Thursday night at Lever House, one of Manhattan’s iconic buildings, owner Aby Rosen gazed upon the giant toy soldiers artist Rachel Feinstein has installed in the lobby.
“It makes me think I’m in some sort of playland of corporate America,” said the art collector and president of RFR Holding LLC, landlord at Lever House of Third Point LLC, Wellspring Capital Management and Sanders Capital LLC, among others.
Feinstein had Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen” on her mind. Her environment includes soldiers, a golden chariot, sculptures of goblins and children, beds of red roses, and “The Snow Queen’s Room,” a lair done up in Carpenter Gothic style.
Many guests looked like Snow Queens themselves with their white fur coats or hats, among them the director of the New Museum, Lisa Phillips, and filmmaker Sofia Coppola.
Feinstein played the part in an off-white velvet dress, her signature red lipstick and a retinue formed by her daughter and two sons. Before heading in to dinner, the artist chatted with Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”
The Feinstein boys seemed to find the scene a bit much, weeping all over their beautiful suits.
“We sent them home because they cried so much their lapels were soaked,” said Feinstein’s husband, artist John Currin.
Jacobs, Sze, Yuskavage
Among the adults attending were David Wassong, managing director of Soros Fund Management, designer Marc Jacobs, restaurateur Derek Sanders, biotechnology entrepreneur Deeda Blair and Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley.
Artists on the scene included Sarah Sze, who is working on a piece for the next segment of New York’s elevated art park, the High Line; Dana Schutz; and Lisa Yuskavage.
Artist John Newman said his “small, strange, unusual and intimate” sculptures will soon be on display at Knoedler & Co.
Rosen, who commissioned the Feinstein piece, said he hasn’t invited artists to set up studios in the offices of Lever House.
“There’s never any vacant space, it’s very desirable,” he said, adding after a pause, “There is a lot of art here.”