When Art Basel came to Miami Beach in 2002, I couldn’t have been happier. I was about to graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art and had plans to return to Florida. It seemed this was the place to be – outside of New York, that is. Over the years, Art Basel has grown, with satellite shows and pop-up galleries expanding throughout Miami.
There are two things that drive Art Basel Miami Beach: passion for art and financial wheeling and dealing. The organizers of one of the world's top art fairs cater to VIP's in ways that range from party invitations to private tours. Retired attorney Frank Herzog led a group of potential buyers through the fair, taking them from abstract expressionism to minimalism, pop art, and what he thinks could be the next big thing.
This is for all the times that you wanted to step on a piece of art.
During Art Basel week, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood becomes a virtual factory of street art. And by street, we mean "on the ground."
This ground work is usually passed by without a second glance in this part of town. Most of the work is done with stencils and the same images and phrases can be found lining the area's streets, even in other parts of the city.
Last week, we gave you Trina Sargalski's tips on the pop-up food venues that will disappear with the end of Art Basel. Today is the last day for those places.
But it's not just the last day of Art Basel. It's Sunday. In December. And if you're trying to figure out how to juggle art, football and a reasonable blood sugar level , here are few places that may satisfy all three, in close proximity to the various fairs.
We can try, but with all of the satellite fair and events going on out there, frankly, I doubt anyone was able to see or do absolutely everything they set out to in the spirit of Art Basel. Enter the Twitterverse Gallery. Above, we've collected some photos of favorite art pieces from all over Miami from users that didn't forget this week was actually dedicated to art, not to be confused (but heavily so) with partying. Enjoy!
As much as watching already dried paint on a wall could be fun, I think we can agree that people-watching could have a tendency to top that. Here are some highlights from Art Baselers that hold some artistic merit. Or are just downright hilarious. Either way, happy watching!