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“Next year, my art will be worth more,” mused one of the many guests lined up on the side of Water Mill Road on Saturday evening. She had more skin in the game than most, presumably one of the many artists who had donated work for the Watermill Center benefit’s silent auction. “They choose it — if it doesn’t sell, it’s their fault.”
A few minutes past the official 6 p.m. start time, guests made their way up the steps — underneath canopies of naked bodies — and through a room of stones to emerge into a backyard performance art extravaganza.
“I come to Water Mill every year, it’s one of my favorite summertime events, and I’ve come to love and enjoy this,” said Maxwell Osborne, taking in the tiki torch-lit entrance. “For me, it’s this part — the walk in is the most exciting, because every year it changes. You’re always wondering what will come next,” he added. “It’s always thought-provoking. For me it’s really inspiring just in general.”
On the grounds of the arts organization, it was business as usual for the annual benefit, one of the summer’s most-hyped Hamptons parties. Performance artists were dispersed through the woods, stomping on metal risers,

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