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Chuck Close, Bosco Sodi, Maria Baibakova: Hamptons Scene

July 16, 2012

Parrish Art Museum

Andrea Glimcher and Marc Glimcher, president of Pace Gallery. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Pace Gallery President Marc Glimcher and his wife, Andrea, rocked out to the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

It was 10:30 Saturday night in Southampton and the dance floor was full at the Parrish Art Museum gala, a crush of white linen, pink cotton and glistening skin.

Many of the 450 dinner guests had gone home, while 500 others in their 20s and 30s had started to arrive for an “After 10” party.

In the dessert-and-drinks tent, Maria Baibakova, whose nonprofit supports contemporary art in Moscow, chatted with collector Richard Chang and art dealer James Salomon.

In the dance tent, Kevin Miller swung around Victoria Colyer, both in finance.

The Glimchers, who had earlier hosted Pace artists Chuck Close and Bosco Sodi at their table, jumped up and down like true punk rock fans.

Until then, the evening, which raised $650,000, had been, well, more sedate.

There were cameos at cocktail hour by designer Lisa Perry and Glenn Fuhrman, co-founder of MSD Capital LP.

Fiona Rudin, chairman of the New Victory Theater in Manhattan, thrilled fashionistas with her prim Hamptons translation of the look of the moment: a Yayoi Kusama/Louis Vuitton (MC) red-and-white polka-dot purse with a Louis Vuitton white dress, matching red cardigan and white shoes.

Birds of Paradise

A man who calls himself Di Mondo wore a Givenchy suit hand- painted with birds of paradise.

At dinner, Terrie Sultan, the director of the museum, presented bouquets of white lilies to six “creative spirits of the East End,” referring to the eastern end of New York’s Long Island.

They included Close; the interior-design duo Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper; writer Barbara Goldsmith; choreographer Paul Taylor; musical theater and film choreographer Patricia Birch; and guitarist G.E. Smith, the former “Saturday Night Live” music director, who was absent because he was playing with Roger Waters in Philadelphia, a stop on “The Wall Live” tour.

“I’ve been here since 1960, hanging out with artists,” Goldsmith said. “All of us used to sit on the dunes and play chess. We’d inspire each other.”

How? “Roy Lichtenstein took things that were so common and made them into something wonderful -- writing can be that,” Goldsmith replied. “Larry Rivers taught me you can get away with anything.”

New Building

Next year the Parrish gala will be held on the grounds of the its new building in Watermill, New York, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and is opening in November.

Close toured the building earlier in the day. “It’s fantastic,” he said.

“What draws artists here is the light. It bounces off the ocean and then the clouds.”

He no longer has a home on the East End. “I’m building a house in Long Beach,” he said.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographers for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Elin McCoy on wine and Richard Vines on food.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net


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