Last night, art and literary magazine BOMB celebrated its 31st anniversary with a gala celebration and silent auction. Marina Abramovich chatted with Michael Stipe and Agnes Gund and Cindy Sherman gave hellos around the room as other art world luminaries mingled throughout the space. Art hung on the walls and sculptures–a piece of cheese, a plastic container turned upside down and fitted to look like a makeshift lamp—sat on tables as guests spent the two hour cocktail portion of the night bidding on work before heading into the large hall for a dinner of tuna tartar and lamb.
BOMB’s editor Betsy Sussler gave her opening remarks before welcoming Patti Smith to the stage in a suit and tie to hand out the evenings first award, a pink bomb, to MoMa’s Chief Curator at Large, Klaus Biesenbach. “If you are applauding my glasses, they are from Germany,” she began with a nod to his heritage, before kidding “I actually thought Chief Curator at Large was a private joke but it seems that it actually is something. Not sure what ‘at large’ means but knowing Klaus, it must be somewhat mysterious.”
Biesenbach took the stage keeping Smith near him. “I am superstitious you should never write down a speech,” he said clutching her arm and giving thanks around the room.
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