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BATTLE AT BASEL: The art set turned violent on Saturday during Andrew Cramer’s Art War, a paintball tournament at The Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach hosted by the Accompanied Literary Society and Create the Group. Socials, media types, artists and hoteliers battled each other in white, Martin Margiela-inspired jumpsuits and face masks. André Balazs, team captain for “The Raleigh Stags,” donned a red armband as he led his team in a battle against “The Droogs,” lead by Paul Sevigny and Ryan McGinley. Sevigny couldn’t even fit into his suit, so he cut off the top and wore the “Ghostbusters”-like pants with a T-shirt.
But for some, minimal protection was intentional. Brooke Geahan of “The Socialistas” wanted a war wound, so she purposely cut off the arms of her jumpsuit before engaging in battle. And sure enough, an hour later, she donned a large bandage around her bicep, but was all smiles. Fabiola Beracasa, who was supposed to join “The Socialistas,” backed out at the last minute.
Some warriors, however, were less excited about their bruises. Artist Aaron Young winced as he showed friends a large bruise on his neck. For many, the paintball experience represented a return to the original Art Basel. In the first year of the fairs, artists rushed to finish their paintings and walked from booth to booth covered in paint. “It really was a place where artists were doing more art during the actual week and experiencing each other in a playful way,” Geahan said.