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Your Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Wednesday + Thursday

Party people! Check in daily this week for our comprehensive guide of everything that's happening at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Wednesday, December 4th


  • Several new music acts have been added to the big MANA Wynwood ( 218 NW 23rd Street, Miami) event including Kendrick Lamar on December 4th, Boy George on December 6th and A-Trak, Dave 1 and Nick Catchdubs in the afternoon on the 8th. They've also added several performance artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Rob Montgomery and a "live mural painting" by Ron English.  All the details, times and tickets (when available) are HERE.
  • Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist moderates a discussion between Kanye West and Jacques Herzog in the sixth installment of Surface magazine's Design Dialogues on Dec. 4th at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District.
  • Visionaire and The National YoungArts Foundation present free public screenings of "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic", a new 3-D film by artist Matthu Placek, in the Jewel Box of the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), December 4 to 7, every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Photo by Matthu Placjek via.)

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  • Eyewear brand h0les is releasing a line of way-sweet goggles tonight that they made especially for Art Basel.  There's a party tonight at the Boulan Hotel in South Beach with a performance by Jacolby Satterwhite.
  • The opening reception for director and photographer Kristian Schmid's 'Whale Shark Series is at 7 p.m tonight at MAPS Studio Backlot in Wynwood. (342 NW 24th Street)
  • Lapo Elkann of FIAT is hosting an exclusive cocktail party on December 4th for the opening of a pop-up shop by the Miami-based brand Del Toro and the launch of a Del Toro X Italia Independent line.  Del Toro is also hosting a "block party" on December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at their headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Street, Miami).  There will be 50 pairs of hand-painted shoes by international artists and wall murals by artists including Stash, Evoca1, Johnny Robles and more.
  • ELLE DECOR's Modern Life Concept House will be open on Sunset Island II from December 4th to December 15th.  Tickets available at the door with a $35 individual donation to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Go HERE for more info. (The house is for sale, too.)
  • The Savannah College of Art & Design is presenting a solo exhibition called "Curva" () with recent works by Wendy White in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami).  It will be on view from December 4th to the 20th.


  • While we wait for the new Max Fish to open in Williamsburg, we received word that they are doing a pop-up during AB/MB at Radio Bar (814 First Street, South Beach) with support from DKNY and Klughause Gallery.  It opens on December 4th and you can stop in all week.  They're putting together a cool bunch of guest DJs, a guitar battle, a skateboard "jump contest" and the usual mayhem you'd expect from MF.
  • Medium Group's "Cocktails and Curators" will honor New York MoMA's Klaus Biesenbach with a special Curatorial Excellence Award on Wednesday, December 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Performance artist Tim Youd will "re-type" Elmore Leonard's classic novel Get Shorty in room 218 of the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 4 to 8 at the Aqua Art Miami.


  • The first American museum exhibition by UK artist Tracey Emin, "Angel Without You," will take over the entire Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami). It will be up from December 4 until March 9, 2014.
  • On December 4th, a monumental artwork called "Curiosity" by the French art duo Kolkoz (Samuel Boutruche and Benjamin Moreau) will be unveiled at the old Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne. You may recall the artists' fantastic installation, "Luna Park," that re-created the Apollo 11 moon landing as a football pitch on Miami Beach in 2012. This time around, they will take "the idea of an invader exploring a foreign land and apply it to a snow-covered chalet." It's sponsored by Audemars Piguet and Galerie Perrotin.
  • One of the original -- and one of the best -- local Miami galleries, Diana Lowenstein (2043 North Miami Avenue, Miami) opens a major installation by the New York-based artists Anna Galtarossa and Daniel Gonzalez called "Criminal Aesthetic Fashion at the Skyscraper Club" on December 4 and up until January 25. The gallery will be transformed into a "utopian space...with the dynamics of a nightclub... where you can dance with mechanical skyscrapers while wearing sculpture-shoes." Sounds cool, no? There's a reception for the artists on Saturday night.
  • There's an AB/MB panel discussion called "The Un-Private Collection: Designing The Broad" featuring Eli and Edythe Broad; architect Elizabeth Diller, whose firm designed the new Broad museum in LA; and Joanne Heyler on Wednesday, December 4th, 9:30 a.m. It will be moderated by Paul Goldberger. Admission is free and it's happening in the main hall of New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach).

