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a new tar in town

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After a doozy of a Thursday night—six parties in five hours left me beyond taxi-poor—the art world was ready to kick the tar out of the Frieze Art Fair (that’s a pun you’ll understand in a sec) on Friday. That evening, Neville Wakefield and Evanly Schindler’s new art rag, Tar, was fêted at an underground speakeasy on Swallow Street. Rivington Arms’ Melissa Bent and Mirabelle Marden took a booth next to one shared by Venetia Scott and New York art director Patrick Li; Emma Watson and the Kills singer Alison Mosshart held court near the dance floor with artist Adam McEwen and art partrons of the future Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry, and Alexia Niedzielski. And making the rounds with Wakefield were Tar‘s publisher, Maurizio Marchiori, and arts associate Marco Perego. The consensus on the new glossy was good: The cover, a Julian Schnabel shot of a smoking-hot Benicio del Toro, received rave reviews, as did the long list of contributors, which includes the likes of Ryan McGinley, Juergen Teller, David Sheery, Richard Prince, Terry Richardson, and Nate Lowman. Just don’t call it a magazine. “It’s more of a seasonal book dedicated to what has been inspiring to these artists for the past six months,” said Marchiori.

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