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Dec 22, 2015

ART BASEL 2015: THE EVENTS

Well, this was one EVENTFUL TRIP! We are blessed as a new publication to have been invited to so many events and meeting so many inspiring people. But, as we always go for quality over quantity, here is our exclusive round-up of the most notable parties and venues of the 2015 Art Basel week.

 

Kicking off the festivities at the Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, Artsy teamed up with the en vogue establishment for a one-of-a-kind beachside party on Wednesday, December 2nd, at 10 pm. Hosted along with artists Katherine BernhardtDan ColenMira DancyEddie Peake, and Chloe Wise, it featured installations by the five artists, as part of the collaborative series Artsy Projects: Nautilus. International DJ Guy Gerber got us dancing all night long. What more to ask for?!

Eddie Peake, Katherine Bernhardt, Dan Cole, Mira Dancy, Chloe Wise

Derek Blasberg, Dasha Zukova

Paris Hilton, Gaia Matisse, Peter Brant Jr., Andrew Waren

Photography DIANA ZAPATA/BFA.COM

Meanwhile, just a few blocks up Collins, contemporary artist Daniel Mazzone was hosting a fab art event at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Recently called “the next Andy Warhol”, Daniel’s vibrant collages include a visual history of his subject—original letters, magazine covers, song lyrics—which he assembles to create eye-popping works of art.

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We can’t forget the official Art Basel media morning reception, a very exclusive event that happened at 9:30am on December 3rd, in the Collectors Lounge at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s Director Americas, presented the highlights of this year’s edition as media mingled, surrounded by some of the best art pieces in the world.

 

On the night of December 3rd, the intimate launch of Ricardo Barroso Interiors — the highly-anticipated first monograph on the internationally-awarded interior designer, was hosted by the designer himself and close friend Eva Longoria at Casa Tua. Bouchées and cocktails were passed around as the VVIP crowd was lounging, book in hand, discovering Barroso’s lifetime work. I got to chat briefly with Barroso, who was humble about his accomplishments yet proud of his first book’s outlook. Coffee table worthy!

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Meanwhile, across the bridge that night, the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, better known as the PAMM, presented Dimensions, by Devonté Hynes and Ryan McNamara.

“Dimensions” was an interdisciplinary performance that spread across the museum’s expansive terrace and featured eight moving sculptural platforms holding live dancers and musicians. In a surprise finale, the platforms came together, like puzzle pieces, to reveal interwoven musical compositions and choreography. The performance was the result of the museum bringing Hynes and McNamara duo together for their annual Researcher-in-Residence program. As part of that program, they spent weeks exploring Miami and its diverse cultural history–the inspiration for “Dimensions.”

Quoting Tobias Ostrander, PAMM’s chief curator, “Hynes and McNamara maintain practices defined by a wide spectrum of influences […] Their approach to the Miami landscape brings a sensitivity to the multiple ways that built environments shape our imaginations.”
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Your favorite NYC Sunday brunch restaurant now has a sister and she brought the party down south with her! Villa Bagatelle opened a year ago, and was fully sold-out during Art Basel’s week. I was greeted with a glass of mimosa in their fabulous lobby on the morning of December 4th by their director of sales, Tatyana Li, who gave me a tour of the property and the only room still available that day. Each room has their own kitchen, dining and living room, as well as washer and dryer. It is easy to understand why so many people decide to extend their stay at VB! While I got to visit many hotels that week, Villa Bagatelle’s amenities and luxurious suites definitely stole the show!

 

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While the weather wasn’t really our friend during that week, the beachside party hosted by legendary global DJ Guy Gerber took over the second floor of the 1Hotel on the evening of December 4th. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY was there, and the beats were just insane. The hotel is simply stunning and we couldn’t wait to be back for their Beach Retreat the next morning.

 

On the night of December 5th at the WALL at the W South Beach, famed artist Domingo Zapata collaborated with Gran Centenario Tequila on the “Angels on Earth” program, which supports the advancements of artists in the Latino community. The private event featured two angel wings painted by Zapata, which were auctioned off as the VIP crowd sipped on Gran Centenario Tequila cocktails. The proceeds were donated to Miami art organizations and Miami Children’s Hospital. A night to remember!

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A trip like this one can take a toll on a team, and so the 1 Hotel’s Retreat was very welcomed in order for us to “refresh, recharge and restart from the Art Basel madness”. The 10 AM “hungover yoga” was just what we needed on December 5th. The exclusive retreat happened from December 1st to December 5th, and included a hydration station, vegan snacks, mini massages, meditation, yoga, pilates and full body training, as well as classes given by SoulCycle, which will open shop in the hotel in a few months.

 

Landmark Aviation at Miami International Airport presented Louis Carreon’s The Drip Factory Popup Working Studio & Aviation Gallery, all week until December 6th. Louis was commissioned to paint a Hawker Jet and reveal a series of custom paintings for a private gallery in MIA’s Lux Terminal. Carreon’s flying artwork was painted throughout its exterior, and directly inspired by Keith Haring’s pop art. “I dedicate this work to Keith Haring Foundation and the awareness of Aids,” says Carreon. “Keith wasn’t the first person to paint black and white, but he sure was the one to make it rock.”

The one-of-a-kind private jet was on sale that week, and Landmark Aviation donated a portion of its sale to Autism Speaks on behalf of Carreon.

We had the immense pleasure of interviewing Carreon over the phone. STAY TUNED FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! 

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Closing this amazing week with ONE great party was a tough call, so we did two!

The Standard Hotel‘s annual Lazy Sunday BBQ on Venitian island was filled with artists and who’s who,  pretty relaxing after a long last day at the fairs. The chain’s hotels are always some of my favorite to stay at or visit, and the Miami one wasn’t one to disappoint!

Last but not least, we attended the official closing party of Art Basel at the Botanical Garden. Ruinart champagne flowed and Davidoff’s best cigars were vaped in this enchanting urban forest, where every major artist, galleries and collector were invited to close the week. …You had to be there to believe it.

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