For real running Art Basel commentary, follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lesleyabravanel. For party wrap ups, this would be the place if you're into the bold faced sort of thing. Speaking of bold faced, there are plenty of those down here with more on the way. Among those, Robin Thicke, who is performing at a private Basel party Friday in the Design District and, for those longing for the Art Basel of 10 years ago, we hear the Hilton sisters are on some guest lists as well. What follows is a dispatch of sorts from the trendy trenches. Enjoy or something.
• On Tuesday night, (BELVEDERE) RED joined Ferrari and Interview Magazine in celebrating Art Basel 2011 with an exclusive bash in the parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Road. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Solange Knowles and a surprise performance by singer Janelle Monae, who took over the stage and performed her top hits. The see and be scene set also previewed Ferrari’s signature car models, which were strategically placed around the 7th floor parking lot. Guests in attendance included Peter Brandt, Stephanie Seymour, Wendi Murdoch, Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe, Dasha Zhukova, Damien Hirst, Brett Ratner, Aby Rosen, a very robust Val Kilmer and other art world influencers in town for the week’s events. Overheard at this party: "After what he said [a gay slur and TMI about his alleged sexual partners], Brett Ratner will have a hard time getting a date with one of those Ferraris over there."
• The DEWAR’S-hosted MOCA North Miami/Vanity Fair Art Basel kick-off bash Tuesday night was like an old issue of W Magazine--when it was all loose papers, with NYC heavyweights including Donna Karan, who debuted her pop-up store, proceeds from which benefit charities in Haiti, Calvin Klein, Blaine Trump, Julian Schnabel, Ingrid Sischy, Sandy Brandt, Tamara Mellon, Bruce Weber, Nan Bush more. Honorees were Sischy and Brandt, of Vanity Fair and ardent Art Basel supporters. Said Sischy, "There is no doubt that Sandy is my better half." Brandt, for the uninitiated, was once married to mogul Peter Brandt, who has had a rocky marriage to supermodel Stephanie Seymour-all of whom are in town. The haves then left the have nots for a private dinner at the manse of philanthropists and NFAA trustees Sandra and Stephen Muss. Eavesdropping of the event: "There's Christian Slater. He used to be famous until he moved here and dated a local. Now he's just one of us."
• Wednesday night proved chaotic, with the fire marshalls shutting down the entrances to the Art Basel Vernissage and the Shelborne Hotel grand reopening and Real Housewives of New York City's scene seeking housewife, Ramona Singer stopping to pose for pix. And while a slew of random celebs turned out everywhere---Luke Wilson at Vernissage once the flood gates were reopened and Alanis Morrissette with artist James Rosenquist at the Shelborne, the A-list seemed to convene at The Raleigh for the Maybach dinner and the Jeffrey Deitch MOCA LA party, including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Parasiting off their A-list glow were Paris and Nicky Hilton. Also there: Naomi Campbell.
Photo/Seth Browarnik, duh
• Art of Night at the Shelborne celebrated Seth Browarnik's celeb photos. Among those spotted there were Ivana Trump and D. Wade's main squeeze Gaby Union.
• But back to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The couple was seen once again Thursday morning at the PULSE VIP brunch at the Ice Palace, and in the afternoon at Wynwood Walls, Goldman Properties’ outdoor street art park, featuring 40 of the world’s most famous urban artists. Jessica Goldman toured them throughout the walls for 45 minutes. Director Brett Ratner and art collector/photog Jean Pigozzi joined them. While Douglas looks fantastic, Zeta Jones, we're told is still chain smoking ciggies all over town despite her hubby's recent bout with throat cancer. The couple was also seen having a late snack at Joe's Stone Crab Thursday.
• As for Real Housewives of New York's Ramona Singer, she's in town with her hubby Mario (and photographed at left with her number one fan, Miami Herald biz writer, Brett Graff) and will be attending the Rock-n-Art Basel event tomorrow night at The Catalina, where cameras will be capturing the madness for an upcoming episode of the retweaked Bravo show. Also spotted at The Catalina, actor Adrien Brody, who was also at WALL at the W Wednesday night, as were those Hilton sisters.
• Brody was also seen late Thursday afternoon at Pulse as were, most randomly, Jane Seymour and Diddy in a sling--separately--we think.
