One of the most respected voices in contemporary art and literature, BOMB celebrated its 32nd Anniversary with a gala benefit dinner and auction of enticing contemporary artworks one week ago today, Friday, April 19, 2013 at Capitale, New York City. The Gala raised $550,000.
The elegant evening began with cocktails and canapés and a preview of the silent auction at 6:30 pm. This year the annual benefit honored Trisha Brown, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Kyle DeWoody, Raymond Pettibon. Each was given a Pink BOMB by Tom Otterness, which was presented after a rousing toast to each honoree by Trustee Chairman Klaus Kertess, Adam Weinberg and Lawrence Weiner. The Honorary Chairs included: Jon Robin Baitz, and Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy. Young Patron Chair: Joe Sheftel
The elegant evening began with cocktails and canapés and a preview of the silent auction at 6:30 pm. Dinner and the Toasts to the Honorees followed.*** For the first time the benefit held a live auction as well as their well-known silent auction. The Live Auction’s auctioneer was Sotheby’s Gabriela Palmieri. The evening’s arts sales raised $200,000.
Specially made BOMB Charms were created by Michele Oka Doner & Tom Otterness and were available to be purchased at the event. Michelle Oka Doner’s Charms were produced by Ava and Eva Bia, Vale Jewelry.
Guests of the event included: Joshua Abelow, Richard Armstrong, Edgar Arceneaux, Carolyn Alexander, Betsy Baker, Erica Baum, Louise Belcourt, Katie Bell, Ellen Berkenblit Kim Bendheim, Rosemary Carroll, Mary Carlson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Helaine and Paul Cantor, Carlton DeWoody and Sarah Connolly, Jennifer Clifford and Bill Danner, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Christopher Deeton, JK Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Jane Dickson, Michele Oka Doner and Frederick Doner, Cary Brown-Epstein and Steven Epstein, Giuliana Bruno and Andrew Fierberg, Tony Feher, Anne Gilman, EJ Hauser, Mary Heilmann, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Catherine Howe, Heather M. Kirby, Barney Kulok, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Danny Lyon, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, Karen Mata, Dr. Frank and Nina Moore, Heather Morgan, Malcolm Morley, Ryan Mrozowski, Marsha Norman, Tim Nye, Alix Pearlstein, Joyce Pensato, Rory Riggs, David Reed, Andrea Rosen, Halsey Rodman, John Michael Rusnak, Emily Ludwig Schaffer, Kerry Schuss, Hunt Slonem, Beverly Semmes, Seton Smith, Snarkitecture, Theo Rosenblum and Chelsea Seltzer, Elizabeth Swig, Ken Miller and Lybess Sweezy, Mickalene Thomas, David Zwirner, Stanley Whitney, Lucy Winton, Lawrence and Alice Weiner, & Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace.
*** dinner and toasts to honorees meant a dining room filled with Décor by Madeline Weinrib, music supplied by Kim Gordon, select frames provided by Minagawa Art Lines. The invitation design is by Everything Studio.
*photos courtesy of Dustin Wayne Harris/PatrickMcMullan.com