Can Eric Adams’ New York Finally Make Art Week a Reality?

As it happens, Adams had taken a little walk out of town after his post-party appearances. On Tuesday she flew to Los Angeles, where she received david chappelleat the fateful Hollywood Bowl show and attended a gala event at the mansion that was once the “homeless billionaire” Nicholas Berggruen purchased for $63.1 million last year. Berggruen, who recently bought several palazzos in Venice, was throwing a party for his namesake annual award at the estate, once owned by newsprint tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Adams was there with the Governor of California gavin newsom, The biggest Eric Garcetti; Stream; Elon Muskit’s mom, may; collector Elaine Wynn; artists alex israel Y sterling ruby; The novelist Siri Hustvedt; Billionaire Snap Evan Spigel and his wife, Miranda Kerr; moreover, also directly from the Met Gala, Wendi Deng Murdoch. Adams’ flight home on Thursday was delayed and he had to cancel most of his public schedule in New York that day. Still, by city and state, she planned to attend the New York City Ballet spring gala that night.

While we had you in the mail, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask you about some art news from City Hall this week. On Tuesday it emerged that Adams had appointed scott sartiano—the founder of Zero Bond—as his representative to the board of the Met, one of the most sought after seats of philanthropic power on the planet. It was a bit of a surprise to some art world watchers that a guy who founded a water park-themed bottle service club called Spa could now attend takeover meetings with John Pritzker, Samantha Boardman, Y Tom’s Hill.

For Adams, the appointment makes perfect sense.

“Bold and transformative ideas emerge when you bring diverse ideas to the table. I look forward to seeing a new perspective on New York’s artistic high society,” Adams told me.

While the mayor was out of town, his cultural commissioner, Laurie Kumbo, she was around for a chat and phoned just days after her fiancé got down on one knee and proposed as they walked the carpet to the Met Gala, with everyone watching. (“When she fell to her knees, at first I thought she was dead!” Cumbo told me.) She picked up True Colors on the phone as we stalked the halls of TEFAF. She was in the office, but she said that she planned to attend as many events this week as she could. She had just attended the Whitney Biennial—Cumbo was a big fan of the open drop, with amorphous walls on the light-filled lower deck—and he was headed to see shows at the Drawing Center later this week.

“I am visual arts in New York—this is in my blood,she said. “With the art fairs that are taking place, they will show the city and the world that we are not just bringing New York back, we are moving New York forward.”

There was certainly a lot going on. On Wednesday openings lit up Chelsea and Lisson Gallery hosted a dinner at the Odeon to celebrate the openings of Carmen Herrera Y Bernardo Pifferetti. A few blocks north, the Gladstone Gallery had taken over the newest of New York’s established art boîtes: the Café Altro Paradiso, the site of perhaps half a dozen different dinner parties this week. Barbara Gladstone and the team had put together a monumental spectacle of work rarely seen by American legend Robert Rauschenberg.

While Rauschenberg, who would have turned 97 this year, was sadly not present to see the show, his son, Chris, toasted enthusiastically to all the artists who performed to honor his father’s legacy, including Ugo Rondinone, Wade Guyton, Mel Bochner, Leigh Ledare, Precious Okoyomon, Gedi Sibony, Y Matthew Barney, who let slip that the spectacular performance he presented at the Basel Schaulager in 2021 would arrive at the Park Avenue Armory, gunshots and all, next year

“It’s going to be totally different than it was in Basel, can you imagine the shooting performance at the Park Avenue Armory?” he said

Riverside in Basketball City on Pier 36 on Thursday was NADA, the scruffy fair that draws dealers with downtown slots in many global cities and, first thing in the morning, top advisors like Lisa Schiff and the collector joseph abraham they were crawling for hoarding works. Among the stalls was a gallery from, of all places, Moscow, their stall staffed by two vehemently anti-Putin art dealers, who were trying to sell a not-so-subtle painting of the Russian president in a coffin.

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