on view, including works by artists like Joel Shapiro, Johnny Swing, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Storm King Jim Taylor, Rachel Feinstein, Yvonne Force Villareal.
Courtesy of Storm King Art Center.

On Wednesday in Shanghai, Gucci opened “The Artist is Present”—an exhibition at the Yuz Museum—with a festive event. The show features more than 30 artists, both foreign and Chinese, that question art principles today, like originality, intention, and expression. As the night progressed, the cocktail party culminated with two liver performances by Molly Lewis and Drew Erickson, and Da Bang.

On Wednesday, SculptureCenter held its annual gala in Long Island City at Sound River Studios, showing a new commissioned piece entitled Projection Project by artist Tom Burr and a collaboration between Burr and Cosima von Bonin. Bringing together collectors, artists, and an array of art patrons like Sam Anderson, Hope Atherton, Sanford Biggers, and Carol Bove, the event began with a cocktail hour followed by a dinner.

Gucci Courtesy of Gucci.

And last night, Creative Time held a gala and Mexican disco party to honor artist Pedro Reyes and new Executive Director, Justine Ludwig. There, Reyes presented 18 large-scale works on paper, featuring portraits of figures like poets and philosophers. Five of the works sold, with processed directly benefiting Creative Time. The night also welcomed a new award for the organization—the Athena Art Finance Social Impact Award—that celebrates individuals who aim to make the world a better place through art.

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