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Scene Last Night: Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Philip Falcone

Tribeca Ball
Parker Posey and Eileen Guggenheim, chairman of the New York Academy of Art. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Student artists welcomed actors, financiers and other visitors to their tiny studios at the New York Academy of Art last night.

The occasion was the school’s Tribeca Ball, to raise money for scholarships. The school, founded in 1982, emphasizes figurative work. Guests included Sophie Matisse, the great-granddaughter of the painter Henri Matisse, and actress Parker Posey, who expressed solidarity with the students.

“I just know, because I can’t do certain things, that I’m an artist,” Posey said.

“I don’t have any talent for art whatsoever, but I believe in supporting those who do,” said actor Liev Schreiber, a veteran of the ball. “I love being in a school. It’s a lot of fun to walk around the studios.”

Schreiber, with his wife, Naomi Watts, soon headed to the basement, where a guitarist and trumpeter were performing, a bartender was serving drinks, and two artists were rolling black ink on a printing press.

On the fourth floor, Lisa Maria Falcone browsed art wearing a fancy T-shirt with bolero above boy shorts finished with a sheath of Givenchy lace. She founded and runs the film production company Everest Entertainment, and her husband, Philip Falcone, is chairman and chief executive of Harbinger Group Inc.

“With chaos around you, you look for something that can transcend, that can take you somewhere else,” she said. “I wish there was more time to see everything.”

Dustin Buys Jason

Some of the art sold. “I bought that piece right there,” artist Dustin Yellin said, pointing to a painting of a gorilla by student Jason Sho Green.

In his second-floor corner studio, student James Hopper worked on a portrait of his fiancee, Clara Schulte. Portraits are “a record of the time you spent with the person,” Hopper said. “I’m looking for the air around them, the way they inhabit their body.”

Schulte said: “I’m really jealous of the ex-girlfriend ones.”

(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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