This year's Sagamore Hotel's Art Basel Brunch was a hit as the hotel played host to several hundred art lovers who strolled around the impeccable grounds. They enjoyed crepes, pastries and the perfect early December Miami Beach weather at the annual event, which always signals the winding down of the giant worldwide art festival.
This year's Dec. 7 event featured the exhibit "Framing the Moving Image, 2013," which paid homage to the world of film and media. The exhibit, which was curated by world-renowned film and media expert John Hanhardt, explored the way artists capture, compose and represent traditions and histories through the moving image. Hanhardt is currently consulting as Senior Curator for Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Hanhardt was on hand to greet the crowd, as were Cricket and Marty Taupin, who are the forces behind the giant collection of notable photography, art, sculpture, paintings, and other works that have built the Sagamore's reputation as Miami Beach's "art" hotel.
The crowd at the brunch was as colorful as the artwork, or the splendid blue sky, white clouds, and aqua pool which reflected the tall palms overhead in the shimmering water. Everywhere one looked, whether inside the hotel or at the pool, whether up on the terraces or down in the stairwells, there were sculptures, colorful murals, or mobiles to enjoy.
Although the brunch, like Art Basel 2013 itself, is a memory, the exhibit can still be enjoyed, as it is now a permanent part of the Cricket Taplin Collection. It features innovative film, video and performance art from Bill Beirne, Shannon Plumb, Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Antoni Muntadas, Sandra Gibson, Luis Recorder, Kathleen Graves, Peter Moore, Takeshi Murata and Raphael Montanez Ortiz.
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