The sky dumped buckets of rain on Miami this Art Week, but it didn’t stop art lovers from enjoying some of the best in events and exhibits of the year.
Pairing curated installations of Modern and contemporary work with stimulating programming, Art Basel’s 2015 edition featured strong sales across all levels of the market. Presenting 267 leading international galleries from 32 countries, the show attracted an attendance of 77,000 over five days, including major private collectors as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons of nearly 200 museum and institution groups. The show was spearheaded by Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s newly appointed Director Americas, who hosted a special Argentinian BBQ at the BMW lounge to celebrate artists on a journey of creative discovery.
“Thank you for being here for this special occasion,” said Horowitz during the reception.
Other great art throughout the city included at Pulse Miami Art Fair Quinn Tivey’s lovely work at the SVA Galleries booth and the stunning work of Marco Gallotta at Yeelen Gallery.
The party scene was as hot as the paintings. Logic TGIF Sunset Celebration at SCOPE Miami Beach was full of great cheers along with a brief break from the rain on the waterfront. Also for SCOPE VH1 held a grand celebration of the upcoming original film, “The Breaks,” with a blowout bash in partnership at Nikki Beach. Highlights of the evening included attendees stepping up their selfie-game in the Cricket “Selfie Vortex,” enjoying tunes by DJ Jasmine Solano, and live performances by Lil’ Dicky and “The Breaks” star himself, Mack Wilds. Hit-maker Salaam Remi, VH1 SVP Caralene Robinson, and NBA Dads’ Dwayne Wade Sr. were also in attendance.
Absolut Elyx and Water For People Art Basel hosted a benefit at The Delano Hotel in Miami. Co-hosted by Jonas Tahlin, CEO – Absolut Elyx, Eleanor Allen – Water For People, Sean Kelly, Jermone Sans and Alexander Gilkes – the evening showcased a sculpture by Antony Gormely and featured a special performance by Elliphant with DJ set by Jasmine Solano. Guests included Kehinde Wiley, Catherine Malandrino, MeLo-X, Jeremy Kost, Richard Chang, conceptual artist Jonathan Rosen, actor Sean Teale, Ralph Lauren model -Alessandro Mele, among many others.
Other highlights included Bombay Sapphire Celebrates Sixth Annual Artisan Series with Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation; Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis and Rumor Willis all at SWAY with app Skoozi; Marc Leder and Marc Bell’s terrific invitation-only soiree at SLS; the Laureus Foundation at Style Artist Lounge; and the official launch of Chef Max Santiago’s The Salty Donut.
Rain or shine it was simply a great week in Miami.