Take Home a Nude

On October 15th, the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) held it’s 24th Take Home a Nude art party and auction at Sotheby’s in the heart of Manhattan. 150 naked or naked-inspired pieces, including work by Will Cotton, Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Yoko Ono and Kiki Smith were up for auction. 700 guests including Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Watts, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Eileen Guggenheim, and Rachel Hovnanian were in attendance. The night’s honorees were author and journalist Tom Wolfe and New York art critic Jerry Saltz.

ABC proprietor Jonathan Tibett, who is also an NYAA board member, describes the evening as “a wonderful way to celebrate art and life while raising money for a terrific school.” Over $900,000 was raised to held fund NYAA scholarships and programming.

See some of the extraordinary pieces from the evening below…


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