NEW YORK — It’s no secret that the art world is composed of jet setters who flutter around the world from art fairs to biennials to openings. This week, people are landing in New York for Frieze; then it’s off to Cuba (for those who have a special visa or aren’t American) for the Havana Biennial, then Kiev for the Arsenale Biennial, Southeast Asia for Art HK, and Genk, Belgium for Manifesta — and that’s just the month of May. With the entire prodigal, high-flying frenzy, Thomas Flohr came up with the perfect business – VistaJet, a luxury charter aviation company that caters to the ever-fleeting art set.
Last night Flohr and his team invited a high-profile group for an intimate dinner at the Waverly Inn. Everybody was in a Frieze fervor, counting down the days until the London art fair opens stateside. Jacqueline Schnabel chatted with Simon de Pury, while curator Neville Wakefield, who helped organize Helmut Lang’s upcoming show, held court with his girlfriend, artist Olympia Scarry. Amidst the tuna tartare and braised beef, Flohr made a short speech, hinting at the big things to come for the private jet company and admitting that he started it six years ago without any solid business plan.
Artist Tom Sachs, who was there with his partner, Gagosienne Sarah Hoover, told ARTINFO that he had not flown on a VistaJet — yet, and talked about of his upcoming NASA-inspired Park Avenue Armory show that opens on May 16. “That’s when we go to Mars,” he said.
As the apple crisp was served, everyone seemed anxious to reunite with friends and colleagues who had arrived in town for the upcoming festivities on Randall’s Island. The back room at the Waverly Inn cleared out by a reasonable 11:30 p.m., understandable, considering the endless string of art events set for the week ahead.
Click on the slide show to see guests at VistaJet's dinner at the Waverly Inn.