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Jessica Hart steals the spotlight

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Party throwers talk about how crashers (such as recently jailed Priyantha De Silva) try to weasel their way into Manhattan's most exclusive parties—and what can happen when they get caught

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by Beth Landman 64 THE MYSTERIOUS DASHA ZHUKOVA

The Russian art maven has made her way up the culture ladder but somehow manages to keep a low profile by Anna Preston Gelderd

COLUMNS 14 LIST WORTHY

The most elusive in Manhattan

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Euan Rellie knows how to party—and throw one. Once again, this birthday boy proves age ain’t nothing but a number

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by Kristian Laliberte 19 SCENE STEALERS

This month's hottest social happenings

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A beloved space on Bond Street gets revamped

by Carson Griffith 28 TIME TRAVELER

Reliving the Upper East Side’s long lost love: Mortimer’s by Jasmine Lombardi

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Palm Springs’ hot hotel that will keep you cool by Delphine Barguirdjian

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32 WORK OF ART

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by William Corwin 34 CULTURE CULT

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Beth Landman began her career in journalism as a reporter for the New York Post's “Page Six,” and then moved on to become that paper's restaurant columnist. She then worked as a contributing editor and beauty editor of New York Magazine. Landman has been a Hamptons magazine columnist for many years, and contributes to New York Magazine, the New York Post, The New York Times, Gotham, vanityfair.com, Zagat, Ocean Drive, Manhattan and Bal Harbour, among other outlets. HOT SPOT: Bella Blu

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pring has sprung and New York is ready to party. To celebrate, we have compiled a guest list of the city’s most fascinating people and places, all in one issue. We dive into the world of the elusive, beautiful Dasha Zhukova, who manages to be at all the right places with all the right people, while running her own art empire, which includes the Garage Center for Conteporary Culture in Moscow and Garage magazine, whose contributors include the controversially chic Chapman Brothers and Damien Hirst. Is the fabulously rich and fashionable Zhukova this century’s Peggy Guggenheim? Read Anna Preston Gelderd’s piece about the art world’s fastest rising starlet and find out. Being a party power player is good for business as Zhukova proves with the Alist, celebrity-packed soirées she throws with her billionaire boyfriend Roman Abramovich from London to St. Barts

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to New York. But before Zhukova was even born, real estate doyenne Alice Mason ruled the social circuit in Manhattan, where she hosted monthly dinners that attracted everyone from Marilyn Monroe to former President Jimmy Carter, as well as Diane Sawyer, Woody Allen and anyone who mattered from the late '50s to the late '80s. Mason tells writer Beth Landman that this is the last interview she will give. At 85 (she reveals her real age to SCENE for the first time!), Mason is as fiery and

“Being a party

at Mortimer’s, my parents’ local haunt. I actually dreaded those long lunches amongst my parents’ friends as I had to stand up and stay standing as endless adults like Nan Kempner and Oscar de la Renta table-hopped over to double kiss my mother. But after boarding school, I grew to love Mortimer’s and even had a big birthday bash there where the boîte’s infamously grumpy owner (and close family friend) Glenn Bernbaum actually smiled all night. We fondly look back at society clubhouse Mortimer’s and the glamorous ladies who lunched there. Speaking of clubby eateries, Acme has re-opened on Bond Street and become the place to be. I’ve actually been so many times that owner Jon Neidich dubbed me “Mr. Acme.” Want to know how to get the right table chez Acme? Read “Hot Spot” and find out. One hint: don’t behave like party crasher Priyantha De Silva who is now behind bars after years of brazenly strongarming his way into benefits and black tie balls. Ted Gushue investigates the decadent, crash and burn lifestyle of De Silva and talks to the city’s biggest event planners to find out how they keep the riff raff outside of the velvet ropes. And for eye candy, our cover model, Jessica Hart (who made headlines when her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos got into a brawl at the Double Seven), shows off how to look haute in the best of the season’s after-hour fashions. So kick off your designer shoes because it’s time to party.

power player is good for business”

fun as ever and while recalling her 60 person dinners, she also opens up about her name (she was born Alice Christmas, but changed her name to Mason after the actor James Mason) and how she plans to spend the rest of her life. Back in the day, an invite from Mason was like a gift from God amongst boldface names and Mason proves that decades later, she is still the ultimate party girl. Growing up on the Upper East Side, I spent countless lunches and dinners

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SCENE & HEARD

THIS MONTH'S PARTY REPORT CARD

NICK WOOSTER AND DOUGLAS HAND GIGI HOWARD

AMY SACCO AND JOHN LOEFFLER

BIRTHDAY BASH

TYLER THORESON AND SEAN AVERY DEBBIE LOEFFLER

EUAN RELLIE TURNS 44, AGAIN BY KRISTIAN LALIBERTE

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love birthday cake. And, not just the Rihanna/Chris Brown tune (though that's been on repeat for a week now), but the actual carbladen real-deal. In ice cream form, banana pie action, or just the good ole' chocolate variety, nothing beats a thick slice, especially when I'm not the one actually blowing out the candles. That's why, every single year, Euan Rellie's b-day celebration is one of the non-negotiable events in my oversized Moleskine. The dude, who may have really been the basis for the term “man-about-town,” has the whole getting older thing down pat—for as long as I can remember, Mr. Rellie has been

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perpetually turning 44. Such was the case at his Angloawesome dinner at West Village chicster cantina Corsino. Hudson Street didn't know what hit it: Brits and their cross-Atlantic friends spilled onto the sidewalks to form a cosmopolitan gaggle that I could hear three blocks away. His gang was all in residence: Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery stood under the traffic light, newly minted couple John de Neufville and Ali Wise cuddled by the entrance, Annabel Tollman wearing an incredibly cut floral dress, and, running from conversation cluster to conversation cluster, the man of the hour's lovely lady,

Lucy Sykes. Inside, the scene was equally hopping. I booked it to the bar for an icycold gimlet, for a quick cheers with some cute boys—photographer Neil Rasmus, Luigi Tadini, and our very own EIC, Peter Davis. “This might just be his best birthday yet,” Tadini told us. I did some deft table-card shuffling to cram in with one of my fave girls, designer Miguelina Gambaccini, who was just coming from her trunk show at Miss Lily's; “If you can believe it, the volume's higher here than there.” It came out much more dramatic, if you've ever heard her ah-mazing ac-

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KATE SCHELTER AND MADDIE SIMPSON CHARLES DE CABROL, MILLY DE CABROL AND EUAN RELLIE HILARY RHODA

CHRIS SCHUMACHER AND JOEY GOODWIN

JEFFREY PODOLSKY AND GIN BOSWICK

ANNABELLE TOLLMAN FABRIZIO VOLTERRA AND EUAN RELLIE

ADAM GLASSMAN AND ANN CARUSO cent. Vogue's super young, super talented Accessories Editor, Selby Drummond, was smack-dab across from me; “I was such a freak at your Halloween party,” I admitted. “I was the loser in the corner staring at Plum Sykes' chinoiserie wallpaper and that bookcase full of Bergdorf Blondes.” Otherwise known as my obsession. Drummond is a doll. “No worries! You made a good Terry Richardson.” Then she dropped the bomb: “We're actually moving out.” Which nipped my dreams of swiping a signed, German copy of BB firmly in the bud. But maybe that's a good thing? Thankfully, my other table-mate,

The British are coming! Brits and Yankees alike showed up en masse to toast Rellie. Hugo Guinness hadn't heard my stalker tendencies. The artist, who just collaborated on a men's bag collection for Coach, let me in on another lust of mine. Namely John Derian, the home décor guru who is the exclusive purveyor of Guinness' linoleum cut prints. Daphne's cousin ignored my prying Derian questions (“Is he single?”), and instead, we traded growing up stories. He warned me to stay close to my parents—“You don't want to get cut out.” Of their life, or their will, I'm not sure. And then it was time for Euan's toast, invariably a precarious affair— the salutations are always delivered

on top of the nearest table. His speech was typical Rellie—a call to be merry and keep the party going. Which is exactly what he's been doing since I met him—a genuine, stand-up father and husband who would do anything for his friends, and wants them all to be friends with each other. Alright, I'm waxing a bit emo, but I emailed him the same sentiment the (brutal) morning after. “That might be the sweetest email anyone ever sent me,” he wrote back, I'm sure with a bit of hyperbole. “I have a hangover, so I'm a little emotional.” I'm hoping he did what I did—called Westville and ordered the Carrot Cake—à la mode, naturally.

