New York Academy of Art. March 2, 2009. By Jada Yuan and Suzanne Zuckerman
Do you have any artistic talents?
“They saved all my doodles from the White House.”
—President Bill Clinton
Are there any deals here tonight?
“When you’re dealing with emerging artists, everything’s really great and really cheap. So this is an opportunity for art collectors. It’s a recession party, in a way.”
Have you taken any art classes?
“A drawing class with Cornell Medical School. We actually cut into a face and peeled back the skin so we could understand how the bones and the musculature worked.” Isn’t that a bit morbid?
“No! How else are you supposed to figure that stuff out?”
How do you support the Academy of Art?
“I made the tablecloths one year. Blue moss crepe tablecloths.” Isn’t that an expensive fabric?
“Blue had gone out of style, but it still had use for festive purposes.”
Any artist you’d like to portray?
“I particularly don’t want to play artists, particularly if they’re good artists or well-liked artists. You’re never going to play Orson Welles better than Orson Welles. I had to play Orson Welles once.”
There’s a naked man and woman over there.
“Oh, okay. That’s why everybody’s in there.”
Did you paint the nude couple?
“I saw Goldfinger and I’m really afraid that I’m going to paint over the one place on their body where their skin can breathe.”
What did you do for your snow day during the storm?
“I went to a friend’s house in Greenpoint and shoveled snow in my Wellington boots.”
You sketch as a designer. Do you do any other fine arts?
“I grew up being a fine artist and I found everything I loved and wanted in fashion: art and the architecture aspect and the technical aspect.”
Have you seen the naked people yet?
“They’re fun-size, like us.”
“Let’s go. I don’t want to stand here looking at naked people.”