Anyone still doubtful that that the worlds of contemporary art, music and fashion had yet to fully converge had only to spend the opening hour of the VIP preview of Art Basel Miami Beach in Larry Gagosian’s booth, where the uber dealer could be found reading Page Six as collectors scrambled to eyeball works by Rudolf Stingel, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons. Among them was P. Diddy, who was introduced to Gagosian as “Sean,” his right arm in a sling, his eyes hidden by shades. (It was 11:30 a.m.) As he chatted up Gagosian, Sean was soon greeted by the artist Julian Schnabel, who was dressed in a plaid shirt with torn sleeves, plaid shorts, socks that looked like tattoos and –what else?—paint-splattered Vans. His shades were tinted yellow. Next to him, Naomi Campbell, also in shades, was having a tete-a-tete with art world heavyweight Eli Broad, who appeared to be entirely content looking at Campbell rather than at the Gursky just behind her.
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