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Scene Last Night: David Rubenstein, Paul McCarthy, Chloe Sevigny

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Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center, and David Rubenstein, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group.

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Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center, and David Rubenstein, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group. Close

Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center, and David Rubenstein, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group.

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David Coulter, managing director, Warburg Pincus, and Susan Coulter, board chairman, Global Film Initiative. Close

David Coulter, managing director, Warburg Pincus, and Susan Coulter, board chairman, Global Film Initiative.

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Maddy Hong, an incoming Harvard freshman (class of 2016), and her dad, Dr. David Hong, chief executive of San Francisco-based Medivation Inc., which is developing a new prostate cancer drug called Enzalutamide. Close

Maddy Hong, an incoming Harvard freshman (class of 2016), and her dad, Dr. David Hong, chief executive of San... Read More

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Ann Ziff, chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, and Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center. Close

Ann Ziff, chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, and Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center.

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Massimiliano Gioni, associate director and director of exhibitions at the New Museum, and actress Chloe Sevigny, an honorary chairman of the museum's gala. Close

Massimiliano Gioni, associate director and director of exhibitions at the New Museum, and actress Chloe Sevigny, an... Read More

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Actress Leelee Sobieski. Close

Actress Leelee Sobieski.

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Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum, and artist and gala honoree Paul McCarthy. Close

Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum, and artist and gala honoree Paul McCarthy.

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Will Cotton's pink-cotton-candy-filled projection for the New Museum gala. Close

Will Cotton's pink-cotton-candy-filled projection for the New Museum gala.

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Lisa Dennison of Sotheby's and her dad, Saul Dennison, chairman of the New Museum. Close

Lisa Dennison of Sotheby's and her dad, Saul Dennison, chairman of the New Museum.

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George Condo, who donated a portrait sitting that sold for $350,000 at the benefit, and Anna Condo. Of the party, George Condo said, "I like hte outfits. I like to watch the way the women walk, see the silhouettes against the backdrop." Those backdrops included projections by artists Dasha Shishkin and Will Cotton. Close

George Condo, who donated a portrait sitting that sold for $350,000 at the benefit, and Anna Condo. Of the party,... Read More

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The Carsten Holler mushroom. Close

The Carsten Holler mushroom.

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At the Publicolor benefit, party-goers weaved, then painted at designer and artist Suzanne Tick's table. Close

At the Publicolor benefit, party-goers weaved, then painted at designer and artist Suzanne Tick's table.

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Christo, at right, with Jonathan Henry, who works for the artist. Close

Christo, at right, with Jonathan Henry, who works for the artist.

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Deven Parekh, managing director, Insight Capital Partners, and board chairman, Publicolor, with Gordon Caplan, a partner at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher. Close

Deven Parekh, managing director, Insight Capital Partners, and board chairman, Publicolor, with Gordon Caplan, a... Read More

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Mark di Suvero aiming a brush on the cheek of Betsy Perry. Close

Mark di Suvero aiming a brush on the cheek of Betsy Perry.

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Lisa Perry, wearing a dress from her own fashion label, customized for Publicolor's gala. Close

Lisa Perry, wearing a dress from her own fashion label, customized for Publicolor's gala.

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Emma Hall, in Rodarte, who works at Haunch of Venison, and Mark Quilhot, who works for a bank. (So not everyone at the party put on a Tyvek suit and painted.) Close

Emma Hall, in Rodarte, who works at Haunch of Venison, and Mark Quilhot, who works for a bank. (So not everyone at... Read More

Before the clock struck six last night, David Rubenstein, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, was at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall talking business -- the culture business, that is -- with Reynold Levy, the president of the Manhattan performing arts complex.

As often happens at Lincoln Center benefits, that brief conversation gave way to lengthier cultural consumption. Rubenstein had a ticket for the all-Beethoven program by Joshua Bell and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields.

David Coulter, a managing director at Warburg Pincus and gala honoree, picked Beethoven too, for reasons his wife explained.

“The men who work the 80-hour-a-week jobs, they recharge themselves through the arts,” Susan Coulter, chairman of the Global Film Initiative, said. “If you can’t go trout fishing after work, you go to a concert.”

The Coulters fish for trout together. (Neither would say who has caught the bigger fish.)

As for concertgoing: “You walk away with a sense of energy, saying to yourself, ‘I can be creative,’” David Coulter said.

Artist Paul McCarthy was some kind of creative in his remarks at the New Museum gala, held last night at Cipriani Wall Street.

“Uh, okay, summary,” McCarthy began his honoree speech.

A stream of words followed.

Financial Bubble

“Financial bubble, dollars, material bubble, to learn to relax” he said. “Suburbs, John Cage, what’s what,” he added. “Dress up, pretend, pretend, pretend.”

In this context, the special-edition sculpture of a mushroom by artist Carsten Holler was an entirely appropriate take-home gift for guests including Chloe Sevigny and Leelee Sobieski.

The award for exercising creativity at a gala goes to the guests of Publicolor’s Stir, Splatter + Roll.

These folks put on Tyvek suits over their business and party attire and painted artworks in the hallways of Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Artists and designers including Mark di Suvero, Carleton DeWoody and Edwin Schlossberg supervised the fun, which helped get across Publicolor’s mission to elevate students by painting their public schools in mood-lifting colors.

Christo was there to show his support last night. So was Lisa Perry, wife of hedge-fund manager Richard Perry. She had splatter-painted her dress for the party.

Publicolor board chairman Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, brought the Publicolor concept to his firm. Employees choose the color of their office. Parekh’s is peach.

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

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

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

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