Anchor fair Art Basel in Miami Beach started all over a decade ago with the art fair that turned Miami into every globe trotter’s December destination. Since then, more than two dozen satellite fairs like NADA, Untitled, Pulseand DesignMiami/, have popped up, along with parties hosted by countless luxury labels, magazines and exclusive nightclubs. Last year Miley Cyrus performed with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Usher participated in strange performance art and Drake DJd at a mansion. To help you sift through the myriad events and activations taking place in Miami this week, here is the rundown:
Dozens of private jets will land in the private jet terminal at MIA for Art Basel in Miami Beach, and NetJets will be welcoming them with an installation by Snarkitecture.
Giorgio Moroder, the legendary music producer and the so-called “Godfather of Electronic Dance Music” — he produced tracks like Blondie’s “Call Me,” Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” and Britney Spears’s remake of “Tom’s Diner” — has several gigs during Miami Art Week. He’ll start the week on December 1 with Soho Beach House, White Cube & Vinyl Factory at their annual kick-off party, then on December 3, design mavens George Yabu and Glenn will present Moroder with Horse Meat Disco at the Edition.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Several labels are hosting pop-up shops, with Perrier-Jouët kicking off PK SHOP and Maison de Mode’s The Night You Left with a lunch at the Faena Penthouse. The boutique will continue for the week at the Bridge Room of the Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, with goods by artists like Nir Hod and John Gordon Gauld, and designer brands like Libertine and Cast of Vices.Carolina K., which supports underdeveloped communities of South America by hiring artisans to make the brand’s beautifully crafted garments, will have a pop-up shop at Faena for the entire month of December. Ethical French darling Maiyet will also have a pop-up location at NADA at the Fountainebleau. Surf Lodge will also have a pop-up shop at The Hall with brands like Studio 189 from Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Surf Bazaar, Reds, and Del Toro shoes. Calypso St. Barth will have a Beachside Boutique at Soho Beach House.
Jeffrey Deitch Partners Up With Gagosian Gallery forUnrealism
The exhibition takes place from December 2 to December 6 at the Moore Building in the Design District. Focusing on figurative painting and sculpture, it will present works by Lee Quinones, John Currin and Rashaad Newsome, kicking off with a parade by Newsome on December 1 from the De la Cruz Collection to the the Moore Building that will feature bikers, voguers, a marching band and more.
Swizz Beatz Teams Up With Bacardi
Moroder isn’t the only music producer with a Miami Art Week presence; art enthusiast and collector Swizz Beatz’s Dean Collection and Bacardi teamed up for the No Commission Art Fair, which will have works by KAWS, Dustin Yellin and Mickalene Thomas, and the Untameable Concert Series, which will feature performances by Alicia Keys, DMX, Pusha T and A-Trak.
High Fashion Hits Miami
Art Basel in Miami Beach also means that a number of luxury brands are hosting activations in Miami. Valentino will celebrate Pietro Ruffo at its Design District location on December 3, Loewe will have a few “Chance Encounters” on December 2, and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott will have his rager with the Surf Lodge on December 3. Meanwhile, beginning December 2, Louis Vuitton will showcase Objets Nomades, “a collection of travel inspired objects created in collaboration with ten international designers,” at its Design District store.
On December 1, W Magazine and Roberto Cavalli, along with Don and Mera Rubell, Stefano Tonchi and Peter Dundas, will host the opening No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, which will show 100 works by female artists at the Rubell Collection.
Devonté Hynes and Ryan McNamara at PAMM
Devonté Hynes, the talented musician behind Blood Orange joined forces with the equally talented performance artist Ryan McNamara for what will most certainly be something mind blowing at the Pérez Art Museum Miami on the evening of December 3.
KITH Opens Miami Gallery
New York cool-kid retailer Kith will have a gallery in Miami curated by Joshua Liner Gallery. Artists to be featured include Wayne White, Josh Sperling, Alfred Steiner, Greg Lamarche, Michael Kagan, Erin M. Riley, Evan Hecox, Riusuke Fukahori, Paul Wackers, Jim Houser, Gregory Johnston, Sam Friedman, David Ellis, and Andrew Schoultz from December 3, 2015 to December 6 at 727 Collins.
FriendsWithYou knows how to make people feel good, with their friendly vibes, and this year, the Los Angeles-based duo, who hails from Miami, will present an invite-only VR installation at WeWork, that, according to the release, “this artwork presents a completely unique and friendly encounter with the ephemeral, a playful interaction that merges a kind rendering of a spirit with the user, creating deep moments that feel quite real to one’s senses.”
No Sleep ‘Till…
Practically every exclusive nightclub on the planet has a pop-up venue for Art Basel in Miami Beach, including Le Baron, whose nightly parties are sure to remain the hardest to get into each night. Surf Lodge, Up&Down x 1Oak, and Rockwell will also have late-night fun for those who can’t stop.
Best Party of Art Basel in Miami Beach?
With so many parties in the running, it’s difficult to tell which soirées will stand out from the rest. The usual front runners like Visionaire and Dom Pérignom are still in the game, along with Jeremy Scott, who is hosting his party for a second year. Jeffrey Deitch and Rashaad Newsome’s bash on December 1st also promises a surprise performance.
Wrap Up With the Lazy Sunday BBQ
For those who are still in town, Creative Time and the Standard will host its annual Lazy Sunday BBQ on December 6, which will be sure to attract anybody who still wants to keep the party going.