Last night, October 10, 2018, the 27th annual Take Home a Nude® art party + auction to benefit the New York Academy of Art was held at Sotheby’s in New York. The evening honored not one, but 11 individuals who have inspired great artists and artworks, from Jerry Hall (muse to Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Antonio Lopez) and Helena Christensen (muse to Herb Ritts) to Brooke Shields (muse to Richard Avedon, Eric Fischl and Keith Haring), David Croland (muse of Robert Mapplethorpe), Racquel Chevremont (muse to Mickalene Thomas), Rose Dergan (muse to Will Cotton), Zoya Loeb (muse to Damian Loeb) and Anh Duong (her own muse).
Guests were greeted with bites by Sant Ambroeus, a fantastic bar featuring Champagne Bollinger, Ozymandias Wines, PROXIMO Spirits and VOSS Water. The evening raised over $900,000 through the silent and live auction featuring works from Judy Chicago, Jessica Craig-Martin, Anh Duong, Eric Fischl, Jan Frank, Hugo Guinness and Damian Loeb.
Guests included Racquel Chevremont & Mickalene Thomas, Helena Christensen, Princess Alexandra of Greece & Nicolas Mirzayantz, Gabby Karan de Felice & Gianpaolo de Felice, David Kratz & Greg Unis, Padma Lakshmi, Tali Lennox, Nicole Miller, Colby & Tico Mugrabi, Peter Thomas Roth, Liev Schreiber, Brooke Shields, Billy Sullivan, and Naomi Watts.
NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART
Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, New York Academy of Art is a graduate school and cultural institution that combines intensive technical training in drawing, painting and sculpture with active critical discourse Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. Through a lively speaker series, major exhibitions and an ambitious educational program, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.
photos // courtesy of NYAA