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NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018

CONTENTS VOL. 42 NO. 7

FEATURES 58

A BADASS FINDS HER BLISS Andi Potamkin Blackmore makes an art of making a difference

by Linda Marx photographs by Jeffrey Slater

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MASTERS OF ARTS A disruptive dozen delight the eye

interviews by Ben Diamond photographs by Nick Mele produced by Sam Bolton

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COLIN BAILEY The Morgan Library's energetic director guards some of the city's finest treasures

by Ben Diamond

COLUMNS 30

TRENDSCAPE This season’s trends bring out the traveler in all of us

by Kelly Laffey

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by Wendy Sy

JEWELRY BOX Like the designer herself, Zani Gugelmann’s jewelry line is more than meets the eye

by Wendy Sy

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PAGE 38 Art finds Who's hip now?

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GIFT GUIDE Get into the holiday spirit with finds inspired by classic songs

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Zani Gugelmann opens up about Santo

FOOD FOR THOUGHT As autumn turns to winter, dining hunkers down

by Beth Landman

From art to automobiles Andi Potamkin Blackmore's journey

PAGE 58 ’Tis the season Gifts for everyone on your list

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C ON TE N TS ...COLUMNS

THE HAMPTONS LUXURY MARKET LEADER

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DRINKS WITH DEBBIE

A snapshot of the life of Bonnie Lautenberg

SURREAL ESTATE

Susan Gutfreund's prices are insane!

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THE STATE OF ART

Tallying the winners and losers at London’s fall auctions

by Asher Edelman

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POSTCARD FROM . . .

Return to the South African wild

by Kelly Laffey

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SOCIAL SAFARI

Ariana Rockefeller, The Phil, Met, Carnegie Hall, Hamptons Film Festival

by R. Couri Hay

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MS. DEMEANOR

Our columnist rues a world with too many rules

by Nina Griscom

DEPARTMENTS 17

ON THE AVENUE

The New York Academy of Art, Carnegie Hall and more

by Ben Diamond

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ARTS CALENDAR

This month’s selection of arts and culture

by Ben Diamond

ON THE COVER 37 years selling the Hamptons A histor y of achieving record sale prices for client s Consis tently ranked among the top 5 in produc tion of all Hamptons agent s

Andi Potamkin Blackmore shot by Jeffrey Slater. Shot on location at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at the Surf Club, Surfside, Florida.

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L ET TER FROM T HE EDI T OR DEAR READERS, One of the best things about editing this magazine is being able to shine a light on people who deserve attention,

“YOU ARE INTELLIGENT AND DISCERNING CONSUMERS OF WHAT IS NOW A LUXURY PRODUCT.”

whether they are subjects, writers, photographers, illustrators or the guests in the pages of party pictures our readers love and the causes we cover crave. It is one of the delightful oddities of AVENUE that in a world in which digital media is the bright shiny object hypnotizing all, our audience still looks for our “product” in “print.” Although some may consider AVENUE a dinosaur stalking New York’s schist, oblivious to its own impending extinction, I prefer to think of our staff, our readers and the advertisers who support us as exceptions to the death-of-print rule. We are journalists, not “content” producers, and you are intelligent and discerning consumers of what is now a luxury product: words and images reproduced on paper in the hope of providing enlightenment and enjoyment. And necessary or not, endangered or not, we feel fortunate that we get to do this job. We don’t do it alone. When I first came to AVENUE, I asked around about young and accomplished people I should know who might grace future covers. I don’t care only about youth— as regular readers of the magazine surely know—but seeing around corners is part of the job. Andi Potamkin’s name was on my first list, and when Linda Marx, our most frequent contributor in South Florida, told me she had big news to share, I leapt at the chance to profile her. My counterpart at Cultured magazine, Sarah Harrelson, suggested Jeffrey Salter to photograph Andi, and the results speak for themselves—quite beautifully. Our Contributing Editor Sam Bolton introduced me to Contributing Photographer Nick Mele last year, and publishing his portrait portfolios has been a treat for me. Nick’s work reminds me of that of the great Slim Aarons in its knowingness and visual punch, but his point of view is all his own and I’m thrilled that he agreed to shoot art-world heavyweights for this issue, as it is timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami. Senior Editor Ben Diamond’s profile of Colin Bailey, the director of The Morgan Library & Museum, was suggested by my dear friend Denise Hale of San Francisco, who got to know him when he ran the Fine Arts Museums there. She felt New Yorkers should know him better and I agree. Finally, I want to spotlight two of our monthly columnists, previously better known as citizens of the worlds we cover. Both Asher Edelman and Nina Griscom are controversial and sometimes cranky, but I consider those traits ideal, indeed necessary for purveyors of informed opinion on subjects like art (Asher) and manners and mores (Nina). That you have embraced them makes their presence in our pages all the sweeter. I thought about ending this month’s letter on the subject of things that make me cranky like over-reaching co-op boards, thoughtless neighbors, kamikaze bicycle riders, banal condo towers, clueless tourists clogging sidewalks (see Nina’s latest column for more on such urban annoyances), and Febreze, but gratitude is more appropriate as Thanksgiving approaches. So I’ll close by shining a light of thanks on you for reading and appreciating AVENUE.

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THE PARK AVENUE Armory’s annual gala was a cerulean celebration, as guests turned out for a blue ball that honored philanthropist Marina Kellen French and fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

20% of every purchase at participating Madison Avenue boutiques, restaurants, galleries

benefit the Pediatric Programs of THE SOCIETY OF MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER Hope and Robert Smith Carrie Mae Weems and Mark Robbins

Make Your Holiday Brighter For the Family Carolers | Caring Canines | In-Store Festivities & Treats For a list of participating stores and holiday activities: www.madisonavenuebid.org

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TAKE A BREAK! THIS SEASON’S TRENDS BRING OUT THE TRAVELER IN ALL OF US by Kelly Laffey Write on, rosé!

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P.S. THE WEATHER IS HERE. WISH YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL You’re on holiday! But a vacation is only as good as the bragging rights it gives you. Social media photos? Too overdone. Tell your friends how much fun you’re having IRL with the ultimate in AVENUE-approved stationery. Château d’Esclans—the French estate behind your favorite pink drink—has partnered with renowned stationery engravers Dempsey & Carroll on the Whispering Angel correspondence cards. With white paper and rosé-colored ink, the cards can be personalized with a name or monogram. SWAK! dempseyandcarroll. com

They say that making your bed every day will change your life. But will looking at photos of beds? If you’re prone to wanderlust, then the answer is: absolutely. Set to be released November 13 is The World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, published by luxury travel company Mr. & Mrs. Smith in celebration of its 15th anniversary. The book pays tribute to romantic rooms across the globe, shot by photographer Polly Brown. Here’s to your next bedtime story. mrandmrssmith.com How about waking up to this view?

“I love traveling, and I love working with artisans all over the world,” says Donna Karan.

