The raved about annual event, hosted by Russell Simons, featured an illustrious mix of celebrities, musicians, socialites, designers and art influencers, who arrived in their full glamour to celebrate another year of top-notch Art Basel events.
The American entrepreneur and producer Russell Simons, who also co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris, is well known for throwing star-studded parties at his St. Barths mansion. High-power executives, celebrities and world-class performers are always on his guest list.
The guests of this year’s Art Basel event sipped artfully crafted Bombay Sapphire cocktails while dancing to music sounds by Jermaine Dupri. A$AP Rocky and Sasha Lane (American Honey) both made an appearance at the final event for the first time.
The two became mesmerized by the artwork piece by which they stood. Other notable guests included model Nicole Banner, Rocky Barnes, Timo Weiland, Kristen Taekman and Celebrity Chef Travis London. The event took place in the transformed garage space at 11 11 Lincoln Road.
Russell and Danny Simmons announced Philadelphia’s Darius Frank as the Grand Finale Winner, at of 16 finalists, at the 7th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition. An annual collaboration between Bombay Sapphire and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the North American search for the next big name in visual arts involved thousands of online submissions and a series of regional gallery events.
For the first time this year, New York-based nonprofit arts organization, CREATIVE TIME, made a splash at Basel as honorary judge where the winner will go on to collaborate on a groundbreaking public arts project scheduled to be unveiled in Spring 2017.
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