From breakdance battles to beer pong: the latest gossip from Art Basel in Miami Beach

Plus, Books of breasts and Alicia Keys's "secret" performance

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In a spin: the Museum of Graffiti’s celebration of the French artist Fuzi includes a Puma sneakers giveaway and a series of breakdance battles Courtesy Museum of Graffiti

In a spin: the Museum of Graffiti’s celebration of the French artist Fuzi includes a Puma sneakers giveaway and a series of breakdance battles Courtesy Museum of Graffiti

Best foot forward

Expect to see a scrum of people this weekend at the Museum of Graffiti
in Wynwood all super keen to get their paws on some free Puma sneakers. The museum is staging a Puma takeover on 3 and 4 December, where the first 25 lucky people in line will receive free trainers. (Set your alarm clocks!) Breakdance battles will also take place, celebrating “Puma’s rich history in breakdance culture”. This freebie frenzy is happening against the backdrop of an exhibition dedicated to the French graffiti artist Fuzi, whose 360-degree room, Ignorantism, is drawing in the crowds. Earlier this week, Fuzi inked tattoos for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Kudos for bringing not just free trainers but also free tats to the Florida masses.

Hitting the right note: Alicia Keys encouraged a collective calm World Red Eye

Alicia Keys is super mellow at Superblue

Alicia Keys gave a “secret” performance earlier this week in Miami with a twist, leading 600 invited guests through an “immersive, guided meditation and musical performance” at the high-tech Superblue space. At the event organised by Therme Art, the pop superstar revealed new songs from her forthcoming album Keys against a backdrop of works by the Japanese collective teamLab. “This one-night-only show was a beautiful display of how the arts and wellness can come together to foster deeper consciousness and explosive fun all at the same time,” said the singer in a statement. Spread the love, Alicia.

Sarah Thornton Gareth Harris

Bosom buddies

The effervescent author and art scholar Sarah Thornton was seen zipping through the aisles of Art Basel in Miami Beach this week in a fetching green blazer and jaunty blue shorts. Thornton is currently penning a book called Uplifting Sagas: the Top Half of Women’s Liberation, which “explores the universal truths of mammary glands”, among other things. This explains why the words “bosom” and “jugs” were emblazoned across Thornton’s jaunty silver bag designed by the Swedish American artist Michele Pred. Most words for breasts are demeaning, says Thornton, but “‘jugs’ acknowledges milk provision while using the word ‘bosom’ is about making an unsexy word sexy.”

Raising the bar: Monsieur Zohore (reclining in the foreground) makes sure that his Raphaelesque protégés are at the top of their beer pong game

Monsieur Zohore’s (beer) cup runneth over

There was much japery at the Nada art fair this week when the Ivorian American artist Monsieur Zohore hosted a beer pong tournament in the Ice Palace Studios courtyard. (We have it on good authority that much fun was had by all participating in this quaint US pastime that involves throwing a ball into cups of beer.) De Boer gallery, which represents the artist, says that Zohore appropriates in his work “imagery from sources such as Raphael’s Renaissance masterpiece, The School of Athens, and the cult classic film, Animal House”. But Zohore’s art is especially making waves at the fair because of the material he paints on—namely, paper towels. What better material to have on hand in case a game of beer pong gets particularly rowdy?

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