#ArtBasel Party Post-Mortem

The crowds are thinner, the A-listers fewer and farther between–thanks (in no particular order) Zika, Brexit, Donald T***p, JetSmarter, but the parties still happen. This year’s early favorite for most ubiquitous is a tossup between Karolina Kurkova and Brittny Gastineau.

Sunday, November 27

Every Sunday night is a big production at LIV, but this time, it was a quasi Art Basel kickoff  with hip-hop royalty including Miami’s formerly ubiquitous Diddy, Miami’s currently ubiquitous Flo Rida, Khloe Kardashian-ex French Montana, and Mack Maine, plus former football player Sidney Rice and artist Alec Monopoly. Diddy and Montana sat together on the stage sipping on Diddywater, aka, Ciroc.  Monopoly was there in his signature mask to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. (Photos: WorldRedEye.com).

Not wasting any time getting the party started, The Setai Miami Beach kicked off Art Basel Sunday night with a swank celebration of iconic Italian artist Gaetano Pesce.  Hosts Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson gave the crowd a preview of  Pesce’s Tree Vase XXL, the centerpiece of his latest sculptural series, installed in the intimate oceanfront resort’s newly renovated courtyard. Among the bold faced seen in the crowd: artist Chuck Close (pictured above greeting Pesce and posting with Rohatyn), French architect Jean Nouvel, one half of the arty Haas brothers, Nikolai (pictured above in his fancy Miami Heat sweater) Arison Arts Foundation’s Sara Arison, The Cultivist’s Laura de Gunzburg, and British art historian Sir Norman Rosenthal. (Photos: Manny Hernandez/MannyofMiami)


Also getting a head start Sunday night, Whitewall Magazine and EAST, Miami kicked off Miami Art Week with a party feting the launch of the Third Edition of Whitewaller MiamiArtist Harif Guzman, who is putting on a private show later this week at EAST, was there posing with reality person Brittny Gastineau (upper left). Also seen was Peter Miller of NBC Sports’ Bass2Bill with Peter MillerBrooklyn-based band VHS Collection performed and  DJ Paul Sevigny spun. 

Art macher Jeffrey Deitch was also out and about Sunday, seen squished at an outside table at Harry’s Pizza in the Design District, wearing a white linen suit and his signature glasses. Deitch arrived around 7 p.m. with, we’re told, a few artsy-LA film types. Deitch has teamed up with gallerist Larry Gagosian for an erotic exhibition, Desire, curated by Diana Widmaier-Picasso, at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. 

Monday, November 28

What becomes of Lonely Boy after his world on the Upper East Side implodes and Gossip Girl is gone? Why, he grows a beard and joins a band and plays at Art Basel Miami, that’s what! Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley made his Basel debut Monday night with his band MOTHXR at the Life Of The Party event held at the Brickell City Center (Centre?). Now Brooklyn based and resident lonely boy no more, he and the band had throngs of fans hanging on every lyric as they played songs from their new album including their hits “Victim,” “She Can’t Tell” and “Touch.” The bearded Badgley was overheard telling a fan it was their first time playing in Miami and couldn’t wait to come back.


Oh, that kooky Karolina Kurkova, making funny faces for the camera as she hosted Maison de Mode’s private dinner and cocktail party last night on the roof at Perrier-Jouët’s  Faena Bazaar, presented by in celebration of artist Mickalene Thomas. In between dinner and mugging for the cameras, Kurkova, who sat next to MdM’s founder Hassan Pierre, checked out all of the clothing on display at MdM’s pop-up store.

