Is Art Basel really about art or is it just another excuse for people to get drunk and party?
In recent years, it’s become more and more about the parties than the art and the art afficionados are taking notice. To read more about it, check out this piece from the New York Times here.
Besides the million dollar paintings, sculptures and celebs, the week-long festival also drew a bit violence.
At the Flaunt Magazine bash held in Wynwood, I witnessed an older man get into a brawl with a younger man after the younger guy loudly called the old man’s wife the c word. (For the record, the younger guy wanted his date to cut the line for a glimpse of Kanye West who was supposed to make an appearance at the party). The older gentleman immediately started throwing punches at the younger man and ended up chasing him out of the party. It was strange to watch, especially at a swanky party. Hey, when you give some people free liquor there’s no telling what will happen.
Speaking of throwing punches, the biggest celeb news was the fight Paris Hilton’s younger brother Barron Hilton got into with an alleged friend of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. I wasn’t at the bash, which took place on Star Island, but I heard from a friend that the altercation was pretty intense. He was later treated at the University of Miami Medical Center. The youngest of the Hilton clan was staying at the Fontainebleau with his sisters’ Paris and Nicky.
Nicky wrote on Twitter after the incident, “Bad things happen when you hang out with bad people.” Lilo continued partying in the 305 and the next day after the fight, she posted an Instagram pic of her at a South Beach spa in an “Om” yoga position.
Other celebs spotted around town: David Arquette and his pregnant girlfriend were at the Shore Club and Hyde inside the SLS Hotel.
Gerard Butler tried to flirt with actress Eva Longoria at a party inside the W South Beach, but she didn’t pay him any mind. Anyway, she has a new man: Jose Antonio Baston, a Latin media mogul.
Entourage’s Adrian Garnier was shopping for art at the Miami Beach Convention Center, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Pamela Anderson (with brown hair!), Zoe Saldana, Lionel Richtie, Val Kilmer (Kilmer lost a lot of weight – he looks good ) and Cindy Crawford.
On Saturday, Diddy and R&B singer Cassie couldn’t keep their hands off each other at Dream where Diddy hosted a party.
Questlove’s concert held Saturday at Mana in Wynwood was a big success (sold out!) While he was in town, he hung out with Lenny Kravitz and Steven Tyler at a private house party (why wasn't I invited?) and later posted a Twitter video of him on jamming with Kravitz and his daughter, Zoe. On Thursday, Kravitz joined the Aerosmith frontman onstage for a "Walk This Way" impromptu jam at the Dom Pérignon bash at the Wall. The crowd went wild, naturally.
After flying in for one night, Kim and Kanye left on Thursday. Did anyone miss them?