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Agency 2.8 photographers Michael Weintrob, Stephen Meierding, Arturo and Sam Bassett adorned the walls of Gen Art’s resurrection benefit on November 4, 2010 to support the organization’s efforts to raise money to pay back artists that were caught in the middle of Gen Art’s insolvency earlier this year.

Embracing the spirit of emerging designers, photographers and film-makers, Gen Art was looking strong Thursday night when 1,200 supporters came out for a raging party, fashion show and photography exhibition.

Absolut Vodka and Menage a Trois kept the diverse crowd of sophisticates and hipsters well sauced, while DJ Reach kept people dancing all night long.

The Agency 2.8 roster displayed a poignant round of visuals to the diverse New York audience.

MICHAEL WEINTROB’s photograph of Ray Charles pained on by artist Jess Pfohl

Designer Althea Harper gettin' down in front of STEPHEN MEIERDING's print, Plasticware (Diptych) Hannehmule cotton rag print 40” x 60”

ARTURO Debra for La Perla Canvas print 4’ x 6’

SAM BASSETT Constance Colt Bassett Metallic digital C-print 40” x 60”

Good Units, under the Hudson Hotel, was at capacity most of the evening, full of fashionites, hipsters, aspiring models and designers.

Paz de la Huerta and Michael K. Williams from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire attended the party along with these fashion notables shown above, Derek Fabulous from “The Real Housewives of New York”, Karen Koeningsberg and designer Richie Rich.

Jordan Betten of "Lost Art" ran the live center stage photo-shoot featuring his leather collection, known for being work by rock star legends like Lenny Kravitz to Steven Tyler.

Word on the street is that Gen Art founder Ian Gerard is in talks with possible partners and a relaunch is looking more and more likely.

According to the Wall Street Journal: “Creditors seeking more than $150,000 from Gen Art filed an involuntary Chapter 7 petition in June in Manhattan bankruptcy court…. Gerard said he expects someone to acquire the Gen Art later this fall.” – WSJ

Let’s hope so, that would make for a lot of happy emerging artists.

Photo Credit: Soul brother for Gen Art

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