Hollywood's Top Art Collectors: Who to Watch For at Art Basel This Year
In theory, Miami Art Week, anchored by Art Basel, is a string of days in which the world's most cultured individuals descend on South Florida to appreciate fine culture. But as anyone who's actually participated in Art Basel's myriad parties, VIP lounges, and secret shows knows, it's also about seeing and being seen. Especially if you're famous.
kallerna/Wikimedia Commons Pharrell at Basel? For sure.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked the top 25 art collectors in Hollywood this week. So who will we see at the biggest art event in the country this year? Here are our guesses.
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The constantly evolving artist formerly known as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy and about a dozen other titles certainly has plenty in common with Wynwood's ever-changing street art scene. But according to THR, Combs' taste in art is far more upscale. In 2011, he reportedly showed up at Art Basel and dropped $65,000 on an Ian Navarro sculpture and another $15,000 on another work by South African artist Brett Murray. Maybe he'll be back to bolster his collection again this year. But we wouldn't start our search for Diddy at MoCA's Tracey Emin exhibit; Combs already owns one of the artist's neon sculptures, valued at $95,000.
Leo, on the other hand, has Wynwood experience; he was spotted wandering the streets and checking in at Panther Coffee in February. THR reports he's a fan of Basquiat, who began his career as a graffiti artist. It's unlikely he'll show up just strolling around Wynwood during the busiest week of the year, of course. But VIP night at the Midtown fairs, on the other hand....