Ah, the Art Basel marathon, where Miami’s winter is taken over by art, music, and lavish show-off events and both bikinis and high leather boots are in fashion.
Emerging visual artists showcase their top pieces at established galleries and DIY collaborative spaces during the day, and the electronic music scene competes for deck time at every venue and hotel in town.
Since launching in 1970 by a group of gallerists in the city of Basel – located on the triangular border of Germany, Switzerland, and France – the show has expanded to Hong Kong and Miami, with this year’s Miami Art Basel inviting over 250 of the world’s leading galleries and 70,000+ visitors.
Miami buzzed with stories of the long lines that wrapped outside for Bjork, Drake, and Cardi B performances. Wynwood was alive with muralists and curious spectators as 40+ mural projects were finished across six city blocks by global artists during Basel House. The highly anticipated yearly All Day I Dream event powered through the uncharacteristic rain and brought their house pioneers, Lee Burridge and Bedouin to the beach at 1 Hotel. Brooklyn’s iconic avant-garde performance venue, House of Yes, delivered their offerings to Miami’s scene with two curated events at Armando Records and The Gale Hotel complete with costumed performers, custom stage designs, and leading house DJ/producers like like Pillow Talk and Sainte Vie. Cocktails were enjoyed at the various launch parties that ranged from kinky: Visionaire’s BDSM party supporting Steven Klein’s latest photography book with a raunchy performance by rapper Brooke Candy, to a standard Miami event: Maxim’s December launch party with an appearance by Rick Ross.
However you experienced Art Basel, from the couture life to DIY vibe, we can all agree we were inspired and made some lasting memories… and now need a week of sleep.
Check out the highlights below: