My First Art Basel Miami (Miami Art Week 2018)

Miami is Art Basel-ready!!! I love this paper cave installation made completely out of (upcycled) paper by artist Samuelle Green in partnership with 1 Hotel South Beach and Arcadia Earth. Their goal is to show that beauty can emerge from giving everyday things a second life. 💕💕💕(Photo by Cheryl Tiu)

You guys know I’ve been spending some time in Miami this year, and I was thrilled to be in the city for one of it’s most important events– Art Basel Miami 2018! Held every year during the first week of December, Art Basel Miami is the sister fair to Art Basel in Switzerland and Art Basel Hong Kong, and has over 250 galleries showcasing contemporary and cutting-edge pieces. This year, the 17th edition was held at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center and… 83,000 visitors came across five days!

But did you know that Art Basel Miami is just one of the events during Miami Art Week? best explains it: Miami Art Week, which began in 2001 when the European Art Basel made Miami its US home, now has over 20 art fairs, 1,200 galleries and thousands of artists, around the city, during the same period in December. One of them is Art Miami, the city’s longest-running fair (yes, even before Art Basel Miami) held on Biscayne Bay at 14th Street in Downtown Miami, where the prices are slightly less than at Basel. Design Miami, the global forum for design (furniture, jewelry, lighting, objets d’art), happens alongside the different Art Basel’s around the world.  It’s held in a tent across the Miami Beach Convention Center, and an Art Basel Miami ticket, depending on the type, can sometimes get you in.

My friend Evan Benn, editor in chief of Miami Herald’s luxury magazine, INDULGE, invited me to the Art Basel VIP Preview on December 5. Yes, it was the same day Leo Di Caprio and J.Lo were in attendance! It was a fantastic mix of contemporary and classic pieces. I’ll let the photos do the talking– and don’t forget to read til the end for some of the other super cool events I attended during the week! xx


This year’s Art Basel was housed in the new wave-like Miami Beach Convention Center (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Joan Miro’s “Sobreteixim” is gorgeous! (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
One of my favorite works is Robert Pruitt’s “American Quilts 2018: I Pledge Allegiance (Flammable)”… scroll to the next photo below! (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Rob Pruitt’s American Quits is made completely from matchsticks! How amazing right?! And now the title makes even more sense… (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
“Party Room” by Pope. L (Mitchel-Innes & Nash)– an installation made with 112 Irish Rose bottles, 119 stuffed animals and 8 shelves (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
There’s a Ruinart champagne bar inside the collectors’ lounge (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Thank you to my dear friend Evan Benn, EIC of Indulge Magazine by Miami Herald for having me! He’s off to Philly for his next chapter–they have no idea how lucky they are to have him!


Design Miami/ is just right across the street from Art Basel– and features furniture and other design objects. (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
A collaboration between KAWS (Brian Donnelly) and the Campana Brothers (Humberto and Fernando) turned stuffed animals into furniture– sofas and chairs! Each piece consists of a metal armature, topped with about 75 to 120 of KAWS’s iconic soft toys, all sewn together. (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
“The Shapes of Water” by Sabine Marcelis for Fendi (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)

And even beforehand, there were tons of pre-Art Basel events in the city:


One of the most fab events during my Art Basel Miami week was the luxury skincare line Lumiere de Vie “Resort” developed by Amber Ridinger held at the Ridinger family estate and onboard the family’s 200+-ft. superyacht, Utopia IV. (Christy Teigen swears by their products!) Guests were treated to hand and foot massages, makeovers, lipstick tarot card readings, and a synchronized swimmers show, — before we boarded Superyacht Utopia IV for a cruise around Biscayne Bay, with music from DJs Chantel Jeffries and Swizz Beatz (yes, Alicia Keys’ husband!!)— before capping the night off with fireworks! PS LDV is also available in Asia, specifically in Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Ridinger family’s estate was turned into LDV Resort for the special occasion (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Isn’t it beautiful? (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Propped on this gorgeous vintage car are the LDV products (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Beautiful Lumiere de Vie (LDV) products! Can’t wait to try them all! (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
The Ridinger family’s 200+ – ft superyacht! Part 2 of the Lumiere de Vie event happens here! (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
DJ Chantal Jeffries
(Photo by Cheryl Tiu)

With Lumiere de Vie founder Amber Ridinger– she’s only 25!!– onboard the family’s 200-ft. Utopia IV superyacht. (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Fireworks!!! (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)


Renowned visual artist Bradley Theodore created a capsule collection for PUMA as part of the brand’s 50th anniversary celebration of its iconic Suede. Originally from Turks and Caicos, Theodore now calls New York and Miami home– and is known for his portraits of pop culture stars (Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Muhammad Ali) mixed with his style of skeletal renditions, bold paintbrush strokes and  vivid color. He’s been described by VOGUE International Editor Suzy Menkes as “Banksy meets Basquiat.” The artist’s signature bold strokes and colors feature on the collection, and the Suede is finished off with Theodore’s signature skull at the heel. Thank you and congratulations to PUMA international PR, my dear friend Teresa Tayzon!!

I’m now officially known as “The only Filipino in Miami!” 😄🤗😆 We are all fans of Bradley Theodore’s skeletal renditions of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, Muhammad Ali, and his recent Anthony Bourdain tribute mural in New York’s Lower East Side. Now, he has designed a capsule collection for Puma for the Suede’s 50th anniversary.
Some of Bradley Theodore’s pieces at the Puma Select Store at Miami Design District (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)


Brooke Shields co-curated “Real Men,” an exhibit by the New York Academy of Art, along with president David Kratz, at the Mandarin Oriental Miami for Art Miami. “We came up with the idea of ‘Real Men’ and it wasn’t intended to be a response to anything; it isn’t political. It is in essence, to begin a dialogue on how different artists interpreted masculinity, what it was like to be a man, what it was like to be in touch with masculinity,” Brooke shared. PS She’s so nice, super down-to-earth and, of course, absolutely gorgeous! (In photo: “Anansi Story” by Alicia Brown)

With Brooke Shields at the “Real Men” exhibit by the New York Academy of Art, which she co-curated, at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. That’s “Anansi Story” by Alicia Brown (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)

You guys know what to do next year– BE in Miami in December! It’s truly an amazing time to be in the city. xx