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Art Basel 2016: The Highlights

Each December, everyone who’s anyone from the international art (and party) scene flocks to Miami to take part in the country’s biggest and baddest weeklong meeting of the creative minds — the North American iteration of iconic Swiss art show giant, Art Basel. Contemporary works by emerging artists worldwide are put on display for all to enjoy from sunup to sundown, and when the magic hour strikes, the crowd’s attention is turned to a more nocturnal activity: lavish star-studded affairs with as many coveted top shelf liquor brands as there are flashing cameras. Between mind-boggling existential installations and never-ending glasses of champagne, we singled out our very favorite highlights of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach to recap what you might’ve missed and inspire you to see for yourself next December.


Wynwood — Miami’s most creatively-charged up-and-coming neighborhood — served as the canvas for what was arguably ABMB 2016’s most dynamic collection of artistic fervor. Celebrity tattooist Scott Campbell gave blind tattoos through a white picket fence inside the Juxtapoz Clubhouse, a collaboration between Juxtapoz Magazine, New York City’s Milk Studios, and art collective Mana Urban Arts Project, in his signature series, “Whole Glory;” across the street, renowned artist Andrew Schoultz designed and painted a working skate park for both art lovers and skaters to experience on an interactive level. Other artists whose works and presence could be found inside the clubhouse included Swoon, Cey Adams, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, and more.


After launching in 2012, beachfront art fair Untitled has maintained its modus operandi since day one: to bring “curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art.” Seems like a big undertaking, but Untitled pulled it off flawlessly this year, particularly with a literal piano bar designed by artist Dean Baldwin. In case you’d ever considered commissioning one for the home, this could likely be arranged.


12 murals took center stage at Wynwood Walls, the sensory brilliance now known the world over (thanks in part to Art Basel and the neighborhood’s snowballing status). The Citi-sponsored ABMB showcase featured works from artists like Beau Stanton, Dasic Fernandez, Felipe Pantone, Pixel Pancho, Okuda, and more, all of whom followed the theme of “Fear Less,” which was inspired by the late Wynwood Walls co-founder Tony Goldman.


Wherever Rolls-Royce is concerned, greatness is bound to happen. Upon selecting Miami artist José Parlá as the newest inductee into the brand’s Art Programme, the two collaboratively presented a stunning work paying homage to the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, all while a glorious purple Rolls-Royce paraded around the vicinity to spread the word.


When we said “star-studded,” we meant it. This year’s ABMB saw Madonna raising funds for Malawi, Courtney Love as the star of a theatrical piece, Michele Lamy and A$AP Rocky creating art with a crowd, concerts by P. Diddy and Lauryn Hill, and much, much more.

Images via Hypebeast, Artoronto, culturepassport.co, Luxury Lifestyle, and LA Guestlist

See you next year at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 — contact your LIVunLtd concierge to arrange for your travel, accommodations, and show/party access.