Art Basel Miami Event Hosted By Houstonian
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Manny Hernandez
Always one of the most sought after invitations for Art Basel Miami, Houstonian Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl of The Vero Group recently hosted his annual dinner to great acclaim. The setting? The Setai Hotel in Miami Beach, which as we all know is ground zero for the events of the high-flying week of art, parties, and more parties. It was a perfect way to toast the success of the prior June gathering at Art Basel Switzerland.
Moods were high and toasts were made throughout the evening. Among the distinguished honors of the evening, Antonis Stachel and Adrian Riklin from Vienna, who were unable to attend, nonetheless sent best regards from their trip to Antarctica. Haukohl himself received accolades in recognition of his art collection; this year he added to his collection The European Woman of the 21st Century by Italian photographer Luisa Lambri (the documentarian of the Menil Collection in Houston.) Haukohl’s collection is the largest in the world of photography by contemporary female photographers.
The dinner, prepared by the hotel’s restaurant, The Setai Grill, included an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts paired perfectly with a selection of wine and Champagne. The drinks flowed and the evening came to a conclusion, it was on to the art fair activities to see the best of this year’s most impactful contemporary art.
THE GUEST LIST
Dr. Hope Alswang, Director of the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Florida
The Countess Caroline von Krackow, Collector, Paris, France
Florence Bourgeois, Director of Paris Photo, Paris, France
Benjamin Genocchio, Director of The Armory Show, NYC
Dr. Ghislain d’Humieres, Director of Speed Museum of Art, Louisville
Alistair & Rebecca Hicks, Director of Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Thomas Maxwell, Senior Wealth Manager, Lombard Odier Transatlantic, Montreal, Quebec
John Jacobs, Founder & CEO of Artex Fine Art Services, Washington, D.C.
Hans-Ewald Schneider, Founder & CEO of Hasenkamp, Cologne, Germany
Juilie Vuillieme, Collector, Paris, France
Mr. Jocelyn Wolff, Director of Jocelyn Wolff Galerie, Paris, France
Mrs. Pamela Wilde Cole, Collector, Miami
Ben Lap, Chairman of BioSentinel, Inc, Ft. Lauderdale