• At the uber A-list Dom Perignon dinner at The Dutch at the W South Beach Thursday hosted by W developmer Aby Rosen and his socialite shrink wife Samantha Boardman, we witnessed all walks of life, from Vanity Fair's Bob Colacello, Work of Art host China Chow, socialite Blaine Trump, and Andre Balazs, to the very ubiquitous headband sporting Paris and Nicky Hilton. Incidentally when those two walked in, the men standing with Pat Riley and Micky Arison started snapping photos with their cells. The Hilton star quickly faded when Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones walked in and schmoozed and eventually sat with Arison and Riley, among some other heavy hitters from NY. The party later moved to Wall at the W, hosted by, among other folk, ex Paris Hilton beau Stavros Niarchos. Among the eavesdroppings we caught at this very loud, crowded event included the fact that Twist was the de rigueur spot for NYC elite to after party during Art Basel and this little gem from a dandy looking man wth a British accent, "So many ****ing ***ots on South Beach and not one has hit on me. It's ok, though, they're only after money." Not at the dinner but at the after party at WALL: Sean Penn. As we exited the dinner we saw actress Gina Gershon schmoozing with W hotel staff.
The following photos of the Aby Rosen dinner at The Dutch are by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
•On Friday, it was back to the W for a party at Mr Chow hosted by gallerist Andy Valmorbida, record exec Jimmy Iovine, Sean “Diddy” Combs, in collaboration with VistaJet, celebrating the art book Culo by Mazzucco, a fancy Art Basel way of saying 'ass' by a famous fotog. Anyway, this party was undoubtedly the Star Wars bar of Basel, with the motliest of crews yet, from NSync's Lance Bass and Girls Gone Wild's Joe Francis to, yep, those sisters, who seem to have cloned themselves in order to attend every. single. toilet lid opening party. Diddy was somewhere in there, too, as was Will Smith and actor Adrien Brody. A press release also says that Robin Thicke was there, but he was down in the Design District performing at the Casa FENDI Beats By Dre event. Soundtrack was stellar, crashers were aplenty. Oh, and Naomi Campbell entered through the back entrance by the garbage. Because she felt like making an entrance. There were so many scene suckers in Mr Chow that the best place for air was, ironically, the smoking section. The following pix from the party are from Getty.
•Adrien Brody, incidentally, may be the only celebrity to have actually spent a dime this past weekend and bought, wait for it, art, spending upwards of $20,000 for this piece by up and coming street artist Alec Monopoly at Avant Gallery. Brody, meanwhile, may be our fave celeb thus far: while hanging out poolside Friday at the Delano for the Visionaire party, Brody, bombared by photographers was overheard saying "I'm not doing this," as he fled the scene. Those who were doing that, however, included Bass, actor Brian Greenberg of How to Make It in America, and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.
•Selling his own art was Nas, who, while performing “Made You Look,” at Ricochet Thursday night for the Spotify event, picked up the paintbrush and crafted his first ever masterpiece. The painting, auctioned during the show, sold for $14K, with all proceeds going to charity.
•Meanwhile, while his famous friends were busy Baseling, Cee-Lo Green spent Friday night bowling at Lucky Strike with friends. Art Basel? Forget you.
•A very robust Val Kilmer checked out the new collection of Phulga magical flea sculptures at Miguel Paredes' Wynwood gallery with 3 females on Friday night.
•Chicago-based artist Dzine converted a room in The Standard Hotel to replicate his living room growing up, where his mother would take nail appointments. Among those seen having their nails done: Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton, whom we'd love to actually see photographed against a neon background next to George Hamilton. (Photo: Dzine's Imperial Nails Presented by Perrier at The Standard Spa/Chris Mosier-SocietePerrier).
• Moby and Will Smith were both seen separately at Art Miami. Smith, who knew, is an art fan was seen Thursday night at the Claire Oliver Gallery at Art Miami, where he was tooling around with fair director, Nick Korniloff.
• Jumping on the Basel-bandwagon was the big birthday bash of songwriter/producer Rico Love, whose Friday night party was co-hosted by Usher, who, uh, generously gave away one of his 900 Grammys as a gift. Among those there: Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Chris Bosh and Clinton Sparks. (Photo/David Manero Restaurants)
• As much as this image makes us want to watch Growing Pains reruns, Robin, the son of Alan Thicke, brought the house down at the Fendi Casa Beats by Dr. Dre (not there) party in the Design District in a way that would make devout Christian Kirk Cameron blush. (Photo/Patrick McMullan)