To coincide with Art Basel, the annual Swiss-made art festival whose headquarters this year are at the Raleigh, Balazs will host several events at the hotel, which bowed in 1940 and features the most famous pool in America.
Wednesday night, Calvin Klein and Yvonne Force, among other art world luminaries, are expected to attend a private dinner for Ripert in the hotel’s penthouse, which features a buzzed-about installation by Donald Judd, which will come to the Cooper-Hewitt this spring. “Miami’s gone beyond a phenomenon in the American landscape. It’s now a major cosmopolitan city, coupled with the fact that it has a spectacular beach,” says Balazs.
Even the skyline is looking more metropolitan. At 70 stories, the new Four Seasons resort opened in October, becoming the city’s tallest building. Besides a two-acre pool area and an outdoor Latin American-themed terrace bar, the hotel’s $3.3 million art collection is on display, including two huge Fernando Botero sculptures, one of which is a seated nude weighing a ton.
Art Basel will bring other impressive works to town — Robert Polidori’s Havana photographs, nature images by Evelyn Lauder, and an exhibition of artist-designed toys by Yoshitomo Nara, Laurie Simmons and Karim Rashid. But beyond the fair’s installations, the artsy set will find plenty of entertainment.