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2009 November 30

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(NEW YORK) Maybe you're packing for Art Basel Miami Beach, maybe you're not. But sorry, Boom Boomers--the Standard you know and love simply isn't the place to be this week. Nope, that honor belongs to The Standard Miami, where André Balazs and crew are already priming themselves for the hautest art fair known to America.

The festivities begin tomorrow night at The Lido, where Paul Kasmin is hosting a private dinner for Mattia Bonetti. Then on Wednesday, François Nars will host a cocktail for the 15th anniversary his brand, as well as the 15X15 exhibition/book project. Photos of Marc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell, and more will be exhibited during the week at the hotel.

On to Thursday. The Whitney Museum will host a cocktail to celebrate 75 years of Whitney Biennials at the hotel's bayside area. On Friday, Balazs will throw Bruce Weber's book party for the photog's new tome Roberto Bolle--An Athlete in Tights. The Misshapes will be on hand late-night at the Lido Lounge for the after-party for the 101 Exhibit and performance, which will feature featuring ThreeAsFour, Oliver Zahm and Doug Aitken. Come Saturday, the Accompanied Literary Society and Alan Yentob, creative director of the BBC, will screen and discuss screening Art in Troubled Times. And for those who dare to stick around 'til Monday, The Standard Miami Mud Lounge will host a closing party for the Scope Art Fair at 3 p.m.

Of course, some of vous will actually be staying at the hotel--so expect lots of extras. Creative Time's Anne Pasternak has curated an in-room video art channel, featuring the work of 10 international artists in every hotel guest room. A Standard shuttle will take artists back and forth between the hotel and the Convention Center; it will be painted by NYC-based graffiti artist Rostarr. And should you dare get in a little pool time, pick up one of the Art Production Fund's WOW Artist Towels, created by Peter Doig and Yoshitomo Nara. Produced with Opening Ceremony, these will be sold at The Standard Miami boutique and online at

Installation-wise, check out a video graffiti performance by Sweatshoppe on December 3 at 8 p.m. in The Standard's lobby. The trellis garden will become a canvas for the Art Basel Knitta group, which will produce an installation using the swings. And the hamam will be even more fragrant than usual during Art Basel--the Six-Scents limited edition perfume project with Philip Lim and 6 designers will be featured in a video installation, 'Subliminal' by Justin Edward John Smith. Special box sets of the fragrances will be available at the hotel and on And oh yeah--the festival itself. Don't forget to fit in a few hours at the Convention Center...




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