The drag queens channeling Britney Spears. A group selfie with Sean Penn. Singing with Alicia Keys. The tropical vibe of art fairs, private dinners, and world-class parties known as Art Basel Miami Beach is back with a vengeance. Here are the highlights from Wednesday night.
Big Gay Night
Spanish fashion brand Loewe has taken over Twist, a sprawling gay club in South Beach where party-goers dance, drink, and kick off after 5am.
opportunity: Loewe and Gayletter, a queer culture magazine, celebrated a new picture book by Florian Krewer.
Room: The Twist is a maze of seven interconnected bars, some of which feature shirtless male go-go dancers offering drag shows, dance floors, and lap dancing.
in attendance: Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe; Ricky Martin; actor Josh O’Connor; actor Ansel Elgort; actor Hari Nef; transvestite Gigi Goode; gallerist Lucas Zwirner; and Tom Jackson and Abi Benitez of Gayletter.
Mood“It’s my birthday and my mom flew in,” said Miss Goode, star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” shortly after midnight. “We’ll spend the day at the art fair.” Did she know it was Britney Spears’ birthday too? “Yeah!” He added that he will hold a Britney-themed party at the House of Avalon in Los Angeles on Saturday. “I’m doing (You Drive Me) Crazy and I’m choreographing in my hotel room,” she said.
Where is Leo?
Leonardo DiCaprio arrived late in Miami and didn’t show up for a fundraiser where he was expected until 10:45 pm after the auction and dessert. But that didn’t disappoint at the 175-person dinner for C, a charity started by Sean Penn and Ann Lee to help Haiti and other Latin American countries.
opportunity: Rare charity party that raised $1.6 million Wednesday night in Art Basel.
Room: A giant tent is set up on the beach in front of Soho Beach House, about 20 burlap-covered dining tables.
in attendance: Mr. Penn, his daughter Dylan Penn, Mr. DiCaprio, Mark Anthony, Antoine Arnault, Delphine Arnault, Serena Williams, Craig Robins and Alan Faena.
food. Family style platters of burrata, tuna tartare, meatballs, rigatoni, grilled branzino and beef tenderloin.
Moment of the Night: Reka Nyari, a photographer, has auctioned a selfie converted into an NFT with the VIPs of the night. It sold for $200,000. And that was before Mr. DiCaprio showed up in a black baseball cap and a big gray mask.
Mood: “I’m collecting an artist named Gottfried Helnwein because I got to him without too much expense,” said Mr. Penn. “I always make the movies I want to make, so I pay less than my colleagues.” I’m an appreciator, but not as sophisticated as an appraiser like Leo DiCaprio who really spends his time on it. ”
The ultimate Instagram Trap?
Started by Pace Gallery and Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, immersive arts center Superblue introduced itself to the Art Basel crowd with a meditative concert by Alicia Keys. Before the show, the guests put on their booties and spent two hours walking around in a mirrored James Turrell setup that looked like it was made specifically for selfies.
opportunity: The invitation read: “Just one night of experimental performance by Alicia Keys, which interweaves music, meditation, movement, art and technology.”
Room: The 50,000-square-foot warehouse space featured DRIFT’s inverted flower installation, as well as exhibits created by Mr. Turrell, Es Devlin, and art collective TeamLab.
In participation: Ms. Keys; art collectors Don and Mera Rubell (their museum is across the street); Leo Villareal, an artist; and curator Yvonne Force Villareal.
Moment of the Night: Just after 9 PM, Ms. Keys did a guided meditation before performing a 75-minute set featuring songs from her upcoming album “Keys,” which included older hits such as “Empire State of Mind” and “Girl on Fire.”