The 2016 editions of Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week are over but just in case you missed out on the art world’s biggest bashes we’ve got the recap of the best events of the week. Check out The Untitled Magazine’s highlights below and get ready to start planning for your next Art Basel adventure.
MAISON-DE-MODE CELEBRATES MICKALENE THOMAS
Maison-de-Mode kicked off the week on November 28th with the unveiling of a special pop-up shop. The launch event celebrated the artists, Mickalene Thomas and was hosted by Karolina Kurkova, Nylane Mammadova, and Pierre. Guests including Ruby Aldridge, Pippa Cohen, Jean Pigozzi, and Shaun Ross enjoyed cocktails (sponsored by Perrier-Jouët) on the Faena Bazaar rooftop followed by dinner and live music.
MM6 MAISON MARGIELA POP-UP AND COLLAB WITH AARON DE LA CRUZ
The following day brought the debut of another exciting pop-up. The MM6 store was a must-see for Maison Margiela fans. Attendees were able to watch artist Aaron De La Cruz work his magic on much coveted Margiela denim bags as they danced to the tunes of DJ Chelsea Leyland.
“DIOR LADY ART” DEBUTS WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY
Leyland must have stopped DJing in time to fit in some partying on the 29th in the Design District. She was spotted along with Petra Nemcova, Derek Blasberg, Chloe Wise, and James Goldstein at a cocktail party to mark the launch of “Dior Lady Art.” For the brand the iconic fashion house asked artists Mat Collishaw, Ian Davenport, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, Jason Martin, Matthew Porter, and Marc Quinn to put their spin on classic Dior accessories.
A TRIO OF EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBITS @ LOCUST PROJECTS
On Tuesday over at nonprofit exhibition space, Locust Projects, attendees got a three-for-one. In the main space was the opening of Alexis Gideon’s new work, The Comet and the Glacier, a video opera and immersive installation that turned the space into a fantastical landscape of clay, glass, paintings, stop-motion, and live performance. Over in the project space,local artists, HUFFER COLLECTIVE debuted SAVE YOUR SELVES, a Miami specific monumental structure. Also on view was Katie Bell’s Backlash II.
LARRY GAGOSIAN & JEFFREY DEITCH’S “DESIRE”
The exhibit of the day, and maybe the week, had to be the modern and contemporary erotic art show, “Desire.” Curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso, and presented by Gagosian and Deitch, the show opened Tuesday night and was attended by a flock of art world A-listers.
L’EDEN BY PERRIER-JOUET DEBUT AT CASA FAENA
Perrier-Jouët never disappoints in Miami and this year they pulled out all of the stops for the opening night of L’Eden at Casa Faena. Guests were in for a night of immersive experiences as they wove in and out of hidden “sensory rooms.” Simon Hammerstein designed and performed a multi-act show for the night and at one point he even got a little help from surprise guest, a pink-clad Sarah Jessica Parker who recited a love poem and made a toast. Katie Holmes, Sasha Lane, Shanina Shaik, DJ Ruckus, Petra Nemcova, Indira Cesarine Lady Victoria Harvey, and Alan Faena all showed up to sip champagne and take in the show.
Perrier-Jouët’s L’Eden was the ultimate destination for a number of events during the week. During the day on Wednesday, VIP’s were invited to a rooftop brunch with Karolina Kurkova and artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, whose Belle Epoque-inspired works were on display. Elle Macpherson stopped by the event and tennis legend, Martina Navratilova was also spotted. At sunset, art world royalty reigned supreme at a cocktail party hosted by Derek Blasberg which was attended by Stella and Vito Schnabel, Dasha Zhukova, Wendi Murdoch, Sebestian and Alan Faena, Andreja Pejic, and Alina Baikova. Gucci, SoundCloud, and Artsy threw a “Collective Reality” exhibition and party under the Faena Dome which was followed by an official after party at L’Eden. Guests of the online art gallery’s late night soiree got to catch Simon Hammerstein’s show and kept the night going from dusk until dawn. If there was a good party, Perrier-Jouët was sure to be found. On Thursday night, the brand provided an exclusive nighttime moment at the opening of ORA, Miami’s newest hotspot. Guests danced to the beats while sipping on cocktails provided by the iconic champagne house.
