Miami Art Week 2015

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 22 - 2016
6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

While Miami Art Week is as much about the art of the party as it is about taking in one-of-a-kind works from around the world, this year, gale force winds and torrential rain added a new dimension of challenges for those artfully negotiating a month’s worth of activities and events into every day and evening for a week straight. In addition to Art Basel and it dozens of satellite fairs, several elegant events elevated Miami Art Week this year, providing opportunities for engaging discussions, networking, dining, cocktailing, celebrity sightings and, of course, dancing.



The Grand Gala and Exhibition: Salone del Mobile

On Tuesday December 1, The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) hosted Salone del Mobile’s inaugural exhibition in the United States with a Grand Gala. More than 250 top industry leaders in design and architecture, VIPs and journalists were invited for a night of celebrating, dining and networking. Guests were treated to a gorgeous four-course dinner and white-glove service by Cipriani. In addition, visitors had the opportunity to visit the stunning installation of Salone del Mobile in Museum Park. Salone del Mobile is the leading tradeshow in the world for industrial and furniture design, which takes place in Milan every year, hosting more than 300,000 visitors from 160+ countries annually. Salone del Mobile is the center of creativity and innovation for international design, showcasing the latest in furnishing and design. The next edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan will take place from April 12-17 2016. 


Pérez Art Museum Miami Stewardship Dinner in Honor of Nari Ward Hosted by Town & Country and Chopard

Among the most elegant and fun events during Miami Art Week, was the intimate dinner for Pérez Art Museum Miami in honor of PAMM’s special exhibition artist Nari Ward, hosted by Town & Country magazine and Chopard at the spectacular Beachcraft restaurant at the 1 Hotel South Beach on Wednesday, December 2. The conversations were as spirited as the guests, who discussed every topic imaginable, from politics, to art, to romance to shopping. Guests enjoyed an elegant cocktail reception and three course seated dinner, prepared by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. Guests were welcomed by PAMM Board of Trustees President Jeff Krinsky and Chopard Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele. Notable attendees included Jennifer Bruno, Ralph Simons, Avery Travis, Hilary Koota, Darlene and Jorge Pérez, artist Sheela Gowda, Ranjana Kahn, Susie and Walid Wahab, and Debra and Dennis Scholl. After dinner, everyone gathered upstairs for dessert, coffee and even more cocktails. Several attendees purchased stunning Chopard pieces.


Eva Longoria and FriendsEva Longoria Art Basel 2015Eva Longoria Fetes Carlos Barroso for his Book Launch at Casa Tua

Eva Longoria together with her longtime friend, celebrity interior designer Ricardo Barroso, celebrated the release of Barroso’s eponymous new book, Ricardo Barroso Interiors, with a VIP Art Basel affair at Casa Tua in Miami on Thursday, December 3.

An exclusive group of 100 VIPs, art aficionados and design enthusiasts braved a Miami monsoon, complete with knee-deep puddles to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Longoria, who was jovial and friendly, looking extra-gorgeous in a low-cut Cushnie et Ochs emerald green jumpsuit. The party took place in Casa Tua’s second-floor Club room, where Longoria, who wrote the book’s foreword, and her dashing boyfriend, Televisia President Jose Antonio Baston, chatted with guests and posed for photos. Eva stars in the highly anticipated new NBC TV series, Telenovela. The couple was extremely affectionate. Barroso, who is known for his luxurious residential, commercial and hospitality design projects from around the world involving high-end residences, executive jets, private yachts, restaurants and nightclubs was a most gracious host, welcoming all of his guests and signing copies of his books for them to take home. Guests included celebrity stylist, Robert Verdi, Pastors Rich and DawnChere Wilkerson, actor Ray Santiago (currently starring in TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead), Travis London, Julien Zuccolin, and Gabriela Lobo.


photo credit: Just Jared

photo credit: Just Jared

Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin Host Global Gift Initiative

Later that evening Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the Global Gift Foundation’s first event in the United States at The Related Group’s Auberge Residences & Spa Miami. The glamorous event featured a cocktail reception, dinner by Le Basque and wines by Rioja, special performances by Carlos De Antonis, Mayte Valdes, Carlos Barrionuevo, Manel Gutierrez, Andres Vadin, Jose Cortes and music by DJ Sub Zero.

Both Longoria and Martin spoke passionately about their foundations. The Eva Longoria Foundation provides education and entrepreneurship opportunities to women. The Ricky Martin Foundation works toward ending human trafficking by advocating for the well-being of children around the globe and creating centers for them. Because the torrential rain kept the auctioneer away, Eva Longoria herself conducted the live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items such as an incredible art piece by Brainwash, a timepiece by the makers of Swiss Luxury Watches Hublot worn by Ricky Martin, art piece by Agustina Casas and a piece from Domingo Zapata’s Panda series, other items included jewelry provided by Messika. Lili Estefan from ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ and TV host and comedian Michael Yo co-hosted the evening.

