Art Basel Miami, one of the most anticipated weeks of the year for the international art scene, came to an end on Sunday, December 7th. As always, Miami saw a whirlwind of art events, parties, gallery openings, and concerts. Gucci kicked off Art Basel by hosting a private cocktail preview of Kris Knight’s exhibit Smell The Magic, while LAND celebrated its 5th gala at the Raleigh Hotel honoring “Innovative Women in Arts and Culture.” Throughout the week, we saw performances from several notable performers, including Miley Cyrus and New York’s Queen of The Night. Fashion and interior design came together for a dinner to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s exhibit with renowned furniture designer Pierre Paulin. Meanwhile, Jeremy Scott threw a Barbie-themed bash, which featured a life-size Barbie home. We also saw more fashion events with the launch of not just Façconable’s new collection, which features art work from Jean Cocteau, but also the launch of both the Eres x Laure Heriard Dubreuil swimwear collection, as well as the limited edition Miss Viv’ L’ArcoBaleno handbag, designed by Bruno Frisoni. Check out our complete list of highlights below!
GUCCI – KRIS KNIGHT PRIVATE PREVIEW + COCKTAILS
To kick off Art Basel Miami, Gucci and Spinello Projects hosted a private cocktail preview of artist Kris Knight’s solo exhibition Smell The Magic. Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini, has referenced Knight’s paintings as inspiration for Gucci’s Fall-Winter 2014 Collection and has recently collaborated with the artist on a reworking of the iconic Gucci floral print for the 2015 Cruise Collection.
LAND 5TH YEAR GALA
On Monday, December 1st, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), the non-profit organization committed to curating site-specific public art exhibitions across the United States, celebrated its 5th year anniversary with a gala at The Raleigh Hotel. The night’s theme was “Innovative Women in Arts and Culture,” and included honorees Marina Abramović, Lisa Dennison, Laura de Gunzburg, Michaela de Pury, Kyle DeWoody, Sylvie Fleury, Delphine Krakoff, Sydie Lansing, Nicole Hanley Mellon, Monique Péan, Amy Phelan, Roya Sachs, Olympia Scarry, Laurie Simmons, Beth Swofford, Yvonne Force Villareal, Linda Yablonsky, and Hikari Yokoyama. Flaunt Magazine invited LAND’s founding director and curator Shamim M. Momin to curate five covers for the December issue, which launched at the gala. Work from Lita Albuquerque, Sue de Beer, Jill Magid, Mika Rottenberg, and Aïda Ruilova were chosen.
LOUIS VUITTON X PLAYING WITH SHAPES DINNER
To celebrate Playing With Shapes, a satellite exhibition by furniture designer Pierre Paulin at Design Miami, Louis Vuitton’s Michael Burke and Design Miami’s Craig Robins threw a private dinner and after party. The evening soiree was met with celebrity appearances, including Kate Hudson, Michelle Williams, and Miranda Kerr, who all showed up donning Louis Vuitton among others in the fashion and art elite. Playing With Shapes showcased 18 original pieces of furniture designed by the renowned Paulin, and invited visitors to move the pieces around to create their own idea of a comfortable living space.
INTERVIEW MAGAZINE X DSQUARED X PERFORMA
Interview Magazine and DSquared 2 hosted a private dinner followed by a party celebrating Performa’s 10th anniversary + Ryan McNamara’s Peforma Comission, ME3M 4 Miami, presented by Art Basel. The party also opened the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Lola Langusta and a special music performance by ASTR. Notable guests in attendance included: Christopher Bollen Dan Ragone, David Arquette, Dean and Dan Caten, Twin Shadow, Hannah Bronfman, Jeremy Kost, Karolina Kurkova, Keith Pollock, Owen Wilson, Paris Hilton, Renzo Rosso, among others.
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT – A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN ART
On December 3rd, Queen of the Night hosted a performance at Up & Down as part of their “Women In Art” benefit. Presented in collaboration with Nicole Ehrlich, the evening included several elaborate art installations from Millie Brown, Sophia Wallace, Natalie White, Katie Fischer and Yomeryl. The night also saw an exclusive performance from none other than Brooke Candy, who was featured in The Untitled Magazine’s Legendary 7 Issue. Joe Jonas and Atlanta de Cadenet were among some of the people in the audience.
TOMMY HILFIGER X MILEY CYRUS X JEFFREY DEITCH X V MAGAZINE
On Wednesday night, Tommy Hilfiger and Jeffrey Deitch hosted a party with V Magazine at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. With Miley Cyrus as the party’s guest performer, the hype leading up to the event surely matched the evening’s results. The singer donned a metallic onesie and sang alongside Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Teasing her own music and lighting up a joint on stage, her performance saw a variety of covers as opposed to original songs, including The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and Rick James’s “Super Freak.”
FAÇCONABLE X JEAN COCTEAU CAPSULE LAUNCH
During Art Basel, Façonnable teamed up with The Webster to launch their new Capsule collection, which was inspired by the art of Jean Cocteau. Cocteau’s sketches were seen on navy and white dresses, shirts, and even shoes.
