The first week of December marks Miami's most action packed week, centered around Art Basel. Reminiscent of the swallows' yearly return to San Juan Capistrano, art sellers, buyers and lovers all flock to town, basking in the culture and sunshine of South Florida. A combination of the international visitors and locals mix and mingle, across an impressive mélange of crowded art fairs and private parties. Social photographer Manny Hernandez is on the scene, documenting events all across Miami Beach, Wynwood, the Design District, Key Biscayne and more. Check out all of his coverage from each night of this world-renowned art week, right here.
Pictured: Nascar driver Juan Pablo Montoya with Raul de Molina at Raul and Mily de Molina's 12th annual Art Basel party in Key Biscayne.
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VIDEO: Opening night at Art Miami and Context
Tuesday of Miami Art Week featured the much anticipated VIP opening of Art Miami and Context. The fairs span over two vast tents in Midtown Miami and are connected by a central courtyard.
For the second year in a row, the opening night benefited Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Representing PAMM were museum director Thom Collins and philanthropists Jorge and Darlene Perez. With the museum’s opening taking place throughout the week, Collins remarked that Art Miami would most likely be the only fair that he would attend.
Art Basel 2013 Event Guide
Art Basel Miami Beach is once again upon us bringing with it a swarm of satellite art fairs and parties that envelope the entire city. Detailing the non-stop activity is SocialMiami's Art Basel Guide. From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Midtown, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host inarguably the largest convergence of people from the international art world to descend upon a single locale for the entire year.
Pictured: Artist Bert Rodriguez and Artist Bert Rodriguez at the Celebrity Cruises and ICArt event aboard the Reflection
2013/2014 Gala Guide
SocialMiami is proud to present its seventh annual Gala Guide. This organic piece begins with promotion of each of the following galas, and once the event occurs, the pre-event promotion is replaced with post-event coverage. As always, the compilation of these signature events is an exciting undertaking, and SocialMiami is there throughout the season promoting, documenting and supporting.
Pictured: Daisy Fuentes with St. Jude patient Victor at FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala.
VIDEO: V73 Grand Opening in the Design District
Italy meets Miami in high style at the V73 grand opening affair in the Design District. Kim Bacardi, Criselda Breene, Shanan Flaxman, Natasha Sen, Beba Ortega, Linda Levy Goldberg, Irene Korge and Marlen Pernetti hosted a stylish Venetian themed soiree to celebrate the opening of Designer Elisabetta Armellin´s V73 boutique. Miami´s most fashionable crowd mingled with a notable Italian contingency, fully clad in tuxedos and designer gowns, that flew directly from Venice for the joyous occasion.
Pictured: Stefano Franco, Silvia Pea, Elisabetta Armellin and Fabrizio Pea
2013/14 Social Season Preview
SocialMiami's Social Season Preview will give you a quick overview of what to expect during the 2013-2014 season. Non-profits can also use the Preview as a tool to help plan their important events during the year.
Pictured: Jeff Berkowitz and Dave Barry at Miami Children's Museum's 2013 Be A Kid Again Gala
Design District Social
The Miami Design District is fashionable neighborhood that has top fashion and interior design brands, along with chic restaurants and art galleries. Keep in touch with the people and events in this growing Miami neighborhood with its special series, Design District Social.
Pictured: Norsham Blasko, Tomas Lowery, Alicia Ficarra