DINNER CROWD

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Even on the first weekend following New Year's Eve, New Yorkers love a good party. So when gallery owner Mary Boone hosted an opening for artist Tim Rollins and his Kids of Survival (K.O.S.) students and a dinner afterward at El Teddy's Saturday night, 75 people turned out--for the dinner. Curiously, plenty of those who settled into the banquettes at the Tribeca eatery--including Nicole Miller, James Truman, Russell Simmons and Katie Ford--seemed to ignore the purpose of the gathering: the art.
Ford's husband, Andre Balazs, Ross Bleckner and Kate Pierson, however, did stop by the gallery to see the series of paintings by Rollins and his high school student artists.
The work, based on three Greek dramas, is the latest project for the South Bronx-based program that Rollins has directed for the last 15 years.
"See those two over there," the artist said, pointing at two men in their 20s. "They've been with me since they were 11."
"It's really sort of a departure for us," said the gallery's Adam Sheffer. "The proceeds from the sale of the work go back to the program for tuition and so forth, not into someone's chichi summer house."

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