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SCENE STEALERS OF THE MONTH

PHOTOGRAPH BY BILLY FARRELL AGENCY

Jeff Koons and Lisa Perry at the launch of the Jeff Koons inspired collection by Lisa Perry

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SCENE STEALERS

THIS MONTH'S HOTTEST PARTY MOMENTS

CARTIER NAILS IT

CHRIS SALGARDO AND LEIGH LEZARK

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILLY FARRELL

RACHAEL TAYLOR GENEVIEVE JONES

CARTIER'S JUSTE UN CLOU AFTER PARTY PRINCESS MARIA THERESIA VON THURN UND TAXIS

LILY COLLINS

EMERSON BARTH AND CHANEL IMAN KARLIE KLOSS

CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI MARCO BRAMBILLA

KATE DAVIDSON HUDSON AND EMMANUEL PERRIN

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LINDA FARGO AND ALINA CHO

JESSICA WHITE, OLUCHI ORLANDI, DOUTZEN KROES AND LINDSAY ELLINGSON

SELITA EBANKS

NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDRENS' ANNUAL SPRING DINNER DANCE

HARLEY VIERA-NEWTON AND SUZANNE DIAZ

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ANDREW ROSEN AND MICKEY DREXLER

JENNA LYONS AND PAMELA LOVE

LILY KWONG AND JOSEPH ALTUZARRA

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When ACME restaurant shuttered its doors for a full renovation by orders of its new owners, past patrons of the former grubby Cajun eatery went into a tailspin. What would happen to their beloved menu of chicken wings and fried everything, complemented by a wall of assorted hot sauces? When the New Nordic eatery, which consists of a main restaurant on the top level and a lounge and sitting area downstairs, reopened its doors for a VIP friends and family tasting last December, only glimpses of the former venue could be found. Co-owner JeanMarc Houmard says while they did a "gut renovation" on the place after taking over the lease in April of 2011, "the walls had history and we tried to keep that feeling of a lived-in restaurant with all the imperfections that give a good space its personality." And ACME is not a restaurant short on personality, especially in its decor. With an imaginative atmosphere that's high on variety and low on precision, the art darlings of New York City and beyond have been

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flocking to the venue for dinner and late nights since before the restaurant's official opening. "Evanly, one of the partners, had a background in art magazines and wanted to give the space that extra layer with electic art pieces. Some were commissioned, some came from Jon's [Neidich] own collection and some are just lowbrow found pieces," he explains of the variety and acquistion of ACME's collection. "We didn't want it to be too serious and mixing high and low seemed more interesting than the typical gallery showing." The combination has drawn quite a high-brow and eclectic crowd. In March, the night before the Black Keys performance at Madison Square Garden, music mogul Lyor Cohen held a private dinner and party for the Ăźber-hot band at the restaurant with guests such as Tory Burch, Russell Simmons, Theo Wenner and Hannah Bronfman. When party guests aren't getting a second round of drinks, they're admiring the works of artists like Josephine Meckseper,

Hanna Liden, Richard Prince and Donald Sultan, suggesting the dĂŠcor has drawn almost as many customers as the food, which is quite the accomplishment, considering who is preparing it. Foodies patiently wait for prime reservations due to Danish chef Mads Redlund who graces Manhattan by way of Copenhagan, where he previously worked for worldfamous restaurant Noma before opening his own restaurant, which is no longer in business, MR. Getting that table at the bi-level dinner and lounge since it officially opened in January can be a difficult task at times. But Houmard advises not to give up hope if you're in the mood for some spur-of-the-moment Nordic grub one evening: "Although prime time gets booked pretty quickly, there is always a chance of getting a last minute reservation, or to just walk in and grab a couple of stools at the bar, where whole menu is available," he suggests. As for being granted access into the downstairs lounge area, which is open Tuesday through Saturday, we suggest coming with

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Mercedes Kellogg, Boaz Mazor and Pat Buckley at Mortimer’s during Fête de Famille II AIDS Benefit in 1987

MORTIMER’S Mortimer’s is mentioned in Dominick Dunne’s People Like Us and in Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities. Mortimer’s’ maître d’ Stefanos Zachariadis was convicted of conspiracy to murder after hiring a hit man to kill Bernbaum. When Zachariadis was released from prison, he returned to the restaurant to apologize to Bernbaum. Mr. Bernbaum created the annual Fête de Famille, a benefit held outdoors on 75th Street for the AIDS Care Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. When Mortimer’s closed, regulars flocked two blocks south to Swifty’s (Swifty was Bernbaum’s beloved pug, named after power agent Swifty Lazar)—as did Mortimer’s’ chef, maître d’ and business manager.

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When one takes a trip down society’s most exclusive memory lane—veering just off their usual Fifth and Madison Avenues— daydreaming of the days when ladies who lunch ruled the Upper East Side, one inevitably thinks of Mortimer’s: the iconic watering hole for Manhattan’s elite. It was a space that harbored those who exemplified everything that was known as New York's café society. Glenn Bernbaum, the owner of the restaurant that littered the social columns, was an icon in his own right. He was known as a curmudgeon of sorts—the Upper East Side’s very own Ebenezer Scrooge. He was hardly subtle about his eatery's snobbery, but despite his cantankerous nature, the bespectacled Bernbaum was a gatekeeper to a world only available to a select few. Friends of Bernbaum and habitués of Mortimer's included the likes of Bill Blass, Mick Jagger, Nancy Reagan, Jerry Zipkin, C.Z. and Cornelia Guest, Kenneth Jay Lane and Pat Buckley. And though a restaurant is thought to be a public place, Bernbaum treated Mort’s (as some called it) like a private club, so the seating arrangement for this 19-table restaurant was no easy feat. The window table to the right of the door was famously reserved for royalty, nobility and notable names such as Astor, Vanderbilt, Herrera, Kennedy and Kempner. In general, older

Chessy Rayner at Mortimer’s at Fête De Famille V in 1990

VIPs were seated along the wall, while the younger ones were placed in the middle section. In his signature stance of hands clasped behind his back, Bernbaum was even known to dismiss those who dared to dine who were not of distinguished pedigree or celebrity status. Social unknowns were often ignored or sent away and, if lucky, were exiled to the Siberia of the side room. Bernbaum regularly pointed out that people who had money didn’t like to spend it. Therefore, unlike most restaurants, the food was not the focus of Mort’s, which deliberately offered unambitious comfort food like chicken hash, hamburgers and rice pudding at humble prices. It was not what was being served, but who. After a remarkable 22-year run, Mortimer’s closed its doors in September 1998 after Bernbaum's sudden death from liver disease (he insisted it be shut down immediately and permanently). In his will, Bernbaum left most of his multi-million dollar estate to New York-Cornell Hospital for AIDS research and patient care. The rest was said to have been left not to his family, but to his staff. Bernbaum also insisted that there be no funeral or memorial service, stating that he didn't want friends talking about him once he was gone. Little did he know no one has stopped talking about him—or his society sanctuary— ever since.

