View gallery of select artwork available in this years auction
On July 29th, The 24th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction “FLY INTO THE SUN” will honor Laurie Anderson and Isabelle Huppert and will feature installations placed throughout The Watermill Center’s eight-and-a-half acre grounds, curated in tribute to Lou Reed’s exceptional life and work. In addition, the event will presented for the first time by famed French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels.
The art work is described as an “enchanted forest” where over one-hundred international artists and founder and artistic director, Robert Wilson, will be featured. The artwork includes performance, music, theater, design, architecture, and fashion pieces on display. All the benefit’s proceeds will support The Watermill Center’s Year-Round Residency and Education Programs that provide artists with unique opportunities to explore and develop new work.
Renowned artist and musician Laurie Anderson will preform The Wildebeests, a poem with musical accompaniment and also a surprise performance. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology as a writer, director, visual artists and vocalist. Anderson and Reed were frequent collaborators and both early supporters of The Watermill Center. The two presented The Wildebeests together at The 5th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit & Auction in 1997.
The Watermill Center is also honoring French Actress Isabelle Huppert, who has received honors and awards in France and the Untied States. Recently, she received a Golden Globe, Gotham Award, Spirit Award, César Award and the Women in Motion Award at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May. In addition to her film career, she has also acted on the stage under the direction of Robert Wilson in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Heiner Müller’s Quartett.
The Watermill Center was founded by Robert Wilson in 1992 as an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts that support young and emerging artists through its year-round Artists Residency Program and International Summer Program. The Watermill Center property has eight-and-a-half acres of grounds with sculpture gardens and a main building with a library and a collection of contemporary and ancient global art and artifacts.
The tickets and more information about the event can be found here.
Check out what happened last year in this video: