At Art Basel Miami Beach, partying was an extreme sport. Mojito-fueled mingling aside, no one was kidding around. The ability to throw a good party in the art world is rewarded with critical-mass attendance, good buzz and increased respect. It’s a competition, just with catering.
With the glitter-dust finally settled, we decided to highlight the folks who pulled off the best bacchanalias.
It doesn’t sound like much of a battle at first glance—how many parties, realistically, can there be in a week? But a representative for Morgans Hotel Group, which runs the hotels Delano, South Beach and Mondrian, said that this year, the fair’s ninth, was the hotelier’s busiest ever.
During ABMB, there were fetes for or by collectors Steve Martin, Jennifer Rubell and Craig Robbins; galleries Gagosian, David Zwirner, Blum & Poe, White Cube; artists Julian Schnabel, Bruce Weber, Shepard Fairey and Marco Brambilla; museums MoCA Miami, MoCA L.A., the Bass, P.S. 1 and MoMA; magazines Vice, W, Playboy, Visionaire and Vanity Fair and fashion/beauty labels La Mer, Lanvin, Lacoste and Bally.
And that doesn’t include the events at the 21 art fairs.
In general, our winning party picks shared copious food, (sorry, NADA, you were snackless), were free of frantic crowds pushing, climbing walls or swamping boats to get in (Jeffrey Deitch’s buzzy MoCA L.A., Visionaire, THE LAND), didn’t make us commute to the far-flung Design District and, thoughtfully, featured scattered nudity.
So, counting down, our picks for ART BASEL MIAMI’S BEST PARTIES >>