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  • Nicole Ehrlich curated a collection of art "celebrating the art of the divine feminine" for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which will be auctioned off tonight at 5445 Collins Avenue. An after-party hosted by Patrick Duffy will feature a DJ set by Honey Dijon, a performance by Ebony Bones and "many more surprises."
  • Cool underground art magazine Juxtapoz -- they've covered the scene for two decades -- is moving into a private beach house at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, South Beach) for a four-day series of parties and events with San Francisco's Chandran Gallery. They've scheduled art installations by Geoff McFetridge, Andrew ShoultzMonica Canilao and SWOON, brunches, BBQs, performances and DJs and there's even an evening hosted by Shepard Fairey. The spot will be happening from December 4 until the 7th, but many of the parties are invite only.


  • New York gallery The Hole is having their big, Basel blow-out at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) tonight, featuring an opera by Matthew Stone and performances by Andre J, Boychild, Kelela and Zebra Katz.
  • Richie Hawtin spins at Story nightclub (136 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on Friday, December 6; RJD2 is at Bardot (3456 North Miami Avenue, Miami) on December 4; Alabama Shakes are playing the Fillmore (aka Jackie Gleason Theater) in the Convention Center also on the 4th; Luciano and Pete Tong spin at LIV in the Fontainbleau Hotel (4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on the 5th and Steve Angello is playing on the 7th, also at LIV.

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  • I D O L I Z E -- "a new platform for the intersection of art, fashion and design" -- is hosting an exhibition by five young international artists from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3800 NE 2nd Avenue on the second floor.  The artists are Cope/Arnold, Romulo Sans, Alberto Maria Colombo, Sean Augustine March and Ben Duggan/Jake Lomagno.
  • Maison de Mode and PK Shop have collab'ed on a line of artist-designed collectables that will debut in the afternoon of December 4th at the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, South Beach).
  • A new fair celebrating craftsmanship and design, Wallpaper* Handmade, will be open from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3841 NE 2nd Avenue. Over 70 works from international designers, artists, brands, makers etc. have been commissioned to create unique and one-off items.  The event is a collab with Jaguar, who will be displaying some of their hottest new cars on nearby streets.



  • What what! PAPER's having a three-day extravaganza with Tiki Disco, kicking off Thursday, at the Gale Hotel. We'll be joined by TD DJs Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry as well as Rory Phillips, Justin Miller and mooooore. Open bar from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. from Absolut Tune and Pavan Liqueur. You'll find asleep with a sunburn by the pool, face down in a plate of Jamaican BBQ. Stop by and say hi!

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  • NOWNESS, Art Production Fund and Suzanne Geiss celebrate the release of a new film by Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner called "Dust," starring Cody Critcheloe, Peggy Noland and Jaimie Warren, on Thursday evening at the Mondrian (1100 West Avenue, South Beach). RSVP only. Adidas sponsors.
  • Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski are hosting a super-private cocktail party on December 5th at MMG (3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). They're presenting a new collection called "Crystalactite" and there's also an installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg  called "Stalker."

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  • The Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Avenue, South Beach), Paul Kasmin Gallery and PAPER Magazine -- hey, that's us -- are hosting a reception for one of our all-time-faves, Friends With You, on Thursday, December 5th, 2 to 8 p.m., poolside at the hotel.  They're doing an installation called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that promises a "colorful experience meant to transport the viewer into an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing."  We'll be arriving at 4:20, of course.  If you can't make it on the 5th, stop by Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a yoga session with Grey Area, Lululemon and Morgans.
  • Andre Saraiva and photographer Jean Pigozzi are hosting a pop-up gallery called Room 40 that will used for massages during the day and for exhibitions at night.  They're also hosting a private dinner on the 5th.
  • The New Art Dealers Alliance -- aka NADA -- returns to the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) for the eleventh edition of their Miami art fair. Twenty-five galleries from fourteen countries will be on hand with works from emerging global artists. Look for New York galleries including Marlborough Chelsea, SculptureCenter, Alden Projects, American Contemporary, Nicelle Beauchene, Brennan and Griffin and Callicoon Fine Arts. PAPER fave Creative Growth will also be showing. NADA's "special invite" preview is on December 5th, from 10am to 2pm and the fair is open to the public -- free of charge -- after 2pm on the 5th and through Sunday, December 8.  

