It’s that time of the year when the hotels of South Beach Miami compete for the best events and art installations as visitors flock from around the world for the week of Art Basel Miami 2017. The fair attracted and attendance of over 82,000.
Ian Schrager’s Miami Beach EDITION property took the reigns and became talk of the town as the goto hotel as it hosted to a non-stop week of events and activations for Art Basel Miami Beach
Within a 3.5-acre enclave stretching from Collins Avenue to the Atlantic Ocean, The Miami Beach EDITION pairs the intimacy and style of a boutique hotel with the amenities of a luxury resort.
EDITION hotel Miami: The hotels luxurious lobby is a minimalists dream
The property hosted AMEX’s Platinum Tent experience on the beach which was opened with a special concert by Drake who performed an intimate show for lucky guests.
Drake performed his top hits under the iridescent lights of the Platinum House stage, with guests witnessing his scrolling lyrics live from drones above.
Grammy Award Winning: Drake and Virgil Abloh Collaborate for a Special Performance at Miami Art Week
AMEX also installed the Room 2022 visual art piece by British set designer Es Devlin which quickly became one of the most instagrammed sight specific pieces of the week.
Spanning over 7,000 square feet, the large-scale immersive installation begins with are-imagined hotel room and ends in a vaulted elliptical mirror maze.
Along the way, visitors navigated through layers of choral corridors and a flooded, color-saturated zoetrope. Featuring elements of surrealism and wonder, ROOM 2022 invites its visitors to imagine a new version of the familiar hotel ecosystem.
Installation: ROOM 2022: An Installation by Es Devlin, Presented by American Express Platinum, reimagines the physical and psychological space of the Miami Beach EDITION through a site-specific, experiential installation featuring a vaulted elliptical mirror maze, soundscapes, and video.
Solo Exhibition: Devlin takes visitors on a journey from reality to illusion, starting with the familiar hotel layout and disrupting its habitual geometry.
The Hole Gallery hosted a live performance piece by Tara Subkoff starring Selma Blair and Caroline Vreeland, “Synaptic Fatigue/Dear in the Headlights’ saw 15 actresses and performers including a moving vocal performance by opera singer Rebecca Ringle who sang four songs over the course of the hour-long show.
The performance included multiple female performers who will attempt to stay in one moment the duration of 60 minutes simultaneously, holding their emotional state of sadness, anger, pain, joy, confusion, rage, laughter.
Each performer latched onto a specific time in which they have suffered some aspect of abuse or being treated unfairly by men personally or in the work place.
Peformance peice: The Hole Gallery hosted a live performance piece by Tara Subkoff starring Selma Blair
This piece was made and dedicated to the present moment shedding light on how much inequality, inhumane and disgraceful actions are inflicted upon women and especially what has just occurred in the media where women have given thousands of accounts of abuse inflicted upon them almost daily on average.
Book Signing: Stephanie Simon & Sweish Photographer Daniella Midenge hosted a signing for her first book Sex + Cigarettes
EDITION had an artist in residence Moral Turgeman conducting her Blind Portrait experiment over the course of the week, guests and visitors alike sat for Turgeman who wants to exhibit each sketch with a gallery show once she hits 10,000 portraits and Swedish photographer Daniella Midenge also hosted a signing for her first book Sex + Cigarettes which saw every book being sold.
Dive in: The pool at the EDITION Miami is a decadent fantasy of palm trees
Late night parties were held in Basement Bowl and the nightclub with Spring Break Art Fair, Performa, DROME Magazine, Faith Connextion, Highsnobiety x The Academy and Public School which saw the night owls dancing strong until 5am each morning.
Dream Team: NYC downtown fashion brand Public School’s Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne held a bowling competition
A league of their own : Derek Blasberg joined the designers to throw a few balls
Internationally renowned DJ’s Satori, Bedouin, Guy Laliberte, Nicolas Matar, Blond:ish, Stavroz, Virgil Abloh and DZA. Special dinners were also hosted by PIN UP magazine, Half Gallery who were honoring Irish artist Genieve Figgis and local Miami blogger Yes Julz.
Glamour: Cindy Crawford at the Half Gallery at the EDITION Miami Hotel
Over the course of the week VIPs from across the globe descended on the iconic urban retreat including Drake, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Frances Cobain, Swizz Beatz, Selma Blair, Derek Blasberg, Daniel Arsham, Caroline Vreeland, and many more.
Power House: Artist Genieve Figgis and Cynthia Rowley at the Half Gallery
Room with a View: The Hotel rooms are chic and classy and reflect the ethos of the hotel
Come away with me: Palm trees hug the jewel of the penninsular EDITION Miami hotel