Notable guests included, Telenovela stars Amaury Nolasco and Jencarlos Canela, top-model Esther Cañadas, the moniker of street pop art Brainwash, US State Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios, Loren and JR Ridinger, Spanish Trade commissioner Inmaculada Gutiérrez, NBA Alumni Scottie Pippen and wife Larsa Pippen, designer Ricardo Barroso, Eva Hughes and Global Gift Ambassador Esther Porto.

This sold-out event raising over $200,000 in support of The Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin foundations and for the Global Gift Foundation USA – whose simple mission is to create positive change in the development, welfare, health and social inclusion of society’s most vulnerable.

“I was absolutely thrilled to be the Honorary Co-Chair with Ricky Martin at the first North American Global Gift Foundation USA event.” said Eva Longoria. “I am a firm believer in using my voice to inspire others to make a difference. True and lasting change comes when each and every one of us makes a decision to help those less fortunate than ourselves. This is why I dedicate my time and efforts to the Global Gift Foundation and the numerous foundations it supports.”


500146286_334416325The Ridingers’ Art Basel Bash Presented By Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery and Shop.Com

Among the most anticipated events during Miami Art Week was the blow-out bash at JR and Loren Ridingers’ incredible, waterfront estate on Miami Beach, which closed out the week in style. The Ridingers, along with daughter, Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin, son-in-law, Duane McLaughlin and Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim hosted the most exclusive art party on Saturday, December 5, featuring works from RETNA and a preview of Marchesa’s 2016 spring collection by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Stylish guests, none the worse for wear despite a long week of rainstorms and art events, danced until morning under the stars to music by DJ Cassidy, and special performances by Fat Joe, Omarion and Maxwell, while indulging in Tequila Herradura cocktails and Perrier-Jouet champagne. In addition, Aston Martin showcased the track-only supercar, the Vulcan and the Lagonda “the finest of fast cars.”

The highlight of the evening was RETNA’s exclusive unveiling of his newest works, for which the artist employs different mediums on stainless steel mirrors and sculptures. Some of his canvas works include diamond dust, while others are matte, making each piece unique with his signature hieroglyphics encoded within the text.

Notable attendees included RETNA, Eva Longoria and Jose Baston; Russell Simmons, Maxwell, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Fat Joe, Omarion and Rohan Marley.


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Luxury champagne House Perrier-Jouët celebrated the creative effervescence of

Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 with the launch of ‘L’Eden by Perrier-Jouet’, an escape in Miami. Maison Perrier Jouët created a week-long immersive experience in the swank penthouse suite of the highly anticipated Faena Hotel beginning with its launch event on Monday, November 30, during which Andra Day gave a special performance followed by music by DJ Elle Dee. The penthouse suite was transformed into ‘L’Eden by Perrier-Jouet’, where guests enjoyed an enchanting oasis. L’Eden hosted various events and experiences throughout the week, including a living green photo booth, a personalized tasting cellar with the Cellars Master Hervé Deschamps, an organic bar with indigenous Miami florals, and an enchanted tree installation, brainchild of London-based designer Tord Boontje, all with sweeping dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests included included: Nina Agdal, Erica Pelosini-Leeman, Simon & Michaela de Pury, Leo Villareal, Kelly Framel, Lady Victoria Hervey, and Marco Brambilla.



Russell & Danny Simmons and Rosario Dawson host Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale

An illustrious mix of celebrities, musicians, socialites, fashion designers and art influencers attended the invitation-only Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series finale event at the Beach Tent at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, on Friday, December 4. The guest list included Rosario Dawson, Solange Knowles and celebrity stylist Ty Hunter; recording artists: Miguel and Teyana Taylor; supermodels: Shaun Ross, Garrett Neff,  and Lady Victoria Hervey; BK The Artist; TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, DJ Cassidy, and Patrick Janelle.  Attendees sipped artfully crafted BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktails while dancing to music spun by DJ Kitty Cash.

Now in its sixth year, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series, an annual collaboration with Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, searches nationwide for the most talented emerging visual artists. Along with Grand Finale Winner Aron Belka, two other artists were selected (out of thousands of applicants) among the 12 finalists at the party: Shawn Warren from Chicago and People’s Choice Becky Rosa from Miami. For the second year in a row, all three of the top artists will have the unique opportunity to create a largescale mural in each of their hometowns next spring, as part of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Mural Arts Project. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a solo exhibit at SCOPE NYC in March 2016.


Russell Simmons addressed the finalists: “Over the last six years, we’ve succeeded in discovering some truly remarkable talent in partnership with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, and I’m very proud of that. This year, for the very first time, we’re honored to have the opportunity to introduce my friend, actress and social activist Rosario Dawson to our program, who will serve as a Creative Mentor for the program. We continue to discover the most talented generations of visual artists, and we are very excited to continue working with our partners BOMBAY SAPPHIRE to discover and shine a light on their creativity and imagination. It’s been a successful six years, and we’re just getting started!”


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