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Red carpet greeted guests on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center for the New Museum gala. The art is by Josh Smith. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

April 7 (Bloomberg) -- There were many happy pairs at the New Museum Spring Gala in Manhattan’s financial district last night.

Duffy, a hairstylist to models and actresses, chatted with Dree Hemingway, model, actress and great-granddaughter of Ernest.

Dakis Joannou, billionaire Greek industrialist, ate dinner with Jeff Koons, the artist entrusted with curating a show of Joannou’s collection at the New Museum last year.

Alex Katz, who is working on a series of “the faces of flowers,” stuck close to his wife and muse, Ada Katz. Artist George Condo and his wife, Anna, were similarly welded.

The couples garnering the most attention were the event’s honorees: collectors Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis and the artists Gilbert & George, who have been working, dressing and talking in sync since the 1960s.

The duos accepted their awards at a Lucite lectern.

“We are so happy that we are smiling at both ends,” Gilbert & George said in unison.

The party, on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center, featured an inventive menu by Bite restaurant, especially the foie gras bread pudding and elderflower custard. East Village mixologists Death & Co. provided cocktails made with Prairie Organic Vodka.

Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, auctioned off a photographic portrait-sitting with Chuck Close for $250,000. The 33 collages that Josh Smith made for the gala, some of which were exhibited next to a red carpet as guests arrived, sold out.

The party brought in $1.3 million. Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, was among the event’s sponsors.

(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 or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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