Support artisan crafts this season

THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY At her 70th birthday celebration last month, Donna Karan said that, “My birthday wish is to travel the world and work with artisans.” She does just that through her Urban Zen Foundation, which supports cultural preservation through initiatives like bringing vocational education and opportunities to local artisans in Haiti. Shopping at Urban Zen is just one of many opportunities to give back. Volunteer at a favorite nonprofit. Donate to a passion project. Show support for your neighbors during Small Business Saturday. The holiday season will be here and gone before we know it, but doing good is always in style. 30 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018

Nama-stay in New York for the holidays

STAYCATION, ALL I EVER WANTED Can’t get away for the holidays? Then take the opportunity to enjoy all that New York City has to offer with a staycation. Have a zen moment at The Chatwal in Midtown, as the hotel has partnered with celebrity yoga guru Eddie Stern for in-room yoga courtesy of the new “pause and take a breath” app. In-person, one-on-one private classes are also available. If cardio is more your speed, check into Arlo NoMad, which will host Elements Fitness Studio’s signature barre classes on Tuesdays. And Arlo SoHo has debuted a courtyard apple orchard for guests to pick through the fall. If you're really ready for the holiday spirit, take the family to the Lotte New York Palace, which has a special partnership with the Rockettes.


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When you walk into a Jennifer Tattanelli atelier you’re walking into a world created just for you. You’re surrounded by pieces so meticulously designed and crafted, you’ll wonder if you woke up in Florence; the rich smell of naturally tanned leather and the deep texture of Italian suede beckoning. And if you don’t fall in love, we’ll play matchmaker: tell us your dreams and let us bring them to life. Let’s design together your one of a kind dream piece

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Statement Necklace, $899, by ATELIER SWAROVSKI BY TABITHA SIMMONS, Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue, 212.705.2000.

GIFTS TO WARM THE HEARTS OF YOUR MOST BELOVED by Wendy Sy

Rose Gold Leather Dahlia Lapel Flower, $110, by FLEUR’D PINS, Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, fleurdpins.com.

Girl’s Flip Sequin Beanie Hat with Fur Pompom, $46, by BARI LYNN, bergdorfgoodman.com.

IN FULL BLOOM Created by photographer Andrew Werner, Fleur’d Pins—each handcrafted in New York City—were made to “remedy the age-old conundrum of how men can stand out in a sea of tuxedos.”

Blue Diamond Supercream, $390, by OMOROVICZA, omorovicza.com. Knitted Mink Fur Mittens in Cornet Blue, $280, by POLOGEORGIS, pologeorgis.com.

Carat Eau de Parfum, $145/3.4 fl. oz., by CARTIER cartier.com. CARTIER,

Mix Blush Compact, $38, by JILL STUART BEAUTY, jillstuartbeautyusa.com.

STEP-BY-STEP Back in 1946, Bernardo was founded by architect and writer Bernard Rudofsky. He was credited with the invention of women’s modern-day sandals, worn by everyone from Jane Birkin to Jackie O. Since then, the brand has expanded to boots, loafers, wedges and more.

Winnie Rain Boots, $155, by BERNARDO, bernardo1946.com.

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Houndstooth Socks, $20, by EMILE ET IDA, smallable.com. Silk and Cashmere Scarf, $520, by BERLUTI, berluti.com.


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Power Belt Bag in Gunmetal, $895, by GG MAULL, ggmaull.com.

IT’S IN THE BAG Designer Gretchen Maull Berger created her line of handbags characterized by functionality, aesthetics and purpose: each are made to empower women, meant to be easily worn “hands-free,” and sustainably crafted in Italy.

Naomi Hat in Mink, $88, by GENIE BY EUGENIA KIM, shopbop.com.

Executive Moonstruck Watch in Platinum, $95,000, by ULYSSE NARDIN, Cellini, 430 Park Avenue, 212.888.0505.

First Go Balance Bike, $215, by BANWOOD BIKES, saks.com.

DOUBLE DUTY This formula is packed with good-for-you prebiotic antioxidants that protect skin against pollutant particles and blue light radiation.

Sofort Instant Camera, $279, by LEICA, leicacamerausa.com. Black Knee Length Fendi Mania Leather Boots, $1,790, by FENDI, fendi.com.

Ellice Aviator Sunglasses, $585, by OLIVER PEOPLES, modaoperandi.com.

New York Ganache 9-Piece Collection, $33, by MARIEBELLE, 484 Broome Street, 212.925.6999, mariebelle.com.

Diamond Cocoon Skin Booster, $250, by NATURA BISSÉ, naturabisse.com. Kids’ Unicorn CrystalTrim Headphones, $35, by AMERICAN JEWEL, neimanmarcus.com.

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WHAT TO GET THE GRACIOUS HOST ON YOUR LIST

Natural and Conch Pearl Tassel Earrings in 18k white gold, $79,990, by TARA PEARLS, tarapearls.com.

But First, Cocktails 8-Piece Bento Box, $65, by SUGARFINA, 185 Greenwich Street, 646.630.8139, sugarfina.com.

Unicorn Glitter Globe, $18, by SUNNYLIFE, fawnshoppe.com.

Children’s Pentatonic Glockenspiel, $78, by BELLA LUNA TOYS, bellalunatoys.com.

Perlée Round Platter, $680, by L’OBJET, l-objet.com.

Aegean Teapot, $396, by L’OBJET, l-objet.com. Equestrian Life: From Riding Horses to Country Estates Book, $55, by RIZZOLI, rizzolibookstore.com.

ALL BOOKED UP Sit back, relax and enjoy this book by the fireplace. Written by Lavinia Branca Snyder and photographed by Mark Roskams, its pages will transport you to the stables and interiors of country houses and estates in the British Isles and Ireland.

Oslo Cutlery Set in Matte Copper, $94, by CANVAS HOME, canvashome.com.

HOLIDAY ESSENCE Ahh, the spirit of winter. Fill your home with the scent of cool spruce pine, mountain galbanum and cedarwood.

Rosé Wine, $25, by HAMPTON WATER WATER, hamptonwaterwine.com hamptonwaterwine.com.

Geode Napkin Rings, $93/set of 4, by KIM SEYBERT, neimanmarcus.com. 36 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018

Norway Spruce Candle, $38, and Diffuser, $44, by GIBSON & DEHN, Maison 24, 470 Park Avenue, New York, and Neiman Marcus, 2442 East Sunrise Blvd, Florida, gibsonanddehn.com.


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NOVEMBER NOSHES AS AUTUMN TURNS TO WINTER, DINING HUNKERS DOWN by Beth Landman

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Ophelia will turn into a snow globe this winter.

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ell-loved East Side bistro Chat Noir shuttered this spring after more than a decade because of a gas leak in the building, but it looks like the space at 22 East 66th Street has found new owners. The Maccioni family plans to take over the first-floor brownstone space, bringing their iconic French restaurant Le Cirque back to its original ’hood. “This will have the feel of the original Le Cirque,” assures Mauro Maccioni, who explains that there will be tableside service of dishes for two, such as whole roasted duck, striped bass and veal shank. But there might be one point of difference; there is an ongoing negotiation to turn the upstairs floor into a 70-seat private club

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and lounge space, co-owned by real estate developer and reality TV personality Harry Dubin. “We will have a separate menu serving lighter food up there,” says Maccioni. Milanese restaurateurs Antonio Sinesi and Claudio Della Monica, who own Al Valentino, a favorite of the

Le Cirque

fashion crowd, are opening an intimate spot called Il Divo at 1347 Second Avenue. “It has always been my dream to come to New York,” says Sinesi, who is bringing some of his modern art collection over to adorn the walls. Massimo Sola, who earned a Michelin star, will act as his consulting chef, and the menu

