The Basel Brigade

Supermodels, Magazine Publishers, and Even a Few Art-World Types Descend on the Miami Fair


Naomi Campbell and François Nars   
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Tuesday had its smattering of early-bird private dinners and art-fair previews, but Wednesday was Art Basel Miami Beach's first true night of parties. At the Standard, François Nars celebrated his 15X15 celebrity-portrait book, and Naomi Campbell, who appears between its covers, was there to testify to the makeup maestro's genius. "He transforms you into different characters, and that's what's so challenging in modeling—to do things that are outside of you," said Campbell, who met the face painter more than two decades ago on a New York shoot with Steven Meisel. "I trust him unconditionally." Nars threw some love right back at her: "Sometimes today the new models, they don't really enjoy makeup. They don't love to be photographed," he said. "Naomi loves makeup and loves to be photographed, so it's great." Anyone who wanted a snap of her at the Standard, of course, was obliged to ask her towering bodyguard to step out of the way.

Over on Miami Beach, Another Magazine held a rooftop bash at the Delano, putatively for its new art editions. Truth be told, it's editor Jefferson Hack's first time at Art Basel, and, he explained, "having a party just seemed the best way to meet everyone in one go." Plenty of Brits were there to lend Hack their support, including his co-host, the U.K. art-world mandarin (and former exhibitions director of the Royal Academy) Sir Norman Rosenthal. "This is the British player par excellence," Rosenthal announced, as White Cube gallery's Jay Jopling approached, then offered a seasoned vet's sum-up of Art Basel: "It's another big, enormous art fair with lots of stuff and a few good things."

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