Scene Last Night: Ganek, Koons, Brant, 35,000-Pound Teddy

Tap for Slideshow
Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Antonio Mugrabi, who consigned Urs Fischer's work for the Christie's sale, and David Ganek, managing partner, Level Global Investors LP.

Close
Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Antonio Mugrabi, who consigned Urs Fischer's work for the Christie's sale, and David Ganek, managing partner, Level Global Investors LP. Close

Antonio Mugrabi, who consigned Urs Fischer's work for the Christie's sale, and David Ganek, managing partner, Level... Read More

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

A live jack-in-the-box on Park Avenue. Close

A live jack-in-the-box on Park Avenue.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Christie's threw a party in a tent next to Urs Fischer's "Untitled (Lamp/Bear)," on the plaza of the Seagram Building. Close

Christie's threw a party in a tent next to Urs Fischer's "Untitled (Lamp/Bear)," on the plaza of the Seagram Building.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Sloan Barnett, green lifestyle proponent, and Amy Cappellazzo, international co-head and deputy chairman, postwar and contemporary art, Christie's. Close

Sloan Barnett, green lifestyle proponent, and Amy Cappellazzo, international co-head and deputy chairman, postwar and... Read More

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Lunch preparations. Close

Lunch preparations.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Vladislav Doronin, a Russian real-estate developer, and Peter Brant, CEO of White Birch Paper Co. and owner of Brant Publications. Close

Vladislav Doronin, a Russian real-estate developer, and Peter Brant, CEO of White Birch Paper Co. and owner of Brant Publications.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Artist Josh Smith's paintings on display at the Brant Foundation's Art Study Center. Close

Artist Josh Smith's paintings on display at the Brant Foundation's Art Study Center.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Justine Koons, wife of artist Jeff Koons; Tony Shafrazi, art dealer; and Naomi Campbell, model. Close

Justine Koons, wife of artist Jeff Koons; Tony Shafrazi, art dealer; and Naomi Campbell, model.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Adam Lindemann, collector. Close

Adam Lindemann, collector.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Artists Rob Pruitt and Jeff Koons. Close

Artists Rob Pruitt and Jeff Koons.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Dakis Joannou, industrialist and collector, near Peter Brant's polo field. Close

Dakis Joannou, industrialist and collector, near Peter Brant's polo field.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Jennifer Rubell, artist, and her father, Donald Rubell, collector. Close

Jennifer Rubell, artist, and her father, Donald Rubell, collector.

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Julian Schnabel. Close

Julian Schnabel.

Christie’s threw a party on the plaza of the Seagram Building Saturday night, next to the giant yellow Urs Fischer teddy bear it is auctioning on Wednesday, with an estimate of $10 million.

Party planners had no problem coming up with decor to match the spectacle of the artwork: They created a super-sized jack- in-the-box. Every 20 minutes or so, a clown dressed in blue and red polka dots or a woman dressed as a little girl in pink popped up, launched by a trampoline hidden from view.

Guests in attendance included architect Terence Riley, who made fun of the fluorescent yellow wrist band he’d been given at the door (“This is so Miami”); Sloan Barnett, the author of “Green Goes With Everything,” a guide to an ecologically sound lifestyle; and Danielle and David Ganek, the managing partner of Level Global Investors LP, one of the hedge funds raided by the FBI in November as part of an insider-trading probe. The fund announced in February it would close and return cash to clients.

“The artist was here. He didn’t come in. To him, it isn’t about this party,” said Brett Gorvy, international co-head and deputy chairman, postwar and contemporary art, at Christie’s.

Gorvy was standing in front of the 35,000-pound teddy bear, “Untitled (Lamp/Bear).” He took care to explain that the party wasn’t about marketing the sculpture. Rather, the sculpture was “an excuse to have a celebration.”

Yet, really, the only thing Gorvy wanted to talk about was Fischer’s teddy (he’d like to see it permanently installed as a public sculpture in a city), or his own.

“To tell you the truth, I had a teddy rather late in my life,” said Gorvy, holding a glass of pink grapefruit juice. “I was 16, in the hospital. My mother gave it to me, and now my daughter has it. Its name is A.G. Bear, and it’s yellow.”

Donald Rubell, the Miami hotelier and art collector, could not recall his childhood teddy. “My grandkids think I’m a teddy bear,” he said.

At the Brants

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, in Greenwich, Connecticut, was the setting for an art party on Saturday afternoon hosted by Peter Brant, the chief executive officer of White Birch Paper Co. and owner of Brant Publications.

In one corner of Brant’s vast lawn that includes a polo field, racks of lamb were roasting around a wood fire, tended by a few men with long-handled shovels. To the left was a white tent filled with white flowers and picnic tables (lunch would soon be served). Near the tent, artist Maya Lin was perched on one of the white cushions dotting the lawn, watching Jeff Koons’s kids play soccer.

“It’s a little flat,” Lin, creator of an undulating landscape at the Storm King Art Center, said of the terrain before here. “Let’s dig it up.” (She didn’t.)

Naomi Campbell

Many guests were congregating on the terrace of the rustic stone building at the entrance to the property, filled with new paintings by Josh Smith. Naomi Campbell greeted dealer Tony Shafrazi and Justine Koons.

Inside, Stephanie Seymour stood in front of one of the massive canvases, and Brant, her husband, walked through with Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin.

Also present: Greek billionaire Dakis Joannou; artists Rob Pruitt, David LaChapelle and Maurizio Cattelan; dealers Larry Gagosian and Stellan Holm, collector Adam Lindemann (who keeps his Urs Fischer teddy bear on the grounds of his Montauk, Long Island, estate), and Joachim Pissarro, a professor of art history at Hunter College. Julian Schnabel showed up in purple pajamas, smoking a cigarette.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.