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will change monthly. Among the offerings will be chickpea soup with fresh ricotta and crunchy bacon; risotto cacio è pepe, made with pecorino, pepper and cardamom broth; and veal cheeks on soft potatoes and lavender puree. Veteran chef Roger Souvereyns, who was one of the first to offer a farm-to-table concept, and is about to release his fifth cookbook, has come out of kitchen retirement to become consulting chef at Majorelle in the Lowell hotel. He is traveling to the

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FO O D FOR THOUG HT restaurant from Belgium once every few weeks to create new menu items, such as herb and flower salad with beetroot sherry vinaigrette; artichoke hearts with steamed foie gras; curried langoustines with frisée and apple; and grilled salmon with rhubarb and asparagus tips. “Roger is a master and an artist,” says Charles Masson, the restaurant’s owner, who used to oversee his family’s iconic restaurant La Grenouille. “Roger would come [there] and quietly hop into the kitchen. He puts together a harmony of herbs that brings out the true value of each vegetable. Chefs like Jean-Georges [Vongerichten], Daniel [Boulud] and Gabriel Kreuther look up to him.” The Lowell will also be relaunching the Pembroke Room this fall, offering afternoon tea and a pre-theater menu. “Cuisine vagabonde” is what the husband and wife team of 24-year-old chef Andrea Calstier and Elena Oliver call the voyageinspired food at Papilles, their new 11-seat boîte on East 7th Street. The menu includes such selections as roasted veal tenderloin with kabocha squash, maitake and cappuccino veal jus, and duck breast with figs, chanterelles,

parsnips and Tasmanian pepper. The wine list is not the sort you find at your typical East Village establishment: Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé, can be found in the reserve section for more than $2,000. West 20th Street between Park Avenue and Broadway has become a restaurant destination unto itself. In addition to Gramercy Tavern, Nur, Sugarfish and Le Coq Rico, Il Mulino has taken over a space at 43 East 20th Street and Stefano Secchi will open a trattoria called Rezdôra at 27 East 20th Street. Secchi, a chef whose family has owned Italian restaurants in Dallas for decades, will focus on the region of Emilia-Romagna, offering an array of fresh pastas and ragus, raviolis that change seasonally, and dishes like braised beef cheeks with twelve-hour slow-cooked onions. One special place to cozy up for drinks with friends over the holiday season is Ophelia, the year-round rooftop lounge near the U.N. This winter it will morph into a “snow globe,” with the installation of more than 20,000 lightbulbs, and special holiday food and cocktail menus.

Upper West Side favorite Bustan, a forerunner in the Middle Eastern food trend, has a new chef. Eli Buliskeria has worked at some of Tel Aviv’s top restaurants, including Herbert Samuel, and will be bringing such new dishes as burrata with warm Moroccan beet ragù, smoked eggplant carpaccio and taboon-roasted octopus to the menu. Acme in Nolita also has new talent at the helm. Thomas Romero, who earned his pedigree at DB Bistro Moderne and Empellón Taqueria, has become executive chef, adding such creations as beef tartare with Korean pear, wood ear mushrooms and tea egg; and corn risotto with red wine–braised oxtail, roasted poblanos and pecorino Calabrese. Sushi fans who find it hard to stomach the $300 per person price tag at Sushi Noz on East 78th Street will have a less costly alternative in November, when the restaurant opens the Ash Room, where its omakase will be a more humble $175. “This will give guests who want a more casual style the opportunity to experience Sushi Noz,” says co-owner Joshua Foulquier.

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FULLY ENGAGED A SNAPSHOT INTO THE LIFE OF BONNIE LAUTENBERG by Debbie Bancroft

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onnie has lived in New York City since 1984 and now resides in New York and Florida. She has always been a curious and perceptive observer. Her observations became acclaimed photographs, including of the political landscape she experienced in her years with her late husband, Senator Frank Lautenberg. Her repertoire has grown to include the relationship and influence of one art form to another, developing shows on the life of Andy Warhol and the girl of the moment, Lady Gaga, of course! Here’s how: What was the first photograph that set you on your professional path? Frank was always working! We were going to the White House for the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord in 1993 and because he couldn’t leave his desk, we got on the last bus from the Capitol to the White House. By the time we got to the U-shaped seated venue, all the seats reserved for the senators facing the stage where the signing was happening were taken, so we had to sit in the top of the U surrounding the event next to the Virginia Senate delegation of Senator John Warner and his then girlfriend, Barbara Walters, as well as Chuck and Linda Robb. We were in good company but not a good seat to photograph this historic event. I knew I had to move, so I got up and sat on the grass in what seemed like a better place to take photographs of Clinton, Rabin and Arafat coming out of the White House. The late journalist Charles Krauthammer was sitting next to me in his wheelchair. How was the shot? When I picked up my photos at the lab near my office, they told me my shots were as good or even better than many of the other professionals work. I realized I had captured a powerful piece of history through my lens. Another lab told me the same thing when I brought my film in to develop after

Q I returned from India. I began to think maybe I really had talent. I was very encouraged! Where did you go from that lofty moment? Frank was a very accomplished senator, having written major legislation that stopped smoking on domestic air flights, raised the drinking age to 21 and changed the standards for what constitutes drunken driving to .08 BAC. I was thinking about all the other senators and what they had accomplished and told him I wanted to photograph them and find out what their proudest accomplishments were. He said, you’ll never get them all! That’s all I needed, a good dare! I created this piece called “How They Changed Our Lives—Senators as Working People”— portraits of 101 senators from the 109th Congress and the new senators from the 110th Congress. That portfolio was exhibited right before the 2012 presidential election at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.

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What were some of the other senators’ proudest accomplishments? Joe Biden was proudest of his Violence Against Women Act, Ted Kennedy’s was the Voting Rights Act of 1965, John McCain was the McCain-Feingold Act and Senator Tom Harkin, my first Senate get, wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act. Who was the toughest to wrangle? Hillary Clinton wanted to do it, but I was having a really hard time getting her scheduler to fit me in until I saw Huma Abedin in the coffee shop of the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Fifteen minutes later I had it booked. Her photograph was fabulous and her proudest achievement was the $4.1 billion she and Senator Schumer raised to rebuild the World Trade Center. Who was the handsomest? Chuck Hagel. But some of the Senate offices were pretty handsome too, and one even had a grand piano in it!


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D RI N KS W I TH D E BBI E Tell me about the Obama portrait? I took that picture at (now Governor) Phil Murphy’s home in New Jersey. Obama’s first chief counsel as president, Gregory B. Craig, saw it in Frank’s office and wanted it for his office in the White House. I was thrilled! Then the art collector Eli Broad saw a small image of the photo and asked me if he could buy the image and 300 smaller images for him to give out as gifts to each of his guests for an inaugural dinner party he was hosting in Washington. I put each one in a white folio with “Change Will Come to America” in gold lettering. It was really fun to have been at that dinner party and see my photograph at each place setting.

