In Town Last Night: Serpentine Party

Sep 10, 2008

The power-brokers of the art world were out in force last night for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer party in Hyde Park, which this year was co-hosted – and underwritten – by Dasha Zhukova, the Moscow gallery owner and fashion designer better known as Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend.

Roman himself was a no-show, but that did not inhibit guests forking out the £350 ticket price. Among them were Damien Hirst, Naomi Campbell with her new boyfriend, Russian property developer Vladimir Doronin, and actress Rosamund Pike (pictured above with Simon Oakes). At Zhukova’s insistence, there were more artists at the event than usual. Among their number were Keith Coventry, Marc Quinn, Richard Wentworth and a run of Turner Prize winners including Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Anish Kapoor and Jeremy Deller.

Many guests were requisitioned to take photographs in a project involving Polaroid cameras. The results will be shown at Zhukova’s Garazh Centre for Contemporary Arts, her new Moscow gallery. Dinos Chapman used his camera to capture "lots of attractive ladies and lots of ugly fat men". When asked why he was there, he looked around the banks of socialites and ventured: "I’m a big fan of plastic surgery and hair implants."

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