During the first week of December scores of creatives, musicians, artists and always-on-the-scene, scene kids arrived en masse to Miami Beach to mingle and be photographed living their best lives at Art Basel. Their motivations, on the surface, should have had everything to do with an abiding love of art, but let’s be honest: Art Basel’s infamy long ago tipped from the sunny art fair for gallerists and collectors to a social event attended by anyone wanting to see and be seen.

For every David Zwirner or Paul Kasmin wheeling and dealing in million dollar art pieces there was a more lighthearted answer – a place to let your hair down and indulge in a Basel-centric experience. New York’s own Up&Down faithfully offered up a pop-up nightclub featuring a laundry list of special guests every night, while adidas launched its special Art Basel edition EQT around a massive, city-wide activation – and that’s only a small slice of the many activities that happened.

To capture some of the fun, we gave three familiar attendees disposable cameras and asked them to chronicle Art Basel from their point of view. Scroll through the galleries below to see what went down at A$AP Bari and A$AP Rocky’s VLONE dinner. Also check out how “Snapchat Queen” YesJulz parties and what goes down when Denzel Curry has a show…


A$AP Bari





Denzel Curry

See how Fool’s Gold Records founder and DJ A-Trak experienced the label’s 9th anniversary strip club party here

  • Photographer: A$AP Bari
  • Photographer: YesJulz
  • Photographer: Denzel Curry
Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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