WHITE CUBE & SOHO BEACH HOUSE PARTY TO CELEBRATE ANSELM KIEFER
It couldn’t be a night at Miami Basel without something by Soho House. The sixth annual White Cube party kicked off underneath the Soho Beach House Tent. Hosted by Jay Jopling and Nick Jones, the event honored artist Ansel Keifer and featured a performance by the one-and-only, Chaka Khan. Spotted in attendance were Courtney Love, Theaster Gates, Mos Def, Chuck Close, and Tracey Emin.
THE SAINT LAURENT DINNER, HOSTED BY JEFFREY DEITCH
The 30th was a day for dining. Saint Laurent muse and 2017 campaign star, Travis Scott, attended the a Jeffrey Deitch-hosted dinner for the brand. Also in attendance were Charlotte Gainsbourg, Martha Stewart, Anthony Vaccarello, and Anja Rubik.
PANERAI DESIGN MIAMI/VISIONARY AWARD DINNER PARTY
Over at Design Miami, the fair’s founder, Craig Robins, hosted a crowd of designers, artists, and celebrities at his home in honor of the Panerai Design Miami Visionary Award. The event featured synchronized swimmers and mermaids, and followed the reveal of one of the largest 3D printed commissions to ever be created. Titled Flotsam & Jestsam, the giant structure was designed by Visionary Award winners, SHoP Architects, and was the entrance pavilion for this year’s Design Miami fair. The award was officially presented to the designers the day before at a press conference followed by a cocktail party. Karolina Kurkova, Elle Macpherson, Larry Gagosian, Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, and Vito Schnabel were all there to take in the festivities.
ALEX KATZ X H&M DINNER
The latest H&M collaborator is American figurative painter, Alex Katz. To celebrate the new partnership, a dinner was thrown on Wednesday at Matador Terrace at the Miami Beach EDITION. Shaun Ross, Shanina Shaik, Daniel Arsham, Chloe Wise, Karolina Kurkova, and of course, Alex Katz, were all in attendance and also caught an after party performance by DJ Heron Preston and Nelly Furtado.
MOSCHINO & SBE PARTY
On December 1st, Jeremy Scott and Sam Nazarian hosted a dinner and party at Delano South Beach to celebrate the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group by sbe. The event included an installation of iconic photos by photographer Terry O’Neil, a dinner performance by Chico Bouchikhi of Gipsy Kings, a party performance by Jhene Aiko, and DJ sets by the Misshapes and Sita. Guests included Venus Williams, Chico Bouchikhi Courtney Love, Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Sasha Lane, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Kehinde Wiley, Karreuche Tran, Hanne Gaby Odiele, RJ King, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Mia Moretti, Slick Woods, Ebonee Davis, Shanina Shaik, Angel + Dren, Gaia Matisse, Alex Assouline, Io Echo, Mert Alas, Andreja Peijic, Chloe Wise, and Ron Burkle.
MADONNA’S BENEFIT FOR RAISING MALAWI
Leave it to Madonna to host the wildest event of the week, all in the name of charity! Wearing custom Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture,the original queen of pop, performed and hosted an auction to benefit Raising Malawi. Paris Hilton, Sean Combs, Jeremy Scott, Tracey Emin, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, Alex Rodriguez, and Courtney Love all witnessed Madge’s stage antics, which included getting handcuffed by ex-husband, Sean Penn, while professing her love for him, tweaking with Ariana Grande, and covering the Brit Brit hit Toxic as images of Donald Trump flashed in the background.
1OAK PRESENTS NAS
Sean Combs, formerly known as P. Diddy, was everywhere during Basel weekend. One of his stops included the 1 Oak Pop-Up finale on December 3rd. He came out as a surprise guest during Nas’s set which included hits “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” “Hate me Now,” and “One Mic.” Flo Rida, Venus Williams, DJ Cassidy, Johnny Manziel, and Daryl McDaniels of RUN DMC were all there to take in the show.
SCOPE OFFICIAL PARTY @ ORA
The Scope Official Party went down at the newly opened club, ORA. Presented by Fool’s Gold Records on Saturday night, the party featured a live performance by Kissey and DJ sets by Theophilus London and Nick Hook.