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“Around the rope.”

The door staff at Soho Beach House was on crowd control Tuesday night. London gallery White Cube was hosting a beachfront party, where many Art Basel Miami Beach partygoers — including Chuck Close, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Waris Ahluwalia and Casey Fremont — were choosing to round out their evenings. Chaka Khan took the stage around 11:30 p.m. for a live set, finishing off with her 1984 hit “Ain’t Nobody.” A handler tossed her a towel as she stepped off the stage. Art Basel is truly heating up.

“I was just visiting some friends for the Chaka Khan [performance],” remarked conscientious hip-hop artist Mos Def, an Art Basel Miami Beach first-timer, as he wound his way past the hotel pool. He stopped at the grand piano in the lobby for an impromptu performance before heading out, although no one nearby noticed the moment.

When art is all around you, it’s easy to miss some of the best pieces.

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