After the auction, guests made their way to dinner, where the centerpiece was a tableau vivant of "nude" models being sketched by NYAA students. Alexander, who has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, has a winning personality and a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humor. It's what they do, and they do it very well. In some people's opinion, mine in particular, greatness in art today is unfortunately measured by the amount of money something is worth. That's a very dangerous way to look at anything cultural.
Unofficial tagline: The sexiest auction of the year! As one of the most hotly anticipated events on the fall social calendar, there was no shortage of beauty in the room. Shields dressed accordingly in a printed Alberta Ferretti gown which she pronounced Alberta Ferreeeetti for fun , while Christensen chose a feathered Prada party dress. As fate would have it, the feathers would complement the flora-and-fauna themed after-party, as the room was strung with living decor by Lewis Miller Design. Cascading vines hung from the ceiling, and at the center of the room, Academy alumni stood live-sketching models in a vignette of lush greenery. It was as if guests had stepped into a John Alexander painting, which was precisely the idea. In between bites of radicchio trevisano and sous vide chicken, New York Academy of Art president David Kratz dazzled dinner guests with a touching speech about the man of the hour, while Alexander and his family members looked on.
Zoya Loeb and Damian Loeb. Eileen Guggenheim and Naomi Watts. Princess Alexandra of Greece.
Events like these are very important for the future of the school thanks to the supporters and the generosity of the artists. We the students benefit from all the Academy has to offer. Current students and alums donate their time and work as volunteers, too. If you see a red t-shirt around, that is one of us!