The tropical bacchanal of art fairs, private dinners and A-list parties known as Art Basel Miami Beach has returned with a vengeance. Here are some highlights from Tuesday night.
Sashimi and watches
Unfortunately, the guest of honor of the Tag Heuer party could not be there. Basketball star Jimmy Butler, who plays for the Miami Heat, was injured in a game over the weekend and sent a video message instead. During his absence, Frédéric Arnault, the new CEO of the brand, welcomed the guests.
Occasion: An intimate dinner to promote Tag Heuer’s new watch, the Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon.
The room: In the yard of a private residence in Miami Beach, two long dining tables were placed on an illuminated Plexiglas podium.
Pending: mr. Arnault, the actress Madelyn Cline, the musician Luisi Fonsi and the television host Paulina Vega.
The food: A family-style spread of Japanese-inspired dishes such as sashimi, rib-eye with truffles and citrus wasabi cod.
Time of the night: Before dessert was served, violinist Ezinma performed two pieces to his amusement, including a cover of Mr. Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’. (He danced along.)
The mood“It’s my first time in Miami, and it was great,” said Ms. Cline. Is she planning to buy souvenirs? “My favorite souvenir to get or give from somewhere would be something corny. I love those big T-shirts that say ‘I Heart Whatever City’.”
Which school night?
Jean Paul Gaultier’s name was on the invitation, but Mr Gaultier himself was not present. Still, that didn’t stop the art crowd from congregating at the Faena Hotel after midnight and desperately trying to get past the bouncers.
Occasion: The installation of two new pieces by Pilar Zeta in the Faena.
The room: The Theater, a space with a stage, chandelier and sofa that surrounds a dance floor.
Pending: The musician Macy Gray; Richie Shazam, a model, photographer and activist; the Mica Argañaraz model; the actor Josh O’Connor; the designer Jonathan Anderson; and DJ Honey Dijon.
Time of the night: At around 12:30 p.m., drag queen Violet Chachki performed a raunchy version of Meg Myer’s “Desire,” astride a phallic sculpture.
The mood: “I’m here for the ultimate escape and to embrace art,” Ms Shazam said. “I’m excited to partner with Playboy and do all the fun fantasies they have in store for us.” Her Favorite Playmate? “Pamela Anderson, always, every day. I love her freedom and organic beauty, inside and out.”