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If you have been living in a cave these past few months, let us be the first to tell you that bright colors are all the rage this season. But skinny jeans aren’t the only ones getting a vibrant makeover, as even architects have caught on to the trend. Case in point: the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Originally built in 1977, this former Holiday Inn hotel was purchased by the Sydell Group in 2011. Sydell—the team behind the Ace Hotels in New York and Palm Springs— recruited New York-based architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat to give the dreary hotel a multi-hued makeover. In no more than 14 weeks, the metamorphosis was complete, and out of the Coachella Valley emerged this bright oasis of a hotel, whose vivid colors are meant to mirror those of the wild flowers in the surrounding Mojave Desert. Though not much has changed of the mid-century modern structure, the design revamp goes a long way. Upon entering the Saguaro Palm Springs, guests get an eyeful of the oversized red bird of paradise flowers that coat the walls of the reception. The hotel counts 246 rooms— including 16 suites—each with a décor as bright and cheerful as the hotel's exterior. Pretty as they may be, guests wouldn’t want to spend much time in there rooms—the pool deck, with its yellow loungers, pink tables and orange towels, is the main attraction at the Saguaro. Not to mention the breathtaking scenery, 30

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WORK OF ART

INSIDE THE ARTIST'S STUDIO

POWER OF POETRY STUDIO VISIT WITH SHIRIN NESHAT

BY WILLIAM CORWIN PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEXANDER THOMPSON Shirin Neshat’s studio is one for the 21st century: one end features a storyboard of photographs for Neshat’s next project, a biopic on the life of Egypt’s most popular singer, Oum Kalthoum; while between the windows on the Canal Street wall hangs a 50” flat screen TV, perhaps in place of an easel. It takes a few minutes to notice, but tucked away by the door is a little rolling table and some shelves with brushes and ink for Neshat’s calligraphic work. “Usually all these people, like Jeff Koons, have a factory full of people. It takes me forever!” she cheerfully grumbles over the care that goes into her signature photo portraits that she inscribed with Farsi text. In her most recent exhibition The Book of Kings at Barbara Gladstone this past winter, the inky writing comprised of contempo-

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Shirin Neshat inscribing a portrait in her studio

rary Persian poetry and passages from prisoners’ journals. “I hadn’t been doing photography for 10 years,” she explains. “It was difficult to go back to a single person and get something very significant from their gaze.” The focal point of Neshat’s The Book of Kings show was a series of portraits of Iranian and Arab faces, divided into three headings: victims, villains and martyrs. She shows me a 19th century postcard from Iran: it’s a picture of the student body and teachers from a religious school. This was her source for many of the gestures in her photographs. The teachers with their arms crossed authoritatively—villains; students with hands over their hearts, a typical Persian gesture of supplication— victims. To Neshat, the ambiguous hand gesture says it all: “The Book of

Kings is an epic of tragedies, fathers killing sons, doing anything for their country. Sacrifice and courage are the central themes, but always with killing, cutting off heads, brutality.” Neshat sees this as a viable metaphor for the current situation in her country where, for the last 60 years, altruistic intentions have been co-opted by duplicitous political regimes. Since leaving and returning to photography, Neshat has been creating film and video, most notably her feature film Women Without Men, based on the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur which she cowrote with her partner of 14 years, the filmmaker, writer and multimedia artist Shoja Azari. Neshat and Azari worked on the film for six years. Though the feature is about Iran, it couldn’t be shot there, and the actors

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Pieces from Neshat's The Books of Kings show

were expatriates, if Iranian at all; “We knew that it was quite risky to bring people from Iran, because the book has been banned—one of the actresses was actually Hungarian!” Pirated DVDs of Women Without Men were sold on the street of Tehran before the film had even premiered in the United States. “It was a great pleasure for me,” Neshat confides. She has not been back to Iran since 1996. Though she isn’t barred from the country, Neshat just doesn’t feel comfortable or safe going back. But she points out wryly, “I don’t have any interest to be drawn into political discussion, the work speaks for itself as to which camp I belong!” and indeed Neshat did take part in a three-day hunger protest against the Iranian election in 2009, supporting the Green Revolution. “Iranians have survived through the power of their poetry,” adding emphatically, “it’s not just poetry, we, as Iranians, have relied on the subversive qualities of poetic language to defend ourselves.” As for her next project, Neshat is busy studying Egyptian history from the 1920s, '50s and '70s, the three periods in which her movie about singer Oum Kolthum is set. I ask her if she feels like a veteran after already making

a feature, “I’ve learned a lot, making Women Without Men was like going to university for cinema.” But there were some new revelations, especially studying vintage Egyptian hair and makeup: “I absolutely love this part of it—it was new to me as a visual artist.” She will move to Cairo in June, and start shooting the film in October. Living in New York since 1983, Neshat is no stranger to the nomadic life. She has moved nearly eight times around Little Italy, the Lower East Side, Noho, Soho, you name it. She’s become very attached to New York; “It is my Tehran,” she states flatly. “I knew New York when it was really bohemian, and my identity as an artist is a part of the fabric of this city.” A shadow does cross her face momentarily when we chat about the fantastic New York spring so far, “It’s been a long time since I felt the spring in Iran. What makes me the most nostalgic is when I remember being on my father’s farm in Qazvin, when everything went into blossom, the fragrance of all the cherry blossoms, apples, pears and peaches.” But she adds mischievously, “Although, my mother said it was snowing there yesterday.”

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freudian sketch Lucian Freud’s Drawings at Acquavella Galleries by delphine barguirdjian

TOP: Tenby Harbour, 1944, crayon on paper, 16 ¼ x 20 ½ inches; BOTTOM: Dark Coat II, 1948, Pencil on paper, 11 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches

Over 40 drawings and etchings are on display, spanning the artist’s career from childhood sketches through to the end of his life. William Feaver—the man behind the acclaimed Freud retrospectives at the Tate in London and the Museo Correr in Venice—also worked with Freud to curate the show and give much needed attention to the pieces that were often eclipsed by the artist’s other, more popular paintings.

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Known for his audacious and complex portraits, Lucian Freud marked his generation with works of gutsy realism. This month, Acquavella Galleries pays homage to the artist with an exhibit devoted to his lesser known drawing and etchings, many of which have never been shown before. Freud’s works continued to evolve up until his death in 2011 at the age of 88. His fleshy piece Benefits Supervisor Sleeping broke records when it sold for $33.6 million to none other than Roman Abramovich in 2008, setting a new record for the highest price paid for a work by a (then) living artist. Acquavella, who was Freud’s exclusive representative for 19 years, has hosted no less than five exhibits devoted to the artist’s works and though Freud did not live to see the exhibition, he had spent years preparing for the show with his friend and owner of the gallery, William Acquavella. “We began the conversation for this exhibition several years ago,” Acquavella states, adding that “while Freud has been justifiably celebrated as the greatest figurative painter of his generation, his graphic work deserves no less acclaim.” Said to have taken pride in his drawings, Freud himself selected works from his personal sketchbooks for the exhibit.

