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NY’s Top Collectors And Fashion Set Turn Out For Robert Farber Retrospective

Edward Callaghan
John Wegorzewski

Sara Herbert Galloway, Robert Farber, Ulrika Red Nilsson, and Errol Rappaport. (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Over 400 international collectors and prominent figures in art, fashion, beauty and finance flocked to have the first look at an extraordinary survey of four decades of work by famed photographer Robert Farber on Thursday, January 30. The show "Farberesque: From Pensive to Provocative" at 3West57 Project presented by Cavalier Gallery is a fascinating overview of the vast body of work created by the iconic photographer who has influenced scores of the world's leading photographers with his painterly, impressionistic style that allows the viewer to see the subject from a different perspective by creating unique compositions. The show runs through February 26, 2014, 3West57 Project at Cavalier Gallery (3 West 57th Street, New York).

Robert Farber successfully melded art and commerce to create award winning ad campaigns for the likes of Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, DeBeers Diamonds, Saks, Bloomingdale's, Avon, Marshall Field's, Macy's, Mennen, Gillette, Cutex and Revlon Early in his career he drew the attention of then editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Impressed by his fashion, nude and landscape works, Onassis brought him into the Doubleday family and published his best-selling book "By the Sea," which won the Art Director's Award for color photography. Interestingly, her estate included copies of his other bestseller "Farber Nudes." Farber now counts 10 best-selling books in his oeuvre with an 11th in final editing now. A documentary highlighting the artist is currently in development for PBS and will air September 2014.

While best known for his work with the nude, the exhibition features newly released prints of his classic fashion images, selections from his Americana series, as well as, a group of his vintage SX70 Polaroids. Also Included are images of his beloved New York City and a selection of images from a number of his books, including a preview of images from his nest book. The show opened with an artist reception on Thursday, January 30. Thanks to Farber and gallery owner Ron Cavalier, a portion of the sales from the entire run of the show will go to the National Meningitis Association, a favorite charity of Mr. Farber. Special guest hosts for the opening were Lynn Bozof, NMA President and NMA Gala Chairs Sara Herbert Galloway and Barry Klarberg, Errol Rappaport, Gary Springer and Fairweather Magazine's Alexandra Fairweather and Eric Goodman.

Among the glamorous crowd attending the must-see-show of the season were philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Ann Rapp, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Sylvia Hemingway, Patricia Shiah, Yanina Velez, Pamela Morgan, Judy Gilbert, collector and philanthropist Henry Buhl, designer Berry Brown, art dealer and publisher Ian Shapolsky, Anese Young, Judith Farber, Devon Farber, Blake Farber, Ulrika "Red" Nilsson, Heike Vogel, Victoria Bach, Gary and Katherine Andreassen, Caroline Lieberman, Silvina Quinteros, Lee Fryd, Sara Ann Johnson, Barbara Saltzman, Amelia Doggwiler, artist Ron Burkhardt, Howard Rosen, Olivia Malonda, Merv and Leslie Bloch, power attorney and philanthropist David Hryck, opera singer Luciano Lamonarca, gallery owners Christina Madden and Javier Toure, art advisor Annelien Bruin of Tang Art Advisory, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, photo journalist and author of Incomparable Women of Style Rose Hartman, Times Square Chronicle publisher and arts advocate Suzanna Bowling, journalist and author Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek, Joanna Sterling and David de Brujin, Fitzie, Kathleen Giordano, Dr. Penny Grant, Kate Donner, Matthew Allen, Jeannette Hektoen and Neill Slaughter, Dot McMahon, Jan and Michael Planit, author and filmmaker Sprague Theobald, landscape designer Larry Schepps and Daniella Zahradnikova. Such was the anticipation of the event that even collector Monarch Wealth Management's Barry Klarberg, a member of the Super Bowl Host Committee made it to Farber's show in between NFL activities.

Co-publishers of Fairweather Magazine and founders of Ivy Untapped, a dedicated network hub and a place for collaboration, talent, new ideas and business opportunities for its Ivy League members Alexandra Fairweather and Eric Goodman pulled in a host of young collectors including Sarah Lebovitz, Diana Barkhoudarian, Chantel and Marcel Goodman, Ella Rider, Aki Terasaki, Sydney Lapeyrolerie, Savanna Holts, Alexander, Michael Harstrick, Claud Marotta, Maria-Anna Goess, Slavea Assenova, Guy Sorey, Phoebe Fairweather, Jo Beth Stoddard and Bill Goodman.

The National Meningitis Association Gala 2014, Give Kids Shot', "A Benefit to Fight Meningitis, A Vaccine Preventable Disease" takes place Monday, April 28 at the New York Athletic Club (180 Central Park South, New York). Honorees this year include Richard M. Besser, M.D., ABC NEWS with the Health Achievement Award; Carol Tufano, with the The Moms on Meningitis Award and Errol Rappaport with the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award. For tickets contact gala@nmaus.org or visit www.nmaus.org.


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