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Ocean Drive - - Contents - By JON WARECH celebrity pho­tog­ra­phy by SETH BROWARNIK

Art Basel Mi­ami Beach turned 15 in style as the world’s great­est art fair took over the city.

Maze of Quotes, an in­stal­la­tion by Toi­let Pa­per at the Mi­ami Beach Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, en­cour­aged vis­i­tors to take self­ies with its over­flow­ing bowls of spaghetti at 2016’s Art Basel.

SOLD! THE 15TH EDI­TION of Art Basel in Mi­ami Beach came and went, fea­tur­ing 269 gal­leries from 29 coun­tries. Roughly 77,000 art lovers, col­lec­tors, di­rec­tors, and cu­ra­tors not only walked through the turn­stiles of the Mi­ami Beach Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, but were also treated to an epic week of sunny Florida weather (no rain this year!), par­ties, and art that fea­tured work rang­ing from Pablo Pi­casso to in­stal­la­tions cap­tur­ing the cur­rent so­ciopo­lit­i­cal land­scape. Mil­lions of dol­lars ex­changed hands, Cham­pagne was sipped, and celebri­ties roamed the town. It was Mi­ami at its finest—and once again a mas­ter­piece in the art of cel­e­bra­tion.

SPAGHETTI PARTY

Artists in­clud­ing Julio Le Parc, Damian Ortega, and Joan Sny­der mixed and min­gled among celebri­ties like Jon Bon Jovi, Martha Ste­wart, Bar­bra Streisand, and Leonardo Di­caprio at the var­i­ous Art Basel sec­tors. But the star of the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter was Maze of Quotes, a project by Toi­let Pa­per for the Fon­da­tion Beyeler. With a tip of the cap to

Art Basel Mi­ami Beach turned 15 in style as the world’s great­est art fair took over the city.

con­sumerism, se­duc­tion, and sex­u­al­ity, Maze of Quotes, by artists Mau­r­izio Cat­te­lan and Pier­paolo Fer­rari, was a fully fur­nished en­vi­ron­ment and ex­per­i­ment that stim­u­lated the imag­i­na­tion. Ev­ery passerby stopped to snag a photo with the over­flow­ing spaghetti and bask in the glory of be­ing part of the art, aka #Spaghet­ti­selfie.

ON THE MOVE

Much was made of the Mi­ami Beach Con­ven­tion Cen­ter ren­o­va­tion, which con­tin­ued seam­lessly with­out dis­rupt­ing Art Basel. By 2017 all four halls will be up­dated and a new floor plan in­tro­duced, with the ren­o­va­tion to be com­plete by 2018. Also an­nounced dur­ing the week was the re­lo­ca­tion of the Rubell Fam­ily Col­lec­tion/con­tem­po­rary Arts Foun­da­tion to a new 100,000-square-foot mu­seum in Al­la­p­at­tah. Af­ter 23 years in Wyn­wood, the RFC will land in its new home on a 2.5-acre cam­pus de­signed by Sell­dorf Ar­chi­tects by De­cem­ber 2018.

MIL­LION-DOL­LAR LIST­INGS

As is al­ways the case, art sales are the driv­ing force be­hind Art Basel, and this year was no dif­fer­ent. Among the big­gest sales were a Mark Brad­ford new mixed-me­dia can­vas that sold for $2 mil­lion from Hauser & Wirth; Bro­ken Heart Bench, a Yoshit­omo Nara acrylic on wood for $1.2 mil­lion from Blum & Poe; Rose Gold 2, a Brid­get Ri­ley piece for $1 mil­lion from Ga­lerie Max Het­zer; and a large Lee Kras­ner paint­ing for $6 mil­lion and a Roxy Paine com­mis­sion for $2 mil­lion from Paul Kas­min. There was also a Joan Miró oil paint­ing and a Jean Dubuf­fet work sold in the mil­lion-dol­lar range by Ga­lerie Thomas out of Mu­nich, a light in­stal­la­tion by James Tur­rell that went for $1 mil­lion by OMR, an En­rico Castel­lani can­vas sold for 1 mil­lion eu­ros from Tornabuoni Art, and a Gior­gio Mo­randi oil on can­vas for 1.3 mil­lion eu­ros from Gal­le­ria d’arte Mag­giore. Those are, of course, just the seven-fig­ure deals. There was plenty of buzz around the eight-fig­ure and top-sell­ing piece at Art Basel this year (and to date)—jean-michel Basquiat’s Made in Ja­pan, which went for just un­der $15 mil­lion at Helly Nah­mad

Gallery. And let’s not for­get the 11 out of 15 works by Jeff Koons sold for $50,000 each by Two Palms out of New York, the two Un­fin­ished Obama paint­ings for $25,000 each by Wen­trup out of Ber­lin, and a num­ber of other works that will land in col­lec­tions around the world.

