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Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel

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We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.) Continue Reading “Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel” »

Lights On

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Somewhere along the line, workaholic Americans got the holidays wrong. “If you’re in India, they actually take off the two to three weeks before the festival even starts,” Waris Ahluwalia explained of the Indian holiday Diwali. “If you’re headed there for work around that time, you just kind of have to forget about meetings because literally everyone is off. It’s intense. You go out on the street and it’s like Christmas but a thousand-fold.” Known as the festival of lights, the five-day observance began this year on November 5. In celebration, Louis Vuitton kicked off a five-year partnership with the charity SOS Children’s Villages, dedicated all its windows across the globe to Diwali-themed light installations designed by the New Delhi-based artist Rajeev Sethi, and invited Ahluwalia and Indian-American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (pictured) to host a dinner and reading in New York as part of the Salon de Louis Vuitton series.

In the label’s Madison Avenue flagship, a diverse set, including Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Sante D’Orazio, Isabella Borromeo (clad in a dress she recently scored in Uzbekistan, no less), and Ambra Medda, dined on guinea hen with cumin spice and later sipped House of Waris tea. Post-dinner, Lahiri took the mic for a reading of the title story in her latest, Unaccustomed Earth. She was dressed for the occasion in a Fall ’10 LV skirtsuit. “I had the fortune of meeting my Prince Charming many years ago. But last week I was in the dressing room and I really had a Cinderella moment,” Lahiri told the assembled guests.

The story’s somewhat autobiographical bent had Palestinian journalist and author Rula Jebreal thinking about the connection of art and life. Her own autobiographical novel, Miral, has been made into a film by her partner, Julian Schnabel. That connection helps to explain why she didn’t have the usual writer’s fears about the filmmaker misrepresenting the work. “In my case, it was much tougher to live it than to see it turn into something onscreen,” Jebreal said. “The nice thing about a story is that once it’s out there, it’s no longer just yours.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

When Waris Met The Children Of The Corn

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For Terence Koh’s latest exhibition, Terence Koh’s Children of the Corn, the artist produced just what he promised: He erected a host of his own sculptural “children” in the cornfields of a Bridgehampton estate. That’s where the action was this weekend, as the New York art set—including Waris Ahluwalia, Dustin Yellin, Taryn Simon, Liv Tyler, and plenty of Schnabels—descended to see the show (and to feast afterward at a dinner where Vito Schnabel played host and his father, Julian, played DJ). Waris sent back this photo diary of the evening. Not to worry—no actual demon-worshipping children were harmed in the making of this Hamptons weekend.

Photo: Waris Ahluwalia

David LaChapelle Celebrates His Own Personal Jesus

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David LaChapelle has his own way of doing an art opening. Last night at Paul Kasmin Gallery, for the vernissage of his American Jesus show, he had cameos from Julian Schnabel and Lenny Kravitz (pictured above, with LaChapelle) and a crowd of people photographing him as he danced—in a white caftan, no less. As it happened, there was a Jersey Shore party going on at the same time next door at Marquee—”probably a metaphor for my life,” LaChapelle shrugged.

That life is a busy one at the moment, with Chelsea the latest stop on the attention-getting show’s world tour. The abridged American Jesus exhibition at Paul Kasmin puts extra focus on three photos depicting the late Michael Jackson (well, a lookalike) as Christ and features a striking image of Naomi Campbell as Cleopatra. A broadly expanded version of the show opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art later this month. “It’s going to go on until people don’t want to see it any more, I guess,” LaChapelle said at the Standard’s High Line Room, where he was joined by the likes of Cynthia Rowley and Rory Tahari for the post-opening dinner. Speaking of going on, so did the party—the LaChapelle crew adjourned upstairs to the Boom Boom Room for some postprandial dancing, where they mixed with the likes of Yigal Azrouël and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. It was the last Boom, so to speak—the final late night of BBR revelry before the space is reborn as a private club after the summer. LaChapelle’s own take on resurrection? “I believe that there’s more to me than what’s contained between my hat and my shoes,” he said.

Photo: Shaun Mader/Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: Ingrid Sischy And Her Most Intimate 60

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With the exception of one crasher, who was bold enough to swoop into the seat between Zaha Hadid and Jeff Koons, it was wall-to-wall VIPs at the Waverly Inn dinner following last night’s opening of the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion in Central Park. “Just my 60 nearest and dearest,” joked host Ingrid Sischy. Julian Schnabel, Kate Bosworth, Bruce Weber, and Amanda Harlech were among those who made the cut. Working the room alongside the former Interview editor was Karl Lagerfeld himself. We spotted him deep in conversation with Leigh Lezark, Lorraine Bracco, and Donna Karan. He was a busy man, one you had to work hard to get the ear of. Blake Lively debated with beau Penn Bagley about interjecting. “I don’t want to interrupt to say goodbye, but I can’t decide if it’s more rude to do that, or leave without saying anything at all.” (She waited a few, and then got in there.) It might have been Sischy’s dinner, but it was the Kaiser’s night. “I came for the ballet,” American Ballet Theatre costume designer Olivier Theyskens said. “But I stayed for Karl.”