Absolut at Art Basel Miami Beach

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And so it ends. After an week of art and celebrations, Art Basel 2013 concludes today. 

'Night Court' will be disassembled, and the pieces that were sold will be packed up and shipped to the collectors. 

With all endings come new beginnings, tomorrow, planning for the next Art Basel will begin. 
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Le Baron pop-up at Night Court pt. 2.

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One More Time

On the final night of Art Basel Miami Beach, ‘Night Court’ was the place to be. Teaming up with the Le Baron crew, Absolut closed out a great week with their biggest event yet. 

The fair was over, but everyone still had at least one party left in them. Leaving it all on the court, guests danced the night away. Not ready for the fun to end, many of the guests headed to Shore Club for an after party that went until the morning.

Saturday at Night Court

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Saturday at Night Court

Open 12 noon - 2 am

Performance by Ry Rocklen & friends
10 pm Le Baron pop-up
11 pm performance by Kelela

Ocean Front between 21st and 22nd. Map

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Colorful Inspiration

In thinking back to the 30’s, the idea of strong Art Deco design and a bar cart serving martinis go hand in hand. Since then, both continue to be timeless icons, and have served as the inspiration for many new creations. 

There’s a story that when the Cosmopolitan was invented, the bartender simply wanted to make a pastel pink drink for the waitresses at their bar. Starting with a classic martini glass, he created a fruity remix — a fun colorful drink for a new age. In the same way, the light hues of pink, blue, and yellow paint on the buildings of Miami brought new life into the classic Art Deco structures. 

Built in the 30s, many of the hotels on Miami Beach were worn down 50 years later. Some developers wanted to reshape the entire beach with an updated 1970s aesthetic however, luckily, fans of art deco architecture made their case that Miami Beach needed its own style. 

Much like the Cosmopolitan, what started as an experiment, turned into a movement. In the early 80s, a man named Leonard Horowitz convinced Friedman’s Bakery to let him paint their building pink and yellow. After appearing on the cover of Progressive Architecture magazine, many other buildings followed suit. Quickly, many the hotels that had been labeled relics of faded glory were reborn in a colorful new way.

Because of this strong belief that something new could be created by transforming something classic, Miami Beach is one of the most iconic cities in the world.

Photos: Sesse Lind

The Cocktail Companion

On Thursday night, Absolut hosted a dinner at The Standard Hotel, celebrating their art bar collaboration with Ry Rocklen. As a gift to the attendees of the dinner, Absolut published a hardcover cocktail companion, which presents each of their art bar collaborations, along with the cocktail recipes created by the artists for their installation. 

Inspired by the colors and architecture of Miami, the book is a perfect memento of a perfect week.

Design: Frankenstein Studio

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Having already combed through the official Art Basel Miami show, today is a good day to check out some of the satellite fairs. These smaller art fairs are spread out around the city, and give up-and-coming artists a chance to be seen in the halo of the larger fair. On a beautiful sunny day, strolling between the tents along the beach is a perfect was to pass the time. Just as the sun comes down, and it’s a bit too cool for a walk on the beach, Ry Rocklen will be participating in an artist conversation at the Art Basel Convention Center. 

Saturday is also the last night of the week for many down in Miami, tomorrow, scores of people will head home with stories, inspiration, and possibly some new art for their collections. With one last chance to go-all out, tonight should definitely be fun for everyone.

Friday night at Night Court

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Friday at Night Court

Open 12 noon - 2 am

7 pm TMO live
8 pm Bouquet
9 pm DJYSL

Ocean Front between 21st and 22nd. Map

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As the end of the week arrives, there are no more VIP previews and all the special openings have opened. There are a few less private jets in the airport and Rolls Royces on the street, but Miami is more bustling than before.

Art fans and party seekers have arrived from around the country to enjoy a weekend of art, events, beaches and sun. The day’s best bets are to start it off at the Blood Mary bar hosted at the Absolut art bar, and to then head over to take a long look at the Art Basel exhibition. Later in the evening, head over the to W Hotel for a relaxing film dinner on the lawn under the calm night sky. After the movie, the possibilities are endless… after all, it’s Friday night in Miami.  

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Le Baron at Playboy Theatre pt. 2

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Bunnies Abound at Le Baron

One of the most charming aspects of Miami is its celebration of the classics. All along Collins Avenue there are Art Deco hotels with Sinatra tunes playing in the lobby and a pastel palette that will never be updated to follow the trends. On the north side of the beach, lies a living monument of another timeless classic, the Playboy Threatre. 

Sixty years after launching the magazine, Playboy and its bunnies still know how to host a party. Stepping out of the small rooms in which Le Baron often appears, the infamous club joined forces with the expansive Playboy Theatre for a night in which no one knew what to expect. 