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Crashing parties can take you from behind the velvet ropes to behind bars, and Priyantha De Silva is living proof. Ted Gushue talks to Manhattan’s most exclusive party throwers about how they keep their events under control, or at least try to.

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domain name www.CondeNastOnline. com, which, as any coffee addled, sleep deprived PR intern can attest, might allow a phony RSVP to sneak by the virtual velvet rope on its way to a guest list database, granting De Silva unfettered access to those gilded elbows that he so desperately wanted to rub against. PR veteran Cristina Civetta had more than one of his business cards thrust at her. “Each time was a different story, once he was a music industry executive, next time it was a talent agent, then the inevitable magazine editor. We caught on to the guy pretty early on and put his picture on every clipboard in sight.” Nadine Johnson, one of the most powerful publicists and event planners on the planet, echoed C i v e t t a 's s t r a t e g y. “We all have guests' photos on iPads. We had the ‘Zkipster’ programmer build a special field for this. They —Nadine Johnson peek at the list and try to read a name aloud which is very hard to do with iPads. A big favorite is ‘I work with Russell Simmons' or that notorious RSVP that comes from a fake LVMH address in Paris.” Gawker managed to wrangle a first hand account from a savvy bartender at the after party of the New York Surf Film Festival in 2008: “He drank vodka straight all night like it was water, and sweat like he was on fire. After learning that I was an actress, he gave me a professionally printed business card claiming him a Managing Partner of Red Wagon Films and said, ‘We can get you a SAG award, you're very pretty.’ Several vodkas later, he asked for my email address so that he could take me to the premiere of Changeling on Wednesday.” As most guys will admit, drunkenly scamming on pretty girls doesn’t exactly qualify as a game changer. What does set De Silva apart however, is his almost sloppy The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Catch Me If You Can's bombed Frank Abagnale Jr.'s ability to assume new identities, a talent that caught the

A big favorite is ‘I work with Russell Simmons’ or that notorious RSVP that comes from a fake LVMH address in Paris.” fully crowbarred his way into progressively higher social circles, ultimately crashing down into of Manhattan’s most closely guarded venues: Rikers Island. With pockets too shallow for his $7,500 bail, the equally diminutive De Silva was forced to spend his last weeks leading up to trial behind bars. SCENE contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, who was more than happy to provide us with Priyantha’s most recent misdeeds: 1. PL170.25 Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (1 count) 2. PL155.30 (1) Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (1 count) But how does one man go from annoying social gnat to convicted felon? As it turns out, the acceleration was rather exponential. De Silva took to the streets in 2006 after registering the surprisingly clever 54

attention of actor/legend Tony Danza at a recent cocktail party SCENE attended. “I love guys like this, they fascinate me—it’s almost a perverted art form,” he began, instantly remembering a tale from his past. “There was this shmuck running around town for years pretending to be my brother. He would use it everywhere, you name it: nightclubs, cocktail parties, industry stuff, he even used it to get into a hospital I was in just to say he did it! The best part though, he called himself Jeffrey Danza. I mean, come on, Jeffrey Danza? I think they locked the guy up years ago.” It’s pretty ballsy to strut up to an event uninvited, it’s really ballsy to strut up to an event uninvited and pretend that you’re a loved one of someone inside, or in Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir’s case, the boyfriend of the guy throwing the party: “A really swift crasher came to the door and told my team, who have heard it all, that he was Daniel Benedict [Saffir’s longtime partner]. They looked at him and laughed and basically said, ‘You picked the wrong name to crash with.’” When an invented title failed to pass the litmus test, De Silva would often result to brute force: “Do you know who I am? I could destroy you!” Journalist Jennifer Wright would recall in an exchange she overheard between De Silva and an unassuming door girl, adding, “I used to run into him occasionally at parties and he would mention that he made Slumdog Millionaire. For a second I always paused and wondered ‘Is this what Jay Gatsby would do? Is this the 21st century equivalent of saying you hunt tigers on the Bois de Boulogne?’” It would make sense that De Silva would seek out the Jay Gatsby model of the American dream: create your own myth, and then become it. But where Gatsby succeeds, De Silva fails. Gatsby is a lovable character that fills his summer evenings with fascinatingly beautiful people eager to be in his presence; he is charming, graceful, and yes, a bit mysterious. De Silva, on the other hand, is a man incapable of having a good time even at the parties he crashes. “They found him asleep on a table, somewhat disoriented. The guards offered him medical assistance, which was refused, and he was helped into a taxi,” a rep for the American Antiques Gala Preview told the gossip column “Page Six.”

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you haven’t met Priyantha De Silva, there’s still a good chance you’ve encountered him, perhaps when he was pretending to be someone else: cherubic cocktail chaser, uncredited Academy Award-winning producer, conspicuous Condé Nast editor, philandering philanthropist, ICM agent or the creator of the Kardashians. Some say that if you put your ear to a martini, you can almost hear his overdone debonair voice: “What do you mean I’m not on the list? Don't you know who I am?” Priyantha De Silva was that really, really sweaty guy of Sri Lankan descent who success-

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“In some cases, the event is all the more

So why even bother? What’s the point of sneaking into a bigwig party if only to pass out next to Martha Stewart? To help us put De Silva into perspective, we must turn our attention to an even more legendary party crasher: Steve Kaplan, aka “Shaggy.” Hiding behind a massive mop of curly blond hair, Shaggy has been a fixture on the party circuit for more than a decade. The guy is rarely officially invited, with more than one press outlet labeling him

the “world’s most famous party crasher,” a title he seems to wear with pride. One thing is for sure, when you saw Shaggy, he was there for a good time. Society publicist R. Couri Hay recalled one of the many, many interactions he had with the blond bombard: “Oh God, he was getting so bold. I remember one time he rolled up to a party, surely he was not invited, with three girls on his arm and a huge grin on his face, his hair a total mess.”

It would seem however, that a noninvited Shaggy has become the exception, not the rule. He’s been around for so long now that people look to him as something of a party barometer, and as writer George Gurley would describe; a good omen. “Shaggy slipped into my book launch party without us noticing, and all of a sudden the PR girl we had working the event ran over and picked him out of the crowd in disgust: ‘Do you want us to throw him out? He clearly wasn’t invited.' I immediately recognized who it was, and informed the girl: ‘Shaggy can stay—if he’s crashing my book party, it’s somewhat of an honor!’” “In some cases, the event is all the more successful because the ‘legendary’ door crashers made an attempt to get in. ‘Radio Man,’ for example, a homeless older man with a boom box and a toothless smile. He achieved minor celebrity in some films because he cheerily stood outside of movie premieres,” admits Mark Silver of Factory PR. Gurley’s tale of pseudo-admiration for Shaggy is not unique; by all accounts our feather-haired friend is actually a fun party guest, exceptionally gracious, quick with a joke, even going so far as to be humble when being asked to vacate the premises. SCENE wanted to like Shaggy as the somewhat lesser of two evils that he and De Silva represent, but the deeper we dug into the Internet gossip grave, the more skeletons we found. Shaggy, it would seem, has a thing for food: “He was devouring gnocchi with truffles at such a rate that the waiters could not keep up with him,” said a witness at the opening of La Masseria. “If Shaggy was at the party, he was there to eat. I remember catching him gorging himself at a buffet, practically lining his pockets with food, it was incredible how much this guy would try to eat in one sitting,” remembered Hay, who’d reminded The New York Times LEFT: Power publicist Nadine Johnson

