Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye draw crowds during Art Basel Miami

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Artists and art lovers from around the world flock to the Miami area to visit Art Basel as well as the satellite galleries that pop up throughout the city during the week. (AFP)
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The show runs Dec. 6 to 9. (AP)
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A Graffiti artist uses spray paint to create his art on the side of a wall as the Wynwood neighborhood. (AFP)
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Over 200 modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world are displaying artworks. (AP)
Updated 09 December 2018
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Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye draw crowds during Art Basel Miami

  • The fair has become so popular that it’s spawned dozens of others around Miami along with star-studded parties days in advance
  • One of the biggest draws of the week was at the RC Cola Factory in Wynwood, where rappers Kanye West and Lil Wayne gave surprise performances

MIAMI BEACH, Florida: Royalty, Real Housewives and the fathers of two Kardashian babies were among the celebs that fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting the world’s best artists during Art Basel.
Less than 24 hours after announcing she was splitting from her husband, Cardi B was spotted Wednesday night partying at 24/7 ultra-club E11EVEN MIAMI, sporting long, rainbow streaked hair and a skin-tight black dress she grabbed the microphone and sang along When the DJ played her hits, including “Bodak Yellow” and “Drippin,” which features her ex, Offset.

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G-Eazy and Travis Scott gave also gave separate performances at the all-night club over the weekend. Neither Kylie Jenner nor Kanye West were with Scott when he performed on top of the DJ booth and asked the crowd to put away their cell phones so they could enjoy the moment.
And at the private upstairs club at Casa Tua, Basel regular Leonardo DiCaprio hung out with U2’s Bono at a late-night karaoke party where Paris Hilton and Serena Williams danced to Beyonce’s “Formation” and socialite/singer Caroline Vreeland performed Amy Winehouse’ song “Rehab.”
Downstairs at the exclusive Italian restaurant, Princess Eugenie hosted an intimate seated dinner for the London-based art gallery Hauser & Wirth where she serves as director.
On Thursday night, Jennifer Lopez was spotted getting cozy with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at Prime 112 restaurant. And over at the former Versace Mansion, Creed 2 star Tessa Thompson hosted a party to announce the finalists of Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series’ annual arts competition. Guests included BlacKkKlansman actress Laura Harrier, model Teyana Taylor and former NBA athlete Kevin Garnett. The girls did a quick photo shoot in Donatella Versace’s former quarters.
Art Basel Miami Beach, the prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, didn’t officially open until Thursday, but the fair has become so popular that it’s spawned dozens of others around Miami along with star-studded parties days in advance.
One of the biggest draws of the week was at the RC Cola Factory in Wynwood, where rappers Kanye West and Lil Wayne gave surprise performances to honor late rapper XXXTentacion for the posthumous release of his album Skin. Kanye brought down the house as he performed their new song “One Minute” with the late rapper who was gunned down in South Florida this year.
Lil Wayne performed again at an intimate party for Republic Record’s at the Confidante Hotel, telling the crowd he hoped they were having so much fun during the over the top week of parties that they “don’t make it back to where you’re from because you just don’t want to leave here.”
On Saturday night, Pharrell teamed up with American Express Platinum for a private beachside concert.
One of the things he loves most about Art Basel is the way it brings “the curious youth here to see what it is you can do when you grow older if you continue to hone in on art in the way that you love it,” he said. “I love being in an environment that fosters creativity.”
The “Happy” singer’s new restaurant, Swan and Bar Bevy, proved to be one of the hottest reservations of the week. Kanye West dined there with Kim Kardashian’s bestie Jonathan Cheban. Rocker Lenny Kravitz joined Pharrell one night and Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono were also seen enjoying a quiet dinner together.
In Wynwood, music producer Swizz Beatz’ The Dean Collection was again a magnet for big name celebs.
The three day event with Bacardi featured performances by Meek Mill, Fat Joe and A$AP Ferg at night. By day, The Dean Collection gives artists free space to exhibit their work, along with a rare deal that gives 100 percent of sales directly to the artists as part of his No Commission theme. The art aficionado, who is married to Alicia Keys, has talked about his desire to promote starving artists.
Celeb supporters included supermodel Adriana Lima who was an eyeing a piece by artist Jamel Shabazz, saying it had an “old school” feel that she thought would inspire her in her home gym when she’s working out.
“I was just talking about how much (Art Basel) has changed. It’s became a global thing,” said Lima.
Also spotted around town were Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, Brooke Shields and actress Rosario Dawson.
The late night crowd headed to nightclub Rockwell, which teamed up with 1OAK for a three-night pop-up that included performances by hometown rapper Rick Ross. He brought Meek Mill onstage and the two performed their new song “What’s Free.”
“Last year this time Meek Mill was in prison. Right now he’s got the album of the year,” Ross said.
Courvoisier also hosted an after-hours bash in Wynwood to close out the weekend Saturday that featured art installations and a performance by rapper and avid art collector 2 Chainz.
“I get a few pieces here every year for my studio or my homes,” he said. “I enjoy discovering new art. I enjoy discovering new artists.”


Art Dubai, where anything goes, gets off to a colorful start

The fair’s 13th edition runs from March 20-23 and features 92 Contemporary and Modern galleries from 42 countries. (Arab News)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Art Dubai, where anything goes, gets off to a colorful start

DUBAI: Art Dubai, the largest art fair in the Middle East, got off to a colorful start on Wednesday and more than 92 galleries showcased their chosen artists in the city’s Madinat Jumeriah.

The fair’s 13th edition runs from March 20-23 and features 92 Contemporary and Modern galleries from 42 countries, as well as a bevy of galleries from the UAE.  There are also a number of events going on around the city, as part of Art Week, including Art Nights at the Dubai International Financial Center, which took place on Tuesday. 

You can read more about Art Nights, and see the wild and wonderful art on show, here

Highlights include new gallery section Bawwaba, showcasing art from the Global South; UAE NOW - the first section of its kind - spotlighting local independent artist-run platforms and subcultures, their place in the UAE’s evolving landscape and contribution to creating new ways of thinking, theory and artistic movements and the Contemporary section — two gallery halls presenting work from 59 galleries from 34 countries by some of the most notable contemporary artists working today. It will make you smile, smirk and everything  in-between.

Art Dubai 2019 welcomes more than 500 artists representing 80 nationalities across its four gallery sections: Art Dubai Contemporary, Art Dubai Modern, Bawwaba and Residents.

We take a look at six of our favorite artists and pieces here.

The diversity on show is notable, with galleries from Latin America placed next to booths from Beirut, Saudi Arabia and London.

Pablo del Val, Artistic Director of Art Dubai, said: “Art Dubai continues to develop original content to redefine what an art fair can be and contribute to the UAE and wider region’s cultural landscape. We represent an art world that is truly global and inclusive, rooted in artistic discovery and the promotion of new and alternative perspectives, community building, idea generation and cultural exchange. Geographies, galleries and artists, art typologies and thematics that are not often seen side-by-side, or even as part of the same conversation, will converge at the fair. We hope that new discoveries will be made and new synergies formed.”

It’s a melting pot of artistic expression and media, with sculptures, canvases and the odd video installation vying for space in the crowded halls.

There is a distinct focus on contemporary art, so if you’re into museum-worthy paintings, this may not be your cup of tea, but if you are willing to experiment, it’s the perfect spot to question the boundaries of art.

Battery-operated imaginary animals careened across the floor in one booth, while a fine spider’s web of black string formed an origami-like sculpture in another — anything goes at Art Dubai, as long as it’s not too risqué.

But, why tell you when we can show you? Scroll through the photo gallery to find out more about the art on show here.