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!
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'sMuseum).
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?
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.