Blah blah blah Basel. VIP, by invitation only, exclusive, A+++++ list, royalty, and private. So many adjectives, so little art--er, time. Don't hold your breaths for that unattainable call to attend the super secret soiree starring SNL alum Stefon at the Walgreens on the corner of happy and healthy. It's just not coming. But what is, is a barrage of the bold faced and the beautiful. A motley mix of important people, semi important people and those solely important in their own minds, the ones who seem to think their presence is necessary everywhere when, in fact, that notion is as genuine as a Basquiat counterfeit. Even Barbie's coming.
Then again, an art world insider admonishes us, telling us it's not about the celebs at all, saying "Art Basel is a snore for the E! network. It's more for The Wall Street Journal crowd. The real story is that in the last 2 weeks, the auctions in NY have processed over $2 billion in sales. Miami should be a bit of a money orgy again this year." Did someone say orgy?
Whatever the case and without further adieu, the following is our annual, ridiculous list of Art Basel (December 4-7) events, official, inspired, corporatized and otherwise. Some you can go to, most you can not. Brace yourselves. Artful partying. It's what's for dinner or at least heavily-sponsored cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, do a shot every time you hear the word "pop-up."
Monday, December 1
The New York Times International Luxury conference at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami: from December 1 through 3 has just confirmed its speaker lineup and it's a label whore's and name dropper's come true. On the roster: design entrepreneur Iris Apfel, Audemars Piguet CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias, Tod's CEO Diego Della Valle, creative director of Eco Age, Ltd. and actor Colin's wife Livia Firth, NYT fashion director Vanessa Friedman, designer Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, T Magazine editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman, Amazon VP Dr. Babak Parviz, Zegna head of design Stefano Pilati, Kering CEO and chairman Francois-Henri Pinault and more. For more information on the conference, go to http://www.inytluxury.com/video-what-to-expect.aspx. Opening night gala takes place at the Perez Art Museum, but you may also want to keep your eyes peeled for any of the aforementioned milling around Art Basel.
Avant Gallery at the Epic: As a prelude to Miami's Art Basel, Avant Gallery's NYC outpost was visited by the likes of Swizz Beats and Bruno Mars. Avant, which just opened its new location downtown at the Epic, is having a private opening with actor Jordi Molla (Blow, Bad Boys II), who we hear is a majorly talented artist praised by Julian Schnabel and collected by friend and co-star Johnny Depp, who received several paintings at, we're told, a "friendly discount." On December 6, the gallery is also unveiling galaxy themed diamond dust paintings by Gold Man, better known in Miami as Joey Goldman, the scion of hte late and legendary Tony. As part of this show, 14 year old artist prodigy Skyler Grey will unveil his new work inspired by Hermes. That's a precocious and very fashionable teenager.
Morimoto Art Basel Dinner: Private, private, private in celebration of The Shelborne Wyndham Grand's Poor Teddy MB exhibition, Rachel Lee Hovnavian's installation of 300 teddy bears (!) and Lola Montes' series of paintings exploring Heaven, which for some this week, is just an elusive dream.
Shifting the Paradigm: Opening night MOCA VIP reception for artist George Edozie's "Shifting the Paradigm" will feature Nigerian royalty, Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, better known as the Obi of Onitsha. Royal pedigree required.
Preview of Kris Knight's Exhibition, Smell The Magic: Hosted by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the exclusive, invite only preview of Canadian painter Kris Knight's latest takes place at Spinello Projects from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MIAMI Magazine's Art & Power Issue Party: Private Design District cocktail kicking off the week of power people and power trips featuring the unveiling of David Lebo's latest collection.
Michelle Bernstein's Pop-Up Restaurants at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden: Bernstein is offering two dining situations, one fancier than the other. That one, Michy's Pop Up, will feature "a diverse selection of light and appetizing tapas, starters, plats de resistance and desserts." Reservations are a must and this will be serving only from Wednesday December 3 through Saturday Deember 6 from 6pm to 11pm in the garden's Banyan Room. Then there's the more casual Garden Cafe, open Monday December 1-Sunday December 7 for lunch. No reservations required. Could be a good place to spot important people. http://michyspopup.com.
La Force de Femmes au Naturel at the Mayfair Hotel: Benefiting The Sabrina Cohen Foundation, this exhibition featuring portraits by artist Henry Perez features "fifty of Florida's fabulous females without any retouching or Photoshop." Egads! This one is open to the public and for a good cause, so just go. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP is a must to email@example.com or 305-445-7550.
Gobal Fine Arts Awards Live Ceremony: A public event announcing awards winners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Villa Azur. Reservations@villaazurmiami.com.
Conrad Miami Salutes the Cultural Champions of Miami: A private kick-off luncheon at Atrio features an impressive guest list of people who brought art to Miami before it was cool to do so.
The Unveiling of L'Atelier Residences: What better week than this one to debut brand new zillion dollar condoes lik ethis one designed by Holly Hunt? A private party at Hunt's Design District outpust will reveal the plans and potential buyers. Proof of residency in the 1% is required. Otherwise, skedaddle.
Tuesday, December 2
Free Warhol Inspired Drinks for Christie's Warhol exibition ticket holders: Those who visit the Andy Warhol at Christie's exhibition on the 5th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami from December 2 through 4 can bring their ticket to db Bistro Moderne for a free warhol inspired cocktail such as the Pop Art, red wine, Coke, and lime juice served in a Campbell's soup can. Factoid:Daniel Boulud cooked for Warhol back in the 80s.