ERES X LAURE HERIARD DUBREUIL CAPSULE COLLECTION
During Art Basel, Laure Heriard Dubreuil hosted a lunch on the roof of The Webster to celebrate her new swimsuit collaboration with Eres. Guests at the lunch included Max Osterweis, Kate Foley, Waris Ahluwalia, Virgil Abloh, Elisa Sednaoui, and Lauren Remington Platt. The Webster is currently the only known purveyor of the Eres x LHB collaboration, until February, which is when the suits will be available at various Eres stores.
GALERIE GMURZYNSKA DINNER PARTY
Galerie Gmurzynska kicked off its 50th Anniversary with a dinner party with music producer and curator Nellee Hooper, in honor of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (Oscar winning costume designer). The dinner celebrated the gallery’s collaboration with Luhrmann, who visualized/designed the exhibition booth at Art Basel Miami under the theme “A Kid Could Do It!” Guests included Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Nellee Hooper, Spiros Niarchos, Diddy, Timbaland, Diana Picasso, Angel Sanchez, Christina Getty, Masha Markova Hanson, Fabian Basabe and Martina Borgomanero, and others.
ART BASEL | MEƎM 4 MIAMI: A STORY BALLET ABOUT THE INTERNET
Contemporary artist Ryan McNamara staged his award-winning “MEƎM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet” on Wednesday and Thursday at the Miami Grand Theater. Using dance, music, and various other mediums, McNamara’s experimental and immersive performance is an exploration of the internet and its role in communication, self-creation, and limitless information.
PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) – FUTURE BROWN FEATURING KELELA
PAMM marked its one year anniversary in the new, and now iconic Herzog & de Meuron-designed building with an immersive evening of music and visuals featuring the first U.S. performance by Future Brown with live vocalist Kelela. Guest performances included Total Freedom, Ian Isiah and Maluca.
CHROME HEARTS MIAMI OPENING X LOLAWOLF
Fashion & art converged for the opening of the Chrome Hearts Miami Store during Art Basel. Fueled by the passion of co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark – along with her daughter, Jesse Jo and husband Richard Stark – the space will be home to both emerging and established artists & designers handpicked to create pieces exclusively for the space. To celebrate, Chrome Hearts invited their closest friends & family for a special evening featuring a DJ Set from Atlanta DeCadenet-Taylor and a live performance from LOLAWOLF. Attendees at the party included: Chrome Hearts, Bella Hadid, Kate Hudson, Elle MacPherson, Marina Abramovic, Greg Chait, Mickey Boardman, Michele Lamy, Michael Burke, Virgil Abloh, Off White, Simon & Nikolai Haas, The Haas Brothers, Derek Blasberg, Iggy Pop, Zoe Kravitz, and many more.
ROGER VIVIER: INES DE LA FRESSANGE X BRUNO FRISONI LUNCHEON
On Thursday, December 4th, Roger Vivier held a private luncheon hosted by Ines de la Fressange and Bruno Frisoni at the Miami Beach EDITION to celebrate Ambra Medda and the limited edition Miss Viv’ L’ArcoBaleno handbag. The exclusive new bag designed by Frisoni (inspired by Ambra’s design website L’ArcoBaleno) was on display in tall glass pedestals across the EDITION’s Matador Bar, where guests enjoyed custom “L’ArcoBaleno Cocktails” and a DJ set by Nektar De Stagni. Guests were offered cookies and folding paper fans that flashed a drawing by Bruno Frisoni depicting himself, Ines and Ambra. The décor reflected the Miss Viv’ L’ArcoBaleno’s degradé rainbow sequins – with a matching print covering the DJ booth and pillows around the room.
ARTSY DANCE PARTY FT. SHEN WEI + THEOPHILUS LONDON
Carter Cleveland and Wendi Murdoch hosted the Artsy Dance Party at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The evening featured artist Shen Wei on the eve of the opening of his exhibition “Shen Wei – In Black, White and Gray.” Wei’s exhibition made its world premiere the next day at the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami. It features paintings with never-before-seen choreography by the award-winning artist presented by MDC Museum of Art + Design and MDC Live Arts. Guests danced to a special performance by Theophilus London and DJ set by NAR. Guests included: Lindsey Adelman, Alia Al-Senussi, Abdullah Al-Turki, Kadar Brock, Dean & Dan Caten, Susanna Buchwald, Richard Chang, Rameet Chawla, Alexandra Chemla, Veronica Chou, Joyce & Kenny Goss, Noah Horowtiz, Jemima Kirke, Lorraine & Simon Kirke, Michael Moskowitz, Collin Munn, Lauren Remington Platt, Charles Rockefeller, Ryan Rockefeller, Zoe Silverman, Carlos Souza, Ivanka Trump, Neville Wakefield, among others.
