Julianne Moore, Padma Lakshmi Travel To Hell And Back At Sotheby's

by Chiara Atik · September 30, 2010

We don't blame Julianne Moore for her expression of shock in this photo. That statue was really, really disturbing. But maybe not as disturbing as Damien Hirst's use of fleas as material, or Andres Serrano's famed Piss Christ. Basically, what we're saying is, you gotta get to Sotheby's. -

[All photos by Joe Schildkrout for BFA]

Yesterday evening, Sotheby's hosted a private viewing party for their "Divine Comedy", a collection curated by Lisa Dennison that takes guests through hell, purgatory, and eventually heaven. (We couldn't help but notice that the biggest bar was placed in the "heaven" room....smart.)

We totally expected to spend our evening silently stalking the celebrity attendees (yep, we're that creepy.) but instead could barely peel our eyes from the walls long enough to notice Padma Lakshmi, Emily Mortimer, Alan Cumming, or Julianne Moore walk by.

Art majors (or anyone who took Art History 101, really), will be impressed with the Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch pieces, fans of shock art will adore the weirdly-sexualized-blob-of-children-wearing-Addidas piece, and the faint of heart will find solace in Damien Hirst's butterfly mural. Of course, there's plenty of Koons, Sherman and Warhol for every taste in between.

Even if you don't have a spare $30,000 to drop on a kneeling statue of Hitler this month, we totally recommend heading uptown to see the show. It's probably the coolest collection of art you'll see all month.

Padma Lakshmi, in front of Damien Hirst, Emily Mortimer

Alan Cumming, Yvonne Force Villareal

Frances Tulk-Hart, Sabine Helle   Sante D'Orazio

Bart Freundlich, Anthony Grant, Julianne Moore, Lisa Dennison, Alan Cumming