Much has changed in the 20 years since Art Basel landed in Miami Beach. Collectors compete with celebrities at the V.I.P. previews. Satellite fairs have sprung up all over town. And the countless parties threaten to overshadow the art, at least on social media.
Kicking things off was the White Cube gallery’s 11th annual party at the Soho Beach House, where art-world insiders dined under a beachside tent. Two nights later, CORE, a relief group started by Sean Penn, held a benefit there attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and other boldface names.
Also on Wednesday, Farfetch, the luxury-shopping platform, celebrated a new collection with the designer Esteban Cortázar at the Faena Theater. Things didn’t get underway until after midnight, with models, influencers and D.J.s crowding the entry. And Prada brought its D.J. series, Prada Extends, to the Faena Forum on Thursday. Who said the parties had to be about art?
Kelis performed her 2003 hit, “Milkshake,” at the White Cube party.
The CORE benefit included a live auction of art donated by Leonardo DiCaprio and raised more than $1 million.
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