Art World Abstracts: Roman Abramovich’s NYE Bash Back On in St. Barth’s, And More!

Roman Abramovich, in daywear. [Courtesy Getty Images]

Roman Abramovich, in daywear. [Courtesy Getty Images]

Wasn’t New Year’s Eve such a bore last year after Roman Abramovich canceled his annual yacht-studded bash in St. Barth’s? I had no idea what to do with myself, I think I canceled all my travel plans and, like, went to Paul’s Baby Grand or something. Which is why it’s such a relief to hear that this year, he’s teaming up with Larry Gagosian to bring the bacchanal back. Expect rock stars, movie stars, models, and Rupert Murdoch. [Page Six]

Congratulations to Adeline Ooi, who was just today announced as the Asia director of Art Basel. She’ll join Marc Spiegler and Marco Fazzone on the executive committee. A very Basel Mazel Tov to all! [Artforum]

Georgina Adam takes a swing at some art market predictions for the new year. What’s clouding up her crystal ball? Well, the utter turmoil at the auction houses coupled with a tumbling rouble spells trouble for the gavel-based sales. Apparently there’s some stuff happening in a little town called Los Angeles. And get ready for more “curated shows” like the one our old pal Simon de Pury did for Venus Over Manhattan. [The Art Newspaper]

Attention Bible art fans: “One way to know you’re in a great museum: You’re rushing to see the latest blockbuster and get waylaid by something amazing that catches your eye. How come you never noticed it before? The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual seasonal blockbuster—New York’s museum version of ‘The Nutcracker’—is the magnificent Christmas tree decorated with a magical 18th-century Neapolitan crèche and ornaments, on view through Jan. 6. Almost literally in its shadow, easy to miss en route to holiday joy, sits an even more breathtaking exhibition of pages from the Winchester Bible.” [WSJ]

The Fresh Prince occasionally shows up to artists’ studios unannounced. Or at least he does in Havana. “Kadir López was working in his studio at his elegant home here when the doorbell rang. It was Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.” [NYT]

And the inevitable has happened. The Times has published a long profile of Stefan Simchowitz, who was interviewed for a substantial piece in these pages just months ago. He also had an extensive chat with Andrew Goldstein at Artspace, and Jerry Saltz dutifully offered his two cents and then some. But The Times couldn’t resist taking the bait, too. They dub Mr. Simchowitz “The art world’s patron Satan.” Read at your own peril. [The New York Times Magazine]

Art World Abstracts: Roman Abramovich’s NYE Bash Back On in St. Barth’s, And More!