Art Basel Art Overload? The Shopping Worth Stopping for in Miami

Between Art Miami, NADA, Pulse, Design Miami… the list goes on… there’ll be a point this week when all we want is some breathing room, a cocktail, and a little retail therapy. Fortunately, part of the Art Basel festivities include designer collaborations and Miami-centric beauty. Here’s what’s worth hitting while you’re in town:

Our Lady Linda

The Gap and Visionaire are collaborating for the second time (11 years later) on a limited-edition series of 45 t-shirts. One features the lovely Linda Evangelista (the super of all supers, in my  book). The tees will be available at Gap in Miami and NYC, and at – where else – The Webster.

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Piamita x The Webster

What better boutique than The Webster for Miami’s best fashion (a little less Hervé and a little more Proenza)? Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster’s collaboration with loungewear brand Piamita hits the store with flamingo-laden silk separates. Perfect to wear in the day, for dinner, or to bed, this set will take you anywhere. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



NARS Loves Miami

If you’re heading to Miami from NYC, chances are you had to dig into the depths of your closet to find something less black and more … exuberant. If the thought of a shocking pink dress is too painful to bear, you might be able to work in a splash of Miami heat across the face a little better. Cue: NARS Loves Miami, a collection of the best-selling colors from the beach in one very convenient box-set. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

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SUNO’s Capsule Collection at The Webster

The Webster will be the only place to find this SUNO capsule collection – eight tropical-fresh pieces full of bright colors and prints (flamingo-mascot-inclusive). The Webster’ll host a party to kick off the capsule.  Available from December 5.



Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist

For a completely different shopping experience, roll on over to Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure (5th floor). Place your order and let girls on roller skates deliver your selections right to the car window – think André “Art Smoke” e-cigs, a Rolex by Bamford, Delfina Delettrez jewels, a Darcel beach towel, and a Moncler/Pharrell collab, among many, many other things.

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Happy shopping.

The BlackList: Weekly Events Dec. 2-8

Gallery hopping, film screening, concert-going, and partying: like always, we have what’s coming up, and this week, we’re going to Miami.

Monday, December 2

London: Marc Jacobs celebrates Kate Moss’ Playboy cover and the magazine’s 60th anniversary at the London store, 24-25 Mount Street, at 3 p.m.

Art Drive-Thru/Miami: Today through December 8, colette Paris heads to Miami with Alchemist, setting up an old school drive through (girls on roller skates and all) on level 5 of Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure. Order up a signed and numbered print , a beach towel, or a Rolex. Just don’t expect dollar menu pricing.

Paper Dreams/Miami: The Standard commissioned Luis Pons, a Miami designer, to float a paper and bamboo boat off the spa’s Lido Dock, offering some much needed calm for fair-goers. The smooth sailing installation pushes off with a cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m., remaining open through December 8.

Tuesday, December 3

Curiouser and curiouser/NYC: Maison Kitsuné hosts Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber at The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space. The event’s fourth installment showcases California brand Parabellum, and touches down in NYC after making its way from colette in Paris, Brown’s in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin. After this evening’s RSVP-only cocktails to celebrate the launch, the exhibition will be open at 372 Broome St. and Kitsune (1170 Broadway) through December 23, from 12:00 – 8:30 p.m.

NYC: BAM hosts Bodycast, a theatricalization of the “artist talk” with artist Suzanne Bocanegra and actor Fances McDormand, through December 7. Tickets $20

Wednesday, December 4

Sample sale/London: A sample sale worth the airfare – Nicholas Kirkwood will be 75% off today and tomorrow at 26 South Molton Lane, London.

Invite only/Miami: MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large and MoMA PS1’s Director Klaus Biesenbach is honored tonight by MEDIUM with the Curatorial Excellence Award. 7 – 9 p.m., The Standard Spa, Miami Beach.

BlackBook at Art Basel/Miami: BlackBook is excited to co-host our Art Basel event with LACMA and React to Film at the Delano, Miami Beach. There’ll be cocktails and a showing of three artist films celebrating the work of David Hockney, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruschka.

After the party it’s the after party/Miami: Interview and OHWOW get their party on to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach on the rooftop of the Boulan, 2000 Collins Ave. RSVP

Sing it/Miami: André Sariava brings The Standard East’s karaoke club to The Rec Room at The Gale in Miami, 1685 Collins Ave. Open through December 7, from 11 p.m. until late early morning.

NYC: Women in Music will host a celebration (of what other than women in music) at Le Poisson Rouge with DJs Jackie Smiley, Cherie Lily, and Shannonigans. 7 p.m. Tickets $10

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema hosts a one night only screening of a newly restored Sidewalk Stories, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15

NYC: Ozu and His Afterlives begins at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, showing films influenced by and of Yasujiro Ozu. Screenings through December 12.