The Shoe, Featuring The Hunger Games Actress Jenna Malone, Performing at The Thompson: The Shoe, a two-artist band featuring actress Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio, will give two--drink!--pop-up performances at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. No Hunger Games-esque antics needed to get in. Performances are public and tajing place at 6 p.m. in the Seagrape Lounge and at 9:30 p.m. in the Crown Room.
Interview Magazine & DSquared2 Host Performa's 10th Anniversary: Maserati is also involved int his swanky soiree at the spanking new Thompson Miami Beach from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Performa is the leading organization decdicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th century art so you better believe there's going to be a great show at this one. Private.
ksubi--drink!--Pop-Up Shop and Parties: Australia's renegade anti-fashion denim line is emerging at Art Basel with a shop at the Vintro Hotel from Tuesday through Sunday where, on Thursday, rappers ASAP Ferg and ASAP Nast will be shopping there, but don't tell anyone we told you. Also on Thursday, a ksubi party at The Electric Pickle, 10:30 p.m. featuring a performance by the aforementioned ASAP Nast.
Discobox at Basement: Discobox, the lounge in the basement at Miami Beach's new EDITION hotel, 2901 Collins Ave., has a lineup including DJ Harvey on Tuesday, Horsemeat Disco on Wednesday, James Murphy and Soul Clap on Thursday, a special disco set by Lee Foss on Friday and Louie Vega on Saturday. Doors open at 11 every night. Entry will be predictably choosy.
Grey Goose Celebrates Modern Kings of Culture: At a private South Beach residence, artist Kehinde Wiley will unveil his portraits of, among others, Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz & Carmelo Anthony.
Wynwood Walls 2014 The Art of Collaboration: A private VIP party precedes the 9 p.m. public opening of the exhibition featuring works by Swoon, Cleon Peterson & Shepard Fairey, Pose & Revok, Haas & Hahn, Daleast & Cryptik, and Faith 47 & Alexis Diaz, Case and Kenny Scharf.
Dwyane Wade, Li-Ning & Alejandro Igelmo at Ritz-Carlton Residences: Renaissance man D. Wade has collaborated with shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo and Chinese sporting goods brand Li Ning to debut the Way of the Wade Third Element Collection, available exclusively and in limited quantities starting December 3 at The Webster for $325 per pair and previewing at a private party on December 2 at the Ritz-Carton Residences on Miami Beach.
Louis Vuitton Playing With Shapes: Pierre Paulin's never released circa 1972 "modular furniture design" will preview to private Design Miami audiences in the Design District.
i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin Opening Reception: A private 7 p.m. opening party for The Savannah College of Art and Design's exhibition at Mana Miami, 318 NW 23rd St., exploring fashion, film and painting through the work of uber celebrity, artist, musician, performer, etc, etc. André 3000 Benjamin (formerly just André 3000, but taking a page from the playbook of the likes of Rick, not Ricky, Schroder). 3000--er, Benjamin will also be on hand for a panel discussion 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Logo TV's New Now Next Awards Live from Kimpton Surfcomber: Ok, so this really has absolutely nothing to do with Art Basel other than piggybacking off the timing and the good weather, but still. This could mean that some real celebs may be passing through town because the show is taking place live from the Kimpton Surfcomber at 8 p.m. Performing live: Jessie J and Betty Who, while Joe Jonas will do duties as the celebrity DJ. Also expected physically in town: A Great Big World, actor/comedian/drag queen Bianca Del Rio, Frankie Alvarez (HBO's Looking), comedian Hannah Hart, Lance Bass, Orange is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint and Danielle Brooks, Michael J. Willett (MTV's Faking It), comic Nicole Byer, Raul Castillo (HBO's Looking), Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn and LGBT youth advocate and YouTube personality Tyler Oakley. Not at all open to the public but now you know where to go stalk a Jonas brother.
The Teepee Project Opening Party: Taking place poolside at the Mondrian, this party celebrates the inaugural exhibition of historic teepee paintings by Jen Stark and Misaki Kuwai. firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Baron 10 Year Anniversary: The posh Parisian party returns to FDR at the Delano for its 10 year anniversary now through Sunday, December 7. And unless you can ID yourself as the real Banksy, you aren't getting in, though Le Baron has not be so impervious to vile party crashers in the past so who knows, but bonne chance.
Cecconi's 4 to 7 Happy Hour: "The epicenter of artists, celebs and art lovers," Cecconi's new happy hour is no longer limited to the bar area and features $4 to $7 menu items Tues-Sat from, yep, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A good place to spot important folks and those who love them.
Forevermark Diamonds' VIP preview reception for the opening of ICA Miami: Private party featuring lots of real bling and a preview of the Institute of Contemporary Art, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., whose grand opening, also private, follows.
Morgans Hotel Group & Munchies present : Dinner Party: A special guest chef will cook for a private group hosted by Daniel Arsham, Misaki Kawai, Alex Mustonen, Jen Stark, Baron Von Shante, Doreen Remen and Light Box.
