AVENUE MAY 2014
the art issue
THOMAS CAMPBELL BY JAMES REGINATO Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
PLUS: MayямВower Maven Sydney Biddle Barrows, the Art of Jewelry and Our Annual Art Power List
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VOL. 38 NO. 5
THE METROPOLITAN MAN
As the ninth director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Campbell knows a thing or two about running a world-class organization; in our exclusive interview he divulges the workings of the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere.
by james reginato photographs by pascal perich
THE ART POWER LIST
WOMEN WHO RUN THE ART WORLD
The most influential buyers, collectors and sellers in the art game right now. Profiling the most powerful young women who are moving and shaping the New York art world.
by mi mi chloe park
A pictorial feature showcasing some of the most exquisite fine jewelry pieces in sweet set-ups.
by haley friedlich photographs by jessica nash
HAMPTONS READY PART II
Get your house in-shape for the summer—the second part of our checklist focuses on getting the exterior, especially the garden, in top shape.
by robin phillips
Find out what all of our AVENUE friends are looking forward to this summer.
by debbie bancroft
Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art wears his own suit on the Great Hall Balcony. Photographed by Pascal Perich. Styled by Monica Cotto. Groomed by Lindsey Williams
on the cover Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art wears his own suit on the Museum’s terrace.
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Inspired by Pharrell Williams, we put together the sunniest, springiest and all-around happiest objects we could find.
by haley friedlich
COCKTAIL ON THE AVENUE
An especially intriguing cocktail with “Mayflower Madam,” Sydney Biddle Barrows.
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VOL. 38 NO. 5
Michael Gross contemplates the comings and goings of neighborhoods and their popularity, from downtown to, yes, Inwood.
by michael gross
POSTCARDS FROM . . .
Beautiful and graceful interior designer Carolina von Humboldt shows us Paris through her expert eye.
by haley friedlich
The Pisces Party, Charles James and the final Winter Ball . . .
by r. couri hay
WORLD ACCORDING TO . . .
Bon Vivant and artist Hunt Slonem on being a painter and what his adventures are in New York City.
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ON THE AVENUE
Parties and launches galore, spring is finally here and we have everything from the annual Sloan Kettering Bunny Hop to the Save Venice benefit gala. Find out what’s happening on the stages, in the museums and galleries around the City.
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THE STYLE ISSUE Next month AVENUE packs up and moves out East for our second summer of AVENUE on the Beach. We have another summer full of style, art, family and Hamptons insider information in store, so stay tuned! 12 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
In last month’s issue, in our piece “How to Marry a Building Heir,” we made the mistake of saying that both Alex Brodsky and Isabel Rose were single. Mr. Brodsky and his wife Kate Rheinstein Brodsky are happily married, as are Ms. Rose and her husband. We apologize for the error and any upset this may have caused the Brodsky and Rose families.
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“As lucky as Campbell may be to lead the Met, we New Yorkers are just as lucky to have a torchbearer of his strength . . .”
TIME SPENT AT the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an intrinsic part of every New Yorker’s experience. Just as Central Park, behind it, is so much more than a “park,” the Met is so much more than a mere museum: Our first experience with the Met starts with school trips and worksheets; when we’re teenagers, those front steps are the perfect place to meet friends and check out members of the opposite sex. College students loiter in the café for hours debating the importance and use of color in Matisse versus Modigliani. And who in her twenties hasn’t sought solace nursing a broken heart under the soothing statues in the Greek galleries? As parents, we find the Met a godsend because our children can run around the Temple of Dendur free of any fear of injury or reprisal. And then, as we grow older, the masterpieces we were introduced to as children become as familiar as old friends and remind us that while time marches on, those treasures will never lose their ability to transfix. New York City loves its Met. So, to be given the chance to be steward of our own Valhalla is not an honor we bestow lightly; it is the artistic equivalent of being handed the keys to the city. Thomas P. Campbell, ninth director and CEO of the Met, has proven himself to be a more–than-capable leader of the closest thing we have to a palace for the arts. Having taken the helm during the financially turbulent year of 2008, and now five–and-a-half years into his tenure, he’s steered the institution in a number of dynamic new directions while never ignoring its core mission. As lucky as Campbell may be in his field to lead the Met, we New Yorkers are just as lucky to have a torchbearer of his strength and foresight taking us and our favorite institution into the future. Daisy Prince
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Jessica Hart and Stavros Niarchos at the Save Venice Enchanted Garden Ball
on the avenue
Derek Blasberg and Hamish Bowles
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Sophia Kanavos
THE MERCHANTS OF VENICE
Lauren Santo Domingo
Peter Brant Jr. and Harry Brant
Masks at the Save Venice Ball
F Blair Husain and Fazle Husain Mia Moretti and Margot
ashionistas, cultural influencers and supporters of the Save Venice initiative gathered at The Pierre hotel to celebrate the annual charity gala. This yearâ€™s theme was an Enchanted Garden Ball that showcased some of the most luxurious gowns and masks for the season. The enchanted evening was sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana and Ferrari. Dancing to the tunes of May Kwok and Mia Moretti were Lauren Santo Domingo, Camilla Al-Fayed, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Alexandra Lind Rose, and recent CFDA winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. Hardly the garden-variety gathering.
Dana Auslander and Alexandra Lind Rose Padma Lakshmi
Elizabeth da Trindade-Asher
Nina Freudenberger and Kyle Hotchkiss Carone
on the avenue
Charlie Scheips, Kelly Padden and Christopher Mason
Dustin Yellin, Vito Schnabel and Ross Bleckner
Bob Colacello and Diane von Furstenberg
THE NEW FACTORY
DVF celebrates Bob Colacello’s new book
A Karolina Kurková
reverent crowd gathered to celebrate Bob Colacello’s new Warhol biography—Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up— at a phenomenal book party hosted by fashion maven Diane von Fürstenberg. A band of Warhol’s closest associates, such as John Richardson and Fran Lebowitz, mingled with a much younger throng of Warhol aficionados, including Mary-Kate Olsen and fiancée Olivier Sarkozy, models Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurková and art dealer Vito Schnabel. They all raised champagne toasts at DVF’s chic flagship boutique along 14th Street. CLINT SPAULDING/PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Mercedes Bass and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Gretchen Fenston, Roddy Caravella, Frank Gulemmo Jason Sherman Louise Mirrer
Melissa Sherman and Carole Sherman
FASHIONABLE FAÇADES Bill Cunningham’s opening at the New York Historical Society
he New-York Historical Society paid homage to legendary street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham with the opening of Façades, a new exhibition on view that features nearly all of the original 88 gelatin prints from the now 85-yearold artist’s 1978 published photo series of the same name. “I don’t think he ever thought of it as a fashion project,” said the show’s curator, Valerie Paley. “It’s more a social, architectural and fashion history of the city . . . [Cunningham] saw the grace of old architecture—the lines and the architectural integrity.” SAM DEITCH/BFANYC.COM
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Allison Stern, Michael Gross and Leonard Stern
Roberta Amon and Denise LeFrak
Tamar Lurie and Wendy Sarasohn Elizabeth Stribling
HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE
Michael Gross launches his latest book
VENUE, Wendy Sarasohn and Tamar and Ranan Lurie hosted a book launch party for real estate editor Michael Gross’ latest title, House of Outrageous Fortune. Based on the infamous residence, Fifteen Central Park West, notables such as Denise LeFrak, Roberta Amon and Elizabeth Stribling were in attendance to toast to another one of his publications. The book details a narrative of the building’s transformation and renovation into one of the most flashy residences in New York City. ROSE HARTMAN
Tom Sykes and Sasha Sykes
Sara Bliss and Blair Voltz Clarke
MAX MARA MEETS ART Sasha Sykes and Voltz Clarke unveil a new exhibition
A Maria Giulia Maramotti and Chef Matteo Temperini
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n artsy bunch amassed at Max Mara’s salon boutique to fete the opening of Encased: A Solo Exhibition by artist Sasha Sykes. On view until April 22, the showcase features acrylic cubes filled with nature bits and everyday trinkets, creating a remarkable collection of artwork that doubles as conceptual furniture. Guests, including Lenore Mahoney, Maria Giulia Maramotti and Blair Voltz Clarke, took turns posing on the handcrafted pieces as they sipped champagne. WILL RAGOZZINO/BFANYC.COM
Carla Sersale and Tito Pedrini
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Gary Flom and Svitlana Flom
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Lauren Bush Lauren
CANDY GIRL AVENUE hosts a cover party for Dylan Lauren
David Lauren and Dylan Lauren
stylish set flocked to Manhattan Jaguar to fête AVENUE’s fabulous cover story featuring candy queen Dylan Lauren, who attended the jovial affair donned in blue and gold alongside brother David Lauren. The blue-lit atmosphere was brightened by myriad notables such as Lynne Scalo, Michael Florio, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Keith Scott and Nicole Noonan. AVENUE Editor-in-chief Daisy Prince and President Randi Schatz uncloaked a brand-new, super-sleek Jaguar alongside the evening’s honoree, revealing a surprise even cooler than the mini-sports-car ice sculpture they had unveiled earlier that evening.
Richard Steinberg and Suzan Kremer
Geoffrey Bradfield Lauren Frid and Luis Ortiz
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Annie Taube with Annabelle and Brady
Dan Abrams and Everett Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler Eleanor Ylvisaker
Ferebee Taube, Melissa Meister and Marcie Pantzer
THE BUNNY HOP
Memorial Sloan Kettering hosts its annual event
he Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center once again heralded the arrival of spring with the 23rd Annual Bunny Hop. Sponsored by Gucci, the magical event was cochaired by Melissa Meister, Marcie Pantzer, Annie Taube and Ferebee Taube, the sold-out soirée raised over $300,000 to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Pediatric Department.
Jill Kargman and Sadie
Joshua Gruss and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss with Angelica, Joseph and Sienna
Beth Blake and Alison Aston
Spring is A in the Air New York notables share their Hamptons wishlist
ll those ubiquitous Ugg boots out there offered a kind of “trifecta” of meaning this past winter—for their look, for the weather, for our mood. Then April trickled in. But what we were really waiting for was May. . . ahhh. . . May. She is the belle of the calendar’s ball, the Miss Popularity of the month, and Nate Silver’s pick for winning-est time of the year. Because if this extreme winter was any indicator, August will be . . . well, never mind. Here, in our grateful state of mind, we queried some of our friends on what they are looking forward to this summer, and what they are not:
I’m looking forward to the World Cup and to practicing my Tai-Chi on the beach on Shelter Island. I’ve been learning in the winter, in the privacy of our living room. I’m going to try some of my groovy moves al fresco. I’m sure the neighbors will make fun of me. I’m not looking forward to being made fun of while doing my Tai-Chi moves at the beach on Shelter Island. I’m also not looking forward to the Brits not winning the World Cup. I’m a hippie Tai-Chi fan and a rabid soccer fan. I’m a city of contrasts.
I’m looking forward to whipping up summer pudding
and tri-color gazpachos in Sag Harbor and Mallorca. I’m not looking forward to the fetid perfume of city streets in August—another reason to skip town.
I’m looking forward to Gus’ homemade ice cream at the Candy Kitchen; wearing a hat every single second and not getting burned; getting the best produce imaginable at Pike’s Farm stand on Sagg Main; watching great old classic movies at home with my family and friends; and getting a stiff neck from too much neck craning. I am not looking forward to getting a job in August and having to commute to the city every day on the Jitney and coming down with pneumonia because that bus has the most effective air conditioning since ice was invented. Also, having so many house guests that my children have to flee their rooms and sleep on rugs in the attic. They aren’t looking forward to that either.
I’m looking forward to going to the beach and swimming in the ocean with my dogs. I’m not looking forward to the mess my Newfoundland, Cash, makes in the car when he’s wet and sandy!
