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Thanks, in part, to the bucolic venue 60 miles north of Manhattan and the early 6 pm call time, the Dia Art Foundation's Gucci-sponsored spring benefit at...

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Merce Cunningham

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Cecilia Dean in Gucci.

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Julian and Olatz Schnabel.

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Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

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Thanks, in part, to the bucolic venue 60 miles north of Manhattan and the early 6 pm call time, the Dia Art Foundation's Gucci-sponsored spring benefit at Dia:Beacon was about as lowkey as any gala could get.

"This isn't a social event or a PR event, this is really for the artists,"insisted Gucci's Daniella Vitale. In time for the party, the label restored Imi Knoebel's series of paintings titled "24 Colors--ForBlinky."

Art-world bold facers Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Brice Marden, Cecilia Dean, Honor Fraser and Francesco and Alba Clemente eschewed a step-and-repeat and instead tucked into dinner in the Andy Warhol gallery, where black chairs, plates and tablecloths matched Warhol's "Shadows"paintings on the walls.

Earlier the group had sat through sun showers duringan outdoor performance by Merce Cunningham Dance Company. "Of course you could slip and fall," said the octogenarian choreographer of the apropos weather during the spring-themed routine he whipped up specially for theevent. "But it wasn't that serious."


For complete coverage, see Thursday's WWD.
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