ART BASEL MIAMI 2015 – EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 is officially over and as usual the week was a rapid whirl of art fairs, celebrity openings, concerts, and of course, parties. There was an overwhelming multitude of happenings this year. Just in case you didn’t make it, or have memory loss from too many tropical drinks, we’ve rounded up a list of the best events of the week.  See below for The Untitled Magazine’s complete list of event highlights. Also make sure to check out our Art Fair highlights!

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PERRIER JOUET L’EDEN LAUNCH
Perrier Jouet kicked off the week on Monday Nov 30th with an unveiling of “L’Eden” at the Faena Hotel, which included a champagne cocktail at the penthouse and roof terraces of the hotel as well as a performance by songstress Andra Day, who was featured in The Untitled Magazine’s Music Issue 6.

MANA CONTEMPORARY VIP DINNER
On Tuesday, the majority of art fairs celebrated their openings. Mana Contemporary updated the ante with a private VIP dinner for 500 guests which featured a Miami Symphony Orchestra performance and honored Ed Ruscha, Carlos Garaicoa, and Eduardo Basualdo.

RUBELL COLLECTION NO MAN’S LAND OPENING
The preview parties didn’t stop on Tuesday evening. A-listers of art, fashion, and Hollywood had to choose between the Rubell’s and Faena. The Rubell Collection’s all-female exhibit, No Man’s Land opened in Miami’s design district. Guests included contemporary art heavy hitters such as Francesco Vezzoli and Dustin Yellin; and singer, Miguel, who popped up everywhere throughout the week.

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LOCUST PROJECTS
On the performance art tip, Locust Projects presented “Martha Friedman: Pore” in Miami’s Design District. For her first major show in Miami, Friedman has created four vividly colored sheets of rubber – made by pouring around 1000lb of the material onto Locust Projects’ floor – that have been rigged to cascade from the rafters. Each site-specific sculpture has a costume attached and is colored to reference one of the four humors, the theory of which formed the basis of Western medicine for over two thousand years. New York choreographer/dancer Silas Riener interacted with the sculptural installation through a performance developed collaboratively with Friedman.

FAENA HOTEL OPENING PARTY
The same evening Alan Faena hosted the opening celebration of his $1 billion district at the super new Faena Hotel. Hollywood A-listers (including Leonardo DiCaprio and the ubiquitous Adrien Brody) and Will.I.Am were in attendance at the fête.

ADRIEN BRODY’S HOTDOGS, HAMBURGERS, AND HANDGUNS
On Wednesday, December 2nd, the parties continued with a sprinkling of high-profile art openings. The most talked about had to be Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody’s exhibition, Hotdogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns at Lulu Laboratorium. The pop-up show was organized by Spanish-American artist, Domingo Zapata.

LENNY KRAVITZ’ FLASH
Another celebrity turned artist, Lenny Kravitz, also had an opening on the 2nd in the Design District. The rocker turned the camera on his fans for Flash, his art exhibition of black and white photographs. Curated by Rein Opoku, the show attracted a fleet of admirers, including Elle Macpherson.

ART HEARTS FASHION GALA
To kick of Spectrum Art Fair, Planet Fashion TV presented “Art Hearts Fashion” a celebration and runway show featuring the designs of LiJon, Diana Couture, and Mister Triple X.

ARTSY X NAUTILUS DINNER PARTY
In the more intimate category, was Artsy and Nautilus’s dinner party which was held in honor of Artsy Projects: Nautilus, a series of artist installations and performances that took place through out the week. Guests including Giovanna Battaglia, Paris Hilton, Marky Ramone, and Gaia Matisse, enjoyed post-dining tunes from DJ Guy Gerber.

FAENA HOTEL ROLLER DISCO PARTY
There was no time to rest for Alan Faena. After hosting two heavily attended events only the day before, the mogul threw a roller-disco party on Wednesday night hosted by W Magazine. Guests, including Mara Hoffman and Rose McGowan, boogied on a colorful skating rink designed by artist collective, assume vivid astro focus.

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ART ZEALOUS LAUNCH
Our friends over at Art Zealous threw their Art Basel launch party and celebration at the Broken Shaker, which featured a bed installation by artist Suzy Kellems Dominik titled, “In Her Dreams”, which was rather reminiscent of Tracey Emin’s legendary Bed installation.

 

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MR CHOW x VOICE FOR MY FATHER
The Andy Warhol Museum celebrated the “Voice For My Father” exhibition with Michael Chow at Mr. Chow’s at the W in South Beach with a performance by members of the Beijing Opera who performed a traditional Chinese opera. Afterwards, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo performed to the crowd that included Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner, painter Julian Schnabel, Jeffrey Dietch, and Paris Hilton.

JEREMY SCOTT PARTY
It wouldn’t be Basel without Jeremy Scott. Although technically a pool party, there was no swimming involved. Guests started off the night dining on top of a platform built over the pool at Surf Lodge at The Hall Hotel. Their surroundings included giant neon inflatable heels (in a nod to his collaboration with footwear brand, Melissa) and servers dressed in Hawaiian shirts.

