Michaelmania Hits Miami

Art Basel Miami kicked off today and everyone who's anyone in the art world—from dealers to collectors to professional party-hoppers—has now headed south and Miami is now even more awash with air kisses and insincere compliments. (If you're in town and looking to crash a good party, head over to the event that Peter Brant, Aby Rosen and Alberto Mugrabi are hosting this evening; it's expected to be one of the fair's highlights.)

Don't assume, though, the high-minded art set has been immune to one of the cheesiest cultural trends to sweep the country in recent months.

One of the most popular works this year which is on display at dealer Jeffrey Deitch's booth is a painting by Kehinde Wiley entitled "Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II," and is "a Rubens riff that replaces the roundfaced Spanish monarch with Michael Jackson."

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