Don’t Miss: Art Basel 2014 Edition

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 2 - 2014

artBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Art Basel, the Mecca for art collectors and enthusiasts will take over Miami this week. The most prestigious art show in the Americas will feature hundreds of leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, among the most respected in the world that will showcase works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art and musical experiences. Art Basel will provide a vital platform for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks. In addition to the actual show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, art museums throughout South Florida, satellite art fairs, and events for and by curators provide the perfect forum for encountering and experiencing art and design. Every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel – and the requisite parties keep the locals and the visitors in an art-induced state of bliss. Without a doubt, sunny Miami is the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. Below, we have highlighted just a few of the major events that are scheduled this year, and are sure to make Art Basel 2014 the best to date.

The Shoe at Thompson Miami Beachth

The two-artist band, The Shoe, will appear at the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach hotel on December 2nd during Art Basel in Miami Beach for two pop-up performances. This open-to-the-public happening will launch inside Seagrape, the hotel’s restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, before moving upstairs to Thompson’s cozy Crown Room bar and lounge where guests can enjoy hand-crafted specialty cocktails. The star of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and fashion model for GAP®, Jena Malone, along with bandmate, Lem Jay Ignacio, will perform songs from the duo’s sophomore album, “I’m Okay.” The Shoe’s appearance at Thompson Miami Beach will serve as an encore to the international, four-city “Thompson Hotels X The Shoe Takeover Tour” that took place earlier this year at Thompson Hotel properties in Chicago, Toronto, New York, and London; Performances begin at 6:00 p.m.; Open to the public.



Chef-Michelle-BernsteinMichelle Bernstein’s Pop-Ups During Art Basel 

Food is a form of art for famed Miami Chef, Michelle Bernstein, and her foodie fans know this. Lucky for all, she is “popping up” again this year for seven nights during Art Basel. Chef Bernstein’s concepts offer a wide range of delicious options in the Botanical Garden, steps away from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Throughout the day, Art Basel attendees can grab a quick, healthy lunch at her Garden Cafe, situated in a beautiful lush setting. For a more refined meal, guests can make a dinner reservation at Chef Bernstein’s exclusive Michy’s Pop Up restaurant or book a private event as she is offering catering opportunities for groups of six or more. Michy’s Pop Up restaurant will be a four-night dinner experience and Chef Bernstein will incorporate her signature South Floridian influence, utilizing freshly harvested ingredients. She will offer a diverse selection of light and appetizing tapas, starters, plats de resistance and desserts. Guests can expect to find on the menu some of her distinguished dishes from her famed Michy’s restaurant in Miami’s MiMo district. A premium bar and an impressive international wine list have been paired perfectly to compliment the menu. Reservations are a must as the restaurant will only be open from Wednesday, December 3 to Saturday, December 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the Botanical Garden’s Banyan Room and its adjacent terrace. For private events during Art Basel, Chef Bernstein will offer exclusive catering opportunities for groups ranging from 6 to 100 in private or semi-private indoor or outdoor areas. From seated lunches and dinners to intimate tea parties and cocktails, Bernstein’s team will provide custom menus and set-ups, tailored to each group’s needs. At Chef Bernstein’s more casual concept, the Garden Cafe, Art Basel attendees can take a mid-day break to enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch in the lush gardens. The diverse menu is comprised from locally sourced organic ingredients and includes tasty salads, sandwiches and special daily grilled dishes. Gourmet coffee and fresh baked pastries will be available and patrons can choose to be seated or grab a bite to go. Guests can make reservations in the Botanical Garden during Art Basel online here:


In celebration of Art Basel, local restaurants and lounges are serving up signature Basel-inspired cocktails:  

Meat Market: Lincoln Road’s bustling hot spot for local foodies and Miami Beach trendsetters will feature a specialty bubbly libation for this year’s Art Basel. From December 4-7, Meat Market’s mixologists will serve up Bubbles for Basel – plum preserve, lemon citrus, orange liqueur and fennel bitters, topped with Blanc de Blancs and an edible flower. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road. Lunch and dinner daily. Telephone: (305) 532-0088;

Seagrape: For Art Basel 2014, the casually elegant Floridian brasserie led by critically acclaimed chef Michelle Bernstein will feature a refreshing Pampelonne ($14) – Aylesbury Duck vodka, St. Germain, Moscato d’Asti, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and basil. Seagrape is located at the brand new Thompson Miami Beach at 4041 Collins Avenue. Telephone:   (786) 605-4041;

