Chuck Close Has Got Mail

Peter Davis

Remember when everyone had an AOL account? Some still do - hello Kelly Klein, Andrew Saffir, Bettina Zilkha and other boldface names. AOL toasted its 25th anniversary last night with its Project on Creativity show with artist Chuck Close at the New Museum. Close photographed some global biggies for the exhibit, like the Dalai Lama, Gus Van Sant, Claire Danes, artist Kara Walker and of course, himself The party was packed: Kate and Andy Spade, AOL's Tim Armstrong, Genevieve Jones, Jennifer Missoni, Will Cotton, director/fashion designer Jamie Johnson, Waris Ahlualia, Glenn O'Brien and Bill Powers all showed up. The Project on Creativity was a concept dreamed up between AOL and art think tank/gallery Partners & Spade. "I'm very excited to be collaborating with AOL on this project," Close said. "They have been rapidly evolving and intelligently investing in the global creative community. I believe this kind of thinking will help them reemerge as the pioneering American brand known throughout the world." Maybe I need to get a new AOL account! After the opening, VIP guests walked up the street to The Bowery Hotel where John Legend performed.

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