Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Palm Beach/Miami Social Diary

Television personality Katie Couric and country music sensation Zac Brown, joined by actor Michael Keaton and Jimmy Buffett, headlined the 9th annual ForEverglades Benefit at The Breakers where a record number of supporters kicked in $2 million for the organization's efforts to "Save the Everglades."
Social Vortex:
Palm Beach + Bal Harbour + PAMM + Vizcaya+ Art Wynwood opens + ForEverglades Benefit + Friends of the Uffizi brunch

By Augustus Mayhew

Not everyone was in Sochi last week, as Palm Beach to Miami roadways were swamped by an unprecedented surge of sun-seeking winter refugees motoring between The Breakers and the Fontainebleau docks, where the International Yacht Show was underway, or at any one of the too many events scheduled on the same day at the same place. In between crawling on the Dolphin Expressway and touring Herzog and de Meuron’s latest oeuvre at the heralded Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), I was at The Breakers, along with a mix of characters usually found in only the most page-turning Balzac novel.  Thank you to the ForEverglades PR staff who saved me a few times from the hotel’s security and event staff (“You come here to me,” a command I haven’t heard since the latest episode of the BBC comedy “Who’s in Charge?” ). 

After all, I was trying to photograph a place setting. Dinner was delicious, Yes, at The Breakers; the company at table, enjoyable. On Saturday night, if you weren’t one of the more than 800 in a state of rapture at the SRO ForEverglades Benefit, where The Breakers ballroom shook from the sounds of the Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffett and Katie Couric’s one-liners,  then next Saturday you’ll have another opportunity to go through-the-roof at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ sale of 275 lots from the Estate of Lilly Pulitzer.

And then, there’s PAMM. Having attracted 25,000 visitors during its first month, it appears to be awaiting collections comparable to its world-class architectural stature and $131 million price tag.  As part of my “Looking for Art” series, I thought I might add some perspective with a flashback spotlight on Vizcaya that sixty years ago was rechristened the Dade County Museum of Art.  During the 1950s, James Deering’s heirs sold Vizcaya and its furnishings to Dade County for slightly more than $2 million.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). West elevation. Herzog & de Meuron, architect. A view of Miami's latest starchitect destination from the adjacent Knight Plaza designed by NYC's Field Operations, the firm credited for the High Line.
Vizcaya, 1912-1916. The Barge. A. Stirling Calder, sculptor. By reinventing the past, James Deering lived in tropical splendor where every day was as if time stood still, as it was in a time long since gone.
Here is a look around the past and present few days ...

Palm Beach
11 February 2014 – 6 pm

Auction Preview Cocktail Party to benefit Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

"Loved by Lilly." In addition to animal adoption and spay/neuter services, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League provides a vaccine clinic with affordable vaccine packages, pet identification and micro-chipping, and behavior/training courses.
On Tuesday night, as the national spotlight focused on the prominent, the poised, and the perfect at the Westminster Kennel Club, I was being welcomed by a streetside reception line of  neglected and homeless dogs and cats in front of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ showroom in West Palm Beach where a preview party for the upcoming February 22 sale of furniture, fine art, and decorative art from the Estate of Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau was held to benefit the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.  While public previews at Hindman’s 1608 South Dixie Highway showroom began on February 15, supporters of the Humane Society of Palm Beach County, Pulitzer’s favorite charity, garnered a first look. 