“Eli Broad saw my Obama portrait and asked if he could buy it and 300 smaller images to give out as gifts at an inaugural dinner party.” And how about this for a leap…all the way to Gaga! I sat in the front row of her Radio City concert, and I had read in the New York Times that she lets you take pictures, so I brought my camera with me. They’re great photos of her. What’s up for Art Basel Miami Beach? I’m debuting my newest work, Artistica!, as the solo artist at the Jean Albano Gallery at Art Miami. I had this idea that artists are influenced by other artists and art forms, so I began this conceptual transformative project about two years ago. While doing my research I discovered that [many artists have been directly impacted by movies.] When I showed it to Jean Albano last summer, she thought it was really exciting and asked me if she could exhibit it at Art Miami this December. I was honored by her offer. I was also blown away by the positive response I got from several other gallery owners I showed it to. Please tell me we can call it a day. I feel utterly inert. I’m also coproducing a musical based on Andy Warhol’s life. My partner, Steve Leber, wrote the treatment for this Broadway musical after I took him to see some Warhol Soup Cans belonging to Frank that were going up for auction at Sotheby’s after Frank passed away. The Warhol Foundation loved it and approved the project. Trevor Nunn is directing. Stephen Schwartz is writing the music and lyrics, and Rupert Holmes is writing the book. We have a great creative team. It will open in 2020. Mic Drop. 46 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018


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nly with the best apartment in the best building could an asking price as substantial as $68 million seem to spell apocalypse for an entire way of life. But the case of Susan Gutfreund’s 22-room, 12,000-squarefoot, seven-bedroom duplex at 834 Fifth Avenue has the increasingly insecure denizens of Upper East Side thinking just that. In 2016, in an effort to downsize, Gutfreund listed her richly appointed home for an eye-popping $120 million. The remarkable price was fitting for an equally remarkable 100 feet of living space overlooking Fifth Avenue, spread across 10 generous, sofaheight windows. “When people arrive at 834, they are so surprised by the beauty of the view.” Gutfreund told the Observer shortly after her Henri Samuel–led redesign of the apartment. “They’re not realizing it’s because of such low windows! It’s a secret that people don’t pass around often.” She added that her favorite part of the apartment was her winter garden: “It just gives enormous pleasure because of the amount of light and fantasy.” “Susan’s property is very unusual and it’s magnificently done in 18th-century French [style],” says Larry Kaiser, who is marketing the apartment for Berkshire Hathaway. “It has a

“As much money as people have, they come in, and they want clean walls...They don’t want moldings. They don’t want kitchens that are behind pantries.”

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50-foot living room, a kitchen the size of most apartments, a wine cellar and half a dozen maid’s rooms and a formal library. It’s the best apartment in the best building in New York.” At the time, it was the most expensive private residence on the market in New York, and would have set a city record, surpassing the $100.5 million penthouse deal at One57. But the 2015 sale of a smaller apartment in the building, Woody Johnson’s 11th-floor duplex, to billionaire Len Blavatnik

for $77.5 million seemed to justify the nine-figure sum. Yet as of September 26, the Gutfreund apartment at 7 and 8A was asking just 43 percent of the original listing price. “As much money as people have, they come in, and they want clean walls,” says Kaiser. “They have contemporary paintings. They don’t want moldings. They don’t want kitchens that are behind pantries. They want the kids to sit on a barstool counter and watch Mommy or the maid cook.”


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S URRE A L E STATE turned investment banker Harry Lillis Crosby III—calls one of three ground-floor maisonettes home. Perhaps just as significant as the aesthetic turn against Versailles-chic interiors is the fact that perfectly respectable luxury condos are faster and easier to buy, and available in spades. Streeteasy currently returns 286 condo listings $10 million and over in Manhattan, all with glittery modern amenities. With options like that you have to assume that many real estate addicts are less inclined to submit to the humiliating proctology-by-microscope financial examination required to get into a co-op like 834. In this case, fine credentials, philanthropic proclivities, substantial liquidity and an all cash purchase are the bare

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And Gutfreund isn’t the only victim of the great Upper East Side housing slump. Since the day the doors opened in 1931 at the Rosario Candela–designed building, 834 has attracted all manner of café society so-andsos, nabobs and financiers. A great majority of those people made their fortunes as expert speculators and are now on the hook with deflated investments. These fish include billionaires like shipping mogul George Livanos, aerospace exec Robert Bass, and banker Charles Schwab. They include divorcées who escaped with more than a Birkin, like Tracey Hejailan-Amon, Laurie Tisch and of course Wendi Murdoch, who occupies Laurance Rockefeller’s former triplex. Even the son of legendary crooner, Bing Crobsy—actor

necessities—after all, the monthly maintenance fee for Mrs. Gutfreund’s home is around $30,000 a month and if Wall Street tanks, a pile of passé Old Master oils just won’t cut it. Kaiser says that the building has to some degree kept up with the times and that you don’t need to be a multibillionaire to buy. He adds that it would also be unwise to plop a pile of new money in front of board: “someone who made their fortune selling ice cubes yesterday isn't a good fit.” So perhaps unsurprisingly in an age where Instagram has replaced the Social Register, the most expensive co-op sale thus far in 2018 was for just $35 million for an eight-bedroom apartment at 995 Fifth Avenue. Kaiser and his cobrokers says that they’ve shown the apartment to many an interested buyers—

many of whom are old school chums—but that the market for this type of property is melting fasting than the polar ice caps. “These days very proper people go to Crate & Barrel,” he says. “The housekeeper can call the lady of the house by her first name. People like big, open kitchens instead of a dining room that seats 40. They wear sneakers. Everything is very casual. People jog in the park.” It certainly is disheartening that so many today buy their semiology ready-made from the high-priests of minimalism, and that the market for culture and civility is so paltry. On the bright side, a grand, if slightly obsolete, Upper East Side highlife has never been more affordable—even if you’re not the type to regard $68 million as bargain basement.

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STARS RISE, STARS SET TALLYING THE WINNERS AND LOSERS AT LONDON’S FALL AUCTIONS by Asher Edelman

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he art market, in descent, reveals stars both rising and falling. Evening auctions are always great aids at understanding trajectory, and those of Sotheby’s and Christie’s London, in early October, were especially so. At Christie’s October 4 sale, 31 works from a total auction of 56 were either bought in or sold at or very close to the low estimates or on guarantees. Sotheby’s did somewhat better with 27 out of 67 works bought in or sold at or very close to the low estimates or on guarantees.

FALLING STARS: Andy Warhol, after having commanded the highest sales records for years, was virtually excluded from the London sales. Sotheby’s had one modest work for sale, Joseph Beuys (Diamond Dust), which eked past its low estimate, whilst Christie’s locked the artist out for the night. Warhol’s market, both private and auction, has been quiet— one could almost say moribund—during the last 18 months or so. Christopher Wool sold one picture on a guarantee and a buy-in at Sotheby’s. He also experienced a buy-in at Christie’s. Mark Grotjahn, the decorative artist whose remarkable rise was fueled by less

sophisticated “pretty painting” buyers, found only one place at auction at Christie’s. No bids were evident, other than the house bids: another buy-in. Rudolf Stingel suffered a double buy-in at Christie’s and hit a single buy-in at Sotheby’s, scoring a negative three for three. Decorative art seems on the outs these days. Lucio Fontana had a slash painting at Sotheby’s (yes, another buy-in) and another at Christie’s, where it squeaked by and into a buyer’s hands. Gerhard Richter’s Skull was dead in the water, while a modest painting sold on the guarantee at Christie’s. Sotheby’s left Richter out of the sale; the artist’s market has been trending lower for the last few months, with this auction sealing the coffin.

RISING STARS: Jenny Saville at Sotheby’s set a new record for a living woman artist:

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£9.5 million in a £3.0-£4.0 estimate. Kaws won a big price for a big image at Sotheby’s: £1,030,000 against £250,000– £350,000 estimate. Albert Oehlen doubled to tripled estimates at Christie’s but had no pictures at Sotheby’s.

