The Edit, Art Week Edition for Wednesday Dec 4
A wrap up of the hottest parties and a look ahead for tonight
Micky Wolfson’s 80th Birthday
Art Week in Miami kicked off with the party of the season for Micky Wolfson’s 80th birthday. Held at a private home of acclaimed art collectors and produced by Caron Cole, Wolfson’s event was attended by the world’s art elite, including Adrienne bon Haes & Marvin Ross Friedman, Jane Wooldridge, Bruce Weber, Martin Margulis and Bruce Orosz plus guests from London, China and beyond. The menu included Wolfson’s favorite cuisine – comfort selections from the deep south — including shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, and thick squares of coconut cake. Guests were asked to record their wishes for him on cardboard tabs attached to metallic keys, nodding to the museum founder’s infamous childhood first foray into collecting, as he playfully pocketed hotel room keys while on family trips. Entertainment was by acclaimed singer Maryel Epps and DJ Hotpants and the cake was an edible replica of the Wolfsonian museum at FIU and the entire event was designed in the theme of his personality, as even the cocktail napkins were printed with his original mantras. The party was a benefit for the Wolfsonian at FIU. Afterwards, some of the guests headed to 1000 Museum for the commemoration of Zaha Hadid.
Rubell Collectors Preview, SCOPE and Dior
Tuesday stated with the scene at the Rubell Museum for the VIP Collectors Preview, where invitees mixed with people who spilled over from the Dior show next door, the place was packed with the likes of Michelle Reese, Susie Malnik-Stein, Cheryl Goldstein, Bella Hadid and Wendy Harlow. Over at the Scope VIP preview, art browsers included Elizabeth Resnick and Suzy Buckley Woodward. Late night was out loud, as at Art Miami and CONTEXT was a VIP extravaganza that included Larry and Arlene Mendelson, Leslie Saiontz and Beryl and Rex Hamilton of the Lacoste empire.
The most acclaimed dinner invitations Tuesday night were sent by Larry Gagosian, who owns a network of galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. Held at Mr. Chow, guests – including Marvin Ross Friedman, Adrienne bon Haes, Aaron Fleischman and Lin Lougheed, Tony Schfrazi, Art Basel Miami founding Director Sam Keller, Lauren and Benedikt Taschen of Taschen books, Donald Marron, Michael Chow, Keith Barish, Jeffrey Greene and Mei Sze Greene and Marsha and Jeffrey Perlman – dined on lobster, Beijing duck (not Peking!) and Fiery Beef.
Wynwood Walls 10th Anniversary Party
Over at Wynwood Walls, artists – including Kenny Scharf and Romero Britto — were nibbling on pork tacos with mango salsa and fat beef burgers as hosts Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Joey Goldman and Janet Goldman celebrated the 10th anniversary of their street art sanctuary.
What’s Happening in Miami Wednesday Night
So what will be going on Wednesday? For the invite only crowd, there’s a VIP recaption at the Bass Museum for Art Basel Extraordinaires. Bulliet Bourbon is coming to life with at the Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami VIP Preview on Mana Wynwood Convention Center with a 3D-printed bar. The Garden of Beauty party is an art-design instillation at a cocktail party with Cultured magazine is at Design Miami. At the Nautilus Hotel Miami Beach, there’s a Desigual X Miranda Makearaff Sexhibition Cocktail party while Sunreef Yachts, the world’s leading manufacturer of custom-made luxury catamarans, partners with Artist Alexander Mijares to wrap a megayacht in his customized painting entitled “Pieces of Me” in a private cocktail reception at Mijares Art Gallery. The Mondrian South Beach on December will introduce Orlinski’s “Born Wild” collection with colossal animal sculptures and complimentary a DIY gin and tonic bar the pool deck The Sagamore Hotel will host an Opening Reception for its newest exhibition, “I’m Not a Trophy” by Arno Elias, which aims to generate awareness on endangered species and indigenous cultures. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the “I’m Not a Trophy” charity that helps save endangered species. The official VIP Opening of Metroquadro Miami, on NW 23rd Street, will feature swag giveaways, designed by Monique Rollins, eye masks from Hästens, bottles from Beam Suntory and candles from Candleland Miami along with bites and cocktails by Beaker & Gray and The Sylvester. The Garden of Beauty installation featuring IL PAVONE is an Art-Design capsule collection designed by Marc Ange for Visionnair with sounds by DJ Mia Moretti at Visionnaire Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. For a free event, try the Sunset Rendezvous at Hyde Beach, which is a Poolside evening art showcases by Domingo Zapata, Jordi Molla, Marco Santini, Blake Jamieson and there’s also a “Seek Treatment” Comedy Show hosted by comedians Cat Cohen and Pat Regan with special guests Joel Kim Booster of NBC’s “Sunnyside” and Michelle Collins, comedian, Sirius XM host at The Backyard at The Confidante Miami Beach. Want to be transformed into a vintage European inspired Arcade of days past? Go to the Cadillac Hotel and find liquor sponsor Absolut Elyx for specialty cocktails and spiked Italian ices, that starts at 6 p.m. Paraiso kicks off with a reception Artechouse for an immersive digital art exhibition.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.