Occupy Art Basel?
Mega art collector Adam Lindemann (left) lives in a house designed for art by David Adjaye, this year’s Designer of the Year at Design Miami, which just kicked off yesterday. So it came as a surprise to many of his pals—and no doubt readers of his New York Observer column— that he was boycotting Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Lindemann’s poured black concrete home off Park Avenue houses works by Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer and Damien Hirst, among others and he’s long been part of the VIP vanguard at Art Basel. But yesterday, in an email entitled “Occupy Art Basel Miami, BOYCOTT NOW!” he entreated his Miami-bound friends “to rethink your decision, if you are already there, you can still boycott. This is not a joke, it’s high time we join together and say: Hell NO! to one more sweaty schmoozer and boozer… This time, I won’t be seeing you there.” But there Lindemann was today, strolling the Miami Convention Center during the VIP opening hours of the art fair with his wife, the art dealer Amalia Dayan. “I have to be here to gather material for my case,” he said when asked why he was there, admitting he was in a bit of hot water for his column. “But I’m still boycotting.”
David Adjaye in the living room of the Lindemann-Dayan house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Read the story from W’s March 2011 issue here.
Photos: Lindemann: The Image Gate/ Getty Images; Adjaye: Andreas Laszlo Konrath