Miami Ad School--drink--Pop-Up Lounge: Said to be for press (and hopefully not the editors in chief of condo newsletters and assorted fraudulent blogs) and "VIPs" only, the newly relocated to Wynwood Miami Ad School has teamed with 221 Cafe, Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream, Lemon City Tea Company, and more to offer the beleaguered boldfacers free swag, massages, sustenance, Whispering Angel rosé and more.
Wednesday, December 3
Miley Cyrus at The Raleigh: New Raleigh owner Tommy Hilfiger, gallerist Jeffrey Deitch and V Magazine tapped Miley Cyrus to perform at the big Art Basel opening night party. A far cry from Beth Ditto and The Gossip, but we're sure Cyrus and her tongue will make for a spectacular spectacle. No way are you getting in.
The Surf Lodge at Deauville: A pop-up (shots!) of Montauk's beachy keen Surf Lodge emerges at the Deauville during NADA with private dinners hosted by the likes of photographer Francesco Carrozzini and actress Chloe Sevigny, poolside tiki cocktails with a roster of indie bands like St Lucia, The Kin, and G Love, a special performance by newlywed Solange Knowles on Thursday, and late nights hosted by Paul Sevigny with a spate of buzzy DJ's like Chelsea Leyland, Mia Moretti, and Alexandra Richards. On Sunday, they will close out the weekend with the hot Sunday party hosted by GoldBar's Jonny Lennon. Dinners are private, daytime pool and band activities are open to the public and late nights are "selective." Good luck.
Bootsy Bellows Hotel at the Shore Club: David Arquette's vaudevillian LA night club takes up temporary residency Wednesday through Sunday at the Shore Club featuring, among othe rthings, DJ Danny Stern, Paul Oakenfold, Jesse Jo Stark, a Louis Carreon art show and a closing pool party. Private.
ArtHaus Vernissage: the Mercedes-AMG and Lufthansa First Class-sponsored party featuring Pointy Snout-sponsored caviar and Moet Hennessy-sponsored cocktails at 72nd and Collins will feature an appearance by Usher and a performance by hip hopper Vic Mensa. Private.
Lauren Moshi Gallery Event: From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lou La Vie "Gallery," artist turned thsirt designer debuts her newest line of t-shirts called, appropriately, Emptiness. Private.
Esteban del Valle and Won Kim Live at Oolite: Brooklyn-based del Valle, whose Martyrs of Street Art garnered some major attention, and Chicago-based Kim, a chef and artist, will be at Oolite at 6 p.m.
Art Africa Miami Arts Fair: Free admission from December 3-7 at 801 NW 3rd Ave. December 3 opening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. follows the opening night of Soul Basel Overtown: A Celebration of Art, Music and Culture in Colored Town that will showcase the works of the late Overtown artist Purvis Young at the Lyric Theatre. The AAMAF gallery opens daily from 11am-7pm.
Sanctuary at Casa Elyx: A private penthouse hideaway for invitees only at the EDITION hotel featuring, among other things a showase of Cidade Matarazzo, considered South America's most groundbreaking art event of the year.
Beck's Access at Miami Art Week: From December 3-6 Beck's brand new independent music program jumps on the Basel bandwagon with events held all over town from The Electric Pickle, Bardot, Grand Central and Treehouse. In addition to the III Points/YoungArts shows listed below for December 4, artists participating include A$AP Ferg, Pete Tong, Soul Clap and Wolf +Lamb, Dixon, Less Foss, Bob Moses, and more. For specifics, go to www.becksaccess.com.
Canvas and Canere: An Evolution of Street Culture: Street artists Louis Carreon, Angela China and David Lavernia along with musicians Brendan O’Hara and the Rescue, Angela Laino and Artoficial to "transform the Gale Hotel into a living expression of art and music." This one is open to the public.
Diane von Furstenberg at Aventura Mall: The legendary desginer DVF will make an appearance at her new boutique in the small city known as Aventura Mall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 3 in celebration of the launch of her new book, "The Woman I Wanted to Be," which could very well be the title of many an Aventura shoppers' autobios as well. There will be champagne, hors d'oeuvres and book signing. Open to the public with RSVP to email@example.com.
Trochut's Binary Prints: Spanish artist Alex Trochut has designed cover art for Katy Perry and The Rolling Stones but from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 3, Trochut's Binary Prints collection of optical art is closed for an invitation only party. That being said, his stuff will be on view at the SPECTRUM Miami Art Show, 2011 NE 1st Ave. from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stellar International Art Foundation and NetJets Present MF Husain: Private event showcasing the work of the late Indian artist at Villa Azur.
Eva Longoria and Dieter Morszeck Celebrate RIMOWA's 1st Miami Store: In celebration of the German luggage store's first Miami outpost, they commissioned artist Neville Wakefield to create a limited edition "installation" of suitcases. And when you hear suitcases, you immediately think of Eva Longoria, who will be at the private opening on NE 40th St. sometime between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Also expected: Solange Knowles, who also makes you think of luggage. Or at least baggage.
Roger Dubuis & Stephanie Seymour Celebrate the Art of Haute Horlogerie: As much as you want to think Horlogerie has something to do with the study of a certain type of liberal man or woman, it actually means watchmaking, which makes sense because Roger Dubuis is a watchmaker. Seymour is a former supermodel married to art collector slash mogul Peter Brant. They know how to roll. Dom Perignon will also host the aforementioned at a private dinner in a private bungalow at a recently opened hotel that may or may not rhyme with Thompson. This is a good one and one you won't get even close to unless you can spell horlogerie in ten different languages.
