Chicago collectors swarm Miami’s Art Basel
December 4th, 2016
They call it Art Basel Miami Beach, but it felt like Chicago to a lot of local art collectors who found themselves bumping into each other at one gallery (or party) after another.
They say they go for the art, but schmoozing is fun and you can’t beat the sunshine. And Marc Spiegler, the global director of Art Basel, is a welcoming host–he’s a Chicago native, after all.
I hear billionaire Ken Griffin was on the scene. Dr. Richard Heller and his wife, Beth Goldberg Heller, marketing vice president for Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary and looked for art to add to their collection.
Other Chicago collectors spotted at the fair–and accompanying parties: Sara Albrecht, the former boutique owner and Hubbard Street Dance board chair; Jackie Bucksbaum, wife of Chicago businessman John Bucksbaum; former commodities trader Larry Fields and his wife, Marilyn; Arts Club of Chicago President Helyn Goldenberg and her husband, Michael Alper; commodity traders Paul and Linda Gotskind; Reel Beauty nonprofit board member Juanita Jordan; SkinnyPop co-founder Pam Netzky and her civic-leader wife, Ashley, and business exec Don Thompson.
Industry leaders on hand included: Expo Chicago Director Tony Karman, Sotheby’s Gary Metzner and artists Hebru Brantley, Theaster Gates and Tony Tasset.
Missing from this year’s festivities was Linda Johnson Rice, who was in Los Angeles for the Ebony Power 100 Party.