Arts in Action

| November 30, 2011 | Parties

2011 Whitney Gala and Studio Party at Pier 57

THE PARTY The Whitney hasn’t quite moved downtown yet, but its annual fall fundraiser has. Honoree Calvin Tomkins, a writer who has profiled everyone who’s anyone among artists in the past five decades, received a standing ovation while a commissioned video by Marilyn Minter played on jumbo screens, and pop-soul act Fitz and the Tantrums performed after dinner. Julian Schnabel not only ditched his usual pajamas for a Lanvin tuxedo, but also chivalrously wheeled art-world doyenne Rosamond Bernier into the party. THE PLAYERS A mixed crowd, from tennis pro John McEnroe to starchitect Richard Meier, celebrated along the Hudson. Creative-industry power couples—John Currin and Rachel Feinstein, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein—came out to play, as did Michelle Monaghan, rocking red locks. “Sassy, kind of fiery, that’s always been me,” she said. “Now I’ve got a hairstyle that fits my personality.” BEST DRESSED Israeli model Bar Refaeli, who swept along the warehouse floor in a ruffled Marchesa gown. Photos by Billy Farrell Agency


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