Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones made the rounds all over Art Basel. We first ran into them at the MOCA LA dinner hosted by Jeffrey Deitch at the Raleigh on Wednesday night, where they shared an intimate table with Pat Riley. We actually got to speak to Douglas at the Pulse art fair VIP brunch on Thursday, where he graciously agreed to have a photo taken with us and called us “cute” (we’ll take it!) as Catherine, dressed head-to-toe in tan, hair pulled back, perused the art. Douglas and Zeta-Jones joined Brett Ratner later that afternoon for a personal tour of Wynwood Walls, the outdoor street art park featuring over 40 of the world’s best urban artists.
On Thursday evening the couple attended Aby Rosen’s dinner at The Dutch and we ran into them again at WALL for the party hosted by Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel.
My “wonder-twin” Maryanne Salvat and I had the pleasure of conversing with the one and only Cynthia Rowley (who insists we should have our own show!) that was until her hubby Bill Powers (Bravo’s Work of Art Judge) insisted they take their seats for an exclusive dinner at Cecconi’s on Thursday night. The event was action packed and filled with the art world’s most sociable crowd including Daphne Guinness donning a fabulous top hat, Michaela de Pury and Simon de Pury, Ivana Trump, Damien Hirst, Dori Cooperman, Marsha Markova, Inga Rubenstein, Angela Missoni, Michael Shvo, Rory Tahari, Angela Ismailos, Kim Heirston,Nadja Swarovski, Hilary Weston to name a few, who enjoyed a performance by the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.
A party on board My Yacht™ Miami with Marquis Vodka on Friday December 2, had guests that included the President of Rolls-Royce North America David Archibald, baseball legend Sammy Sosa, and actor Christian Slater. The guests on the yacht enjoyed custom cocktails late into the night.
Also on Friday, Rico Love co-hosted a birthday party with Usher, at Vic & Angelos which was attended by Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Chris Bosh and Clinton Sparks. Usher presented Love with one of his Grammy awards as a gift.
On Saturday, Chris Bosh hosted Graffiti Gone Global’s “The Art of Basketball” event with DJ Irie on the turntables. Dwayne Wade, Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas joined teammate Bosh, a supporter of the arts, in accepting a portrait by Billi Kid and a $15,000 donation for his charity, Team Tomorrow, from Premier Beverage CEO Bob Drinon. An elegant Gabrielle Union accompanied D-Wade to the artful happening, which included cocktails by Bar Lab and fare by Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.
Art Basel attracted a slew of artists and collectors, but the celebs in town caught the attention at the fabulous parties thrown through the satellite art fairs. Notables included:, Pharrell Williams, Will Smith, P. Diddy, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Adrien Brody, China Chow, Naomi Campbell, Brett Ratner, Stefano Tonchi, Stephanie Seymour, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Andre Balazs, Paul Wilmot, Solange Knowles, Sean Penn, Gina Gershon, Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, Macy Gray, La La Vazquez, Robin Thicke, Luke Wilson, Jane Seymour, Lance Bass, Cee-Lo Green, Nas, Tilda Swinton, Derek Blasberg, and Moby.
Prior to the official start of Basel, the Soho Beach House hosted a members-only interview by Jeffrey Deitch of Pharrell Williams, during which Williams demonstrated his passion for visual art in addition to music. We hear that Will Smith was also in attendance but didn’t see him. We also spotted Williams having lunch at the Club Bar on Friday afternoon and he was seen at The Rooftop at Gansevoort Miami Beach this past weekend, in preparation for a Whitewall magazine interview that will feature him in an upcoming issue.
World renowned sculpture artist Moses Nyanhongo, from Zimbabwe hosted live sculpture Art Basel events at both STK and at the Breakwater Hotel last week.