Yes, every year, the art parties, fairs and events start earlier in Miami – in fact, the art crowd crashed into the last day of the gay crowd (I know there’s a LOT of cross-over) with The White Party finishing up while the Art Party was gearing up. Sunday is the on-ramp for the multitude of events and art fairs in Miami Beach, which is generally referred to as Art Basel Miami Beach. The “main fair” of Art Basel started 11 years ago here (the original fair is still in June in Basel, Switzerland) It is part art, part trade show, part corporate cross-over, part Hollywood and ALL-consuming. I’ve been coming for the past 9 years and this year I am collaborating with Benetton for an interactive exhibit/party called #withyou which opens tonight. (I’ll post pics tomorrow) I’ll also be filling you in on what’s going on where all week. There are so many parties that if Lady Gaga was nude giving out $100 bills, she might get SOME attention. (She’s rumored to be at the Untitled Elton John Foundation benefit with Marina Abramovic tonight. We’ll see.) Kanye is here with Kim, along with as 50,000 other art folks you wouldn’t know… it’s just too much to keep up with. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, there are 10 things you are missing. (If you need an exhaustive list of events, check out Paper magazine’s 7 Part preface here for all things ABMB)… so stay tuned. Or not. Maybe you don’t care. Right, now I’m exhausted just thinking about it all, so I’m kinda #withyou.