New York Post
THERE was one naked performance piece the New York Academy of Art’s “Take Home a Nude” auction wasn’t expecting. Artist Jehdy Vargas was spotted outside Sotheby’s on Thursday night, doused in red paint and chicken feathers, accusing an academy professor of racism. “The [artist] in question has no current affiliation with the school and none with the event,” said a rep for the school. Inside, guests including Naomi Watts and artist Dustin Yellin bid on nude works with Padma Lakshmi putting down the winning bid to sit for an inthebuff portrait with painter Eric Fischl.