Miamians Side With the Tequila Party at Art Basel Miami Beach

If Miami doesn’t give you enough reason to head to the Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach is here once again and heating up late-night. The four-day event has Miami’s culturati swimming in invitations to galleries, private dinners, special installations and satellite fairs spotted along Miami Beach and Miami’s Design District. With Art Basel Miami Beach now in its ninth season, if you’ve lived in Miami long enough you have Art Basel parties down to a fine art, knowing it all begins with a worthy tipple. Forget tea parties, Miami is keen on the tequila party.

DeLeón Tequila is pouring some culture on the local scene with a series of private Art Basel events, heavy on the art. The culturally advantaged kicked-off Basel with a different kind of artist last night, DJ Paul Oakenfold. Fresh off his Face Lift Tour, Oakenfold dropped by Miami to headline a DeLeón Tequila-sponsored set with DJ Ruckus at the DeLeón KickOff To Art Basel Party at Wall Lounge at W South Beach on Wednesday night. Wall is no stranger to the after-dark mix of music and mayhem, but introduce the art-elite into the mix and you’re guaranteed to brush up on the arts, as well as a supermodel or two. Naomi Campbell, Tony Shafrazi, and Adrien Brody were among those in attendance, plunging into Basel with model potential.

Tonight, DeLeón Tequila presents a private showing of Mark Seliger’s latest series, “LISTEN, with an exclusive book signing and exhibition at Casa Tua at 9 p.m. Seliger, best known for his work as chief photographer for Rolling Stone, shooting more than one hundred covers from 1992 to 2002, now graces top publications such as GQ Vanity Fair, and W with his work. His private collection is a highly personal series of photographs spanning landscapes, still lifes, nudes and portraits that make Seliger one of today’s most sought after photographers.

DeLeón Tequila continues its support of the art community with “The Island, a much anticipated, off-the-grid exhibition organized by the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and OHWOW at Flagler Memorial Island on Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Featuring works from 15 artists, including Bozidar Brazda, Stefan Brüggemann, Scott Campbell, Brody Condon, Naomi Fisher, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Adler Guerrier, Terence Koh, Kate Levant & Michael E. Smith, Hanna Liden, Justin Lowe, Kori Newkirk, Jack Pierson, Marina Rosenfeld and Rona Yefman, “The Island” welcomes invited guests on a quest. Transported by DeLeón Tequila taxiboats, guests will follow maps as they trek through tropical foliage, sandbars and into the water itself, discovering newly commissioned installations, sculptures, multi-media works and ephemeral interventions.

Toasting to the culmination of Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, DeLeón Tequila celebrates with In the Kaleidoscope Room at Soho Beach House at 8 p.m. Flaunt Magazine, together with DeLeón Tequila and Country Club Projects and Smashbox Studios, presents In the Kaleidoscope Room (A Real Estate Odyssey,) a performance by Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, featuring Jennifer Herrema/RTX.

Melding art, music and cocktails where the book and street smart collide, if Miami’s melting pot doesn’t have you appreciating the arts, then leave it to the tequila to have you embracing the artists on a whole different level.

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