12/03/2015

Leonardo DiCaprio focuses on climate change amid taking in art

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If you experienced a Leonardo DiCaprio sighting during Art Miami and/or Art Basel, you were not alone. The star of such movies as Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming The Revenant was all over the place. But it wasn’t only about absorbing culture or appreciating a fine work. The eco-minded, hybrid-loving actor has a different agenda: DiCaprio interviewed Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine Tuesday for his upcoming climate change documentary, called Racing Extinction, according to the local politician's Facebook post. How topical that Leo is here after President Barack Obama’s recent comments regarding our city. While in Paris last week for a summit on the topic of the Oscar nominee’s film, Obama famously said, “You go down to Miami and when it’s flooding at high tide on a sunny day and fish are swimming through the middle of
the streets ... there’s a cost to that.” It seems Obama was either joking or exaggerating. The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports, “While Miami Beach has
certainly suffered from sunny-day floods during high tides, recent reports about fish swimming in the street have come from further north in Broward County and are far from widespread. No one’s pulling out their fishing rods on the road.”

-- By MADELEINE MARR

 

Faena Art + W Art Party: Roller Skating on the Beach

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The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach hosted the opening of “Angeles Veloces Arcanos Fugaces” on Wednesday night with a roller disco installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus right on the sand. The party included celebrities, artists, designers and exhibitors. Women dressed in gold jumpsuits bravely glided on the sandy floor and others fell right on it. Dianne Dec and her husband of 13 years, Tim Dec, were drenched in sweat by the time they finished. Dec said she loves the Miami weather and has been coming from San Francisco to Art Basel for the last nine years. She is one of the exhibitors at Pulse Miami Beach and owns Hosfelt Gallery which features paintings, sculpture, new media and works on paper by artists such as Jim Campbell, Rina Banerjee, Patricia Piccinini and Marco Maggie.

-- By Christian Portilla / cportilla@miamiherald.com

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Art Basel: Orgy joins the lineup of Miami Art Week events

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Naked bodies, fine champagne, free condoms: A real-life orgy -- of sex, not art -- is coming to Miami for Basel.

The event, to be held Saturday night at a space in Little Haiti, is billed as a "feminist" orgy.

Only single women and couples are allowed to attend. Single men are forbidden. There is a no-mask, no-entry policy. Think "Eyes Wide Shut," but for a hipper, millennial crowd.

"When women are in the zone and happy, pretty much anything can happen," said Gweneth Lee, North American director for Killing Kittens, the company that hosts the orgies. Its founder, Emma Sayle, is reputed to be a pal of Kate Middleton. (Killing kittens refers to a euphemism for masturbation.)

Art Week in Miami was a natural time to throw a sex party, Lee said.

"You have all the beautiful people from all over the world coming to town," she said.

The first hour or two resembles a cocktail party -- people drinking, milling around, flirting. Then the fun starts, but the standard rules of the social universe don't apply: only women are allowed to proposition men.

"Once a few couples start kissing, " Lee said, "the whole gang gets going."

Separate bedrooms are provided. Participation is not required -- some guests show up just to watch.

Most people keep their clothes on in the early hours, but a few women strip down to their "knickers and heels" as soon as they walk in, according to Lee. Between 75 and 100 people are expected to attend. Single ladies can come free. Couples must pay $300 for standard entry and $500 for open bar.

If you want to sign up, do it fast. The company vets participants beforehand and the process takes at least 24 hours. The website is http://www.killingkittens.com/
Killing Kittens last sank its claws into Miami in 2012, according to the New Times.

-- Nicholas Nehamas, nnehamas@miamiherald.com, @NickNehamas

Photos: Paris Hilton feted by Paper magazine at Miami Beach Edition Hotel

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Last November, before she was complaining about her pregnancy weight, Kim Kardashian was in fine form on the cover of Paper magazine. The pictures of the reality star’s greased-up ample backside are etched in many a memory bank. Now it seems Paris Hilton, who hired Kardashian as her personal assistant back in the day, is trying to outdo her former minion. For her Paper Winter 2015 shoot, the hotel heiress is seen in one image, naked except for a backless contraption tied on. In another pic, Paris gets all Gothic, with black lipstick and nails, a sharp contrast to her usual girly, feminine vibe. To celebrate the so-called Fandemonium issue, Hilton was feted at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel Tuesday night, along with a small squad of friends and so-called tastemakers. The tequila-fueled dinner at Matador included such guests as Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, the ex of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor; Canadian photographer Petra Collins; and Paper’s editorial director Mickey Boardman. Along too: Paris’ troubled little brother Barron Hilton, who was arrested in February for going ballistic on an international flight, but was on his best behavior, spies say.  