I’m looking forward to Fourth of July weekend on Martha’s Vineyard with dear friends, and to getting into any restaurant in New York. I’m not looking forward to leaving the island [MV] and to becoming a summer mouth-breather because I’m scared to smell New York City in the summer.
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What summer!? Will we get one this year? Yes, Dimitri, we will. See you there.
I’m looking forward to being on the beach without a hat, scarf, gloves, down jacket, long underwear or boots . . . and to the Nick & Toni’s summer buzz, and to celebrating Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush on August 3rd, at the Chefs Dinner in Jeff ’s Kitchen at the Hayground School. Yum!!!
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I can’t wait to see my gardens in Southampton come alive, to finally joining my friend Holly Peterson and surfing the big waves at the end of Gin Lane and to reading my friend’s novels on the beach. I don’t like seeing the sunsets happen earlier as the summer days disappear.
Feasting the Eyes This month’s selection of art and antiques on view, for sale and on stage AUCTIONS
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ACQUAVELLA GALLERIES Through June 13: Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing: Work from the Schorr Family Collection 18 East 79th Street 212.734.6300 DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY Through June 28: Oscar Murillo: A Mercantile Novel 519 West 19th Street 212.727.2070
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May 21: Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations including Old Master Paintings & Drawings 175 East 87th Street 212.427.2730 SOTHEBY’S May 16: The Collection of Allan Stone: African, Pre-Columbian & American Indian Art — Volume Two May 16: African, Oceanic, & Pre-Columbian Art May 21: American Art May 22: Arts of the American West May 28 — 29: Latin American Art & Modern Contemporary 1334 York Avenue 212.606.7000
Schiava Turca, Parmigianino, c. 1531 – 34, oil on panel, on view at The Frick 30 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
THE FRICK COLLECTION May 13–July 20: The Poetry of Parmigianino’s Schiava Turca 1 East 70th Street 212.288.0700
SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES May 7: Art, Press & Illustrated Books May 13: Contemporary Art May 22: Autographs 104 East 25th Street 212.254.4710
Oculos (Goggles), Lygia Clark, 1968. Industrial rubber, metal, and glass, On view at MoMA
MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY Through June 7: Sigmar Polke: Early Works on Paper 4 East 77th Street 212.988.1623
EXHIBITIONS GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM May 9–June 18: A Year with Children 1071 Fifth Avenue 212.423.3500
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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART May 10–August 24: Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988 Through Sept. 1: Jasper Johns: Regrets 11 West 53rd Street 212.708.9400
PERFORMANCES THE METROPOLITAN OPERA May 6, 10: La Cenerentola May 5, 9: Madama Butterfly May 7, 10: I Puritani May 8: Così fan tutte 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 212.362.6000
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Mayflower Madam Sydney Biddle Barrows went from being a debutante to madam of the best run escort agency in New York. Over Prosecco, she shares the lessons she’s learned and how she’s using them to help others improve their businesses.
he first time I ever heard of Sydney Biddle Barrows, I was in high school. I found Mayflower Madam on my parents’ nightstand. Unable to resist the tagline, The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows: The fabulous true story of how a woman from one of America’s oldest families mastered the world’s oldest profession, I immediately pounced, thoughts of amazing sex romps filling my adolescent mind. But as I started to read, I discovered that Barrows (and her ghostwriter William Novak) had not written a salacious tale but rather a very easy-to-understand how-to book whose basic tenets could be applied to just about every business. Mildly disappointed that Mayflower Madam wasn’t an X-rated sex fest, I nevertheless enjoyed the story and the extraordinary audacity of the woman behind it. Re-reading the book years later, I was struck by how relevant and timeless the book’s lessons are (although there were some anachronisms, like not making the clients wear condoms). Barrows’ simple yet effective marketing strategies, many of which have roots in her upper class upbringing, are present throughout the book. She sent her best clients bottles of Dom Pérignon champagne at Christmas and always wrote handwritten thank-you notes to her girls. Consummately polite and extraordinarily capable as the madam of the best-run esLoi cort agency in New York, Barrows had a gift for putting her clients and girls at ease. The lan208 West 70th Street guage she used to pacify her occasionally irritated clients seemed perfect in its tone and level New York, NY 10023 of respect. No wonder her book is still a mainstay on many business school reading lists. 212.875.8600 A friend of mine (who had also read the book on my recommendation) and I were www.loirestaurant.com wondering what happened to Barrows, and I decided to find out, which is how I found myself, on an unseasonably chilly night in mid-March, at a Greek restaurant on the West Side, talking shop and drinking Greek champagne with the most elegant madam in New York City’s history. Trim and neat, with ash blonde hair held back from her face by two black combs, Barrows in person seemed more like a New England patrician parent than the infamous owner of a escort agency, but she readily admitted that was part of the secret of her success: She never “looked the part.” How Sydney Biddle Barrows fell into such an unusual way of making a living was a combination of misfortune and circumstance. As is well-documented, she was born into one of America’s oldest dynasties (on her mother’s side she was a descendent of the Mayflower’s spiritual leader, Elder William Brewster, and on her father’s side, William Biddle, a London Quaker and shoemaker who settled in New Jersey in 1681), but despite her grand lineage, she never had much money. Her father left her mother when Sydney was 4, to marry a woman who worked in his office. Her mother never spoke of it, but the way Sydney writes about the experience, it was without a doubt the single most traumatic experience in her young life. Her education was more than adequate, but when it came time to attend college, she was informed that there wasn’t enough money to send her for four years. So, after attending a twoyear program at FIT, she went to work in the sales department of a department store. There, she discovered that her boss was on the take, stood up to her and swiftly found herself out of a job. When a friend offered her the chance to make $50 a night answering the phone at an escort service, young and broke Sydney jumped at the chance. It was at the escort agency that she got her first taste of how to run a similar business and it wasn’t long before she and her friend decided to strike out on their own. The name Cachet, which cleverly weeded out some of the less desirable clients who couldn’t pronounce the name, was the first stroke of genius. 36 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
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At the height of its success, Cachet employed up to 30 girls. “We had some girls we’d just call when we needed them, but we had 20-something people working on a regular basis; they only had to work three days a week,” Barrows told me. The phones were turned on daily at 4 pm, with the busiest time of the evening at 7 or 8. Barrows wouldn’t book anyone after 1 am because that’s when the clients who were on drugs tended to call in. “You know, coke was very big back then—and we really didn’t want those kinds of clients. We didn’t encourage that.” Barrows says she looked after her girls like a mama-hen, making sure that none of them ever felt they were in a situation they couldn’t escape. People think, “‘Oh, it’s so dangerous’ . . . but I’ve never, ever, ever, had a girl come to me because she felt afraid or fearful. We had a couple of guys who had a little too much to drink and maybe were a little crude, but I said to [the girls], ‘If that happens, you just get up and walk out.’ And if they say, ‘Well then I won’t pay you,’ just say, ‘I don’t care; she’ll pay me.’ Which I would.” Barrows claimed that Cachet’s clients were so wonderful, they were the kind someone would pay $5,000 to a matchmaker to meet. “They were terrific, they really were. We had the nicest clients.” As the champagne flowed, I put forth the theory that that her girls must have been quite desperately in need of the money to “turn tricks.” Immediately, a wall of ice descended on Barrows’ face as she stiffened into as stern a New England matriarch as I’d ever seen. “That is a horrible term,” she said, her eyes narrowing. I apologized and instantly straightened up. We resumed our discussion about what motivated her girls to go into the business. Barrows explained that these women were often making $1,000 a night (in 1983). “Where are you going to make that kind of money and only work three nights a week?” she posed. Then, apropos of nothing, she went on a mini-rant about how there is nothing wrong with prostitution. 38 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
“What’s the difference between what they did, and sleeping with a guy on the first date? It’s the same thing! A call girl just sleeps with a guy on the first date, only she ends up with a little money in her pocket. Seriously, what’s the difference?” I was a little caught off guard, not certain that I wanted, or was equipped, to argue the morality of prostitution with someone who had clearly given the question a great deal more thought than I. However, I did want to know, had Barrows ever tried to do the job herself? “I don’t like strange people touching me. Everyone who’s known me for the last 30 years will tell you the exact same thing. I don’t even like people I don’t know that well doing the kissy-kissy thing! I’m used to it now, but I remember back when it first started, I was horrified.” Barrows might not have experienced the wonders of her trade for herself, but she definitely loved her job and says it was the most exciting time of her life (as do many of her former employees). She became like an older sister to many of them. “I can’t tell you how many graduations I went to . . . these girls knew that I absolutely supported them. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn’t have that opportunity. My father said, ‘You’re a pretty girl a rich man would marry . . . why should I spent the money so you can go to college?’ I didn’t want that to happen to those girls. I wanted them to have something that I couldn’t and didn’t have.” Overwhelmed with emotion, Barrows started to tear up. “I didn’t have anybody behind me, helping me, supporting me with my dream, and I was able to do that for them. They all used the money for something positive; they really did.” Her empire came crashing down, she said, when a disgruntled employee told the police about Cachet. Barrows, who had been going by “Sheila Devin” as her alias, was outed to the press as a blue-blooded debutante when an ex-boyfriend saw her being arrested on TV and told the newspapers. The case was never prosecuted because Barrows’ lawyers said that if they went to trial, it would be necessary to read every page of the client book aloud, which contained the names of some very prominent businessmen, developers and important VIPs who didn’t want to be embarrassed. Sydney was let off with a slap on the wrist. The media attention took longer to die down. Even though she never went to jail, Barrows admits that her arrest and subsequent fame did take its toll. “The kind of guys I like to date were looking to be a partner at a law firm or an investment banking firm, so they couldn’t afford to be associated with me because they couldn’t do anything that might endanger them being asked to be a partner. That was a little hard.” Despite having loved her time as New York’s top madam, Barrows said she would not advise anyone to follow her career path. “Why do you want to put all of your love and your work into something that can be taken away from you at any second? The thing that horrifies me is—and I can’t tell you how many doctors and dentists would write me letters saying, ‘Help me do this!’ (Meaning: start an escort agency) and I would write back saying, ‘Are you out of your effing mind? Why would you want to do this? You’d lose your license . . . When you open people’s mouths all day long, anything’s better than that.’ Dentists love me. I probably had more dentist-clients than anything else.” Never one to miss an opportunity, Barrows has been using her professional skills to advise small businesses, like dentists’ practices, on how to burnish their image. She says her business now is “sales
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choreography.” It’s creating experiences no matter how small in such a way that they communicate a positive impression. Her advice incorporates the same basic common sense and courtesy she used while running Cachet. “Let’s say you walk into a cosmetic dermatologist’s office, and on the floor there is a somewhat worn carpet and plastic chairs. This person is supposed to be a cosmetic dermatologist and there’s a dissonance there. Here’s a guy that’s going to charge you $30,000 for a facelift, but he’s writing with a BIC pen? Her work as an experience specialist dovetails with her second business: being a “roadblock removal” specialist, in which she helps clients remove whatever is blocking their path to success. “What I really want to do is to help move people’s roadblocks to make them money. There is so much self-sabotage that people don’t even realize they are doing it.” Barrows told me she helps her clients by using “energy work,” but that that can all be done over the phone. And if her advice doesn’t work, there is a money-back guarantee. As we neared the end of our drinks, I found myself fascinated by the extraordinary journey of Barrows’ life. In many ways, she was so ahead of the times, as a female entrepreneur and business leader, it seemed terribly sad that her talents had never been honed in a business that was more sustainable. Going back to the thorny subject of her upbringing, I couldn’t help wondering aloud what her rather closed family had thought of their daughter’s shenanigans. “We don’t discuss it; it ‘never happened.’ That’s very WASP-y,” Barrows replied. “My mother never once said, ‘What were you thinking?’ Never. We never ever discussed it. Once, she did say something—as we did get thrown out of the Social Register, which she was very upset about. She told me, ‘The Kennedys were still in there, and they’ve got rapists and drug users . . . !’ But no . . . if she read the book, I didn’t know about it. She really never talked about it. Never said a thing. Nothing.” My jaw dropped, “She never said anything . . . even at Christmas, your birthday….?” “Or Thanksgiving.” volunteered Barrows. I had a sudden vision of Thanksgiving at the Barrows house during the height of Sydney’s notoriety: her family, dressed in their Sunday best, sitting on the mahogany dining room chairs George Washington had presented to her ancestor Clement Biddle, eating the usual WASP fare of bland turkey off export china plates and talking about what did well in their gardens that year, while the tabloid firestorm raged. The silence must have been suffocating. Emboldened, I pushed forward, “You never went to a shrink who might’ve said that maybe running a high-class escort service was a giant shout-out for a mother to say to you, ‘Are you crazy? Why would you do that?’” “You’re the first person who’s ever even brought that up!” Barrows responded. “I did it because I didn’t have a lot of options. I was a pretty girl; some rich man would marry me, so I didn’t have a four-year degree, and back then forget about a four-year degree. You needed an MBA back then. I needed to keep a roof over my head and my life going, and this opportunity came up.” It was time to leave the restaurant and Barrows, encased in a beautifully cut black fur coat, exited ahead of me. Consummately polite as always, she invited me to call if I needed anything else. Then she turned to go, her neat figure and tidy blonde hair incongruous with the grunginess of the New York City street. ✦
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Hot neighborhoods come and go, and so does AVENUE’s real estate columnist. Next stop . . . Inwood?
