dinsdag 30 november 2010

Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel

We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer and Estée Lauder. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.)

Fashion and art types can’t get enough of Tilda Swinton, and Friday night’s top ticket has to be the dinner that Pringle of Scotland and London’s Serpentine Gallery have got her headlining at The Webster. Meanwhile, in Wynwood, the Rubell Family Collection is laying down the tablecloth for Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. The best option for later on? Visionaire’s party at the W, with cocktails courtesy of Beluga, the vodka company that has also contributed 2,000 liters of product to a five-story descending “river” installation—no swimming allowed!

On Saturday, the Mondrian has dueling brunches: Estelle and Kehinde Wiley in one corner, Shepard Fairey and Paper magazine in the other. At the Standard, party doyenne Brooke Geahan and Playboy have organized a stripped-down evening, so to speak: an art salon featuring plenty of nude models and the likes of Vanessa Beecroft and Terence Koh. Afterward, the party will move to the Delano’s Florida Room, which is (once again) occupied for the week by Le Baron. It’s the craziest door in town—and possibly the one part of Miami where French is a more useful second language than Spanish.

Keep checking in with Style.com—we’ll be bringing the latest from Basel with daily party reports.

—Darrell Hartman

Photo: raleighhotel.com

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