In this case, we’ll let the pictures tell the story. 

Thursday night

Ry Rocklen VIP dinner at the Standard Hotel and drinks at Night Court.

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Skål to Ry Rocklen

There are endless ways to describe something as beautiful. Every now and then, a person will come across a setting so perfect, there is no need to reshape its description to be anything other than exactly what it is: Beautiful.
Each guest at last night’s Absolut Dinner for Ry Rocklen at the Standard Hotel was presented with this rare occurrence. There was only one word to describe it. 

Rocklen, who has personally hosted each event at his ‘Night Court’ installation, had a moment to just relax and be celebrated by a mix of friends, family, and fans that will be covering his show in the press. 

During the dinner, The Absolut Company CEO, Paul Duffy, spoke to how art has been at the core of brand since its earliest days, and how embracing the creativity of artists allows it to constantly rethink the possibilities of how a vodka company should present itself.
The words hung in the air, at that moment, each guest experiencing the manifestation of this philosophy. 

Photos: Sesse Lind
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Thursday at Night Court

Open 12 noon - 2 am

7pm Barry Johnston
10pm Nite Jewel

Ocean Front between 21st and 22nd. Map

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There is no better way to start a day at Art Basel than a conversation with artist Doug Aitken, who kicks off a series of artist talks this morning with the support of Absolut.

With perfect weather in the forecast, it also seems like the great day to hit the beach and go for a swim. Once the sun goes down, Absolut then has another busy night starting with VIP dinner hosted by Ry Rocklen at The Standard Hotel, followed by performances from Barry Johnston and Nite Jewel at ‘Night Court’.

After that, its a tough choice between another the Le Baron pop-up appearing tonight at the Playboy Theatre or Tiki Disco at the Gale Hotel. Either way, it looks like another amazing day at Art Basel. 

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Le Baron Pop-Ups Take Over Miami

No matter what county it is, or what the venue is, any time Mr. A’s hat appears on the door of a club, marking it with the scarlet letter of the debaucherous Le Baron, there is surely to be the best kind of trouble inside. Almost as if to prove the point many times over, Mr. A and his crew have a  plan to becomes the kings Miami nightlife by taking over a different club every night, transforming each with their unique brand of fun. 

With a reputation known the world over, everyone wants to get in on the action, however, only a select few will ever get in. Luckily we’re going to be there each night. Check where to find Le Baron each night below:

Schedule:
Tuesday: SL at The James Royal Palm Hotel
Wednesday: Florida Room at The Delano
Thursday: Playboy Threatre
Friday: Pearl, Nikki Beach
Saturday: Pearl Nikki Beach
Sunday: The Wall, W Hotel

Wednesday night at Night Court

"People say, you know, everything is fashion nowadays, well I think everything is furniture. Ry seems to be on the same wavelength.”

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A Lovely Night at the Standard

Back in August, Absolut connected with Andre Saraiva for ‘Back to Sweden’ his first gallery show in his native country. Continuing with the Dream Concerts aesthetic that he presented in Sweden, he debuted a poster series titled Artist of the Day at a pop-up gallery hosted at the Standard Hotel in Miami —  yesterday’s artist was Damien Hirst. 

In addition to the posters, Saravia presented his new ‘Love Rug’ pieces, which are a twist on his ongoing project titled ‘Love Graffiti’. Beginning 2000, Saraiva began spray painting affectionate murals of his lovers’ names in places he knew they would see. Eventually, he started doing it for friends as well, creating a beautiful street collection. Transforming his original style into something completely new, hand-knotted Tibetan wool rugs, the artist now allows anyone to bring the love home. 

Since Saraiva was building on some of his reoccurring themes, the cocktail selection also kept to the classics, with guests choosing between an Absolut Seabreeze or an Absolut Tonic.  All in all, the night had all the elements anyone could ask for: love, beautiful scenery, and amazing cocktails. 

Photos: Sesse Lind
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Tonight at Night Court

8pm Dynasty Handbag
10pm Ariel Pink

Come check it out: At Oceanfront, Miami Beach
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Yesterday after ‘Night Court’ closed for the evening, Le Baron set up their  pop-up location in Miami, marking an unofficial start to the late night party scene at Art Basel. While some were out late with André Saravia and crew, Absolut was up early preparing for a bloody mary exhibition hosted at the ‘Night Court’ bar with local mixologists from PB Steak and Swine. 

Later in the day, Absolut will link back up with Saravia at the his ‘Artist of the Day’ show featuring Damien Hirst at the Standard Hotel. Up next is the most anticipated music performance at Art Basel, Ariel Pink at ‘Nigh Court’. With opening act Dynasty Handbag, the installation will once again be the epicenter of fun in Miami.  

