Art Basel Guide 2016 – Fairs, Parties & Music

Art Basel Guide 2016 – Fairs, Parties & Music

Art Basel Guide– Dust of your jackets, scarfs and tuxes cuz Art Basel is back of course bigger than last year. Art Basel debuted in Miami Beach in 2002 and has blown up to be the favorite annual winter meeting place for the international party & art world.

On December 1–4, once again, Art Basel Miami will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center. Midtown and Wynwood.

We’ve put together an Art Basel Guide of what we think are some of the best fairs, parties and music spots to Basel it up:


SCOPE Miami Beach 801 Ocean Dr, (between Ocean Drive and 8th St.), Miami Beach, FL 33139 SCOPE is always our favorite Art Basel satellite fair with its vivid, vibrant and mind bending pieces. SCOPE’s mission is to tap into the cultural psyche and to present only the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines. It is always a joy to take Art Basel Scope Pictures every year.

You can see our previous Scope coverage here.


Art Miami– The city’s original and longest running contemporary and modern art fair will return for its 27th year.  Art Miami will present an array of iconic and exemplary works, dynamic projects and special installations with a focus on presenting the finest investment quality paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, sculpture and video art, with works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Art Miami’s 2016 line-up will feature over 130 galleries from more than twenty different countries, exhibiting important modern masters and blue chip contemporary artists as well as the most sought after living artists from the around the world – including Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Ed Ruscha. Joining the esteemed contemporary artists to be offered at Art Miami are Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, who displayed his “Hooked” exhibition at both Art New York and Art Southampton earlier in the year. The acclaimed actor and artist will debut his most recent works at this year’s fair.Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week on Tuesday, November 29th, with a VIP Private Preview to benefit Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in the Art Miami Pavilion.


Aqua Art Miami – The sister satellite  fair  to  Art  Miami,  Aqua Art Miami will  celebrate  its  12th edition  at  the  Aqua  Hotel  (1530  Collins  Avenue  Miami  Beach,  FL  33139),  from Wednesday,  November  30th  to  Sunday,  December  4th, 2016.

One of the best fairs for emerging  art  during  Miami’s  Art  Week,  Aqua  Art  Miami  has consistently earned  critical  recognition for presenting  vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries  with  strong  emerging  and  mid-career  artists, while  retaining  the  fair’s  signature  relaxed  vibe  and  lively  energy. The  fair’s  unique environment–  in  a  classic  South  Beach hotel  with  spacious  exhibition  rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art-lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.


CONTEXT Art Miami – Now in its fifth year, CONTEXT Art Miami is expanding. Dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists, CONTEXT will, for the first time, take place in a standalone 65,000-square-foot pavilion just one block away from the Art Miami Pavilion in the middle of Midtown.

As an exciting addition this year, new exhibitors to CONTEXT Art Miami include London’s Paul Stolper Gallery, which will offer an installation of new works from English musical genius and visual artist, Brian Eno. Eno will show new light boxes, which seamlessly phase through combinations of seductive self-generated ‘colourscapes.’ Zurich’s Galerie Andres Thalmann will make its first appearance at the fair, presenting a solo booth of works by Katja Loher. Gibbons & Nicholas from Dublin also will make their debut in Miami with a selection of emerging, mid-career and established Irish artists. 


SPectrum is “where contemporary meets extraordinary” and we have a couple artists we are going to check out.  Huayuan Art is an engaging presentation of works by renowned Chinese artists Liu JunqiShen Yongping, and Wang Lihua. The exhibition will dive in to the unique categories of Suzhou Embroidery and Dunhuang Art. Lihua is a master embroider. Junqi and Yongping’s works are inspired by the murals of Dunhuang Caves, located in China’s northwestern Gansu Province on the edge of the Gobi Desert. All three figures have played a vital role in the revival of the historical art of the Silk Road, the core to the Huayuan Art’s narrative. This is located in booth 218.