n mid-January, my wife and I went into contract to sell our co-op in Alwyn Court, the 1909 Renaissance-style fantasia by the architects Harde & Short. When we bought it in 2006, the microneighborhood it’s in was something of a backwater, despite the fact that it is in midtown Manhattan, just below Central Park, and a short walk from the Time Warner Center, which at the time held the record for the most expensive apartment in town. In the relatively few years since, our little neighborhood (consisting of the Osborne and the Briarcliffe on 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, the Alwyn and a rental building at 200 West 58th one block north, and 200 Central Park South a block above them), has become hotter than hot. That would be thanks mostly to 15 Central Park West, the über-condo a short walk to the northwest, which opened in November 2007 and claimed the highest-priced apartment sale record late in 2011. Nowadays, Fifteen serves as one of the poles of the new Billionaire’s Belt cinching midtown, running east to Beacon Court, a.k.a. the Bloomberg Tower. New to the neighborhood are Extell’s One57, where closings have begun, and the soon-to-come 220 Central Park South, 432 Park and two more West 57th Street towers. The last are replacing, respectively, the old Ritz Thrift Shop (next to and cantilevered over Steinway Hall)
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and the Hard Rock Café (similarly leaning on the Art Students League). With these arrivals the transformation of my micro-neighborhood will be complete. We may be leaving too soon. Though we made a nice profit and proved to skeptical neighbors and realtors that the halo effect of new condos can raise prices for old cooperatives, had we hung on a few more years, we’d likely make plenty more. But, no matter. I’ve moved into cold neighborhoods and left before they got hot, before. Hell, I once lived on Bond and the Bowery when it was the Bowery. Aside from the fact that I often write about real estate, that may be why, when my broker’s website noted that my place was “in contract,” a reporter asked where we were going. The treatment accorded my answer got me thinking about how ’hoods get hot. What I said in response was that I’d set up searches on several websites like Streeteasy that included a number of Manhattan neighborhoods. None of them, by any contemporary measure, is deemed to be “hot.” And I did not include the Village (been there), SoHo or NoHo (done that), TriBeCa (can’t afford it) or the Upper West Side or FiDi, all of which, despite their myriad attractions, are just not to our taste. Neither am I looking on the far east Upper East Side, even though the real estate section of the Times is current-
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MANHATTAN WAS ONCE THE BE-ALL AND END-ALL, THE EMERALD CITY, TO WHICH ALL EAGER, AMBITIOUS OR ARTISTIC DOROTHYS OF KANSAS AND KURTS OF NEBRASKA WERE INELUCTABLY DRAWN. ly touting it as undervalued and “next.” But I did mention Inwood, at the northern tip of Manhattan, where a friend happens to own a duplex penthouse with a vast terrace that boasts a view, over the Spuyten Duyvil to the Palisades, that makes me drool. Apartments like those go for under $750,000. Talk about undervalued! To be frank, the mention of Inwood was a joke. What I actually said was, “. . . even Inwood.” But the reporter took me seriously and left out any mention of the rest of Manhattan, though another joke or perhaps half-joke I made, saying I wouldn’t consider Brooklyn because it is “over,” by which I meant over-hyped (as well as, in my mind, over-priced in its premium districts), did make it into the story. But what about Inwood? And Brooklyn? And the far east Upper East Side? What makes two hot and one not? It’s a good question. Clearly, Brooklyn’s rise has been a classic by-product of the cycles of decline and gentrification that have come to define Manhattan, once the be-all and end-all, the Emerald City, to which all eager, ambitious or artistic Dorothys of Kansas and Kurts of Nebraska were ineluctably drawn. They came, poor, and found cheap places to live on the fringes of fashionable districts. Yorkville was accessible, where Park Avenue was not. Even more so the East Village, versus central and west, SoHo, NoHo and Nolita. But soon enough, their new energy became a beacon that drew others. As interest in those raffish habitats rose, rents and purchase prices did too, condos followed, and the next wave of newcomers was forced 44 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
a bit farther out onto the fringe, until, inevitably, they hit a river, because Manhattan is, finally, finite. Thus, not quite accessible but once incredibly affordable Billyburg slowly became the new “it” neighborhood. And now, the cycle starts anew. Here’s the good news. Fact is, there are still backwaters to be discovered, even in Manhattan. Inwood, with its lovely river views, is certainly one. And clearly, there are others. After that article about my apartment sale appeared, I got letters and phone calls from several upper Manhattan pioneers and real estate agents, singing Siren songs. One broker even told me that the former editor of a glossy shelter magazine, a beautiful, erudite woman who lives on upper Riverside Drive alongside a handful of other glam media types, had called her—twice—to say we had to be induced to join them. Ninety-sixth Street remains a psychic dividing line for many, New Yorkers and Nebraskans alike, but I looked at some of the listings she mentioned, and clearly, there’s gold in them thar northern climes. So my little joke about Inwood was firmly rooted in a factual foundation. And while we continue to look for a new home all over Manhattan, we have taken a rental just a few blocks east of Alwyn Court, in a neighborhood that’s both new and familiar, and a bit unstylish, as a base for our continuing search for a new home, in an old but new and currently undervalued place that will, inevitably, become hot, too. God, I love Manhattan. ✦
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When Thomas P. Campbell became director of the Met, he was considered by some an unusual choice, but the Met is in better shape than ever. Meet the Metropolitan Museum’s 21st century torchbearer. by James Reginato photographed by Pascal Perich
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It did not take long for Campbell to win over the institution’s ive and a half years ago, Thomas Campbell landed the plumiest job in the cultural world: high-power trustees. “In addition to vision and a well thought out the directorship of the Metropolitan Museum plan, a leader has got to be able to get things done. Tom does that. of Art. A week later, the world collapsed. Or at There is great energy at the Museum,” says Blackstone Vice Chairman J. Tomilson Hill, a legendary Wall Street dealmaker. Samantha least Lehman Brothers did. In spite of the crisis mode in which he began Boardman Rosen—one of several younger individuals who have his tenure, Campbell—a low-key 51 year old recently joined the board—praises the director’s low-key style: “It’s who was a surprise pick for the position—has a quiet power he has. Tom is living proof you don’t have to roar to only gone from strength to strength. Since his start, the Museum’s be an effective leader—which is unexpected in New York. He has a long-term investment pool has increased by $565 million, to $2.6 genuine willingness and curiosity to listen and to understand the billion, and he has presided over the openings of hugely successful chorus of voices around him. And he is able to bring that all together.” “I never expected to become a director. I was very happy being a capital projects such as the Islamic Galleries and the American Wing, as well as blockbuster exhibitions whose subjects range from curator,” Campbell says. “I still pinch myself every time I walk up the Alexander McQueen to Matisse—even as he has reeled-in extraordinary front steps, that I have this amazing job. “As a curator, I used to shut my door; I was a studious scholar. donations, like Leonard Lauder’s unsurpassed collection of Cubist art, valued at more than $1 billion. On the horizon is the re-opening I considered myself busy if I had a couple of meetings a day. Today, it’s nonstop!” this fall of the Fifth Avenue plaza, financed by Campbell’s home life has also changed. “I David Koch’s $65 million gift, as well as in 2015, live right across the road now,” he says, using beginning a long-term lease of the Whitney’s a British-ism to refer to Fifth Avenue, where landmark Breuer building on Madison Avenue. he has been installed by the Museum in a With his job secure, to say the least, handsome apartment, with his American wife, Campbell (who holds the CEO title, too) is Phoebe, and their two children. Previously finally getting around to doing a little redecothe family resided in a leafy part of Westchesrating of his office, which until recently was ter County. And Campbell only occasionlittle changed since it was vacated by Campbell’s ally misses the hour-long commute. “The good predecessor, Philippe de Montebello. thing about it was, it gave me time to unwind. Befitting a man whose management Now I can walk directly from family drama to style has been described as “monarchical,” boardroom drama,” he says with a laugh. the desk is an elaborate 18th-century French After an early-morning run around the bureau plat made of oak and ebony, inlaid Reservoir, the director says, he is generally at with tortoiseshell and gilt bronze. In de Thomas and Phoebe Campbell his desk by 8 a.m. Among his current priorities Montebello’s day, visitors found the director is improving the Met’s standing in the fields at the far end of the palatial-sized room, of modern and contemporary art. Gaining enthroned behind the desk, with a wall of winthe soon-to-be-former Whitney building on Madison will vastly aid dows behind him offering breathtaking views of Central Park. “It was a bit like a throne,” Campbell conceded on a recent morn- in that cause. The Met’s long-term lease of the structure begins in ing as he welcomed a visitor into the office and apologized for a bit of September 2015, with programming slated to begin in spring 2016. New offices have yet to be constructed on the fifth floor there, disarray. Today, he added, “We’re flipping things around somewhat.” Campbell says, explaining the gap.
