Log In   ·   Become A Member

"Vanity Fair" Hosts Art Basel Soiree At The Wolfsonian

Lee Fryd

Jean Shafiroff and the author at the Art Basel Vanity Fair Party. (Courtesy Photo)

Ah ... the coveted Art Basel Vanity Fair party at the Wolfsonian Museum. It was a two tiered tony affair: VIPs from 6 to 8 p.m.; young girls in tight dresses and the men who love them, arriving later. The latter, by the way, is how South Beach rolls. And, the Wolfsonian, in the heart of its Art Deco Historic District, is as iconic as the Wolfsons themselves. The family launched a chain of South Florida movie theaters, television and radio stations. And, outside the Wolfsonian, it's common to find tour guides with foreign charges pointing at this key example of Deco Design.

New Director Tim Rodgers walked us around the Museum that houses Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson, Jr.'s collection of 20th Century modern design and art. This year, Vanity Fair took their Basel presence up a notch, taking over the Wolfsonian's first floor with programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, keyed to its artistic mission. "There were designers in a variety of different fields," Rodgers told us, "from TV set designers, to Movado watch designer Yves Behar, to music producer Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog.' We also had the social media club, which was in the cafe of the Museum, an open invitation to journalists and writers to come and experience the programming."

The Museum's story is Miami's own. "Micky's father was the Mayor of Miami," Rodgers said, "and involved in real estate. Micky followed a slightly different path. He became a U.S. diplomat in Italy and settled in Genoa, moving between New York, Miami and Paris." His appreciation for art started at a young age. "He began collecting at age 12, and established the Wolfsoniana in Genoa and the Wolfsonian museums in the 90s to house his treasures," noted Rodgers. "Within two years, it became part of FIU and a public institution."

"We hold approximately 180,000 objects in the permanent collection, which spans the time period 1850-1950, and a large research library covering the same period. We look at all things modern," explained Rodgers. "We have paintings and sculptures, but we also have toasters and clocks."

Jean Shafiroff, Robin and Dominick D'Alleva were fascinated by the library's early 20th Century propaganda art. Micky was particularly interested in how propaganda art moved minds. The fascist Nazi posters and works on paper and Italian Futurist paintings from World War I are fascinating components of the Museum... that we hope remain relics of the past.




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1804.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1891.gif
Rosehip Partners Real Estate
Properties In The Hamptons
http://www.hamptonsproperties.com

Gary R. DePersia, Corcoran Real Estate
With over $2 billion in transactions on the East End and since 1995, Gary DePersia is consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons. A year-on-year member of The Corcoran Group President’s Council, he has qualified as a national list maker since 2007. In 2008 he was Corcoran's top broker on the East End by sales volume and rental units; and ranked as the nation’s 4th top broker. In the 2017 REAL Trends & The Wall Street Journal list of America’s top real estate professionals, he was designated #26 nationally, #4 in the Hamptons and #3 at Corcoran overall by volume with nearly $200 million of transactions for the past year. His office operates with four licensed assistants allowing him to build a business stretching from Southampton to Montauk and Sagaponack to Shelter Island. gdp@corcoran.com

Advertise on Hamptons.com - Have your business be seen by over 2 million viewers including NEW searches
Hamptons.com- Our exclusive online magazine has 2.6 million Page Views YTD for 2015. Contact us to join our elite group of clients that benefit from having a presence on the Hamptons award winning publication www.Hamptons.com

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design.
D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design with a balance between functionality and imagination. We skillfully and tastefully transform ordinary spaces into classic modern styles, which are understated, and luxe. We’re known for our modern transitional style incorporating antiques and modern elements for an unexpected edge.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.