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Art Basel Surprise!

Category: Mummy's Adventures  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, December 3, 2010

Art Basel, Miami

Nothing like a quick trip to South Beach! The weather, the food, the nightlife! Add to that the wonderful annual Art Extravaganza, Art Basel and you have arrived!

This year I am meeting friends who have a home in South Beach, June and Johnny, two of the funniest people I know! So the fun will begin and who knows? I might just buy some ART!

So I unpack at the Ritz and cab over to Art Basel for a quick run through and to say hello to some Curator and Gallery Owners. All were in a great mood and hoping for a Fine Show, as they say! Net Jets held a welcoming party and we are off to the De La Cruz Contemporary Art Space to see the private collection of the De La Cruz family! This is a treat and I have known this wonderful family since meeting them in the Islands on their yacht, I think it was called, The Yellow Bird? But I digress.

The space is newly done and the art was brilliant! We were gushing over the art displayed when I heard her, you guessed it, My Mother!

Mummy was in Florida? Last I left her she was in the Cotswold's!

Mummy: Cate, dahlling, what are you doing in South Beach? Kiss Kiss.

Moi: I might ask that question to you? When did you arrive? Notice I have not asked how long she is staying? Or where?

Mummy: Just flew in with Bumby and Lila. Daddy would not come. He wants to have a shooting party while I am away. I thought the home fires could use come contemporary art to liven up the place! So here I am with the Curator of the X's artwork.

Moi: You know the X's?

Mummy: Well, I do now and here is their Curator, Stephan.

With this the most gorgeous man approaches to kiss me on both cheeks. Facial cheeks, I might add. We said our "How do you dos" and Stephan gushed on how he loves Mummy. (I am sure he loves her cheque book too!) So now I am tagging along as Mummy is introduced to the "Who's Who" of Contemporary Art Galleries! I have never seen so much air kissing in my life! And there must have been a run on Black Clothing, as there is nary hint of color in the house!

When Mummy had successfully purchased a large piece for the Hall, we broke for dinner. Off to Joe's Stone Crab to meet up with June and Johnny! After a wonderful meal and many laughs, I confessed I must call it a day.

Not Mummy who was going to a Cartier Party with Stephan! (More introductions that Stephan needed to make.) I did ascertain that they were housed at the W Hotel and had really been enjoying the Pool Bar! Something about late night swims? Hmmm

(Not wanting to have that picture in my mind, I quickly change the subject!)

Moi: Well goodnight Mums and give my love to Daddy when you call him! I was hoping she would, but Mums looked like she was having much too wonderful of a time. (The Boodles had been flowing at Joe's!)

Mummy: Cate, dear, you have got to loosen up and have more fun! Why not join us at the Pool Bar? We might see some celebrities!! She sang.

Moi: No thank you. I must get some rest for my big shopping day tomorrow. Art Basel is huge and a lot of ground to cover. (Sensible shoes are in order.)

Mummy: Well, nightie night dear. We are off to meet Madonna! (As Mum's car drives off in the South Beach Night.)

What? Wait!

To be continued!

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