Mak­ing the Rounds in Mi­ami

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Art Basel par­ties get the fes­tiv­i­ties started.

Bul­gari, Chris­tian Louboutin, Faith Con­nex­ion and more had

partygoers in hy­per speed. BY KRIS­TEN TAUER AND RACHEL FELDER

Some­times, you have to go to Mi­ami to meet a New York icon. On Tues­day night, hip-hop pi­o­neer and vis­ual artist Fab 5 Freddy was hang­ing out at the Nau­tilus Ho­tel, where he was un­veil­ing new works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Half Gallery and Harper’s Books.

“These are all kind of iconic he­roes to me in dif­fer­ent re­gards com­ing up,” said Fab 5 Freddy of the works, which in­clude Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, Grand­mas­ter Flash and Afrika Bam­baataa as be­daz­zled sub­jects set atop col­lage im­ages. “The way I work, I think of it as sim­i­lar to the way hip-hop is made. I find im­ages and I move it around dig­i­tally, kind of like I’m sam­pling, putting things to­gether and remix­ing and then print­ing on can­vas. And then me and my team, we ap­ply these crys­tals, make it kind of come to life. It’s al­most like a form of an­i­ma­tion, when you move around the work there’s some move­ment go­ing on with the light.”

As for the rest of the week, he’s keep­ing things re­laxed. “I try to see good stuff, but not get too over­whelmed. You can have art over­load down here — you can OD,” he said.

Over at Bul­gari’s party, mean­while, the mantra seemed to be: Go big or go home. Upon en­trance to the Faena ho­tel, guests were greeted by Raúl de Nieves’ “When I Look Into Your Eyes I

See the Sun,” a ro­tat­ing carousel hous­ing elab­o­rately beaded whim­si­cal crea­tures. The sculp­ture is the cul­mi­na­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween de Nieves by way of the Art Pro­duc­tion Fund, and Bul­gari.

But that wasn’t the only over­the-top dis­play of the evening. Guests were ush­ered into the red-hued Faena the­ater, packed with long rows of ta­bles ac­cented by tow­er­ing can­de­labras. One din­ner-goer aptly de­scribed the spec­ta­cle as a David Lynch-ian Valen­tine’s Day.

“I got to jump up on there, take a lit­tle ride,” said Chloë Se­vi­gny of the carousel in the lobby. “Raúl, I think he’s an amaz­ing artist. I first dis­cov­ered him when he was at the Whit­ney Bi­en­nial. And [Bul­gari] said come on down, I was like, for sure. So I’m here for a cou­ple of nights, go to the Nada fair, hope­fully get some sun­shine, all of that,” she added. “And I would al­ways wear some Bul­gari — even if I have to give it back at mid­night, I’m down.”

De Nieves had co­or­di­nated his out­fit for the sur­round­ings, don­ning a cus­tom red gown de­signed by his friend Luisa Bec­ca­ria and a pair of devil horns atop his head. And don’t for­get the Bul­gari jew­els. “She’s sur­rounded by her own goods,” he de­clared of his sparkling ser­pent choker (which was also headed back to the vault at mid­night.)

The artist was joined by his mother — who had tears in her eyes while he gave a speech dur­ing din­ner — as well as Win­nie Har­low, Laura Har­rier, Candice Swanepoel, Dr. Bar­bara Sturm and Yvonne Force Vil­lareal.

Har­rier, a Bul­gari am­bas­sador (“they’re my jew­elry fam,” as she put it) re­cently fin­ished film­ing a movie in the U.K. and is still do­ing press for “BlacKkKlans­man,” but will be in Mi­ami for a few days. “I’m a big fan of art,” she added. “I want to see the fair and a cou­ple of my friends have booths there. My best friend ac­tu­ally has a gallery called Lar­rie that’s at Nada.”