-- MADELEINE MARR

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Miami chefs dine on Nordic cuisine at Art Basel

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Chef Fredrik Berselius is cooking in Wynwood for Art Basel, dishing out his Nordic-inspired food in a collaboration with Volvo and Bon Appetit magazine that also includes the work of multimedia artist Chris Doyle. 

Berselius served a three-course meal Wednesday at MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St., that included black potatoes cooked in butterfat, squab, and a dessert of tart and sorbet with dried mushroom, blueberry and spruce. 

Invited guests at dinner included Miami chefs Michael Schwartz and Ingrid Hoffmann, plus former "Top Chef" contestants Dale Talde (who recently opened his Talde restaurant in Miami Beach) and the couple Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth (opening two Miami Beach restaurants next year), who sat with Dolce Italian's Paolo Dorigato (winner of BravoTV's recent "Best New Restaurant").

Berselius and Doyle are back at it Thursday, presenting their food and art to a larger crowd at MAPS starting at 4:30 p.m.   

By Evan S. Benn, Miami Herald Food Editor, ebenn@miamiherald.com @EvanBenn

 

Design Miami/: Dinner for 500?


How do you seat 500 for dinner? In this uncharacteristically rainy El Nino year, under a giant tent.

Last year's Design Miami/ Design Visionary of the Year dinner sponsored by watchmaker Paneri was under the stars a single, VERY long table in the Miami Design District. This year organizers opted for a series of long tables under a vast tent for the dinner honoring Yves Behar. Also on hand: artists Laura Kimpton and Michele Oka Doner, and star designer Marcel Wanders.

The speeches were very, very short -- a blessing at a dinner that began at 9 p.m. -- followed by an all-seafood menu of crudo and grilled fish. And then, for most of the guests -- including many Design Miami/ vendors -- it was off to bed. 

-- Jane Wooldridge

12/02/2015

Art Basel: Andy Warhol Museum Celebrates Michael Chow with An Evening of Opera





On Thursday night, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh celebrated Michael Chow Zhou Yinghua's forthcoming exhibition Voice For My Father forthcoming with an event at the restaurateur-artist's South Beach outpost of his Mr. Chow chain. The swanky event attracted art world luminaries including Studio Museum director Thelma Golden, art dealer Jeffrey Dietch, and curator Jérôme Sans. Even notorious Art Basel party lover Paris Hilton made a brief appearance in a slinky red frock. Guests sipped Dom Perignon underneath hundreds of Andy Warhol's iconic silver balloons that floated on the ceiling. 

Among those honoring Michael Chow were Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner and painter Julian Schnabel, who spoke highly of the restaurateur's art practice; Schnabel said at the event that he is proud to have several of Chow's works hanging in his home). 

To cap off the evening, members of the Beijing Opera performed for attendees a traditional Chinese opera; Mr. Chow himself even joined them for a brief moment to show off his acting and singing skills. Afterwards, famed Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo performed stunningly to a star-struck crowd

--  Ricardo Mor / rmor.news@gmail.com

An "intimate" opening at Faena Hotel



"Intimate" doesn't usually imply standing in line to get into a party. But that was the case Wednesday night for invitees (who were told not to bring guests) at what turned out to be a fete for hundreds at the new Faena Hotel on Miami Beach, hosted by owners Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik.

The dinner theater -- planned for a late month opening -- was ready for the soulful Andra Day performance. But the selfie spot of the night was the Damian Hirst sculpture of a wooly mammoth skeleton covered in gold and exhibited in a clear glass vitrine. 



Among the few locals in the crowd were South Beach Food & Wine Festival director Lee Brian Schrager and photographer Iran Issa-Khan. The out-of-town art crowd was there in force, include New York artist Rachel Feinstein and megadealer Larry Gagosian.  

Art Basel in Miami: Airbnb hosts a a pop-up show


Airbnb's target market isn't exactly the typical high-net worth art collector. Yet this year, the site that helps travelers find inexpensive in-home lodging has its own pop-up space across the street from the Design Miami/ fair (in a previously handy secret parking lot.) 

So what's the connection? As graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, co-founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky have an affinity to art and design. And, said Gebbie, design of its website and network is a critical reason why Airbnb has risen above its competitors. "The design element has made it more accessible for people."

And, said Gebbie, they aren't targeting the art collectors -- they're aiming for the artists and other creatives that engage in Miami Art Week. "One of the things we care about is how we can be patrons to emerging designers. Creatives in the next generation need to be seen and heard."

To that end, Airbnb's Belong. Here. Now. space will feature art performances and conversations featuring Hong Yi (Red), BINA48, Great Things to People, and Emile Baltz, among others,through the weekend. It's open daily from noon to 7 p.m., until 6 p.m. Sunday, at the corner of Meridian Avenue and 19th Street in Miami Beach.

And Airbnb isn't the only company marketing to "regular" consumers during this art week. Volvo, Lincoln and Mazda are also sponsoring Basel-related events. 

-- Jane Wooldridge

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