Tate Americas Foundation Raises Two Million At Gala Dinner

Last night May 8, art and fashion luminaries from London to Latin America gathered at New York’s Skylight at Moynihan Station for the Tate Americas Foundation’s third triennial Artists Dinner. The evening honored more than thirty artists from the Americas whose works are represented in the Tate’s permanent collection. The event, which included a live auction led by Simon de Pury and after party with artist Jim Lambie as deejay, resulted in a total of more than $2 million raised for the independent New York charity which supports the acquisition of works by artists from the Americas for the Tate.

The Artists Dinner and After Party were attended by more than 650 guests, including honorary chairs Glenda Bailey and Sarah Jessica Parker and event co-chairs Estrellita Brodsky (New York), Kira Flanzraich (Miami), Pamela Joyner (San Francisco), Amy Phelan (Aspen / New York), and Christen Wilson (Dallas).

Dinner guests were greeted by a cocktail hour of champagne and spirits before sitting down to an English garden meets industrial chic theme by David Stark Design. A fitting menu by caterer Abigail Kirsh was served featuring an artisanal salad of fresh local ricotta crostini drizzled with creek farm honey and entrée of sake roasted halibut prior to tea and sweets in homage to London’s finest. A live auction led by Simon de Pury featuring items generously donated by supporters of the Tate raised over $500,000. Items included: artist Nathan Carter to decorate and spruce up your holiday tree which received $11,000; career guidance lunch with Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, for $15,000; shopping trip and lunch in New York City with Sarah Jessica Parker including gift certificate to Dior bringing in a total of $85,000 as a double lot selling at $40,000 and $45,000; trip to the vibrant art scene of Havana, Cuba with thanks to Ella Fontanals-Cisneros at $90,000; a stay at the Gingerbread House in Mustique with thanks to Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian which received $60,000; and sailing the Greek Islands on collectors Dakis and Lietta Joannou’s luxury yacht, “Guilty” at $175,000 and the Curatorial Travel Fund raising more than $50,000.

The evening celebrated artists from North and South America, including honorees in attendance:
Marina Abramovic, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Alexander Apostol, Alexandre Arrechea, Tania Bruguera, Nathan Carter, James Casebere, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez of Los Carpinteros, Vija Celmins, Bruce Davidson, Sam Gilliam, Wade Guyton, Barkley Hendricks, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Alex Katz, Guillermo Kuitca, Suzanne Lacy, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Paul McCarthy, Julie Mehretu, Vik Muniz, Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg, Ernesto Neto, Damián Ortega, Tony Oursler, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, RH Quaytman, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Charline von Heyl, and Lawrence Weiner.

The Tate Americas Foundation is an independent charity that supports the work of Tate in the United Kingdom. It does this by acquiring works of art – by gift or acquisition – and by raising money to grant to Tate.

The charity was founded in 1987 when Sir Edwin and Lady Manton created the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, a restricted endowment to acquire works of art from North and South America for presentation to Tate. For over 25 years, this endowment has purchased seminal works by artists including John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Roni Horn, Joan Jonas, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Hélio Oiticica, Cy Twombly, Cindy Sherman, David Smith, Jeff Wall and Lawrence Weiner.

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