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years ago: “There’s a very famous saying: Put out a lamb chop and they’ll all come.” Gastronomic grievances aside, it’s not hard to wonder why the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center would have preferred Shaggy to Priyantha De Silva as designated crasher on the evening of November 11, 2010. The event was slated to be a grand fundraiser to aid the rehabilitation programs for gravely ill children throughout the hospital network. The location was set at the luxurious Harold Pratt House at 68th Street and Park Avenue. The theme: Going Gatsby. November 10th was a gusty day, high 40’s—stay-inside weather. One could almost picture a slovenly De Silva in a dark apartment, brooding over an ancient laptop, party photographer Patrick McMullan's website flickering across his screen. He looks down, dozens of crumpled business cards across the table, tiny trophies of evenings past. Back to the computer he digs through the online repository of pomp and circumstance, scouting potential guests, quickly scrawling out talking points, sketching together a spider web of social networks he’s all too eager to infiltrate. He pauses to take a swig from a flask of bargain basement vodka; closing his eyes he briefly recalls a seminal Nick Carraway quote that he reads as directive: “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there.” He reaches into his pocket, running his fingers over the surreptitiously obtained Bank of America debit card, exhaling deeply. On November 11th, Priyantha De Silva would not be invited to the Harold Pratt House, but he would go there. After a late lunch, Priyantha would return home to prepare for the evening. He scrolls feverishly through his closet before settling on a red velvet smoking jacket. Reaching for a nearby lint roller he begins his ritual, pulse quickening with every caress of the sticky wand. Donning his velveteen casing he cracks open his laptop, remembering to scout the silent auction items online before heading out the door—and there it was: the leather Prada bag that was overheard to be destined for one of his many, many, young girlfriends. The very same leather Prada bag that would land De Silva behind bars, where he will remain for up to three years. TOP: Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir and boyfriend Daniel Benedict; BOTTOM: PR Maven Cristina Civetta

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At one point, she was hosting 60-person dinners for socialites, presidents and Hollywood hotshots each month. Nowadays, one of the city’s most legendary real estate brokers finds great pleasure in being at home—alone. Alice Mason opens up to Beth Landman about her quick rise to superstardom amongst the beau monde—and some little white lies she told along the way.

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his is going to be the last interview I ever give,” states Alice Mason, “so please make it nice.” She is a woman used to orchestrating things, and at 85 years old (until now she has always fibbed about her age by 5 years), she arrives for lunch at Bella Blu, still quite fashionable in a black cashmere cardigan, black Armani slacks and a black patent leather Chanel bag, enlivened by a boldly colorful Hermès scarf. “I don’t deprive myself,” she smiles. While cherry blossoms line the streets and the crowd at the restaurant’s café spills onto the sidewalk enjoying the April weather, Mason reveals her plans

to be a shut in. “I have scheduled a lunch this Wednesday at La Grenouille; that will be my last time out,” she declares taking a juicy bite of grilled salmon. “I won’t be leaving my apartment after this week. It is being renovated over the next year and a half. There are workers and strangers roaming about and I can’t have my things unattended. I have to protect my art and my home; it’s more important than fresh air. If I really need air, I can open my windows.” That home has served her well, and was central to Mason’s rise. In it she held monthly dinner parties for 60 people at a time that helped make her the first boldfaced woman in real estate, and a social force to be reckoned with in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Ultimately, her home became her

office. Her right to remain in the eightroom rent-stabilized home at 150 E. 72nd Street after Harry Macklowe purchased the building is well documented. It’s a bit ironic that a woman who made a spectacular career out of knowing the ins and outs of every exclusive co-op in New York lives in a rental and considers that to be one of her smartest decisions. “When I moved there in 1962, I paid $400 a month, and didn’t even have a lease until ’74. Then they asked me what I wanted to pay and I said $500. Now it is going condo, but I pay just $2,089 a month and my social security covers it. I will never have income again, but I will live there for the rest of my life, and it is probably my greatest asset. It even has a wood burning fireplace.” m ay 2 0 12 s c e n e

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half a century ago. “We did a lot of short term sublets for movie stars; I also got a $120 per month place for Paul Newman at 405 E. 54th Street, and later a $90 4th floor walk-up for Ben Gazzara,” she recalls. “Marilyn was here making The Prince and the Showgirl; she was very sweet and vulnerable. It took her a year to find something. I got her an apartment at 2 Sutton Place, then another at 444 E. 57th Street. She was very lonely because she was seeing Arthur Miller and he was married. She would call me for no real reason. One

Famous people all want to meet other famous people, but they don't want to go to a party with a lot of schleppers, so I had to be ruthless.” —Alice Mason did at the time, I came up with a name I thought would work. James Mason was my favorite actor, so I went with that.” Marilyn Monroe was no doubt a key inspiration as one of Mason’s first real estate clients, for whom she found two apartments. She befriended the actress after landing her first job in real estate with a small firm called Gotham Realty. Her memory for numbers is uncanny as she rattles off figures and addresses from

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night she called me at 11 p.m. to tell me the water was running in her bathroom. She just wanted to talk to someone.” Mason also became friendly with Lorenzo Lamas and Ricardo and Georgiana Montalban, but the Hollywood connection was not the key to her meteoric rise. “It wasn’t easy getting actors into buildings; they were considered unreliable,” she notes. She believed her real break had come when Alfred Vanderbilt, whom she had met through an actress friend, Dody Heath, was searching for a new place to live after his divorce.

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“I was excited that I would have my first co-op client. I thought, ‘nobody would turn down a Vanderbilt!’” She was wrong. Mason attempted to get him into 19 E. 72nd Street, but he was flatly rejected. “They said ‘our residents are from the 1600s; the Vanderbilts were the robber barons of the 1900s. We won’t take him.’ That’s the way they were in the 1950s. The top buildings were all social register.” In 1958 she opened her own firm and set about methodically learning every detail about the city’s best buildings. “You have to know who is who and what’s what; who doesn’t like who,” she maintains. “Most brokers don’t know anything, but I made it my business to analyze the nuances of every building.” And she succeeded in that business. “Because she knew how to work it, she really changed the rules,” observes David Patrick Columbia, author of the website New York Social Diary. “She knew the history of each apartment, and who would be or could be on the board of every building. She would find the most sympathetic person on the board and work them first, and she would tutor her clients, telling them how to answer specific board questions. If they would object, she would say, ‘Do you want to be in the building or not?’ She is very astute about people and she really changed things with co-op boards, including breaking down racial and ethnic barriers.’” Mason instinctively knew if a client would get into a building or not. “Alice had a client she took to 740 Park Ave-

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When Mason came to New York in the early ‘50s, things in the real estate world were quite different than they are today. “It was cheap to live here until the ‘80s,” she insists. “In 1973 New York almost went bankrupt and inflation didn’t really happen until around 1982.” To say that Mason was a woman with drive is an understatement, and though she has never admitted it publicly, she changed her name upon her arrival to New York when she wanted to reinvent herself. “My maiden name was Christmas, but I did what people in Hollywood

