The Huffington Post calls Art Basel a "Burning Man for rich people" and we see it kind of like CES for art lovers. It's a melting pot of socialites, celebrities and some of the worlds biggest art collectors all taking in the talent that Art Basel has to offer. There is enormous opportunity here for artists and gallery owners, careers are being born and broken during this very influential event. Either way, it's a huge party, in Miami. Why aren't we there again?
The Miami Beach Art Basel website describes the "most prestigious art show in the Americas" as something worth seeing:
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Last year, Art Basel 2011 was full of plenty of sights and sounds, attracting over 50,000 attendees. NY Mag has done an excellent job of profiling the antics that drew so many people to Miami last year in their photo album showcasing the more personal side of the art show. If you want to see beautiful people and enjoy some serious after parties this is the place to be. You will find musicians like Pharrelll Williams and even a few ladies from The Real Housewives of Miami, its like people watching on steroids!
One of the more controversial artists of the show is Mr. Brainwashed (Thierry Guetta). As an artist that became known for his documentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and his performance style of art, he certainly fits in with the fashionable, eccentric crowd in Miami. Can we expect him to show up at the 2012 Art Basel? Probably. We can't wait to see what he's up to next! After all, Warholian describes the artists act as a seemingly-crude but effective display of street art:
It is the goal of Thierry to hold the appearance that he is an upstart, who flips his finger towards the upturned noses and disapproving stares of the art world. Most street and pop artists aim to do this very thing, but rarely have the confidence and showmanship to take it all the way. Mr. Brainwash on the other hand, plays all cards at once.
Also, check out this puzzlingly-awesome art by Mike Kelley from last year's Art Basel. Dozens of stuffed animals compacted into hanging ombre and rainbow balls? It's so simple, its genius. These modern stuffed art balls make us smile and this is just the kind of thing that makes the show worth mentioning.
So, does Art Basel Miami sound like a whole lot of fun? Yes. We'd love to be going, but we're a little busy launching Casepops! Maybe we'll see you in Miami next year!