Miami's Art Basel Under Way, Picture Perfect

by SARAH MANDATO · December 2, 2009

[Photos by Clint Spaulding for PMc]. Just as freezing temperatures roll into New York, Switzerland's Art Basel arrives in the dreamy warmth of Miami. From the kickoff party to the first few events, this year promises a pick up following recession apprehension. From bidding to browsing, the host city provides a picturesque setting, giving up snaps beautiful enough to rival the art.

The launch event was an affair of champagne and sunsets at the Mondrian, with Lady Liliana Cavendish among the guests able to do some poolside mingling, and hear what exhibits and parties people planned on hitting. Among them, Jordan Doner's interactive installation. More below...

Kirk Bardone, Molly Fitzmaurice Kirk Bardone, Molly Fitzmaurice

Annette Schoenholzer, Maike Cruse, Antje Wewer, Marc Spiegler Annette Schoenholzer, Maike Cruse, Antje Wewer, Marc Spiegler

Claudio Vogt, Francois Crossaint Claudio Vogt, Francois Crossaint

Lita Cho, Nina Menocal, Nelsa Farrugia Lita Cho, Nina Menocal, Nelsa Farrugia

[Below photos by Nick Hunt for PMc]. Also high on the list was MOCA and Vanity Fair's opening party for "The Reach of Realism," which explores the genre in an age of digital manipulation and staged reality.  Artist Chuck Close, Vito Schnabel and Stefano Tonchi caught this showing, last night. More below...

Vito Schnabel, Theo Wenner Vito Schnabel, Theo Wenner

April Gornik, Bonnie Clearwater, Chuck Close, Eric Fischer Martin Soto Climent April Gornik, Bonnie Clearwater, Chuck Close, Eric Fischer, Martin Soto Climent

Stefano Tonchi Stefano Tonchi

Olga Rei, Valentine Uhovski Olga Rei, Valentine Uhovski

[Below photos by Joe Schildhorn for PMc]. Another go-to was Paul Kasmin's dinner in honor of Mattia Bonetti. Christian Louboutin and Genevieve Jones joined the gallerist host to fete the artist, a fantasy single, large  table seating on the boardwalk.

Christian Louboutin, Paul Kasmin Christian Louboutin, Paul Kasmin

Mattia Bonetti, Charles Myers Mattia Bonetti, Charles Myers

Genevieve Jones Michael Fuchs, Liz Swig Genevieve Jones, Michael Fuchs, Liz Swig

Francis Sultana, David Gill, Steve Barrow, Lulu Barrow, Mattia Bonetti Francis Sultana, David Gill, Steve Barrow, Lulu Barrow, Mattia Bonetti