NYC: Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre company premieres Chroma, with choreography by Wayne McGregor, and sounds of orchestrations of The White Stripes. Performances begin today through January 2.

Thursday: December 5

Shopping break/Miami: SUNO celebrates the launch of their line for Miami’s prime shopping destination The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, from 3-5 p.m. RSVP to

Invite only/Miami: Spike Jonze celebrates HER with a private dinner at The Standard, Miami Beach. 9:30 p.m.

NYC: To celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition, The Village Voice hosts a holiday spirits tasting event from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Studio Square, 35-44 37th Street in Long Island City. Tickets from $50

Friday, December 6

Boozy brunch/invite only/Miami: Creative Time throws their second annual champagne brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The Standard Miami Beach.

Confessional/Miami: Glenn O’Brien celebrates the release of Penance, his latest book, with a live confessional at The Newsstand at The Standard Spa, Miami. From 5-7 p.m.

Win, Lose, or Draw/Miami: Let Ryan McGinness teach you how to draw. On the heels of his new sketchbook, the artist is hosting a drawing class at the Lido Lounge at the Standard Miami Beach.

Saturday, December 7

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema gets its Old West brunch on with an 11:30 a.m. screening of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, introduced with a live performance by Julie Christie and Warren Beatty. Tickets $16

NYC: Hop over to Milk Gallery for a book signing of Richard Corman’s Madonna from 4-6 p.m. 450 West 15th Street. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 8

NYC: The Museum of the Moving Image hosts a screening of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with an introduction by the book’s author Ron Hansen. 7 p.m. Tickets $15

Art Basel Miami: 8 Must-Stop Fashion Events (If You Can Get on the List)

Given that fashion is a wearable art form, it’s no surprise that the industry flocks to Art Basel Miami Beach each year to add a touch of style to the scene by way of exclusive parties, pop-up shops, and artist collaborations. This year, the show is chockfull of fashion parties, so we’ve rounded up eight events that are guaranteed to be the hottest tickets in town. Start making calls now, because the first one is tonight!

What: Johan Lindberg BLK DNM Worldwide 11 Fragrance launch
Where: The Webster Miami, 1220 Collins Avenue
When: Wednesday, November 30 (7-9pm)
Why: Because Johan Lindberg is a cool dude and has cool friends that will definitely be there, like Waris Ahluwalia. Also, the fashion world’s fuel of choice, Kanon Organic Vodka is sponsoring it.

What: Seth Browarnik "Art of Night" Opening
Where: Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Avenue (strictly invite-only)
When: Wednesday, November 30 (9pm-12am)
Why: Gilt Groupe chief advisor Jason Binn will celebrate the official grand opening of the Shelborne and honor photographer Seth Browarnik and his "Art of Night" exhibit, which features over 50 nightlife-inspired photos, like the Daphne Guiness image above. DJ Mia Moretti and electric violinist Caitlin Moe will provide the tunes.

What: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards
Where: Moore Building, Design District (strictly invite-only)
When: Thursday, December 1 (7:30 cocktails, 8:30 ceremony)
Why: Montblanc is honoring co-founder of Design Miami Craig Robins with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, presented by none other than Pharrell Williams. Expected guests include Christian Louboutin, Russell Simmons, Elle Macpherson, Silvia Fendi, Stefano Tonchi, and the night’s DJ, New York’s own Paul Sevigny. ‘Nuff said.

What: Vogue Lounge at Art Basel
Where: Sagamore Art Hotel, 1671 Collins Avenue
When: Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 (12-7pm)
Why: This is open to the public! The two-day, VIP shopping experience features never-before-seen contemporary art fused with cutting-edge fashion. This is also where you can score some Keds for Opening Ceremony gear.

What: Pringle of Scotland Party hosted by Tilda Swinton
Where: Mosaic Building, Design District (strictly invite-only)
When: Friday, December 2 (8:30-9:30pm cocktails, 9pm dinner)
Why: To kick off the UK label’s pop-up shop, actress-turned-muse Tilda Swinton is hosting a Kanon Organic Vodka cocktail pairing dinner. The event will also reveal conceptual artist Liam Gillick’s capsule collection for the brand. But we know that you just wanted to see what Swinton wears.

What: Del Toro Artist Slipper Collaboration Launch
Where: Casa del Toro, 2830 Lucerne Avenue, Sunset Island One
When: Friday, December 2 (5-11pm)
Why: Although he still hasn’t been able to get Kate Middleton in his shoes, Matthew Chevallard has fashion girls and boys across the globe sporting his kicks. The cool kids over at Refinery29 are co-hosting the party too, so you know it’ll be hot.

