Sales are, no surprise, slow at the Frieze art fair in London, where all the art world people—Charles Saatchi, Dasha Zhukova, Dakis Joannou, Gavin Brown, Thelma Golden—have been circulating among celebrities—Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Sofia Coppola, Kate Bosworth, Emma Watson—for whom being seen at an art event is a nice way of distancing themselves from the contents of In Touch. "I come to Frieze every year," Gwyneth told reporters. "It's something I really look forward to." (Of course, she didn't actually buy anything, deciding instead to pose for the cameras and talk about the election.)
♦ The opening of Elizabeth Peyton's New Museum exhibition on Tuesday was full of her friends and fans like Marc Jacobs (with boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, left), Glenn O'Brien, Amy Astley, Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour, Hope Atherton, Cecily Brown, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, Gavin Brown, Barbara Gladstone, Debbie Harry, and Thelma Golden. [The Daily, PMc]
Last night we were at the National Arts Club for the launch party for Supper Club, Tamsin Lonsdale's socialite dining and dating club, now being imported from London. Supper Club boasts a huge committee of the social set. Everyone's breath smelled like smoked salmon. The place brings back memories! The National Arts Club used to rent out an apartment there, via sort-of art dealer and real estate heir and "party-going bachelor" Tim Nye, to the Accompanied Library, the now-defunct lending library and literary salon. But apparently the relationship between Library co-founder Brooke Geahan and Nye went south, and Nye tossed them out.
Hotsy-totsy big-money Chelsea art dealer Gavin Brown also runs the bar Passerby, known to most of you as that place with the floor that lights up and seems to be made of cocaine. But that party is over. The news of the closure arrived from a new Gavin Brown website called New York Is Dead (.biz!) and is a bit difficult to parse!