Thursday, December 10, 2009

Art Basel 2009 (Miami Beach)


What a week. I went down to Miami to take in Art Basel with my friends and haven’t stopped looking through the catalogues and programs since we got back. On day one we viewed work at the Bass Museum. Several highlights of that show were meticulous and elegant pieces by Dzine. From there we headed to the O.H.W.O.W. gallery where we watched and heard Koudlam perform from the rooftop as fire extinguishers were shot down on the crowd. Inside we saw work by José Parlá and KAWS among others. The space was packed but we managed to see everything.

Day two started at the Miami Beach Convention Center where we had the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through what looked like more than two miles of spaces set up by the top galleries in the world. We all saw so much there that blew our minds, but a pair of sculptures by Evan Penny really knocked us out. From there we headed to SCOPE where we saw some more great work. A really nice surprise at SCOPE was a taste of New Orleans in the form of the Red Truck Gallery.

Later that evening we checked out STAGES, an event hosted by Nike, O.H.W.O.W, and Deitch Projects to benefit LIVESTRONG. I was floored by the work on display, particularly “Foyer”, an intensely personal piece by Eric White. Other highlights included “Lance’s Tequila Bike for Girls” by Tom Sachs, “If Ink Were Blood (Man and Woman)” by Dustin Yellin, and “The Tipping Point” by Dzine.

Following the STAGES opening we checked out The Wynwood Walls, an outdoor mural project produced by Deitch Projects and Goldman Properties. Os Gêmeos, Nunca, Futura, and Shepard Fairey really turned it out in the courtyard, and the lateness of the hour made for a wonderfully surreal experience.

Days three and four were spent exploring Miami Beach, going back to the Convention Center for a recap, and processing everything we had taken in over the past 72 hours. I finally had the chance to take out my camera on the last day there, so I took some parting shots of Miami Beach before we headed out.

Music: Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
More Music: Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
TV: Modern Family

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