Art Basel
11:54 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Basel One-Liners: The People-Watching

Hot pants.

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!


Art Basel
11:25 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Photo Contest: What They Saw At Art Basel

Somewhere in the Design District. As with many of these shots, we don't have a lot of information (yet) about the image.
Jennifer Kay

Time for your midday check-in with the WLRN Art Basel photo contest.

We're looking for shots and scenes that could only be Miami during Art Basel. Tweet yours to @WLRN #BaselPic by 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Here are a few that have already caught our eye.

Art Basel
10:10 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Art Basel Takeaway: It Was Art Over Glitter

BASELING IN WYNWOOD: Gritty Miami neighborhood was transformed by art and Tony Goldman.
Credit Aubrey Swanson on Twitter

We're taking a look this morning at the parting shots of the world's journalists as Art Basel reaches its opulent and glittery conclusion in Miami.

It was great, most of them say: Bigger and more lucrative than ever and ultimately a testament to the supremacy of art over glitter.

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Art Basel
8:30 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Tiled 'Space Invaders' Part Of Miami Scene

Space Invader: Street artist Invader's tiled riff on a very old video game. At the Pulse Art Fair.
Credit Arianna Protheero

The street artist Invader first landed in Miami in 2010 and returned in August of this year. You may recognize some of his tiled space invaders that have popped up across the city (like on the side of the new Miami Children's Museum).

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Art Basel
3:02 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Art Basel In Miami Gets Us Thinking: Is It Art?

Is This Art? Neon bench is part of a three-bench installation called 'Street Lamp' by Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith. One of the benches was damaged when an Art Basel visitor sat on it.
Credit Florencia Jimenez-Marcos

This guest post comes to us from Florencia Jimenez-Marcos.

Is it art?

There is no easy way to define "art." Any attempt at simplification risks making the writer sound uninformed at best. There are countless experts and publications who have created an industry debating what is true art, though the discourse these days seems to center more on economic rather than artistic value.

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Art Basel
2:41 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Top Social Media Zones For Art Basel Coverage

As Basel's nightlife picks up, stay in touch with social media to not miss out
@AubreySwanson on Twitter

Stuck at your home or office for Art Basel weekend?  Fret no more because we have summed up the hottest social media spots to place you front and center in the galleries and parties. 

Hashtags To Follow On Twitter








People To Follow On Instagram (According To Guest Of A Guest)

@blkdnm - Johan Lindeburg

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Art Basel
1:30 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel One-Liners: Driving Art Basel Style

Screenshot of bugs roaming Miami's streets during Art Basel

Thanks to @ScottLinnen on Twitter, view this exclusive clip of Baslers driving around Art Basel style:

Art Basel
1:01 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel One-Liners: For Those Of A Certain Age

Arianna Prothero

Art Basel goer @kbmiami tweeted an overheard comment:

Art Basel
12:42 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Arianna's Difficult Day At Art Basel

The Art Of Repose: WLRN's Arianna Prothero discovers the red hammocks at Pulse Art Fair on N. Miami Avenue.

[Message from Arianna Prothero]: Not sure if it's supposed to be art or not, but Pulse Art Fair has several red hammocks strung up in its courtyard. whatever the intent/purpose, they sure do make a great place to relax and digest all that art you've been looking at (or nurse a hangover).

You'll find the Pulse at 1400 N. Miami Ave. It's open until 7 p. m. today and from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students and $10 each in groups of 10.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel Dealers Fret: Where's Bigfoot Collector?

MAN WITH THE MONEY: Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen hasn't been seen at Art Basel. At right, something from Cohen's collection, Roy Lichtenstein's 'Popeye.'

Shoppers from every financial stratum are stalking Art Basel, which the New York Times is characterizing as among "the most glamorous doorbuster sales in history."

But the man from the very apex of the art food chain is glaringly missing. Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen has not been seen and the sinking feeling in the pit of many a gallery owner's stomach is that legal issues related to a supposed insider trading scheme at Cohen's own firm may have sidelined one of art's richest and most reliable collectors.

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Art Basel
11:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel One-Liners: More Art - Less Party People

DJ at the Wolfsonian Museum in short shorts
Jessica Meszaros

Tweeter @EstrellaSibila expresses her frustration with fellow Baslers:

Art Basel
11:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Through The Lens: Art Is Everywhere

South Florida Postcard Classic: Sunset over Miami Beach.

Art, you say? Define "art."

That's not a sophomoric intellectual challenge as much a realization that it doesn't always require the product of an artist's hand to inspire and refresh the human soul.

Occasionally, it takes no more than an urban sunset or a wide shot of the beach.

These photos from the periphery of Art Basel are from our @WLRN staff and tweeters @ArtObserved and @eddiehah.

Basel Field Trippin'
10:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Miami School Takes A Field Trip To Wynwood For An Art Basel Education

AdjustGallery's Aric Weis and Highland Oaks Middle School students take a look at the class' experimental work
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Riding a bike by the AdjustGallery on NW 24th Street and Second Avenue in Miami's Wynwood area, I saw a peculiar sight.

A flood of school children was overflowing the gallery and spilling into the street. A field trip to a street art capital? Isn't "street artist" a profession they teach you not to be in when you grow up?

I had to investigate.

Turns out the gallery curator, Aric Weis, still has close ties with Aventura's Highland Oaks Middle School, long after passing though its doors.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

How Do I Basel? Tweeters Count The Ways

Best Basel Pic? Send your entry to #BaselPic @WLRN on Twitter
@BaselTov on Twitter

Ba·sel [bah-zuhlverb: To visit and enjoy the Art Basel event creatively, knowledgeably and efficiently.

Baseling is an acquired skill arising from  the instant culture that has enveloped Miami Beach and the downtown Art District. There is much to see and do at Art Basel -- perhaps too much -- and the prospect can be daunting without proper guidance.

Enter Twitter.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

How To Get Your Fortune Told By A Giant, Smoke-Breathing Dog

This black dog often appears throughout artist Desi Santiago's work.
Credit Arianna Prothero

One of the great things about Art Basel week in South Florida is you get to see a lot of strange things in the form of both art and people. After a few Basels, you may start to feel like you’ve seen and done it all.

But I’ll bet you’ve never had your fortune told by a gigantic, smoke-breathing dog named Gypsy.

Artist Desi Santigo has created an epic-sized installation at the Lords Hotel on South Beach. Called “The Black Lords,” it is a giant, inflated black dog with glowing red eyes wrapped around the outside of the hotel.

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