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.
[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.
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.
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.
Ba·sel [bah-zuhl] verb: 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.
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.
The UNTITLED art fair is the new kid on the Basel block. It's the event’s first year.
The fair itself has a distinctly South Florida feel to it. The large, airy white tent has soft, filtered lighting and looks out over the ocean. Adding to the Miami vibe are the girls wandering around promoting various kinds of alcohol by handing out freebies.
Among them were the Hendricks gin girls, Jacqueline Sanabia and Kezia Linden, who, I thought, were wearing some pretty snazzy little hats.
A vibrant photograph of a very young Michael Jackson with poetry written within his afro. A spirited oil painting of Bob Marley. A bust of an African woman in ceremonial headdress. A moving fresco featuring a ghostly Bill Clinton surveying the devastation in Haiti.
Those are just a few of the pieces on view at Art Africa Miami.
The exhibition, in the heart of historic Overtown, is dedicated exclusively to the artwork of the African Diaspora.
Art Basel 2012 has crammed Miami Beach's streets with natives and foreigners from all around the world. Interesting and unfamiliar accents flood the Basel galleries. These notorious exhibits are sparking up all sorts of comments from event goers . Below are selected twitter feeds from the trends #overheardatbasel and #artbaselproblems.