By Alexander Mason Hankin | December 18, 2018 |
Your social media feed last week was probably filled with insta-worthy shots from Miami as Art Basel took place. Highlights from Paola Pivi, Alexander Calder, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and The Whitney were just a thumb scroll away.
Art Basel Miami has become about so much more than just the fairs alone. One of the highlights of the week was the Art Productions Fund and the Bulgari commission of Raúl de Nieves' with a beaded carousal at the Faena Hotel.
Deign Miami shined with a Balenciaga office by Harry Nuriev, including a branded copy machine. Pulse Contemporary Art Fair provided both inspiration and repost-worthy content, especially with prize-winning artist, Zhanna Kadyrova and her art-by-the-pound installation. The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, presented by Scope Art Fair, brought another year of strong participants.
Besides the art, the parties are noteworthy experiences during Art Basel. Some of the best events we attended this year included the Serpentine Americas Foundation brunch hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Serpentine Summer Pavilion artist, Francis Kéré and an exclusive breakfast with the Haas Brothers and The Cultivist, where members were given an exclusive look at their Bass Museum exhibition.
(Pictured: The Cultivist annual artist lunch with Matches Fashion at the Setai, featuring custom designed napkins by artist Beau Dunn.)
Every evening there were a number of VIP dinners and parties with carefully curated guest lists.The Art in America Party at the Delano, hosted by Art News, honored artist Cheryl Donegon and Ruinart hosted a cocktail party in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with a live performance by Liu Bolin. Perrier-Jouet returned with their annual party, doling out champagne cocktails on the beach in a beautifully appointed garden vibe beach tent, aptly called Eden. Paddle 8 hosted a unique bowling party at the Edition Hotel's Basement, which pitted collectors, artists, and celebrities against one another. The Surf Lodge pop-up included an exclusive dinner and party with artist Ashley Longshore and musician Brandon Boyd.Every evening ended with a line of fabulous people clamoring to get into the Soho Beach House for their uber-exclusive Art Basel tent party on the beach, a privilege reserved for members only.
Art Basel Miami has really become the destination for the who’s who of the art world—it has become glamorous frenzy beyond just buying art, and we were so happy to be able to attend.