Your Guide to the Best Parties, Art, and Celebs at Miami Art Basel

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Miami’s Art Basel, for those of you who’ve never attended, is a bizarre hybrid between an art-deco New Years and a Brett Eason Ellis novel—oozing with with money, image, and young people desperately calling their drug dealers while simultaneously speaking sign language to their friends around them and pointing fingers at buildings hosting parties to their drivers. Music. Art. Film. There’s a lot of art. Some may not even make it to that though.

So I suggest, if you’re really wanting the fully immersive Basel experience, you take a look at this guide and do further research on the internet. Many just want that winter sunshine, drink piñas, take epic selfies, and party with celebrities. For those whose sophisticated career placement is actually in the art world, it’s business and pleasure. Regardless, if you’re there just for pleasure, perhaps you can find some business of your own amidst your partying ways.

Here are some events to check out!

Please note: Some events are free to public but in high demand, some are invitation, and some are ticketed.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1.


*Vernissage 6-9 PM

The opening gala of Untitled is one great way to welcome yourself to the comforting ocean side (Ocean Drive and 12th Street). Architecture firm K/R has brought a new life to the pavilion that will host New York’s Longhouse Projects among other international works. 

*LAND 5th Year Gala 7 PM at Raleigh Hotel

Marina Abramović, Olympia Scarry, Michaela de Pury, Laurie Simmons, and other groundbreaking female artists will be honored at the ultra-chic gala that Los Angeles Nomadic Division’s will be hosting.

*Private Preview of Smell the Magic Gucci Party, NE 40th ST 8PM-10 PM

Artist Kris Knight’s Smell the Magic will be on display in a glamorous, ultra-chic environment.  The Spinello Projects Pop Up opening reception may be difficult for most to get in. Don’t worry. If you truly are a Knight fan the show will be on display until the 15th

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2.

Interview Magazine/ICA Party ICA Miami (4040 NE 2nd St) 7 PM

Interview will be opening the Institute of Contemporary Art, featuring Andra Usruta’s “As I Lay Drying” exhibition and Pedro Reyes’ “Sanatorium”. These exhibitions have been really hyped so expect large crowds.

Art Markit’s Art Basel Pop Up Experience, Mondrian South Beach Poolside (1100 West Ave) 6-9Pm

Complimentary nail art, a Baron Von Fancy Bar, pieces designed by diverse artists, and guest DJS rock this event that will allow you to unwind before the night’s crazy dancing. 

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3.

V Magazine Party 10 PM-12:00 AM at the Raleigh Hotel

V Magazine will have a crazy rendezvous to celebrate the spirit of Basel. In attendance: Jeffrey Deitch, Tommy Hilfiger, and Miley Cyrus. 

MoMA PS1’s Zero Tolerance Wednesday December 3 until Sunday December 7 9 AM-6 PM, YoungArts Gallery 

Artists including Doug Aitken, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot, and Joseph Beuys will be part of this major even curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Margaret Aldredge.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4.

Paper Magazine Party Location: TBA 7 PM

Paper Magazine will breaking the internet at an undisclosed location…. Drum roll…. This one will be fun. It starts at 7 PM. Apparently, an HP Sprout, some new computer that allows artists immerse themselves will be showcased. Too much bubbly might just make you too dizzy with that experience but go ahead for it.

FKA Twigs, James Blake, Clams Casino, + SBTRKT, YoungArts Tent (entrance on 22nd Street) 7 PM

From December 4-6 you’ll have quite the lineup of jams to rock your body to. FKA Twigs (December 4), James Blake (December 5), and SBTRKT (December 6) are gracing Wynwood’s Ill Points music festival with some major British talent. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5.

Shen Wei’s “In Black, White, & Grey”  1PM and 8 PM. The Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd)

The Chinese-born artist who shined like no other after choreographing the Beijing Olympic’s opening ceremony has a “site-specific” performance that will most likely blow all art viewers away. His exhibition “In Black, White and Grey” will be shown at Miami’s Freedom Tower. 

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes: 8:30 PM-10:30 PM the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road)

The new premier program of films for Miami Beach’s Basel is an extremely ambitious one and at that a wonderful opportunity to kick back and watch some visuals and rest those hustling, bustling feet of yours.

Part of the Art Basel film series, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes will be screened before its initial Christmas time release at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road). 

(Entire Week)
Other film screenings, ranging from short films to sound works, will be featured at indoor arena Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr), where four screening rooms seat a total of 12,000 people.

For complete film listing check HERE

Paris Hilton Guest DJ, The Wall, W South Beach 2201 Collins Ave

When the stars are blind! Paris will be kicking off the weekend with what will probably a turnt up party. Issac Ferry, Chicco Secci, and Mr. Mauricio are set to appear. Get your iPhones ready.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6.

Bob Sinclair Party, 11 PM at W South Beach Hotel

Bob Sinclair gets majorly Parisian at hot-spot Wall located at the South Beach W Hotel. We just came to say hello……

Poplife “The Deep End” Pool Party 2-8 PM at Mondrian South Beach

As Basel winds down and everyone begins to depart back to their city dwelling origins, take some time and relax by the pool. Go ahead. You deserve it after all those parties, gallery owners chatting away their egos, and casual run-ins with people you may not like back in the city. 

In conclusion, there are just too many parties to attend! Too much art to see! Oh Basel! You are such a tease! 

Have a tres chic Basel betches!

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