When you think of December you think of Christmas, spending time with loved ones, snow hot bodies, the beach, and partying at “the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world” during Art Basel of course! From December 1-4, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A little overwhelming? Don’t panic we here at Socially Superlative have you covered! We compiled a guide of things to check out when you are not sunbathing on the beach.


November 30th

Public Events

There will be events taking place throughout Miami Beach, showcases and exhibitions will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show has also organized shuttle bus service for visits to the museums and collections in Miami. The pickup location is directly across the street from Hall D of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Programs and Fliers for this year’s Art Film, Art Basel Conversations, Art Salon, Art Video Nights, and the Art Public Opening Night can be found here:

Art Film
Art Basel Conversations
Art Salon
Art Video Nights
Art Public Opening Night

A Comprehensive guide, and official online catalog can be found HERE

An official Showcase pamphlet can be downloded HERE

Ticket information can be found HERE

Bus schedule and information can be found HERE


Art Public Opening Night

FREE to the Public Bar and local food trucks on site


Collins Park and Oceanfront, Miami Beach

Art Public Opening Night will feature special performances by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine and the Alalaô collective presenting Ronald Duarte.

8pm | A Sermon On Art History by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi.
Theaster Gates and the Black Monks will respond in song and verse to the works of Art Public in an art historical and monastic manner.

9pm | Mixtape by Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine
This evocative and experimental performance will combine images of punk, funk, film noir, sci-fi with traditional Samoan dance, Buddhism and original video content.
Sanford Biggers (keyboard and laptop); Jahi Sundance (DJ); Mark Hines (VJ); Martin Luther (guitar and vocals), Imani Uzuri (vocals), and Swiss Chris (drums).

10pm | Alalaô presents Nimbo Oxalà by Ronald Duarte, with Marcus Wagner (DJ) and live Cuban music.
The Alalaô collective, founded in January 2011 by Marcio Botner and Ernesto Neto of A Gentil Carioca and the artist Marcus Wagner, will present ‘Nimbo Oxalà’ by Brazilian artist Ronald Duarte and will bring the Carioca spirit of Rio de Janeiro to Miami Beach.

Download Flier HERE



Art Basel Kick Off At The Gansevoort Hotel

Art Basel Launch Event
Media/VIP/Collectors Invited for an Exclusive Preview taking place on the mezzanine and grand ball rooms.


Executive Chef Richard Ingraham, personal chef to Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, will entertain in the VIP area with a selection of his critically acclaimed culinary delights.

DJ Tom Laroc, whose repertoire includes performances with the likes of Jay Z & Sean “P. Diddy” Combs will be providing beats for the evening.


Arts Mean Business Breakfast Forum with Robert Lynch

Giants In The City
November 30 – December 4


Jeffrey Deitch Gallery Dinner Party

Invite Only

7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dinner Party-Private event. The Kingdom of Morocco and Maybach present the exclusive Jeffrey Deitch dinner party and concert hosted by Bill and Maria Bell with a menu curated by Paula Wolfert, Moroccan food expert, featuring recipes from her new cookbook, “The Food of Morocco.” Following the dinner, guests will enjoy a performance by 2 Many DJs and Soulwax.


Kate Wilson Photography Exhibit

From November 30th to December 4, 2011, visitors will be welcomed free of charge to Space Lighting Gallery to see my installation, inspired by the past 5 years I have spent in India. This creation brings a new dimension to work, and it is the sense of place – where the image was captured and how it will be shown during Basel in Miami – which tells a unique and deeply personal story.

I feel I am creating a style in my photographic and mixed media work, which when printed and displayed on a large scale evokes an emotion and an understanding of India that I have gained while living and working there.


3rd Annual Pictures+Furniture Opening Reception

You’re cordially invited to attend the Opening Reception for Avant Gallery’s 3rd Annual Pictures+Furniture Exhibition, celebrating the fusion of fine art and collectible design.
Featuring: Alec Monopoly, Alejandro Vigilante, Arno Elias, Nathan Sawaya, Chad Jensen, Kevin McHugh, Philip Michael Wolfson, Lukasz Opalinski, Pryor Callaway, Marcel Wanders, Julian Lwin, Guy Le Baube, Metis, John Jansheski, Jorge Cal, Guava, Bobo Ivancich de la Torriente.

Presented with support from Surface Magazine, Planar, 42 Below Vodka, AdRoyt







Andy Warhol “The Model Boy”

The opening reception of David Siqueiros’ art installation “Andy Warhol – The Model Boy” will take place in the Grand Lobby of the InterContinental Miami (101 Chopin Plaza, Miami) on November 30th from 6-9 PM.

