Los Angeles — Artsy types migrated West last weekend for the first annual Los Angeles Art Week and a series of get-togethers celebrating everything from the Ballroom Marfa to openings for Raymond Pettibon and Lorna Simpson.
The swirl of festivities started Thursday night, when the young collector set, including Yvonne Force Villareal and Liz Goldwyn, sipped margaritas and swayed to a performance by Ryan Bingham at Lucy’s El Adobe Cafe in Hollywood. Everyone ventured further east the following evening to Simpson’s Museum of Contemporary Art opening, which was followed by a 60-person sit-down dinner — fittingly for California held in a converted car showroom. Among the eclectic mix of diners were Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte and Libertine’s Johnson Hartig.
The decidedly downtown crowd was lured back to posh Beverly Hills on Saturday for Francesco Vezzoli‘s first West Coast show, “The Gore Vidal Trilogy,” at the Gagosian Gallery. The artist’s fascination with melancholy Hollywood bygones had a fitting audience: everyone from pal Milla Jovovich, who starred in the raunchy video installation, a fake trailer for a remake of “Caligula,” to Farrah Fawcett, who was shepherded around the party by her new BFF Force Villareal. Even art lovers as disparate as Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper and Stavros Niarchos came out to play. “Los Angeles could use more weekends like this,” mused Goldwyn.