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therwise, no significant alterations are planned. “We’ll burnish it and look after it well, but we’re not planning any major construction, which I’m sure the neighbors will be relieved about. “It will give us a fresh space where we can escape from some of the restrictions here; the main building is tied down in many ways by the needs of the existing collections. [The Breuer Building] gives us an additional space to experiment. “When the Met was created,” Campbell continues, “its brief was to be an encyclopedic museum. Contemporary art was part of that. But the contemporary art of the time was Hudson River School pictures. Our engagement with contemporary has waxed and waned over the years.” Not any longer: “One of the explicit directives given to me when I became director was to be sure we gave proper attention to contemporary art.” According to Campbell, the new Lauder gift will serve as a lynchpin connecting the entirety of the Museum’s holdings from the late 19th century to today. “Our holdings in 20th century are up and down, and
ence, various squares of paint dot the walls, as tests for the new color the director will select. And the desk (about to be replaced) has been moved to a more welcoming alcove in the room; behind it hangs a large and delightful Matisse (where a landscape by Claude Lorrain once hung). Campbell—“Tom” to almost everyone—hesitates to compare himself to de Montebello, though he does allow that that gentleman “had quite a grand manner. . . but he had been here quite a long time, over which he built respect. “I suppose my style differs,” Campbell says. “We’ve been implementing a lot of change, but it’s important for me to involve many voices, and move forward by consensus. I do a lot of listening.” The sensitivity might stem from Campbell’s being “an unexpected choice” for the job, as he himself admits. After moving to New York from his native England in 1994, the Oxford-educated Campbell hunkered down at the Met as curator of tapestries. His work won the respect and admiration of his peers and fellow scholars but hardly earned him the sort of high profile enjoyed by the other job candidates he beat out.
one of the areas we were lacking in was Cubism. So Leonard Lauder’s gift is absolutely transformative. In the context of our collections, it provides the bridge to the 20th century. Cubism is that moment when modern art evolves.”
she’ll say something like, ‘I’m sending over the chandelier today.’” Furthermore, he says, Wrightsman is always on the prowl, on the Museum’s behalf. “When opportunities come up in the market, she’s just unbelievable in how she is prepared to step up. For example, a great portrait of Talleyrand became available recently, at a hefty price. Jayne saw it and bought it for us. She’s dearly loved.” Five years into his tenure, Campbell sees a silver lining that he says the early, nightmarish months of the financial crisis produced. “It forced us to think about our core priorities,” he says. “And thanks to our very loyal support base, this institution is today more healthy than it’s ever been.” The same can’t be said of many museums overseas, he adds. “My peer institutions in Europe that are essentially dependent on government support have been cut back and cut back. Being private has given us greater flexibility.” (New York City does provide significant funding to the institution’s annual budget: $10.2 million for a portion of unionized staff and $15 million in energy subsidies.) Speaking of local government, it has been rumored that the Met harbors trepidations about the city’s new lefty, outerborough-loving mayor. Campbell hasn’t met Bill de Blasio yet, but he says he looks forward to working with him. They will get along fine, he predicts: “I’ve been trying to make the Museum as accessible as possible, and one of his priorities is accessibility.”
eedless to say, every major museum in the country would have given its eye teeth for the collection—79 masterpieces by Picasso, Braque, Gris and Léger—and doubtless many of them did their best to woo the cosmetics mogul. How did the Met win out? “I think he thought very carefully,” says Campbell. “Quite apart from making up for weaknesses we had in this area, he realized how the collection could be seen in the context of all the historical traditions at the Met; here it will resonate so much, and there are so many connections to be made.” About Lauder himself, Campbell is effusive, not surprisingly. “He devoted himself to this amazing moment in art history. He focused on 1905–20 with such laser-like intensity that he was able to acquire the outstanding pieces that came on the market, or leverage them out of other collections. Every piece is just stellar.” In October, members of the public can see the treasures for themselves: Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection will be one of the season’s blockbuster shows. Meanwhile, this spring, much foot traffic will doubtlessly converge upon n 2014, even as he labors to increase the retrospective of couturier Charles physical attendance through the MuJames that will inaugurate the new Anna seum’s Fifth Avenue doors (6.2 million Leonard Lauder and Thomas Campbell Wintour Costume Center, which, in in 2013) and its online presence through its addition to galleries, will house all of the web portal (44 million), Campbell wants Costume Institute’s facilities, including its to preserve a sense of intimacy. “We’re the library, conservation laboratory and offices. nation’s greatest museum, the national museum, in a sense, though we The long-term dedication of the Vogue editor and Condé Nast don’t have that name,” he says. “But we don’t want to be like the Louvre, artistic director to the Costume Institute is well known. Still, there with many millions of people traipsing through the door. We want it be were some snobs who raised their eyebrows when the naming of a place of quiet reflection, where you can find a gallery in which you can the space after Wintour was announced in January. Traditionally, lose yourself. such a high honor at the Met and other museums is reserved for those “We get a big tourist audience, but in many ways this is a community who have written the checks themselves. Wintour has indisputably museum. I love seeing the school kids from P.S. 6 or the little girls from raised a fortune for the Museum over the years—an estimated $125 Marymount in their uniforms. They are in and out all the time.” million—but it wasn’t her money. “It is exceptional,” says Campbell Suddenly the interview ends abruptly; Campbell is due in one of of Wintour’s contribution, dismissing the naysayers. “Most of the the galleries to meet Joel A. Rosenthal of JAR, the jewelry designer galleries have been named after individuals who have given major cash extraordinaire. Rosenthal has flown in from Paris for the closing donations. But in the case of Anna, the situation seemed unique: Here weekend of the Met’s much-talked about retrospective of his work, the was an individual who had made such an extraordinary commitment first ever given to a living jeweler. to the Museum, who had shown such immense leadership and Campbell offers to let me walk him to his meeting point, but the leveraged her abilities in support of the institution. So the board felt it walk turns out to be more like a sprint. Rushing past gallery after was the appropriate thing to do. I’m delighted.” gallery, he throws out enthusiastic comments. We take a quick Another of Campbell’s favorite benefactors is doyenne Jayne peek into the just-opened The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, a Wrightsman. “Over the lifetime of the institution, we’ve been retrospective of the 19th-century French master sculptor. “Carpeaux supported by thousands of New Yorkers. But of all those, I suppose 20 had the most amazing ability to convey the slightest tension in marble,” rise to the top in terms of the transformative nature of their generosity. the director tells me, pointing out the trace of a vein visible on the taut Jayne is in the forefront of that extraordinary group. She and her late leg of a male subject. husband Charles have been the most discriminating collectors, and “As I’ve gotten to know this institution better, I’ve seen that this they have devoted that eye to the Museum.” place is inexhaustible,” he adds. “There’s always something new to Though Wrightsman is 94 and said to be in frail health, Campbell discover, even if you come every day of the year. says she is very much still kicking: “I get calls from her all the time; “There’s action everywhere!” ✦
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Manhattanâ€™s art world has yet again broken records this year with a staggering rise in sales. AVENUE highlights the most important power players in the art market today.
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Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons – Powerful collectors
Marina Abramovic – Currently the most famous performance artist and still a major player
Gavin Brown – Astounding how he sells art that takes so many risks, for such high prices. Selling smart art is a talent of its own Mickey Cartin – Old school
Matthew Barney – Stalwart
collector with great tastes, not afraid to still pick up undervalued old masters pieces
artist with a massive, ambitious new movie coming out
Beth Rudin DeWoody – Major,
Klaus Biesenbach – Director
forward thinking collector
of MoMA PS1
Lisa Dennison – Chairman,
Peter Brant – Massive patron
Sotheby’s North and South America, formerly the director of the Guggeneheim.
The Acquavellas (Nicholas, Alex, Eleanor, William) – Uptown Chelsea dealers. Older stuff and paintings, for the most part, but brokered the sale of the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction, the Francis Bacon Lucien Freud tryptic that sold at Christie’s in fall 2013 for $142 million.
Marianne Boesky – It would have had to take quite a lot for the daughter of Ivan Boesky to distinguish herself from her father, yet Marianne has done that and then some. Many dealers today concern themselves with flash-in-the-pan types but through her consistently strong taste in smart younger artists, Boesky has become not just a venue for
Debra and Leon Black – In the past few years Leon Black and his wife Debra have been busy. Not only have they given $48 million to Dartmouth College for the creation of a new visual arts center there; they also reportedly purchased Edvard Munch’s The Scream at auction for nearly $120 million in 2012, the thenhighest amount ever paid for a painting at auction. That’s just the crown jewel of their collection: They’re also said to have purchased Head of Muse, a drawing by Raphael for $47 million, among other untold amounts of art. Mr. Black also recently purchased the art book publisher Phaidon, rendering this couple’s tastemaker status assured.
buyers looking to make a long term investment but also a place for such artists to develop their voices. (Among her past successes are Lisa Yuskavage and Yoshitomo Nara.) As she merges taste and experimentation, it’s fitting that she boasts both a traditional gallery space in Chelsea and another in a gorgeous townhouse on the Upper East side. Marina Abramovic
Larry Gagosian – The undisputed king of art dealers
Iwan and Manuela Wirth – Powerful international dealer couple, with an impressive collection and finances to boot
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani – Much has been written about the 30-year-old Sheikha’s important new place in the art world. As head of the Qatar Museum Authority, she’s responsible for the country’s reported $1 billion in art purchases each year, said to include everything from Damien Hirst and Mark Rothko to Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, bought on the private market for $250 million. Now her brother is the Emir of Qatar and the country has purchased the former Manhattan headquarters of the Wildenstein & Co. gallery on East 64th Street, soon to be a Qatari consulate. If her presence always loomed large in the art market, for New Yorkers it’ll soon be coming home to roost.
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Brett Gorvy – Christie’s chairman and international head of postwar and contemporary art.
Wade Guyton – Insanely in-demand painter following a stellar 2012 Whitney retrospective
Agnes Gund – MoMA trustee and president emeritus, also a world-class collector
Susan and Michael Hort – Extensive collectors with a sharp eye for contemporary art
Richard Chang – Anyone in the art world will tell you that China is the next big trend in the art world. Galleries and art fairs are constantly expanding eastward, but while a few collectors there are taken with contemporary art—so much so that there’s even something of a boom of personal museums being built in Shanghai right now—figuring out how to merge Western collecting culture with Eastern money remains the $64,000 question (and actually it’s worth quite a bit more than that). Perhaps the only person to successfully bridge both worlds is Richard Chang, who splits his time between New York and China. Owner of the Domus collection and a board member of the Royal Academy, The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Tate, Chang’s tastes hold real weight in both the East and the West.
“GONE ARE THE DAYS WHERE CLEMENT GREENBERG AND HILTON KRAMER STRUCK FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF ARTISTS, BUT THE NEW YORK TIMES’ TOP CRITICS, ROBERTA SMITH AND HOLLAND COTTER, CAN STILL MAKE OR BREAK A SHOW.”
Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis – major collectors and museum patrons
Jeff Koons – Artist and king of self promotion
Dominique Levy – Blue-chip dealer queen
Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann – Billionaire collector couple. They also deal.
Glenn Lowry – MoMA Director
RoseLee Goldberg – Head of Performa
Daniel Loeb – Major collector and hedge fund manager calling for major changes at Sotheby’s
Marian Goodman – Gallerist extraordinaire
Bjarne Melgaard – Super hot younger artist
The Nahmads (Helly, David) – When federal
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Julian Schnabel and Vito Schnabel
Barbara Gladstone – Longtime super dealer with astounding taste
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agents raided the Helly Nahmad Gallery inside The Carlyle hotel last year on accusations that the man who operated it was involved in a high-stakes gambling ring, the art world held its breath. The Nahmad family—said to own a literal warehouse of modern art, valued at around $3 billion, in Geneva—have been involved in many top tier deals over the years (its members in the front rows of auctions, bidding frequently). The gallery’s owner, Helly, pleaded guilty to just a single gambling charge, and the family has since bounced back. Last year its youngest member, Joseph, opened a contemporary gallery space in 980 Madison Ave., the prominent home of Gagosian (among others).
Michael McGinnis – Head of Phillips auction house, increasingly important in the young artist market
Lucien Smith – Lucien Smith isn’t powerful, per se, but his success at just 24 represents a powerful new trend in the art world: the fantastic popularity of artists so young that their collectors have largely invested in potential. The appeal is obvious, since you might buy a Warhol for a few hundred thousand dollars, or for less money you might buy a work by Mr. Smith—one that could (given certain market forces like the one described here), increase dramatically in value, in the span of just a few years. Whereas your Warhol may have topped out, It’s a fascinating trend that’s affected other young artists like Jacob Kassay and Oscar Murillo. Whether the trend is good or bad for art, it’s definitely not going away anytime soon.
The Mugrabis (Alberto, José) – Major family of art collectors and dealers.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist – Artists make the work and dealers sell the work, but (beyond museums) who do you trust to endorse the work as something worth seeing? This job falls to international super-curators, who do shows for galleries, museums and anything in-between—of which HUO, as he is affectionately known, is the most prominent. Though he is co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, he’s certainly a New York figure as well, and lives more on airplanes than in any one place—reportedly sleeping very little, at very odd hours. Most fascinating about Obrist is that, while he has contributed to the careers of so many artists over the years (his first show as a teenager in his kitchen included Christian Boltanski and Fischli/Weiss), his influence has not waned one iota. Any young artist today is thrilled to welcome him to his studio, even if the visit happens at 5 a.m.
