August 16, 2011
Being Honored at the Summer Gala at Guild Hall in East Hampton
Last Friday was a very special evening for me because I was honored at the Summer Gala at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, with my friend, Alec Baldwin as the master of ceremonies. Guild Hall is an incredible arts center and a real gift to the Hamptons community. It does so much to enhance cultural life in the Hamptons through amazing exhibitions, and through its theater, museum, and numerous events and offerings, including the fabulous “Garden as Art” program. This gala was also a preview exhibition to celebrate the famed Richard Prince, who is acknowledged as one of the most important and influential artists of our time. His new show at Guild Hall is called “Covering Pollock.”
Prince is an appropriation artist who uses found imagery and combines it with his own original compositions. This latest series is based upon photographs of the artist, Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner, at their East Hampton home, before Pollock’s untimely death in 1956. Prince’s multi-media format is quite fascinating. Following the preview, there was a lovely dinner and a live auction of some important works by William Wegman, Clifford Ross, Andres Serrano, Barbara Kruger, Bryan Hunt, and Eric Fischl. Simon de Pury, Chairman of the auction house, Phillips de Pury & Company, was the lively auctioneer for the evening and including the auction, Guild Hall brought in about $500,000 net. Thank you Guild Hall, once again, for such a wonderful award!
1 Arriving at Guild Hall - Guild Hall Executive Director - Ruth Appelhof, longtime Guild Hall supporter - Alec Baldwin, and me
2 The name of the exhibit is Richard Prince Covering Pollock
3 The event was well-photographed.
4 Valets standing by
5 Very colorful guests
6 It's always great catching up with Alec.
7 Posing with Bob Shaye
8 With Eileen Casey - arts editor of Hamptons.com
9 With my friend, Michael Lynn - movie producer and chair of the museum committee
10 Jeff Tarr, Michael Lynn, me, and Patsy Tarr
11 With Larry Gagosian of Gagosian Gallery, the sponsor of the evening
12 Talking to Leila Strauss
13 Here I am with Helen Lee Schifter
14 with Ron Delsener, the veteran rock promoter
15 The gallery space
16 Standing in front an untitled work by Richard Prince - Collage and acrylic on mounted photograph
17 Richard Evans and Kim Harriston admiring the art
18 Richard Prince works in a multi-media format with extensive usage of appropriated images. As an appropriation artist, he takes found imagery and puts it into his own original compositions.
19 In this collection, Prince uses stark photographs of Jackson Pollack and his wife Lee Krasner at their East Hampton home as the basis on which to build.
20 The pieces are presented mostly in black and white, with very little color added. Prince used photos of model Kate Moss for this piece.
21 This monotone quality of the work feels very somber.
22 Another work
23 And another
24 This work combines photos of deceased punk legend Sid Vicious on top of photos of Pollock.
25 With Robert Nederlander and Patricia Cook
26 Richard Prince books - Martha Stewart books
27 Following the cocktails and exhibition preview, the celebration was moved down the street to the historic East Hampton Gardiner Estate.
28 The Gardiner estate was built in the late 1930's for one of East Hamptons most prominent residents, Robert Lion Gardiner.
29 Photographer Bill Cunningham was on the scene.
30 Fancy toes - fancy shoes
31 James Anderson, Marshal Landon, Steven Gambrel, me, Ken Wolfe, Caleb James, and Bill Cunningham
32 Bill Cunningham was fascinated with my bronze metallic knit sweater.
33 A nice shot of me and Bill
35 Simon de Pury and Michaela de Pury - Simon de Pury - Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company was the auctioneer for the evening. He is one of the art world's leading figures and auctioneers.
36 Auctioning off an Eric Fischl - Watercolor on paper - estimated retail value: $100,000