Crazy Cool Girls To Watch Out for During Art Basel Miami
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter weeks of planning our warm weather wardrobes and sifting through our invite-filled inboxes, art world spring break (known more officially as Art Basel in Miami Beach) is upon us. If you’re heading down, you’re likely doing so with a crew, but there’s no reason not to use the endless array of parties and events not to make some new connections. Is it just us, or does networking in the art world seem way more fun than in other fields?
With that said, here are a few crazy cool women in watch for at Art Basel in Miami Beach.
The Artist: Chloe Wise
Wise, who has recently been featured everywhere from Interview to Refinery29, creates cheeky paintings and sculptures influenced by fashion, BDSM, and her own Jewish heritage, perhaps the most recognizable of which is a “Chanel” bag made to look like a bagel that looked so legit, people on the Internet wondered if the brand itself had created it. This is not a compliment to be taken lightly, in our book.
Wise will be a busy girl in Miami: she’s part of a group show at the Nautilus South Beach curated by Artsy that also features Dan Colen, Mira Dancy, Katherine Bernhardt, and Eddie Peake, and will also have work in the buzzed-about Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch collaboration. But we have a feeling she’ll still be out and about in her signature cool-girl ensembles.
The Social Media Guru: JiaJia Fei
If you haven’t heard Fei’s name (though, if you live in New York and attend art events, you probably have), you’ve definitely seen her pictures. She’s the girl behind the Guggenheim’s social media initiatives—meaning she attends every celebrity-filled party the institution throws, sees all the shows before they’re open to anyone, and knows the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright building like the back of her hand. Pretty cool gig, right?
Fei is also a social media star in her own right. Her jet black bowl cut, coolly minimalist outfits, inimitable eye for art, and ability to stage a perfect shot have earned her a solid 53k followers on Instagram. Maybe she’ll be willing to give you some pointers?
The Start Upper: Joey Lico
Lico is the director of programming for The Cultivist, the roving, members-only art club that’s quickly becoming a must for insiders and newbies alike. In addition to special access to museums and institutions around the world, the group offers private luncheons, studio visits, and otherwise hard-to-come-by invitations to events.
Lico’s long blonde hair and chic-yet-edgy outfits allow her to stand out in a crowded room, but no more than the fact that she probably knows everyone in said room, from the swanning socialites to the up-and-coming artists.
The Blogger: Pari Ehsan
With her popular blog Pari Dust, Ehsan has managed to combine high-end fashion and contemporary art to eye-popping results. A one-time interior designer, Ehsan has an incredible eye for the way patterns, textures, and colors come together to create a composition much greater than the sum of its parts. Needless to say, both the art world and the fashion set love her.
Ehsan, who is petite, brunette, and always impeccably dressed, is usually pretty easy to spot, if simply because people are always craning their necks to get a better look at her. Recently, her website has become a hub for all things art and aesthetics, including an interview with Tara Subkoff and a trip into the home of art dealer Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn. We look forward to seeing what ultra-exclusive, insanely gorgeous locales she’ll shoot at in Miami.
The PR: Bettina Prentice
Prentice knows how to throw a party. Through her company Prentice Cultural Communications, she and her team have worked with everyone from the New Museum to the Art Production Fund to BVLGARI, and needless to say, everything she does is executed with the same level of chic-but-never-stuffy brilliance.
Prentice, who has a fan of red hair and a boho-luxe sense of style, is also a staple on guests lists around town, and we have no doubt that Miami will be no different. You can spot her rocking a gown like no one’s business and working the room with the kind of elegance and ease that simply can’t be taught.
Photos: by Patrick McMullan
By Cait Munro