Every year, Art Basel seems to become more packed with A-listers. This year's 10th Anniversary event was no exception. Maybe they like the warm respite from your typical December weather. Or maybe it's the exclusive dinners, events and parties. Or maybe it's because they are some of the few that can afford to drop serious dough on the expensive art pieces for sale (especially in this economy). Here is a sampling of the more famous actors, models, designers, socialites and of course artists spotted at this year's festivities.
This December marks the 10th anniversary of Art Basel in Miami, one of the most prestigious and popular art shows in America. Over 260 galleries from all corners of the globe will display works by over 2,000 artists. But it goes beyond just viewing some great art - there's a slew of events, music, food and parties that all celebrate the spirit of Basel.
Art Basel Miami Beach's main event takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center December 1st-4th. Here's an A-Z list of galleries that are participating. This is a truly multi-cultural collection featuring art from New York, Paris, London, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Zurich, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and many more.
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr. • Miami Beach, FL 33139
Keep your glass and your belly full as you indulge in all that Art Basel has to offer.
Collins Park Café
If you're going to the Bass Museum or Art Public's free gallery in Collins Park, stop by the Collins Park Café for French pastries and sandwiches by Atelier Monnier. Wednesday – Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
201 21st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
STK Miami’s “The Macallan House of Stone”
Thursday, December 1st 7PM - 9PM
Scotch tasting & live performance by acclaimed sculpture artist Moses Nayanhongo. Nayanhongo – who has showcased his works at the Louvre, amongst other art world staples – will carve his latest piece inside the chic South Beach steakhouse as guests sip Macallan 21-year-old whiskey. The event is open to the public with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2377 Collins Avenue at Gansevoort Miami Beach
Dance, drink, socialize and celebrate the spirit of Art Basel at these hip hotels in Miami Beach.
Wednesday, Nov 30: Beach Party at The Raleigh
Jeffrey Deitch and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles are holding a “beach” party at the hotel’s famous Art Deco pool. Belgian electro duo 2 Many DJS promises to keep things going late. Invitation-only.
Wednesday, Nov 30: Louis Vuitton BBQ at Soho Beach House
Louis Vuitton is sponsoring a “beachside” barbecue for Art.sy, a site that lets art lovers find new artists, much like what Pandora does for music. Carter Cleveland, the site’s founder, will be joined by Dasha Zhukova and Wendi Murdoch. Invitation-only.
Bostonians, you are just days away from the kickoff to another awesome year of Boston Fashion Week! Founded in 1995, the dedication and support of the Boston community is apparent in the evolution of this premiere fashion event. A collection of fashion education workshops, exhibitions, coinciding events at various locales, and of course, the runway shows make up the accessibility and appeal BFW offers to anyone willing to participate. Most excitingly, this year marks the debut of The TENT, Boston Fashion Week’s official central location for the designer runway shows. Mayor Thomas Menino, as quoted in The Boston Globe, said “Having one central location will really create an opportunity to make this a premiere event for the city. This is going to be a truly professional event, and our talent in Boston deserves that.’’
Eric Ripert and Maguy LeCoze reopened Le Bernadin on September 9th with a striking new design. Chef Ripert still centers his menu on inventive fish-centered dishes on his new Lounge menu such as gravlax and lobster cappuccino (yum). Enjoy your dinner in relaxation mode as Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner's art piece, Deep Water, takes center stage as the dining room's only piece of art. Enjoy the new Le Bernardin lounge, which will play host to the venue's signature cocktails. The only remaining fixture is the iconic wooden ceiling. Try out their delicious dinner Monday-Saturday and their lunch Monday-Friday. Bon apetite!
“One of the dynamics that is not often discussed, but is amazing to me is that the internet doesn’t have the shelf-life that pop culture does in its other instantiations. In 2005, when we released Here It Goes Again; picture any standard rock video. If it’s successful it has a month of airplay, maybe. It gets written up in Enemy, Rolling Stone, there’s a big moment and everyone’s paying attention; and maybe people will go buy the record in the record store. But with the internet, these things basically live there forever,” commented Damian Kulash, lead singer of Chicago-originated, LA based band OK Go. He was kind enough to sit down with Joonbug Lollapalooza weekend.