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nue, and on the way out of the showing, the woman rudely said to the doorman, ‘Get me a cab.’ Alice turned to her and said, 'Now, you will never get into the building because of the way you just spoke to the doorman. He will tell them.’” Vanderbilt was accepted at 31 E. 79th Street with Mason’s guidance, and he soon introduced her to William S. and Babe Paley, who became clients and huge stepping-stones in her career. “I met Bill and Babe through the Vanderbilts, and then I met the world!” she says. As her connections grew, Mason parlayed them into social strength by hosting dinner parties that soon became among the most coveted invitations. Her first one was in 1956. It’s a testimony to her personal charm that though it was held in her small one bedroom, Vanderbilt and Monroe both showed up. “I didn’t have enough chairs, but I had a queen-size bed, so I put three settings on each side and three at the foot of the bed, which took care of nine guests. People just sat on the floor. We served paella and salad. I wasn’t trying to compete with rich people in beautiful homes, but I had the right people and that’s what counts.” By the time she moved into her current apartment, word had spread, and by the mid ‘70s, Mason’s parties took on another dimension when she entered the political arena. Ted Sorenson’s wife, Gillian, worked for Mason,

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I wasn't trying to compete with rich people in beautiful homes, but I had the right people and that's what counts.” —Mason and in 1975 asked if they could hold an intimate fundraising party for the governor of Georgia. Jimmy Carter was seated next to Mason, and it was a symbiotic match made in heaven: she brought her considerable influence to his campaign, and he leant additional gravitas to her sphere. “He asked me to help him, and I didn’t really know what that meant,” she smiles. She figured it out quickly. Her tactics involved using the reverse directory and sending letters to residents of every building she had sold in—a helpful demographic to be sure. “Even a lot of them who called back and said they were Republicans sent a check; I was a well known persona,” she explains. She wound up raising more money for the future president than any other single citizen, a feat that she considers one of her biggest triumphs. The next year, she threw a $500-per-head fundraising dinner for Jay Rockefeller. “His parents were friends but when I asked his mother if they would like to come and pay, she said ‘I have to speak to Mr. Rockefeller.’ They wound up getting their friend Louis Marx to spend $5,000,

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which covered them and some of my media pals like Tom Brokaw.” Later, a single dinner she held for Bill Clinton raised $1.5 million. Carter and the Clintons became guests at her personal dinners, along with the likes of Alexander Haig, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, Diane Sawyer, and clients such as Steve Ross and Alfred Taubman—all fodder for society columns. “An invitation to one of Alice’s dinners was one of the hottest tickets in town,” recalls Renée Morrison, a socialite of that time. “I was young and it was an honor to be invited. I remember the art on her walls was as colorful as her guests. There was quite a potpourri of diplomats, CEOs and socialites. It was like a think tank. The conversation was incredible to say the least. One night I spoke with Ken Auletta, another evening I sat next to Carl Bernstein.” According to the New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo, who broke the story about Macklowe’s purchase of her 72nd Street building, the parties were ideal business tools for the climate of those times. “Alice Mason was queen of residen-

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tial real estate and her famous dinners provided a perfect stage for what was essentially a drawing room way of doing business,” he notes. “In the ‘80s, when she was at the height of her influence, the rich clustered in enclaves on Fifth Avenue, East 72nd Street, and exclusive buildings like River House. Prime

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apartments and townhouses were traded among the elite with mostly old money. Today, the city is awash in new and international money and condos have changed everything. The wealthiest people now want to live in places that were unimaginable 25 years ago, from Tribeca to Harlem. What was once a secretive business

is now a spectator sport.” For Mason, the parties certainly helped business (she admits to inviting the occasional board president), but they were also what made her heart beat fast. She sat eight people to each 42’ round table, for maximum intimacy. “My parties were my romance,” she sighs. “It was intoxicating to walk into a room like that. Famous people all want to meet other famous people, but they don’t want to go to a party with a lot of schleppers, so I had to be ruthless.” As for traditional romance, she was married three times—first to a third cousin at age 19, next to her French teacher, and finally to a Dutch diplomat. They were all short-lived, but the second produced her daughter Dominique, who worked in her office until its close in 2008. Though she no longer holds her dinners, she has kept her friendships and remains fiercely loyal. At the mention of Mia Farrow’s difficult end with her client Woody Allen, Mason bristles. “Maybe they weren’t even really together those last few years,” she scoffs. “He didn’t seduce Soon-Yi; she invited him to a ballgame. Besides, he wasn’t her father, André Previn was. Woody lived in a two bedroom on the east side and wasn’t interested in her children. Mia lived in a huge place on Central Park West with so many children—it was like a zoo! She wanted to be his muse and in his films and she got that. Woody is much happier now.” And Mason is happy too. “Nothing is more overrated than companionship,” she insists. “In the end everyone always wanted to get married, so I figured, why go out with them in the first place? I like to go to bed at 8 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. to watch Morning Joe. If I had a husband he wouldn’t like that. I’m never lonely; I love my own company. I’ve met everyone and I’ve known two presidents well. Who else do I need to meet?”

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ho's that girl? Magazine editor, fashion icon, gallerist, socialite, art patron...30year-old Dasha Zhukova has everyone from Moscow to London to New York wanting to know more and more about the elusive beauty. Born in Moscow, the only child of a molecular biologist, Elena Zhu-

Photograph by Billy Farrell kova, and an oil magnate, Alexander Zhukov, Dasha Zhukova moved to California with her mother after the end of her parents’ marriage. She spent 12 years in Los Angeles, then moved back to Russia after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. Clearly at home across international society, Zhukova now lives in London with

her son and her billionaire boyfriend, U.K.'s Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich. The two met at a friend's dinner party in Moscow soon after he separated from his wife (to whom he handed a cool $300 million divorce settlement) and had just sold his stake in private Russian oil company, Sibneft, to the tune of $13 billion.

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As the daughter of a wealthy Russian family, then as an international “It girl� who is a regular in the pages of Vogue with pals like stylist Giovanna Battaglia, Margherita Missoni and fellow Russian beauty, supermodel Natalia Vodianova, and now as the romantic partner of Abramovich, Zhukova has found herself measured in relation to those around her. One could even speculate that Zhukova's rise is a direct result of her relationship with Abramovich, but she is clearly keen to carve out her own success—proven by her CV boasting an impressive list of professional achieve-

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ments: founder of the IRIS Foundation, which works to promote the understanding and development of contemporary culture, fashion designer with her own label, Kova & T, and head of The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. Her days of appearing on the pages of magazines as a model (and editing for Pop magazine) have gracefully faded into running her own fashion and art magazine. Garage magazine, founded in 2011 as a companion to the art gallery of the same name, immediately caused a flurry of media interest through a controversial cover image featuring a

butterfly-tattooed labia. The butterfly tattoo was designed by possibly the only artist capable of making the statement: the always naughty Damien Hirst. In fact, several prominent artists created tattoos for the first edition of Garage. The Chapman brothers, for example, tattooed each other and the magazine itself handed out temporary tattoos across New York City. Garage, now in its third installment, most recently featured a gay pregnant rabbit on the cover and is a paean to the cause of same-sex marriage. Pinar Yolacan, a photographer and video artist, created a fish-themed spread for

