One of these days I’ll make it down to Art Basel in Miami. So much going on… it’s kinda depressing hearing about all the fun. Things got started with Luis Gispert and Rashid Johnson hosting the first night of Music Loves Art on Thursday, December 1st with up-and-coming artist Theophilus London kicking off the musical performances. Hip-hop legend Nas took over the stage for a full-throttle performance and paid tribute to Art Basel by creating a one-of-a-kind art piece live in front of fans, which was later auctioned off to the crowd. Figures visual artist slash the host for the night Rashid Johnson took home Nas’ masterpiece for $14,000. Dope that proceeds benefited My Wish 4 U Kids vs. Cancer charity. Mark Farina, one of SOL Republic’s “Saviors of Sound” peeps ended the night.
The Vice magazine party looked fun. They teamed up with headphone company SOL Republic, digital music service Spotify (not to mention premium pours from one of my personal favorites: 42 Below vodka! I could go for a ice-cold 42 Below shot right about now—just saying.) for a unique series of events. It all went down at Ricochet, Midtown Miami’s newest culture-centric bar and lounge. The idea was to pair visual artists with musicians and inspired them to perform live under one roof. Nas, Theophilus London, TV on the Radio, Rashid Johnson, Kalup Linzy, Mark Farina to name a few.
Perhaps Art Basel 2012 will come to fruition for me. The photos below from the Music Loves Art series of events definitely makes me wanna go. And I’m sure there were a gaggle of other events that went off during the week, but since I didn’t make it…I’ll have to live vicariously through images like these courtesy of one of the best nightlife photographers around, Bronques from LastNightsParty fame. You can see the full gallery here and here.
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Not related, but here's a fun video from Bronques.