The invites are starting to roll in fast-and-furious and it looks like Art Basel Miami 2011 will be one of the biggest and best. Try not to wear yourself out on the first night and be sure to wear comfortable shoes (or Louboutins) and if you run into Jon Lin, tell him we said "Yo!". Here's Part V of our master list:
-- Big Miami party news arrived this week with the announcement that one of last year's best events, Basel Castle (41 NW 20th Street, Wynwood, Miami) is back on December 3rd. Yippee! The music side of things features Yelawolf, The Rapture (DJ set), Tamara Sky, Heroes X Villains and Blorr. Plus there's tons of live art and installations including works by Ron English, Sam Flores, Tara McPherson, Jeremy Fish, Mark Bode and Greg Mike. And the best news is that it's FREE before 9 p.m. with an RSVP here () or, if you want guaranteed admission, that's only $10. Trust us, the location is perfect and this party will be off-the-hook.
-- The super-cool OHWOW gallery is back with the fourth edition of their It Ain't Fair (81 NE 40th Street, Design District, Miami). This big group show is called "Materialism" and features works by artists including Daniel Arsham, Ashley Bickerton, Scott Cambell, Luis Guispert, Aurel Schmidt, Aaron Young and many many more. It's all FREE and open to the public from December 1 to 4, with a opening night live performance by New York-based artist Michael David Quattlebaum, Jr. (who's featured in our "Lives of the Party" feature from our October Nightlife Issue as a "New Goth") on Thursday, December 1, 6 to 9 p.m. Don't miss it.
-- VMAN magazine and Miami's hottest luxury boutique, The Webster, (1220 Collins Avenue, South Beach), are having a super-private VIP dinner for DSquared2 that's hosted by the fashion label's founders Dean and Dan Caten. Bthere or Bsquare.
Maison Martin Margiela is hosting an exhibit called "LOVE, etc." in the Miami Design District at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue from November 29 to December 3, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. The show features their LINE 13, which is dedicated to objects and publications plus it takes a look at Maison's relationship with interiors.
-- When we told you that the noted American artist Will Ryman's "The Roses" sculpture would be up all week behind The Sagamore Hotel (1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach) we forgot to mention that he's also having a big solo exhibition at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, (10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami). It's called "Desublimation of the Rose" and it's the season's featured show at the botanic gardens located just south of Coral Cables. The gigantic park was opened in 1938 and even without the Ryman show it's worth the trek.
-- The once-tacky Shelborne Hotel (1801 Collins Avenue, South Beach) is being updated this year with a cool new look and revamped rooms and facilities including a new Vesper's Cafe & Brasserie and a more casual Lucy's Cantina Royale from LDV Hospitality who have another branch here in NYC. No word yet on what's happening with their iconic basement karaoke bar, Studio.
-- Colombian artist Rodrigo Echeverri is having his first U.S. solo show opening November 29 at Ideobox Artspace (2417 N Miami Avenue, Miami). He is known for exploring the boundary between sculpture and painting.
Things To Look Out For at This Year's Art Basel Miami: Part I
Things To Look Out For at This Year's Art Basel Miami: Part II
Things to Look Out For at This Year's Art Basel Miami: Part III
Things to Look Out For at This Year's Art Basel Miami: Part IV