Celebrities, Fashion, 24k Chicken Wing Shot from Miami’s Art Basel
By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) – After a pandemic hiatus, the official Art Basel exhibit is back in Miami with all its eccentric glory, a dizzying celebrity roster and dozens of spinoff shows already generating a buzz, including a child phenomenal painter and a Banksy sale of $ 4 million.
Ten-year-old contemporary artist Andres Valencia’s gallery has already almost sold out at Art Miami. The San Diego-based artist simply saw a cubist painting in his living room two years ago and said, “I can do it.”
Actress Sophia Vergara bought one of her pieces this week and Channing Tatum, Jordan Belfort and artist Shepard Fairey stopped by her booth at the Art Miami fair to check out her work, according to a spokesperson for Chase Contemporary.
Profits from works in Valencia are donated to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation, which supports the arts, education and the preservation of the environment and wildlife.
The Maddox Gallery is also exhibiting at Art Miami, selling Banksy’s Charlie Brown on Tuesday for $ 4 million. A spokesperson for the gallery said it was the first year that it had a comprehensive collection of Banksy paintings including many original works.
The prestigious annual Basel art fair in December attracts collectors, socialites and celebrities from all over the world. But fashion has also played a prominent role in recent years, with Christian Dior hosting his very first show in the United States in 2019 as a sort of unofficial kickoff to Miami Art Week.
Louis Vuitton followed suit on Tuesday night, with its very first fashion show in the United States. But the sudden death of its legendary 41-year-old creator, Virgil Abloh, turned the show into a grim but whimsical celebration of life in the presence of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and her daughter North, Ye, the rapper formerly known as name of Kanye West, model Bella. Hadid, Joe Jonas, Maluma and Pharrell. Kid Cudi and Erykah Badu performed at an after party. Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also in the crowd.
And Chanel collaborated with artist Es Devlin for a monumental sculptural installation to celebrate her iconic scent. The fashion house takes over Jungle Plaza to create a multisensory experience using hundreds of plants and trees. The facility is open to the public, but several celebrities are expected to attend Friday’s VIP dinner with a top-secret performance.
Gucci is organizing a party Thursday night to celebrate Mickalene Thomas’ monograph.
Alicia Keys, Lizzo and Cardi B are also among those performing in town this week. The rapper is launching a new range of vodka-infused whipped cream on Saturday. After-party performances at various clubs this weekend include Migos, Meek Mill, Diplo and Marshmello.
While Miami Art Week draws serious collectors, it’s also chock-full of nonsense, including diamond and gold chicken wings. Yes, Miami’s DJ Khaled dropped “bling wings” topped with 24k gold dust and edible diamonds to promote his restaurant Another Wing.
There’s also an 18-karat gold avocado and bagel toast on sale for $ 2.9 million at the Rother Gallery in Art Miami.
Celebrity sightings included Marta Stewart in a gold coat and cane at the Komodo restaurant and the Denver Nuggets and Venus Williams busted bottles all night at Pharrell and David Grutman’s Swan restaurant.
Hailey Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Brooklyn Beckham, Nicola Peltz were spotted loading cocktails and caviar at Papi Steak and singer Camila Cabello was spotted in the trendy Wynwood Arts District on Monday for an unveiling at Wynwood Walls for celebrate 14 new artists with murals and sculptures.