December 14, 2018
Aside from all the amazing art to be seen during Art Basel, there was some celebrity vibes to take in.
Tuesday, December 4
InList kicked off Miami Art Week with its Royal Racer-themed party, emceed by *NSYNC’s Lance Bass in celebration of “Wynwood Godfather” Moishe Mana’s birthday at the RC Cola Plant in Mana Wynwood.
The event curated and co-created by renowned Urban Realist Artist Miguel Paredes with his one-of-a-kind retro Japanese Pop Art Collection comprised of 30 original works transforming the RC Cola plant into the world of Speed Racer. DJ Siso warmed up the crowd followed by a musical performance by Sonic Butterfly which kicked off the visual entertainment as she weaved together her original compositions on an earth harp. Adding to the excitement throughout the night were the three high-speed drone races which kept attendees heads up and on their toes as they cheered on the buzzing flying crafts by SB PC Systems.
At midnight, the evenings master of ceremony and singer Lance Bass called Moishe Mana on stage along with Inlist owner Gideon Kimbrell and Artist Miguel Paredes to present him with a custom painting in his own likeness. Moishe Mana then took the mic to thank Miami for making his birthday special and demanded they party until the sun comes up.
Culminating the evening's events, Grammy Award-winning DJ Cedric Gervais took over the turntable for a crowd pleasing 2 hour set as notables guests including party legend James Goldstein, Xuitcasecity, Gilda Garza, Miguel Ferro, Talina Navide, ModelShaun Ross, Tiffany Meia, Valeria Orsini, Millionaire_Mentor Jason Stone and wife Cristi Stone, commissioner Michael Gongora, and more enjoyed premium open bar libation and VIP table service by Alacran Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Fun Friends Wine.
The fun continued until late as guests were invited to continue the celebration at the after party at E11EVEN.
Thursday, December 6
Seattle-based artist LA Kennedy made her solo debut with an exhibit at The Generator Miami on December 6 & 7 with intimate receptions and discussions. Attendees enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres, a hosted bar and conversations with the artist who expressed her excitement of her first showing during Art Basel.
Sharing that her inspiration comes from her unconventional view of the world, Kennedy explained. “I consider myself a translator more than an artist. I view the world in full color and it's rare for me to go 24 hours without feeling inspired. Things pop out as I'm going about my day; the architecture that surrounds me, the colors and light dancing together around buildings, the texture and sounds of the street, and music in particular – it’s sensory overload. I am constantly seeing and feeling all of these things, as if they are begging to be translated for others to experience as well.”
The self-taught artist draws inspiration from music legends like Michael Jackson while merging pop art influences from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Her ability to hear colors while seeing sounds, allow her to translate audio into the visual, creating awe-inspiring textured images on the canvas. Humbled by the experience and overall positive reception she has received, she thanked guests for their support and positive feedback of her unique art that juxtaposes crisp imagery and rough texture that pull you in and dare you to reach out and touch the canvas.
Also on Thusday, Rockwell and 1 OAK kicked off their 4th annual Art Basel partnership with a party hosted by artist Rich the Kid. The rapper, who walked into the packed nightclub just a little after 1:30AM with his friend and member of hip-hop trio Migos: Quavo; had the crowd going absolutely wild when he hopped up on the DJ both to sing some of his top hits including “New Freezer,” “Talk tO Me” and “Plug Walk.” Before hopping off the DJ booth, Rich the Kid treated partygoers to a performance of his new single “Splashin’.” Other notable guests spotted throughout the venue included Jonathan Cheban, designer Maxwell Osbourne and Dillon Danis.
Friday, December 7
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Paris Hilton showed Miami she’s living her best life as she hosted her annual Art Basel party at WALL. Post-breakup and seemingly repurposing her $2 million 20-carat ring into a dress and diamond-studded headphones, the heiress played a set heavy with tracks for independent ladies as sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild and actor Simon Rex cheered on.
Art Basel got a touch of Brazilian/French flair with the Cavallaria Exhibition as celebrity and fashion photographer Marcos Mello captured Isabeli Fontana in an experiential live video alongside Madonna’s lead dancer Loic Mabanza at BrightFox’s Art Basel party as onlookers captured the experience.
Hosted by Jeffrey Jah with the W South Beach's iconic pool as the backdrop, Marcos Mello began his artistic Art Light Series exhibition inspired by the concept of “Theory of Strings”. Bringing his vision to life was his muse and internationally revered supermodel Isabeli Fontana andLoic Mabanza doing a series of interpretive dances.
“Bringing the invisible to the visible it is like a transition between dimensions. Projecting possible reality into another is one of the purposes for my artistic craft,” said Marcos M. Cavallaria.
Produced by Osham Group, notables in attendance for the one of a kind exhibition included Jeff Gordon, Francis Williams, Arista Meneve, Jahan Khubani, Kristen Lee, Karen Mullane and Rachel Helle, as they enjoyed BrightFox cocktails made with Belvedere Vodka and Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila underneath Miami's star lit evening sky.
The evening concluded with a special thank you speech by Mello expressing what an honor it was to have been able to share his artistic point of view and looking forward to a grander vision for 2019!
