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“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ― Henry David Thoreau
The Art Institute of Chicago has received “the largest gift of art in the museum’s 136-year history”y from the collection of Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson that includes 42 iconic contemporary works (nine works by Andy Warhol, three paintings by Jasper Johns, one Robert Rauschenberg Combine, two paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, four paintings by Gerhard Richter, and a painting and sculpture by Cy Twombly; Works by Brice Marden, Eric Fischl, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Charles Ray, Takashi Murakami, Katharina Fritsch, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, and John Currin complete the exceptional gift). It’s that Chicago stealth-wealth. [INBOX]
Pappy Van Winkle’s gonna getcha! Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, a 26-year employee of Buffalo Trace distillery, along with eight others in Frankfort, KT “were indicted, accused of a long-running scheme to steal and sell bourbon.” The theft went unnoticed for years, being dubbed the “Ocean’s 11 of bourbon.” [DAILY BEAST]
Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, spokesman for the Saudi Arabia coalition that led the month long air strikes in Yemen against Houthi militia, announced “it has ended the Decisive Storm Operation in accordance with a request by the Yemen President and government.” [REUTERS]
The city of Los Angeles is closer to having some NFL football action again, as the Carson City Council “unanimously voted to clear the path for a proposed $1.7 billion stadium near Los Angeles that could become the shared home to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.” Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest media market, has been without an NFL team for two decades; In addition to the Carson city project, Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group planning to build an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood. [USA TODAY SPORTS]
• You were probably wondering how much that 100-carat “perfect” diamond on the auction block at Sotheby’s sold for? A rock solid $22.1 million!
•McDonald’s in an effort to tap into the cool kids ethos is partnering with Colette for a “collection of clothes and accessories featuring pictograms of its most popular dishes, including a Big Mac and a portion of fries.” The limited edition collection, which includes T-shirts, tote bags and smartphone cases, will go on sale at Colette in Paris and online from May 4 to 31. [WWD]
TIME magazine held the gala at Jazz at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall for their 2015 TIME 100 most influential people and some of the celebs that showed up included Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer did a tripping stunt in front of Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, Martha Stewart, Karlie Kloss, Diane Von Furstenberg. Both Kanye and Tim McGraw performed. [TIME]
War of words among fashion giants. Following comments made by Giorgio Armani to the The Sunday Times Magazine in a recent interview about the late Gianni Versace, sister Donatella Versace released this statement “I find it extremely rude and tasteless that Mr Armani has once again put words in to my brother’s mouth, especially because he is sadly no longer with us to reply.” Mr. Armani had stated that Versace dressed sluts while he dressed ladies. [VOGUE UK]
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