(Photo: Hagop Kalaidjian/BFA.com)

Monday night at PAMM saw artists Kehinde Wiley and Julio le Parc toasting the beginning of Basel with Armand De Brignac Champagne at a private dinner at the museum.  In The Rich Get Richer News: All guests went home with customized Kehinde Wiley Samsung tablets (value: $600).  Photo:Seth Browarnik/ worldredeye.com

Courtney Love was spotted Monday at The Hotel Croydon on Miami Beach where she was overheard saying it’s her favorite in town and her home during Art Basel. But the grunge rock goddess is not just here to look at art, she’s here to make some, starring in Kansas City Choir Boy with Todd Almond at the Arsht Center, opening Wednesday. For ticket info, go to http://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2016-2017-Season/Theater-Up-Close/Kansas-City-Choir-Boy/

Martha Stewart loves Art Basel and was seen Monday night at Casa Tua for preview of the partnership between Dean & DeLuca and architect Ole Scheeren at Design Miami/2016. Also seen there: Brett Ratner.

Tuesday, November 29

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Katie Holmes was here last year for Art Basel and we all wondered whether she would come out of the Jamie Foxx closet. This year, her star was eclipsed by Sun Xun’s large-scale installation which was unveiled  on the Miami Beach oceanfront, spanning a city block between 21st and 22nd Streets. Audemars Piguet celebrated the unveiling Tuesday with a cocktail party attended by brand ambassador Serena Williams, among 1,000 + others, mixing and mingling to the tunes of French DJ Martin Solveig. Following the event, Holmes and a “gal pal” had a quiet, late-night dinner at Macchialina, supping on a special vegan pasta made just for her by chef Mike Pirolo.

Heidi Klum celebrated her December cover of Ocean Drive magazine Tuesday at their annual “Art of the Party” event to kick off Art Basel at Roche Bobois Warehouse in Wynwood. Also there: Venus Williams, RISK, AHOL, TYPOE and Santiago Rubino, who in addition to Klum, each redesigned the iconic FURTIF desk which were being auctioned off. (Photos:WorldRedEye)

Perrier-Jouët celebrated the Opening Night of L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët in partnership with Vanity Fair Tuesday at Casa Faena in Miami Beach. Sarah Jessica Parker, in a pink Dolce & Gabbana party dress, surprised guests as she appeared on stage in a performance created by renowned theatrical director and owner of the The Box nightclub, Simon Hammerstein. The Divorce star recited a love poem by W.H. Auden and enthusiastically grabbed a guest’s glass to toast the room! SJP, who arrived in a Rosella Jardini dress and SJP collection bejeweled shoes, says, “It was a thrill to help Perrier-Jouet celebrate five years of partnership with Design Miami and an honor to be asked to perform at L’Eden in collaboration with Simon Hammerstein. I proudly raise my glass and toast the team who put together this entertaining and colorful evening.” Also seen in the crowd: Sasha Lane, model Shanina ShaikDJ RuckusPetra NemcovaLady Victoria Harvey, and Alan Faena,(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet)

For their dining preview night , the Arjun Waney-owned restaurant DÔA had socialite Alexander von Furstenberg and artist Mr. Brainwash, who, following dinner, walked over to, uh, Brainwash’s annual bash at Wall where they were joined by reality person and Now TV-presenter, Audrina Patridge. The party went well into 4 a.m.


Diplo, Virgil Abloh and host Walshy Fire hit the stage Tuesday night at the Rum & Bass Block Party at Coyo Taco in Wynwood. Travis Scott joined in on the party with a mid-set surprise appearance and performance of a few of his top hits including “Antidote” and “Pick Up The Phone”. Superstar DJ and singer Martin Solveig also stopped by and joined his friends on stage. The party continued in the Coyo Taco lounge where Walshy Fire and Diplo, members of Major Lazer, let guests in on a sneak preview of their new song dropping in January 2017. (Photo:Raluca Panica Kotowski)

The Daily Front Row Art Basel celebration at Faena became one of the largest and most sought after events on Tuesday night. At one point during the evening, over 400 anxious scene chasers were waiting at the velvet ropes, hoping for entry like refugees at Ellis Island circa 1897. The event marked the unveiling of Faena’s beachside dome, and those who made it through included Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere and husband Wladimir Klitschko, model Natasha Poly, Jeremy Scott, Alan Faena, designer Lorenzo Martone, artist Juan Gatti  and, spawn of Sean, Hopper Penn


