Miami's Art Basel celebration is the place for the who's-who in pop culture to be seen. Yet, while celebrities made loud appearances at the weekend's festivities, another debonair guest made a more subtle appearance.
I live in Miami, and I've watched Art Basel Miami Beach grow from a stellar art event into one of the world's over-the-top annual parties. In many ways it's become a victim of its success: too much traffic, too many Botoxed air-kisses, too many wannabes in designer clothes and mile-high heels.
Collectors artists, and the curious show up along with various celebrities who are scheduled to appear at panels, book signings, and events.
Far from becoming a more interesting city "just by existing", Miamians have actively taken responsibility for our own narrative and how the greater public, not to mention ourselves, perceive the magic city in totality.
Women should come out of their cocoons and fly free in the world like a beautiful butterfly waiving their colorful wings.
Inside a suburban Kansas City Wal-Mart on Black Friday 2013, (the so-called inaugural holiday shopping season immediately following Thanksgiving) artist Mark Allen zips himself inside one of his custom body bags and plays dead. Allen gets the reaction he expects.
"It is a marriage made in heaven between the Swiss who are organized and always on time, but a bit boring, and the Miamians/Latins who are disorganized and never on time, but know how to throw one 'hell of a good party'!"
There were a hundred booths at the art fair and I could see this one guy walk into each one and leave with a spiteful look upon his face. He stuck out...
Noel Lanzas is the Ritz's official Art Basel Ambassador and resident concierge. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about art in Miami that this title was created just for him. I was able to talk with him about Art Basel expectations and a few of his favorites featured artists.
For this edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Luis decided to showcase brand new pieces that explore his deep fascination of American subcultures, Latin modernism and music and the Black Power Movement of the 1960s.
I know sounding critical of this gathering or opportunity to enjoy temperatures in the 80's is easy pickings but let's call it out. This thing is a business boom for galleries, hotels, and other services in Miami; so keep the art rolling.
Each year we face Art Basel with the same combination of thrill and dread -- excited for the glamour, horrified of the 18-hour days and the inconve...
South Beach is THE place to be this week. Art Basel is in town and people from around the world are in attendance in hopes of purchasing some of the art on display.
Wynwood, one of Miami's historically troubled neighborhoods, is now an art destination. The area's transformation can be credited in large part to developer Tony Goldman. His idea was simple: Buy some buildings, put up a restaurant and create an outdoor street art museum.
The chaos of Art Basel Miami Beach is bigger than ever before, with even more satellite fairs, special projects, artist talks and museum openings. As if the fairs themselves weren't enough to keep you busy, there are also some fantastic not to be missed installations outside of the walls of the convention center.
Art Basel turns Miami Beach into a stage showcasing incredibly innovative and important contemporary art from around the globe. But under a 10,000-square-foot tent in the Wynwood District, art fuses with music, fashion, and philanthropy.