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After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Basel Miami Beach — along with numerous satellite fairs — is back in action with collectors, artists, party kids and scenesters heading to Florida this week.
Louis Vuitton will show the final collection of late designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away this weekend at the age of 41 from a rare cancer. Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman and CEO, said in a statement that the show, titled “Virgil Was Here,” will “celebrate his legacy,” and go on, “per his wishes.”
Alicia Keys will guide a meditation with MYND Experiences that promises to be a “360° sense-encompassing experience,” in the Design District, followed by a performance.
Meanwhile, Lizzo will be taking the stage for Amex at its Platinum Studio, located on the beach of the Edition hotel. Cardi B is expected to be on hand at the Goodtime Hotel for the launch of Whipshots, a “whipped cream infused vodka.” And funk pioneer George Clinton will give a talk at Miami’s Soho House about his painting.
On the fashion front, we hear Fendi is holding a dinner with designer Kim Jones, and Dior will throw a starry fete. Ferragamo is hosting a party at Miami’s outpost of Red Rooster with Cultured Magazine.
Vogue is also headed to Miami, we’re told, with a yacht party. And W magazine is slated to hold a celebrity-studded bash, sources tell us. Architectural Digest editor Amy Astley will celebrate the influential “AD 100” with cocktails and a performance by Troye Sivan.
Jean-Paul Gaultier will hold a bash at the glamorous Faena hotel to celebrate Argentinean artist Pilar Zeta’s “Hall of Visions” exhibit. Model Candice Susan Swanepoel will host a dinner for fashion insider favorite the Daily Front Row — honoring artist Emmanuel Taku at the W South Beach.
A number of artists — including Raymond Pettibon, Marilyn Minter, Kara Walker, Alex Israel and Robert Mapplethorpe’s estate — have donated work to be auctioned at Artsy’s event with Planned Parenthood.
Art collector and photographer Jean Pigozzi is hosting a dinner with high-end eatery Marea, where artworld fixtures — including Jeffrey Deitch, Urs Fischer, Lucas Zwirner and Casey Fremont — are expected.
Instagram cool kids Andrew Warren, Gaia Matisse, and Brooks Marks will party down with Zadig & Voltaire and Cultured Magazine at an event featuring LA Dance Project.
Publisher Jason Binn will celebrate DuJour’s Nicole Kidman cover with a party at the National Hotel Beach Resort.
For those looking to hit the club, DJs Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki will play at Liv, while Diplo and Kaskade will perform at Story. Migos and Meek Mill will light up megaclub E11even.
NYC club king Richie Akiva is holding a party with Kid Cudi called “Entergalactic” at the Faena Forum.
In between bashes, attendees can use medical concierge service Sollis Health for COVID-19 testing, IV fusions, and booster shots.
For those interested in seeing the actual art, Art Basel opens at the Convention Center with previews on Tuesday and Wednesday and will be open to the public on Thursday.
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