The art of parties and beyond

Cindy Sherman, New Museum
Apr. 17, 2005: What else could Cindy Sherman have mustered but a weepy speech after an introduction by John Waters as the biggest star in the art world and a standing ovation as she walked to the podium? And at a party in her honor, no less. It was that kind of warm and fuzzy night as The New Museum of Contemporary Art, which is building a new home on the Bowery, hosted its Annual Spring Gala and Live Auction at the newly reopened Cipriani at 55 Wall Street. Attendees included Sir Elton John, who served as Honorary Chair, David Furnish, Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry and jeweller John Reinhold, artist couple Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, art power player Yvonne Force and artist Leo Villareal, photographer Sarah Charlesworth, starlet Gaby Hoffmann, and actor Fisher Stevens. In all, the evening raised over $1 million, with the highest auction price reaching $58,000 for a Paul McCarthy photograph of a typically bloody and decapitated doll, bought by Tim Nye. Elton John himself led the bidding for a Sue Williams painting, securing the second highest price at $50,000. But perhaps the night's most coveted works of art were the miniature chocolate replicas of the new New Museum building on each of the tables.



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