“Lilly was well-known for her compassion towards animals; it is only fitting that her legacy continues to portray her passion by supporting the League in its efforts to provide critical services to the cats and dogs that are in need,” said Rich Anderson, executive director/CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “We are honored to be chosen as a beneficiary of this event.”
Though blue ribbons and silver cups may never be in reach, this puppy wins every heart. The league provided services to more than 20,000 animals annually. It provides shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals; furnishes medical and other services for the care of companion animals; cares for, protects, and finds quality homes for homeless and neglected animals; promotes animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals, for the mutual benefit of both.
We arrived a few minutes before the cocktail party was SRO. Lot 106. Partial Mottahedeh dinner service for twenty-four. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500.
Leslie Hindman, president and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee, Naples, and Palm Beach.
Richard and Lisa Anderson. Rich Anderson is the executive director of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.
Pause to reflect on the less fortunate.
Niki Gottesman, foster care coordinator, introduced this playful kitty in need of a home.
Julie Parker and Maura Ross are associated with Leslie Hindman's office on Palm Beach.
With temperature dropping to near 74 F, guests welcomed refreshments.
Minnie Pulitzer McCluskey.
Lilly Leas, Lilly's granddaughter.
Guests studied the catalog. Lot 266.A vintage bamboo settee. Estimate: $100-$200.
Decorative pillow. Salvatore Ferragamo.
Dougal Fletcher and Flo Chase (Florence Fitch McKim Doubleday Chase), Lilly's sister.
Kevin Clarke and James Berwind.
Joy Humphries, director of development and marketing at the Peggy Adams Rescue League, and estate attorney Carol MacMillan Stanley.
Vicky Hunt.
Candy Hamm and Sam Hunt.
Paulette Cooper Noble, author of Palm Beach People and Their Pets, and Paul Noble. Paulette writes the Pet Set column at the Palm Beach Daily News.
Bob Calhoun and Liza Pulitzer Calhoun.
Lot 233. A Victorian bamboo and lacquer bedroom suite. Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000. The firm's South Dixie Highway showrooms were transformed into tableaux replicating rooms from Pulitzer's South County Road house designed by Kemp Caler to display the more than 250 lots of furniture, artwork, and decorative arts that will be sold February 22.
13 February 2014
Bal Harbour Shops - Lunch @ La Goulue
As the ongoing rivalry between Miami's mega luxury retail destinations, Bal Harbour Shops vs. Miami Design District, continues to escalate, I stopped in at Bal Harbour for what I thought would be a relaxed late lunch. I was lucky to find a parking space and every table everywhere was taken.
La Goulue at 2:00 pm. Mobbed, but they found me a table in the bar area. Actually, perfect. Overheard banter between two grande dame nonagenarians sitting at the next table: "Sid Caesar died …" "Was he still alive?"
Oscar de la Renta. Simply sensational!
Giuseppe Zanotti. Just the thing for shopping at Publix in Palm Beach.
13 February 2014 - 3:30 pm
PAMM - Perez Art Museum Miami (2013) + Vizcaya (1912-1916)
PAMM. East elevation, bayside. A view looking from along the waterfront up towards the restaurant.
Vizcaya. East elevation, bayside. Because Vizcaya rents out parts of the facility for private and corporate events, it is often difficult to get a clear view of the villa, modeled by architect F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. from Villa Rezzonico, near Vicenza.
The Barge. The view east from the villa. Because of storms, much of the original statuary has been replaced and the tree stands removed.
PAMM. The view east from the museum of the Port of Miami includes a glimpse of a "superfast" boat destined for the Resorts World casino in Bimini.
Vizcaya. Casino, a view from the Venetian Landing below.
Vizcaya, Barge statuary.
PAMM. Border the museum's south and west elevations, sculptural works by Ai Weiwei represent Chinese astrological signs.
Ai Weiwei's sculptural works along the west elevation, looking north towards the Arsht Center.
Vizcaya, south elevation. The staircase leads from the terrace to the gardens and casino beyond.
PAMM. South elevation, main entrance.
Vizcaya. West elevation, main entrance.
PAMM, west elevation. Staircase.
Vizcaya. Staircase leading from the Casino to the Venetian landing.
PAMM, west elevation. Knight Plaza is an urban park situated between the art museum and the new science museum.
Vizcaya. The gardens between the villa and the casino.
Vizcaya, A view of the gardens looking towards the villa's south terrace. While PAMM does not permit professional photography, on my visit to Vizcaya there were at least fifteen professional photographers shooting prospective brides and grooms and quinceaneras.
Vizcaya, south elevation. A view from the terrace above across the garden.
PAMM – Elevation views + Knight Plaza
PAMM, northeast elevation. Landscape by Arquitectonica GEO.
PAMM, north elevation.
PAMM, west elevation. A view looking up from the underground parking area.
Knight Plaza.
Knight Plaza.
Knight Plaza. A view of PAMM's west elevation across the length of the plaza..
Knight Plaza. Egg-shaped forms are planted within the landscape.
Knight Plaza. A view looking northeast across the plaza.
PAMM, south elevation. Main entrance.
PAMM – Interiors
Entrance desk.
Capital Campaign.
The gift shop is an open area between the restaurant and the main entrance.
A display on the main entrance level.
The museum's grand staircase doubles as a performance/lecture hall.
"Ai Weiwei: According to What" exhibition
4 December 2013 – 16 March 2014
Exhibit poster.
Stacked. Ai Weiwei's bicycle composition.
Ai Weiwei. Exhibit gallery.
Ai Weiwei. Exhibit gallery.
Ai Weiwei. Exhibit gallery.
Update: On Sunday afternoon, a Miami artist smashed one of the vases valued at $1 million in the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami, according to a Miami New Times report by Michael Miller. Charged with felony criminal mischief, local painter Maximo Caminero told the New Times: "I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here … They have spent so many millions now on international artists. We are all taxpayers here and PAMM used $200 million of public money on its building and opened with Weiwei's work to draw attention to itself and as always continues to ignore local artists." According to a police report, a PAMM security guard said Caminero picked up the vase and when told to put it down, "he threw and broke the vase on the floor in protest." Caminero told the New Times, "I lifted the vase and let it smash on the floor like Ai Weiwei did in his picture then waited for authorities peacefully and never resisted punishment … I admire Ai Weiwei greatly and have always supported his actions while he was suffering indignities from the Chinese government."
Miami panorama. As seen around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, looking southwest from PAMM's third floor terrace, the Miami skyline, foreground, Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena.
Exhibit gallery with moveable walls.
The South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit: Mobile Laboratory. Mixed media installation. Mark Dion, artist. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Lin Lougheed.
Exhibit gallery from the PAMM Collection.
View from the third floor, administrative offices, terrace looking northeast towards Miami Beach.
Third-floor terrace.
View from PAMM's third-floor terrace of the performing art center complex designed by Cesar Pelli, looking northwest across the expressway.
The Hanging Gardens, view looking east towards the bayfront.
13 February 2014
Art Wynwood VIP Preview – Midtown Miami

