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April 19 2014

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At Akris And W‘s Marfa Fête, Was This The Best Seat In The House?

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Artist Matthew Day Jackson’s Lem Interior went for $88,000 during the live auction at last night’s W magazine and Akris-sponsored Ballroom Marfa benefit. It was made from scorched wood and looked like the interior of a lunar exploration module that had been burnt crispy upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, but it wasn’t the strangest work of art on display at the Chelsea event space Center548. That prize went to Maria Jose Arjona, a performance artist who sat in a wooden chair suspended horizontally from pipes high above the heads of guests like Anh Duong, Yvonne Force Villareal, Cornelia Guest, and Cynthia Rowley for the duration of the party—cocktails, dinner, and dancing. There was no bidding on her, and it’s probably just as well. The piece was uninsurable. According to a Marfa, Texas, local who helped install Arjona before the fête, “She didn’t want a net.”

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