On The Avenue

Lay it on me, Art Daddy-o

by Ben Diamond Photographed by Yvonne Tnt/BFA.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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The party may have been confined to the Seagram’s Building, but the art world was “On the Road” last night for the Art Production Fund’s annual benefit. “UP Beat,” as the evening was called, was a tribute to every wild Eisenhower-era parties with a goatteed fellow playing the bongos in the corner. Guests dusted off their berets and pulled their striped shirts off the shelf for a night of dinner, dancing and jazz.


“We always try to come up with a theme that’s different from the year before,” said Casey Fremont Crowe, the Fund’s Executive Director. “This time, we thought that right now, in contemporary time, it was an interesting time to look back at what the beatniks were doing during the ’50s and ’60s, to take their sensibilities and flip it, and make it ‘UP Beat.'” Among those grooving to the swinging jazz of the Bruce Harris Quartet were honorees Jeff Koons and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. It was Koons’ night more than anyone’s—guests played with metallic balloons modeled after his famous Balloon Dog, and his painting Monkey Train (Birds) was sold in a live auction for $50,000.


The Art Production Fund was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen, dedicated to “commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.” Last night’s gala raised nearly $700,000 for the organization. Dig it.


Also in attendance were Laurie Simmons, Maria & Bill Bell, Marilyn Minter, Sarah Arison, Tory Burch, Stacey Bendet, Maria Borges, Fabiola Beracasa, Derrick Adams, Zoe Buckman, Wangechi Mutu, Athena Calderone, Sarah Hoover, and Bettina Prentice.


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