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Art Basel Miami 2009 | It Must Be Fête

December 5, 2009

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Patrick McMullan

Revelers at the party Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal threw at the W hotel.

MIAMI — The most striking aspect of the art world is its almost compulsive will to party. Money never seems to go as far as conviviality, especially within the hothouse of Art Basel Miami Beach, where social connections really do mean business. Both dealers and collectors compete to organize the smartest guest lists for dinners that relieve the pressures of spending money on art. Over morning-after coffee, stories detailing which parties attracted the sexiest entourage, who was at what dinner and which events you missed the night before vie with reports of yesterday’s sightings of art.

Transactions between clients and dealers, and artists and patrons become unusually transparent in such a public arena. Hotel cocktails and after-parties further cement, or foster, personal relationships between people who see each other every night in New York anyway and those from other parts of the world (Latin America and the United Kingdom, mainly). In many ways, these casual conversations are the week’s greatest entertainment.

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