JEREMY SCOTT X MOSCHINO
To celebrate the release of his first book, Jeremy, which chronicles the designer’s career, Jeremy Scott threw a Barbie-themed party during Art Basel Miami. Rocking a bright pink tuxedo, Scott invited some of his closest supporters and friends – Miley Cyrus, Carlyn Cerf de Dudzeele, ASAP Rocky – to a dinner at the Seagrape in the Thompson Hotel, followed by a “Live The Dream” party outside. Guests helped themselves to Belvedere cocktails and cotton candy as they explored a life-size Barbie house, which served as the perfect backdrop for a Barbie bash.
DOM PERIGNON X METAMORPHOSIS
On Thursday, December 4th, Dom Pérignon with Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel hosted its annual Art Basel after party “Metamorphosis” at The Wall. The party followed an intimate dinner hosted by Aby Rosen & Samantha Boardman at The Dutch. Music was provided by Alexandra Richards and DJ Jus-Ske, while guests had a taste of Dom Pérignon’s latest Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen. The limited edition collaboration is inspired by metamorphosis: signifying the closure of one period and the birth of another, and a powerful symbol of evolution, transformation and renaissance. Notable guests at the dinner included Leonardo DiCaprio, Larry Gagosian, Peter Marino, Jean Pigozzi, Lola Schnabel, Tommy Hilfiger, Adam Kimmel, Heidi Klum, Tamara Mellon, Vera Wang, André Balazs, Leon & Debra Black, H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan, Wendi Murdoch, among others. Later in the night, Daniel Arsham, Carter Cleveland, Joe Jonas, Wiz Khalifa, Baz Luhrmann, Miguel, Riccardo Ferragamo, Chanel Iman, Mia Moretti and more, joined for the after party festivities.
MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA X SHADOW POOL: A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SAN SAN INTERNATIONAL
On Thursday night, artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman staged their show Shadow Pool: A Natural History of the San San International at the Edition Hotel. Presented by New York’s Marlborough Chelsea, the performance featured a slideshow of stock photos depicting a fictional “San San International” – a festival where technology, ideas, pornography and other subjects come together. Perhaps it’s a critique on Art Basel itself, but “San San International” initially starts out as a small event that just grows larger and larger until it becomes one large distorted display of bodies and vapid events. Incorporating a fashion show, music performance, and the slideshow, Lowe and Freeman’s show was certainly an odd, but nonetheless interesting show.
MTV RE: DEFINE COCKTAIL PARTY
MTV RE:DEFINE, the annual benefit art exhibition and auction in support of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, hosted a cocktail reception during Art Basel in Miami Beach, gathering top names in art and design on the Marine Deck at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand. The evening, with support from Aristocrazy, toasted the continued success of MTV RE:DEFINE as one of the premiere arts event in Dallas, raising nearly $2 million for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary in 2014. The annual auction will honor the renowned British artist Michael Craig-Martin in April 2015. Guests included Massimo De Carlo, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Muriel Quancard, Anna Sophia van Zweden, Leon Benrimon, Mario Cader-Frech, Laura De Gunzburg, Peter Doroshenko, Todd Eberle, Sarah Goulet, Jeremy Kost, Catherine Maladrino, Nazy Nazhand, Richard Pandiscio, Jonathan Viner, Ben Whine, Robert Wennett, among other guests.
VH1 + SCOPE PARTY
VH1 + SCOPE held their third annual party at Art Basel Miami at the Mansion Nighclub. The party featured an immersive custom multimedia installation by Award-winning visual artist Aersoyn-Lex Mestrovic, along with music from NABIHA. Notable guests included 2 Chainz, Joe Jonas, NABIHA, and more. Swizz Beatz closed out the night with an exclusive DJ set.
AIRBALL X SNARKITECTURE
Miami-based clothing retailer Alchemist teamed up with Daniel Arsham’s Snarkitecture for a unique installation titled Airball for this year’s Art Basel. Located on the fifth floor of the Herzog & de Neuron designed parking garage on Lincoln road, the installation featured a reinterpretation of the traditional basketball court with bleachers included. Kehinde Wiley and Rick Owens also joined the collaboration and created a limited “AIRBALL” line of products to coincide with the installation. To celebrate the unveiling of the installation was Usher, who co-hosted a private dinner with Arsham And Alex Mustonen in the Delano’s lobby, followed by an after party.
KETEL ONE VODKA X THE HOLE GALLERY: OTHER WORLDS
Ketel One Vodka and The Hole Gallery presented Other Worlds and the Vibes Experience for Art Basel, Miami Beach 2014. The evening began with Other Worlds, an exclusive unveiling of a never-before-seen dreamlike sound piece art performance and LED video sculpture installation by acclaimed British artist and cultural provocateur Matthew Stone, with an original music composition by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. The Vibes Experience, an indoor/outdoor party and musical performance by Theophilus London, and a DJ set accompanied by visual effects from producer Virgil Abloh concluded the event. These four artists came together for a unique celebration of culture, music, art and crafted cocktails, curated exclusively by Ketel One Vodka’s De Nolet experience.
ALEC MONOPOLY @ SLS
To prepare the SLS South Beach hotel for Art Basel, Alec Monopoly debuted his “Monopoly” art on cars, walls, and also the famous SLS duck statue. Notable guests included Wiz Khalifa and Michael Bay.