IN CONCLUSION: Nothing is forever. The stars of yesterday sometimes fade in the night, sometimes reilluminate. When the market enters round two, rebound, art sought for quality rather than price progression or style will again be in the winner’s circle. Recognition by price is always short-lived. For success, look at the art, not the price. There is more than psychic return on investment in this. If you look and learn, you’ll be buying more than décor. You will see greatness sooner than others and then you’ll profit twice.

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resh off a plane from New York, Andi Potamkin Blackmore, looking chic in a floral Gucci pantsuit, strides into the bar of Le Sirenuse at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Surf Club near Miami Beach, where her father, Alan Potamkin, is building a penthouse apartment. Curious, fun and brimming with emotional intelligence, Blackmore, 29, who was born in Miami and raised in a stunning art-filled Coral Gables mansion, is fascinated by the impeccable 2017 restoration of the Mediterranean Revival–style Surf Club, which was built at the end of the Roaring ’20s. It fits right in with her passions for design, development, history, art, infrastructure, color and creating sustainable projects. After a decade of art curating and acting in New York City that helped set the stage for her new career as director of business development for her family’s Potamkin Companies, Blackmore has found her bliss. “I was feeling like I was standing on ceremony,” says Blackmore of her years working in the art world, as she sips a pretty pink tequila drink. “I knew I needed a challenge and was inspired by my father, who is a

creative career, she grew weary of the pomp and circumstance of meetings where everyone agreed with each other. As a hands-on father who placed his only daughter (she has two younger brothers) in debate classes and taught her the importance of being a good citizen and a strong woman, Alan gave Blackmore three months to learn everything as an apprentice in the Potamkin Companies. She quickly put her New York social and networking skills to work, visiting all the automobile dealerships, attending legal and financial meetings, asking questions, taking notes and talking to city officials about zoning and tax law for company projects. She got the job. “Learning the business was a seamless transition from the art world, and I loved it,” says Blackmore of her apprenticeship. As an art curator, she often did shows that focused on color themes. Now, she uses her eye for design to create and improve buildings. “I want to create a symphony of new and existing developments, and my previous work has been a great help,” she says. For example, currently in development is a building skin that filters out four cars’ worth of pollution for every 10 square feet. “I told her she had to familiarize herself with everything, including the operational part of the company,” says Alan. “She is curious, with a wonderful thought process and work ethic. I am proud of the works she has done.” The family business was founded in 1954 by Andi’s grandfather Victor Potamkin, who turned a failing Manhattan Cadillac agency into a $1 billion empire by a savvy use of discounting and heavy advertising. At the time of his 1995 death at age 83, Victor and his two sons, Alan and Robert, controlled more than 50 franchises at 20 locations from New York to Florida. Today, the Potamkin Companies is based in Miami, and the automotive group is one of the largest new and certified preowned auto groups in the United States, with 16 brands, 1,500 team members and 34 locations in five states. Blackmore, the first woman since the company’s founding to work on an operational level, is now a seven-day-a-week workhorse for Potamkin’s real estate division, which owns land and builds buildings for the company and for others. She divides her time between New York and Miami, where the company recently opened a state-of-the-art wine storage facility in South Beach. Blackmore is currently overseeing the design and development of fleet maintenance facilities in Harlem for the New York Sanitation Department. She also handles Access-A-Ride, which provides public transportation for New Yorkers with disabilities. “I am passionate about infrastructure,” she says. “I am interested in the design of a city and how services affect the mentality of the citizens. My grandfather made the blueprint, my dad and uncle built the ship, and I need to steer it and say where we go.”

ANDI’S GRANDFATHER, VICTOR POTAMKIN, TURNED A FAILING MANHATTAN CADILLAC AGENCY INTO A $1 BILLION EMPIRE.

powerhouse. I have people skills and like to be in a room where decisions are made. I wanted power so I could use it to do good and build things that are decent and respectful and to make a difference in the world.” In 2015, after curating dozens of art shows in New York and around the world, Blackmore asked her dad if she could join the family business with hopes to eventually become the “patriarch” herself. Though she loved her 60 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018


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Among her recent work is a partnership with her cousin Marc Ganzi on the wireless communication facilities for New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, where she is a trustee on the board, and also for the family car dealership properties. These were complex transactions where telecom meets core real estate. “Andi grasped all of the challenging terms with speed and acumen,” admires Ganzi, CEO of Digital Bridge Holdings in Florida. “She has an amazing capacity to adapt and learn quickly.” Blackmore’s art world friends are equally impressed at how she took to business with insight, enthusiasm and tireless dedication. “Andi loves a challenge,” says Marlies Verhoeven, CEO and cofounder of the Cultivist, the global arts club offering privileged access to the art world. “She is a rare kindhearted yet power-forward woman who is unapologetic about her wish to be a badass in business. She works to make sure she takes over the family business in the responsible way—with experience and purpose—rather than as a chance inheritance. She is always informed about what interests her, whether it be health tips, environmental building practices, new fashion designers, or just trivia like how many sanitation trucks there are in New York. She is a true Renaissance woman.” Indeed, one of the best aspects of her new trajectory is the opportunity to utilize everything she learned leading up to it. As a young girl, Blackmore was fascinated with creating things, graduating from playing with clay to captaining her high school engineering team, which won a national championship. “Raised in a house with African masks, heads, rings, talismans and Egyptian hieroglyphs that my father collected, I treasured art, furniture and lighting, and I liked building stories that went with them,” she says. After high school, Blackmore enrolled in New York University to study theater, acting and set design. The latter taught her how to make powerful presentations and to learn how people interact with their surroundings. In 2007, she began dating Jordan Blackmore, a tattooed former high school wrestler from Union, Kentucky, who was working for celebrity hair stylist Oribe in Miami Beach at the time. Two years later, while she was still a student, the couple opened Three Squares Studio, a combined hair salon and art gallery on the border of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. While Jordan was building his own celebrity clientele (Marc Jacobs, André Balazs, Brian Atwood, Macklemore, etc.), Blackmore created revolving art installations with colors and textures that illustrated the seasons. She changed the color of the walls and the fabric of capes and robes as well as installing works from artists she researched, like Scott Campbell and photographer Phyllis Galembo. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but I always bought the first piece before a show, and we gave artists a 70/30 cut,” she says. “We made our overhead from the salon.” In 2011, after graduating college with a BFA and minor in philosophy and mythology, Blackmore did a short stint as an actress at the Roundabout Theatre Company while she was curating the salon. But she disliked the lifestyle and left the profession to start a contemporary art program for a Chelsea gallery, which offered her new emotional and intellectual stimulation. A few years later, the spirited maverick opened her own gallery, hosting thematic group shows combining art sales with set design, natural allies for today’s art world. Each show had painting, sculpture, furniture, lighting, ceramics and glass, all emulating the color and energy inside the space. Her successful curating, style and social schmoozing led to international commissions in London, Antwerp and Amsterdam. “Andi is one of the most creative women I know, with an incredible eye for art as both an advisor and a curator,” say Stacey Bendet Eisner, designer for Alice + Olivia. “I always learn from her, and I admire her taste, judgment and style. She is a muse to many.” When Blackmore left for the family business she thought that since “everyone in New York works so fucking hard” nobody in the art world “would suffer” without her. As a business executive, she could take the decision-making power and her stable future to the bank while working on important developments that would utilize her skills as a communicator and curator. “I think [about having] a dialogue with the existing development so what we create out of it works well together,” she says. 62 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018


