The Upper East Side’s premiere auction house put on quite an opening night extravaganza on September 25th… including performances!
The evening’s focused highlight was an exhibition of the works of California Sculptor Robert Graham, new to me and totally intriguing.
Then to the collection of iconic American playwright Edward Albee, accompanied by some amazing mini-staged performances of selections from his works by amazing actors and musicians who were responding to and playing with their audience in a gallery setting. Unexpected and inspirational – but in no way did it upstage the scope and quality of Albee’s collection, a knockout the minute you stepped off the elevator. One wishes he had opened a museum.
On the 10th Floor, a live band welcomed us to the whirl that is Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated, this edition featuring the collection of collector and designer, Santiago Barberi Gonzalez.
The music was jazz, the selection was blue-chip, the cocktail a martini, and the vibe somewhere between homecoming day and divine decadence, depending on whether you see this gathering of the usual suspects in a new season as pre-apocalyptic or simply celebrating the now.