10 Events You Can’t Miss at Art Basel Miami


While the holidays are certainly on everyone’s minds, Miami Beach is gearing up for a different kind of celebration. Art Basel kicks off this week, drawing influencers, fashionistas, and art power players to the beach-cum-cultural hotspot.

With a weekend full of a-lister parties and events, it’s important to have a plan of attack. Here’s how to do it right.


Patricia Field Art/Fashion
Friday, December 1- Sunday, December 31
White Dot Gallery

New York fashion icon Patricia Field brings her own brand of style to Art Basel once again – and the Art/Fashion exhibit and pop-up shop actually takes place all month long. There’s also an opening night party on Thursday, December 7, and a runway show on Saturday, December 9, both invite-only. Find more info here.


Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2017
Tuesday, December 5- Saturday, December 9
Scope Miami Beach

For the eighth year Bombay Sapphire celebrates some of the art scene’s most promising undiscovered talents with this series, on display at Scope. If you can get on the list, the finale party is Friday, December 8 at the Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace mansion), hosted by Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure. Find more info here.


Thursday, December 7- Sunday, December 10
Ice Palace Studios

This limited line features the work of three artists of the New Art Dealers Alliance, printed on clothing and other products. Proceeds go to Pérez Art Museum Miami and the NADA International Gallery Prize. An opening preview takes place Thursday, December 7, by invite only. Find more info here.


Bareback Follies
Thursday, December 7
El Tucán

The mother of New York nightlife, Susanne Bartsch, brings her iconic brand of downtown decadence to Art Basel. With performances by Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias, Leonid The Magnificent, and more, it’s an event to behold. Find more info here.


Andy Warhol: The Impossible Collection
Thursday, December 7
W South Beach

Assouline and Sotheby’s celebrate this new book of Andy Warhol’s work. The Factory party takes place at the Surf Lodge pop-up in the W Hotel. This event is by invite only.


David LaChapelle Book Signing
Friday, December 8

Known for photographing the likes of Amanda Lepore, Naomi Campbell, Björk, and many of today’s biggest names, the iconic fashion photographer will be present to sign two new books. Both feature his surreal, fairytale-like fashion photography. Find more info here.


Look Alive Fest
Friday, December 8
Churchill’s Pub

This night of experimental music and performances is sure to be an experience to remember. The sixth annual event celebrates artists with a focus on deconstruction of popular music. Find more info here.


Catwalk: A Night of Vogue
Friday, December 8
7450 Ocean Terrace

With a live performance by CupcakKe, this promises a night of voguing in classic ball fashion. Nic Nac Mizrahi hosts with DJs MikeQ, Quest?onmarc, Gooddroid and Bonnie Beats. Find more info here.


Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala
Saturday, December 9
Fillmore Miami Beach

Founded by Phil Collins, this foundation has sought to foster the development of young artists, with and without disabilities. The third annual gala and concert features performances by Collins, Laura Pausini, KT Turnstall, Pitingo and Fifty Eight Hundred. Find more info here.


Sounds by Paris Hilton
Saturday, December 9
Wall Lounge

Everyone’s favorite socialite and social media sweetheart returns for her annual Art Basel event. Paris will DJ at Wall Lounge, with general admission starting at $150 and VIP tables starting at $800. Find more info here.

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