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Art Basel 2014: Things you didn't know you wanted to know

Anytime you can gather Miley Cyrus, Dwyane Wade, Wayne Coyne, Paris Hilton and the Gold Dust Lounge under one umbrella, notice must be taken. Here are some things to appreciate about Art Basel 2014.

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On the same day the Sun Sentinel revealed that the Broward County Commission had sent a letter to Uber, basically telling the company to get out of town, the Concept Art Fair in Miami was offering free travel with the rideshare gang. Think of it as performance art by Broward commissioners, trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

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The Miami Dade County Commission christened Wynwood’s Northwest Second Avenue between 20th and 29th street Tony Goldman Way, an obvious but still admirable gesture to the memory of the man who built a home for art in the neighborhood.

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Restaurateur Elliot Wolf’s new diner on Northeast Third Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale now has a mural, courtesy of “three guys in town for Art Basel.” He expects the diner to open May 1.

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Muralist Tatiana Suarez, whose work is included in the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (at 2020 Harrison St.), is part of the Heineken Mural Project, a focal point of the SCOPE Art Show on Miami Beach.

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Wynwood’s Brisky Gallery has a collection of original paintings by Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade (we have just started calling him "icon") on sections of hardwood from the basketball court used at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game (played in Los Angeles). Each work – splattered blocks, stars and several cut-outs in the shape of the NBA logo (the Jerry West silhouette) – is numbered and signed. Wade is scheduled to attend a Friday, Dec. 5, reception at the gallery, which also will display paintings by David Garibaldi, commissioned by the Dec. 27 Life in Color Festival Miami (“the world’s largest paint party”) to paint works depicting the concert's headliners. Life in Color is auctioning these paintings online to benefit the nonprofit Art for Learning Miami.

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Chris Bosh, no slouch when it comes to thoughtful creativity, hosted An Evening of Art at the Yeelen Gallery in Little Haiti.  He also showed off the latest designs for his Mr. Nice Tie collection.  No truth to the rumor that Chris “Birdman” Anderson would make an Art Basel statement by removing all his ink.

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The week before Art Basel, with his Liv nightclub performance on Friday, Dec. 5, producer-DJ David Guetta released “Listen,” an album that includes interesting collaborations with Emeli Sandé, the Script, John Legend and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. That’s good business. But a week before that, he appeared in a video singing (!) John Lennon’s “Imagine,” joined by Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Priyanka Chopra, Angélique Kidjo, Yoko Ono and others, to help raise money and awareness for UNICEF. That’s good karma.

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Great publicist sentences in Art Basel history: “Grammy Award-winning artist Usher will be on hand for the vernissage of Arthaus.” Your goal, this weekend, is to work the word “vernissage” into a conversation.

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Great hashtags in Art Basel history: A gathering place for happenings of all kinds and ostensibly operated out of the Little Haiti Thrift & Gift Store, the interactive map at IHaitiBasel.com keeps track of things by using #ihaitibasel. Which also works for folks who no likey Art Basel. We likey the fact that Gold Dust Lounge, Kenny Millions and others will play an #ihaitibasel show at the thrift store Friday night.

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The Thompson Hotel Miami Beach was the setting for one of those only-at-Art-Basel parties, according to our Belvedere correspondent. The poolside gathering, which acknowledged a book by pop designer Jeremy Scott, included a huddle between Scott’s friend and muse Miley Cyrus,  rapper A$AP Rocky and and the Flaming LipsWayne Coyne. Art opportunist Mr. Brainwash was there, of course. And Paris Hilton shared turntable responsibilities with DJ Mazurbate. Yes.

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The day before Miley Cyrus did her much-talked-about Wednesday performance at the Raleigh Hotel (maybe she didn’t inhale, OK?), she was seen (by New York magazine’s The Cut) walking around Miami Beach in a T-shirt adorned with two hand-drawn boobs. Kids.

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Interview magazine, which fewer and fewer people associate with Andy Warhol anymore, hosted a big Basel-y crowd at the Thompson (“special thanks to Maserati”) with Paris Hilton, David Arquette, Dean and Dan Caten, Owen Wilson, Karolina Kurkova, Lance Bass  and Real Housewives Jill Zarin and Adrian de Moura. But no Madonna, who gets naked  in the magazine’s Art Issue. Expect a new album any day now.

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Herradura glommed onto Basel mania, as liquor companies do, with a contest among local artists who painted barrels provided by the tequila maker. They ponied up big, however, with $10,000 cash going to the winner, Mariana Monteagudo.  Evo Love (Yvonne Grams) got $3,000 for second place, and 131 Projects  (Gustavo Oviedo) received $1,000 for third.

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Art2O, a Miami-based spring water company that features bottles covered in works by emerging and established artists, offered its inaugural collection of bottles (artists included are Lois Eby, Erwin Esquivel, Pablo Contrisciani  and Havi Schanz). A nickel from every bottle purchased will go to the company’s nonprofit that supports the art community.

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DJ and model Hannah Bronfman arrived draped in Forevermark diamonds at a reception for the “Promise” exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Blurbed a Forevermark publicist: “Designed by Miami resident artist Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, the bespoke installation displayed a selection of the world's most exquisite diamonds, the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection.” Art Basel.

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