NEW YORK-- Last week the Brooklyn Museum held its annual Brooklyn Artists Ball, hosted this time around by Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, two megawatt Hollywood starlets with varying degrees of art credentials. Parker, of course, is the driving celebrity force behind Bravo's "Work of Art" reality show, which offers young creative strivers a chance to compete for a show at the "world famous Brooklyn Museum."
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Tyler, the sultry rock royal and star of coming philosophical thriller "The Ledge," is often the object of fan art -- including a recent photograph by Theo Wenner, her 24-year-old boyfriend, that appeared in the catalogue of collector Johnny Pigozzi's Limoland fashion line. Their combined wattage, together with that of the evening's honorees, artists Fred Tomaselli, Fred Wilson, and Lorna Simpson, was enough to draw 600 people to the not-so-centrally-located museum for an energetic evening of art-themed partying.
And where was the art? Well, Sean Capone contributed an array of colorful, pulsating projection pieces for the party room, alongside a few biomorphic site-specific installations by Situ Studio. But the main visual extravaganza was to be found in the cavernous great hall, where 16 up-and-coming artists decorated long banquet tables with artful centerpieces, some quite complex. Among the contributors were Dustin Yellin, Anya Kielar, Angel Otero, Vadis Turner, Duke Riley, and Sara VanDerBeek.
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