VALENTINO CELEBRATES MIRABILIA ROMAE
Thursday’s torrential downpours didn’t stop Basel-goers. In the Miami Design District, VIPs including, Roman Alonso, Martin Assouline, Adrien Brody, and Domingo Zapata, were invited to Valentino’s celebration of Mirabilia Romae, an installation by Italian artist, Pietro Ruffo. The evening was part of a new project between Pietro Ruffo and Valentino entitled Mirabilia Road that will follow a twelve- kilometer itinerary throughout the historical center of Rome.

PAMM PRESENTS DIMENSIONS
Also on Thursday, December 3rd,  was the third annual PAMM Presents. This year the museum paired Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange) with performance artist, Ryan McNamara for a one-night-only happening that combined music, art, and dance into a physical commentary on the cultural landscape. Titled, Dimensions, the event, held on the museum’s veranda, was one of the most talked about performances of the week, maybe because the rain happened to pause during its two-hour duration.

GALORE X DELMAR “BASEL BOMBSHELL PARTY”
Over at Up&Down x 1Oak’s pop-up at new nightlife spot, Rockwell, guests were treated to a different kind of musical performance.  Miguel serenade the excited crowd at Galore Magazine and The Delmar’s “Basel Bombshell Party.” Notable guests included Nina Agdal, Mr. Brainwash, Jermaine Dupri, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Kilo Kish.

DANIEL ARSHAM’S FUTURE RELIC
You can’t have a week of parties without TWO different skating rinks. After the world premier of Daniel Arsham’s film Future Relic 04, viewers (including Katie Holmes, Chelsea Leyland, Kate Foley, and Andre Saraiv) celebrated at Basement nightclub at the Edition Hotel where they bowled and ice-skated to the tunes of DJ A-Trak.

BUSHWICK COLLECTIVE BLOCK PARTY
The skating continued at the Bushwick Collective’s Block Party where Mana Urban Arts Project and Basel House invited the public to celebrate the street art at RC Cola Plant.

ABSOLUT ELYX X WATER FOR PEOPLE ART BASEL BENEFIT
Back in the VIP section, it was a battle of the luxury alchohols – Absolut, Bacardi, and Dom Pérignon all hosted evening events. Absolut Elyx & Water For People threw an Art Basel benefit at the Delano Hotel. The night featured a sculpture by Antony Gormley, a special performance by Swedish songstress, Elliphant, and DJ set by Jasmine Solano. Guests included Kehinde Wiley, Catherine Malandrino, MeLo-X, Jeremy Kost, Richard Chang, Jonathan Rosen, and Sean Teale.

BACARDI’S UNTAMEABLE HOUSE PARTY CONCERT SERIES
Bacardi and The Dean Collection kicked off their Untameable House Party Concert series with a performance by Alica Keys. During the show she performed super hits such as “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind” and included special guests Asap Rocky, Dwayne Wade, Lil Dicky, Terrance J, Daymond John,  and Mack Wilds. Untameable performances were a part of the No Commission Art Fair which was founded by Keys’ husband, Swizz Beats, who gave everyone a personal tour that night.
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WINE N DINE BASEL POOL PARTY
Late night festivities turned into afternoon cocktails. Early on Friday, December 4th at the Villa Casa Casuarina AKA The Versace Mansion, NYC friends and fam (including DJ Hannah Bronfman, Danielle Bernstein, May Kwok, Jasmine Solano, Brendan Fallis, Chloe Wise, Vic Mensa, and Joy Corrigan) danced to music by Virgil Abloh, Roofeo, and Chapman at the UP&DOWN x 1Oak Pop-up. Sushi rolls from Myumi and slices from famed Brooklyn pizza spot, Lucali, were on hand to soak up the day drunkedness.

ART CAPSUL HONORS ELLEN VON UNWERTH
Later in the afternoon at The Women’s Club of Miami, a cocktail reception was held to honor famed photographer, Ellen von Unwerth, for Wilden, her series from Savage Ranch, a community for creative LGBT artists. The event featured performance art and video, Rainbow Body by “vomit artist” Millie Brown. The exhibition was part of The A(rt) List, Bad Girls Iconoclast Series, curated by Stacy Engman.

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SCOPE PARTY AT NIKKI BEACH
The Breaks star Mack Wilds performed during the opening reception in the SCOPE Atrium, hosted by VH1 and took to the stage at Friday’s Official SCOPE Party at Nikki Beach.

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RETNA x HOERLE-GUGGENHEIM PARTY
On Saturday evening, capping off Art Basel week, JR & Loren Ridinger hosted an event at their estate in honor of street artist RETNA, in collaboration with Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, which featured an exhibit of his artwork as well as beats by DJ Cassidy and an impromptu performance by Maxwell. Guests including Eva Longoria, Tommy Hilfiger, and Russell Simmons enjoyed champagne as well as a presentation by Marchesa.

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