Lollapalooza is a celebration of many genres and tastes in music and this year’s festival did not disappoint. Here were some of Joonbug’s favorites:
Ok Go put on an incredible show, full of smolder, swagger and plenty of good humor. The four band members dressed head to toe in either red, blue, green or yellow suits; played a song with sublime intensity on the hand bells, indulged the audience with old favorites and introduced new tunes. A favorite moment included lead singer Damian singing from the middle of the crowd a heart-string tugging acoustic gem. Tongue-in-cheek, honest and power-packed, Ok Go was the delight of the afternoon. Tinie Tempah graced the stage just before OK Go, delivering a set that bubbled with effervescent energy. The beats were crisp, fun and instantly catchy. He is one to watch.
Day 1: Friday
A breeze blows in as everyone approaches the huge beacon suspended over Michigan Avenue. Big blue and yellow letters announce that Lollapalooza is here, ready to take over Chicago. The excitement started to build on the train ride over. From my seat on the Red Line, I could spy a few fellow concert-goers. The giveaways were anything but slight…a girl sporting multi-colored hair and a leopard tank top, flip-flopped boys with flowing hair, the buzz started to build.
On the way toward Congress Street, the side streets start to fill in. Buckingham Fountain spouts elegantly in the background, a figure of relative calm amidst a veritable sea of people. Walking down Columbus Avenue the atmosphere becomes a little sea sick…the crowds rush around, whirling and swirling through the insular compound of concert stages, food tents, shopping spots and rest areas. Grant Park has a whole new look and feel. Packed to the gills with tie-die shirts, flowing tops, freckled faces and tanned bodies, it’s a three-ring circus in the middle of the city. The crowd is a fantastic mish-mosh of Chicago music-goers and transplants. There are the high schoolers; easy to flag down due to a mysterious lack of clothing, fraternity bros, sorority sisters, the omnipresent hipsters, older couples, couples with kids, and the people from Perry’s Stage whom are in a league all their own. I wandered in that direction to catch Afrojack and was nearly blown away. “The first person to see someone naked gets a point” was the game of choice…there were sweaty bodies covered in glitter, facepaint, short-shorts and the haze of pot defined the party at the southern end of camp Lollapalooza. The set pulsated and wildly entertained…the crowd was literally climbing up the walls with dance-induced euphoria.
There was a beautiful mix of languages and accents, bright and colorful. Waiting for the OK Go set to begin at the Google + Stage (much more on that later), Irish girls giggled and a kind couple from India talked about their experience in the United States. Some cute American boys tried their hand at picking up some coy English girls, fresh from enjoying Two Door Cinema Club’s set.
Day 2: Saturday
The time is nearly upon us. The sold-out Lollapalooza roars into town on August 5th-7th, bringing with it a weekend of scorching hot food, music and entertainment. The Woodstock reincarnate celebrates its 20th summer and the line-up is as jam-packed as ever. Set in the very heart of the city, Lollapalooza is synonymous with summer in Chicago. With nearly 200,000 in attendance and over 130 bands to choose from performing on stages sprawling throughout Grant Park, planning ahead for Lolla can be a daunting task. Not to mention planning a visit to the Graham Elliot-curated Chow Town, promising trendy and tasty Chicago dining (a slice of Lou Malnati’s between sets, perhaps?)
So what to do? A little research goes a long way to get the most out of this gigantic festival. Waltz in to Grant Park knowing who to see, leaving room for pleasant surprises along the way. Creating a custom schedule is easy on Lollapalooza’s website (www.lollapalooza.com), so is downloading smart phone apps for navigation of all things Lolla.
Be sure to check out a map of the festival and all of the diverse offerings in store, including between-set entertainment lounges scattered across the Park, Kidzapalooza and the Green Street market. If this is the first visit to Lolla or the 20th, be sure to enjoy yourself, see as many great sets as possible, stay cool, grab a bite and go a little crazy. From August 5-August 7, it’s Chicago’s time to shine at this incredible event.
The bracelet or tickets have been delivered. The only thing left to do is wait.
For the full line up, go to www.lollapalooza.com. Headliners include: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Muse, Coldplay, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle and more.