The tropical bacchanal of art fairs, private dining, and premier parties known as Art Basel Miami Beach is back in full force. Here are some highlights from Tuesday night.
Sashimi and watches
Unfortunately, the guest of honor of the Tag Heuer evening was unable to come. Basketball star Jimmy Butler, who plays for the Miami Heat, injured himself in a game this weekend and video message instead. In his absence, Frédéric Arnault, the brand’s new CEO, received the guests.
Opportunity: An intimate dinner to promote Tag Heuer’s new watch, the Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon.
Bedroom: Two long dining tables on an illuminated plexiglass stage have been set up in the garden of a private house in Miami Beach.
Waiting for: M. Arnault, actress Madelyn Cline, musician Luisi Fonsi and TV host Paulina Vega.
The food: A family-friendly range of Japanese-inspired dishes like sashimi, sirloin with truffles, and cod with citrus and wasabi.
Time of night: Before dessert was served, violinist Ezinma performed two pieces, including a cover of Mr. Fonsi’s “Despacito”, much to his amusement. (He danced.)
Mood: “This is my first time in Miami, and it has been a blast,” Ms. Cline said. Is she considering buying souvenirs? “My favorite memory to get or give away from anywhere would be something out of date. I love those big t-shirts that say “I Heart whatever the city.” “
What a school night?
Jean Paul Gaultier’s name appeared on the invitation, but Mr. Gaultier himself was not present. Still, that didn’t stop the performing crowd from converging on the Faena Hotel after midnight and desperately trying to get past the bouncers.
Opportunity: The installation of two new pieces by Pilar Zeta at the Faena.
Bedroom: The Theater, a space with a stage, chandelier and bench which surrounds a dance floor.
Waiting for: Musician Macy Gray; Richie Shazam, model, photographer and activist; the Mica Argañaraz model; actor Josh O’Connor; designer Jonathan Anderson; and DJ Honey Dijon.
Time of night: At around 12:30 am, drag queen Violet Chachki performed a scorching version of Meg Myer’s “Desire”, straddling a phallic sculpture.
Mood: “I am here for the ultimate escape and to embrace art,” Ms. Shazam said. “I am delighted to partner with Playboy and fulfill all the fun fantasies they have in store for us.” His favorite playmate? “Pamela Anderson, always, every day. I love its freedom and organic beauty, inside and out.