UOVOxNEWD presents New & Site-Specific Projects from SIGNAL and metro pcs: Private party at Freehand Miami.
Art For Life Art Auction: Hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons, the board of directors of Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Sun Capital Partners co-CEO Marc J. Leder, this one taking place at a private South Beach residence is for the bona fide, true blue art collectors with auctioneers Simon de Pury and Sara Friedlander offering up works by Sante D'Orazio, Shepard Fairey, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales--yep, that's Wills to the rest of us--Mr. Brainwash, Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, Derrick Adams, Renee Cox, Shinique Smith, Rashaad Newsome, Kehinde Wiley and Dustin Yellin. Private, private, private.
Chrome Hearts Miami--wait for it--Pop-Up Shop Launch: Fashion, art, yadda, yadda, yadda from 7:30 p.m. at 4025 NE 2nd Ave featuring a live performance by Zoe Kravitz which could mean an appearance by her proud dad Lenny and or mom Lisa. Private.
Art Basel Crowdfunding Meet & Greet: Back in September, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Inititative in conjunction with Kickstarter and lo and behold, a whiping $170k was raised via 935 backers to benefit non profit visual arts organizations. That may not be enough to buy some newsworthy piece of work, but it's still impressive. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday you can meet the teams who started all this at the Garden Oasis in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Maybe you'll get some insider tips on art. Or something.
Snarkitecture Private Dinner: Developed by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture searches "for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, [aiming] to make architecture perform the unexpected." More expected than the performance of architecture are the hosts for the private dinner at the Delano, where Snarkitecture is exhibited through December 14 (that is open to the public!): the aformentioned Arsham, Mustonen and, er, um, Usher. Yep. Or, rather, yeah, yeah, yeah, Usher.
IWC Schaffhausen's A Portofino Affair Exhibit Launch, Dinner & After Party Starring: Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima and, randomly, Miami Heat player Ray Allen: Don't even think about trying to crash this one at The W South Beach, though you may catch the stahhhs sashaying on the red carpet around, say, 7:30pm or 9:30pm. The exhibit, incidentally, shot by famed fotog Peter Lindberg, features the aforementioned (minus Allen) plus (not expected to appear) Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and more sporting IWC's newly launched Portofino Midsize Collection watches. Yep, watches. Keyword #corporatization, remember? But they are pieces of work. Just like the dinner guests at this affair and apres party. Excellent people watching is promised if you can get near.
Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK Shop opening/Maison de Mode's MdM collaborative light show themed pop-up installation #LIGHTSHOP: A private 'cocktail' celebrating the aforementioned takes place from 3pm to 5pm at Soho Beach House that will eventually be opened to everyone else who has access to Soho from 11am to 6pm December 4-7. Artists involved include Mattia Bonetti, Saint Clair Cemin, FriendsWithYou, Marcia Grostein, Deborah Kass, Claude Lalanne, Elle Muliarchyk, Ivan Navarro, Courtney Smith, Jen Stark, among others.
Queen of the Night: One of NYC's biggest performance art events will make its debut outside of Gotham at 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Theater in the form of Celebrating Women In Art: CREATIVE ROYALTY, bringing together "top names in music, art, fashion and film." In addition to an interactive performance fusing dance, cuisine, circus theater and nightlife into a wholly immersive experience," the party continues afterwards with "specially curated nightlife" by Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist Nicole Erlich along with NYC nightclub Up&Down. Among the performances: Millie Brown's Suspended by Optimism, where the artist will suspend herself from a fleet of helium balloons, Natalie White's Girl in a Box and DJs by top femake artists and "top secret performances." The feminine mystique indeed. This trippy event benefits the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art and School of Doodle and is open to the public via tickets at https://womeninart.ticketsocket.com/.
Bally's Triangle Walks--Installation by KOLKOZ Opening Party: We have no clue either, but it's at the Delano Beach Club and it's private.
Natale Sulla Luna: A Lunar Christmas by Simon Carpentier at E11Even Miami: The composer responsible for Cirque du Soleil productions such as Zumanity is previewing his latest at Miami's racy E11even Miami from 11pm to 5am December 3-5. Not only will the show be something to see, so will the crowd. Keep an eye on this one.
Alexo Wandael ITALIANY in collaboration with Peroni Nastro Azzurro: A private opening reception at The James Royal Palm will feature a who's who of local and not so locals whose portraits make up this collection of "key Italian influencers in Miami and the significant impact of Italian style and heritage on American culture."
Galleria Ca' d'Oro and Primopiano TV honor photographer/director Fabrizio Cestari: More Italianates, this time at The Standard Spa, where Cestari, who has photographed the likes of Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Spike Lee and Willem Dafoe, will be honored with a sit down dinner (dress code: "artistic chic") to which you are not invited and to which none of the aforementioned subjects are expected.
