It was a star-studded open for at the VIP Preview of Art New York and CONTEXT New York, kicking off New York Art Week. From Adrien Brody and Kevin O’Leary showcasing their works – Adrien Brody’s exhibit, “Hooked” brought out Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brett Ratner, Michael Strahan and many more – to attendees such as Brooke Shields stopping by the event and several others listed below, there was certainly no shortage of celebrity faces and luminaries of the approximate 5,500 guests who attended.

Brooke Shields, David Kratz Photo Credit Annie Watt

Brooke Shields, David Kratz Photo Credit Annie Watt

Artist and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody showcased his second series of paintings “Hooked.” His opening was attended by actor and producer Robert De Niro, actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio, director and producer Brett Ratner, actress and talk show host Raven-Symone, retired New York Giants player and television host Michael Strahan and designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, who all came to view Brody’s exhibit.

Adrien Brody, Brett Ratner Photo Credit Annie Watt

Adrien Brody, Brett Ratner Photo Credit Annie Watt

Actress and model Brooke Shields, songwriter and artist Bernie Taupin, America’s Next Top Model, Xiomi Frans-Cuber, all-time leading scorer for the New York Rangers and Hockey Hall of Famer, Rod Gilbert, alongside founder ofArt New York Nick Korniloff and Katelijne De Backer and Julian Navarro, directors of the art fairs, were also on hand at the VIP Preview to view other works such as Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary’s solo exhibition “Irreconcilable Images” and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis’ participation in “Corners of New York” exhibition.

Michael Stratton, Adrien Brody Photo Credit Annie Watt

Michael Stratton, Adrien Brody Photo Credit Annie Watt

The exclusive VIP Preview also drew art world luminaries such as world-renowned kinetic artist Yaacov Agam, New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, art consultant Kim Heirston, jewelry entrepreneur Janet Goldman, fine art consultant and collector, Michel Witmer.

Kevin O'Leary Photo Credit David Williams

Kevin O’Leary Photo Credit David Williams

Art New York, along with the debut of its sister fair, CONTEXT New York, returned for the second year yesterday on May 3 at Pier 94 with a VIP Preview event attracting nearly 5,500 art world enthusiasts and members of the media. The two highly-anticipated fairs showcased artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries, effectively launching New York Art Week, the pinnacle of New York’s art and cultural season.

Photo Credit David Williams

Photo Credit David Williams

Invited guests were able to experience the fairs prior to the public, and see the world’s finest works available to the market from both the 20th and 21st centuries. They enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres during the VIP Reception by Butterfield Market and signature cocktails created for the event, including the Art New York Margarita and CONTEXT Lemonade. Sponsors for the event included VOSS Artesian Water, New York Academy of Art, Langham Place, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Museum and more.

Director Katelijne Debajcker with Model Hannelore Knuts Photo Credit David Williams

Director Katelijne Debajcker with Model Hannelore Knuts Photo Credit David Williams

The opening saw tremendous success in sales, foreshadowing continued high sales for the remainder of the week. Top artwork purchased at Art New York includes The Flower series by Suh Joeng Min from JanKossen Contemporary, Lucky Koi and Impressionist Fish from Adrien Brody’s “Hooked” series in conjunction with Benrimon Projects and The Corners of New York commissioned and curated by Joe Ficalora, the founder of The Bushwick Collective, and presented by Tansey Contemporary of Santa Fe. Proceeds from this installation benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation. CONTEXT New York’s sales include Paint and Masha Laughs by Vladimir Semenskiy from Gallery 11.12, and Foundling andInfanta by Lisa Wright from Coates and Scarry Gallery, Safety Device by Gale Hart and Mirage by Elis Gudmann from Ten Contemporary, Petit Four by Pat Lasch from Accola Griefen Gallery and Old Man II by Miaz Brothers at Fabien Castanier Gallery.

Photo Credit David Williams

Photo Credit David Williams

Launching prior to Frieze New York and the major auction house previews, Art New York and CONTEXT New York presents the largest collection of art in Manhattan, including many never-before-exhibited, exclusive and highly-anticipated exhibitions. The fairs not only display an unprecedented selection of works from around the world, but also include programs by internationally known curators, informative interactive booths, and discussion panels featuring prominent art influencers.

Adrien Brody with Founder Nick Korniloff Photo Credit David Williams

Adrien Brody with Founder Nick Korniloff Photo Credit David Williams

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