Deborah Harry belted out a few of her songs, Robert Kennedy Jr talked about the environment at Art for Water auction benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance.
By Tom Murro
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance, and Jeff Koons, Artist Chair hosted Art for Water, an auction benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization for protecting and preserving clean, drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waterways worldwide, and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
Deborah Harry belted out a few of her songs. It was a bit odd since all the lights were still on at maximum wattage– it would have been more enjoyable with the lights turned down a bit and maybe some residual marijuana smoke wafting our way, still fun, and you have to remind yourself Debbie is right around the corner from 70.Some of the artists represented more than 80 pieces included Marina Abramovic, Dan Colen, Gregory Crewdson, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sarah Morris, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Simmons, Josh Smith and more.
One piece that really caught my eye was a photograph taken in the Whitehouse Oval Office by the photographer Todd Eberle while he sat in then President Clinton’s chair. He said he was photographing the room for hrs and finally sat in the chair, taking a shot from the presidents vantage point; it turned out to be the best pic of the day. Family photos, a collection of the presidents pens, and you can even read the date and time in the shot.
Guests enjoyed sustainably grown hors d’oeuvres and chardonnay from the event’s sponsor, The Dreaming Tree Wines, as well as an exclusive live and silent auction lead by Courtney Booth of Sotheby’s Auction House. The benefit raised $1.2 million. The guestlist included Suburgatorys Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Deborah Harry, Singer of American rock band Blondie, Jeff Koons, Artist Chair, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Philanthropist, Jane Seymour, John McEnroe, Nicole Miller Fashion Designer, and Todd Eberle Vanity Fair Photographer
Fun fact: Photographers mistook 66-year-old Deborah Harry for 25-year-old Lindsay Lohan this past weekend. The misunderstanding originated outside the Mercer Hotel, where Harry was spotted walking. Blondie is definitely an exciting photograph, however, the photographers thought they had just caught Lindsay Lohan’s image.