2013 November 20

Bleecker Street Arts Club And Bob Colacello Hold A Dinner for The Franklyn Project

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Daniel Benedict, Brooke Shields, Andrew Saffir Daniel Benedict, Brooke Shields, Andrew Saffir
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(NEW YORK) Last night, former Interview editor, writer, and friend of Andy Warhol Bob Colacello hosted a dinner at Daniel Benedict and Sam Werther's Bleecker Streets Art Club (BSAC), which opened in May. The cocktail hour and dinner were held in honor of the BSAC's latest gallery exhibition, "Portraits of Our Father" by The Franklyn Project, a group of young artists from the New York Academy of Arts, who collaborated on an exhibit of paintings celebrating the late Andy Warhol. The graduate students created a series of paintings in homage to the late artist, who was also one of the founders of the New York Academy of Arts.

So, what's the BSCA all about? "My business partner Steven Werther and I have worked together for years in different capacities and the building became available and we came to take a look and we both looked at each other and said that it should be an art gallery," said Benedict. "But then I went to a friend's 30th birthday party and it was the chicest long table for 40 down the center of a flower store and so I thought the space would also be good for dinners and fun events." Thus the BSCA turned into not only an art gallery, but a cultural space where various kinds of events could be held that centered around the art world. "We do a lot of artists talks and we try and support all different kinds of mediums," said Benedict. "We have all sorts of crazy stuff going on all the time."

After the cocktail hour where guests perused the paintings on the top floor of the BSCA, everyone headed down to the first floor, where a crowd including Brooke Shields, Whitney Fairchild, Gabby Karan de Felice, Kelly Rutherford, Tom Filicia, Adam Lippes, and former Warhol star Brigid Berlin were treated to a dinner catered by Mary Giuliani. What was served? Tomato soup, in keeping with the Warhol theme, of course! Not to mention a bit of Dom Perignon bubbly to warm everyone up on the very frigid evening.

Benedict is the partner of The Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir, who is always busy doing late evening screenings with tout le monde in Hollywood, so we had to ask: How do they find time to see each other amidst all of their events and busy work life? "It's funny, people ask that all the time," said Benedict. "We often get home and we look at each other and we're ready to collapse. We both start so early in the morning and go so late at night during the week that we just kind of collapse on the weekends." But what better working partnership than to have their art world and celeb world collide? From the looks of this crowd, it makes all the sense in the world.

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