MIAMI BEACH — It was an art-world swap meet at multimedia artist Jonathan Horowitz’s “Free Store,” hosted by Visionaire, Net-a-Porter.com, and Mr Porter.com at the SLS Hotel last night. Horowitz invited partygoers to “bring stuff in you can’t use, take stuff away that you can” — and that they did. Gallerist Gavin Brown donated a pack of dental floss, Grey Area co-founder Kyle DeWoody offered a black Alexander McQueen skull scarf, and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley gave one of her Gagosian sewing kits. Lucky guests snapped up the sewing kit and scarf immediately, while other items — like a paint set and the heavy flat-screened television — had no takers.
Artist Richard Phillips forgot the silk top hat he planned to put in the store, but instead donated money to the Rockaway Artists Alliance collection water bottle. He opted to not to take anything. Instead, he chatted poolside with friends and his girlfriend, artist Josephine Meckseper. “I’m just taking the good vibes from the event,” said Phillips. “I’m leaving the objects for people to properly exchange.”
The crowd boogied down as Visionaire co-founders James Kaliardos and Cecilia Dean, who put Japanese porcelain cups in the “Free Store,” mingled. Dean told ARTINFO what she planned to bring home. “I’m going to take the shelves,” she said. “I think everyone had a really good time.”