Through­out din­ner, dancers took the stage with in­creas­ing stakes — they pro­gres­sively added fire to their per­for­mances — and the evening con­cluded with a per­for­mance by Bri­tish singer Jess Glynne, who con­cluded her U.K. tour two nights ago.

“They asked me to per­form a cou­ple of months ago, and I jumped at the idea,” said the first-time Basel-goer. What was she look­ing for­ward to check­ing out while in town? “I’m here un­til to­mor­row, and then I have to get back,” she said. “I’m go­ing to go and see some stuff to­mor­row.”

Size seemed to mat­ter at

Los An­ge­les-based artist Aaron Curry’s solo show “Tune Yer Head” at the Bass Mu­seum in Mi­ami Beach, which took up three rooms and was spon­sored by Chloé.

“One of the things that was re­ally ex­cit­ing for me was to have a few rooms to show the work in,” he said at a din­ner at the mu­seum Tues­day night. “Each room has a sim­i­lar lan­guage that’s hap­pen­ing. This is why I called it ‘Tune Yer Head,’ it’s al­most like chan­nelchang­ing through things, where it’s the same lan­guage, but as you turn the chan­nel or go into the next room, things are switched. Pat­terns on the wall in one room are the pat­terns of the floor in an­other,” Curry added.

“I have a prac­tice that’s a bit var­ied — I make paint­ings, col­lages, sculp­ture. Some out­door work, some in­door work. So it was nice to have these dif­fer­ent spa­ces to show­case dif­fer­ent as­pects of my work,” he con­tin­ued.

Guests in­clud­ing Bernard Ruiz Pi­casso, Almine Rech and El­lie Gould­ing took in Curry’s work and also got an early look at the Haas broth­ers’ show open­ing the fol­low­ing day. At the be­gin­ning of din­ner, mu­si­cal artist An­nie Sima per­formed a short set for the crowd.

“Truth­fully, my friend or­ga­nized this event and I’m show­ing my sup­port. But hon­estly, I’m def­i­nitely a Chloé girl; I’ve sup­ported Chloé for a long time, and they’ve sup­ported me for a long time,” said Gould­ing, who at­tended the event with her fi­ancé Cas­par Jo­pling, who is an art dealer at Sotheby’s. “Also, I love [the din­ner] be­ing in a mu­seum — I think none of us get to mu­se­ums, get to see art enough.”

The Chris­tian Louboutin­spon­sored ex­hi­bi­tion of Ebony G. Pat­teron’s work at PAMM had an es­pe­cially ap­pro­pri­ate item: shoes.

“It’s af­fec­tion­ately called ‘The Shoe Cloud,’” Pat­ter­son ex­plained dur­ing the buoy­ant party Tues­day night on the mu­seum’s third floor, not­ing that the ac­tual ti­tle is “…stars…” The art­work in­cludes hun­dreds of glit­ter-cov­ered pairs of women’s shoes sus­pended from a ceil­ing-high beam, a ref­er­ence to the makeshift memo­ri­als of sneak­ers that fre­quently dan­gle from ur­ban light posts and wires. “It’s mark­ing the sky like a star. It’s said that peo­ple ac­tu­ally do that with the im­pe­tus that the soul is closer to heaven and it will make its way there a lot eas­ier.”

“It’s funny, be­cause when I looked at that piece, some­thing came to mind which has to do with my work,” Louboutin said. “When I started de­sign­ing shoes, I never thought of fash­ion. My first thought was dancers, and the ul­ti­mate heel is the bal­le­rina’s toe shoe. What is the point shoe? It makes you closer to the heaven, to the sky, in a way.”

The shoes Pat­ter­son used in the piece came from a va­ri­ety of sources, in­clud­ing strangers she found through so­cial me­dia. “A sig­nif­i­cant chunk of those shoes also came from Good­will,” Pat­ter­son added. “I made many, many trips to Good­will. The first time, I rung up, like, $300 of shoes. The cashier said, ‘No­body’s ever go­ing to be­lieve that I rung up $300 to­day.’”