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believed that the relationship between artist and material was creative. “They experimented freely with new techniques and made outdoor art that responded to the environment,” she says. When the couple sneak away to Gutai they like to be outside, rollerblading and riding bikes. They’re not afraid of getting their hands dirty, cutting trees, carrying dirt and moving rocks. Back in New York City, Blackmore works until 8 or 9 p.m. each night and occasionally socializes via fashion shows and museum events (she is also a trustee of the UrbanGlass foundation), while Jordan is busy with work dinners and going to the gym. “Jordan doesn’t like small talk or the social burdens of philanthropy and thought my previous life of going out just to be seen was taxing,” says Blackmore, who now counterbalances social obligations with yoga and by doing 100 squats a day. But she clarifies: “My business life [at Potamkin Companies] would not have worked had I started after college.” Blackmore divides her days among work responsibilities, activism and the arts, always including time with her family. She relishes her good fortune and continues to support issues like diversity, inclusion, the environment and women’s rights. “Andi has eyes that twinkle with mischief and compassion simultaneously,” says her artist/activist friend Zoë Buckman. “Her voice cracks like a woman who has lived and has a warm soul. Her style is impeccable, and she celebrates what it is to be a woman.”

For example, she and Jordan, whom she calls a “handsome, humble, funny, curious and brave old-school country gentleman,” are building an eco-estate in Gardiner, New York, near New Paltz. The couple married three years ago in the Utah desert and have apartments in Brooklyn and Miami, but they bought 88 acres of overgrown forest and farmland with views of the river and hacked through the brush with machetes, studying the land and cutting little paths throughout. They consulted a compass and watched the sun rise and set. Eventually, they created a garden to grow their own vegetables, installed a driveway and added infrastructure. They have also built a sustainable house out of insulated concrete with solar panels, and a big art barn with a wood shop for Jordan, a kiln and wheel for her clay projects and a painting area and library for their 8,000 books. “I loved learning about building something from nothing,” she says. “I think it helped a lot with my Potamkin job.” The duo plans to create an outdoor theater with a platform for dancers, play readings and other artistic endeavors. “We named the estate Gutai, which means ‘concreteness,’ ” she says of the Japanese movement representing a radical and energetic approach to making art, which includes performance, paintings installation and theatrical events. The group was formed the year her grandfather founded Potamkin Automotive. The artists associated with Gutai embraced humble materials and NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 • AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH | 65


“SHE IS A RARE KINDHEARTED YET POWER-FOCUSED WOMAN WHO IS UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT HER WISH TO BE A BADASS.”

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A THRILLING THIRTEEN DELIGHT THE EYE

Photographs by Nick Mele ■ Interviews by Ben Diamond Produced by Sam Bolton THE ART WORLD reflects many of our world’s worst aspects, from the attention-hogging main players to the relentless onslaught of avarice. But despite all its flaws, there is something worth venerating. Interesting, dynamic, and honest-to-god creative figures are hardly in short supply. So please, feast your eyes on 13 of the most interesting (and if we’re being honest, most eye-catching) men and women in the art world today. Young and old, well-known and up-and-coming, artistically inclined and business focused—we’ve taken a little from each camp, and are pleased to present them to you in a gold-leaf frame. Just don’t get too close—the guard is watching! DANIEL ARSHAM, Artist The art world: “I don’t really like anything about the art world. I spend most of my time thinking and doing things that are not within it.”

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MARIN HOPPER, Designer What her famous father Dennis taught her: “Buy art that you love, and don’t feel the pressure to buy an artist’s work because they’re popular or collectIble.” 70 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018


DONALD BAECHLER, Artist Guiding philosophy: “The only way out is through.”

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PATRICK CHARPENEL, Museum director, El Museo del Barrio His museum’s mission: “Working to fulfill the promise of presenting the diversity and complexity of Latinx art and culture to local and international audiences.”

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LIZ MARKUS, Artist Guiding philosophy: “Keep going and look at cute animals when it becomes overwhelming.”

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ELENA SOBOLEVA, Curator, David Zwirner Gallery What she does: “Spearhead the development and curation of the digital sales program and the Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner.”

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ANTHONY GOICOLEA, Artist What he does all day: “I go to my studio and work all day. I treat it like a job—I go in at 8:30 and stay until 6 or 6:30.”

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STOREY SCHIFTER, Executive Assistant, Sotheby’s ALISSA FRIEDMAN, Partner, Salon 94 Storey, on her gurus: “As two rare creatures, Alissa Friedman and Jeanne Greenberg, were my first mentors. My philosophy is nuts and bolts hard work, no detail too small.” 76 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • AVENUE ON THE BEACH • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018


BARBARA GUGGENHEIM AND ABIGAIL ASHER, Art advisors, Guggenheim Asher Associates Drive for success: “Barbara wakes up at 5 o clock in the morning, and Abigail goes to sleep at 2 a.m. Wherever we are, we are constantly looking and constantly researching, and always doing our due diligence.”

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ERIC SHINER, Artistic director, White Cube Current project: “How do you create a new and exciting program in the United States for the first time? There’s lots in store, so do stay tuned!”

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JAMES FUENTES, Gallerist, James Fuentes Gallery Next project: “NADA Miami, where we will feature the work of Purvis Young, a self-taught artist from Miami who died in 2010.”

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ll museum directors, like all curators, love art deeply and passionately. But being a museum director requires skills wholly unrelated to art: the capability to lead a small army of curators, restorers, and archivists, all of whom have no real choice but to listen to your every word; the ability to command a room, whether at donor events, gallery tours or otherwise; and even—at least at some institutions—the fortitude and vigor to live for free in an elegant townhouse. So perhaps most important is a certain quickness of the tongue, an ability to communicate smoothly with donors and patrons, to toss off quips and insights and make it all look easy. Watching Colin Bailey make his rounds at the Morgan Library’s Fellows Reception, in the lobby of the museum’s new Renzo Piano building, one notes this quality about him. “I tend to run around just saying hello to people,” Bailey says of his role at a function like this. And indeed, it’s hard to think of this as anything but the vital role. It’s anything but fun, having to spend so much time conversing with people who are (and there’s no other way to say it) just not very interesting. Sure, the museum has some truly fascinating patrons, like longtime Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau (who apologized to the director for not staying longer—he needed to make it to Bruce’s Broadway show). But most of them aren’t like that, and watching them talk to Bailey about other, irrelevant art exhibitions they’ve seen, or their high school reunions, is painful. Yet Bailey has that rare and much appreciated quality: the ability to seem like he gives a damn. He’s able to find that sweet spot between idle chitchat and a focus too intense to break. In groups, he’s willing to let others speak, venturing an opinion only when necessary. One on one, he listens. Most people, he seems to have realized, really just like hearing their own voices. But when he does speak, people listen. Bailey speaks quietly, and it can be difficult to hear what he is saying. But what is a tremendous disadvantage for, say, a reporter following him as he greets donors, is undoubtedly a strength otherwise. Bailey doesn’t see any of this interpersonal stuff as being particularly unique to the director’s job, and is quick to push against the notion that he needs to. “All of us, everyone, are ambassadors of the institution,” he says. “It’s my primary responsibility with the board to talk about what we’re doing, identify the needs, and ask people to help us, and sometimes that’s very clearly a process with foundations and applications and you follow that, but there’s nearly always a personal connection.”