Artist Harif Guzman, who is exhibiting his new artwork entitled Achilles Armor– Legend of a Mother’s Love, at the newly opened EAST, Miami hotel’s Art Room, was spotted last night having dinner at Quinto La Huella with CSI:NY star and BFF of President Obama, Hill Harper. (Photo: Pascal Bernier)

Wednesday, November 30


Perrier-Jouët hosted a fancy soirée on the Faena rooftop at L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët with former Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova and award-winning Argentinean artist,  Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, whose custom Belle Epoque-inspired works are on display throughout the space.  Elle Macpherson dropped by to say hello to longtime friend and fellow Miamian, Kurkova, who was dressed in a silk Olivia von Halle suit paired with a Mark Cross bag. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was also spotted in the chic crowd. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouët).

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne were seen Wednesday at POWERHOUSE’S 1st annual Herradura cocktail party featuring works artist Laura Kimpton of Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim’s HG Contemporary gallery. At one point, Hoerle-Guggenheim and Kimpton were able to sneak Bosh away to the official gallery pop-up space showcasing many of the HG Contemporary artists throughout the rest of Art Basel.  He had no idea that Bosh and his wife were such art connoisseurs and they loved hearing the stories and inspirations behind the art.  (Photo:Guillaume Raberin – Krave Studios)

Diddy kicked off Art Basel with a wild party Wednesday at Rockwell where he partied with hip hop artist Travis Scott, Sammy Sosa, Tyson Beckford, and retired baller Kenny “The Jet” Smith, among others.

The real takeaway from the Wilhelmina 50 Golden Years party Wednesday night at Perrier Jouët’s L’Eden wasn’t the lines out the door, or even the models, but, rather, how good looking Sean Penn’s model son Hopper is. Also there: designer Maxwell Osborne and Russell Simmons, who arrived with reality people Lisa and Brittny Gastineau.

And here’s pix of the DuJour/Gilt/JetSmarter party at The Confidante, the one Kris Jenner bailed on in favor of her family’s developing plot line.

 (Photos: Gustavo Caballero/ Getty Images)
Nelly Furtado performed at the dinner Wednesday night at the Miami Beach EDITION celebrating the launch of the Fashion Loves Art collaboration between artist Alex Katz and H&M hosted by Paper Magazine’s Kim Hastreiter. Also there: Karolina Kurkova, AB’s most ubiquitous, edging out Brittny Gastineau for the title as of Thursday morning.

Video game goober grand poobah Take Two Interactive brought together the art, gaming and entertainment communities Wednesday night at Audemars Piguet Art Commission “Reconstruction of the Universe” by Sun Xun for an “informed dialogue about what defines ‘art’ in our new digital, hyper-connected world.”  The panel, “Open Worlds: Art in the Age of Interactivity,” was moderated by W Magazine Arts & Culture Director, Diane Solway, and featured a discussion with designer Virgil Abloh, artist Daniel Arsham, actress Rosario Dawson and filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg.  Also there: Emily RatajkowskiShanina Shaik and Brett Ratner. (Photos:Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Take-Two Interactive)

NYC hotspot Up&Down  set up shop Wednesday night in the Nautilus Cabana Club Beach Tent for a party hosted by Absolut Elyx & Perrier-Jouët in celebration of Sante D’Orazio’s latest book launch, Polaroids. Photographer Ben Watts, and artists Mr. Brainwash and Bradley Theodore mingled with the fashion set which included Mazdack Rassi, Shaun Ross, Elle Dee, Scott Lipps, The Misshapes and designer Alessandra Meskita. Models including Aline Weber and it-girl Alexandra Richards were also spotted enjoying the beach front affair.   The party continued into the early morning- models Anastasia Eremenko, Johannes Huebl, and Morgon O’Connor let their hair down and danced in the sand as guests sipped on Absolut Elyx and Berated Beleu. Other attendees included Lady Victoria Hervey, Gaia Matisse, and Lorenzo Martone. (Photos: BFA)

The debut of artist Alec Monopoly’s pop-up gallery at Mondrian South Beach Wednesday featured Jermaine Dupri on the turn tables, Tyson Beckford flashing his million-dollar smile while holding his own version of Richie Rich’s money bag, and, in the VIP section with pals, Scottie’s ex Larsa Pippen lounged under the stars at Mondrian’s bayside terrace with Miami Dolphins player Jay Ajayi thisclose by.