Consign of the Times Art Basel (drink!) Pop Up Shop: Kicking off at 11 p.m. (until 9 p.m.) at 135 NE 40th St., this swanky second hand scene saw the likes of Vogue's European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles and designer Joseph Altuzarra. It's also the perfect place to pick up anything from an exotic Birkin bag to some special Chanel and Valentino threads kept under lock and key all year only to be unleashed during this crazy, crazy, flush funded crowd surge. Open to the public through Saturday, December 6.
gastroPod 2.0: In celebration of its fifth year, the OG of Miami food trucks is going big and trendsetting, morphing into a grounded Wynwood shipping container just in time for the rabid, hungry Art Basel crowd. As we told you months ago, the shipping container incarnation, deemed gastroPod 2.0, will be serving from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 160 NW 26th St. The menu is an homage to Pulp Fiction's 20th anniversary. "Expect Big Kahuna burgers, 5 dollar shakes, etc.," said Chef Jeremiah, who tells us gastropod will be the official catering operation at the Miami Project tent in Midtown across from the Target near 36 street. The grab and go cafe will serve Panther coffee, sandwiches, salads and the debut of Jeremiah's newest brainchild, Noodle Head, featuring different fresh hand made noodle shapes, 5 different sauces, and add on garnishes.
Flaunt Magazine, Guy Gerber & Joe's Jeans' Subject to Change Meets Rumors: At the SLS South Beach, an arty performance by a trio of LA-based artists who go by the name of WIFE and DJ/producer/musician and Diddy collaborator Guy Gerber.Private.
The Art Of Fashion: An exhibition featuring well heeled designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Loboutin, Roger Vivier and Melissa Shoes for three days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Wednesday party from 11 a.m. to noon is private. From there, you can indeed step your own feet into it via http://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2014-2015-Season/The-Art-of-Fashion-Show/The-Art-of-Fashion-Show/.
Artsy Dance Party: Hosted by Artsy CEO Carter Cleveland, Artsy investor and Rupert ex Wendi Murdoch, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, and art collector slash girlfriend of zillionaire Roman Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova, this private, private, private party at The Moore Building will feature artist Shen Wei (on the eve of his exhibition opening at MDCs Freedom Tower) and music by Theophilus London and NAR.
Thursday, December 4
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Party: Hosted by SHFT.COM co-founders Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer, the A&E District party honors artist Pedro Reyes with sounds by Latin Grammy nominated DJ Mr. Pauer. Invitation only. 90 NE 17th St.
Disaronno Terrace at the Gale: Invite only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring pop artist Jeremy Penn, however, Cat Shell channels Kitty Carmichael for a night of 1920s jazz remixed at the Regent Cocktail Club from 10 p.m. to midnight. That is open to the public.
Moschino's Barbie-Inspired Collection After Party: We told you Barbie would be here. From 9 p.m. till midnight at the Thompson Miami Beach she will be feted by Belvedere, designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino featuring DJ (heh) Paris Hilton, The Misshapes and Mazurbate. No chance.
Crooks & Castles and Naturel's "Castles in Miami": The Cali clothing company is throwing a private event featuring art, music by Va$htie and Heroes x Villains. Private on NW 25th St.
Faconnable x Jean Cocteau Capsule Collection: Private party at The Webster from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1OAK and Up & Down---shots time!--Pop-Up at Rec Room Hosted by RETNA and hoerle-guggenheim Gallery: LA-based RETNA is known for his "distinctive constructed script derived from Blackletter, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy as well as traditional types of street-based graffiti." Kanye West creative director Virgil Abloh will provide the music. Party is "exclusive guest list only," say the party people. Same story on Saturday night as well.
KIND's #ICHOOSEART Campaign: That healthy snack bar company is promoting youth art, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Brick House Wynwood, 187 NW 28th St., where young talent will show off their stuff. The event is free and open to the public and kicks off a series of--wait for it--pop-up performances taking place throughout Miami over the weekend. To RSVP to the Brickhouse event, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kinds-ichooseart-showcase-gallery-night-art-basel-miami-2014-tickets-14368012111
Raspoutine Paris at Baoli Miami: From now through the weekend, Parisian nightclub Rasoputine takes over Miami Beach's Euro-centric Baoli, which promises to cater to "hedonistic European cabaret lovers looking for a taste of Russian influence." Can you get in? Nyet. Just kidding and looking for an excuse to write 'nyet'. You probably can if you have or happen to be some serious arm candy.
Art on the Move: Ron Terada's Soundtrack for an Exhibition and Simón Vega's Project RoomDaniel Arsham's installation Welcome to the Future: Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., opening reception for exhibition that features "thousands of calcified artifacts of 20th century media devices, including boom boxes, electric guitars, Blackberries, Nintendo controllers" and more "preserved like petrified wood or the figures of Pompeii" is ooen to the public at 7 p.m.
Rolex Party: Again, what better week to introduce a $50,000 watch than this one? Private unless you're in the market for a Rolex, of course.
III Points/National YoungArts Foundation Presents FKA Twigs & Clams Casino, James Blake and SKTRKT: The III Points music, art and tech festival joins with YoungArts to present a few nights of big names including English songwriter, singer, producer, dancer and alleged Robert Pattinson girlfriend FKA Twigs and hip hop producer Clams Casino. On Friday, English electronic producer, singer/songwriter James Blake headlines, and on Saturday, it's SBTRKT (pronounced Subtract), the Aaron Jerome led musical project that has remixed for the likes of Mark Ronson, Radiohead and Basement Jaxx. All three shows take place at the YoungArts campus on Biscayne and cost $25 to $37. The first and last start at 7 p.m. while Blake goes on at 8 p.m. http://www.showclix.com/events/17588
Danny Clinch Book Release Party: Music photog Danny Clinch celebrates his book Still Moving with a private party at Dream Hotel's Highbar featuring a DJ set by The Kills' Alison Mosshart and performances by Clinch's Tangiers Blues Band with special guest Robert Randolph of funk/soul band Robert Randolph and the Family Band. In addition to Clinch's work, Morrison Hotel Gallery, D'Angelo Guitars and Dream South Beach are also presenting photography by the iconic Stevie Nicks.
