Atmosphere at Capitale
What a PERFECT night! Friday, April 15th was HOT... WHITE HOT... at Downtown
NYC's Capitale. The glitzy yet decidedly under the radar Bomb Magazine
celebrated 30 years with dinner and silent auction. Bomb one of the most
respected voices in Contemporary Art and literature welcomed much of the
Contemporary Art world to honor artist Marina Abramovic, Director of the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Richard Armstrong; Art in America's Editor for almost
four decades-- Elizabeth Baker, and author Francine Prose.
The evening was set, beginning with a killer cocktail reception that allowed
for viewing of various artworks. Standouts included pieces by, Adam Fuss'
photogravure from the series My Ghost, 2003; David Herbert's Pencil and
Ink--Animal House, 2010; Carrie Mae Weems' Inkjet on Paper--Slow Fade to Black
(Eartha Mae Kitt), 2009-2010; and famed sculptor Tom Otterness' Bronze Bomb,
2006. Guests in attendance included: Ross Bleckner, Arthur Danto,
Elizabeth, Easton, Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn, Larry Gagosian,
Barbara Gladstone, A.M. Holmes, Rachel Hovnanian, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth
Kelly, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Patrick McGrath, Tim Nye, George Negroponte,
Bruce Pearson, Sarah Paley + Bob Kerrey, Anne Pasternak, Ellen Phelan and Joel
Shapiro, Elizabeth Sackler, David Salle, Laurie Simmons, Keith Sonnier, Mimi
Thompson and James Rosenquist, Lynne Tillman, and Jamie Tisch.
, Klaus Biesenbach
and Marina Abramovic
Dinner, a creative and ingenious set up, keeping with the 30th Anniversary
theme, allowed for each guest to be seated at a table of a different year.
Actress Kim Cattrall was seated at table-2003, Fashion Journalist Derek
Blasberg was seated at table 1983 and so on. Opening remarks came courtesy
of the evening's hosts Klauss Kertess, Amy Phelan, Robert Duffy, Mary and Sean
Kelly, Michele Gerber Klein and Michael Ward Stout. The dinner hour provided
a tremendous retrospective of Bomb Magazine and all who have contributed in
their own way over the years. Near the end of the dinner guests began to
visit amongst themselves. Kim Cattrall was seen returning from the reception
area to the seated dinner with Rocker Michael Stipe and Klaus Biesenbach, with
Catrall graciously posing for a solo and then a group shot.
and Betsy Baker
The evening came to a close over a dessert hour, where guests had a chance to
do their final bids of the selected works on display. In all a grand evening
of fine art, and fine people. So why do we LOVE Bomb? In the words of Bomb
Magazine Founder and Editor, Betsy Sussler, "Bomb delivers the artist's voice
by making the artist's voice an essential component of cultural discourse;
Bomb humanizes intellectual ideas and give context to their origins."
Happy 30th Anniversary Bomb Magazine!