Bolt that Clown Car – Escape the Gridlock. This  year’s Art Basel Smart Set hopped an Uber  and headed to the West Side – FAD.District * – the new art & design destination de riguer  – with more galleries, chic boutiques, secret hideaways, vintage bricks & mortars,  gourmet homestyle eateries with  Miami’s  oldest pub ‘Rosa’s (keeping everyone lubed ’til the wee hours ) **than colors in a  Crayon Box.

*Fashion Allapatthah Design District (FAD.D.)  * *(still mourning the demise of Tobacco Road)

ART TOOK CENTER STAGE WITH EMPOWERING WORKS BY A DOZEN ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & SCULPTURES TO COINCIDE WITH ART BASEL 2018 – THE NEWLY IMAGINED FAIRWIND HOTEL FRIDAY – DECEMBER 7  !COMMEMORATED THE OPENING OF THEIR AMERICAN CLASSIC STYLE DINING DESTINATION APTLY NAMED 10TH & COLLINS.AND MIAMI FASHION COLLECTIVE in the heart of the FAD.D created a daylight garden party that rolled into a blinky light night reception with prosecco by Lamborghini and home brew by South Beach Brewery flowing free for those who purchased the antique commemorative Art Basil 2018 glass.  SATURDAY – DECEMBER 8 , hosted by the indomitable Jennifer Sclafani, Jeffrey Lubin, Stewart Price, Jermaine Kidd, Jose Amico and the MFC Fan Club.

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Miami’s cultural landscape has pushed West of I-95 Freeway to encompass the Fashion Allapattha Design District (FAD.D. An Anchor to the South on NW 7th Ave at 17th Street in the works is an ergonomic Dutch mixed use housing project and commercial destination. The ground floor is a rain forest and arboretum.  Due North is a flurry of new galleries, converted warehouses, eclectic eateries with a bounty of fresh fish on many menus, special note Laguna- when Chef Jacob is on duty, order the whole Pargo Roja… indie radio station ‘Jolt’, the jammin’ DAILY sneaker shop, the 39th FLAMINGO by the Pound Vintage clothes Mecca and the Miami Fashion Collective in a 1926 rejuvenated Bungalow, courtesy of JQ and Associates.  Head due west under any I-95 overpass. It’s the wild wild west with out the blaring sirens  and gunslingers.

The 8th Annual ARTBASIL.ORG ART ACTIVATION & CHEF’S SHOWCASE.  The Tortellini Entre fed a hundred famished guests prepped on a hot plate (Miss Sclafani a seasoned swimwear & resort Rep may have missed her calling)  Stewart Price and Jose Amico renowned fashion photographers morphed into mixologists  with fresh strawberry lemon cocktails, flutes of Lamborghini Prosecco and seasonal fruit infused South Beach Brews courtesy of Lorenzo Borghese and Trey Jagger.  Libations incorporated  Thai Basil home grown by Jonathan Roussel and Team agrarians of  ROCK GARDEN HERB’S, whose President Charlie Coiner  conceived of the first ArtBasil in 2013 as a guerrilla performance. Team Rock  covertly delivering huge wooden pots in the cover of night to Scope, Red Dot, Art America and Casa Casuarina with a “Welcome to Art Basil” sign stuck in the potting dirt.  Rock Garden Herbs is the nation’s foremost  purveyor of fresh grown edible herbs.  Sir Dylan Duke spinned sexy deep house, an acoustic performance by Ignacio Naranjo – and a filmed mural Performance  by Yanluis Bergareche kept all the guests senses sated!  731 NW 28th Street, Miami.

The renowned Sculptor, SALVATORE ZAGAMI, father of Chemical Line Imagery, has exhibited in the company of Fernando Botero, Kenny Scharf, Andrew Wyeth and Conrad Marca-Relli.  His world view is “Making my art is my only way to participate in the world. It is better to create than destroy. Destruction is simple. People who create rather than destroy are evolving into the architects of our society and the standard bearers of a hopeful future. “

YANLUIS BERGARECHE a masterful futuristic realist and is something of a rock star in the cosmopolitan Havana, Cuba. Bergareche relies on a profound connection with the nature of things.  He depicts a world that is off kilter and out of sync with the natural harmony that is life itself.  This prescience is evident in his breathtaking obras exhibited for the first time to coincidewith  ArtBasel – Miami, an event and art fair that has its genesis in a celebration and veneration of Latin Art, from Botero to Bergareche.

Behind a visage of Zen like calm, Bergareche is an artist that commands his craft with imagery of roiling complexity.  Bergareche is a milestone on the darkly lit road once traveled by the likes of  H.R. Giger a friend and kind and gentle soul, Bosch, Brueghel, Lovecraft, Poe and Kafka.


He brings his global perspective to his local surroundings at the crossroads of Little Haiti to Little Havana, Allapattah and Wynwood. As a photgrapher he has no equal , a fastidious approach that captures the essence of the world’s most iconic and beautiful women. For a portfolio or bookings contact Miami Fashion Collective.


“My Art is transparent, my artist name is TRAN$PARENT and my message to all of humanity is no matter  what your economic status be true to yourself, your loved ones and peers. Josh Leidolf known as Ultra Fine Luxury Money Artist “TRAN$PARENT” is an American Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Journalist, World Traveler and Artist.  He specializes in all American denominations from the $1 to the 10 K and various rare international currencies.

His contemporary archival metallic images include followers with the Dan Marino Foundation, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, Chris Osiola , Pitt Bull among them.  TRAN$PARENT use of depth perception distinguishes him as the only artist depicting all three layers of the bill on one image., transparentartist .com


All of Dudley Bacquie’s work is one of a kind.  With over 200 works currently owned by private collectors and those who have believed in his passion; ArtBasel 2018 marks a world debut for Dudley Bacquie.

Also on display is the breathtaking works of Cerj LaLonde,, Rachel Harris, Shawn Kolodny, Jose Amico and the ‘always at the ready’ ,  .

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