Sarah Bahbah Helps Us Navigate Art Basel

What's hot at this year's most fabulous art expo.

Art, fashion, and music collide this weekend as Art Basel brings 70,000 visitors to sunny Miami Beach. With more than galleries presenting works by both established and emerging artists-not to mention book signings, dance parties, and runway shows-it may be hard to know what to do over the next four days.

Fear not: We’ve called on photographer Sarah Bahbah to help us navigate the flurry of events.

Known for her explicit exploration of female voices, Bahbah has developed a major following for her raw storytelling. At Art Basel, she’s bringing her celebrated series “Sex and Takeout” to the W Miami’s Whisper cocktail lounge on December 7.

What inspired “Sex and Takeout”?

Sarah Bahbah
I created “Sex and Takeout” in 2014, with the desire to empower women to feel comfortable in indulgent moments. As women we need to take ownership of our indulgences, our pleasures, and teaching others how to please us.

My way of doing this was by capturing women in a state of absolute comfort (mostly nude) surrounded by food, because those moments in bed, eating pizza at 1am by yourself or even with a lover, are the ones that should be celebrated, and not made a taboo.

Sarah Bahbah/Sex and Takeout

This year I’ve teamed up with the W Miami—located in the electric Brickell neighborhood—they’re the perfect brand partner to debut my first ever Solo Exhibition. The show will be on the 50th floor rooftop space that just happens to double as a scenic art gallery. Our event is this Thursday at the W Miami and the best part is it’s free as long as you RSVP….and my pieces will be open to the public through Art Week at W Miami for guests to view and purchase.

What are you looking forward to most at Art Basel Miami Beach?

I’m most excited to meet new people in the art world at the dinners I’ll be attending. There are so many unique, knowledgeable individuals out there, and I’m dying to learn more from them. Satellite art fairs have taken the spotlight, like Scope, Untitled, Pulse, RAW. These are the places to visit.

I also happen to be showing at Scope this year with Art Unified, for the third year running. I must admit that I’m mostly looking forward to showcasing my own solo exhibit for the first time ever!

Are there any other happenings you’re excited to attend?

Art Basel is constantly evolving and there’s a few standout activations that I’m especially excited for. There’s all types of events this year spanning fashion, performing arts and even virtual reality. You’ll just have to follow my Instagram stories to see where I’ll end up.

What are your favorite non-Art Basel things to do in Miami?

I like to keep it low-key when I have time off: Lounging by the pool with a cocktail and book in hand. Or feasting at Soho House.

Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Soho House

After checking out Sarah Bahbah’s “Sex and Takeout,” here are a few other Art Basel events to check out.

1. Design ME with Amanda Perna

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December 6 at 7pm, ME Miami Hotel
Art meets fashion with Project Runway alum Amanda Perna, who showcases her ready-to-wear collection and sketches outfits for those looking to stand out from the crowd.

2. Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2017

Ariel Vargassal/BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series
December 5-9, SCOPE Miami Beach
Discover emerging talent at the eighth iteration of this popular exhibition.

3. Bareback Follies

Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images
December 7 at 7:30pm, El Tucán
NYC nightlife impresaria Susanne Bartsch brings Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias, and more larger-than-life stars to Miami for a night of forbidden fun.

4. David LaChapelle book signing

David LaChapelle/Lost and Found
December 8 at 6pm
Taschen store
The legendary fashion photographer has captured fantastical images of everyone from Britney Spears to Michael Jackson. He’ll be on hand to sign his new coffee-table books, Good News and Lost + Found.

5. Sounds by Paris Hilton

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December 9 at 11pm, Wall Lounge
The superstar socialite returns to the turntable for her annual turn as an Art Basel DJ.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.
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