The 7th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series finale party was hosted by Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons. The celebrity-filled event looks for the next big thing in visual arts.
Last year’s Creative Mentor, Rosario Dawson, was in attendance for her third year, and this year brought her mom along for the viewing.
Cocktails were served while Jermaine Dupri spun the music. A$AP Rocky and Sasha Lane were in attendance for the first time this year. The two began a friendship as they were both mesmerized by the same art pieces.
Other notable attendees included model Nicole Banner, Rocky Barnes, Timo Weiland, Kristen Taekman and celebrity chef Travis London.
The annual collaboration between Bombay Sapphire and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation searches for the next big name in visual arts. The process involves thousands of online submissions and a series of regional gallery events.
For the first time this year, New York-based nonprofit arts organization CREATIVE TIME made a splash at Basel as honorary judge.
The winner will go on to collaborate on a groundbreaking public arts project scheduled to be unveiled in spring 2017.