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The Whitney Museum celebrated its fall gala with a one-night-only curated show of original work, including centerpieces by Richard Tuttle; a soft sculpture limousine by artist group Black Leotard Front; a silent video projection of, among other things, dweebs playing chess, by Slater Bradley, and a sculpture by Glenn Kaino made of glass tanks that, when turned on, went from clear to multicolored.
“I’m not part of the artwork,” said Robert Hurst, as he stood in front of Kaino’s piece and addressed the diverse crowd, which included a very pregnant Stephanie Seymour; Lorne Michaels of “Saturday Night Live”; Donald Trump and Melania Knauss; artists John Currin and Rachel Feinstein; David and Helen Gurley Brown; Yvonne Force in spring Tuleh (“It’s all about Tuleh 2005,” she said); Serena Altschul; Mary Boone; Andre Balazs; Katie Ford; Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, and Lorraine Bracco.
Alison Aston came securely ensnared in Jean Paul Gaultier’s halter dress for Hermès, which has a small padlock at the neck. “It wasn’t easy to get on,” she admitted.
But artist Virgil Marti, who lives in Philadelphia and whose pieces were given to those who purchased tables at the $50,000 level, bemoaned the fact that the evening didn’t offer him anything in the way of celebrity spotting. “I saw Bryant Gumbel,” he said. “But what’s the point of being in a Biennial if you don’t meet Brad Pitt?”