This Shit Is Bananas!
Who would have ever imagined that a six-figure banana would steal the show at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019? Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian”—a real banana attached to the wall with a strip of duct tape—raised eyebrows. The first two in the edition of three were said to have sold for $120,000 by Galerie Perrotin, and the third was going for $150,000. The piece drew crowds that were vying to take a selfie with the banana, and on December 8, artist David Datuna ate the banana. Note that the actual work isn’t the banana, but the certificate of authenticity signed by Cattelan. The attention the banana earned caused its demise as fair organizers and the gallery decided to take the piece down on the final day. “Comedian” took attention away from the talent that made their Art Basel debuts, like Amoako Boafo, the Ghanian, Vienna-based painter whose stunning portraits shined at Mariane Ibrahim, and Maia Cruz Palileo, whose magical realist-perspective highlighted the beauty of the Philippines.
Diesel Sells the World’s Most Expensive T-Shirts—for $2.25 Million Each
Diesel marked its foray into residential properties, the DIESEL Living building, located in Miami’s Wynwood district by selling the world’s most expensive t-shirts. Each shirt carried the corresponding floorplan of the apartment that the buyer would get for free with the purchase.
The Rubies and Emeralds of Gemfields
Gemfields, the leading supplier of responsibly-sourced colored gemstones, partnered with Whitewall, commissioning artist Sebastien Leon to create an art-filled experience at Design Miami/ called Geochrom. The installation consisted of two abstract paintings, two sculptures, and a sound work that captures the beauty of emeralds and rubies.
Good to Know Returns
Art platform Good to Know returned for Miami Art Week for a group exhibition called We Buy Gold at a mall in Downtown Miami. The show touched on the relationship between art, its local surroundings, and commerce, featuring the roving art retail space Mall en Miami, Loot—an exhibit by Peruvian artist Ivan Sikic that invited visitors to dig through eight tons of dirt with their hands to find a gold nugget, and graphic abstraction by Shane Darwent that hung on the shopping center’s façade.
Dior Men Invades Miami
Dior Men brought its Pre-Fall 2020 show to Miami, holding the event, which was attended by Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Ricky Martin, and David Beckham in a warehouse adjacent to the new Rubell Museum. The collection featured a collaboration with the iconic California surf and skate label Stussy, and the massive after-party that followed filled the streets and the museum, with Honey Dijon playing a set and a performance by Orville Peck.
The Miami Design District Fuses Fashion and Art
The Miami Design District continued to be the site of several Miami Art Week happening, from a performance by Iggy Pop to celebrate a collaboration between Snap, Gucci, and Harmony Korine; to the unveiling of fashion designer Thom Browne’s palm tree sculpture, to Versace’s “South Beach Stories,” a new exhibition with designer Sasha Bikoff.
Socialista Miami Opens Its Doors
Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Nina Dobrev, and Kourtney Kardashian showed up for the opening of Maggio Cipriani’s latest endeavor, Socialista Miami. Bad Bunny and Travis Scott entertained the chic crowd, who danced the night away in the Carribean-inspired space.
The Miami Beach EDITION Celebrates Five Years
Ian Schrager knows how to throw a party, so it’s no surprise that his Miami Beach property continued to be the location of a number of festivities, from a birthday dinner with Ganni for artist Chloe Wise’s birthday party, to a cocktail with Aperture for Antwaun Sargent’s book The New Black Vanguard, to a dinner with Ballroom Marfa and Architectural Digest. At night, The Basement, which celebrated its fifth anniversary, came alive with DJ sets by Diplo, Idris Elba, and a party by the House of Yes, with music by Dimitri from Paris, Francois K., and David Kiss.
Artists Abound at The Standard Spa
The waterside property was the location of an intimate annual brunch hosted by Paddle8 to honor rising star art star Tschabalala Self and her fundraising efforts for UN Women UK. The following night, Kickstarter invited to the art world to celebrate artist Steve Locke, who created napkins carrying quotes by gay activists for the occassion.
ARTnews, the Surf Lodge, and Swizzbeatz take over the W South Beach
ARTnews, Swizz Beatz, and the Surf Lodge hosted a dinner at the W South Beach on December 5 to celebrate the “Deciders” Issue of Art News guest edited by Swizz Beatz. DJ Cassidy and Young Paris provided the music for the after party, attended by Rosario Dawson and Oliva Culpo.
A Vogue Ball at Soho Beach House
The King of Arms Art Ball by artist Rashaad Newsome, presented by The Dean Collection and Oolite Arts took over the tent at Soho Beach House on December 4. Jack Mizrahi from FX’s Pose emceed the evening, which brought together the LGBTQ+ ballroom community and members of the worlds of art and fashion to walk in categories that marked various moments in art history.
Manscapers Bring Their Vision to Casa Faena
Brooklyn-based design firm Manscapers teamed up with Grupo Gitano and St. Germain to create a “hanging jungle of decadence” complete with lush foliage, deconstructed disco balls, and birds.
Two artists from two different generations—Mark Flood and Sam Jablon—partnered for a joint exhibition at Mindy Solomon, titled “Dirty Words,” where they showed their own distinct versions of art featuring words.
Dutch Streetwear and Dutch Art Collide
Amsterdam-based streetwear label Daily Paper partnered with Van Gogh Connects for an apparel collaboration that featured Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic irises and landscapes on fashion forward silhouettes.
Kanye Closes the Week With Mary
Kanye West closed Miami Art Week with his second opera, Mary, directed by Vanessa Beecroft with music provided by Sunday Service. The production told the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through an ensemble cast dressed head to toe in silver. West narrated the performance, which included music by a gospel choir, who performed Christmas favorites like “Drummer Boy” and “O Holy Night.”