It gets better every year, and the 2014 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has already proved to be major. Here’s our guide for the hottest events, artists and shopping during the best week of the year. Because who doesn’t need a David Webb ear clip mounted in platinum and draped in circular, marquise, pear shaped and emerald-cut diamonds? We know we do.
350 NW 29TH STREET MIAMI, FL 33127 If last year’s sales of over $4 million are any indication of what’s in store at the 2014 installation of Fine Art Auctions Miami, it’s safe to say that items will be extraordinary and wildly lavish. On December 2nd, a ‘Vintage Jewelry and Contemporary’ sale will feature baubles from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari, Faberge, Tiffany & Co. and more. The auction continues on December 4th with a ‘Important Paintings and Sculptures’ sale, which will include artwork by Henri Matisse, Sergio Camargo and even a Pablo Piccaso piece with an estimated value between $2,500,000-$3,000,000.
In celebration of the Velvet Haute Couture collection, Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué and legendary supermodel Stephanie Seymour are playing host to an intimate group of industry greats in art, fashion and entertainment. The new collection features a trio of ladies watches showcasing the creative spirit and exclusive allure of Roger Dubuis, with prices ranging from $46,000-$100,500. The fashionable evening will also include special edition Dom Pérignon bottles designed by Iris Van Herpen as well as a live artistic performance, and music by DJ Hannah Bronfman.
Art Basel vet and industry great Mr. Brainwash is stepping into the world of timepieces. The artist will first create an installation at Hublot’s Bal Harbour boutique during the day, and will later transform and “brainwash” Casa de Sueños (Haute listers Loren and JR Ridinger’s private estate) for a larger-than-life experience. Hosted by Eva Longoria, Loren and JR Ridinger, Hublot global CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, and Kamal Hotchandani, CEO of Haute Living, the event will benefit Longoria’s foundation, Eva Longoria Foundation.
5822 SUNSET DRIVE MIAMI, FLORIDA 33143 For 20-plus years, Capretto has been one of Miami’s leading shoes and accessories boutiques with a devout client base. In celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach, the store is treating shoppers to two designer meet-and-greets during the week. On Thursday, December 4th from 12-2PM CFDA winner Paul Andrew will launch his Spring/Summer 2015 collection exclusively at Capretto. Just days later, Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura will setup shop at Capretto for a similar activation. On Saturday, December 6th from 12-4PM, the celebrity go-to shoe designer will be on-hand to introduce his newest styles alongside celebrity blogger and co-host, Danielle Bernstein of weworewhat.com. And to boot, both designers will be signing shoes for lucky attendees shopping the events.
GALLERY LOCATED AT: 297 NW 26 STREET MIAMI, FL, 33127 Running through December 8, Van Alpert’s wildly popular Black i exhibition has garnered the attention of art collectors and aficionados. His much-acclaimed Lauren Bacall series speaks to the connection between past and present by using iconic Hollywood imagery with modern techniques and materials. Alpert’s most recent mural work can be seen at The Miami Beach EDITION, where he was commissioned by Ian Schrager to create an impressive celebrity entrance for the hotel’s nightclub, Basement. While the Miami native currently calls Los Angeles home, his hometown debut means he’ll be spending more time in the Magic City. Stay tuned.
LOUIS VUITTON UNVEILS UNKNOWN DESIGNS
BY PIERRE PAULIN
DESIGN MIAMI/ 140 NE 39TH STREET SUITE 326 MIAMI FL 33137
Coveted French fashion house Louis Vuitton is bringing to life Pierre Paulin and Herman Miller’s unrealized residential project, which the French designer and American furniture manufacturer dreamed up back in 1972. The trifecta of items created will include a mock up, a 3-D animated video and a selection of 18 pieces. The satellite exhibition will debut during Design Miami/ in the Design District from December 2-7.
Together with Architectural Digest, acclaimed designer Thom Filicia will create the AD Oasis, an exclusive and luxury hub open to VIPs during Art Basel Miami Beach. The AD Oasis will be located at the James Royal Palm hotel. Filicia, founder and principal of New York City- based design firm Thom Filicia, Inc., is transforming a sweeping outdoor space at the South Beach hotel using a combination of woven textiles, metals and stone.
Haute Living and The Webster, along with superstar NBA player-turned-designer Dwyane Wade will release his new sneaker variety with longtime partners Li Ning and Alejandro Ingelmo. While the details of this latest collaboration are hush hush, what we can divulge is that the December 2nd unveiling will be one for the books.
THE MIAMI BEACH
2901 COLLINS AVENUE MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA 33140
Everyone’s talking about The Miami Beach EDITION. Located in its own private enclave right on the beach, the 294- room hotel by Ian Schrager unites great design and innovation with one-of-a-kind dining by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Art week in Miami means that EDITION will be playing host to pop-up galleries including: Half Gallery with Harper’s Books, a New York contemporary art gallery curated by Bill Powers; Home Alone 2 Gallery, a group show by Leo Fitzpatrick and Nate Lowman’s L.E.S. Gallery; and Fulton Ryder, a gallery by artist Richard Prince with a Marilyn Minter book launch.