You can also check out and support local artist Laelanie Art at booth s825. Spectrum is located at Spectrum, 1700 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132.

For Fancy Pants –

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This November, Perrier-Jouët will transform the historic art deco building of Casa Faena at Faena District to create a luxurious oasis that enchants, inspires and celebrates curiosity and wonder through touch, smell and sensory manipulation.In partnership with famed theatrical director and owner of New YorkCity’s infamous nightclub The Box, Simon Hammerstein, L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët comes alive on the sandy shores of MiamiBeach for three days beginningNovember 29, 2016.

The house of Perrier-Jouët, the world’s most iconic boutique champagne with long standing links to art and design, unveils a one-of-a-kind artistic experience that fuses the Maison’s unique story and Belle Époque heritage with surrealism, mystery and thrill.Inspiration for L’Edenby Perrier-Jouët comes from the house’s infamously private cellar in Epernay, France, called Eden. Here lies Perrier-Jouët’s most prestigious and rarest vintage champagnes accessible by a single key carefully guarded by Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps,

Hand selected VIPs will be invited to celebrate L’Eden by Perrier-Jouëtfor private lunches, dinners and ocean view cocktail receptions atop the lush roof top garden and exclusive tasting experiences with the Cellar Master. The building will also be host to late night, celeb-fueled rendezvous and choreography by Hammerstein which will include a special surprise ingénue.

Past notable attendees of L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët include Karlie Kloss, Mario Testino, Katie Holmes, Derek Blasberg, Rocky Barnes, Toni Garrn, Constance Jablonski, Shanina Shaikand Swizz Beats.

Perrier-Jouët will also debut a collaboration with San Francisco-based designer Andrew Kudless at DesignMiami/ from November 29 through December 4, 2016. To mark five years in partnership with the renowned art fair, Perrier-Jouët and Kudless will present a large-scale immersive installation founded on the notion of nature,craftsmanship and technology.The four-part exhibit features a first of its kind 3-D printed ice bucket titled Perrier-Jouët Marc Metamorphosis, using a Chardonnay grape skin power base. A limited number will be available for purchase beginning December 5th, 2016.

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New Club – Ora Finally Shines

Miami Beach nightlife is ripe for a nightlife revival, and ORA is bringing glamour back, with its luxe décor, impeccable service and multi million-dollar design. With an all-star team of nightlife veterans, helmed by hospitality tastemakers Ryan Van Milligen, Dana Dwyer, Yani Kontos, and Greg See. ORA will deliver on the promise of elevating the nightclub experience where thoughtful touches, tableside mixology, and old-world service and appeal.

It’s only appropriate that ORA is launching in time for Art Basel, with its artistic décor created and executed by world-renowned French designer Francois Frossard. For ORA, Frossard, whose most recent masterpiece was the redesign of iconic club Queen Paris, has produced a lavish and dramatic interior, featuring a cathedral ceiling, classic boiserie paneling throughout, marble bars, sleek and sexy banquettes and state-of-the-art lighting fixtures. Adding to the cultural conversation, guests will dance alongside works of art by Banksy and Murakami.

ORA also has bragging rights for its mixology program, which will be uniquely offered both tableside and at the bar. Veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie was hired to reinvent the staid “bottle service” standard of routine mixers. Instead, assigned mixologists will work with clients to create specialty cocktails with a variety of ingredients directly at the table. Sipping a perfectly shaken martini in high style is now a reality. In the upstairs Anti-Social room, cocktailing will reign supreme with an innovative menu and personalized cocktails, including a “chronological flight” of martinis that features four mini martinis in their most popular formulations spanning from the late nineteenth century to today.

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Free Art!

While notable, high-end art fairs roll into Miami for Art Basel, Super 8® will host an exhibit enticing gallery-goers to snatch a piece of art – for free. Once an overlooked decoration at its hotels across North America, Super 8 is taking its art “off the wall” to make way for the brand’s contemporary redesign, already available at nearly 60% of hotels. Nearly 100 eclectic pieces of “not-so-super” art will be free for the taking, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at When The Art Comes Down: Works from The Super 8 Collection Miami Edition.