Anne Pasternak – Director of Creative Time
Emmanuel Perrotin – French dealer Emmanuel Perrotin is known as “the French Gagosian,” a sobriquet not as oxymoronic as you’d think. He started his first gallery at 21 and has since sold no shortage of impressive, modern pop masters, from Takashi Murakami to Maurizio Cattelan. Last year he opened his first gallery in New York, and if he is known for his business tenacity he’s also known for one other important quality: his parties. An early proponent of Le Baron in Paris, he throws parties that tend to go into the wee hours. For his gallery’s first show in New York, the entire art world partied the night away at a Moulin Rouge-themed carnivale at the Russian Tea Room.
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith – Gone are the days where Clement Greenberg and Hilton Kramer struck fear into the hearts of artists, but the New York Times’ top critics, Roberta Smith and Holland Cotter, can still make or break a show. We live in an age of fragmented criticism: the cool kids read Frieze or Artforum, and the museum devotee may check in with Peter Schjeldahl over at The New Yorker, but when it comes to consistent, widespread art world power, these two wield more of it than any of their other colleagues at the paper, to say nothing of those at other publications. They’re no ideologues as hard-nose critics of the past were, but ask any dealer in any part of town: these two get the collectors in the door.
Lisa Phillips – Director of the
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn – Owner of Salon 94, a fine gallery
Aby Rosen – The art world’s real estate agent, and a strong collector The Schnabel Family (Lola, Vito, Julian) – She’s an artist like her father, Vito’s a dealer
Richard Serra – Brilliant and powerful artist
Per Skarstedt – Longtime dealer soon to expand in Chelsea
Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover – Frieze co-founders, the young fair now the dominant one for contemporary art in New York
Ryan Trecartin – Face of a certain generation of young artists
Friedrich Petzel – Old school dealer who rarely has an off note, business-wise or taste-wise New Museum
David Zwirner – Dealer extraordinaire, always expanding, always attracting big artists ✦ Alberto Mugrabi and Jose Mugrabi
Adam Weinberg – The Whitney Museum has always been an important voice on the New York cultural website but 2014 and 2015 will see the museum, where Weinberg is director, redefine itself. Following the last ever Biennial at its Marcel Breuer-designed space, the museum will hold a major retrospective of Jeff Koons before finally moving to its impressive new Renzo Piano-designed plant at the base of the High Line. Consider this a geographical expression of what was already happening at the museum. By hiring a series of ambitious young curators like Jay Sanders, who has emphasized performance at the museum, the Whitney has become a weird, fresh alternative for contemporary art in New York.
Jordana Zeldin Private Art Dealer
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In the ever-changing landscape that is the New York art world, we profile the women who are shaping the future of this cultural terroir . . .
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Director at the FLAG Art Foundation
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In front of Anthropométrie (ANT 49), Yves Klein, 1960, at Christie’s
Digital Marketing Manager at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum JiaJia wears a Cut Out Dress by Franziska Fox; available at FranziskaFox. com. Shoes are talent’s own by Dries Van Noten. Pictured outside of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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ordana Zeldin Private Art Dealer
Jordana Zeldin is a private art dealer who specializes in working with collectors who regularly acquire works from both the top and emerging ends of the market. Prior to starting her own business, she served as the executive director of a Chelsea-based nonprofit arts organization, where she curated an ongoing program of exhibitions. As an arts professional, she is committed to “developing collections with the best of the established and best of the new.” What words of advice can you offer to young collectors? See as much as possible, develop your eye, be passionate, be serious, really look into the work and find out as much as you can about it. Don’t underestimate the value of substance, passion and expertise. Name one of your favorite exhibits that you have seen in the past year. Calder Shadows at Venus Over Manhattan. The concept of presenting the works spotlighted in the dark was so elegant and simple, but also completely transformative. Name a woman in the arts that you admire. Agnes Gund, a patron of the arts who participates at every level as collector, philanthropist and supporter of arts education.
Director at the FLAG Art Foundation
Stephanie Roach is a name to look out for in the New York art world. As director of the nonprofit FLAG Art Foundation, she is responsible for working with some of the most interesting contemporary art curators today and helps facilitate loans of contemporary artworks to various museums around the world, among other duties. What catalyzed your career in the art world? It began with a very positive first experience. From a young age, I was exposed to art and found it to be an exciting outlet. I would visit galleries and museums with my family, especially my father. Art has defined my distinct memories of various cities, whether going to the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, to see the Giotto frescoes, or visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in my hometown of Los Angeles. My interest was further catalyzed as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. It was during my freshman year that I walked into the Rudi Gernreich exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and met the Director, Claudia Gould. After that encounter she asked me to be a student board member of the ICA. Under Claudia’s vision and leadership, the museum became an integral part of the college campus. It was there that I connected with Glenn Fuhrman, a board member of the ICA and the founder of the FLAG Art Foundation. Name a woman in the arts you admire. Claudia Gould is someone that has been a mentor and an inspiration. She is now the director of the Jewish Museum and I have no doubt that she will leave an indelible mark on the museum and beyond.
Director at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Originally from Nova Scotia, Andrea Cashman first visited New York as a teenager and then went on to attend Bard College, an experience that sparked her interest in the art world. Cashman’s career started with an internship at the now-defunct Deitch Projects, where a year later, she was hired as a full-time member of the organization. Here, she unveils the experiences she has had that support her career as director of one of New York’s most prominent galleries.
if you were to take just one piece out of the collective, it should still have power on its own.
What qualities does it take to make a good/interesting exhibit? It’s hard to pinpoint, but I feel like for me there is an invisible thread that links the works; it is not just one idea that is reiterated through multiple canvases or sculptures; there is an invisible energy that connects each one. The ideas in each piece should build to each other,
Name a woman in the arts that you admire. Andrea Rosen; Her gallery has been open for such a long time and has discovered and established artists to the point that they are represented in extremely important moments of art history.
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Where do you go to get inspired? Traveling, embarrassingly! I tend to see more shows when I travel than in New York. Recently I was in Milan, Turin and Paris for a day. And I love going upstate and going to the country and being in nature.
Vice President, Specialist, and Head of Evening Sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art at Christie’s
Sara Friedlander is a woman with an impressive amount of experience who has been a prominent figure in establishing record-breaking auction prices. Friedlander has been named in ARTINFO’s, “30-and-Under Crowd: The Art World’s Most Influential Young Figures.” She previously spent seven years at Christie’s and then took part in a brief engagement at Paula Cooper Gallery. She returns to Christie’s again this year as vice president, specialist and head of evening sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art. What are the best art events in New York to attend throughout the year? Auction previews. Open to the public (often with free champagne), these temporary exhibitions are often the last time one can experience masterpieces before they get sold to private collections.
Name your favorite artist or artists at the moment. I’ve been thinking a lot about “mid-career” artists right now. Not emerging or dead, but artists who have been at it for a while, consistently honing their craft, making mistakes, improving, influencing younger generations of artists. One favorite that comes to mind is New York-based artist Dan Walsh. In what part of the world do you see a rise in art collectors? The real answer is everywhere, given the truly global nature of the art market. Specifically, we’ve all been watching South America, whose economic rise coincides with a budding population of art collectors. Name a woman in the arts you admire. Just one?! Ann Temkin, Carol Greene, Kate Levin, Agnes Gund, RoseLee Goldberg, Roberta Smith, Sherrie Levine . . . the art world is filled with so many wonderful women. And men!
Digital Marketing Manager at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
In a new age where digital expansion has changed how the public views art, JiaJia Fei is at the forefront of helping to ensure that the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum actively embraces new technological trends. The Museum’s official tweeter and digital marketing manager oversees the expansion and strategy of social media communications worldwide, hardly a small feat for a single individual. A native of Shanghai, Fei is helping to guide the discussion on how institutions can incorporate technology into their growth. What are some of your favorite resources for discovering new talent? Social media! My career in the art world evolved in parallel with the explosion of social media, so my experience of learning about a new artist or exhibition is completely tied to consuming content online. Most of the time I’ll discover a new artist or exhibition on Instagram or Twitter, then head to the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York magazine and Gallerist [gallerist.com] for reviews. When museum or gallery hopping, I use the New York Art Beat app as a listings guide, as well as the
Artforum app for international shows. I’m subscribed to just about every art-related email newsletter, but Artcards emails are most likely to dictate my post-work schedule for the week. Where in the world do you see the art market booming? I was born in Shanghai and travel to China about once a year, and every year it’s like visiting a new city. There is certainly a booming art market in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, and alongside it, a huge museum boom as well. Just in the past year, China built more than 400 new museums. There are a variety of issues tied to rapidly developing cultural institutions without the proper infrastructure and staffing [and with a] high level of government control. [There is also the issue of museums being] a very Western concept for generations of Chinese citizens who grew up without the shared experience of viewing art. So I am personally intrigued by where this all goes in the next few years. Name a woman in the arts that you admire. [Art critic] Roberta Smith, because she’s great on Twitter. ✦
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Ippolita (Left to right) Rock Candy Gelato Oval Small Snowman Earrings in Rhodolite and Hessonite Garnet Doublet in 18kt Gold; Rock Candy Open Gelato Kiss Bangle in Tulle set in 18kt Gold; Rock Candy Large Lollipop Ring in Mother-of-Pearl Doublet with Diamonds set in 18kt Gold. All available from Ippolita, 796 Madison Avenue, 646.664.4240
David Webb (Right page; listed left to right) Carved Crystal Ring with Diamonds in White Gold and Platinum; Crystal Bracelet with Diamonds in White Gold and Platinum; Headlamp Earrings with Crystals and Diamonds in Yellow Gold and Platinum. All available at David Webb, 942 Madison Avenue, 212.421.3030, davidwebb.com 72 | AVENUE MAGAZINE â€˘ MAY 2014
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Graff (Clockwise from earrings) Yellow Heartshape and White Multishape Diamond Earrings; Yellow Multishape Diamond Double Row Sautoir Necklace with White Round Diamonds; 8.01 Carat Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Ring with White Trilliant Cut Diamond Shoulders. All available at Graff Diamonds, 710 Madison Avenue, 212.355.9292, graffdiamonds.com. LBK Studio Medium Wasp Comb and Andrea Brugi Olive Wood Cutting Board, atop Soup Home Metallic Fringe Napkin, all available from ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, 212.473.3000, abchome.com. Peach Bellini Gummies by Sugarfina. Available at sugarfina.com 74 | AVENUE MAGAZINE â€˘ MAY 2014
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Hamptons Prep PART II
Summer is just around the corner, and we’ve covered every gardening step for your Hamptons arrival by Robin Phillips
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ardening can be both euphoric and manic on any given day in the spring garden. We are pulled in a hundred directions, constrained by time, dominated by Mother Nature and spellbound with the first unfurling apple blossom. In managing a large garden, I always begin closest to the house and work outwards. Striving for perfection in May is self-defeating. Delighting in each day’s tasks keeps me “grounded” both inside and out.
AROUND THE GARDEN
Walk your entire garden to inspect winter damage. Designate a day for “rough cleanup” to remove fallen limbs, twigs and debris. Cart away disposal material to the compost heap.
Book an arborist for tree work.
Roses: Remove any winter protection, prune-out the deadwood, shape, apply organic fertilizer and mulch. Rake/dethatch the lawn to remove leaves and debris. Mow, apply a pre-emergent crabgrass product, fertilize and re-seed bare spots.
Prune your rosa rugosa to 6 to 12 inches to stimulate bushy growth.
Inspect trees and shrubs for pests, and treat as needed.
Given April’s soggy reputation, avoid stepping into garden beds, as this will lead to compacted soil.
Turn your soil for planting. You are safe to turn your soil when a handful of it crumbles in your hand, not before!
