Watermill Benefit Boasts Lady Gaga, Marina Abramovic, Lots of Nudes

Cindy Sherman and Winona Ryder at the Watermill Center Summer Benefit
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Nature isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Hamptons these days, yet choreographer Robert Wilson’s always-kooky annual summer benefit at the Watermill Center, called “Devil’s Heaven” this year, saw many people going au naturel. As guests ambled through the forest and around the property, they encountered nude models painted green, or in the patterns of a Mondrian painting, a nude woman reclining in a pool of a dark, honey-like substance, and even Lady Gaga, who showed up looking more natural than usual, sans makeup and with long dark hair, a black dress with cut-outs, and a nose ring — an alleged attempt to retrieve her former self.

Gaga, who made her entrée with artist Marina Abramovic, is reportedly collaborating with Wilson on her new album “Artpop.” The three posed for photo ops and even suggestively dipped their spoons in the honey pool to taste the substance. The appearance of Lady Gaga, who has been unveiling artwork as teasers for her new single release and performance at the MTV Music Awards in August, signals yet another connection between the art world and the leading lights of the music industry (earlier this month this phenomenon hit a particular high — or low — at Pace Gallery, which hosted musical star Jay Z’s collaboration with Abramovic for his Abramovic-inspired endurance performance/video).


As per usual at the summer benefit, which caps the summer art season in the Hamptons, there were plenty of other fusions of visual art and performance to be seen. And there was plenty of people-watching to be done, as well: Among the artists, socialites, and celebrities mingling at the $1,000-per-plate event were Wynona Ryder, Cindy Sherman, Alexander Soros, and Josephine Meckseper.

To see pictures of the action at the Watermill Center's “Devil’s Heaven” benefit, click on the slideshow.