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A-Rod Shows Off His Art Collection to Martha Stewart and Other VIPs

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Alexander Rodriguez is not afraid to flaunt his success. On Wednesday night, the Yankees third baseman invited 300 of his closest friends and acquaintances to his 21,746-square-foot bachelor pad overlooking Biscayne Bay. The purpose of the event was to show off his ample art collection, which is a mix of blue chip standbys (Basquiat, Fontana, Warhol, Stingel, Baldessari) and younger tastemakers (Andrea Bowers, Adam McEwen, and Jayson Musson, to name a few).

Approaching the house, it’s difficult to miss a sequence of five brightly colored “Marilyn” paintings by Andy Warhol hanging in a glassed-in causeway on the second floor. (A-Rod is a man who is not afraid of thieves, evidently.) Inside, Rodriguez installed two hanging swings by Bowers in his batting cage. Laden with neon hued buckets and trash bags, they were similar to one on display at the Independent fair earlier this year.

Other seemingly recent purchases included a sweater painting by Musson (presumably from his recent show at Salon 94) and a bed by Urs Fischer in the entry hall similar to one on view at his Gagosian exhibition in Los Angeles this spring. A-Rod, it seems, is a man who shops for art even during baseball season.

The crowd was a mix of art worlders (RoseLee Goldberg, Jay Jopling, Mera and Don Rubell), celebrities (Russell Simmons, Martha Stewart), and stylish, tan women in jumpsuits. The wifi network was called “A-Rod.”

Julia Halperin

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