SCOPE Miami Beach Platinum First View hosted by VICTOR private jet charters


Artist Jorge Otero's exhibit "War Hero" on display now at Scope in Miami Beach 


David Young is the senior vice president for online platform Victor, a site for booking personal chartered flights. Their recent initiative features direct flights into Havana Cuba for 19 U.S. cities. A private round trip jet from Miami can hold up to eight people and costs $20,000 or $2,500 per person.

Victor is celebrating the launch with Cuba Educational Travel who handles the itinerary of the travel experience in Cuba from restaurant tours to gallery showings.

“The accommodations in Cuba are not yet up to the standards for the most part of a private jet traveler,” said Young. “ Where we see the value is the access and curated experiences the CET is able to provide. You still need experts on the ground and itinerary with private and with jet travel, its more easy and seamless.”

For Scope they partnered with Cuban artists like Jorge Otero featured on the shows program.

Otero’s photography is centered on the Cuban farmworker. His exhibit “War Hero” is a play on the word “Guajiro.” His pieces can take a couple of weeks to complete while he weaves, cuts and prints the photo.

“My work is visual but I mostly concentrate on photography,” said Otero. “ For me it’s about symbolism and the history of the word and the Guajiro culture.”

-- By Christian Portilla 


Where: SCOPE Art Show Tent, 801 Ocean Drive on South Beach

When: Dec. 2 to 6


Art Basel: Russell Simmons hosts Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series party at SCOPE

By Audra D.S. Burch | aburch@miamiherald.com

No one can rain on Russell Simmons' parade. At the 5th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, which he hosted along with brother, artist Danny Simmons, a well-dressed crowd occupied a pop-up venue that was at once gallery and intimate speakeasy on the sands of Miami Beach behind the SOHO Beach House hotel. A quick downpour threatened to douse the crowds as the party picked up steam, but was gone before the first round of empty cocktail glasses were cleared.

The event showcased the winners of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, a program of his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which Simmons and Danny founded.

"The art you see here is a reflection of the times," Simmons said. The collection of art displayed at the event was by 12 artists from across the nation, finalists in in the annual competition. "Good art captures where we are as a people and as a society."

Grand Finale winner Kristine Mays, whose piece "The Entanglement of Black Men in America," a hoodie crafted from hundreds of pieces of wire, speaks to the explosive consequences of racial assumptions, a conversation that is being held in the streets of Ferguson and New York even as Basel patrons shuttle through Miami traffic.

The VIP-only crowd enjoyed an intimate set by singer Miguel, cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres and classic hip hop jams by DJ M.O.S. 

Guests included actress Rosario Dawson, model turned actress (known for shimmying in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video) Emily Ratajkowski, Sports Illustrated cover model Nina Agdal, models Garrett Neff and Chanel Iman glammed up the event. Former boy bander Lance Bass arrived with the future Mr. Bass, fiancee Michael Turchin, as the party was winding down, but took time to pose with fans. 

Miguel performing during the 5th Annual BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series Finale at Soho Beach House during SCOPE Miami.

Model Nina Agdal and Actress Rosario Dawson goofing off.

Lance Bass and fiancé Michael Turchin along with model Garrett Neff party on the sands of Miami Beach.



Art Basel: Openings for Wednesday, Dec. 3


Photo: Tomas Loewy


Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35; $75 multi-day pass also includes CONTEXT and Aqua art fairs. art-miami.com.

Art Spot: The new fair offers a selection of contemporary art from Latin America. Tent at 3011 NE First Ave., Midtown. 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 7. $5. artspotmiami.com.

Concept-Fair: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Hours: 1-10 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $15; concept-fair.com

CONTEXT Art Miami: Inside the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35 (Included with entry to Art Miami); $75 multi-day pass also includes Art Miami and Aqua art fairs. contextartmiami.com

Design Miami\: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4; 11-8 p.m. Dec. 5; noon-8 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25; designmiami.com.

INK Miami Art Fair: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. inkartfair.com

MiamiProject: Northeast 29th Street and Northeast First Avenue, Miami. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25. www.miami-project.com

PINTA, international art fair of select exhibitors specializing in Modern and Contemporary art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, relocated from New York. 3501 NE First Ave. 3-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-7. $20 one-day pass adults, $15 students and seniors; three-day pass $45. pintamiami.com.

Red Dot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave.; Miami. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec.4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Tickets: $15. www.reddotfair.com

SELECT Art Fair: 72nd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7. www.select-fair.com

SCOPE Miami Beach: 910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-7. Tickets: $25. www.scope-art.com

UNTITLED: 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 3.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4-6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25, $15 for Miami Beach residents. art-untitled.com.


Bass Museum: One Way: Peter Marino will be a site-specific installation created from strips of tape from cassettes of Jean Cocteau’s film Orphée — the backdrop to the eclectic works and personal collection from the architect, designer and all-around multidisciplinary pioneer Marino. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors and students; under 6 free. At the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; bassmuseum.org; 305-673-7530.

CIFO: “Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict — Abstract Art From the Collection,” culled from the expansive collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. Free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At CIFO, 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami; cifo.org; 305-415-6343.

ICA: Experimental projects from Pedro Reyes and Andra Ursuta inaugurate the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Design District’s landmark Moore Building. 4040 NE Second Ave., Design District; icamiami.org; 305-901-5272.

Rubell Family Collection: The Rubell Family Collection celebrates 20 years of its Wynwood space with highlights of the collection, from the likes of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. Opens at 9 a.m. 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood; www.rfc.museum; 305-573-6090.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse: To celebrate its quince, brand new works from sculptors Mario Merz, Hans Josephsohn and Richard Long will be unveiled, sharing space with recent acquisitions from prominent photographers and painters and the permanent installations. Opening 3 p.m. at 91 NW 27th St., Wynwood; www.margulieswarehouse.com; 305-576-1051.


Pop-up galleries from Bill Powers and Harper’s Books, L.E.S Gallery and Rulton Ryder (owned by artist Richard Prince) open at Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Open noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 7. Marriott.com.

Bass Museum members’ opening of One Way: Peter Marino, 8-11 p.m. at 2100 Collins Ave. (Join at bassmuseum.org; $50.)

Art Basel / Film presents Charles Atlas’s 1986 Ex-Romance and a special 2014 Miami-edit of Wipeout XL by Parker Ito. 10 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.




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