Take Home a Nude

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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The New York Academy of Art’s annual “Take Home a Nude,” held once again at Sotheby’s, ironically – but not surprisingly – drew some of the circuit’s most well-dressed regulars. Loyal NYAA supporter looked all rosy in an Erdem shift; Junior co-chair Alexandra Chemla was sufficiently trendy in Marni (“well really, this is courtesy of my roommate’s closet,” the ArtBinder founder offered); while Auction co-chair Daphne Guinness made one of her trademark regal entrances, covered from the neck down in a dress she designed herself.

The three hour cocktail portion of the evening – held on the 10th floor ¬†galleries – allowed for a number of celebrities, collectors, and other luminaries to stop by and support the foundation, peruse, and bid on the work up for auction by the Academy’s emerging artists. Just a few of the boldfacers spotted by AVENUEinsider: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Auction co-chair L’Wren Scott, Petra Nemcova, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Jen Brill, Scott Campbell and Lake Bell, Nina Garcia, and Misha Nonoo with her husband, Paddle8’s Alexander Gilkes.

The silent and live auction included pieces by honoree Walton Ford, along with other Academy artists Dustin Yellin, Will Cotton, Yoko Ono, Andres Serrano, and Hugo Guinness. ¬†A small group subsequently moved down to the 7th floor for an intimate, VIP dinner. As guests took their seats, Academy president David Kratz took to the podium to congratulate honoree Ford. He made a pun about imagining the audience naked to sooth his public speaking nerves, which was rather appropriate, he quipped, given that “tonight’s event is called ‘Take Home a Nude.'” Which many guests did literally: unlike your traditional auction, winning bidders have their prizes wrapped up and get to take them home that night. The event raised over $900,000 for the Andy Warhol-founded Academy.


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by Ben DiamondPhotographed by Billy Farrall