Tuesday night at Night Court

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The First Night

“Bodies International wants you to perspire to greatness!” called out the gold-haired member of Bodies International, the artistic aerobics performance group that kicked off the opening party of ‘Night Court’. As part of the show, the group taught guests a few basic dancercise steps to help them feeling fit through the coming days of art. 

After everyone mastered their moves, they headed over to the bar for a Modernade, an And One, a Blood of a Champion, or a Winning Spirit — unique cocktails developed for the event. 

The dancers and cocktails were both part of a full experience curated by artist Ry Rocklen to complement his art bar installation, which will be open for all of Art Basel in Miami. In addition to his careful staging, Rocklen has also chosen a headlining performer for each day. 

For the opening night, gender bending rapper Mykki Blanco brought his pounding beats to the stage – loud enough that guests of a event next door came over the check out the show accompanying the music they could hear from afar. It was a perfect opportunity for everyone to try out their newly learned dance-moves. 

Photos by Sesse Lind

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An Art Happening     

Today at 11:00 am, the doors of 2013 Art Basel in Miami Beach officially open, however, before the latest works from the world’s best artists could be revealed, a select group of VIPs gathered in the centrally located Collins Park for a welcome cocktail the evening before. 

Mingling among a collection of sculptures, some of which included live models, the guests caught up on the latest art-world trends and what to look for in the coming week. As they plotted how to navigate the fair, mixologist Andres Leon prepared Absolut cocktails that could also only be described as artful. The fan favorite, Absolut Appearance, mixed the sweetness of pineapple with the bite of star anise, and a hint of green tea. 

A perfect beginning to an exciting week, with many more moment to celebrate in the coming days.

Photos by Sesse Lind
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We Are the Champions, My Friends

Who says there are no prizes for second place? A glance at a contemporary trophy catalog reveals the old adage to be patently false. There are prizes for third, fourth and fifth places too. And beyond. Today, everyone is a winner.

Photo by Rob Chamorro

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The Night Court cocktail collection
by Ry Rocklen

Tonight at Art Basel Miami Beach, Night Court — the pop-up bar meets performance venue meets sports arena — opens for the festival’s official VIP preview. In addition to an incredible set of sculptures built by artist Ry Rocklen for the event, the artist expanded his repertoire to include a series of cocktail created to accompany the installation. If you won’t have the chance to check it out yourself this week, here are the recipes to try them at home. 

From the left:

The Winning Spirit
40 ml Absolut on the Rocks 

And One
(Combo cocktail, one lowball cocktail and one shot)

Lowball cocktail 
40 ml Absolut Vodka
20 ml fresh Lemon juice 
25 ml Sugar syrup
20 ml fresh Blueberry Pureé  (6 pieces of blueberries)
5 ml fresh Ginger Juice 

Shake all the ingredients and strain over cube ice into a lowball glass.

Shot
20 ml Home made Vanilla infused Absolut Vodka 

Add 1 piece of fresh Vanilla pod and 50 ml of Simple Syrup to 1 liter of Absolut. Set aside to macerate for a 3 hours and place in the freezer. Serve ice cold.

Modernade
40 ml Absolut Vodka
20 ml fresh Lemon juice
30 ml fresh Orange juice
40 ml fresh Grapejuice
30 ml Sugar syrup 
3 ml Guarana powder
3 drops Caramell coloring (Blue, Red or Green)  

Pour all the ingredients over ice into a plastic sports bottle.

Go mix!

If you want more drinks, check out Absolut Drinks.

Night Court, an Absolut art bar installation by Ry Rocklen 

Los Angeles-based artist Ry Rocklen unveils his installation Night Court, produced in collaboration with Absolut as the setting for a pop-up art bar during Art Basel in Miami Beach. Night Court is at once a bar, a performance venue, a sports arena and a showroom for Rocklen’s new line of furniture, ‘Trophy Modern’.

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As scores of art collectors, art fans, art critics and, of course, artists arrive at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the final preparations are made for Tuesday’s VIP preview of Night Court, an art bar installation by Ry Rocklen and Absolut. For the official kick off of the sport-inspired installation of furniture made from trophy parts, Rocklen has curated an opening ceremony worthy of his glittering sculptures. 

Borrowing a tradition from most US sports games, the night begins with a performance of the Start Spangled Banner, performed tonight by a selection of local choir groups. Guests will then have their own chance to get involved as the performance group Bodies International warms up the crowd with their high-energy interactive act. Lastly, acclaimed rapper, performance artist and poet, Mykki Blanco will… well, you just need to check back to see what happens during that.  
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Art Basel in Miami Beach December 5-8, 2013 

Absolut Art Bar joins the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event. Over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year.