Thursday, December 15, 2011

Weak In The Presence Of Beauty: NYC's Neue Galerie

Wednesday eve, Leo invited me to the Neue Galerie New York, a Fifth Avenue museum devoted to early 20th Century German and Austrian art and design, displayed on two beautiful exhibition floors in a former mansion.

The Holiday Party we attended featured an exhibition honoring the museum's 10th anniversary: “The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France.”

Neue Galerie co-founder Lauder, the billionaire son of make-up heiress Estee Lauder, has one of the finest and most valuable private art collections in the world, including medieval art, arms & armor (which I'm convinced Ronald prances around in late at night, with the lights dimly lit), Old Master paintings, 19th and 20th Century drawings, fine & decorative art of Vienna 1900, modern & contemporary art and a fine collection of craftily arranged miniature state spoons (okay, made up that last one).

Can you imagine standing in the presence of hundreds of renowned works by the likes of Joseph Beuys, Constantin Brancusi, Paul C├ęzanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Anselm Kiefer, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Gerhard Richter? Coolio, swank night.
Above, Leo and meese with the crowd of beautiful people. Below, Leonard with Southampton friends Barbara and Walden; and "Seeing Red," with Amanda.