"He's so humble, people don't know how big a deal he is," exclaimed Sage Salzer, the plus size model who added "Courtney Love has one of his paintings, apparently she hunted him down and was like 'I love this shit!'" Also making an appearance was Paul Alexander of The Ones, who let me know that the group's latest album drops sometime in November and will include collaborations with Nomi Ruiz of Hercules and Love Affair as well as Byron Stingily of Ten City.
While most sampled heavily from the buffet (coconut shrimp is the summer rage-of-the-moment), Village Voice columnist Michael Musto left a half-eaten pretzel on a pedestal -- "It's as hard as a rock," he said. The writer has a portrait of himself by Montgomery hanging in his living room, he informed me. "These are the artists of our times," said Montgomery of his subjects, reveling in the friendly and hip downtown crowd that came to celebrate his body of work, bound and headed for coffee tables starting August 18.