Art seems to be the party lure du jour, and the fall gala at the Whitney Museum of Art on Monday night was no exception as guests, including Jeff Koons, Uma Thurman, André Balazs, Martha Stewart, Shirley MacLaine and Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, gathered to celebrate the "Picasso and American Art" exhibit. Hedge fund manager Anne Dias-Griffin, who, along with her husband, Ken, recently purchased a Jasper Johns for $80 million, expounded on her newest acquisition. "It's now hanging between two Cézannes," she explained.
To which social figure and Whitney trustee Brooke Garber Neidich replied: "Well, that's good, because Jasper loves Cézanne." More interestingly, Griffin relayed to Chuck Close that she had purchased his portrait of Jasper Johns for her husband's birthday. Close, for his part, patiently endured fan after fan coming up to pay their respects, including starlets Leelee Sobieski and Emmy Rossum. "I just wanted to say what an honor it is to meet you," said Sobieski.
"Are you kidding?" queried the modest Close before heading down to the rather raucous after party, even stopping to pose in the high-tech photo booth.
Designer Behnaz Sarafpour and Michelle Williams cochaired the affair for guests such as Catalina Sandino Moreno, Piper Perabo and Kim Gordon. The pair arrived hand in hand, giggling like schoolgirls, though Williams admitted the two had met for the first time just a week ago at her fitting. "It's strapless, so I guess that's artsy black tie," she offered of her minidress.
Sarafpour was clearly taken with her BFF for the night. "The dress is resort. I chose it for her because it's sunny and teeny, and she's sunny and teeny," she explained.
The following night, stars turned up at the Tribeca Grand for the Cinema Society and the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition's screening of "Babel." Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Matt Dillon, Jane Fonda, Spike Lee, David Byrne, Jann Wenner, the film's director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his star, Gael García Bernal, were on hand. "I'm going to go wake my children up and sob in between them," said Gwyneth Paltrow. "It was really beautiful but it was incredibly devastating."
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