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Isabella Rossellini shows for Water Mill benefit
Isabella Rossellini helped Robert Wilson welcome guests Saturday as they arrived to the 16th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit, for the artistic interdisciplinary community he created there. “He was greeting all night, and it’s genuine,” she said. “He makes everybody feel like they are a special guest.” The gala’s avant garde settings and tableaus make it one of the talked-about tickets of the summer.
Wilson gets an impressive collection of art donated to sell. “I’m not an art collector,” Rossellini continued. “But there is one with piece of my mom (Ingrid Bergman) right in the entrance. Douglas Gordon took an Andy Warhol image of her and reworked it. I thought I should buy it, but it’s $160,000!”
One assumes she prefers to spend her money on travel. “I just came back from Italy with my 16-year-old son,” she told us. “Rome and then Capri, which is like the Hamptons.” Her 26-year-old daughter will return from Africa to spend August with them in Bellport, Rossellini’s year-round home. “I seldom come to the Hamptons in the summer because of traffic,” she confided. But, for “Bob,” and his Watermill Center, she makes the trek.