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July 30, 2011
Voluptuous Panic: 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit, Water Mill, NY

I was pleased to attend the Robert Wilson’s benefit themed Voluptuous Panic in support of young and emerging artists last weekend. Simon de Pury hosted a live auction including works by Marina Abramovic, Mary Heilmann, Arturo Herrera, Christian Marclay, Adam McEwen, Malcolm Morley, Oliver Mosset, Robet Lazzarini, Yoko One, Neo Rauch, Tim Rollins + K.O.S., David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Andres Serrano, Taryn Simon, Phillip Starck, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Robert Wilson. We were treated to six special installations and performances throughout the grounds created by both benefit artists and emerging artists from over 30 countries.

Yung Hee Kim and Mark Newhouse and Laurie Newhouse
Yung Hee Kim with Mark and Laurie Newhouse – Photo by Patrick McMullan
July 13, 2011
VIP Opening Celebration for Ostalgia, New Museum, NY

Wednesday night was the VIP Preview opening for Ostalgia — a term meaning the longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc. When I arrived with a few friends, the museum was very full. It was great to see Lisa Phillips, who has lead the New Museum with vision and vigor. The show includes over fifty artists from twenty countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Bloc. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, with Jarrett Gregory, Assistant Curator, the idea was to trace the psychological landscape through private confessions and collective traumas of individuals and societies as they negotiate new relationships to history, geography and ideology.

A group of Russian artists make up the core of the exhibition, including Erik Bulatov, Andrei Monastyrski, Dmitri Prigoc and Anatoly Osmolovsky. In addition to seminal figures younger artists make their mark, such as Georgian native Andro Wekua. Works include sculpture, multimedia installation, video, painting and photography, creating “a dialogue between different generations and geographies."

Lisa Phillips and Yung Hee Kim
Lisa Phillips and Yung Hee Kim
July 7, 2011
Parish Midsummer Party, Southampton, NY

Thursday evening I attended the Parish Museum’s annual Midsummer Party. It was wonderful to be part of supporting the Parish as they gear up for the completion of their new Herzog & de Meuron building in Watermill, which will open next year. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Malcolm Morley, whose exhibition I enjoyed very much last year at Sperone Westwater. Before sitting down to dinner we were treated to the opening of the retrospective of Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye. Terrie Sultan, Executive Director and guiding force behind the new building project gave a gracious welcome to guests and the founding partners.

Lida Morley and Yung Hee Kim
Lida Morley and Yung Hee Kim – Photo by Patrick McMullan