The SCAD x VISIONAIRE dinner at 1601 N. Miami Ave. hosted by Paula Wallace (SCAD President and Founder), Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos (Visionaire Co-Founders), plus honorary host Daniel Lismore,  had several notable guests in attendance including actress Rose McGowan, stylist June Ambrose, somewhat ubiquitous model Shaun Ross, producer Jordan Asher aka BOOTS , and DJ Chelsea Leyland. (Photos:Megan Thomas/Team Factory)

Thursday, December 1

Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes, digital media honcho Thomas Hesse and the jet setty photog and art collector Jean Pigozzi hosted a Paddle8 auction slash luncheon Thursday at the Soho Beach house celebrating Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey and selling pix from the Miami movie mogul’s storied 90210-home. Martha Stewart and Courtney Love, with 31-year-old fashion fotog Sebastian Faena (yes, that Faena–specifically a cousin of Alan’s), were found snapping poses inside the photo booth. Suck it, Snoop.

Perrier-Jouët hosted one final do Thursday at L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët at the Casa Faena. Fresh off the runway in Paris, Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt attended the fête wearing an all black ensemble paired with Tamara Mellon heels and a Fendi bag. The model, who was in great spirits and mesmerized by Simon Hammerstein’s show, made her grand entrance into the event riding on the back of a performer dressed as a phoenix, a la Bianca Jagger. Hunt and photographer boyfriend Jason McDonald were toasting to her success with friends and when asked how she was spending her weekend in Miami the five foot ten model replied “Sleeping and eating lots of unhealthy food!” (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet)

The 7th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party Thursday at the 1111 Lincoln Road garage hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons featured Jermaine Dupri on the decks, A$AP Rocky and Sasha Lane (American Honey) and last year’s Creative Mentor, Rosario Dawson, who brought her mom. And major mazels to Philly’s Darius Frank, crowned by Russell Simmons as the Grand Finale Winner. (Photos: Zach Hilty/BFA)


Miami’s brand new ORA nightclub opened Thursday night with a Perrier-Jouët by Night party featuring model/actress Olivia Culpo. 

A far cry from the Basel days of yore when this highly coveted dinner would attract the likes of the Sean Penns, Catherine Zeta-Joneses and Michael Douglases of the glam world, Thursday night’s annual dinner at The Dutch hosted by real estate tycoon Aby Rosen and wife Samantha Boardman had a more socialite vibe to it, with appearances by big NYC names that most people have to Google, and a few familiar ones, such as the embalmed Calvin Klein, Alex Rodriguez, Elle MacPherson, the most ubiquitous Karolina Kurkova and the once and always ubiquitous Paris Hilton. The Dom Perignon after party at WALL had pretty much the same crowd. Basel, we hardly knew ye. (Photos: BFA)


Calvin Harris was seen Thursday, checking out Hebru Brantley’s artwork at the Pirez Sisters Gallery pop-up in Wynwood hosted by Alex Pirez.  Harris, along with LIV/Story chief David Grutman and friends followed the art gazing with dinner at Grutman’s Komodo Miami. After that, Harris headed to LIV where he performed for an audience that included  Skrillex, and artists Mr Brainwash and Alec Monopoly, among others.

