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The Watermill Center will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society for DEVIL’S HEAVEN : The 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. Watermill International Summer Program Participants come from over 25 countries to create installations and performances throughout the eight and a half acres of grounds during the event. The funds raised will support The Watermill Center’s year round Artist Residency Programs, providing a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work.

After the incredible success of last year’s exhibition, MIKE KELLEY: 1954 – 2012, The Watermill Center is pleased to announce that DIETER MEIER AND THE YELLO YEARS will open at Devil’s Heaven: The 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. The exhibition will be curated by Harald Falckenberg and Tony Guerrero and run through September 1, 2013.

Included at this year’s event will be many works by self-taught African American folk artist Clementine Hunter. (Hunter’s painting, Angels, is featured as the benefit image above). Robert Wilson directed a new work for the theater, ZINNIAS, based on the life of Clementine Hunter that premiered at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances on January 26, 2013.

The evening will include the work of 7 emerging artists with more details about their installations and performances to be released at a later date.

Beginning at 6pm, the evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, performances, art installations, dinner, dancing and a live auction hosted by auctioneer Simon de Pury. The Watermill Center is pleased to announce that Alan Cumming will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

This year’s silent and live auction will include over 100 lots from emerging and established artists and galleries such asMarina Abramović, Roya Akhavan, Atopos CVC, Alice Aycock, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Campana Brothers, Tseng Kwong Chi Estate, Michael Combs, Paula Cooper Gallery, Peter Dayton, Jasper De Beijer, Tim Eitel, Ruud Van Empel, Awol Erizku, FC Sofia, Eric Firestone Gallery, Caio Fonseca, Jill Greenberg, Robert Greene, Karen Gunderson, Joseph Lapiana, Metropictures, Yossi Milo, Shirin Neshat, Erwin Olaf, Alex Prager, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Yancey Richardson, Lisa Ross, Ed Ruscha, Will Ryman, Andrew Sendor, Hadieh Shafie, Cindy Sherman, Stux Gallery, Luc Tuymans, Jorinde Voigt, Waterhouse & Dodd, Bettina Werner, Robert Wilson, and David Zwirner Many more to be confirmed in the coming weeks. For details about the auction please contact Daneyal Mahmood at 212 253 7484 ext. 15 or daneyal.mahmood@watermillcenter.org.

this year’s benefit auction will include over 100 works from emerging and established artists and galleries. a preview can be viewed on artspace.com with online bidding taking place between July 15 and July 26, at which point all bids will transfer to the live event

The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation thanks
LVMH / Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton
for their continuous support

additional support from Joe Fresh

Cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA
Wine provided by Mouton Rothschild
Additional beverages provided by Peroni, GUS – Grown Up Soda, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

For tickets, please contact:
Pinki Patel
pinki.patel@watermillcenter.org
(212) 253-7484 ext. 16

Media Contact:
TJ Witham
tj.witham@watermillcenter.org
(212) 253-7484 ext. 22

Note about the image: Clementine Hunter painted scores of works that included African-American angels. She believed, partly from her Christian teachings and partly a result of remnants of spiritual Africanisms, that we are surrounded by angels and spirits some good, some bad.