Coincide with the 26th annual International Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Art Wynwood 2014 opened with more than 6,000 collectors and art enthusiasts. Along with the 70 galleries presenting an array of artworks, this year's fair highlighted street art, murals, pop surrealism and other vanguard genre.
After touring PAMM, I drove over to Midtown for the Art Wynwood VIP opening.
Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff. With Korniloff as the show's principal director and Cohen heading up VIP Relations, Marketing, Sponsors + Partners, the husband-and-wife team play a significant role in developing the Art Wynwood event.
During the first hour, several thousand had already arrived for the preview event.
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York.
Hollis Taggart Galleries. New York. Papyrus and Lotus, 2008. Stainless steel. Babette Bloch, artist. $9,500. Hollis Taggart.
Flowers Gallery, London.
Alfredo Ginocchio Gallery, Mexico City. Unfamiliar with this Uruguayan artist, I was captivated by Bruno Widmann's paintings
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe.
Waterhouse & Dodd, London – New York.
The Great Dane Collection, Philadelphia. A four-panel work by Carole A. Feuerman. $15,000.
Among the VIPs at Art Wynwood's opening preview
Galerie Lelia/Waltmann Ortega Fine Art, Miami – Paris. Art in the making with the artists wearing headset video cameras streaming the work-in-progress onto nearby screens.
Archeus/Post-Modern, London. Dancers. Fernando Botero, sculptor. $950,000. Arlechinno, 2009. Fernando Botero, artist.
Carolynn Friedman and Pamela Cohen.
Mark Borghi Fine Art, New York – Palm Beach - Bridgehampton. The work of artist Tom Dash.
Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables.
Grupo familiar, 1996, Carmelo Nino, artist.
Dillon Gallery, New York.
Rimonim Art Gallery, Miami. The Third Partner. Stainless steel. Artist Beatrice Berenstein.
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, New York. The gallery featured the Hamptons' beachscapes of Antoine Rose.
15 February 2014 7 pm
9th Annual ForEverglades Benefit - The Breakers
Katie Couric, Michael Keaton, and the Zac Brown Band, joined by Jimmy Buffett

The 9th AnnualForEverglades Benefit held at The Breakers on Saturday night raised more than $2 million for Everglades restoration with the help of host Katie Couric, a performance by the Zac Brown Band and 840 supporters who packed into the Ponce de Leon Ballroom.  Foundation Board Member Carl Hiaasen took the stage to present the Everglades Advocacy Award to the benefit’s honorary chair actor Michael Keaton for his work in furthering the conservation, protection, and restoration of the nation’s ecosystems.
The ForEverglades benefit raises money to support the science, communications, advocacy, education and legal programs of the Everglades Foundation — all geared to protecting and restoring what remains of this fragile ecosystem. The board of directors supports all of the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses, allowing 100% of the money raised at the benefit to directly support these programs

