Artinfo‘s Sarah Douglas chronicles the parade of stars at the Armory Show yesterday:
But then things began to pick up, and the day became one of high energy, lots of reserves on artworks, and even some sales here and there. Florida collector Rosa de la Cruz dropped by De Carlo’s booth and talked prices on some Kelley Walker pieces. Florida collecting couple Mera and Don Rubell were among the first to arrive, and were seen checking out a small wooden sculpture of a clown by German artist Stephan Balkenhol at the booth of Zurich’s Mai 36 Galerie. Also spotted early on were art advisers Thea Westreich, Stefano Basilico, Philippe Segalot, and Darlene Lutz, and New York collectors Jose Mugrabi, Aby Rosen, and Harry Lis. And Marc and Livia Straus, Joel and Sherry Mallin, Arthur and Carol Goldberg, and Phil and Shelley Aarons. Greek megacollector Dakis Joannou was there. So was Guggenheim board president Jennifer Stockman. And collector and tennis great and onetime art dealer John McEnroe. And architect Steven Learner, curator Massimiliano Gioni, and Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne. And film director John Waters. And dealer Richard Feigen, looking dapper. And film director Sofia Coppola, seen swanning around the PaceWildenstein booth with the Judd Foundation’s Barbara Hoffman. And even rocker and downtown personality Lou Reed, who was spotted leaving the fair’s Modern section on Pier 92. And fake memoirist (and real novelist) James Frey, hanging out at New York dealer Zach Feuer’s booth. And artists, like Marina Abramovic, who was being interviewed by a camera crew next to her work at Sean Kelly. The art world was out in force.
The Herd is Out, but Holding Back (ArtInfo)