NEW FACES

Show­ing at Art Basel is a ma­jor feat for a new-on-the-scene artist, and this year in the Nova Sec­tor, 35 gal­leries fea­tured works of art made in the last three years, in­clud­ing tex­tiles by Margo Wolowiec, a film in­stal­la­tion by Hong Kong-based artist Wong Ping, pieces by Ko­rakrit Arunanond­chai and Harold An­cart, and group and solo pre­sen­ta­tions from aaa­jiao, Cui Jie, Liu Shiyuan, and Lawrence Abu Ham­dan—artists all born in the 1980s. Three artists who showed in the Po­si­tions Sec­tor—max Hooper Sch­nei­der, Mag­gie Lee, and Beto Sh­wafaty—were short­listed for this year’s BMW Art Jour­ney, a ju­ried award that grants emerg­ing artists the chance to go on a cre­ative road trip to a des­ti­na­tion of their choice. The lat­est win­ner of the BMW Art Jour­ney, Abi­gail Reynolds, pre­sented pho­to­graphs doc­u­ment­ing the first leg of her trip ex­plor­ing lost li­braries along the Silk Road.

KAISER ROLE

This year the al­ways-pop­u­lar (and heav­ily In­sta­grammed) Pub­lic Sec­tor had a David Bowie-in­spired “Ground Con­trol” theme with 20 site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions and per­for­mances by artists in Collins Park in front of the Bass Mu­seum of Art. Cu­rated for the fourth year by Ni­cholas Baume, di­rec­tor and chief cu­ra­tor of New York’s Pub­lic Art Fund, the Pub­lic Sec­tor fea­tured work like Mi­ami Moun­tain by Ugo Rondi­none and Big Dis­obe­di­ence by Er­win Wurm. For those who didn’t make it to Art Basel, 11 Pub­lic Sec­tor projects will re­main on view un­til March 15.

But the big­gest news in the Pub­lic Sec­tor this year was the an­nounce­ment that Philipp Kaiser will take over as the new cu­ra­tor in 2017. Kaiser, a Swiss-born in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor and critic, has pre­vi­ously served as di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum Lud­wig, Cologne, and se­nior cu­ra­tor at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Los An­ge­les.

LIKE A VIR­GIN

Faena Fo­rum, the new 43,000-square-foot pub­lic venue for arts and events, was the site of the week’s tough­est ticket, An Evening of Mu­sic, Art and Mis­chief, hosted by Madonna to ben­e­fit the singer’s char­ity Rais­ing Malawi. The sold-out event, which raised $7.5 mil­lion through ticket sales, fea­tured a live per­for­mance by Madonna, mas­ter of cer­e­monies James Corden, and ap­pear­ances by Chris Rock, Ariana Grande, and Sean Penn.

NEW IN TOWN

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the mas­sive Art Basel crowds, a num­ber of Mi­ami venues made their de­but dur­ing the fair. Ev­ery­one was rav­ing about new South of Fifth restau­rant Up­land, from Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smil­lie. Among those en­joy­ing the Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired cui­sine were Di­plo and Court­ney Love. Late-night Latasian cantina con­cept DÔA in Mi­ami Beach cel­e­brated with a grand open­ing party that wel­comed Mike Pi­azza and Kyle Ma­clach­lan. On the nightlife scene, Em­ploy­ees Only hosted a sneak pre­view of its Mi­ami Beach lo­ca­tion, while South Beach night­club Ora opened its doors and re­vealed a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar in­te­rior by French de­signer Fran­cois Frossard fea­tur­ing art­work by Banksy, Mu­rakami, and Robert In­di­ana. Across the pond in Brick­ell, the al­ready-pop­u­lar Ko­modo

Tyga at the LA hot spot Bootsy Bel­lows pop-up at E11EVEN. Bar­bra Streisand at the Art Basel First Choice VIP pre­view. Guy Oseary, Aby Rosen, and Alex Ro­driguez at Aby Rosen and Sa­man­tha Board­man’s an­nual pri­vate din­ner to cel­e­brate Art Basel at the W South Beach’s The Dutch. Penn Bad­g­ley dur­ing his per­for­mance with band MOTHXR at the Life of the Party event at Brick­ell City Cen­tre. Thomas Bayrle and Martha Ste­wart at the In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art Mi­ami cock­tail cel­e­bra­tion in honor of Bayrle at the res­i­dence of Craig Robins. Elle Macpherson, John Baldessari, and Craig Robins at the De­sign Mi­ami/ 2016 Col­lec­tor’s Pre­view. Sean “Diddy” Combs and Nas at the 1OAK pop-up at Rock­well.

opened its late-night Ko­modo Lounge on the third floor of David Grut­man’s pan-asian restau­rant. An art con­nois­seur in his own right, Grut­man un­veiled the works of famed Ja­panese artist Mari Kim—on per­ma­nent dis­play—at the grand open­ing party.