The Miami event will feature a “certified Bob Ross instructor” who will guide attendees on how to paint like Bob as a way of celebrating him and this kitschy category of art, helping give Bob a much-deserved Basel moment of his own. Also, each of the Super 8 works on display will be named using Bob’s catch phrases as further tribute.

Together Super 8 and Bob Ross remind us that art isn’t just for the chosen few – it’s for everyone. Hoity-toity art? No thanks. If you like art with “charm,” then this event is right for you. Super 8 hopes Miami’s art fair community will share in the enthusiasm of the collection, appreciate its “value” and join in celebrating the kindred connection to Bob Ross.


For Gluttons- 

Calling all starving artists! Coinciding with Miami Art Week, Shake Shack® and Harry’s Pizzeria® will each offer a collaborative limited-edition menu item from Monday, November 28th to Sunday, December 4th at their respective South Florida locations.

Harry’s Shorty Burger ($6.89), available at Shake Shack’s Coral Gables (1450 S Dixie Hwy) and Miami Beach (1111 Lincoln Rd) locations, will feature all the toppings of Harry’s signature Short Rib Pizza – juicy slow roasted beef short rib, caramelized onions, arugula and gruyère cheese – all stacked on Shake Shack’s 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burger.

The Shack-cago Pizza ($17.00), available at Harry’s Pizzeria’s Coconut Grove (2996 McFarlane Rd) and Design District (3918 N Miami Ave) locations, will feature the classic flavors of Shake Shack’s Shack-cago Dog® with a fire-roasted Vienna beef hot dog, mustard-mornay cheese sauce, sport peppers, pickles, tomatoes and onions all tied together with fontina cheese and Harry’s tender, blistered pizza crust.

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New Restaurant Olla-

Debuting on Miami Beach, the Lincoln Road location will open doors for dinner on Tuesday, November 22nd. OLLA will celebrate the authenticity of Mexican roots and feature the diverse regional cuisines from Oaxaca to Puebla, Yucatan to Veracruz, and beyond while also using modern techniques and global influences. The meaning behind OLLA translates to a ceramic jar used for cooking where dishes will be served in shareable bowls for a family style experience.

Helmed by Chef Scott Linquist of COYO Taco, the concept will focus on the soul origin of Mexico. Linquist is also notable for developing and stewarding the growth of the infamous restaurant brand Dos Caminos.

OLLA will use the freshest and best ingredients available to properly respect true Mexican flavors.  The menu will begin with Guacamole prepared tableside ($10), Taro (jars), Crudo and Verde (greens) with highlights like Chapulines ($8) marcona almonds, chile morita, Mexican chocolate powder, Erizo ($15) sea urchin, tostadita, asiento, avocado, chile de arbol, red onion, papalo, Ostion ($16) oysters, sangrita verde, tomatillo-cucumber mignonette, lime cured habaneros and a play on the traditional Mexican Caesar ($12) tossed in endive, tijuana style ceasar dressing, white anchovies, croutons and cotija anejo.

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Pasta & Mixology Class- 

Kick off the start of Art Basel with at LDV Hospitality’s Rooftop at the Gale South Beach on November 28th from 7pm – 10pm. Tasting Table and the Lincoln Motor Company will host the exclusive event. Tickets cost $45 plus tax and includes three drink tickets, specialty appetizers and shared plates and two interactive stations!  Menu highlights include: unlimited canapés, short rib arancini, smoked salmon tartine, lamb lollipops, crab cakes and more.

Attendees will have a chance to refine their cooking and bartending skills as they learn to make a Smoked Old Fashioned – blowtorch included! – and learn how to make two different types of authentic Italian pastas with LDV Hospitality’s Executive Chef Paolo Dorigato from Dolce Italian.  Suitable for every kind of Basel-goer, start your week mingling amongst art aficionados and foodies at this trendy rooftop terrace. Live art mural during the event by Miami artist Stuart Sheldon in partnership with Superfine! House of Art & Design.

