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Watermill Center Summer Benefit
While torrential rain may have put a damper on the various live performances amid a constellation of sculptures (notably Paul McCarthy’s giant “butt plug”) at the 19th annual Benefit, what the night’s emcee, novelist Jay McInerney, called “The Hamptons rowdiest and most interesting party,” kept on going for a good cause—with all funds going to support the Center’s residency programs for emerging artists. Six hundred and fifty guests opened their wallets for a Simon de Pury-led auction—where, to great applause from the crowd, artist Cindy Sherman (wisely counseled by curator Klaus Biesenbach) secured a piece by Otto Piene. Once the rain let up, some brave souls ventured into the sculpture garden, though seeing a bare footed Tom Sachs salvaging his and his girlfriend’s shoes from the mud, some thought it better to head back under the tents, where the after-party was well underway.
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Photo: Alexis Dahan