It turns out that Adams had taken a little jaunt out of town after his after-party appearances. On Tuesday, he flew to Los Angeles, where he hosted Dave Chappellefateful show at the Hollywood Bowl and attended a black-tie event at the mansion of this former ‘homeless billionaire’ Nicholas Berggruen bought for $63.1 million last year. Berggruen, who recently purchased several palaces in Venice, was throwing a party for his namesake annual prize at the estate, which once belonged to newsprint baron William Randolph Hearst. Adams was there alongside the Governor of California Gavin Newsom; Mayor of LA Eric Garcetti; Beck; Elon Muskit’s mom, Maye; collector Elaine Wynn; artists Alex Israel and sterling rubies; novelist Siri Hustvedt; Snap Billionaire Evan Spiegel and his wife, Miranda Kerr; more, also straight from the Met Gala, Wendi Deng Murdoch. Adams’ flight home Thursday was delayed and he had to abandon most of his public schedule in New York for the day. Still, by city and state, he planned to attend the New York City Ballet’s spring gala that night.
Although we got it by email, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask about the art news from the town hall this week. On Tuesday, we learned that Adams had named Scott Sartiano, the founder of Zero Bond, as his representative on the board of directors of The Met, one of the most sought-after seats of philanthropic power on the planet. It’s come as a bit of a surprise to some art world watchers that a guy who founded a water park-themed bottle service club called Spa can now go to acquisition meetings with John Pritzker, Samantha Boardman, and Tom Hill.
For Adams, the appointment makes perfect sense.
“Transformative and bold ideas come when you bring diverse ideas to the table. I can’t wait to see a new perspective on New York’s artistic high society,” Adams told me.
While the mayor was away from the city, its culture commissioner, Laurie Cumbo, was there to chat and called on the phone just days after her fiancé got down on her knees and proposed to her as they walked the carpet to the Met Gala, with the world watching. (“When he fell to his knees, at first I thought he was dead!” Cumbo told me.) She grabbed True Colors on the phone as we strolled the aisles of the European Fine Art Fair. arts (TEFAF). She was in the office, but said she plans to hold as many events this week as possible. She had just been to the Whitney Biennale – Cumbo was a big fan of the open suspension, with amorphous downstairs walls bathed in light – and was heading to shows at the Drawing Center later that week.
“I a m visual arts in New York – it’s in my some blood,she said. “With the art fairs going on, it’s going to show the city and the world that we’re not just bringing New York back, we’re moving New York forward.”
There was certainly a lot going on. On Wednesday, the openings lit up Chelsea and the Lisson Gallery organized a dinner at the Odéon to celebrate the openings of Carmen Herrera and Bernard Pifferetti. A few blocks north, the Gladstone Gallery had taken over the newest of New York’s established art clubs, Cafe Altro Paradiso, the site of half a dozen different dinner parties this week. Barbara Gladstone and crew had scored a monumental display of rarely seen works by American legend Robert Rauschenberg.
While unfortunately Rauschenberg, who would have turned 97 this year, was not there to see the show, his son, Chris, gave an enthusiastic toast to all the artists who showed up to honor his father’s legacy, including Ugo Rondinone, Wade Guyton, Mel Bochner, Leigh Ledare, Precious Okoyomon, Gedi Sibony, and Matthew Barney, who let slip that the jaw-dropping performance he showed off at the Schaulager in Basel in 2021 would be coming to the Park Avenue Armory, shots and all, next year.
“It’s going to be totally different than it was in Basel. Can you imagine the shooting performance at Park Avenue Armory?” he said.
Down the river in Basketball City on Pier 36 on Thursday was NADA, the scruffy fair that attracts dealers with spaces in downtown areas of many cities around the world, and in the first hour of the morning, big advisers such as Lisa Schiff and the collector Josh Abraham crawled to grab works. Among the booths was a Moscow gallery, its stall manned by two fiercely anti-Putin art dealers who were trying to sell a not-so-subtle painting of the Russian president in a coffin.