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ut good as he is at establishing said connection with his artsy constituency, Bailey never intended on being a museum director. In fact, as he tells it, his entire career in art stems from a series of fortuitous coincidences. Growing up in London, he was not entirely lacking in art exposure—the music school he attended on Saturdays was right next to the Wallace Collection, a house museum comparable to the Frick—but had very little experience in the way of academic preparation. “There was no art training or art history in my education,” he says. “When I was at university you couldn’t really study art history. I didn’t really have a desire to anyway.” It was only with the guidance of a few charismatic professors at Oxford, where Bailey studied history, that art even became a possibility for him. “It was on the strength of two people,” he says. Francis Haskell—“a great empiricist art historian”—and Simon Schama, at the time very young. “[He] had come to be a professor at our college, and introduced art history books into the curriculum for straight history,” Bailey says. “I credit those two people. I think this happens with lots of students: someone engages you.” Pierpont Morgan’s study

“Being around the object was a bit of a revelation to me,” he says.

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From there, Bailey intended to pursue a career in academics, beginning with a PhD in art history. But his first museum fellowship would again nudge him from his expected path. It was the early 1980s— “the dark ages,” he says, “when in England at least, there wasn’t really obvious training”—and Bailey took a fellowship at the Getty Museum, in Malibu. “A program where you spent one year in a department that was appropriate for your work, half of the time writing your thesis or book, the other half working for the department.” It was his first experience working for acquisitions, researching objects and “talking in front of a painting rather than writing about it in an academic way.

t was an important enough experience that Bailey changed his focus entirely, and embarked on a career in museums rather than academia. From that first fellowship, he would go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and from there to a slew of prestigious institutions, including the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the National Gallery of Canada, the Frick, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he became director in 2013. Throughout it all, his seniority has steadily increased, although, as he puts it, this too was a fluke. “To be perfectly frank, I did not aspire to being a director for much of my curatorial career,” he says. What he did aspire to was greater exposure to different roles within the museum. “At the Kimbell, I had very little


haven’t done that I would like to do, and the challenge was how do you become a viable candidate for a directorship.” Fortunately for Bailey, the Center for Curatorial Leadership, a sort of incubator for museum directors, had just been established, and the then-curator applied.

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rom there, he would go on to the directorship of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, full expecting a long tenure there. But he would only stay for eighteen months. The unexpected had again reared its head, and he was approached by headhunters from the Morgan. It was a difficult transition at first. In his first weeks on the job, he set off alarms walking through areas he shouldn’t. “I’d go through tours when I wasn’t supposed to!” he says. “Coming back to New York was not a learning curve, but being here was, even though it was familiar, still very overwhelming, since there’s such depth in each department.” Since he took over, he’s come to appreciate the little things, like the Morgan’s illuminated manuscripts, a cornerstone of the collection,

said rich white guy. And J. Pierpont Morgan and his ilk, along with their wives, have been the museum’s principal financiers since its founding. Just walk in and notice the wall of donors, with Morgans aplenty, along with Mellons, Rockefellers, Lehmans and more. Notice, as well, the fact that placed directly in front of them is the “Nautical Bell from Pierpont Morgan’s third steam yacht, Corsair.” GRAHAM S. HABER

The original Charles McKim designed facade

AS BAILEY TELLS IT, HIS ENTIRE CAREER B IN ART STEMS FROM A SERIES OF FORTUITOUS COINCIDENCES. administrative responsibility, the director was very present in everything. You just had a much less encumbered administrative world. I felt I needed some experience in that. Going to the National Gallery of Canada, being chief curator and the deputy director for all the art departments and the library and conservation, and doing my own curatorial projects, that really expanded, and I thought that was a very good balance, to be able to keep doing my own work, exhibitions, acquisitions and publications and then also have a role shaping the departments that reported to me.” And then, inevitably, during his long tenure at the Frick, he started to think about leadership roles. “At some point maybe in my early fifties, I realize there is something I

and the big things, like the museum’s truly generalist focus. But he has also brought a level of organization to the museum, and instituted regular meetings. And, yes, there have been some staff shake-ups since his appointment, though he describes them as all coincidental. But by and large, the director has stayed the course. “I would say that the institution has always been very well stewarded, financially and programmatically,” he says. The Morgan has a reputation, perhaps once deserved, for stuffiness. Like the Frick (where Bailey served as both chief curator and deputy director), its genesis comes from the collection of a rich white guy who died 100 years ago, and is located in the former home of

ut it has always had much more range, and exciting exhibitions than most people realize, and under Bailey’s leadership that has only continued. On the slate now is the exhibition of a seldom-seen Pontormo altarpiece that has never been exhibited before in the United States; an exhibition of Tintoretto paintings and drawings; and the season’s marquee exhibition, “It’s Alive: Frankenstein at 200,” a collection of art, drawings and memorabilia relating to Mary Shelley’s original gothic novel and all the subsequent adaptations. Is there a through line for any of these shows, some guiding principle for how a Morgan exhibition should look and feel? It’s hard not to notice a certain interdisciplinary quality to the shows that the library has mounted, and a fearless willingness to ask for big pieces from other institutions. “I’d like to think that when there is an opportunity for the Morgan to be a host of something that might not otherwise be seen in New York, within the parameters of our collection, and if we can find the appropriate space and the appropriate curatorial support for it, that’s something I’d like to do.” But beyond that? Bailey, ever diplomatic, demurs. “I want the shows to be object-based or quality-based.”


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orty percent of the world’s sand forests are located in the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. It is one of seven ecosystems on the 70,560-acre property, but it’s the only one that is critically endangered. Its history stretches back millennia, when the Indian Ocean came this far inland. The coast is now roughly 15 miles east, as the crow flies. This land was once dunes. Termites sustain the ecosystem. They provide the soil with nutrients for the hardy trees that began growing here, the majority of which are not found anywhere else. The oldest are a few thousand years old. But the elephants were not impressed.

South African wild, where you can instead spend an afternoon with the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo—as casual observers of the circle of life.

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e spotted our first bull elephant on the afternoon of our first full day at the reserve. He was large enough to down a tree—and thus, the herds are not allowed inside the sand forest—but he wasn’t acting like it. His walk was delicate but purposeful. His gauzy ears flapped simultaneously, in sync with each other as he moved toward a watering hole. He quenched his thirst by sucking water into his trunk and tossing it into his mouth. It was a messy process. Our bull was joined by another. We watched in silence for a while. Five minutes? Twentyfive minutes? The constraints of time matter far less in the

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t andBeyond Phinda, the bush is not a place you pass through to check off a box on your travel bucket list. It’s a cultural immersion into the landscape and communities that emphasizes how thoughtful planning and stewardship create harmonious relationships— between visitors and locals; between animals and humans; and between tradition and innovation.

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There are six andBeyond properties in Phinda, ranging in size from the sole-use villa at the Phinda Homestead, with four suites and a private chef, ranger, host and butler, to the 25-suite Phinda Mountain Lodge. None are within sight of each other, but staying there is the only way to access the protected land. The maximum number of guests the Phinda lodges can collectively accomodate is 122. With rules in place governing the number of vehicles allowed to observe a particular animal at one time—no more than three, and sometimes two—the luxury Phinda experience feels completely your own.

