#WhatIsArt? Project

Most of the conversation about Art Basel focuses on outrageous price tags, celebrity art buyers and the extravagant parties. But art is for everyone, and everyone has created art -- and arguably still does.

To highlight the accessibility of art -- that it’s not strictly the purview of people who use only words that end in -ism or write checks with multiple zeros -- WLRN-Miami Herald News invites you to share your thoughts on #WhatIsArt?

We have two questions, one big and one small:

- What was the first creative thing you remember doing? Ask your friends this too. The answers will surprise you.

- What is art?  In other words, how do you know whether you’re looking at or experiencing art instead of something else?

Send us your thoughts over Twitter or Instagram at @WLRN with the hashtag #WhatIsArt.  We’ll be sharing some of your responses on our website. And go interact with art! 

Homeless
7:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passersby

Stephen Sawitz with one of his "Britto meters" in the parking lot of Joe's Stone Crab.
Credit Wilson Sayre

It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.

Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.

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Art Basel
11:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Basel Recap: What We Saw And Heard

A piece at Art Basel.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Art Basel 2013 is over. During it, Wynwood and Miami Beach were oozing with art, music, and people (some of whom could be considered art).

Even though some of Wynwood's and Midtown’s satellite art fairs might be pushed out soon, we thought Entitled, Spectrum, Art Miami and Miami Project were great this year. Check out some of them in the pictures above.

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#WhatIsArt?
12:51 am
Mon December 9, 2013

PHOTOS: The People Of Basel As Art

Here are some of the people of Art Basel. This security guard at the Wynwood Walls is not very enthusiastic, but he's agreeable. Click through these photos to see more of the qualities of the folks who keep Miami lively.
Mark Hedden WLRN

Art Basel long ago grew beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center fair, and it has long been about more than just the art. Enough so that purists have complained about Miami's arts culture becoming an excuse for the kind of hyped-up parties that gave the area its shallow reputation.

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Art Basel
8:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

#WhatIsArt Project: Do You Know It When You See It?

Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917) prompted lots of debate about what was considered art, although it is now generally considered an icon of 20th-Century art. Can you identify which one is the masterpiece? Hint: It's not the goth one.
Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

#WhatIsArt?
9:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's ... Artwork?

Artist Paul Vor138 had his pick of a few yellow trash bins where he worked near 26th Street in Wynwood. He didn't know where the bins had come from, but said it made cleaning up after himself much easier.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

There’s no question that Art Basel brings plenty of people -- and their stuff -- to Wynwood. The question is: How do you keep the area clean?

Leticia Pollock is co-owner of Panther Coffee in Wynwood. She says Basel is her busiest week of the year, so she has to have more people on staff to help keep the place running smoothly – and looking tidy. But this year, Pollock noticed something else helping out: plastic yellow trash cans next to the street in front of her property.

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Art Basel
6:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

#WhatIsArt? Project: These Are Our First Creative Memories

Recall the days when you made art almost every day? Tell us the first creative thing you can remember by tweeting us with #Whatisart.
Credit Tom Hudson

As Art Basel Miami Beach gets underway, we’re thinking about what it means to be an artist. Though many would deny being an artist, we have all probably experienced a time when we embraced the title: childhood.

We asked our staff, “What’s the first creative thing you can remember doing?” The answers prompted lots of fun conversations about early aspirations to be the next big animator, choreographer or roller coaster designer. Try it with your friends.

And let us know on Twitter @WLRN using #whatisart.

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