Nautical|Naughty at Art Basel Miami: Invited guests only will join artist Seth Minkin and Barton & Gray Mariners Club for an evening of yachts and art at the Mondrian where they will gawk at big boats and nautical paintings including the debut of Minkin's titillatingly titled "Naked People Doing Drugs."
ATC / British Knights Basel After Party: 10pm at Freehand Miami, this open to the public party celebrates the relaunch of NYC-based shoe and streetwear company British Knights.
2 Live Crew, Sean Price at The Stage: Miami's own legally offensive rap renegades perform live at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St/ Tickets are $25 at the door which opens at 9 p.m.. On Saturday, Sean Price from Boot Camp Clik/Duck Down Records performs there along with DJs Heron, Ynot and Johnny Walker Red. Tickests are $40 at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Dom Pérignon ~ Metamorphosis hosted by Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel: Lady killer Schnabel, who, a few Basels ago was said to be hooking up with Demi Moore and is currently, seemingly doing the same with Heidi Klum, and his bros, gallerist Alex Dellal and Stavros Niarchos, heir to a Greek shipping fortune, team up with Dom for one of Basel's most star-studded, A-list, uber private, late night, early morning parties at Wall at the W South Beach where random celebs party and pose with each other in an unchoreographed, unrehearsed piece of hedonistic performance art.
Life and Death Art Basel by PlOt & Grand Central: Miami's venerable house music party Aquabooty and indie pioneers Poplife team up with Life and Death and Pl0T record labels for a 10-hour affair that "shall not resemble a conventional club night or yet another label showcase," they say. "Expect mind boggling music, Life and Death's distinct art direction and a physical transformation of Grand Central and The Garret's performance areas." Open to the public. Get tickets here http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?634957.
Robert Curran Gallery Opening hosted by supermodel Petra Nemcova: The Miami resident photographer whose works appear in the collections of, among other people, the King of Jordan, opens his very own gallery showcasing his extensive collection of travel photos and hosted by the comely Nemcova, who told us, "Robert Curran has been a dear friend of mine since I started the happy hearts foundation which helps to re build safe-resilient schools in places hit by natural disaster. We have traveled the world together and his works represent his love of travel and discovering all cultures living on this planet. Hosting this event lets me now support one of his great loves, photography.” (By invitation only)
Cocktails Under the Stars at The Betsy: The owners of the most literate hotel on Ocean Drive host a private cocktail party on the rooftop deck from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Unveiling of the Limited Edition Hennessy Privilege Decanted Collection by Jon Buscemi: High end sneaker designer Jon Buscemi debuts his contribution to booze culture at a private unveiling at 7 pm somewhere on Collins Ave.
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 5th Anniversary Party Hosted by Russell & Danny Simmons, featuring headliner Miguel: Taking place from 7pm to 10pm at the Soho House South Beach Tents, this one is a good one, a private one of course, featuring "an elite mix of celebrities, socialites and art industry influencers" fawning over the 12 finalists of the annual Artisan Series competition, whose winner will be announced sometime before, after or during a special performance by Miguel.
Dale Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: The OG of glass art returns to Fairchild to celebrate the launch of his latest exhbition that will be on view there from December 6 to May 31. A few private events feature the man himself, including a tram tour that he will both lead and narrate for a select few on Thursday at 10am. On Saturday, December 6 Chihuy will have a panel discussion and book signing that will be open to the public, time TBA, and for Art Basel and Design Miami VIP cardholders, Fairchild's annual Art Basel Brunch & Art Tours from 9am to noon on Sunday, December 7.
Queen Biennial at the Hotel Gaythering: LGBT heavy hitters are expected to stop by the Lincoln Road stay between December 4 and 7 for a "national survey focusing on the current moment in Queer/LBGT culture" curated by Ruben Esparza. Among the highlights: performance artist Ben Cuevas will knit himself a jock strap while nude. Yep.
The World of Mr Nobody & Mr Somebody launch: The appropriately titled event, co-created by Sharon Lombard and said to "blur the boundaries between design and contemporary art" is hosted by Design District grand poobah Craig Robins along with Lombard and former Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff. "Part fashion store, part design exhibit, part art installation, part marketplace," The World of Mr Nobody & Mr Somebody will feature "fashion mavericks" Walter Van Beirdendonck and Bernhard Willhelm, with photography by Miles ladin, graphic works by Peet Pienaar and more clothing by Superella. The party, from, 7pm to 10pm at 91 NE 40th St., is private, but then opens to the regular folk on December 1-15 from 11am to 8pm.
Disaronno Terrace at the Gale Hotel: Invitation only featuring a DJ Christa Marie.
AD Oasis: Architectural Digest's 4th annual three-day VIP only hideaway at the James Royal Palm is for those in dire need of resting their well heeled souls in a stylish setting. This one's been envisioned by designer Thom Filicia and will feature art and design galleries, free booze and food,live DJ series, mini-spa, and more because Bahhhsel is sooooooo exhausting.