ART LOVERS

Ev­ery year, one big celebrity is spot­ted with an­other big celebrity, spark­ing ru­mors of an Art Basel love af­fair. This year’s ABMB It couple was Ken­dall Jen­ner and A$AP Rocky. The duo popped up at a num­ber of venues, in­clud­ing The Surf Lodge Bun­ga­low Ex­pe­ri­ence at the W South Beach, where they danced to­gether (amid their body­guards). The danc­ing con­tin­ued later that evening at E11EVEN Mi­ami, where Tyga per­formed. Think of an LA party with a Mi­ami cur­few, last­ing un­til the early morn­ing hours.

LIVE MU­SIC MA­NIA

Madonna wasn’t the only game in town when it came to mu­si­cal per­for­mances. For­mer Gos­sip Girl star Penn Bad­g­ley and his band MOTHXR kicked off the week by per­form­ing at the Life of the Party event at Brick­ell City Cen­tre. Bon Jovi rocked some of their great­est hits at a pri­vate con­cert pre­sented by Sir­ius XM, where au­di­ence mem­bers in­cluded Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Mi­ami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and more, while Ken­drick La­mar per­formed a full set for the Amer­i­can Ex­press Mu­sic Meets Art con­cert. Rae Srem­murd treated the crowd to his num­ber-one Bill­board chart sin­gle “Black Bea­tles” beach­side at Nau­tilus, a SIXTY Ho­tel dur­ing the Up & Down pop-up for the 1800 Tequila x Bill­board party that wel­comed guests like Nelly Fur­tado and Venus Wil­liams. 1 OAK hosted its pop-up at Rock­well and wel­comed Nas, who per­formed along­side spe­cial guest Diddy. Ian Schrager’s Edi­tion capped off its Art Basel cel­e­bra­tions with an in­ti­mate per­for­mance by Grammy Award win­ner Lau­ryn Hill. And of course, a packed house of at­ten­dees ended their week at the Bar­bra Streisand con­cert at Amer­i­canair­lines Arena.

STAR GAZ­ING

Celebri­ties were high and low in Mi­ami dur­ing the now-week­long fête of art and culture. Rosario Daw­son dropped by the sev­enth an­nual Bom­bay Sap­phire Ar­ti­san Se­ries Fi­nale hosted by Rus­sell and Danny Sim­mons at 1111 Lin­coln Road, Martha Ste­wart dined at Wyn­wood hot spot Kyu, and Cur­tis “50 Cent” Jack­son re­laxed at Mon­drian South Beach at a party hosted by artist Alec Mo­nop­oly, who un­veiled his 50-foot Tag wall on the out­side of the ho­tel for TAG Heuer. The al­ways-pop­u­lar Aby Rosen and Sa­man­tha Board­man din­ner at The Dutch and Dom Pérignon af­ter­party at Wall wel­comed Alex Ro­driguez, Calvin Klein, Elle Macpherson, and Jef­frey Deitch, among oth­ers. It was a VIP af­fair all over town, and once again Mi­ami was the mas­ter of cer­e­monies, while Roche Bobois and Ocean Drive teamed up with Heidi Klum for the Wyn­wood-based Art of the Party. Back on the beach, Per­rier-jouët cel­e­brated the open­ing night of L’eden by Per­rier-jouët with a Van­ity Fair party that was at­tended by Katie Holmes and fea­tured ac­tress Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who sur­prised guests with an on-stage recita­tion of a love poem by W.H. Au­den.

clock­wise from left: The SCAI The Bath­house booth, which in­cluded Pix­cell-red Deer by Ko­hei Nawa; Henry Tay­lor, Por­trait of Jazz Mitchell, 2014; the artis­tic pro­ces­sional per­for­mance Tide by Side in­au­gu­rated the new Faena Dis­trict in Mi­ami Beach. op­po­site page, top right: Sam Du­rant, Land­scape Art Sign, 2003, edi­tion of five, at Emory Dou­glas.

At the Shangh Art Gallery booth, a sep­a­rate sec­tion ti­tled Art Kabi­nett was ded­i­cated en­tirely to draw­ings and an­i­ma­tion works by artist Sun Xun.

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