411: Art Basel Bests Part ll

The Perez family

The Perez family


If you build it- they will come…and marvel, dance, dine and rejoice in Miami’s crowning jewel art museum- designed by famed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which celebrated its debut with party after party, an official ribbon cutting and an over-the top gala- unmatched in its grandeur and elegance. On December 7, seven hundred fifty art world VIPs, and civic and philanthropic leaders celebrated the opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami at the Premiere PAMM Gala, which raised more than $2 million for the new museum’s public programming. The party began as the sun was setting, with guests filling the museum’s exciting galleries, enjoying the floor-to-ceiling water views, scrumptious bites from the museum’s signature Stephen Starr restaurant and sipping cocktails and Champagne on the terrace, before entering the enormous tent, that had been decorated with gorgeous crystal chandeliers, and tables topped with hundreds of flowers-roses and brilliantly-hued orchids in silver vases. The dance party began immediately, as the crowd took to the dance floor before the special welcome by Pérez Art Museum Miami Board Chair Aaron Podhurst, who presented Jorge Pérez with a sculpture by Michele Oka Doner in honor of his leadership through the museum’s construction phase and his continued generous gifts of cash and art.

Guests took a break from the revelry to listen to inspiring words by Jorge Perez and feast on a four-course dinner by Stephen Starr. The highlight of the evening was when Grammy-award winning artist Marc Anthony, a close, personal friend of Perez’s, took to the stage to perform a concert for over an hour- which included many of his famous Salsa hits, combined with a stellar rendition of Hotel California to the thrill of an already delighted crowd. The party continued on the museum terrace with a dessert and cocktail after party (yes, even MORE desserts were served!).

Constance and Mike Fernandez, Susana and Alberto Ibargüen, Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, Jacquelyn Soffer and Craig Robins, and Ricardo Restrepo and Lee Brian Schrager served as Gala co-chairs for the premiere PAMM Gala which was presented by: Marc Anthony, Maggie and Armando Codina, Itaú, Jade Signature, Stuart Miller, Carol and John Moriarty, and Kara and Stephen Ross. It was sponsored by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/US Trust, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Mercedes-Benz, Neiman Marcus, Regalia, Southern Wine & Spirits of America and Town & Country. Notable guests in attendance included: Darlene and Jorge Perez, Aaron Podhurst, Marc Anthony, Elle MacPherson, Martha Stewart, Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, Ranjana and Naeem Khan, and Town & Country publisher, Jennifer Bruno.

De Nolet and Ketel One Bring out the Stars

Ketel One Vodka debuted- De Nolet, an installation of the brand’s distillery in Holland which featured a life-sized copper windmill. The evening was co-hosted by photographer Randall Slavin who unveiled photographs of celebrities such as Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Charlize Theron, and Ben Stiller, for the first time. The exhibit drew several stars, who sipped Ketel One cocktails, and mingle with Slavin.

Eva Longoria, with new boyfriend Antonio Baston, in tow, arrived in a silver Ferrari. Upon seeing Longoria enter, Kevin Spacey ran over and wrapped her in a warm embrace. Other guests in attendance included Larsa Pippen, who asked Randall to take the Pippen family’s next family portrait.

KIWI Arts Group Party

Calvin Klein, Jane Holzer, Deborah Harry, Patrick McMullan and Martina and Fabian Basabe hosted a special evening in the Miami Design District on Thursday, December 5. The three-gallery exhibit presented by the KIWI Arts Group featured the works of William John Kennedy, “The Hilton Brothers,” Christopher Makos + Paul Solberg, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, and never-before-seen drawings by Andy Warhol. Guests had the opportunity to wear Google Glass to participate in an interactive experience with David Datuna’s latest series Viewpoint of Billions and to bid on one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Celebrity Sightings:

During Art Miami weekend, Mia Tyler, daughter of Steven Tyler, debuted her work at the Deja Vu gallery in Wynwood, surrounded by the Tyler family (Steven, Liv, Chelsea). Mia’s show, entitled KINK, brought a carnal perspective to Art Miami week. Following the gallery exhibit, the Tyler clan hosted a private dinner party at the yet-to-be-open Seasalt and Pepper restaurant, where Chelsea Tylers band Bad Bad performed for friends and family.

On Friday, December 6, Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara made a brought a crowd of thousands to a frenzy they performed a concert at The Official VH1 + SCOPE Party which took place directly on the sands of Miami Beach. Brendan Fallis kicked-off the night with his musical beats while notables, influencers and trendsetters – including actor Tyson Beckford, rapper Theopolis London, producer Travis Scott, Alexandra Richards, Hannah Bronfman, Mikey Deleasa, and models Teresa Moore, Julie Henderson and Carissa Rosario – enjoyed tasty bites and cocktails. Celebrity favorite DJ Cassidy, who has opened for Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, capped off the evening with a high-energy mix of dance music.

On Wednesday, December 4, BELVEDERE(RED) hosted a VIP party at the Mana Wynwood Art Gallery with hip-hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar. Lamar entertained the crowd in attendance performing his hit songs Poetic Justice, Swimming Pools and Don’t Kill My Vibe. On Friday, December 6, Belvedere Red transformed the private second floor of Mango’s restaurant on Ocean Drive for a party that included: the founder of ArtBinder, Alexandra Chemla, DJ Hannah Bronfman and actor Adrian Grenier.

Kevin Spacey and David Arquette were recently spotted at Zuma.

Last week, at the opening of MidLoft in Midtown, Chris and Adrienne Bosh, Dennis Rodman, Tommy and Michelle Pooch, and DJ Irie were on-hand for an event in honor of Bosh’s charity, Team Tomorrow Inc. Sales from artwork by artist D. Mason benefited the Irie Foundation.

Micky Arison, Anthony and Alina Shriver and Romero Britto had dinner at Meat Market to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Britto Central Gallery.

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