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Just a stone’s throw from Basel headquarters, Quattro will offer art enthusiasts their rendition of a Lychee Martini – ginger alchemy vodka, lychee, and Chambord Liqueur. Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road. Telephone: (305) 531-4833;

Living Room at W South Beach: Living Room, the sultry, night-time playground nestled in the lobby of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, will pay homage to Art Basel 2014 with Green House – a verdant blend of vodka, flower liqueur, sage, rosemary, lime and sugar. Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Telephone: (305) 938-3000;


Chrome HeartsChrome_Hearts_Miami_Basel_Invite_Nov_2014

On Wednesday, December 3 , fashion & art will converge once again during Art Basel, Chrome Hearts will introduce a space where their retail “experience” as customers have come to know is unhinged allowing the interplay between artists, designers & artisans to take center stage. Fueled by the passion of co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark, a fine art photographer for over a decade, along with her daughter, Jesse Jo – the space will be home to both emerging and established artists & designers handpicked to create pieces exclusively for the space. The special opening event will be showcasing exclusive fashion & art collections by both emerging & established artists + a LIVE musical performance by Zoe Kravitz of Lolawolf; Located @ 4025 NE 2nd Ave Miami RSVP:


Bazaar @ Art Basel

As part of ShopBAZAAR, La Perla will participate in an intimate evening of shopping on Wednesday, December 3, with Harper’s BAZAAR Executive Editor, Laura Brown & Fashion Illustrator and Author, Garance Doré. The event will take place at Soho Beach House and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The FEED Foundation.


The Frankenstein Issue 139: It’s Alive!

Flaunt Magazine and Joe’s Jeans, in collaboration with Whitewall Magazine, will host a site specific exhibition featuring leading video artists, a number of whom are featured in the forthcoming: The Frankenstein Issue 139: It’s Alive! at the SLS Hotel South Beach Hotel from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Supporters of the exhibit include the Institute of  Contemporary Art, Miami; Rhizome at The New Museum; as well as the the Los Angeles Nomadic Division. During the exhibition, Los Angeles-based dance and choreography artists, WIFE, will perform a piece in collaboration with musician, Guy Gerber.


Hunter & Gatti “I Will Make You A Star”

Creative duo Hunter & Gatti will premiere their latest series of works, titled “I Will Make You A Star”, at the SLS South Beach Hotel, Florida, coinciding with Art Basel Miami 2014. The inaugural event will be hosted by Hunter & Gatti muse, supermodel Toni Garrn, whose portrait is featured in the exhibition. The exhibition brings to the public, a selection of Hunter & Gatti’s overpainted celebrity portraits, including Pharrell Williams, Diane Kruger, Bruno Mars and Jamie Dornan, among others. “I Will Make You A Star” is inspired by the neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat and explores the limits of popular culture, reflecting it’s ongoing interest in the art world. Hunter & Gatti pay tribute to the artist’s legacy by merging the celebrity portraits from their catalogue raisonné of fashion campaigns and editorials, which feature iconoclastic members of today’s fashion, cinematographic & music scenes, with Basquiat’s paintings that transcend the limits of the art world and form part of our collective unconsciousness – much like the famous faces in their photographs. December 1 through 30, 2014 / Open to Public 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 / VIP Presentation hosted by Toni Garrn.


Bulgari Boutique Opening

On Thursday, December 4, Bulgari will unveil the brand’s first U.S. boutique designed by Peter Marino, featuring his exclusive Bulgari design concept at the Bal Harbour Shops location. The event will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and will commence with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Jean-Christophe Babin (CEO of BULGARI), Veronica Bulgari, Alberto Festa (President Bulgari USA) and Peter Marino. Bulgari continues to celebrate 130 Years with this momentous occasion as the new design concept is inspired by the brand’s heritage boutique in Rome on Via Condotti.