Tickets are priced at $45 plus tax. You must be 21+ to attend this event.  For more information and to purchase tickets, guests can visit here.

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Famous Bar Pop Up – Employees Only

In anticipation of their Miami Beach opening this winter, world-renowned cocktail bar Employees Only will host a two-day pop-up lounge during Art Basel in Miami Beach on the lawn of the newly open Washington Park Hotel. The event will feature Employees Only hallmarks including a specially curated Art Basel cocktail list, DJs and a fortuneteller. The alfresco pop-up lounge will offer Employees Only’s global patrons a first glimpse at the future site of the beloved NYC cocktail bar.

Washington Park Hotel is located in the heart of South Beach and comprises several recently refurbished Art Deco buildings connected by common grounds and a pool spread between 10th and 11th streets on Washington Avenue. Employees Only will open in the historic Coral House at the hotel this winter as part of a global expansion plan.  It will be the bar’s second U.S. location, outside of New York City.

Thursday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 5 – 10 Washington Park Hotel 1050 Washington Ave.  Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Epic Pool Party- 

Guy Gerber has always favored the road less traveled. The Israeli DJ thrives on confounding expectations and Art Basel Miami seems like an appropriate setting to get weird while “Art” lovers frolic, twirl and dance in the pool. 1 Hotel hosts a beautifully serene rooftop pool that should be wild for this famous Rumors Pool Party.

III Points Festival at Mana Wynwood October 6-9, 2016

III Points Festival at Mana Wynwood October 6-9, 2016

For Music Lovers – 


No Art Basel guide would be complete without covering the amazing music that swoops into town. For the last three years, the III Points team has brought Art Basel concerts like Jamie xx, A$AP Rocky, fka Twigs, Kaytranada, Kendrick Lamar and more. III Points presents their 4th annual Art Basel Concert Series November 30th – December 4th at Magic City Studios and The Factory at Magic City. Both venues are in Little Haiti and across the street from each other.  Artists include James BlakeNick Murphy (Chet Faker)Mount Kimbie, Young ThugTodd Terje and more.

III Points Presents is an experienced based concert production company committed to pairing vanguard talent, non-traditional venues and artist installations into the overall consumer experience. III Points challenges the conventional way of seeing live music and turns it on its head. III Points Presents has a roster of highly curated events ranging from intimate shows to our signature event III Points music art & technology festival in October.

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Wednesday, Nov 30th at Magic City Studios

Our Basel concert series kicks off with the one and only James Blake. Earlier this summer, Blake released his third album, The Colour in Anything, featuring notable collaborations with Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin. After an unforgettable live show two years ago, Blake returns with a DJ set that will be one to remember.  Other artists on the 1-800 Dinosaur lineup include Airhead, Dan Foat, Klaus and Mr. Assister.

Wednesday, November 30th at The Factory at Magic City Studios

Resident Advisor debuts their first Art Basel party with an incredible lineup. The event includes electronic musician and neuroscientist, Floating Points (DJ set), Stone Throws alum DâM Funk, and special guest The Black Madonna.

Thursday, December 1st at Little River Studios

Life and Death presented by III Points and PL0T is back again for it’s 5th year. One of the labels biggest events, the 12 hour party will push new boundaries in an immersive environment with over four rooms. Artists include: Âme, Damian Romero, Dj Tennis, Dorisburg (Live), Job Jobse, Hernan Cayetano, HVOB (Live), Prins Thomas, Taimur Agha & Fahad, and The Wizardry featuring DJ Three, Damian Lazarus and Dj Tennis.

Thursday, December 1st at Magic City Studios

This year, Atlanta-native, Young Thug graces the III Points stage with his musical genius. Hot off a busy November tour, Young Thug will demonstrate why he is one of the most popular artists in hip-hop today.  Also performing that evening is avant-garde hip-hop producer and WEDIDIT founder, Shlohmo. Additional support by South Florida locals Nick León and INDIGOCHILDRICK.

