Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Meryl Streep’s Husband Don Gummer Fetches High Price


New Oscar winner Meryl Streep does have a successful husband, you know. Don Gummer is a big deal artist, painter, sculptor. At this week’s big Art for Water charity event for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance, a framed Gummer print was literally peeled off the wall for upwards of $10,000. Famed art collector and museum leader Agnes Gund even had her picture taken next to the piece of art. Most of Gummer’s work consists of big metal sculptures that sit on the manciured lawns of estates or in fancy office plazas. So whoever got this piece was lucky, lucky, lucky. The event, at Matthew Marks Gallery, also brought out John McEnroe, famed artist Chuck Close, Kennedy and his galpal actress Cheryl Hines, Nicole Miller, and actors Jane Seymour, Giancarlo Esposito and Gloria Reuben. Close rode around in his very modern wheel chair that looks like it’s built on a Segway. As a bonus, Debbie Harry of Blondie sang. The other artists featured included Marina Abramovic, Dan Colen, Gregory Crewdson, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons,  Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sarah Morris, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Simmons, and Josh Smith. PS Agnes Gund also drove up the bidding on a Donald Baechler print. Like she needs it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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