Reattach/repair trellises that support climbing roses and clamoring vines.
Muck out leaves and debris from frog ponds and water features.
Cut back ornamental grasses (customarily left intact for winter interest) to a uniform height of 6 to 12 inches.
Top-dressing the densely planted herbaceous beds with compost or mulch before new growth emerges is a huge help in time management.
Time permitting, a deep, crisp-edge cut along your beds and borders will not only smarten up the garden but also mask those areas still on your ever-evolving “to do” list!
Perennial beds should be carefully cleaned out by hand to avoid damaging new growth. When all chance of frost has passed, cut back any old fallen foliage that provided winter protection. Top-dress with compost.
NECESSARY EQUIPMENT ✓
Ensure all outdoor power equipment is serviced and sharpened, as it’s advisable to mow the lawns twice in May and trim the hedges for shape/structure.
Peonies need support! Install rings early before your plants become leggy.
Begin spraying an organic cocktail (garlic-based) to combat mosquitoes and pesky deer.
Do greenhouse work. Sow seeds for vegetable and cutting gardens.
Direct-sow peas and radishes in your vegetable garden. Prune late-flowering shrubs, including panicle-type hydrangeas, vitex and butterfly bushes.
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A Pioneer in Innovative LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Harmony between structure and environment interview by Andrew
CHRIS LAGUARDIA is the principal in charge of all LaGuardia Design projects. Best known for employing pre-existing landscapes to create harmony between structure and environment, LaGuardia last year won ASLA’s highest Award for Excellence, for saving the historic Sagaponack residence, Record House, from imminent destruction at the hands of the encroaching Atlantic Ocean. The LaGuardia solution was to relocate the stone house 400 feet inland where it could be protected by the coastal landscape of rolling sand dunes and meadows, yet still maintain the natural environment of the Atlantic Coast. These commitments to detail are LaGuardia’s hallmark—a kind of design signature that authenticates his work and allows him to tackle projects around the globe.
You are famous for drawing inspiration from the existing landscape and topography. Can you expand on how you extract creative ideas from nature? When I first walk a property, I do so as a detective. I look for clues to inform myself about how the site works. Every site has topography; and at times a site might appear flat, but that is never truly the case; every site has a pitch to it that reveals its natural drainage patterns. Working with the natural lay of the land helps define, justify and validate the design, not to mention [achieving my aim of] working in harmony with the site and not fighting it. I was always taught to look to the nextlargest context. In the Hamptons that context is the landscape. When I look out over the land, I see things, colors, textures, forms; and I like to respond to these elements in a sympathetic way so that what I do harmonizes with the greater context.
Your work has taken you from Sagaponack, New York, to Tonglu, China. Where would you like to work next, and how do different cultures inform and influence your projects? We have worked in many parts of the country, and abroad. The design process of research, analysis and synthesis, in that order, never changes for us regardless of where we are. We study the environmental, cultural, legal and economic factors for each site before synthesizing all this information into a concept. Modern architecture has had a strong influence on my career, particularly the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Luis Barragán and Norman Jaffe. Also, the early landscape modernists Dan Kiley, Lawrence Halprin and James Rose deeply influenced my thinking. I think it all boils down to the very basic principles of design,
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best in class ticularly taken by the work of architect Norman Jaffe. I thought I had stumbled upon the next Frank Lloyd Wright! The more I saw of his work, the more I realized that one day I would be working for him. He became my mentor during my twenties and early thirties and really taught me so much about design. Jaffe would be pleased to see how the Modernism Movement is back in full swing again in the Hamptons.
You won the ASLA Award of Excellence; how does that feel? What advice would you give to up-and-coming architects? Winning the ASLA Award of Excellence is sort of like winning the Oscar. It validates your work on a particular level with your peers. For me it was sort of like getting a monkey off my back. The next challenge is to win it again. I think the award
“WHEN I LOOK OUT OVER THE LAND, I SEE THINGS, COLORS, TEXTURES, FORMS” LIVING PRETTY Clockwise from above: 1. Outdoor sculpture set against simple backdrop of sheared Leyland cypress hedge and flanked by twin fastigiated European beech trees 2. Daybeds by pool 3. Lounge area by infinity edge pool 4. Step pool detail 5. Entrance walkway and steps to front door ascend gentle hill through plantbed of liriope groundcover and bayberry trees.
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including form, proportion, balance, mystery—and delight! The time I spent in Kyoto, Japan, also had a profound influence in helping to establish my own personal design philosophy. Your career began in New York City, but you were eventually drawn to Bridgehampton where you settled full time. What drew you to the Hamptons originally and how do you see the architectural landscape evolving since your first day as a full-time Hamptons resident? I originally came to the Hamptons for a summer job. I was very young and still in a transient mode but was quite taken with the natural beauty of the area. The quality of light here has a wonderful, distilled quality that is almost magical at times. When I first moved here, I was also par-
is professionally a really good thing to have on your résumé. It helps validate the quality of your work as well as your commitment to the profession. Awards also help attract young talent to the firm, which is something we are constantly on the lookout for. For up-and-coming architects, I would say, be patient, get good at what you do and have fun. The awards and accolades will follow. ✦
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Classic Meets Modern Artist Stone Roberts’ work was recently on view at Hirschl & Adler, showcasing contemporary New York (and beyond) through a classically trained eye
Last month renowned painter Stone Roberts’ work returned to New York for his first gallery show in 12 years. His paintings were on view at Hirschl & Adler Modern for just over a month and we were particularly taken with his ability to capture modern New York—and modern New Yorkers—with classic painting techniques. The Yale-educated artist says his influences include Greek mythology and Roman classicism, but the subjects of his elaborate paintings are contemporary. For more information on Stone Roberts and his paintings, Hirschl & Adler represents the artist. Hirschl & Adler: 730 Fifth Avenue, 212.535.8810, hirschlandadler.com ✦
From top center: Grand Central Terminal: An Early December Noon in the Main Concourse, 2009-12, Oil on linen, Photography by Sean T. Gillen; September, West 74th, 2000-01, Oil on linen, Photography by Paul Waldman; The Market at Union Square: Fall 2006, 2006-08, Oil on linen, Photography by Paul Waldman; Race’s End: Mid-September Along the Mystic River, 2013-14, Oil on linen, Photography by Eric W. Baumgartner; A Vase of Roses, 2014, Oil on canvas, Photography by Eric W. Baumgartner
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arnegie Hill is a neighborhood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, known for its intimate village-like environment, with cafés, restaurants, boutiques and bookstores lining its streets. It’s a wonderful place to call home, owing to its close proximity to the beauty of Central Park and all that green space has to offer. Carnegie Hill’s boundaries extend from 86th Street on the south to 96th Street on the north between Fifth Avenue (Central Park) to the west and Third Avenue to the east. The Carnegie Hill Historic District was designated by the Landmark Preservation Commission in July 1974 and expanded in December 1993. Carnegie Hill Neighbors, an organization that seeks to preserve the village environment, spurred creation of the historic district and actively monitors its well being. The neighborhood was named for the mansion that Andrew Carnegie built at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street in 1901. Today the mansion houses the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution. The architecture of the neighborhood includes grand, prewar apartment buildings along Park and Fifth avenues, brownstones with stoops, and townhouses on the side streets, cooperatives, condominiums, and a handful of mansions. It is also home to The Jewish Museum, the National Academy of Design, and The Dalton School. The median price for apartments in Carnegie Hill has risen 14 percent over the past year, to $1,525,000. ✦
Carnegie Hill’s boundaries extend from 86th Street on the south to 96th Street on the north between Fifth Avenue (Central Park) to the west and Third Avenue to the east.
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The Art of Listening Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker of Brown Harris Stevens Avideh B. Ghaffari on her real estate experience
What distinguishes you from others in your field? What expertise do you bring to the table? Having been a real estate broker for 26 years with a sophisticated sense of interior design and construction expertise has allowed me to assist my clients in seeing an apartment and/or town house in how it looks when they first see it but what it can become, with vision and design. My experience has also afforded me the knowledge of what needs to happen to ensure that my clients are happy and the transaction is successful.
Did you have another profession prior to being in real estate? I owned and operated my own interior design and construction company from 1980 to 1999 in New York. I have been commissioned to completely redesign and rebuild a number of homes in Manhattan by many New Yorkers.
What are the qualities you possess that contribute to your success in the real estate industry? The most important quality I possess is my work ethic. There is no substitute for hard work to make things happen. I am very goal oriented and have a strong vision of how to complete a task. I also pride myself in being a very strong listener. I make the results match the vision for my uncompromising clients and ensure that they are satisfied with the results. As a broker, I am always keeping abreast of the trends in the market and what’s available in order to dispense updated information to my clients, whether I am representing the seller or representing the buyer.
“As a trained contractor and designer, I can visualize a renovation from the beginning to completion.” What is the most exciting part of your job? As a trained contractor and designer, I can visualize a renovation from the beginning to completion. I get great satisfaction when I see the smiles on my customers’ faces when they move into a new home they love, when I help them visualize how a property can be redesigned to meet their lifestyle needs. Detail a new and exciting listing. I just listed a magnificent single-family mansion at 29 Beekman Place for $49.9 Million which is an amazing house. This is a pre-war eight story mansion with elevator, terraces, and breathtaking river views. It was once the home of the famous William Paley as well as philanthropist Mary Lasker. ✦
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Ultimate Luxury Introducing the Signature Suites at The Ritz London
What are the origins of The Ritz London? The Ritz London was conceived by renowned hotelier César Ritz, and opened its doors on May 24th, 1906. With its French chateau-style architecture and Louis XVI furnishings, the hotel was, according to Ritz, “a small house to which I am proud to see my name attached.” What makes The Ritz London stand out from all of the other grand hotels in London? In January 2002, The Ritz London received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. Awarded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz was the first hotel to be honored with this prestigious award. Tell us about the signature suites at The Ritz London The Ritz London has two residential apartment-style suites, the Royal and Prince of Wales. Residents of both of these are serviced by a dedicated butler to tend to their every need and afford them service “fit for a king.”The Royal Suite occupies the private chambers of former Prime Minister Lord Pelham, for whom the house was built. Vast in scale and lavish in appointment, The Royal Suite offers 1,720 square feet of space split over two levels and encompassing a grand drawing room, an elegant private dining room and a secluded and sizeable bedroom. The Royal Suite is palatial in design and appointment, with ornate gilded cornicing, towering mirrored walls, vast paintings and antique 92 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
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PANORAMIC PERFECTION 60s/East, New York City | 2BR/2.5BA | $2,195,000 Web#9769475 | Nora Ariffin 212.381.2249
ITâ€™S ALL ABOUT THE VIEWS Greenwich Village, New York City | 3BR/3.5BA | $15,825,000 Web#3860018 | Richard Orenstein 212.381.4248
MANSION ON PARK AVENUE Upper East Side, New York City | 4BR/4.5BA | $15,900,000 Web#8889256 | Dan Danielli 212.381.3325
ELEGANCE ABOUNDS 50s/East, New York City | 3BR/3BA | $2,495,000 Web#9514672 | Louise Phillips Forbes 212.381.3329
PREWAR CLASSIC 7 OFF CPW 80s/West, New York City | 3BR/2.5BA | $2,995,000 Web#9721994 | P. Martin/B. Kellc 212.381.2207/2385
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objets d’art, huge fireplaces and lavishly comfortable furnishings. With double-height ceilings and soaring floor-to-ceiling windows coupled with a westerly aspect, The Royal Suite is a brilliantly bright room that shimmers in the sunlight. The Prince of Wales Suite is a vast two-bedroom penthouse apartment located in the regal William Kent House, the 18th century mansion adjoining The Ritz. Suitable for large families, long-stay guests or those who simply cherish an abundance of personal space, The Prince of Wales Suite offers 1,990 square feet of luxury living space in Central London, on the verge of the emerald Green Park. It offers guests two en-suite bedrooms, an elegant private dining room, a vast drawing room, full service kitchen and a grand entrance hall, all lavishly appointed in consistency with the rest of the hotel.
back to the glory days of 1920s Paris and continues to draw people from around the world who relish in its gilded glamour and timeless sophistication. The Ritz Salon offers ladies’ and gentlemen’s hairdressing services and a full range of health and beauty treatments.