Friday, December 2nd at The Factory at Magic City Studios

III Points and Slap & Tickle present Todd Terje, TEED (DJ set) and Tim Sweeney.

Norwegian DJ, songwriter and producer Todd Terje returns to Miami after 4 years to showcase his expansive body of work.  His live shows are few and far between so do not miss this rare opportunity to see the man himself. Besides being well known for his edits and remixes, Todd Terje just announced he will be selling underwear in case you are feeling cheeky.  In 2012, TEED released his debut album Trouble which earned him “Debut Electronic Album of the Year” from iTunes UK. His catchy electro-pop and Euro house is sure to keep th dance floors moving. Tim Sweeney, who is  best known for his influential radio show Beats in Space, will be closing the night out.

Friday, December 2nd at Magic City Studios

Diynamic, founded by Solomun, will be celebrating their 10-year label anniversary with us. After spending the summer celebrating all over Europe to a sold-out crowds, the core Diynamic family will come together for this rare Miami show.

Saturday, December 3rd at Magic City Studios

III Points Festival alum, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), recently rebranded himself to go by his real name. Murphy will be headlining our Saturday night series and you can count on hearing unreleased music from his forthcoming album. Electronic duo Mount Kimbie, who is said to be responsible for creating post-dubstep, will be closing the evening.

Saturday, December 3rd at The Factory at Magic City Studios

After a hugely successful summer season at Space Ibiza, Afterlife, the innovative event from Tale Of Us, continues to cultivate its forward thinking club concept with this debut U.S. show. Having already spread the Afterlife message to London, Amsterdam and Barcelona, revered duo Tale Of Us bring their genre-bending club experience to Miami. Their inaugural appearance during Miami’s Art Basel week will blend the duo’s expertly crafted Berlin sound with art and creative originality, transforming the Factory at Magic City Warehouse into Afterlife’s “realm of consciousness.”

Sunday, October 4th at The Factory at Magic City

For the last two years, Acid Sunday’s has been a staple in Ibiza. Acid Pauli is bringing his genre bending party to Miami, making their South Florida debut during Art Basel. His wild DJ sets will undoubtedly deliver an evening to remember. Acid Pauli is the mastermind behind Console and a member of the Notwist. Other special guests include Sinopoli, Clara Brea and Guy Laliberte.

Magic City Studios 

6301 NE 4th Ave, Miami 33138

                                                      The Factory at Magic City Studios

6300 NE 4th Ave, Miami 33138

A lil NY Club on the Beach-

Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is pleased to again confirm its official partnership with Art Basel in Miami Beach. Nautilus South Beach will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with multiple private events throughout the property’s event spaces including the return of late-nights at the Nautilus Cabana Club Beach Tent with New York City’s cultural nightclub hub, Up&Down. Parties will start at 11:00 pm from Tuesday through Saturday

Mainstream Music –

LIV and STORY are thrilled to announce their full Art Basel 2016 lineups which include some of the top EDM acts and celebrities in the industry. With huge headliners like Calvin HarrisKaskadeMartin GarrixHardwellSkrillex and Marco Carola- these Miami Beach hotspots will be the ultimate party spots during the bustle of Basel.


LIV and STORY Basel lineups

Wednesday Nov. 30

LIV– Kaskade with Virgil Abloh

Thursday, Dec.1 

LIV- Calvin Harris

STORY- Travis Scott and Virgil Abloh

Friday, Dec 2

LIV- Martin Garrix

STORY- Hardwell

Saturday, Dec. 3 

LIV- Skrillex

STORY- Music On Basel Edition: Marco Carola, Hugo Bianco

Sunday, Dec. 4




For Car Lovers –

Three blocks along NW 1st Court in Wynwood will be closed to traffic for South Florida’s second annual showcase of the region’s finest in “Road Art” collections. More than 66 of today’s automotive gems will be on display from across the state, ranging from classic and vintage antiques, to exotic sports and custom-built Supercars.  Collectors and car enthusiasts alike will bring their prized possessions to line the streets in the heart of Wynwood’s arts and entertainment district for more than six hours of eye candy for auto enthusiasts of all ages.

