AFTER ART: New York celebrated the arts this weekend at galleries galore, inspired by the tented debut of Frieze New York and anchored on Sunday night by the four-story show at the New Museum for five female artists, followed by a dinner up the block at the Bowery Hotel hosted by W magazine and Burberry. Following a Champagne-fueled cocktail hour, artist Tracey Emin eyed a small beef filet that materialized in front of her while in deep conversation with a fellow across the table. She was suddenly interrupted by a reporter. “You just blew my cover,” she said. “I was sitting here with this Columbia professor and now he’s going to know who I am. I figured you were just going to ask me what I’m wearing [for the record, Alexander McQueen] but the fair was absolutely fantastic. I loved being on the ferry and the pilgrimage to see something and be somewhere. The weather was s–t but just think about how great next year is going to be.”
W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi greeted guests including stylist Amanda Ross, Anh Duong, Lisa Phillips, Jeffrey Deitch, Arizona Muse, Karlie Kloss and Burberry model Cara Delevingne. He later introduced Rae Morris, a 19-year-old piano player-singer from the U.K. who made her debut performance in the U.S. “These are really big, emotional songs,” said Morris, who works with Burberry as part of Burberry Acoustic. “I’ve been working with them for about a year — they have helped me get my music on the Internet and shoot my music videos. And I get to come to perform for parties like this one.”
This story first appeared in the May 8, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.