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the issue. Clearly the publication has no desire to play things safe and, much like Zhukova herself, Garage has positioned itself somewhere in the interstitial territory between notoriety, fashion and art. Of course, these links between high fashion and art are being increasingly explored with the work of fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen presented in museum shows and artistic prints informing the collections of newer design stars such as Mary Katrantzou. In this case, as with much else, Zhukova appears commendably in step with the times. Back in June 2008, Zhukova hosted an event to celebrate the opening of the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow. The gala itself lay somewhere in between the glittering but elegant excess of War and Peace and the voluptuous degeneracy of Dmitri Karamazov. The late Amy Winehouse performed for three hundred international guests at a rumored fee of $1 million in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, a cavernous architectural landmark in Moscow roughly the same square footage as the Tate Modern. The only work of art installed in the gallery was a massive light installation, by the artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, resembling a ghostly inverted Christmas tree, which pulsated light throughout the space. In suitably lavish Russian fashion, the revelers drank vodka and champagne and dined on a mix of Piri-piri shrimp and steak. The guest list offered a similar surfeit of delights as celebrities mixed with art-world luminaries; Ronald Lauder and Princess Caroline of Monaco mingled with Jeff Koons and his hugely influential art dealer Larry Gagosian as they celebrated the opening of the new heart of contemporary Russian culture. An event of this nature could perhaps be seen as a product of our particularly consumerist times, a 21st century extravaganza reflecting celebrities and celebrity artists. Yet a similar approach was far from unheard of in the annals of the art parties of Moscow. In fact, that evening in June represented more of a return to the norm for a capital that has repeatedly been the home of the world’s greatest art collections over the

past two centuries. Little more than a hundred years ago, the Morozov Palace on Smolensk Boulevard, home of the art collector and textile tycoon Misha Morozov and his stunning 18-year-old bride Margarita, opened its doors every weekend to lavish brunches for the city’s intelligentsia, artists and glitterati alike. The bonds between wealth, art and fashion are historically powerful and remain undimmed today—especially with Zhukova (and Abramovich) on the scene. “Basically everything she touches becomes a success,” says Nicolas lljine, a prominent expert on Russian contemporary culture, referring to Zhukova’s detailed involvement in the running of Garage and her essential capability of bringing the most interesting and versatile people together. Although her entry onto the slippery stage of the international art scene

project “Commercial Break” as part of the 2011 Venice Biennale and later returned to work on the current issue of Garage magazine. This patronage of newer and mid-career artists is as important now as it was a hundred years ago and can have the same profound impact. s the lease on the current home of the GCCC ran its course and the venue closed its doors this winter, the museum is seeking to expand on an exponential scale. Having spent three years in a beloved Russian architectural landmark designed by the constructivist Melnikov, the GCCC has seemingly garnered the requisite accolades as both a notable venue and assembled an impressive team of curators who deliver world-class exhibitions in order to expand further. Marina Abramovic, Christain Marclay, Carsten Höller, William Kentridge and James Turrell have all had exhibitions in the space, as well as group exhibitions with über-cool titles including How Soon Is Now and Dysfashional. The new venue for the GCCC will be Gorky Park, which has historically been in an area of Moscow known for its cultural importance. Across the street sits the Central House of Artists and various significant cultural institutions, yet in recent years the area could benefit from a new lease of life. The new Garage Center, alongside the impressive efforts made by the new head of Moscow’s Cultural Department, Sergey Kapkov, will provide just that. Further plans for the expansion of Zhukova’s cultural initiative amidst the vast development of New Holland Island in St. Petersburg have raised a storm of conjecture regarding the possibility that the site may become the permanent home of Abramovich’s vast personal collection. The plans for New Holland, a triangular island surrounded by canals linking the Moika and the Neva rivers, would turn the expansive landscape of former naval warehouses into a giant center for art, culture and commerce. Hannah Byers, an expert in Russian art and the Associate Director of Exhibition Management at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, describes the development as an

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Basically everything she touches becomes a success.” —Nicolas Iljine appears to be rather sudden and a range of interests could be seen as masking a lack of focus, the culture of the industry tends to forgive a lack of experience, if it is coupled with a talent for clever delegation, heavy spending and sophistication. Her interest in fashion and style has evolved to take on and succeed in the daunting task of creating a cultural institution, which not only makes a national impact and provides patronage for a local art scene, but one which is noted by the international art world. In a similar fashion to her 19th century predecessors, Zhukova has followed the lead of well-known experts and art-world insiders to help her realize a functioning and organic art museum. And Zhukova's youth, beauty and bank account certainly doesn't hurt. While collecting the works of established classic artists from the 20th century, Zhukova is also forging working partnerships with emerging and midcareer artists. Yolacan, for example, initially contributed a video to the Garage

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“unprecedented opportunity.” With a proposal for a Guggenheim in Helsinki, a few hours away by high-speed train, the renaissance of St. Petersburg as a cultural capital with close links to Europe is an enticing possibility. Zhukova’s interest in international (and particularly Western) art prompts some interesting questions regarding the continuing appetite of Russian audiences for the work of foreign artists. For a country that has a capital so closely connected to the heartland of Europe, but which stretches across the globe to China, an international cultural outlook is perhaps unsurprising. Historically, there have been two schools of Russian collectors, those interested in Russian art and those with a passion for the best and the new from the international art scene. For the past 20 years the Russian market has seemingly been concentrated on local artists, but with the success of the Garage Center and its continued developments in Gorky Park and New Holland Island, the Russian artistic outlook is once again beginning to focus on international artists. This duality of interests is an element that Zhukova’s Garage Center excels at promoting. By 1919 the Russian Constructivist Movement led by the sculptor Tatlin and designer and architect El Lissitzky represented the forefront of artistic expression, heavily influencing the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements throughout Western Europe. It will be interesting to see what the work of Zhukova and a new generation of Russian patrons and collectors will give rise to. As Nic lljine significantly emphasizes, Zhukova’s Garage project is one of a few platforms in contemporary Russia where it is possible to “introduce both the international and the local art scene to a Russian audience.” International art stars, an impressive venue and new ideas; Zhukova has clearly discovered the essential elements necessary to be a modern-day patron and cultural innovator. You could do a lot worse than to keep an eye on the work flowing from the banks of the Moika in the years to come. And with brains, beauty and a seemingly bottomless bank account, Zhukova is already well on her way to being this century's Peggy Guggeheim.

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Zhukova has clearly discovered the essential elements necessary to be a modern-day patron and cultural innovator.”

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UWS. Grand prewar living in great new bldg. 40’ LR/FDR, huge cstm chef’s WEIK, 5BR, 5.5 baths + libr. CAC, big wndws. Garage, gym, pool, playrm. CD # 07-0536. $8.95M. WEB# 1161207. Lisa Lippman 212-588-5606 Scott Moore 212-588-5608

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960 Fifth. An enchanting ‘big small’ maisonette with perfectly scaled high ceilinged rooms in the most prestigious Candela prewar Co-op. Food service. 4 room. $3.295M. WEB# 1559532. Caroline E. Y. Guthrie, ELC Div 212-396-5858

Lincoln Center. Lofty 2BR, 2 office, 2.5 bath, dramatic 20’ ceilings, 24/7 white-glove service. Building features lap pool, squash cour, roof terrace, gym, bike room, and private storage. $2.845M. WEB# 1546986. Nicholas Palance 212-396-5873

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UES. High flr, corner, renov, 1BR, 1.5 bath condo w/open views West, including Carlyle Tower. Great closets, large balcony. Fully furnished. DM bldg. $950K. WEB# 1743649. Larry Sicular 212-396-5852 John B. Glass, III 212-396-5836

FiDi. Modern 2BR, 1 big bath, sunny, 7 tremendous windows, open gourmet kitchen, high ceilings, 4 closets plus shared storage, ultra chic ebony hardwood floors, boutique building. $635K. WEB# 1569975. Richard N. Rothbloom 212-452-4485

