Like the city that hosts it, Art Basel has become a sprawling megalopolis, filled above capacity and exceeding anything its founders envisioned. The art! The parties! The traffic! It’s the destination of the international set and bane of locals, who wait out the week to take back their streets. For the serious art collectors who descend, it’s sneakers by day and private dinners by night.The Basel exhibition in the Miami Convention Center is its hub. At the opening Vernissage, we lingered in front of blue chip Picasso’s, jewel-like Chagalls, recent Jim Dine’s, significant Warhols, ephemeral Paul Klees and a Louise Nevelson installation. Across the Bay, there’s Art Miami, the other must attend. Satellite fairs dot the city, in huge beach tents, oceanfront hotels, new developments and waterfront sites. Local millionaires open up their private collections. Across the city, there are lectures, art book parties and happenings — and UberBoats to get you across Biscayne Bay.
Norah Lawlor threw parties that included one for Epicurean Life Magazine Publisher Azzy Asghar at the Hotel Croydon, catered in-house by The Tavern. There we saw Jean Shafiroff, Janna Bullock, Steve Boxer (Owner, Philippe New York), Michelle Walker, artist Gregory Maroun and Jewelry Designer Claudia Lang (Jewelry Designer). Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats showed up at Lawlor’s Hotel Croydon event for The Smile Design Gallery and Ty Hunter’s “Women in the Water” and “The Selfie Experience.”
It was all so, so, so much fun. Miami Beach, the city is once again yours. It’s safe again to leave your palatial waterfront homes — until the Boat Show, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival and the Snow Birds return.