Each of the three blocks from NW 20th Street to NW 23rd Street in Wynwood will be assigned to a specific category of vehicle:

An exhibition of Supercars will be on display between 20th Street and 21st Street
An exhibition of Classic Cars will be on display between 21st Street and 22nd Street
An exhibition of Art Cars will be on display between 22nd Street and 23rd Street

Miami Supercar Rooms Auto Promenade Wynwood takes place on Sunday, December 4th starting at 10:30am until 4:30pm, located along NW 1st Court in Wynwood, Miami 33127.  The event is free and open to the public.

Support the Students-

This Miami Art Week, you will be able to not only see art, but experience it.  Paris Perfumes Inc. and CARON Paris are partnering with Life is Art, Virtual Relief and Miami International University of Art & Design (MIU) to present pARTicipate, an immersive art experience blending virtual-reality, visual art, music, film and fashion at Red Dot Miami, the juried, contemporary art show in the heart of Miami that is sponsoring the initiative. Red Dot Miami is located at 1700 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132.

We invite you to visit and cover this art exhibition where visitors will be able to interact with and become part of the art, as well as create their own work through Virtual Reality technology, while inspired by the music, videos and fashion garments that the MIU students crafted for CARON Paris’ latest campaign, Awaken Your Senses, which explores all five senses through artisan craftsmanship.

               pARTicipate will offer the following to all participants:

  • Experience a virtual-reality viewer and create 3-dimensional artwork influenced by the music created by the MIU students.
  • View short films by the MIU students in an engulfing visual perspective, as the films are projected throughout the exhibition space.
  • View the fashion creations of MIU students displayed on mannequins and use motion capture to virtually try them on and model them in the virtual reality
  • “Paint” on a model with light through use of the virtual reality viewer. (For a small fee, which will support the two non-profits: Life is Art and Virtual Relief, participants will be able to print their work and keep as a souvenir.)

The Hive

After attracting more than 80,000 guests in 2015, the largest party in Wynwood returns once again for an even bigger and better series of all things art and culture. HIVE pop-up lounge will transform into a can’t-miss art utopia that will feed your soul, quench your thirst and satisfy your palate. The massive five-day celebration begins November 30th to December 4th. Miamians know the best place to unleash their inner artist, which is why tens of thousands of guests swarm to HIVE each year to experience the variety of installations it has to offer. Walk through the Sculpture Garden Lounge, featuring eclectic sculptures and the largest, most creative outdoor art installations in Wynwood. With live programming, guests can experience artists bringing their pieces to life from start to finish. You never know what they may come up with; when it comes to art at HIVE, anything goes.

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Brunching in Sobe-

South Beach Group has events throughout all of Art Basel at three iconic hotels – The Catalina, The Croydon and The Riviera, but if you can only make one of their events, check out the NYMIASC Shutter Brunch on Saturday, December 3 from noon-7pm, hosted by special guest Ohrangutang. Nearing 1 Million followers on Instagram, multidisciplinary artist and photographerOhrangutang takes sensual photography to the next level as part of the South Beach Group’s “Chasing the Bag” series. Held at The Riviera’s “Life is Beautiful” pool, guests will enjoy food, cocktails from sponsors Coeur de Rose, Rockstar Energy Drink and Puszy Vodka while enjoying music by DJ Juss and a live performance from rapper Vinny Chase. While you’re there, check out the walls of artwork showcased at The Riviera Hotel courtyard located inside Moreno’s Cuba, an authentic Cuban bar and restaurant.

The Riviera Hotel is located 318 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hope you enjoyed our Art Basel Guide

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