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Partygoers lucky enough to attend the Rockwell x 1 OAK Friday night Basel pop-up party, hosted by “The BO$$,” Rick Ross himself, got to witness a live and extremely intimate impromptu performance put on by rappers Rick Ross AND Meek Mill. Rick Ross arrived at the already packed nightclub just after 1:30AM. The rapper, who was kicking back on top of the DJ booth, was then met by long-time friend/fellow rapper Meek Mill, who took a spot next to him and sat by his side all evening long. Ross got on the mic to welcome everybody into the city in town for Art Basel this year. Then he shouted out Meek Mill’s appearance and appreciation for him being there tonight, before proceeding to sing his crowd favorite hit “Ima Boss.” Afterwards, Rick Ross explained to all partygoers in the crowd — “Tonight’s a real celebration, for two separate reasons” — the first being in memory of his longtime manager Black Bo, who passed away just a year ago, and the second being in celebration of the release and success of Meek Mills’s newest album post-prison: Championships.
Rick Ross then asked the DJ to play one of Meek Mill’s new tracks “What’s Free,” which is when the two rappers went on to give a show-stopping performance together. Meek Mill took the mic to perform tracks from his newest album: Championships, which included “Splash Warning,” “100 Summers” and “Almost Slipped;” and then performed one of his biggest hits and crowd-favorite: “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” Last year this time Meek Mill was in prison. Right now, he’s got the album of the year.” — Rick Ross. Other notable guests seen around the room included Zoey Dollaz, Venus Williams, Busta Rhymes and DJ Carnage.
Saturday, December 8
Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe, Chris Bosh, Adrienne Bosh, Steven Bauer, Gabrielle Anwar, Micheal Bay, Jonathan Cheban, and Alec Monopoly were some of the notables last night at Art Maison- the annual private event at Casa De campo produced and hosted by Duane McLaughlin and Amber Ridinger McLaughlin of DNA Atelier during Art Basel. Art Maison this year honored and featured the works of Shepard Fairey and Young Arts with an intimate 60 person sit down dinner where collectors and celebs previewed the cuisine of award winning Peruvian Nikkei concept restaurant, Osaka, ahead of its opening in Miami in early 2019 (The first in the US). The highlight of the dinner included celeb guests singing a super fun spontaneous acapella version of Frankie Valli’s ‘Cant Take My Eyes Off of You’ led by Steven Bauer. Talk about singing for your supper!
The dinner was followed by a waterside Gatsby/MonteCarlo Casino-themed Toast Vodka cocktail event as guests enjoyed passes bites by Osaka while will also viewing the debut of the impressive 63m Utopia 4 Yacht.
The annual art event was done in collaboration with DNA Atelier, Market America, SHOP.COM, Osaka and TOAST Vodka, celebrating the announcement of Paloma Izquierdo as the Second National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Daniel Arsham Fellow. Daniel Arsham, Naomi Fisher and José Parlá, a jury of internationally acclaimed artists, selected Izquierdo (2014 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) to receive an unrestricted prize of $25,000 and a yearlong mentorship with Arsham. The granting program, a three-year commitment created in 2017 for one artist per year, supports emerging visual artists up to three years out of receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Named in honor of acclaimed contemporary artist Daniel Arsham (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) and supported by SHOP.COM and DNA Atelier, the fellowship supports alumni as they pursue careers in the arts.
Other notables in attendance included Amanda Fairey, Danielle Garno, Stacey Glassman Mizener, DJ Henri, Jeff Gordon, Jason Binn, Karlea Lynné (2016 YoungArts Winner in Voice), Hrush Achemyan, Steven Bauer, Truman Brooks, Sabine Brown, Dejha Carrington, Cliff Floyd, Martin Fritsches, Danielle Guarino, Therese Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Chelsea Hirschhorn, Eric Hirschhorn, Kamal Hotchandani, Deyvanshi Masrani, Nicole Khaled, Shareef Malnik, Jewel & Adam Malone, Jared Margolis, Jared McGriff, Joy McLaughlin, Joe Mizener, Keith Menin, Eric Milne, Larsa Pippen, Tommy Pooch, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rodriguez, Nicole Kaufman Simkins, Michael Simkins, Erinn Valencich, Andrew Weissman, Natalia Weissman, Rich and DawnChere Wilkerson and Sean Wolfington.
Rockwell nightclub, hosted a star-studded Art Basel closing party with an epic performance by Gucci Mane AND 2 Chainz. The Rockwell x 1 OAK pop-up party kicked into full gear when acclaimed rappers Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz entered the already packed nightclub together, a little after 2AM. Gucci Mane, who was hosting the party that evening, took to the mic to perform two of his top hits: “Both” and “Wake up in the Sky.” Just afterwards, 2 Chainz joined in and surprised the crowd with an impromptu performance of “Good Drank” alongside Gucci Mane.
Other notable guests seen around the venue that evening included Venus Williams, who showed up for her 2nd night in a row, DJ Ruckus, who was seen partying with his squad at the owners table all night long and Jonathan Cheban.