The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

by admin | December 11, 2017 6:10 pm

In our collective post-Art Basel Miami Beach hangover, it’s time to assess the just-wrapped art fair’s most memorable moments. In addition to nearly 300 galleries representing thousands of artists, the annual bacchanal brought about a dazzling constellation of parties and pop-ups, including DuJour’s annual kick-off party[1]. Jumpstarting the jam-packed week, DuJour partnered with WellNEST and The Confidante Miami Beach to fete cover star Sofia Richie[2], who channeled Elizabeth Hurley in a black, safety-pinned mini dress.

Richie and her reality star boyfriend Scott Disick vied for the distinction of Lord and Lady of Art Basel with a well-documented marathon of social and artistic pursuits, from shopping for Basquiats to dining at Kardashian watering hole Sugar Factory. Elsewhere, emerging and established socialites were in full effect; Basel veteran Paris Hilton attended a private dinner for legendary celebrity photographer Johnny Pigozzi at the Faena’s penthouse hosted by Galerie Gmurzynska[3], while up-and-coming pop-artists the Kaplan twins (who rose to prominence with a meta, NSFW painting of Hilton’s infamous sex tape) spent their first Art Basel circuiting through Bombay Sapphire’s party with Artsy[4] and Perrier Jouet’s Eden Ball, where they and fellow guests ranging from SoulCycle instructor Akin Akman to Princess Eugenie of York caught a performance by Ellie Goulding.

Generations collided when both Hilton and the Kaplans[5] reemerged for Jeremy Scott’s Moschino party, an annual highlight supercharged this year with a performance by Cardi B before a crowd of cool kids like artist Chloe Wise and model Slick Woods. Other musical splashes included Björk and Wu-Tang at Ketel One’s iii Points Art Basel Festival, but the biggest coup came at Amex Platinum’s week-long takeover of the EDITION Hotel[6], which featured immersive art installations, and, as was teased[7] prior to the event, a surprise musical performance. By all accounts, the build-up paid off when Drake took the stage on Thursday night to a packed crowd at the credit card’s pop-up compound designed by Virgil Abloh, delivering a performance that embodied Basel’s singular capacity for weaving together art, culture and commerce. “I’ll tell you, this was a very unique experience,” the rapper told the audience between songs, “So please make some noise for American Express for making it possible. This was nice!”

  1. annual kick-off party:
  2. Sofia Richie:
  3. Galerie Gmurzynska:
  4. Bombay Sapphire’s party with Artsy:
  5. the Kaplans:
  6. EDITION Hotel:
  7. teased:

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