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EXQUISITE ARCHITECTURE

STANFORD WHITE AND THE FIRM OF MCKIM, MEAD & WHITE

McKim, Mead & White was at the helm of the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the 20th century, with nearly 75 of its buildings subsequently designated as New York City Landmarks. The creative genius at the pinnacle of the firm was architect Stanford White. Known for maximizing light and space in his work, White had a spectacular sense of proportion, particularly as expressed in the many classic homes he designed. He primarily worked within the Beaux-Arts style, which was based on the concepts of the neoclassical architecture then taught at the famed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. White also designed a number of public, institutional and religious buildings, including the Washington Square Arch

and Boston Public Library. However, the majority of his work involved designing and often also decorating private homes on the Upper East Side for the most prestigious families of his time, including the Astors and Vanderbilts. One of his best known residences outside of Manhattan was Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island, built for Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs in 1898. He designed the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park overlooking the Hudson River, a National Historic Site, costing a then-unheard-of $2.25 million. He also designed many of New York’s famed society clubs such as the Players, Lambs, Century, Colony, Harmonie and Metropolitan Clubs.

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The only available private mansion in Manhattan designed by Stanford White is at 973 Fifth Avenue, which is being offered for $49 million by Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens. Completed in 1907, the Italian Renaissance palazzo style mansion offers direct Central Park views from all floors. The building possesses all of the interior details originally placed there by White, and still has his original floor plan. Encompassing approximately 15,225 total square feet on seven levels, the mansion includes six bedrooms, seven full and three half-baths as well as six staff rooms. No other architect dominated the Gilded Age to the extent of Stanford White. For almost 30 years, from 1879 to 1912, McKim, Mead & White was the architect firm of choice for the most glorious projects of the day: a redesign of The White House, Pennsylvania Station and the Metropolitan Club in New York. One of Stanford White’s last designs for the firm was 973 Fifth Avenue built for Henry Cook and its neighbor, the Payne Whitney house. Cook, who originally owned the entire block of Fifth to Madison Avenues from East 79th to East 78th streets, limited the height of all buildings there with deed restrictions that persist to this day, giving an exceptionally open, graceful feeling to the roof view at 973 Fifth Avenue.

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THE LIVING ROOM OF THE STANFORD WHITE MANSION ON FIFTH AVENUE

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THE DUPLEX AT 998 FIFTH AVENUE When a builder wanted to lure the wealthy out of their mansions and into an apartment building, there was no better choice than McKim, Mead and White. 998 Fifth Avenue’s developer James T. Lee, the grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, selected the firm to meet this challenge, and the firm's Italian Renaissance masterpiece remains one of the most admired residential buildings ever constructed. "998 Fifth Avenue is New York's finest Italian Renaissance style apartment building," stated the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission when conferring Landmark status in 1974. The only duplex available now in 998 Fifth Avenue is a 12room masterpiece being offered by Paula Del Nunzio for $20 million. The magnificent residence combines the separation of a townhouse with the opulence of an incomparable apartment building. All the original details have been retained and artfully restored: leaded glass windows with original color medallions, a two-story stained glass work of art, 100-yearold paneling, and antique fireplace mantels. An elegant curved stair is highlighted by a stained-glass window positioned between the floors, lit by a single light creating a luminous accent at night. In addition to restoration, all systems have been renovated to the highest modern standards and the space is in mint condition.

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THE OPEN AND OPULENT LIVING AND DINING AREAS AT 998 FIFTH AVENUE

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The elegant pre-war full-service cooperative building at 430 East 57th Street, positioned steps from Sutton Place Park, was also designed by McKim, Mead & White in the 1920s. A generous high floor classic six in the building, featuring ceilings reaching over nine feet, provides sunlight from two exposures and the quiet of gardens below, lending serenity to the spacious floor plan of the apartment. A meticulous renovation includes a magnificent wood-burning fireplace, beautiful cherry wood builtins, crown moldings, and marble fixtures throughout the living areas. Residential buildings come and go in Manhattan, but the architectural masterpieces created by Stanford White and McKim, Mead & White remain the standard-bearers for luxury living to this day.

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Ideally situated between Madison and Park Avenues. 4,000± sq ft. $6,750,000. WEB: S0018064. Brenda Straus, 212.606.7662, Olivia Hoge, 212.606.7738

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3 bedrooms, 3 baths, picture windows, washer/dryer. Garage and housekeeping service in building. $1,995,000. WEB: S0018029. Michele Llewelyn, 212.606.7716

maintained home with split 2 bedrooms, wall of windows, open South and West views. $1,695,000. WEB: S0018086. Eric Malley, 212.606.7625

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5 room with lovely south sunny treetop views. High ceiling, original details, 2-3 bedrooms. $1,250,000. WEB: S0018080. Anne Aransaenz, 212.606.7645

condition with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, high beamed ceilings. $1,049,000. WEB: S0018079. Epo In-Manning, 212.606.7604, Florence Danforth-Meyer, 212.606.7632

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FIFTH AVENUE DUPLEX WITH TERRACE: Glamorous prewar duplex in mint condition with a sun drenched terrace. Opulent master suite with two baths and two dressing rooms. $3,450,000. WEB: S0017516

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On the Market Brown Harris Stevens 84 Mercer Street Price: $7,950,000 Square feet: 9,427 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 History: This pre-war loft served as an office for Steinway & Sons in the 1850s. Apartment perks: Stretching the entire 200-foot length of the building, from Mercer Street to Broadway, this massive space has two separate street addresses with two separate elevator entrances and boasts 19 original exposed columns. With 21 new windows, three exposures and 12-foot ceilings throughout, the apartment bathes in sunlight all day. The eight rooms and large open space provide endless possibilities for reimagining this apartment. Contact: Slim Hanja at 212.317.3670 or Rudi Hanja at 212.317.3675.

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fter my mini-porn theater was shut down, heaven sent me an angel by the name of Chin Ho; an always grinning Korean guy who ran the newsstand on Lexington and 73rd Street, a convenient block and a half from my parents' apartment. One afternoon, after stocking up on my daily supply of gummy worms, comic books and Mad magazine, I slipped in a Playboy, just for a fast thrill. Chin Ho wagged his finger at me, and then whispered conspiratorially, “This is our secret.” When I got home, I poured through Playboy and then told my mother I wanted to walk our two pugs Milly and Lilly. I loathed dog walking (their “walk” usually consisted of making them pee right outside the building then playing two handheld video games before going home). I trotted Milly and Lilly over to visit my new BFF and pornography supplier Chin Ho. Once inside the newsstand I bought Penthouse, Oui, High Society and various other very XXX magazines. “Don't tell anyone or Chin Ho go to jail,” my friendly newsagent pleaded. “I won’t tell a soul,” I promised. And I meant it. My mind was spinning. It was the dawn of my new career as a pre-teen Hugh Hefner. I envisioned monogrammed “CC” bathrobes, velvet slippers and a screening room filled with blonde babes hand-feeding me gummy bears. Before school the next day, I carefully pulled apart the magazines and put individual nudie shots in different folders marked with various prices. A single, full nude page cost $1. A spread went for $2. A centerfold was $4. The next day at recess, the good word travelled fast throughout the middle school. “Charlie Campbell is selling porn. Real porn,” rang through the halls as if a gold rush had hit the classrooms of Barclay school. My folders (swiped from my mother’s home office) were soon empty and I had about $100 in my

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