Is it already that time of year? Just about everybody who is anybody in the art-world stratosphere will descend on Miami this week for the 11th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, and aside from perusing the various art fairs, people look forward to — what else? — the parties. We’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest celebrations taking place so you can have an idea of what’s going on.
Where Is Le Baron?
Art Basel Miami Beach’s most infamous after-hours spot — Le Baron’s pop-up club — is leaving its usual home, the Delano Hotel, to play a game of “guess where” with you. Each day the location will be kept secret until 6 p.m., when details will be released via the “Where Is Le Baron?” iPhone app, the Le Baron website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Locations to be disclosed, December 4-9, visit whereislebaron.com for details.
A-List at the Beach
There’s no doubt that the Chanel’s Beachside Barbecue for Art.sy will attract a top-notch crowd, especially when it’s hosted by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Wendi Murdoch, Dasha Zhukova, Larry Gagosian, and Carter Cleveland.
Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 5, 10:30 p.m. Invitation only.
Jeffrey Deitch’s Art Basel Miami Beach parties are always among the best, and with Swedes Lykke Li; Andrew and Pontus of Miike Snow; and Björn of Peter, Björn, and John slated to perform at this year’s MOCA Beach Party, it’s sure to have one raging dance floor.
The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 5, 10 p.m.-midnight. Invitation only.
Swap Meet in Style
Visionaire, Net-a-Porter.com, and Mr Porter.com present Free Store, artist Jonathan Horowitz’s interactive installation that invites guests to “bring stuff in you can’t use, take stuff away that you can.” With personal objects from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and artists Rob Pruitt, Maurizio Cattelan, and Marilyn Minter already in the mix, we promise you won’t be leaving this party empty handed — or disappointed, for that matter.
SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 6, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Invitation only.
Get Inspired for amfAR
Beyoncé’s little sister, Solange Knowles, will be DJing the Inspiration Miami Beach Party, a benefit and silent auction for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Bid on works by Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Ryan McGinley and you just might see one of the event’s honorary chairs – including Hans Ulrich Obrist, gallerist Marianne Boesky, and Chloë Sevigny – boogying down.
Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 6, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Invitation only.
Rock Out on the Roof
Nightlife impresario Nur Khan throws some of the best parties in New York, and the Miami Beach rooftop edition of the Electric Room promises the same. Khan is partnering up with Julian Lennon for an exhibition of music photography courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, along with a DJ set by Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
Dream Southbeach, 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 6, 9 p.m.-late. Invitation only.
Dom Pérignon will keep the champagne flowing as Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel help Dom Perignon fete its Luminous Rosé vintage. We’re wondering if we’ll get a glimpse of Schnabel’s new paramour, Demi Moore.
Wall at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 6, 10:30 p.m. Invitation only.
California Dreaming With Terry Richardson
Be prepared to pose with your thumbs up as Terry Richardson and friends gather at the Standard Spa to fete his ode to Hollywood, the monograph “Terrywood.”
The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach, December 7, book signing from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., launch party 9 p.m.-midnight. Invitation only.
Moncler, the purveyor of luxury puffer coats, is celebrating 60 years and Uma Thurman, Owen Wilson, and Pharrell Williams are joining in the festivities, which will be held at a mystery location.
Undisclosed Location, December 7, 10:30 p.m. Invitation only.
NADA Gets Funky
Your energy level may be waning by this time, but bring your bathing suits for NADA’s poolside bash, which will feature installations by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Molly Lowe, nail art by Vanity Projects, and a group painting by group beach painting by Tyson Reeder and Scott Reeder.
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The Deauville, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 8, noon-7 p.m., RSVP@michellefinocchi.com.