The art of partying: Art Basel Miami

  • Security guard at a warehouse party on Dec. 6, 2014 in Wynwood, a Miami neighborhood covered in street art and a popular party destination during Art Basel.
  • A couple at a party Dec. 5, 2014 at the Surfcomber hotel hosted by Jack Shainman Gallery. It featured Solange Knowles and DJ Kermit and included Hank Willis Thomas and the Cause Collective’s ‘Truth Booth’ where attendees go inside a giant inflatable booth where people record a video response about their version of the truth.
  • The crowd at a party Dec. 5, 2014 at the Surfcomber hotel hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery during Art Basel.
  • Guests at a party Dec. 5, 2014 at the Surfcomber hotel hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery. 
  • Guests at a party Dec. 5, 2014 at the Surfcomber hotel hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery. 
  • The Bullett party Dec. 6, 2014 at The Rec Room, a popular and exclusive club in South Beach frequented by celebrities during Art Basel.
  • The scene on Dec. 6, 2014 outside The Rec Room, a popular and exclusive club in South Beach frequented by celebrities during Art Basel.
  • A couple at a party Dec. 6, 2014 at the Surfcomber hotel hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery. 
  • A security guard at a warehouse party Dec. 6, 2014 in Wynwood, a Miami neighborhood covered in street art and a popular party destination during Art Basel.
  • Late night scene Dec. 7, 2014 in South Beach, Miami during Art Basel.
  • Shoes hanging from electrical wires on Dec. 6, 2014 in Wynwood, a Miami neighborhood covered in street art and a popular party destination during Art Basel.
  • Late night scene Dec. 6, 2014 in South Beach, Miami during Art Basel.
  • Art Basel attendees take a late night swim on Dec. 6, 2014 in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Late night scene Dec. 6, 2014 in South Beach, Miami during Art Basel.
  • The NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) art fair Dec. 6, 2014 at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. The fair features mostly younger and emerging artists and galleries.
  • A pregnant woman is painted on Dec. 6, 2014 in Wynwood, a Miami neighborhood covered in street art and a popular party destination during Art Basel.
  • Girls watch a street party from a car window Dec. 6, 2014 in Wynwood, a Miami neighborhood during Art Basel.
  • A man watches the late night scene Dec. 6, 2014 during Art Basel, Miami.
  • A man on South Beach dances with a sheet in the wind late at night Dec. 5, 2014 during Art Basel.

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Another year of Art Basel has come and gone. The annual arts festival – celebrating its 44th year – closed in Miami over the weekend, where revelers gathered to party, peruse and even purchase contemporary works of art. More than 250 galleries from 31 countries were featured at the Miami show, according to organizers, and the event attracted nearly 75,000 attendees.

Art Basel also had shows in Basel, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael was on the scene in Miami documenting the raucous parties that have become synonymous with the show. 

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