What: GrandLife Hotels and Whitewall Present "This is New York"
Where: Le Baron, Florida Room, 1695 Collins Avenue
When: Friday, December 2
Why: GrandLife and their legendary "This is New York" parties never cease to rock the elite fashion crowds in New York and Paris. Now, they’re bringing their pop-up rager to Art Basel Miami – and we can’t wait to see which famous names kick off their designer heels to hit the jam-packed dance floor first.

What: Gareth Pugh Dinner Hosted by Byrdie Bell
Where: Baoli-Vita1906 Collins Avenue (strictly invite-only)
When: Saturday, December 3
Why: Because it’s Gareth freakin’ Pugh.

Art Basel Miami Ends with Sex, Fantasy, and Insanity

Saturday night in Miami was a clash of nudity and insanity. There were naked girls—proving to be a recurring theme at this year’s Basel—graffiti, and a $150,000 print of Will Smith’s kid performing oral sex on his father. There was the Norwood party at the Shore Club, the Phillips de Pury auction of a Ryan McGinley, Dash Snow, and a Dan Colen at the Webster, the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black at The Hole Gallery‘s Playboy party, and the Westway pop-up back at the Shore Club. It was all too much. 

Patrick Duffy’s Norwood party with Mint&Serf at the Shore Club was our first stop on Basel’s big last night. Dipset and Gucci Mane blared through the poolside cabanas, while people danced and sipped on Kanon vodka. Flowing sheer fabric separated the party from the truly awesome graffitti installation by New York artists Mint&Serf. A red and green smorgasbord of fake treats stretched alongside the pool while bulging, tanned bodybuilders posed around it in thongs, a fantastic contradiction. It was an intoxicating mix of bronzer, hip-hop, muscles, and the Mint&Serf crew’s favorite word: swag.

Jacuzzi Chris, an overly swag-centric artist and musician, who came down with the duo, told me, "The most important thing I’ve learned on this trip is to keep it cute and keep it swag." Everyone had an amazing time. Mint said it best: "After going to crazy parties, you get the idea. Everyone has crazy swag. This is the first party that’s out of the box. Louie Vuitton with the bottles and the models, it’s contained. That is wack. This is out of the box. And that’s what art should be, right?"

From the Shore Club, we moved a few blocks down to the Webster, for the Phillips de Pury charity auction of work by Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley, and the late Dash Snow. Fabulous caviar-laced canapes were provided by 21 Grams, a Franco-Japanese restaurant opening in New York this January. People enjoyed the food, drinks, and art until the auction began, especially the 9-year-old girl dancing with a caped man who looked like he was kicked out of Van Halen circa 1991.

Dash Snow’s brother Max got into a bidding war over Dash’s piece, a collage of a dick and skull with Saddam Hussein’s face on a the leg. It was sold to Max for $22,000. McGinley’s’ piece sold for $28,000 at rapid speed. Colen’s piece, a copy of The Pursuit of Happiness film poster manipulated so that Will Smith’s son was performing unspeakable acts on his father, sold for a whopping $150,000. The proceeds went to a charity that builds schools and playgrounds in Haiti. The controversial art clashed with the high-brow atmosphere. McGinley said of the event, "I’m really happy to be part of any charity event. Playgrounds will be built in Haiti because of this event. And this is the first time I’ve been in a show with just them [Dash Snow and Dan Colen], who are great artists and good friends. Anything that promotes the legacy of Dash I’m happy to be a part of."

After the auction, we whisked over to the Playboy party at the Dream Hotel to catch a performance by New York artists The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, presented by Bowery gallery The Hole. The rooftop pool area was packed. People crowded around the VIP cabanas while the Karen Black girls began. Kembra Pfahler’s work depicts a sexual, dark, and savage femininity. The girls are completely nude, their bodies painted a flat bright color, with lace up thigh high boots and demonic make up. Their hair is unbelievably huge and black. They rubbed fake blood on each other, cracked paint filled eggs on their bodies, stood on bowling balls, and sneered. At the end, they brought out a cake. One of the girls was lowered down, and smashed her ass into the cake. She stood up and other girls began viciously eating it out from her ass. Sophia Coppola said, "Love the event. Great people, good taste. Simply amazing, love it." Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, hung out with the DJ, acclaimed British artist Matthew Stone, in the elevated booth. She couldn’t have been more pleased. "This event is an awesome juxtaposition,” she said. “Kembra gives a radical take on femininity. To be able to do an event with Playboy, who has influenced this important artist for years, is just amazing. With Kembra, feminism isn’t a dirty word. She is intensely radical. Pure punk vision." 

But Kembra summed it up best: "Anyone that believes in equality is automatically a feminist." After that the night became hazy back at the Shore Club. But I do know one thing: Benni, PJ and the PPP boys for Westway know how to throw a great party. 


