You don't need an excuse to throw a party at Art Basel Miami Beach, but as it happens, the Whitney Museum of American Art is celebrating 75 years of Biennials. Tennis-ace-turned-art-dealer John McEnroe, party co-host Beth Rudin DeWoody, and a solid contingent of major artists descended on the Standard Spa to wish the museum well. Were the hotel's bayside deck to collapse at that moment, Whitney director Adam Weinberg surmised, "the art world would be a lot poorer." Surveying a crowd that didn't just include the usual groupies but major artists like Chuck Close and Alex Katz, he added, "I don't mean financially, I mean artistically." Art advisor Elizabeth von Guttman made the short trip over from her room. A Raleigh regular, she's staying at the Standard this year. "I have to be loyal" to hotelier André Balazs, who sold the Raleigh last fall, she explained.
A little later, she was sipping cocktails with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Lauren Santo Domingo on the rooftop of the Webster. The three-floor boutique hosted a dinner for Pucci's Norwegian-born creative director, Peter Dundas, who loves the Florida heat. "I could live on the beach," he said, and mentioned that he'd only met the store's Frederic Dechnik a month ago, on the way back from a Key Largo diving trip. The success of Pucci's new Marquise bag had been "a super Christmas present," Dundas added. Then he joined Pharrell Williams, Stefano Tonchi, and about 50 other guests on the third floor for blini and caviar.