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Art Basel just wrapped up in Miami Beach this past weekend as artists, collectors, and the curious flocked to the Sunshine State to get a glimpse of modern and contemporary works. Art Basel is an independent art show founded over 40 years ago by three gallerists from the Swiss city of Basel. This production has grown to become a cultural event welcoming the leading galleries across various continents. The audience has also grown internationally to include collectors, museum directors and curators and happens annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong.
At this year’s event, paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and films were on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center, while other artworks and performances were viewed across the city at galleries, museums, tents and private events. The 12th annual Miami art week featured events hosted by Dom Perignon, Maserati and Ferrari just to name a few.
On Saturday, I attended the Southern Freeze party featuring photography by Ben Watts, Montauk-based English photographer whose work has been featured in publications like Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. The Southern Freeze party took place at Freehand Miami and guests were able to enjoy art works and Watts’ WattsUp Rosé. Afterwards, I attended the Empty Kingdom X Select Fair Art Expo. Each room in the Catalina Hotel was transformed into personal galleries featuring the work of emerging artists around the world. Originally, I came to Art Basel just for the experience, but actually ended up buying a Lauren Rinaldi piece that I absolutely fell in love with! So I am officially an art collector now.
Before flying back to NYC on Sunday, I visited the Versace Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive and had breakfast at The News Cafe, where it is rumored he would stop by daily for breakfast and to buy the morning paper. Take a look at some of the photos below.
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