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  • The cuties at VFILES are throwing a big bash with the A$AP Worldwide crew, hosted by A$AP Rocky with music by Blackout Boys (aka A$AP Yams, A$AP J Scott) and Hood By Air designer Shayne Oliver.
  • The official program of AB/MB 2013 artist conversations and talks are happening daily in the Hall C auditorium of the Convention Center. Highlights include Doug Aitken, the creator of the "Station To Station" train project, on December 5;  Olafur Eliasson on the 5th from 3 to 4 p.m. and Tracey Emin on the same day from 6 to 7 p.m.; John Baldessari on the 7th from 3 to 4 p.m. and, our fave, a talk called "The Bar as An Oasis" with Naomi Fisher, Jim Drain and more on the 8th from 2 to 3 p.m.  The complete list is here.


  • Flaunt magazine, 3P Productions and Mana Wynwood (Mana is a big film and photo production studio in Miami related to Milk Studios and Moishes Moving) are hosting a three-day music series that launches on December 5th with the Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington supergroup Darkside and an art installation by Children of the Light.  The huge space is located at 318 NW 23rd Street in Miami and tickets plus more info are here.


  • Roving party Shade is partnering with the Hole gallery to bring a special "Shady Hole" edition of their bash, featuring DJ sets by Kingdom, Fatherhood and a video installation by Matthew Stone.
  • Davidoff's annual brunch to announce their latest Art Grant recipients and the next Dominican artist that will take part in the Davidoff Art Residency is on Thursday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to noon in their cigar lounge in the Miami Botanical Gardens behind the convention center.  Invite Only.
  • New York's "members-only group of cultural programmers," The Committee, and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz' OSMOS project space are hosting an evening with Brian Dailey to celebrate the publication of his book "America in Color" on Thursday, December 5, at the Gale South Beach (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The book documents Dailey's journey across the USA, photographing people "who expressed their political identity through the selection of colored backdrops."  RSVP required.
  • Ligne Roset (160 NE 40th Street, Miami) and Bernardaud celebrate contemporary French art and design with an exhibition of works by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempe, Nathan Young, Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Marco Brambilla, JR and Prune, David Lynch and many more on Thursday, December 5th, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Dom Perignon celebrates their limited edition sculpture by Jeff Koons at Wall at W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday night with music by Zoe Kravitz and DJ Ruckus. Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel host.  There's another Dom Perignon/Koons party on the 4th at the W hotel for the luxury watchmaker Roger Dubois hosted by Gerard Butler. VIPs only, we guess.
  • There's a private screening of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "HER" on December 5th with a Q&A with Jones moderated by Jeffrey Deitch.
  • Loft Spirits, Strongbow Hard Cider and Perrier host a four-night, "cocktail experience" from December 5th to the 8th, 8 p.m. daily, poolside at the Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach).  They've got DJs including Pat Mahoney, Edwin Adams, Amir Abdullah and Karl Injex; plus art from Miguel Paredes, Radcliffe Bailey, Jesse Light, Ruchu Tu and Joshua King.
  • The Cassina Showroom Miami (3800 NE Miami Court, Miami Design District) debuts their new LC4 chaise-longue developed as an homage to French designer Charlotte Perriand on Thursday, December 5th. RSVP required.
  • UK artist, composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman will be showing his multi-screen video/film "NYman with a Movie Camera" from December 5th to the 8th at 2301 North Miami Avenue,  The opening is on the 5th from 5 to 8 p.m.

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