That renaissance guy, Sylvester Stallone, took a break from his acting career to celebrate his other art last week. When the action star was back at his part-time home in South Beach — taking a hiatus from the production of “Daylight” in Rome — Ocean Drive magazine hosted an exhibition of his new paintings at Bar None, a local clubhouse for celebrity-meets-beauty, co-owned by Oliver Stone. Stephen Dorff, Steve Guttenberg, ICM president Jim Wiatt, and Nikki Taylor were art patrons for the evening — Taylor offering her opinion that the work was “rock ‘n’ roll, but kind of dreamy, too,” and Dorff critiquing it as “kinda cool.”
Like his movie career, Stallone’s paintings were a mixed bag, dealing with women, emotional darkness and the “Rocky” series.
“I don’t do windmills and flowers,” Stallone said. “Painting is like working out on a punching bag, a way to work off steam. You’ve got to have a chip on your shoulder to paint.”
YSL’s Helene de Ludinghausen is about to lead her sixth troop of notables on an exclusive whirlwind tour of St. Petersburg, and it’s her largest yet. The part-Russian Ludinghausen will show the city to some 81 guests, including Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Amyn Aga Khan, Julio-Mario and Beatriz Santo Domingo, Maryll and Bernard Lanvin, Francois Catroux, Kristen Van Riel, Anne-Marie de Contades, Angelika, Countess of Cawdor, Florence Grinda, Gianpiero Dotti and Georgette Mosbacher with her mother and two sisters. All guests will be staying at the Grand Hotel Europa. Ludinghausen promises a full schedule, replete with visits to the Marble Palace, dancing Cossacks, a private showing of the Hermitage museum, a ball at the Stroganoff Palace as well as a performance by the Kirov Ballet’s prima ballerinas. “We leave early this Friday and return the following Monday. It’s a packed but fleeting visit,” Ludinghausen reports.