BETTINA WERNER, Horizon, 2001 Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 80's. Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Bettina Werner celebrates Bob Wilson 70th birthday at the All-Star Hamptons Spectacular 18th Annual Water Mill Summer Benefit

Bettina Werner, the Salt Queen donated her radiant artwork : "Horizon", a $17,000 tribute, in celebration of Robert Wilson's 70th Birthday, founder of the Water Mill Center Foundation and to support its mission. The New York Times described Robert Wilson as "a towering figure in the world of experimental theater." The Water Mill Annual Summer Benefit will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society. It will be a true festival of the arts and performance to benefit Watermill and its mission to provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore new ideas and foster their career development. The 2011 honorary chairs includes world famous celebrities like Charlotte Rampling, Iman & David Bowie, Frank Gehry, h.r.h. Princess Caroline of Hanover, Anjelica Huston, Bianca Jagger, Lou Reed, Isabella Rossellini, Sharon Stone, James Turrell and others. The 2011 benefit chairs includes world famous celebrities like Lisa de Kooning, Calvin klein, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Eugenio Lopez and others.

The radiant painting "Horizon" symbolizing a fearless and celest message for the future was highlighted at Bettina Werner's 25 Year Retrospective at 7 World Trade Center last year

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Beginning at 6pm, the evening will include cocktails, courtesy of Bacardi USA, a silent auction, performances, art installations, dinner, dancing and a live auction hosted by auctioneer Simon de Pury, Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company. The evening will end with guests dancing under the stars in the auction tent. This year's silent and live auction will include over 85 lots from emerging and established artists including Marina Abramovi, Ross Bleckner, Tom Burr, Peter Coffin, E.V. Day, Mary Heilmann, Peter Hujar, Alfredo Jaar, Ray Johnson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adam McEwen, Yoko Ono, Walter Pfeiffer, Anri Sala, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Bettina Werner, and Aaron Young, with special lots created in celebration of Robert Wilson's 70th Birthday.

For more information about the auction please contact: Dmitry Komis For tickets please contact Pinki Patel at (212) 253-7484 ext.10.

HAMPTONS: WaterMill Summer Annual GALA Distinguished Patron Table $25,000 Benefactor Table for 10 - $15,000 Patron Table for 10 - $10,000 Donor ticket(s) - $1,500 Contributor Ticket(s) - $1,000 Cocktail Ticket(s) - $500

Voluptuous Panic The 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit

Saturday, July 30 6:00 p.m. The Watermill Center 39 Watermill Towd Road Water Mill, New York 11976

ABOUT THE WATERMILL CENTER Watermill is a laboratory for performance founded by Robert Wilson as a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. Watermill draws inspiration from all the arts and cultures as well as from social, human and natural sciences. Watermill is a global community of artists. Living and working together among the extensive collection of art and artifacts lies at the heart of the Watermill experience. Watermill is a haven for the next generations of artists, supporting their work among a network of international institutions and venues that embrace new interdisciplinary approaches.

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