This installation is based on never before seen photographs of Andy Warhol that David Siqueiros shot before he died and was perhaps his last photo session posing with top models. David Siqueiros created his own homage from this shoot which will be on display during Art Basel.

Photography, cocktails , hors d’oeuvres and music.


Seth Browarnik’s Art of Night Exhibition during Art Basel













December 1st


Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery Perrier Refresh Lounge

December 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery
12pm -5pm: Open To The Public
7pm – 9pm: VIP Invite Only
9pm -11pm: Open To The Public
173 NW 23rd Street
Wynwood, Miami

Starting at 12noon, Societe Perrier Vintage Rolls Royce will be parked in front of the gallery providing complimentary Perrier to gallery guests.
Guests can enjoy the art and relax in signature “Perrier Refresh Lounge” areas around the gallery

At 7pm, a custom Limited Edition Porsche Speedster on exhibition. Beats by DJ Trails of Hip Hop Elements and DJ Ari X

VIP Event:
Complimentary Sapporo Beer, Rex Goliath Wines and Perrier Sparkling Water.
Guests can enjoy bites from Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant. The acclaimed chef, featured on the popular Food Network show “Chopped” and host of NBC 6’s “Maximum Flavor with Chef Adrianne” as well as Scorpion and Riazul Tequilla cocktails.


Anarchy in Miami Duncan Quinn Nightly Cocktails



Rise Premiere

Come Over to Michael Dawkins Home

Come Over to Michael Dawkins Home
7– 10 PM
Michael Dawkins Home
3628 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Design District

for champagne cocktails as you hop from one fabulous party to another during Miami’s busiest, most inspired weeks of the year.
We’ll be opening our designer doors to industry professionals, art collectors and the hotness.
Just come over already.

RSVP at Kelly@rockawaypr.com


Refinery29 launches Miami edition at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
Thursday, December 1, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
297 Northwest 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127

RSVP: Refinery29@taraink.com or             305.864.3434       ext. 199

Refinery29, the global style hub for shopping, exclusive deals, trends, beauty news, local hot-spots, and at-home sneak-peeks of fashion’s finest.

Refinery29, the go-to place for inspiring, empowering and celebrating personal style will launch its Miami edition website and weekly newsletter during Art Basel 2011 for an exclusive evening presented by GUESS? and Motorola.

Renowned  DJ Mya Kwok.

The evening will be hosted by Refinery29’s Senior Editor Kristian Laliberte, Miami Editor Nikki Novo and Creative Director Piera Gelardi, DJ May Kwok, Founder of Not a Gallery, Justin Belmont, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Designer and Founder of Miansa Jewelry, Michael Saiger, President of Del Toro Shoes, Matthew Chevallard and fashion journalist Johnny Misheff invites Miami influencers to a jam-packed night of dancing, incredible fashion, photography and art including a Refinery29-flavored photo-booth to capture every style moment; beauty applications by Violent Lips for personalized, temporary lip tattoos; Miami-inspired photo studio with GUESS and the latest in Bluetooth technology with a unique product experience celebrating the launch of Motorola ELITE SLIVER. Guests will dance and mingle to the awesome tunes of renowned DJ May Kwok while savoring complimentary cocktails courtesy of SVEDKA vodka.


Grand Opening of Alessi Miami
Thursday | December 1, 2011 | 5 – 7 pm
4242 NE 2nd Avenue
RSVP: alessimiami@bdeonline.biz

Alessio Alessi invites you to the Grand Opening of Alessi Miami
Featuring a special installation by Marti Guixe’ celebrating 90 years of Alessi



Luminiare Presents: Designlove Designing a Cure for Cancer
6-9 pm
Luminaire Lab
3901 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Design District


November 28-December 6, 2011
Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm

Online Auction
Monday, November 21, 12 pm EST
through Saturday, December 3, 2011, 6 pm EST

Luminaire invites you to experience DesignLove and to join us in the fight against cancer. From an original collaboration between Intramuros magazine and DuPont, over 90 unique works in Corian® by designers including Ingo Maurer, Jean-Marie Massaud and Patricia Urquiola will be exhibited together for the first time at Luminaire and sold online to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.

