The Best of Basel

Midtown, Downtown, South Beach and beyond all took part in Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. Even though the most prestigious art show in the Americas officially started December 1st, soirees started as early as November 28th. And lots of A-list celebrities came into the 305 to take part in the festivities.

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Midtown, Downtown, South Beach and beyond all took part in Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. Even though the most prestigious art show in the Americas officially started December 1st, soirees started as early as November 28th. And lots of A-list celebrities came into the 305 to take part in the festivities.
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Rapper Cazwell and transgender icon Amanda Lepore kicked off Art Basel with a Perrier Water sponsored event at the Lords South Beach. With spring water infused cocktails flowing, some of Miami's most influential gay community members were in attendance.
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Miguel Paredes started Art Basel early with a cocktail party turned night club at the Gansevoort South Beach
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Paredes, a Miami resident, took walking art to a new level on South Beach
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Actress Gabrielle Union stopped by Miguel Paredes' party without Miami Heat boyfriend, Dwyane Wade.
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Restaurateur Myles Chefetz and iStar Residential hosted one of Art Basel's most hush-hush gatherings of the art world’s elite at the South of Fifth neighborhood’s newest ultra-private beachfront residence, Ocean House.
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New artist Amrita Sen, creator of Bollydoll, made her Miami debut at The Betsy South Beach
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Producer and rapper Timbaland sipped cocktails with his entourage during Amrita Sen's performance before heading downstairs for his VIP only party at The Betsy's B Bar
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"AS IF Magazine" unveiled its premiere issue with a private cocktail reception hosted by photographer & Editor-and-Chief Tatijana Shoan at the FENDI Casa Luxury Living Showroom
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Hip-hop legend Nas took over Spotify and Ricochet’s Music Loves Art party in Midtown Miami. In spirit of Art Basel, the rapper created a one-of-a-kind art piece live in front of a packed house. Later auctioned off to the crowd, artist Rashid Johnson took home thenmasterpiece for $14,000
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Popular contemporary artist Trey Speegle painted-by-numbers on male models at his private rooftop party held at Hotel Breakwater’s “Intimissi Lounge”
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Academy Award Winner Tilda Swinton stopped into Dzine's Imperial Nails soiree presented by Perrier at The Standard Spa
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Beats by Dr. Dre’s presented a private concert by R&B artist Robin Thicke in the Design District. With some of the Magic City's finest in attendance, he took center stage for a three song performance with only a piano inside the FENDI Casa Luxury Living Showroom
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Actor Val Kilmer supported mogul Russell Simmons at his Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series event at the historic Dupont Building in downtown Miami
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The entire Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation team helped picked two artists receiving an exhibit at the Rush Arts Gallery in NYC
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Along with new artist Kalup Linzy, TV on the Radio played favorites like “Staring at the Sun” and “Halfway Home” at Ricochet in Midtown Miami
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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade & NBA veteran Juwan Howard chatted during Graffiti Gone Global’s “The Art of Basketball” event
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Host Chris Bosh admired his self-portrait by Billi Kid before accepting a $15,000 donation to his charity, Team Tomorrow, from Premier Beverage CEO, Bob Drinon
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