BBQ with Chris Blackwell: Former Miami music mogul Chris Blackewell is hosting an uber private, reggae-tuned BBQ at the Shore Club.
PAMM Presents Future Brown featuring Kelela: An arty affair at PAMM featuring the first U.S. performance by Kuwait-born underground dance supergroup Future Brown featuring the vocals of rising R&B star Kelela. Private.
Ruco Line by Ludmilla Radchenko: Galleria Ca' d'Oro teams up with high end kicks line Ruco along with Consul General of Italy Adofo Barattolo for a 6 p.m. VIP cocktail featuring a fashion show created by Euro pop star Ludmilla Radchenko.
Psychic Portraits | One-on-One Performance by Karen Finley: Part of Aqua Art Miami, performance artist Karen Finley will be painting "psychic portraits" in the Aqua courtyard, 1530 Collins Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 4-6. The half hour, one-on-one sessions are strictly between artist and subject and the tongue in cheek result can be yours for just $2,000. Sessions can be purchased through Coagula Curatorial's booth and the Coagula Video Lounge at Aqua. For more zany Aqua events, go to http://www.aquaartmiami.com/.
Friday, December 5
Common and Spike TV Celebrate Framework: A toast to the new Spike TV series Framework, a furniture design competition series, at the W Hotel featuring the show's host (!), rapper Common and special guest DJ Hannah Bronfman, co-founder of GreenOwl, an environmentally sustainable record label, and daughter of mogul and former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar, Jr.
Footsteps to Freedom: Not all Art Basel events are soulless. iPads for Soldiers presents an interactive art exhibit featuring authentic combat boots worn by soldiers in Afghanistan. Open to the public from 3 p.m. daily December 5 to 7, the exhibit at 2121 NW 2nd Ave. in Wynwood will feature boots transformed by the likes of Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Mark Cherry, Dolly Parton and Pete Wentz. A launch party open to the publuic (donations accepted) takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. December 5. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francois Frossard Unveils His New Office/Show Room: Interior Francois Frossard, known for many swanky interiors including SET's, is unveiling his new Wynwood-inspired office space slash showroom with a private party featuring exhibitions by luxe furniture designers including Boca do Lobo and Maximo Caminero.
Free Art Basel Happy Hour at Viceroy Miami: The Brickell hotel's 15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar is throwing a free happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that includes food and one cocktail as well as art by French artist Duaív, whose immigration to the US was sponsored by classical music bigwig Yo-Yo Ma.
Club Monaco Lincoln Road Party: In celebration of its opening on South Beach's shopping mall, Club Monaco has paired with gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, who will feature street style artist Olek in a window display in which he will crochette 200 pieces of Club Monaco clothing. Party is invitation only but window gawking is free and open to the public. Knit one, pearl two.
Ahol Sniffs Glue at Mokai: Although this sounds like it could be a recurring event, the street artist who goes by the dubious name of Ahol Sniffs Glue is hosting a "Basel Backyard BBQ" for his friends in the courtyard of Mokai where there will be hot dogs, beer and a--drink!--pop-up faux tattoo parlor giving out eyeball tattoos. Open to the public for just $10.
Live Photoshoot with Nina Agdal: Dynamic photog duo Markus & Koala will shoot supermodel Nina Agdal at a Photo Magazine and Markowicz Fine Art party at the Natonal Hotel. This is strictly by invitation only
Official VH1 + Scope Party: Danish singer songwriter Nabiha performs live with DJ sets by Swizz Beatz and Zen Freeman featuring Noesis: a multimedia art installation by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, winner of See.Me Year in Review Grand Prize at SCOPE New York. Mansion. By invite only.
Mr. Brainwash Life Is Beautiful Unveiling: JR and Loren Ridinger along with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and Eva Longoria host a party for the unveiling of the artist's latest. Very private. Confirmation code and all.
Ocean Drive and Duke Spirits: Hollywood Exposed: American Icons: The magazine and the spirits co. kill a few birds with one issue, celebrating the cover star Krysten Ritter, the presence of Duke founder and John's son Ethan Wayne and fotog John R. Hamilton's never before seen photos of Hollywood royalty at the W South Beach from Johnny Cash and Brigitte Bardot to Paul Newman, none of who, sadly, will be there. Ever. Nor will you.
PULSE After-Party: Celebrating 10 Years: DJ Michna and Sam Valenti VI of indie label Ghostly International do the music while artist Alexandre Valerio conjures up a "special interactive experience." Shore Club. Private.
Laure Heriard Dubreuil and The Webster's Preview of An Installation by Maxwell Snow: By invitation only preview of photog Maxwell Snow's latest installation at the posh Collins Ave. boutique. 4 p.m.
Reggae Roots Rock for Art Basel Weekend: Not even closely related to Art Basel but taking place during, two of Miami's best reggae roots rock acts play at Jazid on December 5 and 6. Inna Sense plays Friday, Le Revol on Saturday. Doors open for both at 9 p.m. Cover is just $10. Not a bad way to escape the Basel frazzle.
Hunter & Gatti's "I Will Make You a Star": Running through the entire month at Katsuya at the SLS Hotel South Beach, the creative duo premieres their latest series of works featuring overpainted celeb portraits of, among others, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Jamie Dornan. A VIP party that you can't get into will be hosted by model Toni Garrn.