Interview Magazine Andy Warhol Film San Diego Surf Screening
Thursday, Dec. 1, 9:30 p.m. to midnight
The Standard Spa
40 Island Venture
Miami Beach, FL 33139

RSVP: artbasel@brantpub.com
RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 30

Never-before-seen “San Diego Surf” to be screened at VIP blowout bash at The Standard Miami

INTERVIEW Magazine and The Andy Warhol Museum are proud to present artist Andy Warhol’s never-before-seen film, “San Diego Surf,” during Art Basel 2011, with special thanks to MAYBACH. A portion of the 90-minute film will be screened at an exclusive VIP party held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at The Standard Spa. The event will feature specialty cocktails courtesy of (BELVEDERE)RED Special Edition to celebrate World AIDS Day and Perrier, as well as the characteristic element of surprise that has come to be expected at the publication’s legendary Art Basel parties.


Patrick McMullan hosts AS IF Magazine Unveiling Party during Art Basel Miami

Rise at the Dream Hotel

Toyota Antics Presents Special Disco Version Miami
12/01/2011, 10:00 PM
Grand Central
697 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136


TOYOTA ANTICS presents Special Disco Version on Thursday, Dec. 1st in Miami

The free music event will showcase DJ sets by James Murphy/Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, a live performance by The Black Lips, a Midnight Surfer DJ set and more surprise guests.

The musical talent will be joined by retro-themed vehicle activations from Toyota.





December 2nd


Party on the Plaza

The Macallan Single Malt Scotch at AD Oasis at The Raleigh

Invitation Only Private Event


Vogue Lounge at Art Basel

Open to the public

Thursday, December 1 & Friday, December 2, 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Sagamore, The Art Hotel
1671 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL

Fashion mavens and art moguls join forces with the opening of The Vogue Lounge during Art Basel, a two-day shopping experience featuring never-before-seen contemporary art with cutting-edge fashion collaborations by renowned brands, such as Keds at Opening Ceremony, Bond No. 9, Lexus and Dee & Ricky. Details are as follows:

The Lexus Fashion Workshop
Elevating the notion of recycling to an art form, Lexus challenged four of fashion’s most inventive designers to rethink their notions of automotive design. Using some of the more than 2,000 individual parts of a completely dismantled Lexus CT hybrid, a vehicle that is 90 percent recyclable, the designers created fashionable works of art as part of The Lexus Fashion Workshop. From crank bearings to exhaust gaskets, the designers took on the challenge with verve, turning some of the best engineered auto parts into innovative fashion accessories – all while driving home the beauty of recycling.

The four pieces, listed below, will be highlighted in a six-page advertisement in the January 2012 issue of Vogue, and will be sold via silent auction during the Vogue Lounge, with proceeds benefiting the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a not-for-profit trade association representing more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers.
· “Environmental Crown of Virtue” – A truly head-turning piece designed by Moss Lipow using a transmission starter and exhaust manifold gasket.
· “The Valve Collection” – Designed by jewelry creator Eddie Borgo using valve lifters, crank bearings and hose clamps.
· “Nomadic Sanctuary” – A sleek trench coat designed by John Patrick, featuring floor mats made from plant-based plastic, sustainable sound dampening material, wire harness, leather seat covers and cargo covers.
· “The Luna Shoe” – Created by Alejandro Inglemo using armrest leather trim and clear plastic tubing.

Keds at Opening Ceremony
Keds, the original American sneaker brand founded in 1916, will host a pop-up at the Vogue Lounge with Opening Ceremony. The shop will feature a selection of Keds’ iconic footwear and its first limited edition apparel collection available exclusively at Opening Ceremony (OC). The Keds apparel line offers a contemporary twist on classic-inspired silhouettes and creates a fun, confident and easy look for men and women that is simple, clean and versatile.

Art Production Fund 2012 Artist Towel Series
The Art Production Fund will introduce its presentation of “Works on Whatever,” a 2012 Artist Towel Series by artists Barbara Kruger and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Bond No. 9
In business for eight years, Bond No. 9 is an edgy downtown perfumery, committed to designing artisanal scented evocations of the neighborhoods and streets of New York—from Riverside Drive to Chinatown to Coney Island. Bond No. 9 has a dual mission: To restore artistry to perfumery, and to mark every New York neighborhood with a scent of its own. Available for purchase at The Vogue Lounge, each fragrance represents a specific downtown, midtown, or uptown locale or a city-wide sensibility.

Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
For over a century Perrier has collaborated with some of the world’s most famous and distinguished artists. An all natural, sugar-free and calorie-free sparkling natural mineral water, Perrier will introduce two specialty beverages at The Vogue Lounge: the Perrier Cucumber and Perrier Ginger.