What other services and leisure activities does The Ritz London offer? All hotel guests receive complimentary 24 hour exclusive access to the private members Ritz Club, with its award-winning restaurant, elegant cocktail bar and the most memorable gaming experience. The Ritz Restaurant offers classical and indulgent ‘palace style’ cuisine by Executive Chef John Williams MBE. Likened to a ‘gorgeous little jewel box’, The Rivoli Bar transports guests
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What awards or accolades has The Ritz London received recently? In 2013 alone, The Ritz London received the following accolades: 2013 World Skills UK Final—Gold Medal & Best in Class, Ruth Hansom, Apprentice Chef 2013 Royal Academy of Culinary Arts—Master of Culinary Arts: Winner, Luigi Cagnin, Deputy Restaurant Manager
2013 Craft Guild of Chefs—National Young Chef of the Year: Finalist, Ruth Hansom 2013 Tripadvisor Awards—Winner, The Ritz London, Certificate of Excellence 2013 Tripadvisor Awards—Winner, Tea at The Ritz, Certificate of Excellence 2013 Royal Academy of Culinary Arts—2013 Annual Award of Excellence: Winner, Lucy Jones, Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2013 Royal Academy of Culinary Arts— 2013 Annual Award of Excellence: Winner, Charlie Brown, Ritz Restaurant Sommelier 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards—2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Winner, Chef John Williams MBE, Ritz Executive Chef
2013 Conde Nast Traveler—Readers’ Travel Awards: UK Business Hotels Shortlist
2013 London Club and Bar Awards —2013 Best Bartender Award: Winner, Walter Pintus, Rivoli Bar Head Bartender
2013 The Society of The Golden Keys Lifetime— Achievement Award: Winner, Michael De Cozar, Head Hall Porter
2013 Moët & Chandon—UK Sommelier of the Year: Runner-up, Tobias Brauweiler, The Ritz Head Sommelier ✦
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PreWAr 6 3 BedrOOM WITh TreeTOP VIeWS / UeS Excl. 3 bedrooms, 10‘ ceilings, wood burning fplc, formal dining rm, wood strip flrs, and custom cabinetry. Mint kitchen and baths. W/D. Charming details. $1.695M. Web#9855021
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PreWAr PeNThOUSe TerrACe dreAM / UPPer eAST SIde Excl. 1,000SF wraparound landscaped wonderland. High ceilings, wood burning fireplace, 2 bedrooms, 2 windowed baths and windowed kitchen. State-of-the-art ultra-luxe finishes. 24-hour full-service building. $2.695M. Web#9726206
eVerY rOOM ON The rIVer / SUTTON PLACe Excl. Triple mint masterpiece 2BR + sun rm, 2BA. Loft-style kit w/Sub-Zero, Meile, etc. New top notch renov w/wide strip hdwd flr. Like living on the ocean! $1.725M. Web#9228711
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THE CORCORAN GROUP SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE LITTLE PLAINS 240 Little Plains Rd high quality construction and superb design by Southampton architect Brian Brady are evident in this newly built 2 1/2 story, 4 level home within three blocks to the ocean. Fashionable Main Street and Jobs Lane are equally close by as is public transportation and fine dining. Oversized windows bring great light into the rooms and the French doors across the back of the house lend to the easy flow to the outdoor terraces. Outdoors you will find the terraces, swimming pool, pool house and garage. You must see this wonderful village home in a most prime location. $5,500,000. Contact Tim Davis @ 631.283.7300x211
COLDWELL BANKER COLONIAL PIECE OF HISTORY Once in a lifetime opportunity to own a little piece of Rye! Historic Colonial . . . circa 1890! Idyllically located in quiet & private neighborhood on .65 picturesque acre . . . within easy walk to station, village and schools! Three floors of wonderful living space including 9 foot ceilings, vintage hardwood floors, captivating & expanded EIK with cathedral ceiling & skylights opening to deck. 6 Bedrooms & 4 1/2 Baths! CAC throughout! A true and rare gem. $2,850,000. Contact Michele Flood @ 914.420.6468
DOUGLAS ELLIMAN A WESTCHESTER RETREAT A Natural Retreat for the Modern Buyer by recognized architect James Stewart Polshek. This architectural gem captivates with its Japanese inspired sensibility. Set on 4.2-acres with total privacy and sweeping views of the countryside. Renovated in 2009, features three separate wings defined by grand loft-like spaces, hardwood floors, cedar ceilings and walls, endless expanses of glass, expanded kitchen, and effortless transition to extensive decking and terraces. Only 45 minutes from Manhattan. $2,680,000. Contact Edward Holmes @ 914.548.6179
SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY CLASSIC GREENWICH COMPOUND This magnificent 2006 classic European-style manor, sits amidst approx. 2.47 park-like acres in the heart of Greenwich. The ballroom size living room with exposed dark wood beams and limestone fireplace leads to an intimate solarium with a private side balcony. A gourmet kitchen by Christopher Peacock is a few steps away and features marble counters and back splashes. $10,850,000. Contact Robin Kencel @ 203.249.2943 96 | AVENUE MAGAZINE â€˘ MAY 2014
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DOUGLAS ELLIMAN UPPER EAST SIDE GEM Atop the Upper East Side’s Azure sits the 34th floor Penthouse B, a 2,688 square foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom dream home featuring a unique blend of cosmopolitan sophistication and suburban comfort designed by award-winning interior designer Bjorn Bjornsson with furnishings by leading luxury brands and unique accents including a ventless fireplace and Baccarat and Foundry lighting installations. A 291 square foot terrace offers remarkable views of the George Washington Bridge, Yankee Stadium, East River, and RFK Bridge. Co-developed by The DeMatteis Organizations and The Mattone Group. Contact Ammanda Espinal or David Greczek at 212.828.4848.
HALSTEAD PROPERTY WATERFRONT CONNECTICUT PALACE Magnificent stone 17 room waterfront estate on 3.7 acres of gardens and sweeping lawns leading to Long Island Sound. With 380 feet of shoreline, this home enjoys spectacular views of Noroton Bay, Long Island Sound and Manhattan skyline. Approx 17,000 square feet with exquisite detail and craftsmanship throughout. The half moon shaped infinity pool and grotto/pool house overlook the Sound, stone pier and floating dock. Totally renovated and impeccable condition. $30,000,000. Contact Janet Olmsted @ 203.656.6542
SAUNDERS & ASSOCIATES PRIME PARCEL A 2.4 acre parcel abutting a 45-acre agricultural reserve located south of the highway on one of East Hampton’s prime streets. This lot is 100% clearable and has room for a huge home, pool, and tennis. An excellent speculation opportunity. Currently a 5,000 square foot Don Chappell designed contemporary home with pool and tennis on the property. Recently reduced to $4,350,000. Contact Drew Green @ 516.314.2508.
SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY WATER MILL SOUTH ESTATE Top quality new construction with custom finishes and millwork: 16,000 sq. ft. on private two acres with high hedges, pool and tennis. Features grand 2-story foyer, living room with glass wall opening to patio, paneled library, formal dining room, large kitchen/ family room, 8 bedrooms, 13 baths, first floor master/guest bedroom, second floor 1,200 square foot master suite, 9 fireplaces, elevator, gym, theatre, wine room and bar, and 3-car garage. $14,750,000. Contact Pat Petrillo @ 516.356.5136.
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Penthouse Perfection | 132 east 65th street $15,500,000 | Set atop The Touraine, this 4,346 sf 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom duplex is the last sponsor unit in this stunning boutique condominium. Open city views and high ceilings complement the luxurious finishes throughout this “townhouse in the sky.” Web# 1695199.
one Beacon court | 151 east 58th street, 38c $4,850,00o | This exquisitely decorated 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home offers the finest in five-star living. Enjoy open city and bridge views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Hardwood and marble floors and a state-of-the-art audio system compliment this lovely home. Web# 1570808.
sPrawling east end condo | 90 east end avenue, 8a $4,495,000 | Enjoy river and park views from the sun-flooded corner living room. The gracious layout boasts a huge formal dining room and custom wood-paneled library. Configured as a 2-bedroom, 4-bathroom this home easily converts back to a 3 or 4-bedroom residence. Web# 1669560.
sherry netherland | 781 fifth avenue, 1101 | $4,495,000 Breathtaking Central Park views. This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom co-op offers a rare opportunity to create the perfect Fifth Avenue home. High ceilings and graciously proportioned rooms with Old World charm. Owners enjoy hotel services and maid service daily. Web# 1507691.
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superb oceanfront retreat | Water mill | $13,950,000 | 189 ft of ocean frontage, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, office/5th bedroom, views from every room of the atlantic ocean or mecox bay, gourmet kitchen, living room with fireplace opens up to expansive decks, outdoor shower. Web# h41778
estate With Water vieWs | southampton | $4,750,000 3.15 acres, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, extensive gardens, heated pool, finished basement. Web# h17842
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With dramatic views of the western Litchfield hills, Marron Hill was conceived as the ultimate country retreat. Highest quality construction, extensive woodwork and stone masonry. 18 +/- acres. Car enthusiast’s dream with seven car heated garage.
1810 charmer loaded with local history. 4 Bedroom, 4 baths with 1700’s guest house and barn. Frontage on both Jack’s Brook (with waterfalls) and the Shepaug River (with a swimming hole). 30+/- acres of gorgeous gardens, open fields and huge antique trees.
Very charming home with open floor plan, country kitchen. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths + office loft. Hand hewn beams, stone fireplace, wide board floors and paneling. Stunning master bedroom with vaulted ceilings. Terrace with wisteria covered pergola, koi pond and gunite pool.
The Matthews Group at William Raveis 4 Green Hill Road, PO Box 527 Washington Depot, CT 06794 William Raveis, Broker—Licensed, CT.
Completely renovated 19th century Greek revival antique on a quiet country road. 12+/- acres. Perfect move-in condition. Newly constructed modern barn-style pool house / guest house with spectacular indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Completely rebuilt in 2005 to perfection with antique details including wide board floors, large hearth fireplaces and exposed beams. 4 Bedrooms, 4 baths on 4+/- acres abutting protected land. 3 car garage and also includes 30’ X 40’ party barn/cabana/studio.
80ft. of direct waterfront on Long Meadow Pond. Enjoy beautiful views from your deck and fishing from your dock. Freshly renovated by Vogue editor owner, sophisticated and bright interiors. 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths with vaulted ceilings and lake views.
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Scenically Supreme Rye. Spacious contemporary located directly on Long Island Sound with free form heated pool and private beach! Located on an appealing cul de sac with private neighborhood dock, this 6 Bdrm, 4.5 Bth home offers a vacation-inspired lifestyle all year round! Within easy walk to school, park and private clubs! Offered at $4,999,999
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Rye. Located on Prestigious Parsonage Point with spectacular Long Island Sound views, including beach and mooring opportunities. This magnificent property is the last remaining piece of land on Rye’s coveted Milton Point. This multi-acre parcel is available as a single purchase or in combinations starting at 1.64 acres. A rare opportunity to build your dream home in this waterfront enclave. Price beginning at $8,995,000
Rye. Impeccable, one-of-a-kind; the epitome of custom design and character, with panoramic water views of Long Island Sound and Kirby Mill Pond. Unique 12 room home includes 4 Bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 powder rooms and gourmet kit. 2,000sf 2 story guest house w/2BR’s and 2.5 baths, also has wonderful water views. Infinity pool and magnificent gardens plus an abundance of fauna, foliage and wild life that highlights this truly remarkable oasis. Protected from hurricanes and only 38 minutes from NYC, ideal for nature and water lovers. A must see. $10,900,000 Sula Pearlman • 914.393.4101
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, E U N E V A Dear Carolina von Humboldt leaves no stone unturned in Paris
Interior decorator Carolina von Humboldt’s global sensibility carries over into her work. Von Humboldt was born in Paris to Spanish and German parents and has traveled and lived across the globe. Her décor projects, which include the new Le Bilboquet and Estée Lauder’s European headquarters, are clean and refined but still have personality and touches of flair. Though she has lived in New York for the past 10 years, von Humbolt remains a globe-trotter and keeps an especially strong tie to Paris.