Art Basel’s 10 Most Prolific Art Flies

Art Flies are usually wannabes, socialites manqué who circle museum shows and gallery parties, networking in garish garb with the hope of getting noticed by Patrick McMullan. At Basel, however, the term means something entirely different, referring instead to art connoisseurs who make their presence known without seeming at all desperate or deplorable. Herewith, a list of the 10 most-seen personalities on the Miami scene, from an Oscar winner to the members of a fictional family.

image 1. Susan Sarandon The Academy Award winner, ping-pong enthusiast, and recent V cover “girl” was all over Basel this year, from the W magazine dinner hosted by Daphne Guinness at Soho Beach House, to the Pringle of Scotland and Serpentine Gallery dinner hosted by Tilda Swinton at The Webster. Her party blitzkrieg ended, appropriately, at the Delano, where Sarandon hosted the Art of Ping-Pong bash along with her New York venue, SPiN Galactic, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Pictures abound of her laughing with a faux-cop in spandex booty shorts and a matching sleeveless tank.

image 2. Brooke Geahan At the Standard Spa’s Playboy dinner and cocktail party on Saturday night, Geahan, the founder of the Accompanied Literary Society, worked the room in a red Marchesa pantsuit. Earlier that week, she was spotted throwing down at Assouline’s Art Game Book event, a screening of Marco Brambilla’s film, Evolution (also at the Standard), and the Interview, LVMH, and Fendi dinner at the Delano. It was hard to stay on topic while at the Playboy event, discussing with her the jam-packed week she’d had—we were surrounded by installations of naked models created by Terence Koh, Vanessa Beecroft, and Lola Schnabel, and the one word being thrown around most carelessly than “art” was “shrinkage.”

image 3. The Hilfigers In support of its new advertising blitz, Tommy Hilfiger sent its campaign family—“The Hilfigers”—to Miami in their all-American finery. They made appearances at the Standard Spa to celebrate 10 years of Bruce Weber’s All American book series (where the majority of guests looked like they’d been poached from Abercrombie catalogs), as well as the Paper magazine-hosted N.E.R.D performance, which was, yes, co-sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger.

image 4. Klaus Biesenbach Biesenbach is the current Director of MoMA PS1 and the Chief Curator at Large at MoMA, so it would do him a disservice to call him an art fly. Still, he buzzed through the fair like no one else. In addition to the Playboy party, Biesenbach touched down on the MoMA PS1 and Interview presentation at the Delano (where he cut a serious rug and drank directly from a bottle of Moet), the Interview, LVMH, and Fendi dinner, and the Maybach and MoCA-sponsored LCD Soundsystem performance at the Raleigh hotel (where civilized tippling quickly devolved into major Coyote Ugly-style table dancing).

image 5. Lorenzo Martone You couldn’t leave your hotel this year without running into Nycked swimwear designer and former (current?) Marc Jacobs arm candy, Lorenzo Martone. In addition to the Playboy, Bruce Weber, and Marco Brambilla parties, Martone was spotted at the Alchemist & Art Ruby Garage Party and the actual fair inside the Miami Convention Center. (He gets major art fly points for showing up in a tank top and warrior sandals.)

image 6. Lori Cheek I wasn’t previously familiar with Cheek, but I saw her everywhere—Bruce Weber, Assouline, and Andre Balazs-hosted unveiling of designer Marc Newson’s new Aquariva boat at the Standard Spa—and woke up one morning with a black business card in my pants that reminded me I’d been “Cheek’d.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, either, but it sounds fun.

image 7. Mia Moretti Of all the DJs on the Basel circuit—with, perhaps, the exception of the MisShapes, who were everywhere—Moretti was the most prolific. She provided the soundtrack to the Bruce Weber and Paper parties, and spun the Swarovski dinner—hell, I even saw her playing music at the Gansevoort’s Café Bustelo while en route to get my morning coffee.

image 8. Stefano Tonchi Since taking over W late last summer, Tonchi has made his presence very known to the worlds of film, fashion, and art. The editor stopped by the Swarovski dinner, the Marc Newson party, the main fair, the Vanity Fair-hosted dinner for Bruce Weber at MoCA, the Bruce Weber party at the Standard, and, yes, the W dinner—where, presumably, he finally found time to slow down and eat.

image 9. KAWS Brooklyn-based artist and designer Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS, made cameos at every party, although in a subtle, baseball cap-wearing way so as to avoid getting shot on myriad step-and-repeats. Since he’s an actual artist, he can’t really be an art fly, but I saw him—not his works—everywhere, so he counts!

image 10. Aurel Schmidt The Purple-loved, New York-based, Waldo-bespectacled artist (whose name, from experience, is pronounced oh-rell, not oral) was never far from an open bar, as she made stops at the Interview, LVMH, and Fendi dinners, the Marco Brambilla screening, the Playboy party, and, naturally, Andre Saraiva’s Le Baron pop-up club at the Delano’s Florida Room, which is where most of Miami ended their nights, sweaty and bombed until well into the morning.