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Thank you for joining us at the Artists' Ball!

The Artists’ Ball held on July 1st to benefit the Newport Art Museum was a night to remember. The gala evening, a mysterious masked ball, was sold out with over 400 dinner guests attending, including cultural and civic leaders, collectors, Museum directors, patrons of the arts, and highly regarded contemporary artists from New York and Reykjavik, Iceland. The evening’s generous proceeds will support the Art Museum’s extensive arts programming, collections, educational activities, and preservation of its historic buildings.

The Artists’ Ball honored acclaimed art writers Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins. Newport native, Dodie Kazanjian, has covered the art world for Vogue since 1989, where she has identified and profiled many of the leading young artists of our time. She is also the founding director of Gallery Met, the contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her books include Icons, Dodie Goes Shopping, and Alex, a biography of the legendary Alexander Liberman, which she co-authored with Calvin Tomkins.

Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960. His profile subjects have included everyone from Marcel Duchamp and Buckminster Fuller to Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry. His many books include Living Well is the Best Revenge, Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg, The Bride and the Bachelors, and the seminal Duchamp: A Biography.

In addition to a brief performance by an exceptional soprano from the Met Opera, guests enjoyed a silent auction, a one-of- a-kind porcelain service for twelve from the highly regarded designer Anna Weatherley, and dancing to the Alex Donner Orchestra until midnight.

View the evening's photo album >


Art & Newport Festival

In addition to the Artists’ Ball festivities, Ms. Kazanjian invited four artists to create works in three Newport institutions. Seven paintings by George Condo, in a show the artist has called Newport Sexx Festival, are at the Newport Art Museum (through July 21) plus one painting at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. A Newport Sexx Festival poster, a play on a 1959 Newport Jazz Festival poster, will be for sale through the Museum to benefit the museum's extensive arts programming. See below to order your own commemorative poster.

Tony Oursler has installed a video piece, For Tad & Dodie, in a tent on the Art Museum grounds, (July 5 - 9).

Shara Hughes, who was part of the recent Whitney Biennial, has transformed an octagonal folly at the Redwood Library with an imaginary landscape among other elements (through Sept. 21). And at Trinity Church, the altar has been animated by a wind-powered cloth sculpture by Paul Chan (through July 7).

View The New York Times' recent article about Art & Newport.


Commemorative Poster

Artist George Condo has designed a poster in celebration of the Art & Newport Festival curated by Dodie Kazanjian and the occasion of the Newport Art Museum's Artists' Ball.

A limited number of posters were printed and are available for purchase through the Newport Art Museum for $100 each, plus shipping. Proceeds benefit the Newport Art Museum. 

Don't miss your opportunity to own a piece of Newport art history in the making. Order your copy of the First Annual Newport Sexx Festival poster today.

Order below or call (401) 848-8200.

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