Del Toro Shoes and Art Basel Happenings

Del Toro Shoes will host an in-store event on Thursday, December 4 from 4:00 for 7:00 p.m. in celebration of the Wynwood Boutique’s 2nd anniversary. The event will feature the release of a limited-edition Wynwood inspired Chukka.  Del Toro will also be participating in a special project by Alchemist from December 1-7. Titled AIRBALL​, the interactive installation will be a collaboration with Brooklyn-based art and architecture collective Snarkitecture, and will inhabit a Herzog & de Meuron-designed carpark near the Alchemist space on (1111) Lincoln Road. This installation is particularly important to Del Toro because of its involvement with the basketball world and the impact basketball has gained in men’s fashion. Del Toro will be releasing limited edition styles which will be sold exclusively at AIRBALL, as well as Colette in Paris. On Saturday, December 6, Del Toro is participating in a joint event with Guy Gerber at the Delano Hotel, and will be introducing its Navajo Collection. Brooklyn-based artist and GQ editor, Mark Anthony Green along with artists Magnus Sodamin and Jason Seife will be live painting teepees.


PHOTO Management Launch 

Internationally acclaimed PHOTO Magazine will partner together with Markowicz Fine Art and the National Hotel Miami Beach, an iconic Art Deco landmark, to mark the magazine’s first event in the United States under new ownership. PHOTO has recently recommitted to the magazine’s original goals, launching a new leg of the company, PHOTO Management, providing a platform for photographers to sell their work around the world. The event, co-hosted by Markowicz Fine Art and the National Hotel Miami Beach will not only introduce one of PHOTO Management’s first clients, Markus & Koala but will also feature French artist, Richard Orlinski, whose sculptures from the Born Wild series will be on display; a LIVE PHOTSHOOT with SUPERMODEL, Nina Agdal is set to take place at their Art Basel Miami debut on Friday,December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at The National Hotel Miami Beach. The cover, will re-introduce the magazine’s longstanding DECEMBER SUPERMODEL ISSUE, which has previously featured the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bundchen.


SCOPE_VH1_InviteOfficial VH1 + SCOPE 2014 Party

For the third consecutive year, VH1, together with SCOPE Art Show will bring the ultimate collaboration of ART + MUSIC to the heart of Miami Beach, and kick off their annual Official VH1 + SCOPE 2014 Party on December 5. VH1 + SCOPE Miami Beach will once again utilize Art Basel week as the ultimate platform for the fusion of art and music, showcasing emerging visual artists, on the rise musicians, and other art activations, successfully integrating the music and pop culture worlds. VH1 + SCOPE have a remarkable track record for identifying and supporting groundbreaking artists, and know that some of the most renowned creative visual artists have been influenced by music. Staying true to its roots in music, and being known for showcasing today’s hottest musical performers, VH1 will introduce platinum, award-winning, Danish singer-songwriter NABIHA, to deliver a live performance at the annual event. American hip-hop recording artist and producer, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean will DJ and close the night, while guests experience an immersive art installation by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic.Guests at the official VH1 + SCOPE party will get to experience a unique on-site GIF booth, sponsored by FIAT®. VH1 + SCOPE’s shared commitment to innovative up-and-coming art of all genres makes them the perfect match for celebrating Art Basel with their annual, Official VH1 + SCOPE 2014 Party on Friday, the hottest and loudest ticket in town. 


Seasalt and Pepper Turns 1!

Seasalt and Pepper invites you to celebrate its one-year anniversary and enjoy the very first preview of Modern Garden a crudo and hot stone concept restaurant 422 NW North River Drive Friday, December 5, 2014 8PM Featuring the unveiling of two architectural sculptures by designer Santiago Jose Pelaez, the evening will showcase interactive/live statue performances and live ambient percussion music accompanied by a DJ. Crudos and paired specialty cocktails will be served. Space is limited. Please RSVP


David Frangioni and Phil Collins at The Fillmore

David Frangioni, the Founder and CEO of Audio One, the award winning home automation and theatre system, announces he will play at the Fillmore on December 6 with Phil Collins. Frangioni will be drumming for Phil Collins, Laura Pausini, and Alejandra Guzman as part of the Little Dreams Foundation Charity concert. The Little Dreams Foundation (LDF) charity is close to Frangioni’s heart as it helps young, underprivileged children obtain lessons, career direction and mentoring at a time when they need it most.   When David turned 2 years old, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, cancer of the eye.  Since then, he has been blind in his right eye while finding music as his refuge. Today, he can give back to kids that are suffering from cancer, and provide a helping hand during this difficult long journey; something he did not have while growing up in Boston.  The December 6 concert will also feature, the 2014 class of LDF children, an amazing group of extremely talented children that have worked all year long for this moment.  And backing them up on every song will be their mentor, David Frangioni, drumming as he has for the past 40+ years.


Leave a Reply