Here’s a snippet of the star action in progress for Art Basel:
In celebration of its Design District pop-up shop, UK brand Pringle of Scotland, featuring the never-before-seen ‘liamgillickforpringleofscotland’ Capsule Collection by Liam Gillick is throwing a cocktail party on December 2nd from 8:30pm – 10pm that will be co-hosted by actress Tilda Swinton, who happens to be the face of the brand. Location not yet revealed. Bing, the official sponsor of Art of Night events at the not yet completely renovated Shelborne, will host what they are calling the hottest Basel event, a party 8 p.m. on December 2 featuring a special DJ set by hip hop artist Theophilus London, who opens for the night’s main event, a performance by Young the Giant.
A swank, chichi party at Mr Chow at the W on Friday, December 2 hosted by Vista Jet will honor gallerist Andy Valmorbida, artist Raphael Mazzucco and Executive Editors Jimmy Iovine and Sean “Diddy” Combs with a presentation of works from their new book, Culo by Mazzucco.
Yes,you read right, Diddy Daddy Combs is now an editor, too. Having not too much to do with art in the classic sense, Diddy, Usher and Mary J. Blige are celebrating the 29th birthday of the producer and songwriter Rico Love on Friday, December 2nd at Vic & Angelo’s in South Beach. Rupert’s wife Wendi Murdoch is an investor in Art.sy, the so-called Pandora for art, and will be co-hosting a Louis Vuitton-sponsored beachside barbecue for the site Wednesday, November 30 at Soho Beach House along with Russian philanthropist, entrepreneur, model, and more Dasha Zhukova and artist and site’s founder Carter Cleveland. New York real estate tycoon Aby Rosen and socialite psychiatrist wife Samantha Boardman are hosting their A+ list art world dinner on Thursday, December 1 at The Dutch at the W South Beach.
More socialite mayhem, this time sponsored by Dom Pérignon and hosted by young socialites including curator Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos (yes, Paris Hilton’s ex) and Vito (son of artist/director Julian Schnabel, Thursday, December 1st at WALL at W South Beach. Artist Nick Cave will be honored at a private party on Friday, December 2 at FENDI Casa in the Design District. And although the event is hosted by Beats by Dr. Dre, which, according to Google, are just headphones, Dr. Dre will not be there.
On Thursday, December 1st, at 6pm, The Shelborne’s beachside taco and tequila bar, Lucy’s Cantina Royale, will host a screening of Limelight, by its subject Peter Gatien’s daughter, Jen, and Alfred Spellman & Billy Corben of Miami-based media studio, Rakontur. Following the screening, there will be a swank St. Tropez-themed dinner for celebrated design duo and Bravo reality show subjects Bob & Cortney Novogratz, who have enlisted 10 artists to reinterpret 10 iconic chairs in a program called THE CHAIR PROJECT.
The dinner will feature a performance by genre-transcending pianist, ELEW, who toured with Josh Groban and will perform an hour-long set of jazz, rock and pop on a custom-created Yamaha piano. Also at the Shelborne, this time November 30, is a photo exhibition by Miami-based celeb (don’t call him a paparazzo) photog Seth Browarnik, who will celebrate his opening with a splashy Susanne Bartsch-produced spectacular following a private dinner by magazine publisher and man-about-towns Jason Binn. Actress Shenae Grimes will show Travelers, her photo exhibit benefiting My Friends Place, a homeless shelter in Hollywood, CA, at the Shelborne’s Vesper American Brasserie on Saturday, December 3.
Also appearing: Mark Singer, director of Dark Days, an award winning documentary about a group of people living in NYC’s underground railroad system also known as the Freedom Tunnel, which will be screened at the event. Music by the aforementioned Theophilus London. Designer Gareth Pugh and actress/model Byrdie Bell will host a dinner celebrating 10 years of Art Basel Miami Beach at Baoli Vita on Saturday, December 3. We’re told this one have a high celeb to non celeb ratio.