Baltus Collection Showroom

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
3925 North Miami Avenue
Miami FL 33127
RSVP Required: miami@baltususa.com

MIAMI will celebrate the arrival of another busy Art Basel Week and its coveted December 2011 Arts & Power issue with a top-notch soiree at the stunning Baltus showroom in the Design District. Over 150 art-world influencers, design tastemakers and select VIPs featured in the Arts & Power issue will be invited to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine by Mare Nostrum restaurant and cocktails by SKYY Vodka and Flor de Cana rum. The Baltus showroom will be outfitted with art from Art Nouveau Gallery in Wynwood. The pages of the magazine will be brought to life as blow-ups of the editorial are strategically placed throughout the showroom.


Fendi Casa Luxury Living And Beats By Dr. Dre Celebrate Sound And Design By Honoring Artist Nick Cave During Art Basel Miami Beach



Artistically Fashioned Art Basel Celebration
Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Deco One Interior Design Showroom
3900 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127


Bringing Back! “ARTISTically FASHIONED!” Art Basel Celebration

Due to the overwhelming response and success of this event! In the heart of Miami Design District during the most prestigious Art weekend in the world, “ARTISTically FASHIONED!” Art Basel Celebration is back! This will be an evening celebrating Art Basel with Haitian ART invading fashion on Friday, December 2, 2011 in the help of fund raising for the children in Haiti to send food, medical supplies and all the bare necessities of survival. Experience the best in Haitian Art & Fashion, Interior Design, and dynamic LIVE paintings of models decorated in the showroom by our featured ARTIST.

Legalart Presents “Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds”, Curated By Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Brunch Reception

AD Oasis


December 3rd

Hope International present Art Zoo 2011 during Art Basel Week

Donations: $50.00 per person

Poolside at Finnegan’s River
401 SW 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

An Art Week celebration of a fun filled afternoon along the Miami River of animal themed art installations including sculptures, paintings and performance artists while learning about animal rescue and adoption titled “Art Zoo”. The event benefits Paws 4 You, Rescue that helps animal welfare.

Libations: Icelandic Glacial Water. Leblon. O.N.E. Coconut Water.
Treats: Donut Divas . Edible Arrangements . Finnegan’s River . GreenBitesMiami.com . Pizza Fusion.


The Sagamore’s annual Art Basel Brunch

Invite Only

9am – 1pm

Sagamore, The Art Hotel
1671 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL

The Sagamore’s annual Art Basel Brunch, one of the most sought-after events of the season, is hosted by hotel owners, Marty and Cricket Taplin in partnership with six local museums: the Bass Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art at FIU and the Wolfsonian-FIU.

Kavachnina Contemporary Presents Salustiano Black Collection Opening Cocktail Reception
8 to 11 pm
46 Nw 36th Street
Miami Fl 33127
RSVP/info at : info@kavachnina.com

Join us for Opening Cocktail Reception
Salustiano will be present
Changer La Vie…


 December 4th

Zagat Art Basel Event



Breakfast in the Park with Joel Perlman

Open to the Public

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17 Street
Miami, FL 33199

Each year, in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum hosts an official Art Basel sponsored event, Breakfast in the Park, drawing in hundreds of art enthusiast yearly. The 8th annual Breakfast in the Park features internally renowned artist Joel Perlman. Perlman has been creating complex sculptures out of steel, bronze, copper, and aluminum since the early 1970’s. He builds sculptural pieces by welding metal in stacks or perilous joints. There are no preliminary drawings, for Perlman sees his work as evidence of a process, and the result of an activity.


Nikki At Night Sunday

Nikki Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

You’re Cordially Invited To Join us every Sunday night where the best resident DJ’s collaborate with cutting edge producers and talent to bring you the newest, hottest music possible. Come out this week for a special celebration and music by our resident troublemakers Bruno Robles, Felipe Kaval and Armand Pena.

To Rsvp & List Info please contact: Rsvp@NikkiMiami.com
Once you enlist on “Fabian’s Vip List” you will be rewarded with Free Admission From 7pm Till 12am. (Reduced After $10 Per Person till 2am) *Restrictions may apply.

*Dress code at Nikki Beach includes casual daywear and beach chic

MiMo Art in the Park

The festival is free. Donations are welcome
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Legion Park
North East 66 Street and Biscayne Blvd

Celebrate Miami Art Week and the Art Basel festivities in the MiMo Historic District. Sample the tastes of fine MiMo cuisine.

Participate by registering to be or sponsor one of the MiMo Chalk Mural Artists. Enjoy art in the making, exhibiting artists, live entertainment on stage, tours, and great street theater.

So here it is kids Socially Superlative’s Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2011! Enjoy!