Inside the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Benefit

Inside the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Benefit

Take a tour of South Hampton's annual extravaganza of performance and fine art

Take a tour of South Hampton's annual extravaganza of performance and fine art

Text: William Simmons

This past Saturday, the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Benefit and Auction saw the brightest minds in the arts come out to support the Watermill Center's renowned residency programs.

Founded by stage legend Robert Wilson, the Watermill Center brings together artists from around the world with its residencies and International Summer Program. Located on a picturesque 8.5 acres in Southhampton, the Watermill Center was an extraordinary backdrop for a variety of new works and performances from residency artists, as well as the superstar feminist collective Pussy Riot and the always-hip Bruce High Quality Foundation. Archangels with dazzling swords greeted guests who were then led through an elaborate fairy tale of videos, sculptures, and even hot guys in a tank of water. Guests were even invited to get their hands dirty by contributing to two large walls of chalk graffiti.

This year, auctioneer Simon de Pury raised an incredible sum to support the Watermill Center's programs thanks to enviable artworks by the likes of Marina Abramović, Dustin Yellin, Annie Liebovitz, Nan Goldin, and Enoc Perez. See our highlights from the benefit below.

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