Watermill Center Benefit Raises $1.5 M.

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Paul Thek, ‘Big Bang Painting,’ 1987-88. (Courtesy the Watermill Center Collection)

The Big Bang, Watermill Center’s 19th annual summer benefit, raised over $1.5 million in support of its artist residency and educational programs. About $800,000 was raised in ticket sales and about $700,000 at the silent auction.

Guests huddled under a tent, which also housed the work in the silent auction, during a pretty steady downpour. They also took refuge inside the excellent Mike Kelley retrospective that is on view at Watermill through Sept. 16. We’ll have more details on all of this later in the week.