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The crowded cocktail hour at the New York Academy of Arts’ Tribeca Ball was like a giant game of “Where’s Waldo?” come to life. But instead of Waldo, the man to find was the low-key artist Kaws, aka Brian Donnelly, wearing his signature cap. The academy’s five floors were packed with art — all for sale, to benefit the school — glittering stilt walkers, a contortionist, a harpist, palm reader, a Sousaphonist, and activations by event sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels. There was Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, Liev Schreiber, Donna Karan, and more. There was much to distract, but Donnelly, the event’s honoree, was weaving between the micro studio spaces chatting with the artists.
“It’s just such a talent pool in one place,” said Donnelly, removing his wire-frame glasses. “It’s really hard to digest in an atmosphere like this, but at least you can get samplings and take names and come back and learn more.”
The artist has had an amazing few weeks, with the debut of a public sculpture in Hong Kong and the recent sale of one of his works at auction for a record $14.7 million. Academy president David Kratz bestowed an honorary degree upon Donnelly during dinner, and

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