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Scene Last Night: Broad, Glenn Fuhrman, Peter Kraus, Byron Wien

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The booth of Friedrich Petzel Gallery features a solo exhibition by Allan McCollum. Works include "Lost Objects," casts of dinosaur bones from the collection of the Vertebrate Paleontology Section of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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The booth of Friedrich Petzel Gallery features a solo exhibition by Allan McCollum. Works include "Lost Objects," casts of dinosaur bones from the collection of the Vertebrate Paleontology Section of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Close

The booth of Friedrich Petzel Gallery features a solo exhibition by Allan McCollum. Works include "Lost Objects,"... Read More

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Jill Kraus, a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art, and Peter Kraus, chairman and CEO, AllianceBernstein LP. Close

Jill Kraus, a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art, and Peter Kraus, chairman and CEO, AllianceBernstein LP.

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Janine Hill and J. Tomilson Hill, vice chairman, the Blackstone Group. Close

Janine Hill and J. Tomilson Hill, vice chairman, the Blackstone Group.

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Pete Ruegger, chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and of Henry Street Settlement, with his wife, Becky Ruegger, a psychiatric nurse. Close

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A solo exhibition of Italian artist Carla Accardi is at the booth of Sperone Westwater. Close

A solo exhibition of Italian artist Carla Accardi is at the booth of Sperone Westwater.

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Alexandra Lebenthal, back from a weekend in Paris (her first visit since she was eight), and Lucy Mitchell-Innes, the doyenne of the Art Show as president of the Art Dealers Association of America, which puts together the fair. Close

Alexandra Lebenthal, back from a weekend in Paris (her first visit since she was eight), and Lucy Mitchell-Innes, the... Read More

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Benjamin Genocchio, editor of Art + Auction, in a Tom Ford for Gucci jacket. Close

Benjamin Genocchio, editor of Art + Auction, in a Tom Ford for Gucci jacket.

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Suzan Frecon's "Cathedral Series, Variation 8," 2011. Nine of Frecon's paintings sold at the gala preview of the Art Show. Close

Suzan Frecon's "Cathedral Series, Variation 8," 2011. Nine of Frecon's paintings sold at the gala preview of the Art Show.

Allan McCollum’s replicas of dinosaur bones at the booth of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery had an ironic placement last night, next to a buffet station offering real chicken, swordfish and lamb satay.

The gala preview of the Art Dealers Association of America Art Show, located at the Park Avenue Armory, offered a variety of feasts, from the art at 72 booths to the catering (including sushi in the back) to the people-watching.

J. Tomilson Hill and Byron Wien, vice chairmen of Blackstone Group LP (BX), Peter Kraus, chairman and chief executive of AllianceBernstein LP (3040Q), and Glenn Fuhrman, co-managing partner and co-founder of MSD Capital LP, perused the aisles. (In celebration of a week filled with art fairs, Fuhrman’s Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea will host a Coolhaus ice-cream truck Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.)

Pete Ruegger, chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (1139L), stuck close to the entrance of the fair, mainly to thank people for supporting the Henry Street Settlement (ticket proceeds benefit the Lower East Side social-services agency).

Thomas Tisch, Four Partners managing partner and chancellor of Brown University, looked happy to have found a successor to Ruth Simmons as president of Brown; last week the university named Christina Hull Paxson, dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, to the position.

Matching Suits

Collectors Eli Broad and Don Marron matched in gray suits and red ties. Easily the most fashionable man at the fair was Ben Genocchio, editor of Art + Auction, in a vintage Tom Ford- for-Gucci jacket with slightly flared sleeves, embroidered with a design resembling arm tattoos of the Pacific Islands.

Two hours into the preview, David Zwirner had sold out nine abstract paintings by Suzan Frecon at prices ranging from $40,000 to $100,000.

“Pays for dinner,” Zwirner said. “Hopefully we’ll repeat this at the Armory tomorrow.”

(He did. Less than half an hour into the VIP opening of the Armory Show, the Zwirner gallery booth sold all its works.)

Click here for a guide to art fairs taking place this week in New York.

(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.

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