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Awww, Shucks: TEFAF + MSKCC=An Artful Record

by Michael Gross Photographed by Hunter Abrams/BFA.com
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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An oyster shucker from the Netherlands dispensed just-opened, globally-sourced bi-valves on the second floor of the Park Avenue Armory last night, as The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted the inaugural Opening Night of TEFAF New York Spring, which brought 93 internationally acclaimed galleries and dealers to the acclaimed art fair’s New York debut. “It is a huge success, raved Frances Beatty, President of Adler Beatty, a fine art dealership and advisory firm devoted to Old Master, Modern, and Contemporary Art, which also debuted yesterday. “You have to visit, it is mobbed.” continued Beatty, who is also President Emerita of Richard L. Feigen & Company.

Beatty was among the mob of collectors, philanthropists and leaders in fashion and design at the exclusive VIP preview of the sensational fair before it opened to the public today. TEFAF gazumphed Frieze by opening before that other acclaimed art fair, and attracting many of the same galleries, and through the day, a record-setting crowd of more than 5,000 people passed through the Armory’s heavy doors. Like Beatty, many returned for the glamorous cocktail party that started at 5 PM and ran well into the evening.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with the world’s leading art fair to once again to host The Opening Night,” said Lavinia Branca Snyder, president of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering. “The Opening Night provides a unique opportunity to support the invaluable programs and initiatives at MSK, while getting a first-hand, exclusive look at some of the most incredible art and design collections in the world.”

Proceeds from the event benefit The Society’s patient care, research and education programs at MSK. Among the more than 2,000 guests at the preview, which was sponsored by ELLE Decor and FENDI, were Peter Marino, Michael Boodro, Marcie and Jordan Pantzer, Debra Black, Caryn Zucker, Dr. Graig B. Thompson, Willem van Roijen, Patrick van Maris, Kate Kelly Smith, Juan Montoya, Kelly Behun, Kate Pickett and Andrew Davis, Kate Kelly Smith, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Lauren DuPont, Lauren Santo Domingo, Gabriella Moncada, Grace Fuller, Ellen Burstyn, Scott Sandres, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Gaetano Sciuto and Stefania Giordano, Yosun and Olivier Reza, Fern Mallis, Michael Plummer, Jeff Rabin, Michael Boodro, Allison Aston, Jenny Slayton Greene, Bunny Williams, David Kleinberg, Alex Papachristidis, Madeline Weinrib, Sara Zilkha, Ferebee Taube, Amanda Taylor, Carolina de Neuville, Sara Gilbane Sullivan, Helen Lee Schifter, Kitty Sherrill, Susan Gutfreund, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Roman and Helena Martinez, Susan Zises Green, Shoshanna Gruss, Eleanora Kennedy, Annie Taube, Amory McAndrew, Brian J. McCarthy, Judy Gordon Cox, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Melinda Blinken, Shelley and Michael Carr, Ophelia Snyder, Virginia W. Tomenson, and Matthew Patrick Smyth.


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