December 1-8, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida
Art Basel is a three city celebration and event that exhibits in Basel which is uniquely situated at the border of Switzerland, France, and Germany and ranks as one of Europe’s most alluring cultural cities, Miami Beach which is being reviewed in this article, and Hong Kong. This year for the Miami Beach show, there was no lack of art to be examined with 2 massive tents on the beach including Untitled and Scope, The Miami Beach Convention Center, and pop-up and brick and mortar galleries which combined artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, partners, and art lovers from ever corner of the globe to come together last weekend. Art lovers from across the globe gathered in Miami to appreciate and celebrate, sell, and inspire fine art. This year was the 12th edition of Art Basel and was one to remember. The convention center alone offered art from 258 galleries from 31 countries and included works from Art Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons. The total event attracted 75,000 people for the 2013 edition of Art Basel and offered more than $3 Billion dollars worth of postwar and contemporary works. Last year 50,000 visitors enjoyed this event, which leads the community to believe that they are going to be in for at least 100,000 visitors next year. If the art wasn’t enough, many bars from New York (considering at vast amount of the visitors to Art Basel are New Yorkers themselves escaping the cold) built pop-up bars for hosting art events at the evenings at some of the most luxury hotels in South Beach. Rubbing shoulders at boozy dinners and parties with high profilers such as Jared Leto, Mark Zuckerberg, Martha Stewart, and hedge-fund and private-equity superstars such as Daniel Loeb, Adam Sender, James Chanos, Henry Kravis and J. Tomilson Hill, there was no lacking for big spenders and A-Listers. Highlights this year included “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” which was Matthu Placek’s “portrait” in a six minute nude stare, Kendrick Lamar rapping at a private show at MOCA, Ryan McGinness Drawing Class in which his class “a Warhol for the information age” where he taught a teaching class at The Standard Hotel, A hybrid opera by The Hole called Love Like A Laser, Dance party with Teagan and Sara at the Official VH1 and SCOPE party, Lady Gaga’s Gaga Foundation Dinner Gala at the Playboy Plaza Hotel, Live graffiti art being made outside the Le Baron Pop-Up Night Club at The Shore Club. This list goes on and on. The highlight for any fashionista at Art Basel was not just the art but the fashion as well. The icing on the cake for anyone truly artistic at this event was the observation and participation in wearing things you really can only get away with at Art Shows or New York City underground events and hence becoming part of the overall master memory that will remain in everyone’s minds from this week. If you love art and fashion, it is highly suggested you take the time to do an Art Basel. It’s like teleporting into another dimension (thousand of people’s different ones to be exact) and exploring and accepting images to influence your future days and own individual expressions. Not to mention, if you can afford it, finding a few new pieces to express individuality in art collector’s homes. That may have been the original purpose of Art Basel, but it has since evolved into an experience all in it’s own.
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