Over at LIV’s cross town sibling, hip hop elite partied at STORY where Travis Scott performed during a special Art Basel Edition at the nightclubCelebs in attendance included Jermaine Dupri, Pusha T, NAS and Migos.
After leaving LIV, Skrillex surprised the crowd at STORY with an impromptu DJ set before Scott jumped on the DJ booth to perform at 3 a.m. Migos joined Scott atop the DJ booth where the group performed together.
Troubled footballer Johnny Manziel was also there, celebrating his upcoming 24th birthday with a group of close friends. They ordered a few bottles of Ace of Spades and partied into the wee hours. A few tables down, NAS was seen vibing to the performances with a group of friends.
Absolut’s high end vodka and Basel presence, Elyx, and non-profit organization Water For People celebrated their partnership Thursday by hosting a charity cocktail event at Nautilus South Beach. The event was hosted by charity board members, The Impact Circle, and featured the auctioning of a one-of-a-kind painting by acclaimed artist Hugo McCloud and an auction experience with principal ballerina Simone Messmer of the Miami City Ballet.  Proceeds from the auctions will go towards Water For People, providing clean drinking water for those in need. Guests bid on the auction items as they sipped on bespoke cocktails from Absolut Elyx. DJ MeLo-X  played for a crowd that included Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, Eleanor Allen, CEO Water For People, gallerist Sean Kelly, Alexander Gilkes, Co-Founder of Paddle8, model Danielle Knudson, designer Julia Clancey, gallerist Lauren Kelly and principal ballerina Simone Messmer. (Photos/Getty Images).
NYC’s The Hole presented a portion of the Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot for Thursday for a talk about Putin, Stalin, art, vagina, vagina, and vagina. Actress Tara Subkoff was seen in the crowd watching videos of their songs “Straight Outta Vagina” and “Make America Great Again.” The Pussy Rioter,  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova , said something about an idiot and lunatic about to take power, asking “Why is no one singing about Donald Trump? Why no one starts a band Dead Trumps?  Dead Kennedys was such a perfect thing! And I don’t think that Kennedy deserved it, but Dead Trumps is just a name that’s so cool. Should we play vagina?” And Vagina she played. Here it is.

Friday, December 2

The most anticipated and prohibitive Art Basel event this year, the one that drew the real stars to Miami for a change, was unquestionably Madonna’s $5,000-$150,000 a ticket Raising Malawi benefit Friday at Faena. There, Chris Rock, and the man she called the one true love in her life, Sean Penn, and James Corden presented her to the audience, for whom she razzled, dazzled, rode a guy in the audience for charity, and avoided getting whipped by Ariana Grande’s most dangerous ponytail in a randy duet of “Music”. Regarding Penn, to whom she was handcuffed during an auction of personal photos taken during their marriage, “We’re reliving my marriage,” and “I’m still in love with you–I’m more in love with you now that we’re divorced!” We will keep an eye on that one. Madonna also locked lips with ubiquitous Miami-based supermodel Karolina Kurkova when a piece of Bulgari jewelry sold for $190,000. She also made some political statements, saying Standing Rock made her ashamed to be an American and dedicated Britney Spears’ “Toxic” to Donald Trump. She also was puzzled about Art Basel and what it’s become, saying, “If this is what the art world has become, I want nothing to do with it.” So there.  Also seen in the crowd: Leonardo DiCaprio, billionaire Eric Schmidt, zillionaire Ron Burkle, magician David Blaine, and Courtney Love and comedian Dave Chappelle in seemingly, um, soaring spirits. More of the same celebrity at the $150,000 or more VIP after party, minus the shameless Miami husband and wife party crashers from whom we hear the charity is seeking retribution. (Video,Sean Penn, Chris Rock photos: Jonathon Becker)

Saturday, December 3

And then there was Bon Jovi. At Faena. Huh? Yep, SiriusXM decided to throw a private Bon Jovi concert at Miami’s most Art Basely venue, and, while it had nothing to do with art, it was art. Up in the balcony there was designer Donna Karan sitting next to the embalmed Calvin Klein with his young Twinkie, one who probably wasn’t born when Jon Bon Jovi survived on AquaNet. Across the balcony was Bravo’s always animated Andy Cohen, fist pumping away to the sounds of his confused, Midwestern youth. And down on the floor, fans,  just fans, who had neither an idea nor interest about Art Basel. Even Jon Bon Jovi had none, making reference to how odd it was he was in a hotel reminiscent of a scene from Eyes Wide Shut. And then he rocked. And rocked. And it was art.



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