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lmost two years after a fire burned Homestead to the ground, the property reopened on September 1. Built in the likeness of the original, the lodge pays homage to the surrounding Zululand culture and landscape. The food tells the story of the local communities, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and frequent, smaller meals that showcase the area’s flavors. Ninety percent of the design elements are South African. “We tried to move away from clichéd African design,” explained Tamara Kirkwood of Fox Browne Creative, the agency behind the style of Homestead. “The concept is modern Zulu design meets old school Zulu craftsmanship.”


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eiling light fixtures are traditional fishing baskets, hung upside down. The circular dividers just inside the entrance of the bedrooms are inspired by Zulu floor mats. River reeds that are woven in a star pattern and then strung together are door hangings in Zulu homes and curtains at Homestead. It was the biggest commission the local artisan who created them had ever received. The andBeyond Phinda experience is completely customizable, with twice-daily game drives and opportunities to visit the community, to watch the conservation team in action, to spend a day at the beach—the sand bars and snorkeling in nearby Sodwana Bay are worth a day trip—and to indulge in jaw-dropping hospitality. The emphasis is on sustainability and authenticity. It’s not a Disney-fied version of what safari should look like. “At all of the lodges, you’ll find just one iconic skull, to bring in the bush element,” explains Kirkwood. At Homestead, it’s an elephant who died in a fight. His skull is on a black table in the outdoor seating area, visible almost immediately as you enter the property. His hollow eyes were bigger than two of my fists.

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hinda Private Game Reserve was established in 1991 in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. It’s accessible via Airlink flights from Johannesburg or Cape Town to a private on-site airstrip. The initial boundaries were roughly 32,123 acres of degraded farmland. Phinda is a Zulu word meaning “the return.” The reserve is now more than twice as large and includes community-owned property that andBeyond leases. Partnering with the community, a pioneering move at the time, and showcasing the financial viability of conservation tourism has been crucial to andBeyond’s success. “Community buy-in and education are a critical part of conservation,” emphasizes ecologist Craig Sholto-Douglas, who heads up the reserve’s research and monitoring department. andBeyond Phinda supports five area communities through its community development partner, the nonprofit Africa Foundation. Epitomizing their work is

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fter rehabilitating the natural landscape, the andBeyond team began reintroducing indigenous wildlife. White rhino were some of the first to arrive. There is also now a significant population of the critically endangered black rhino. A network of in-house conservation and anti-poaching units work to ensure the sustainability and viability of all the animals on the reserve, including making the difficult decision to de-horn the rhinos so they’re far less valuable to poachers. It’s been successful. None were killed in 2017 or 2018. Though the Phinda lodges are partially fenced in, there are few set demarcations between land reserved for humans and land reserved for wildlife. There’s a tradition at Phinda called the sundowner, where you take a break from the evening game drive to enjoy a beverage as the sun sets over the bush. On my first evening, I sipped a gin and

tonic—a traditional bush drink, as the quinine in tonic has malaria fighting properties—as our tracker Bennie and our ranger Clive walked around the vehicle. I stared into the distance. They were staring at the ground, and soon our group received our first lesson in wildlife spotting. I was flooded with knowledge that, as I sat on my South African Airways flight to Johannesburg earlier that day, I hadn’t known I would find so fascinating. A perfect horseshoe was a zebra track. The large U-shape of the mother’s hoof had a tiny U by its side. A few feet away, a hippo had been soaking in a small puddle. The footprints became less sloppy as he walked out of the mud. I stood in front of his tracks. It was larger than both my feet together. All around me, it seemed, the entire animal kingdom, predators and prey, had walked by at some point over the past few days.

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ack at Homestead, each evening was punctuated by the call of frogs from the nearby watering hole. Other animals stopped by, too. The most common were nyalas and warthogs. The elephants are allowed there as well—but they’ve been known to prefer The the purified water ofview the inside ibu Farm Cafe Homestead infiMal nity pool.

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MS. D E M E A N OR

RULES DON’T RULE OUR COLUMNIST RUES A WORLD WITH TOO MANY RULES.

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fter years of conforming (well, maybe not always) to copious rules of conduct in school as well as those we all rebelled against growing up, I always assumed I’d be able to live by my own rules when I “grew up.” Well, not so easy, Mary! There are way too many intrusive rules butting into our private everyday lives these days, and ironically, not nearly enough of them to smack down some of the foul behavior that’s been normalized. For instance (and yes, I’ve said it in this space before), I wish there were more rules—some rules, any rules—governing cell phone use in public spaces. You hardly see faces on the streets anymore; they’re all glued to their screens. Most of us agree that rules of conduct are necessary for obvious reasons. But political correctness has really exacerbated the situation. One of the first signs of the rise of this camp and its rules was in 1990, when the town of Aspen voted to ban the sale of furs. I’m actively involved in animal conservation, but I equally believe in the right to choose what you wear. Imagine if bad taste were banned; there’d be a lot fewer people on the streets. On a recent trip to Paris, I was parked in the cozy sitting room of the Relais Christine, a luxury boutique hotel, and as guests checked in, I couldn’t help but notice the American clients all looked like they were dressed for a camping trip in the Adirondacks, while the Europeans looked casual and elegant. We travel in sloppy sweats. They won’t leave the house in them. Americans used to think they could learn from Europe. It wouldn’t hurt to try that again.

The workplace has become another arena for the energetic enforcement of an overabundance of rules. Even before the #MeToo movement began, there were mandatory sexual conduct classes in many companies. I wonder if they give out grades. I would pay to see Harvey Weinstein’s report card. Additionally, rules governing texting, bathroom breaks, personal items on desks and even consumption of water are arbitrarily applied. And you thought you’d graduated from high school. All that’s missing are hall passes. Buying an apartment in Manhattan? If you’re a smoker, you’d better check into rehab before handing in your board package. Many buildings forbid smoking—an awful few even

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ban butts inside private apartments. I’d love to see the medical research on damage done by secondary smoke seeping under doors. I have a feeling it’s not significant. Why are we allowed to smoke on the street but no longer on public beaches or parks? Would someone please explain this to me? I’m a dog owner. I well remember when pooper scooper laws came into being in the late ’70s. I approved of them—as would anyone who’s stepped in, well, it. But that was just the beginning. New York has always been pet friendly, until recently, that is. My husband actually got a ticket for walking our dog off the leash in the park, five minutes after leash requirements went into effect. My editor was once thrown in a cell in the Central Park precinct for merely entering the park with his dog after 1 a.m. Seriously? There are now only small slots of time when you’re allowed to let your dog run free and play. Yes, there are exceptions to the tyranny of rules. Kamikaze bicycle riders transgress lanes, laws, and the personal space of pedestrians—but the police do nothing. One cop confided they’d been ordered to ignore offenses committed by those two-wheeled weapons and their riders. Apparently the brass finds dogs playing in the park a greater threat to life and limb. Many apartment buildings have deemed pets unacceptable, too. The next step might be barring tenants with loud voices, or couples with Latin tempers. Since rules seem to be so in vogue these days, why don’t co-ops ban screaming babies, fighting couples, tweeting parrots, any form of garlic, mothers-in law coming to visit and sneakers in the lobby. And while they’re at it, there should be a rule against chronic complainers like me, the resident Grinch of AVENUE.

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...