The event Chair and Committee included: Mary Barley, Claudia and Carlos de la Cruz Jr., Evan and Glenn Dubin, Jamee and Marshall Field V, Toni and Andrew Wilshire, Mark Dalton, Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Mark Fisher, Tucker Frederickson, Regina and Mario Gabelli, Judy and John Keller, Judy and Jarrett Kling, Heather and Beau Wrigley, Ramona and Thomas Bean, Connie and Dan Burkhart, Katie Carpenter, Bill Davenport and Bruce Wiltsie, Susan and Mark Dougherty, Mia Celano and Skip Dunn, Kirk Fordham and Michael Cevarr, Suzanne and Ramsey Frank, Emily and Harry Grand, Kerry and Sean Healey, Debbie and Nick Iarossi, Tina and Steve McPherson, Lyn and Robert L. Parks, Maura and Brandon Ross, Jeanne and Michael Sole, Peter Vasconcelos, and Patrick Rooney, Jr.
From the courtyard, a view of the Ponce de Leon Ballroom's south entrance.
Hosts for the For Everglades benefit were: Katie Couric, Michael Keaton, Fenia and Carl Hiassen, Zac Brown, Zac Brown Band, Eric and Tonya Eikenberg, Jimmy Buffett, Paul and Sonia Jones, Ashley and Mike Ramos, Lia Reed, Nat and Alita Reed, Adrian Reed, Georgina Bloomberg, Mercedes and Steve Gotwald, Michele Henry and Garrison du Pont Lickle, Mary Morse, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Kathy and Paul Leone, Danielle Moore, Thalia and Tommy Mottola, Brooks Bishop, Robert P. Leidy Jr. and Ivy Day, Sasha Lickle, Sara Groff and Piper Quinn, Linda and Jared Soper, and Erik T. Waldin.
Nathaniel Reed.
Michael Keaton and Carl Hiaasen. Keaton received the Everglades Foundation's annual Advocacy Award for his conservation efforts.
Jamee Field and Marshall Field V.
Maria Dolores Ferre and Maurice Ferre with Carlos and Claudia de la Cruz.
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.
Congressman Patrick Murphy.
Mike and Jeanne Sole.
Gary du Pont Lickle and Michelle Henry.
Nat Reed, Zac Brown, and Paul Tudor Jones II confer.
Between 1985-1987, Katie Couric worked at a Miami television station.
Katie Couric.
Erik Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation.
Lucy and Nat Day.
Vicky Beggs. Michael Kovner.
Mario Gabelli and Regina Pintaro.
Ponce de Leon Ballroom.
The more than 800 guests made their way to the ballroom for dinner.
Table 41. Carol Ballantine was on my left and Lisa Cregan on my right.
There were videos.
My view of the Zac Brown Band's performance. The audience was on their feet even before the band went on stage.
Zac Brown.
10:25 p.m. Palm Beach resident Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown keep the audience on their feet.
Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown.
Paul Tudor Jones and Sage Robbins.
Paul Tudor Jones snaps a shot of Tony Robbins.
At Table 35, Manalapan's newest denizen, the usually talkative media personality Tony Robbins, listens when Paul Tudor Jones talks. John Sykes, left and Sage Robbins, right.
John Sykes and Tony Robbins.
"Country Chic" by way of Palm Beach
The Main Attraction: Katie Couric, center, Michael Keaton, left of center, Zac Brown, right of center, and The Zac Brown Band, left and right of center, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, and Daniel de los Reyes.
16 February 2014 - 11:30 am
Friends of Uffizi Gallery annual brunch
Palm Beach County Convention Center, Ballroom A

Having lived in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery was once one of my haunts on my way down to classes at Borgo degli Albizi. Palm Beach is so fortunate to have an ever-growing number of international cultural support organizations, among the representatives, Ireland, the Louvre, French Heritage, British Art, and Venice. During the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, the Friends of Uffizi invited art historian and art dealer Robert Simon to illuminate their more than 125 guests on his fascinating research on rediscovering DaVinci's Salvator Mundi.
Robert Simon.
Lisa Marie Brown, Friends of Uffizi Gallery executive director, and Bruce Crawford.
Maddy Singer.
Betsy Matthews and Lara Kramer.
Katie Deits, executive director Lighthouse ArtCenter – Museum, Gallery & School of Art. It seems like yesterday, Katie and I went to school together in Italy.
Robert Silvani, regional vice-president of the National Italian-American Foundation.
Frank Cerabino. The Palm Beach Post feature writer is an accomplished accordionist.
14-18 February 2014
Hope Designer Showcase @ Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show

The design showcase's 14 February opening night was a benefit for the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.
Along with Scott Snyder, design chairman, room designs are by Jim Aman & John Meeks, Bruce Bierman, Campion Platt, and Jennifer Post.
Scott Snyder, Palm Beach – New York.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.