2016 Most Celeb-Heavy Art Basel Yet with Madonna, Leo & Sean

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 03: Madonna at her Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to Benefit Raising Malawi at Faena Forum on December 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 03: Madonna at her Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to Benefit Raising Malawi at Faena Forum on December 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)

Some people fretted that perceived specter of Zika might keep the crowds away from Miami at Basel—some people were wrong. About 77,000 people attend the fair, about the same as last year. One big difference? More of those people were famous. Like, really famous. Not insta-famous or D-list famous, but actually, seriously famous. Big names like Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Penn, Martha Stewart, Dave Chapelle, Adrien Brody, Chris Rock, Courtney Love were on the scene this year. There were also some usual suspects that either live or practically live in Miami like Paris Hilton, Karolina Kurkova, P.Diddy.

Much of the star power came from Madonna, who performed at the brand new Faena Forum for an VVIP audience that purchased tickets to raise over $7.5 million in funds for for Raising Malawi. Sean Penn, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, P. Diddy, Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio and more attended the intimate performance, which did indeed include the promised “mischief.”

MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 02: Actor Sean Penn attends An Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to benefit Raising Malawi presented by Madonna at Faena Forum on December 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 02: Actor Sean Penn attends An Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to benefit Raising Malawi presented by Madonna at Faena Forum on December 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 03: Madonna on stage during her Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to Benefit Raising Malawi at Faena Forum on December 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 03: Madonna on stage during her Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to Benefit Raising Malawi at Faena Forum on December 3, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)

 

MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 02: Sean "Diddy" Combs aka Puff Daddy (L) and Chris Rock attend An Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to benefit Raising Malawi presented by Madonna at Faena Forum on December 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 02: Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy (L) and Chris Rock attend An Evening of Music, Art, Mischief and Performance to benefit Raising Malawi presented by Madonna at Faena Forum on December 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bulgari)

It wasn’t surprising that Courtney Love checked out CHARLIEWOOD, the “transgressive” show by Charlie le Mindu that showed at the Faena Theater. We won’t go into details here, but let’s just say even explaining what went on would not be nsfw. The audience, however, was more than printable with Christina Getty, Tara Soloman, Michelle Lesham, Brian Antoni and the Faenas themselves.

Courtney Love== The Viewing of "CHARLIEWOOD" at FAENA Miami Beach, Presented by Barrett Barrera Projects and Charlie Le Mindu== Faena Theater, Miami Beach, FL== December 1, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Patrick McMullan/PMC== ==
Courtney Love at “CHARLIEWOOD” at FAENA Miami Beach, Presented by Barrett Barrera Projects and Charlie Le Mindu at the Faena Theater, Miami Beach, FL December 1, 2016 ©Patrick McMullan

Both Katie Holmes and Sarah Jessica Parker came out opening night for L’Eden by Perrier-Jouet. An experiential pop-up evoking the Champagne vineyards of France at Faena. Other guests included emerging actress Sasha Lane, model Shanina ShaikDJ RuckusPetra Nemcova

MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Actress Katie Holmes attends the L'Eden By Perrier-Jouet opening night in partnership with Vanity Fair at Casa Claridge's on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 29: Actress Katie Holmes attends the L’Eden By Perrier-Jouet opening night in partnership with Vanity Fair at Casa Claridge’s on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet)

 

Martha Stewart at the Soho Tent for Brett Ratner's Hilhaven
Martha Stewart in the Soho Tent for Brett Ratner’s Hilhaven Lodge whisky party at Soho Beach House
Paris Hilton at Wall after
Paris Hilton at Wall on Friday, December 2nd. Photo by World Red Eye
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