Art Basel weekend ends with celeb-studded art exhibition and private, secret happy hour with Iggy Azalea

Though she didn’t make it onstage herself at one of the most talked-about parties of the week, “Bodak Yellow” rapper Cardi B dazzled over the closing night of Art Basel.

“Cardi has been like our family member for the last few years,” said the critically-acclaimed artist Justin Chambers, whose Jason Trawick Gallery hosted a private dinner at Dave & Buster’s on Tuesday. “One thing about Art Basel is that it’s an art fair by any other name, it’s a party by any other name, and when you have one artist that’s cultivated that vibe at a place like this, it’s just kind of brilliant.”

During the course of the event, Mr. Chambers, who’s founded a limited-edition series of custom iPhone cover art, and pop star Bhad Bhabie, who recently made an appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, shared a stage with Kathy Griffin as an ensemble duo called Fancy and Watch What Happens Live! host Andy Cohen.

“We’re having a blast,” said Ms. Bhabie, who was wearing a strapless acid green top and pants with thigh-high heeled boots. “I really love being at an event that’s fun and supports something. Art Basel is all about people and it’s not just about the art. I feel very supported.”

The crowd at that party was certainly excited, as Ms. Bhabie chatted with fashion industry and music industry figures such as Dolce & Gabbana’s Domenico Dolce, and rapper Iggy Azalea. In fact, Azalea had been stopping by at Dave & Buster’s all weekend long.

Asked what their favorite thing about Art Basel was, Mr. Chang and Ms. Bhabie shook their heads. “We don’t like Basel in general,” said Ms. Bhabie. “As a rapper, you can’t really be around people and listen to music at the same time because there’s so much going on.”

But as the event came to a close, a final thrill awaited in the form of Mr. Chambers and Ms. Bhabie. At the end of their talk with Ms. Bhabie and Mr. Dolce, the trio jumped into a bowling alley where they had their own private game of charades to see who knew what and who wore it best.

“I’m so emotional right now,” said Ms. Bhabie as her white and pink bowling shorts danced around the front of her dress. “I feel like they did a good job with this.”

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