// LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ocean Drive - - Contents September 2017 -

Re­cently I was scrolling through In­sta­gram and stopped on an im­age that gave me an im­me­di­ate jolt of con­fu­sion: Jef­frey Koons’s larger-than-life “Seated Bal­le­rina” at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter in New York City. Could it be? I re­mem­ber this past Art Basel, go­ing to the re­cep­tion for Mr. Koons at Oceana Bal Harbour where his “Seated Bal­le­rina” sculp­ture (worth sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars, by the way) would be per­ma­nently moved as part of the res­i­dences’ own­er­ship. I even took a selfie in front of it! Cer­tainly, New York didn’t one-up us.

But there it was in the mid­dle of Rock­e­feller Cen­ter, Jeff Koons’s 45-foot-high in­flat­able, ny­lon sculp­ture…wait—in­flat­able? Ny­lon? That ex­plains it. The NYC ver­sion— scaled up from the orig­i­nal in the artist’s “An­tiq­uity” se­ries—was only tem­po­rary (the in­stal­la­tion seeks to raise aware­ness for or­ga­ni­za­tions like the In­ter­na­tional Centre for Miss­ing & Ex­ploited Chil­dren) and was full of air. A bal­loon! The real ver­sion, made of mir­ror-pol­ished stain­less steel with trans­par­ent color coat­ing, still sits front and cen­ter at the en­trance to the new Bal Harbour lux­ury res­i­dence on the wa­ter. Phew!

The Nyc-ver­sus-mi­ami con­ver­sa­tion is al­ways heated when it comes to arts, cul­ture, sports, food, real es­tate, and even weather. As a for­mer New Yorker, I know very well that both cities have win­ning and los­ing ar­gu­ments. But in this spe­cific case, with the orig­i­nal piece of work by Jef­frey Koons per­ma­nently in the 305, Mi­ami comes out on top.

South Florida also gets the win in Septem­ber, when the hot and steamy sum­mer days start to give way to fall and light breezes. (It’s still beach weather, though—another point for Mi­ami!) And as fam­i­lies re­turn from sum­mer trips to Aspen, South Amer­ica, Europe, and even the Hamp­tons, the ex­cit­ing buzz of the Mi­ami “sea­son” re­turns, and it doesn’t die down un­til the fol­low­ing sum­mer.

Adding to that buzz, no doubt, is this year’s Septem­ber cover star Nina Dobrev, who’s tran­si­tioned into postVam­pire Di­aries life quite nicely with her film Flat­lin­ers, in the­aters Septem­ber 29. Her grace and beauty are a per­fect fit for any fash­ion issue, but it’s her sup­port of the oceans and sav­ing sharks that makes her the ul­ti­mate fit for Ocean Drive.

As you can see, there’s much to cel­e­brate in Mi­ami be­sides just art and our celebrity cov­ers, though I can’t believe we are about 90 days away from Art Basel Mi­ami Beach al­ready! So get ready, Mi­ami­ans. Septem­ber is just the be­gin­ning of the ac­tion in the Magic City!

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JARED SHAPIRO

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