The Week in Pictures

Leonard Riggio's Hamptons Home, Jackson Pollock's Studio, & a Chuck Close Opening

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Attendees at the Guild Hall gala admired the Richard Serra "Torqued Ellipse" standing on the lawn outside Leonard Riggio's Bridgehampton home.
Attendees at the Guild Hall gala admired the Richard Serra "Torqued Ellipse" standing on the lawn outside Leonard Riggio's Bridgehampton home.
The Riggio home
The Riggio home
A Donald Judd sculpture also on the lawn
A Donald Judd sculpture also on the lawn
Beyond the pool, a meditative water garden holds several prime examples of Isamu Noguchi's sculpture.
Beyond the pool, a meditative water garden holds several prime examples of Isamu Noguchi's sculpture.
Leonard and Louise Riggio
Leonard and Louise Riggio
A Roy Lichtenstein in the study
A Roy Lichtenstein in the study
An Ed Ruscha in the library
An Ed Ruscha in the library
Another Ruscha
Another Ruscha
A specacular Alighiero e Boetti map painting in the living room
A specacular Alighiero e Boetti map painting in the living room
A Warhol in the dining room
A Warhol in the dining room
Ross Bleckner and Cindy Sherman
Ross Bleckner and Cindy Sherman
April Gornik and Eric Fischl
April Gornik and Eric Fischl
Sherman and Lou Reed
Sherman and Lou Reed
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin
A lot featured in the benefit auction for the Guild Hall
A lot featured in the benefit auction for the Guild Hall
A Cindy Sherman lot on display
A Cindy Sherman lot on display
Chuck Close at his opening at Guild Hall
Chuck Close at his opening at Guild Hall
Chuck Close in conversation with Yale University art school dean Robert Storr to mark the opening
Chuck Close in conversation with Yale University art school dean Robert Storr to mark the opening
Jackson Pollock's studio in the Springs, which was taken over by Lee Krasner when he died.
Jackson Pollock's studio in the Springs, which was taken over by Lee Krasner when he died.
Pollock's paint-splattered shoes, stool, and brushes
Pollock's paint-splattered shoes, stool, and brushes
Paints in the studio
Paints in the studio
Visitors were given slippers to wear and allowed to tread on the floor where Pollock painted.
Visitors were given slippers to wear and allowed to tread on the floor where Pollock painted.
It is possible to see the outlines of the canvases the artist taped to the floor before covering them with his celebrated "all-over" compositions.
It is possible to see the outlines of the canvases the artist taped to the floor before covering them with his celebrated "all-over" compositions.
Pollock and Krasner's home
Pollock and Krasner's home
The kitchen
The kitchen
A shelf on a bookcase (apparently the couple liked James Joyce)
A shelf on a bookcase (apparently the couple liked James Joyce)
An encased copy of the August 8, 1949 issue of Life magazine that labeled Pollock "Jack the Dripper," asking "Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?"
An encased copy of the August 8, 1949 issue of Life magazine that labeled Pollock "Jack the Dripper," asking "Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?"
The view from Pollock's back yard
The view from Pollock's back yard

For years, Guild Hall has been an East Hampton landmark, hosting exhibitions in its galleries and performances and talks by luminaries in all fields in its theater fancifully painted in stripes to resemble a circus tent. This month was its summer gala, and famed collector and Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio held a soirée and benefit auction in its honor at his stately Bridgehampton home, generously opening his doors to art lovers curious to see his collection. Among those who gladly accepted the invitation were artists Chuck Close (who has a new show of extraordinary tapestry portraits at Guild Hall), Cindy Sherman, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Lou Reed, and the actor Alec Baldwin

Being in the Hamptons provided an irresistible opportunity to visit Jackson Pollock's legendary home and studio in the Springs, the quietly rustic enclave where the artist, his wife the painter Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning created much of their greatest art under the influence of the jewel-like colors and precise light of the waterfront environs. For anyone who hopes to understand the physicality of Pollock's "action painting"—which splattered every corner of his studio—or to see the modest home where he and Krasner lived tumultuously in the grips of his alcoholism, the site is an unmissable destination.

To see photos from the Week in Pictures, click the slide show above.

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