Art Basel Miami Beach Event Roundup

December always kicks off with a unique art, music and fashion intersection (not to mention a timely escape to palm tree weather) thanks to Art Basel Miami Beach, and this year the ubiquitous fair’s star-powered creative collaborations and cultural immersion have yet again delivered, with style points to spare.

From a 14 mural revamp over at the incessantly snapped Wynwood Walls, a Burberry runway show, an exhibition of photographs snapped by rocker Lenny Kravitz, and an appearance from one of our favorite summer haunts, Montauk’s The Surf Lodge, with a pop-up shop as chic as you would expect, there were lots of familiar places and faces.

Other highlights? Artist Spencer Finch served up cones of soft serve ice cream meticulously colored with hues pulled from his own painting, dubbed “edible monochromes” from his ‘Sunset’ ice cream truck, which previously greeted passserbys in NYC’s Central Park. Louis Vuitton held their fourth annual in-store exhibition ‘Objets Nomades,’ displaying a collection international designer commissioned furniture and travel accessories.  Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska’s ABMB booth featured a retrospective of works by none other than Karl Lagerfield.  Curator extraordinaire Jeffrey Deitch commissioned an art parade coordinated by artist Rashaad Newsome, featuring everything from local motorcycling clubs to marching bands and marking the opening Deitch’s popup exhibition “Unrealism,” organized alongside mega-dealer Larry Gagaosian and featuring works from everyone from Jeff Koons to Urs Fischer to Julian Schnabel.  Faena Art resurrected the disco age with a roller rink created by Brazilian-French artist duo assume vivid astro focus (avaf) and a soundtrack that kept the party going thanks to a weekend of surprise guest DJs.  And last but certainly not least, The Tribeca Film Festival Shortlist hosted a special advanced screening of director Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary portrait of unparalleled arts patron of the twentieth century, Peggy Guggenheim.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.