Making the right Valentine’s Day plan was easy for the chief executive of Eton Park Capital Management, Eric Mindich.
He brought his wife, Stacey, to the Valentine’s Day Benefit at Lincoln Center Theater last night. The evening combined a concert by the Tony Award-winning Polish-Brazilian crooner Paulo Szot and a candle-lit dinner amid red poppies. The dress code: “Something Red.”
The crowd included John C. Whitehead, former Goldman Sachs banker and currently founding chairman of the Lower Manhattan Developent Corporation; actor Sam Waterston; playwright John Guare; Whitney Museum Co-Chairman Brooke Neidich.
Also on hand was Bartlett Sher, who directed Szot in the Tony-winning revival of “South Pacific” at Lincoln Center.
On March 15 previews begin at the theater for “War Horse,” about an English boy who leaves home in search of his steed.
Some celebrities need stylists; others need a good cleaning.
Rembrandt got the latter for his 1658 “Self-Portrait,” the results of which were unveiled last night at the opening of “Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections.”
The exhibition presents work from the collections of Henry Clay Frick, who was drawn to Rembrandt’s paintings, and Frederik Johannes Lugt, who favored the drawings.
The “Self-Portrait,” with multiple layers of varnish removed, has the spotlight in the Oval Room at the Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue.
“What’s different is the legibility of the background and the way the hat is much more clearly defined,” said Frick Director Anne Poulet of the portrait. “You can now see all the nuances of light; the fabric, the hands and the face, they’re all glowing.”
Downstairs visitors put their noses right up to the drawings -- studies of a dog lying down, a woman having her hair combed.
“There is a simplicity to it,” said Jean-Marie Eveillard, a trustee at the Frick and a senior adviser to First Eagle Investment Management LLC. He and his wife, Elizabeth Eveillard, a consultant and former senior managing director at Bear Stearns & Co., are principal sponsors of the exhibition.
Some guests found something to be desired in the cleaned self-portrait. “I must say, he looks very old for a 52-year-old,” said Britt Tidelius, an art critic.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)