Bettina's Take: 'Josh Smith: The American Dream,' at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center

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Peter Brant held his annual exhibition and barbecue at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Conn., an irresistible invitation on a beautiful and sunny Saturday. The approach to the parking area at White Birch Farm didn't disappoint: An enormous Jeff Koons topiary puppy, in full bloom, greeted us as we drove in.

Josh Smith: The American Dream was the featured show, and supporters from the art world came to pay homage to both Brant and the artist. Standing among Smith's enormous, colorful works, I asked Brant which was his favorite. "The fish," he replied. "I watched him paint it, and it's brilliantly painted."

Maurizio Cattelan, the Italian artist known for his satirical sculptures, also liked the show. I told him how much I love his Good Versus Evil chessboard depicting pop culture icons as pawns. "I was reconsidering my chessboard and I think it's one of my major works, so we think alike," said the dapper artist.

Julian, Lola and Vito Schnabel, Christopher Walken, Bob Colacello, Alberto Mugrabi, Cora Sheibani-Bischofberger, Naomi Campbell and Vladislav Doronin, and Diana Widmaier-Picasso also toured the exhibition before indulging in platters of baby lamb cooked asado-style by an Argentinean roasting master.

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"Have you seen Jeff Koons?" I overheard someone ask. Yes, we've all seen him naked, thanks to Amalia Dayan (Lindemann)'s amazing recent show of the remaining Cicciolina works, but this time he was fully dressed and chatting outside the beautiful tent designed by Raúl Àvila.

The vibe was laid-back and easy, friends and acquaintances relaxing on pillows outside the tent, sipping a glass of lemonade or a flute of champagne, enjoying nature. One guest was so relaxed he fell asleep on the enormous white pillows.

As we were leaving, we took one last glimpse back at the bucolic scene, filled with notables from the worlds of art, business and entertainment—and the sleeping guest who was still in dreamland.

Wake up, man. You're missing a great party!

Photos: the tent at the Peter Brant Foundation barbecue (top); Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan (bottom)