Art Basel Miami parties include Janelle Monáe and Harmony Korine

Miami Art Week is in full swing in South Florida, anchored by Art Basel Miami Beach. We’ve been on the scene for area parties featuring artist Janelle Monáe, director Harmony Korine and prominent figures from the art world.


Pop star Camila Cabello greeted Harmony Korine enthusiastically Thursday night right at El Palenque nightclub in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

Mr. Corrine, the director and artist, drew about 600 people, including Ms. Cabello, into the sprawling space, decorated with red neon lights. For many, it was an introduction to his new design collective, Edglrd, pronounced “edge lord,” a reference to internet trolls known for courting and enjoying controversy.

“I just want to work on future content,” said Mr. Korine, 50, adding, “I just think it comes after linear logic. What is more sensual? What is more integrated into a particular sensation or things that are beyond simple articulation?’

Inside the club, the DJ pit was surrounded by LED screens with visual effects and animation mimicking Mr. Korine’s new film, “Aggro Dr1ft,” which was shown this year at film festivals in Toronto and New York.

The crowd at the event included comedian Hannibal Buress, artist Alex Israel and skater Evan Mock. The party was organized by Boiler Room, an online operator and club promoter. The night opened with a set from AraabMuzik, who scored Mr. Korine’s film, followed by BLP Kosher, a rapper from Florida, and Yung Lean, a rapper from Sweden.

At about 1 a.m., Mr. Corrine, wearing a blue shirt with a tie that read “World Wide Sportsman” and a skull-like red mask with yellow horns that was a nod to “Aggro Dr1ft,” approached the turntable for this , which was his public debut as a DJ

Mr Corrine described the sound, an aggressive mix of Brazilian funk with elements of trap music, South Florida rap, ’90s pop and metal, as something made by “gamers in the favelas”.

Around him, people in white costumes and masks danced to the beat of the music, while women in long, neon green wigs stood still and stared ahead.

To prepare for the set, Mr. Corrine said he “drinks a lot of menthols, a ton of Mountain Dew and eats sweet cakes, sits on a houseboat and listens to a lot of Brazilian music.”

He wanted to try his hand at the craft, he said, because “I just thought it was the right time.”


On Wednesday evening, artists, curators and musicians gathered under the palm trees for an event honoring artist Mikalin Thomas at the Miami Beach Edition Hotel.

Ms. Thomas showed work at Art Basel Miami Beach and had launched a capsule collection with Shop with Google that included T-shirts, a sweatshirt and a baseball cap with some of her designs.

“What excites me tonight is the community of people here together,” Ms Thomas said. “It’s about women celebrating women.”

Guests, including actress Tasha Smith, musician George Clinton and gallerist Yancey Richardson, milled around the poolside bar sipping rosé as servers handed out pepperoni pizza and endive salads.

Around 8:30 p.m., performer Janelle Monáe climbed to the top of the diving board suspended over the pool, wearing a custom cape made of pleated black-and-white fabric roses that she designed with Rey Ortiz.

“Happy birthday dear!” actress Yvonne Orji shouted as 38-year-old Ms Monae took the microphone.

For about 30 minutes, Ms. Monáe performed several of her songs, including “Float,” “Make Me Feel” and “Come Alive.”

“I’m here for you Mikalin,” she told the crowd. “I love you so much. One of the greatest artists of our time. My friend. My sister.”

As she put away her kit, Ms. Monáe stepped into the blue water behind her, fully clothed, and swam to the other side.

The audience cheered and Ms. Monáe returned to the stage, finished the performance and left, wrapping herself in a large white towel.

On Tuesday night, blocks from the palatial premises on Collins Avenue, a disco ball spun slowly over a pool as a DJ played a mix of Afro-Caribbean jazz, disco and Italo pop.

Just before Art Basel Miami Beach opened its doors to VIP clients, blue-chip gallery Gagosian hosted a party at Freehand Miami, with a crowd of more than 600 gathered at the hotel’s Broken Shaker bar and 27 restaurant.

The evening was intended in part to channel the soothing energy of Italy’s Le Sirenuse Hotel before the week dedicated to art fairs and luxury consumption kicked into high gear.

“Relax,” said Antonio Cersale, the owner of Le Sirenuse, as he walked around the patio with the cheerful air of a hotelier engaged in the good life. Servers were swimming with fried oysters and stations were set up with tacos and ceviche.

(Members of Gagosian’s staff, as well as many of the gallery’s clients, are fans and frequent guests of the five-star family hotel, organizers said.)

The crowd included Jeremy Pope, an actor and artist with work at the Scope Art Show; photographer Tyler Mitchell; artist Chloe Wise; and Meredith Darrow, an art consultant whose clients include Kim Kardashian. Guests drank champagne and margaritas by the pool and chatted with friends from work. Larry Gagosian, owner of the gallery, was not present.

Ms. Wise, who is showing her work at Art Basel Miami Beach, said she plans to celebrate her birthday, see the art and go to the beach.

“I feel very connected to Miami and Florida in a humorous and inspirational way,” she said, referring to bikini shops near the beach.

She continued, “It’s this combination of something that I’d like to satirize, something that I’m watching, something that I’m participating in, and I find it to be a very American consumerist kind of fun but meaningful space.”

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