So, the price of a sin­gle Louboutin shoe, pro­vided that it was on sale? “Yeah,” the de­signer laughed.

Louboutin was in­tro­duced to Pat­ter­son’s work by Franklin Sir­mans, PAMM’s di­rec­tor, and Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, who col­lects Pat­ter­son’s work and is a close friend of the de­signer. “He’s like my brother,” Swizz said at the event, which was also at­tended by Sasha Lane, Isolde Briel­maier, Vic­tor and Athena Calderone, Der­rick Adams and Bet­tina Pren­tice. “He’s a real per­son — he’s su­per hum­ble. It’s not about the jets, it’s not about first class — he’s just liv­ing how he feels, and that’s true art.”

Swizz was mak­ing the Mi­ami rounds Tues­day, turn­ing up later that night in the base­ment of the Edi­tion Ho­tel for Faith Con­nex­ion’s White­wall is­sue launch party, where guests had sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from. They could rent bowl­ing shoes to toss a ball down one of the three lanes or, if that didn’t strike their fancy, ice skates were be­ing doled out nearby for the out­door mini-rink. Or they could just sim­ply drink.

Swizz, who ar­rived at the event with Kaws, took the chance to do some light read­ing — the mag­a­zine fea­tures a spread on the pro­ducer and, speak­ing of Kaws, Swizz hap­pens to have one of the artist’s gi­ant sculp­tures in his New York home.

“They shot this; it’s in my house, his piece. That’s his sculp­ture right there. This is my house,” said Swizz, flip­ping through the mag­a­zine’s glossy pages and paus­ing on a par­tic­u­larly arty shot of his col­lec­tion. “I don’t even know how they got this. It’s a crazy shot,” he said, ap­prov­ing.

Swizz, decked in a Faith Con­nex­ion jacket, was on deck for DJ du­ties.

“I’m part­ners with Faith Con­nex­ion, so it’s a fam­ily thing,” said Swizz. “Two, it’s one of the coolest events dur­ing Basel, Mi­ami week, Art week, No Com­mis­sions week. I’m just ready to tear the place up.” But to be clear, skat­ing wasn’t on the menu. “No, I al­ready broke my arm,” he ex­plained.

“I’m re­cov­er­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to DJ and host­ing du­ties, the pro­ducer has his own art fair, No Com­mis­sions, ahead of him.

“I give 100 per­cent back to the artists that are in the show, every­one gets in free, big per­for­mances ev­ery night. For me it’s a real give back, it’s re­ally cel­e­brat­ing the artists,” he ex­plained. “We cre­ate an en­try point.”

Kaws was get­ting ready to make an en­try onto the rink.

“You go­ing to skate?” Swizz called out to his friend.

“Yeah, yeah. You’re not?” asked the artist, know­ing smirk.

Swizz laughed. “Oh, my God,” he said.

Candice Swanepoel atBul­gari.

El­lie Gould­ing at the Bass Mu­seum. Laura Har­rierat Bul­gari.

Swizz Beatz, Ebony G. Pat­ter­son and Chris­tian Louboutin at PAMM.

Devon Wind­sor at the Dior Lady Art party.

Casey Fre­montand Raúl de Nieves at Bul­gari.

Kaws and Swizz Beatz at the Faith Con­nex­ion x White­wall is­sue launch.

Chloë Se­vi­gny at Bul­gari.

The scene at the Faith Con­nex­ion x White­wall is­sue launch.Almine Rech and Bernard Ruiz-Pi­casso at the Bass Mu­seum.Alan Faena, Candice Swanepoel, Win­nie Har­low and Jess Glynne at Bul­gari.The scene at the Faith Con­nex­ion x White­wall is­sue launch.

The scene atthe Fab 5 Freddy party. Masego per­form­ingat PAMM.

Aaron Curry at the Bass Mu­seum.

Sasha Lane and Franklin Sir­mansat PAMM.

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