May 8, 2014

MAX MARA x Whitney Art Party

Against the brick walls of the Highline Studios, Daniel Arsham's Glacial Rock Eroded Microphone stood on a pedestal next to Dustin Yellin's Letter to Artaud and Texas. Arsham's white sculpture, made of glacial rock, marble, glass, and hydrostone, contrasted against Yellin's vibrant red and yellow Sharpie markings on a thick block of glass. Multiple flat-screen televisions projected the current auction prices like a sports scoreboard, with Yellin in the lead. Prices rose as the annual Whitney Art Party continued into the night.

Through a silent auction powered by Artsy, guests bid on pieces of art during the party. In addition to Arsham and Yellin's sculptures, other pieces included a black-and-white photograph of Warhol and Basquiat taken in 1985 by Ricky Powell, and sculptures and paintings by artists such as Shay Kun, Ry Rocklen, and Laura Sharp Wilson. Curtis Kulig and E.V. Day stood smiling near their pieces that were also for sale. Zoe Saldana, Maria Giulia Maramotti, and Adam D. Weinberg hosted the party, while other attendees included Emmy Rossum, Natalie Joos, Chuck Close, Harley Viera-Newton, and Emily Ratajkowski.

"It's exciting," artist Kadar Brock told us while laughing, "But I'm also on a bunch of DayQuil right now trying to stay awake." Despite many similar exasperations of "this has been the longest day of my life," Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis kept the crowd energized, and by 11:00, nearly everyone was dancing.  —Emily McDermott



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