by Alexandra Peers
The Sagamore has been doing its swanky, sunny fresh-fruit and French-crepe brunch for VIPs since Art Basel Miami Beach began. Several events were booked for the same time but we were loyal to art collectors and hosts Cricket and Marty Taplin, who were there before all these other arrivistes. Of course, the (literally) 2,000 mimosas they served helped.
Celebs here included the museum-director set: Bonnie Clearwater of MoCA Miami; Marion Boulton Stroud of Philadelphia's trail-blazing Fabric Workshop & Museum and George Lindemann of the Bass.
Shown: The O Dance Company
Strip club, black light, art by Ryan McGinnis, and a thoughtfully convenient opening time of 11 p.m. Need we say more?
Isabella Rossellini was probably the loveliest of a line of boldface-names—Adrian Brody, Steve Martin, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Julian Lennon, George Hamilton, Jay-Z and, inexplicably, Alex Rodriguez—who made the scene. She was in town plugging her Seduce Me series of short films about animal mating on view at the Wolfsonian.
Shown: From Seduce Me
Miami's Wynwood neighborhood had a lot of offerings but this Hello Kitty pop-up store by Sanrio was one of the ones most worth the off-island trip. It offered free tattoos of the cult cat, adorable-ness galore and an art show including work by street-art powerhouse Shepard Fairey. It was co-curated by the guy also co-curating the LA MoCA upoming show on street art, Roger Gastman.
Where were the artists? We ultimately didn’t care that the expected painters were no-shows (did they all have hangovers?). This multi-course family-style meal with friendly curator Francesca Gavin was as lush and tasty as any we had all week, and the club’s new space is good-looking.
She spoke about how they had been able to put together an impressive collection of works by major artists—John Baldessari!—almost overnight, by paying the artists in bar tabs.
AO Art Observed
The two classiest events in a largely classless week. At the Webster, art people who usually skip fashion events made an exception for the La Mer party, which was star-studded. Meanwhile, at Nobu, the Adobe Museum of Digital Media offered Mariko Mori, Melissa Chiu of the Asia Society, art-world ethical watchdog Tom Eccles and copious sushi.
Shown: Cay Sophie Rabinowtiz, Michael Stipe, Massimo Torrigiani
Shown: Julian Schnabel, ever the fashionista, and Sean Penn
The Singha Beer Room