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December 12, 2012

Art Basel Miami Beach: Wrap-Up

By Alexandra Wolfe | Art, Miami Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach: Pharrell Williams
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While some top art dealers and collectors boarded the first plane home as soon as the most exclusive pre-fair vernissage festivities were finished, many celebrities stayed through the weekend at Art Basel Miami Beach. Among the 70,000 attendees who traipsed through the 250 or so galleries was a transplanted Tinseltown. Instead of collecting, however, the stars went clubbing. Le Baron, the Parisian nightclub-turned-art-fair pop-up hot spot, emerged at Nikki Beach Club Miami, where by Friday night the entire fashion world had flocked.

Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, designer Riccardo Tisci, print magnate Peter Brant’s sons, Harry and Peter, and sartorialist Scott Schuman showed up that evening, followed on Saturday by Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Demi Moore. Actress Kate Mara hung out at the Architectural Digest Oasis pop-up lounge at the Raleigh Hotel, designer Roberto Cavalli hosted cocktails at the SLS Hotel South Beach and the Moncler fashion house fêted its 60th anniversary at 1111 Lincoln Road. And by the weekend’s end art and its admirers were competing for attention, with the hype over Latin American and Brazilian artists nearly reaching the buzz surrounding a budding celebrity romance.