• ArtBridge’s Annual Art Auction Fundraiser at Jack Studios

    event panorama
    The crowd at the fundraiser
    Wangechi Mutu, presented by award by Stephen Pierson (executive director, ArtBridge). Award in the form of a sculpture by artist Esther Ruiz.
    Wangechi Mutu being presented the honoree award by Stephen Pierson (executive director, ArtBridge). The award is in the form of a sculpture by artist Esther Ruiz.

    The fourth annual 2015 Spring Art Auction with Artbridge and Jack Studios was abuzz with very beautiful people Thursday, May 28th.  The lovely attendees were made privy to a bevy of work presented by an auctioneer with the thankless job of doing his damnedest to hold the boozy crowd in sway.  Poor Guy.  Yes, the alcohol flowed like wine as people mingled and munched on the strangest looking hors d’oevres I’ve ever seen.

    But I did manage to see some good art there too.  Stephanie McMahon had an intriguing, multi-layered abstract painting titled Jet Stream that has some cool white and grey cascading parts beneath some bold green and orange washes.  Emmy Mikelson’s Threshold Composition (Red) is so very bright and red it might burn your retina (ouch!).  I hope to see more work from both these artists in the future.

    My favey, however, was a photo by Jim Bergesen titled Grounded.  It’s an aerial shot of a bunch of planes on a tarmac, but the image is so foggy I kind of thought the planes looked like sharks huddled around a reef.  But they aren’t sharks and they are most definitely planes with little tic-tacs of orange whirling around them to designate the flight lanes.  Any time an artist brings in the mysterious with the modern I’m on board, baby!

     

    ArtBridge (www.artbridge.org)’s annual art auction fundraiser.  Honoring artist Wangechi Mutu.

     

    Writing by Zach Eichelberger

    Photography by Andrew Hinderaker

    L-R) Edmond Caputo (artist) with Holly Shawhan (Corcoran), with Wangechi Mutu in background (artist, honoree)
    (L-R) Edmond Caputo (artist) with Holly Shawhan (Corcoran), with Wangechi Mutu in background (artist, honoree)
    Edoardo Roberti (auctioneer, Sotheby’s)
    Edoardo Roberti (auctioneer, Sotheby’s)
    liquor by Window Jane, small-batch Brooklyn (Red Hook) distillery
    Liquor by Window Jane, small-batch Brooklyn (Red Hook) distillery
    Kemi Ilesanmi (executive director, Laundromat Project), Wangechi Mutu, Hannah Byers (Sotheby’s, VP of Museum Services)
    (L-R) Kemi Ilesanmi (executive director, Laundromat Project), Wangechi Mutu, Hannah Byers (Sotheby’s, VP of Museum Services)
    Verdiana Patacchini Verdi (artist), Jamie Martinez (publisher, ArteFuse), TK
    (L-R) Verdiana Patacchini Verdi (artist), Jamie Martinez (artist and publisher, Arte Fuse) and Ava Eski
    DJ’ing by JD Samson (ex Le Tigre)
    DJ’ing by JD Samson (ex Le Tigre)
    Kim Schnaubert (SculptureCenter), Brett Jutkiewicz (film producer)
    (L-R) Brett Jutkiewicz (film producer) and Kim Schnaubert (Sculpture Center)
    Anna Allen (founder, Say Ah), Nicholas Barberio (founder, Nick Industries) ari lankin
    (L-R) Anna Allen (founder, Say Ah), Nicholas Barberio (founder, Nick Industries)
    Christopher Koulouris
    Christopher Koulouris with a friend
    event panorama with JD Samson DJ’ing.
    ArtBridge’s Spring Art fundraiser with JD Samson DJ’ing.
    Veronica Santi (ArtBridge) with Edoardo Roberti (Sotheby’s)
    (L-R) Veronica Santi (ArtBridge) with Edoardo Roberti (Sotheby’s)
    Wangechi Mutu (artist, honoree), Holly Hager (co-founder, Curatious), Seema Bajaj (co-founder, Curatious)
    (L-R) Wangechi Mutu (artist, honoree), Holly Hager (co-founder, Curatious), Seema Bajaj (co-founder, Curatious)
    Marla D’Urso (founder, 3 Tarts bakery), Rodney Durso (founder, ArtBridge), Gary D’Urso (Bonhams)
    (L-R) Marla D’Urso (founder, 3 Tarts bakery), Rodney Durso (founder, ArtBridge), Gary D’Urso (Bonhams)
    Manjari Sharma (artist) with Lydia Panas (artist) next to their donated prints.
    (L-R) Manjari Sharma (artist) with Lydia Panas (artist) next to their donated prints.
    Lindsey Schmidt (mcgarrybowen) with Rodney Durso (founder, ArtBridge), with Erin Barnes in background (founder, executive director, Ioby)
    (L-R) Lindsey Schmidt (mcgarrybowen) with Rodney Durso (founder, ArtBridge), with Erin Barnes in background (founder, executive director, Ioby)
    Angelina Lippert (director, Rennert’s Gallery), Brendan Hickey
    (L-R) Angelina Lippert (director, Rennert’s Gallery) with Brendan Hickey
    Aurelie Vandewynckele (curator), Ari Lankin (artist)
    (L-R) Aurelie Vandewynckele (curator), Ari Lankin (artist)
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