Wall Miami Beach Art Basel Edition With Guest DJ Paris Hilton: Since her singing career didn't pan out too well, the woman who launched a thousand Kardashians will show off her scratching skills Friday night. Those of us who remember her, cough, vocal debut at the now defunct Pawn Shop many moons ago think this is a very good move on her part. Open to the public, but at doorman's discretion so approach at your own risk.
Phenomenal Amarante: Uber exclusive, invitation only in the lobby of The Wolfsonian featuring a musical performance by Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves, a Brazilian singer songwriter, instrumentalist, and arranger and Eric Cade Schoenborn, a Miami based artist whose Phenonenal Experience Agency blends technology, art and collaboration for "fun and social change."
Uprise Art Presents: The Young Collectors Lounge: Freehand Miami's private event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for young patrons groups of museums and art institutions nationwide.
Free Arts NYC Charity Dreamcatcher Workshop: Open to the public, yet ticketed event benefiting Free Arts NYC and hosted by Free Arts' head Britt McVicker. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-basel-miami-dream-catcher-workshop-to-benefit-free-arts-nyc-tickets-14036245789
Audemars Piguet & Peabody Essex Museum's Sunset Party for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen: Dutch artist Jansen builds gigantic, moving mechanisms out of PVC known as Strandbeest. In 1979, he built a helium-filled PVC UFO that, to this day, still hasn't been found. Fascinating stuff. The Sunset party is private but keep an eye out for any moving PVC pipes around 5 p.m. from the areas around, say, the ocean and 21st and 22nd Streets
Pushing Boundaries-A Contemporary Art Exhibit & Cocktail Event: A night night--get your shots ready--pop-up poolside at the Delano featuring works by Matthew Satz, Greg Haberny, Shay Kun, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring and more. Private.
Airball at Delano-Snarkitecture vs. Alchemy featuring performane by Pusha T, Travis Scott and DJ set by Virgil Abloh: A late night party that may be penetrable with RSVP@CarmaPR.com.
Surface Avant Guardian Exhibition Opening at the Mondrian South Beach: 3-5pm. RSVP on SurfaceMag.com/avg2014.
EDITION Hotel Party: Ian Schrager's contribution to Marriott Hotels celebrates its Miami location and Art Basel with a late night party hosted by luxe art and lifestyle publication, Whitewall Magazine. Private, private, private.
Saturday, December 6
Paul Van Dyk at Club Space: The acclaimed DJ just released his latest production, "Only in a Dream," and for fans, it's a dream come true as Van Dyk spins a special 6-hour set at Space. Ticket information is at http://space.wantickets.com/Events/168115/.
Laurence Gartel Unveils a $200K Art Car: Known as "The Father of Digital Art," Laurence Gartel is unveiling his latest--a $200k RENNtech Mercedes Benze Super Car at a private party on Fisher Island. The car can't even get on without clearance at the ferry terminal, so don't bother trying this yourself.
NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale Director's Brunch with Julian Schnabel: Hosted by Museum Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater, the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch celebrates the exhibitions, "Cafe Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen," and "American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection." For information go to www.moafl.org or call 954-525-5500.
Charlie Tonelli's Hostess Miami TV Series Photo Exhibit: Taking place at Barre Motion on South Beach from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, this one showcases black and white photography from Tonelli's show that profiles "the transforming power of the lens on hostesses, waitresses and bartenders" from area restaurants including Red, The Steakhouse, Ball & Chain, Seasalt and Pepper and more. Party features wine, food and the exhibit's subjects. Open to the public with RSVP to email@example.com
Art Battles: Taking place on Gale rooftop from noon to 3 p.m.
Nah/No Magazine Launch Party: Free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Freehand Miami celebrating launch of new magazine dedicated to art and culture. Free Perrier (!) all day.http://thefreehand.com/events-activities/389207971246250/
The Sagamore's 13th Annual Art Basel Brunch: It's fun to see the art worldly still in their dark shades (and, depending on who we're talking about in the same clothes, too) from the night before eating crepes at 8:30 a.m.--that is, if you are invited or are an Art Basel VIP cardholder. Luckily for the later risers, the brunch goes until 1 p.m.
Del Toro Two Year Anniversary and Rumors Party: Private at Delano Beach Club. 7pm-midnight.
Poplife The Deep End Pool Party: DJ Brodinkski and guest DJs spin poolside at the Mondrian from 2pm to 8pm. We think you can get into this one.
Swig n' Swine Art Basel Miami Beach: Though the name sounds like a perfect title for the entire wee of Art Basel, it's a collaboration between Esquire and Imbibe magazines along with cocktail and hospitality consulting company The Bon Vivants. Taking place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Broken Shaker, the event will feature music, free flowing spiked punch, and an all-you-can-eat feast of porck-centric dishes by The Bon Vivants’ Founding Partner Scott Baird; Danny Grant, Executive Chef of Miami-based 50 Eggs, Inc.; Jose Mendin, Founding Partner and Culinary Director of the Pubbelly restaurant group; and Michael Pirolo, Chef/Owner of Macchialina. All proceeds from the $30 ticket will be donated to Miami's Overtown Youth Center. Www.BonVivants.com.
Pininfarina: Art, Speed & Design: Italian design house known for sports cars is throwing a private soiree at the Lou La Vie Art Gallery & Luxury Car Showroom featuring live painting of an exotic car by a surprise, internationally acclaimed street artist.