December is a hard-partying month. And what better to kick it off than a four-day art-fest in the sun? Ten years after its start, Art Basel Miami – which took place last week from December 1 to December 4 — is stronger than ever. The event featured over 2,000 artists, with hoards of collectors — from the very, very serious to those just looking to dabble – descending upon the city, all looking to snatch up a piece from the next Nate Lowman (or is Nate Lowman still the next Nate Lowman? Who knows.) Also present in large numbers: those just looking to have a good time. Because, while days might be spent looking at sculptures and mixed-media installations, nights are reserved for tipsy, hedonistic socializing. It’s a curious scene, brilliant in its mishmash of power players with deep pockets and scrappy, charming types, all trying to find common ground while an endless river of “specialty” cocktails keep on flowing. We sent photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya to capture the madness, documenting the kinds of nights where jumping in a pool naked counts as “creative expression.” Click through to see all the shots.
Jason Dill, pro skateboarder
Sean Dorsey, Diana Memedi, Patti Weber, and Cassidy Karakorn
Salem live at the party for The Hole Gallery
MoMA PS1 Assistant Curator Eliza Ryan and Zoe Jackson
Waris Ahluwalia, Marina Abramovic, and Harmony Korine
Guido Callarelli and friend
Igor Dewe of House of Drama
Art Basel Miami Beach curator and founder Sam Keller and friend
Performer at the Paris Paris karaoke cabaret
A rear view at the Paris Paris karaoke cabaret
Good morning Miami beach!
Pig head by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe
The Nada fair
Dean and Dan from DSquared with friend in the Design District
Eva and Adele with Jenny Falkenberg
Craig Robins, patron to Miami's Design District
Victoria Alexander says, "Of course this dress is vintage — all the best clothing is vintage!"
Jan Patrick Schmitz presenting the Montblanc de la Culture Arts patronage award to DASH, a local arts high school, in the amount of $20,000
Pharrell and Zaha Hadid at the Montblanc ceremony for Craig Robins
Eva Green and friends
Elizabeth Kurpis and Megan Stark at 4040 2nd Ave.
Art director James Timmins with Sally Golan
Dinner after the Montblanc event
Brandon, tailor Duncan Quinn, and Johnny the Boy
Alison Thompson, author of The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story and friend
Breana and Jackie say the best parties are downtown
The Black Lips concert at Grand Central, Downtown Miami
Uncle James and L.A.–based artist Rob Reynolds
Loren Granich of L.A.'s A Club Called Rhonda with Alexandra Van Iden
Hannah Warner, jewelry designer extraordinaire
Former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy and fans
Singer Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost! drummer Nick Millheiser, and D.J. Pat Mahoney (background)
Work by Frank Stella and Alexander Calder
Work by Joan Semmel
Work by Ryan Gander and a young art fan
Work by Javier Tellez
Eva Ruiz, gallerist from Madrid
Morley Safer at the Blum and Poe booth
Jon-Carlo Domingo and Kristin Kunkel
Mahynoor el Tahry rips an eye out, while a friend goes in for the kiss
Aussies at The Mondrian
Kira Byelina and Julie Thevenot
Monsieur Andre at Le Baron
The guys from Holy Ghost!
Yael Greenberg and Mandy Brooks at Le Baron
Cody Allen and friend at Le Baron
Aymeric Bergada Du Cadet and Ylva Falk of House of Drama
Opening Ceremony's Kate Foley
Karim and Ivana Rashid get sidetracked at Design Miami
"The Tie Guy" at Design Miami
Sebastian Neeb and Elisa Strozyk working on their Craft Alchemy project for Fendi at Design Miami
Good morning, Miami!
A Bob Adelman photograph taken in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963.
William Klein photographs for Vogue from the sixties
Michelangelo Pistoletto and me
Jenny Gerozissis being eaten by an Ellen Birkenblit
A Marilyn Minter
Work by Elmgreen and Dragset
Work by Tracey Emin
This superhero works for the Children's Museum of Miami
Xerxes Cook and Johan Lindeberg leaving The Standard
Mark Hunter, Danielle Sherman, and Todd Selby
Maggie Caruthers and Jeffrey Graetsch
Phillipe, Milica Perovic, and Judah Nathanson with curator, Jovana Stocic at The Standard
Christian Slater leaving The Standard
Jonathan Bricklin from SPiN NYC and Kazuyuki Yokoyama
Omar Pringle catching air on Collins Ave.
House of Drama backstage at Paris Paris Cabaret
Sophia Lamar and Leigh Lezark
House of Drama performance at Paris Paris Cabaret
Real Housewives of Miami's Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria, and Leah Black
Erin Wasson at the Westway party
Gangsters at the Westway party
Seen on Collins Ave.
Nicole Lodl (left)
Yana Toyber, Stefanie Marco, and friend at Le Baron
Fashion stylist Vittoria Cerciello at Le Baron
Morgan Collett from Saturdays NYC and friend
Spotted on Collins Ave.
May Andersen, Fabiola Beracasa, and Jack Donoghue of Salem
Travis Bass of NYC's Madam Wong's
Life is a cabaret
Good time boys at Paris Paris Cabaret
Angel, dressed to the nines
Dani from Le Baron
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