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I like to travel as much as possible, but on this occasion let’s say Paris is my favorite place to travel to in the world! Not everybody loves Paris, but it is a city I know very well; I lived there many years and I go back very often.
Smal l by day, grand by night I rarely stay in hotels in Paris because I have family and friends there, but I am a big fan of Parisian hotels and like to visit them in all arrondissements. Paris has a large selection of charming little hotels, all very different in style and looks, one from another. For drinks in the evening I recommend the so-called “grand hotels” (Le Meurice, Shangri-la, Hôtel Costes, etc. . . .)
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I would recommend a café crème and a croissant au Café de la Mairie, outside— if weather permits—so you can see the strange and beautiful Saint-Sulpice church and the fountain. Then, walk the little streets and on a rainy day go to the movies at 11:30 a.m. There is always a single screening of a fantastic film and the theater is empty . . . I love it! After the movies you can walk across the [Jardin du] Luxembourg and have lunch at the Closerie des Lilas [côté brasse-
Then—and now you deserve a taxi—drive rie]. Then to l’Institut du monde Arabe, built in the ‘80s by Architecture Studio and Jean Nouvel; they have great exhibitions and a pretty view of the Seine. After that, you can cross the river through the Ile Saint-Louis and have tea in a cozy and delicious patisserie in Le Marais.
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AUSTINE HEARST, BABE PALEY, MILLICENT ROGERS, BROOKE ASTOR AND DOMINIQUE DE MENIL I once asked Charles James, “What’s it like to dress the rich?” In response, he threw up his magical hands in despair and groaned, “They never pay their bills on time; therefore, neither do I.” In fact, from the 1920s through the 1970s, James (1906–1978) dressed the crème de la crème, including Queen Ena of Spain, Coco Chanel, Lady Diana Cooper, Elsa Schiaparelli, Dominique de Menil, Babe Paley, Brooke Astor, Mrs. John Hay Whitney and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney; but he went bankrupt more times than Marc Jacobs, without LVMH to rescue him. James had an endless arsenal of amusing stories about his clients and confided, “My only regret is that I never had a great patron, someone seriously rich, to support my work from start to finish.” James, the subject of this year’s Metropolitan Costume Institute show, Charles James: Beyond Fashion, would have needed a pope or a Medici to help him, as his notorious extravagance and gift for ignoring financial realities was legendary. His friend, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr., one of four of James’s clients who appeared consistently on Eleanor Lambert’s Bestdressed List, once said, “Charles James did not compromise. He became the single most important influence on fashion in his time.” She continued: “Oh, Charles James was hard on his clients, even his benefactors, but then so was Leonardo da Vinci. Perfection is such a hard master!” Bill Cunningham called him “the Einstein of Fashion,” while Christian Dior credited a remark made by James that inspired him to create “The New Look.” After the designer’s first show in Paris, Paul Poiret told him, “I pass you my crown.” In the ’70s, James’ friend Salvador Dali told me, “Charles’ white satin evening coat is the first example of a soft sculpture.” His literary fans included Jean Cocteau, who lived across the hall from him in Paris. (James recalled, “I tried to hang myself over a boy, but Cocteau cut me down.”); and Virginia Woolf, who called his dresses “diabolical.” Tennessee Williams, meanwhile, whom James met through Candy Darling and Andy Warhol, also admired his work. James once offered an insightful comment to the English designer Zandra Rhodes, the artist Anton Perich and me during the making of The Charles James Story, a 20-hour documentary being excerpted for the Met show. Said James: “I have remained a myth because people don’t see evidence of my work, because I don’t have the workers I need.” When I asked him to confirm that at the height of his fame he dressed only ten women, he responded, “There are times where I’ve dressed ten women or three women, and there have been times where I’ve dressed 30.” At the end of his career, he dressed two: the jeweler Elsa Peretti, of whom he said, “She left it up to me to make what I can,” and the artist Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, who inspired him to make his last collection, in 1972. James further explained, “I felt I had found the perfect woman. Interested in all that interests me, that is to say, in many areas and art forms at the same time. Above all, she combines wit with being a darned good sculptor.” He went on to say that, despite driving some of his patrons to tears and sometimes taking years to deliver a dress, “I loved my clients. People often didn’t know that. Dressing them was a vicarious form of making love. I took delight in enhancing their beauty so that they could make a great impression on the men.” James attended Harrow, a top “public” school in England, along with the painter Sir Francis Rose and his schoolboy crushes, Evelyn Waugh and Cecil Beaton, who introduced him to Greta Garbo. James confessed, “She did come to me once with Cecil Beaton, but not to buy, just to be introduced. It doesn’t matter what age Greta Garbo is; if she smiles, it’s a miracle.”
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Peter Martins, Julia Koch, Serena Lese, Diana DiMenna, Noreen Ahmad and Amanda Brotman at the School of American Ballet
Ann Caruso, Rachel Roy, Kelly Rutherford, Donna D’Cruz and Dita Von Teese at Pisces Party
Marilyn Gauthier, Alina Cho and John Dempsey at their Pisces Party
Cecil Beaton’s 1948 photograph of Charles James’ dresses in NYC
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Of Beaton, James said with tenderness, “I could never claim that I influenced him but I will say that some of his best work was done with me. He made me work very hard.” James also dressed Marlene Dietrich; Gypsy Rose Lee; Helena Rubinstein; Dolores del Rio; Jennifer Jones; Gertrude Lawrence; Elizabeth Arden; Paulette Goddard; the ballerinas Tamara Karsavina and Alicia Markova; the opera singers Lily Pons, Mary Garden, Risë Stevens; and the models Doreen Leigh, Maxime de la Falaise and Ruth Ford, to name but a distinguished few. In 1975, James, who was also a published poet, sculptor and jewelry designer, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his drawings. The painter Robert Motherwell, who was on the committee, said, “They were more powerful and more to the point than any of the work submitted by so called ‘regular artists.’ I have never met James, I don’t’ particularly need to, but I think Charles James is a genius.” The Met show also contains a group of drawings from my own collection of James’ work, which ultimately I’ll give to the museum in honor of our friendship. James’ creations have been drawn by many artists, including Matisse, Tchelitchew and, in the ’60s, Antonio Lopez. Cristóbal Balenciaga called James “The greatest courtier in the world. He has raised haute couture from an applied art form to a pure art form.” James’ work has been collected by 36 museums around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institution. In our last video, made just before he died in 1978, I asked Charles if he was satisfied with his legacy. He replied without a trace of bitterness, “I’ve had my share of good times and bad, but it has always been about the dress, not me. If I can create beauty and make someone feel beautiful in one of my dresses, then my work is done.” As to the future, James told me, “I would wish for others who one day can influence fashion, to have the guts and capacity to do so, to live through me when I’m gone.” metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion THE SOCIAL SWIM “Wear a tail,” said the invitation to Alina Cho and Marilyn Gauthier’s Pisces party, which they co-host annually with JJohn Demsey at his art-filled town house. A few chic creatures wore fish-tail skirts, including Countess Elisabeth de Kergorlay and Susan Silver Silver, while fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit sported a red-tentacled glove. Have you ever? Cornelia Guest Events orchestrated a picture-perfect party that included a wide assortment of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres served on fish-shaped platters. Ever witty, Cornelia had multicolored gummy shark and octopi placed in fish bowls on every surface along with cookies that looked like rainbow trout. Models dressed as mermaids, blew bubbles and greeted the guests as they swam into the room. The Pisceans welcomed a tidal wave of friends, including, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt Roosevelt, Vera Wang, Geraldo Rivera, Martha Stewart, Robert Zimmerman, Emily Smith, Padma Lakshmi, Patrick McMullan, Janna Bullock, Zimmerman Sharon Bush, Laura and Harry Slatkin and Anna Sui. At the party’s peak, Dita Von Teese presented a birthday cake to the hosts. It’s the only way, really. Among those singing were Milly de Cabrol, Cynthia Frank, Alison Mazzola, debonair George Farias, Linda Wells, Dennis Basso, Bettina Zilkha, Fern Mallis, Lady Liliana Cavendish and too many other swans to name here. THE WINTER BALL “I love the ballet,” said David Koch at the School of American Ballet ‘s Winter Ball that he and his wife Julia Koch co-chaired at Lincoln Center in the theater that bears his name. New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins told his wife Darci Kistler, Alexandra Lebenthal and the actor James Ginty a story about choreographer George Balanchine, who established the SAB in 1934 with philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein: “Rudolf Nureyev asked me,” Martins said, “to introduce him to ‘Mr. B’ so that he could get the rights to dance Apollo in 1967. Balanchine said ‘yes’ but told Nureyev he needed to pay $50,000. ‘He’s rich!’ exclaimed ‘Mr B.’ Nureyev wrote the check and Balanchine gave the money to SAB.” Among those on the dance floor were Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart. The elegant evening, underwritten by Van Cleef & Arpels, raised $1.8 million for student scholarships. sab.org ✦
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HUNT SLONEM AVENUE’s back-page column asks New York notables our version of the questionnaire made famous by Marcel Proust
odern-day bon vivant and antiques enthusiast Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker from Louisiana. His work has been exhibited in more than 350 galleries and museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Known for his illustrious depictions of some of nature’s friendliest creatures, Slonem says he awakes every day and performs his “daily warm-ups,” painting rabbits on a series of small rectangular panels made of wood or Masonite. Each work encompasses a Post-expressionist narrative. A collection of these paintings is presented for the first time in his newly published book, Bunnies (Glitterati Incorporated). Here, the colorful artist, who divides his time between his two plantations in Louisiana and his art studio in New York, talks about his New York state of mind.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO BE INSPIRED IN NEW YORK? OR WHAT NEW YORK BUILDING/INTERIOR INSPIRES YOU THE MOST? I would have to say that the major portion of my inspiration comes from within my own studio, I also go to the Metropolitan Museum to get inspired.
IF YOUR APARTMENT WERE ON FIRE, WHICH THREE THINGS WOULD YOU RESCUE? I’d try to rescue all of my beautiful birds. IF YOU WEREN’T AN ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? [Laughs.] I probably wouldn’t be alive; I can’t imagine not being an artist, I would be very unfulfilled! WHERE IS PARADISE FOR YOU? On one of my plantations, specifically in Batchelor, Louisiana. It is the closest thing to paradise for me. WHOM DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Picasso, and I love [French antique dealer and interior designer] Madeleine Castaing. 116 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MAY 2014
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Not to listen to anyone! WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO? Well I have a few, but just to persist and never give up, and paint through it all! BEST MEAL YOU’VE HAD IN NEW YORK CITY? I’ve had some pretty good meals at Daniel recently, but I find almost every meal in New York unforgettable . . . I think we have standards. WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST WHEN YOU’RE OUT OF NEW YORK CITY? Painting and my animals and my birds. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PARTNER? Kip Forbes; just because I had dinner with him twice recently. WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? A very wide range. I collect John Henry Belter and Gothic revival furniture, particularly in the period of 1798–1860. I also collect Old Paris porcelain, marble busts and columns, and I don’t know if “collecting birds” is the right term, but I save unwanted birds. I collect plants, I collect
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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...
Published on Apr 30, 2014
Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...