Area, the famed 1980s nightclub that featured Andy Warhol sculptures, Keith Haring murals and a deejay named Jean-Michel Basquiat, was a restless nightclub. For one, it only lasted a few years, from 1983 to 1987. Every six weeks, the owners would enlist their artist friends to completely overhaul the Tribeca space and create a new place from scratch. There were taxidermied rhinos during the “Containment” period and an indoor lap pool during the “Sports” period. And then of course, there was a bar in the bathroom. It was the club’s epicenter of cool, Area in microcosm, with photographers popping flashbulbs and Chuck Close artwork hanging haphazardly. Outside, hordes of gussied-up kids were praying they could join Madonna in the latrines.
Shindigger loves almost any opportunity to raise a glass to art, as we did recently at Guild Hall’s 2013 Summer Gala, which honored artist Chuck Close with an exclusive preview of his new exhibition, followed by dinner and dancing at the colossal Bridgehampton estate of Louise and Leonard Riggio, the chairman of Barnes & Noble. Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Bust out the summer whites and mingle with the art and downtown society crowd at the New Museum’s White Party. Music is by Vacationer and DJ Ghostdad. Expect guests like Purple magazine’s Olivier Zahm, Chloë Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski, Chuck Close, Marilyn Minter, Jeff Koons and Arden Wohl, to name a fabulous few.
Sure, you’ve seen a hundred shots of Katie Holmes celebrating at The New York Observer‘s 25th Anniversary Party by now. If you didn’t know what Rex Reed looked like, now you do. And those pictures of Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Close? Sure, we could see how some Read More
- The intimidatingly assiduous Peggy Siegal greets people at the door; thanks us for coming to celebrate party with The New York Observer. “We are The New York Observer!” We cry. She doesn’t even pause. “Well, it’s great to see you anyway.”
-Terry McDonell: I’ve always loved the Observer, I have great respect for Peter Kaplan. The coverage of everything I was interested in New York in the past 25 years was reflected in The Observer at the highest level.
- Ray Kelly recalls the last time he was at the Four Seasons. “[We] feel like you never leave,” we tell the Police Commissioner. His reply: “A lot of people feel that way.”
“We get everything from the real housewives to real chic,” Deborah Bancroft, co-chair of the Parrish Art Museum, told The Observer Saturday evening, noting the varied attire of guests at the museum’s annual Midsummer Party in Southampton.
She stealthily surveyed the room for prying ears that might take offense to her cheeky observation. Laughing it off and shifting her attention back to us, she continued, “That’s the fun thing about the Parrish. I think because it leans artsy, you can get everything from moo moos to hula skirts.”
This morning, before the press preview of the 26 works expected to bring in some $10 million in the Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s on Thursday, the assembled press waited in the foyer just beyond the entrance to the auction house.
The artist Chuck Close spoke out strongly in favor of a new Il Buco last night at a meeting of Community Board 2, Grub Street reports. In fact, he was so in favor of the new branch that he actually misremembered how bad the neighborhood was before it had restaurants.
“Bars and restaurants Read More
Art on the Go
Which is greater, the odds of catching the Cash Cab or sharing a taxi with Chuck Close?
For the month of January, certainly the latter. For the second year now, ShowMedia, the company that supplies all the advertising to the cabs is turning 500 taxi toppers into roving canvases. There are two works on the Read More
Last night, on the eve of the election, artists and philanthropists gathered for the 14th Annual Artwalk benefit auction for the Coalition for the Homeless. The event was in honor of the late abstract expressionist artist Robert Rauschenberg, a longtime supporter.
"Bob was of grand generosity, of of the most generous men I ever knew–he Read More