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An Inside Look – Highlights From Art Basel 2021: NFTs, Art, Crypto, Music & More Take Over Miami

Abra Took Over Scope Miami Beach With An Exclusive Live Performance By Masego Featuring Devin Williams

Masego – Photo courtesy of World Red Eye for Abra party


On Friday, December 3rd, Abra cryptocurrency platform headlined the SCOPE Miami Art Exhibit with crypto and NFT focused panels followed by an energized Friday night party to comprise their “Celebration Of The Intersection of Art & The Blockchain” Activation Series. The 500+ person party, which featured a performance by Masego with special guest Devin Williams, was held at SCOPE’s New Contemporary NFT focused exhibit space, highlighted by the Mister E installation. The event kicked off with sounds by Ricks, followed by dynamic female DJ duo Angel + Dren.



Friday night’s Abra party featured drinks by Grey Goose, High West Distillery and Coastal Spritz premium canned wine spritzers, with partners NFT Now, SuperRare, ThankYouX, YellowHeart, Art House and The Future Party. Additional partners included Pioneer DJ, ADE, Cookie Pop OREO and Secret Walls.


Marta Pozzan – Photo courtesy of World Red Eye for Abra party

Notable industry and influencer guests filled the room, such as Model Marta Pozzan and Giuseppe Giofrè, Lil Fresh Sam, Nastassja, Kodak Lewis, Kye West, Justin Crayton, Dash Williams, Darius Ricks, Sukie S, Yasmine Smith, Ming Bey, Xavier Banks, Nefatari Cooper, Stephanie Acosta, Giselle Liotta, Ali Lasky, Ale Wilson, Ben Wilson, Oshoke Umolo, Raj Ade, Ballers producer Joey Krutel, and many more attended the music, art and crypto-focused celebration leading into the Friday night of Art Basel weekend, closing out the celebratory filled week.

The daytime crypto and NFT focused panels led by ABRA on Friday, December 3rd, included Money Talks w/ Abra CEO Bill Barhydt Ft. artist Mister E, Conversations with Jimi Zendrix, Creative Director at Secret Walls, and Nick Rose, CEO of Ethernity, and Adrian Baschuk, CNBC Crypto Trader, as well as NFT NOW Presents ThankYouX and SuperRare in Conversation, “Moderated by Matt Medved,” and Art House Presents The Physical Meets Digital Future of NFTs.


Mister E Installation @SCOPE Presented By Abra 

Photo courtesy of World Red Eye

Featured all week at SCOPE and highlighted during the event was the installation by Mister E, and was THE sought after activation at the exhibit space.

Contemporary artist mister e, known globally for his iconic colorful interpretation of the US $100 bill, “Benny Jr.” and the phrase “Money Isn’t Real” returned once again to the SCOPE Art Fair for its 20th anniversary with another immersive installation that takes patrons on a journey to another universe. “100” is more than just a number to mister e. “100 is authentic, 100 is whole, 100 is the truth, 100 is real.” 100 was the first installation to combine the physical and digital world, allowing the viewers to physically walk into an NFT. 100 will be mister e’s debut NFT release and was made possible by Abra.

Scope Art Show VIP Kick-Off Preview Featuring Coastal Spritz

Giselle Liotta, Stephanie Acosta and Alyssa Alvarez enjoying Coastal at the Abra party – Photo courtesy of World Red Eye

On Tuesday, November 30th, SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach Returned to Ocean Drive for their 20th Edition Show featuring a VIP kickoff party from 4-8pm highlighted by a Coastal Spritz pop-up bar. Media, influencers and key art industry guests attended the four-hour afternoon celebration at the beachfront tent, sipping on the premium light wine brand flavors such as Pineapple Rosé, Watermelon Rosé, Classic Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc spritzers served in their signature mini-inflatable flamingos. The brand is available all across Florida at Wawa stores, as well as nationwide. 

Contemporary galleries and artists from all over the world showcased their beautiful art, with guests in attendance such as Foodgod, Steve Aoki, Marta Pozzan, Diana Madison, and Artist Robyn Blair. The 20th edition of SCOPE Miami Beach returned to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street, from November 30th through December 5th, this year featuring 140 International Exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities. SCOPE Miami Beach welcomed over 60,000 visitors over the course of 6 days. Amidst an unprecedented outpouring of critical acclaim from press, curators, and collectors, SCOPE Miami Beach once again was poised to lead the charge for the emerging contemporary art market.

Xavier Banks and Nefatari Cooper – Photo courtesy of World Red Eye

About Coastal Spritz: Grown in the Columbia Valley of Washington State, Coastal is a pioneer of premium light wine. Coastal Spritz’s goal is to provide consumers with the highest quality wine spritz in a ready-to-drink option. Being sourced from the best vineyards in The Columbia Valley of Washington State, giving it a delicious and lighter take on canned wines without sacrificing the quality of the grapes that go into it. Flavors include Pineapple Rosé, Watermelon Rosé, Classic Rosé, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc (six flavors). Sold nationwide, and all across Florida at Wawa stores and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. 


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Balmain World AIDS Day Event @ SCOPE Miami Beach

Wednesday Evening, December 1st, SCOPE welcomed a private event with Balmain. Balmain, in collaboration with (RED), hosted a party to celebrate a new work by land and street artist Saype in Miami to mark World AIDS Day.

DJ White Shadow Performs @ SCOPE Miami Beach

Thursday Evening, December 2nd, SCOPE hosted an evening celebration featuring DJ White Shadow, Grammy Winning producer, known for his work with Lady Gaga, among others.

Arthur J Williams Jr. VIP Gallery Exhibit Pop-Up

Arthur J Williams Jr. – Photo courtesy of World Red Eye

On Saturday, December 4th, Renowned Master Counterfeiter turned Artist Athur J Williams Jr. hosted a pop-up exhibit during Art Basel in Wynwood showcasing his latest collection, “One Hundred Dollabyte.” The show featured his One Hundred Dollar bill-inspired artwork, as well as a preview of his new NFT collections. Arthur has is popular DaVinci’s gallery located in LA’s Melrose district, with top art collectors and celebrities alike seeking out his pieces.