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When Eugenio Lopez, the sole heir to the Jumex fruit-juice fortune and one of the greatest contemporary art collectors in the Americas, opens the doors of his stunning home in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills, you don’t wait for a second invitation. And so, recently, when he hosted an evening celebrating some of the artists he collects, Cultured magazine, which recently featured him, and Phillips auction house, it was a coveted ticket.
Throughout his completely renovated midcentury modern home are works from Lopez’s blue-chip art collection, much of which is now on display at his recently opened David Chipperfield-designed Museo Jumex in Mexico City. In L.A., work featured in his home was from Jeff Koons (Aqui Bacardi, 1986), Richard Prince (My Girlfriend, 2005), Donald Judd (Amber Stack, 1987), Warhol, Rashid Johnson, Cy Twombly and Sherrie Levine. A monumental Andreas Gursky photograph, Frankfurt, 2007, of the giant Frankfurt Airport arrivals and departures board, loomed over Lopez’s dining table.
On March 27, guests included Darren Star, himself a major contemporary art collector; fashion designer Gelila Puck (and wife of Wolfgang); hot L.A.-based furniture designers and twins Nikolai and Simon Haas (Leonardo DiCaprio is a fan); jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia; fast-rising multimedia artist Ryan Trecartin and his L.A. gallerist, Shaun Regen; Greek contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias; and curator Shamin Momin. Guests sipped on cocktails made from Caliche rum, a new line from Rande Gerber and sixth-generation rum maker Roberto Serralles, and Casamigos tequila. The drinks were served at a bar stationed outside near a dramatic Koons sculpture.
“Eugenio was the cover for our fall issue, and we wanted to have cocktails at his house to celebrate it, but the timing didn’t work out,” says Sarah Harrelson, founder and editor-in-chief of Cultured magazine, based in Miami. “We wanted to invite people who are our readers and supporters of Phillips, my sponsor, to see Eugenio’s spectacular home and his unbelievable and enviable collection of blue-chip and emerging artists. Somehow he presents it all in this livable, almost understated way — despite the 47 guards who were there that night!”
Los Angeles-based Artist Ryan Trecartin with one of his sculptures. (pictured)
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