Photo Recap of Art Basel Miami Weekend

By | December 6th, 2010 | 4 Comments
Taking a break

Anyone else exhausted after Art Basel weekend?

Art Basel 2010 is over, and I can tell you it needs to be. The phenomenon had engulfed the city since Wednesday, and keeping up was exhausting. But rewarding and fun as hell, too. I’ve poked around the blogosphere and found equal parts cynicism (“Basel is a decadent corporate orgy.”) and hedonistic glee (“Basel is a decadent corporate orgy!”). To the former sentiment, there is no doubt Basel is an excuse to binge sip and dress as if one is the center of the universe while pretending to give a damn about art brought to you by AOL. But the fact is there was almost infinite inspiration contained within Miami over the last several days. From SEVEN to INK to NADA (come to think of it, all the capitalized shows were great) to Fountain, the smaller satellite fairs managed to breakdown my general disdain for contemporary art and get me excited about what creative folk are doing on earth right now.

Best of all, in my experience, was Wynwood on Saturday during the day. The weather was, as the dowagers in town might have said, divine, and the streets teemed with happy Miamians taking in the sight of graffiti artists giving their gallery district a beautiful makeover. A savory breeze of smoked chicken and ribs swept down NW 2nd Avenue and tempted pedestrians out of the galleries. People took photos of the bombers up on raised platforms, their shadows tossed against the walls they were painting by a gently warm sun. It was a special day in Miami’s homegrown art scene — as opposed to in the large (and largely boring) white tents of Midtown — and one that a lot of Miamians will cherish until next year, when the Art Basel madness recommences.

Until then, here are some pics from Art Basel 2010 weekend, mostly from Wynwood on Saturday. Wait — what’s that? The last secret party is still raging? Kanye’s playing an exclusive show in the closet of the Shore Club penthouse. Taxi!


Metric on Miami Beach
A joyful stretch at Thursday’s Metric show to loosen up for the weekend ahead.

Wynwood Bomber
Bombing Wynwood.

Panther Coffee, a new and still-not-fully opened coffee bar at 2390 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, provided the caffeine fix on Saturday.

Skeleton Truck
Who’s going to tell him not to park there?

George Herbert’s “Monarch” at SEVEN.

Scott Debus
Out-of-state artist Scott Debus, standing in front of the Penske truck he drove down from South Carolina and turned into a gallery for Art Basel weekend.

Pile of clothes
An installation at the Fountain Art Fair.

Chicken and Ribs Vendor
Smoked chicken and ribs — “So good!”

the fly fly
Taro Hattori’s “… Till that morning” at Black Square Gallery in Wynwood.

Things we like
Some of the work we liked: Admir Jahic and Comenius Roethlisberger’s “Flying Saucers — in God We Trust 3″ (Black Square); Adam Cvijanovic’s “Stardust” + two other SEVEN standouts.


Under the Stairs
Around the corner from BAR and Vagabond downtown Friday night.

Pandemonium at Fountain Art Fair Saturday night for Shepard Fairey party.

Another Wynwood bomber.

The murals.

Weird and inspired all weekend.

Wynwood Walker
O, happy day.


Photos by Robby Campbell and Branson Lundemo. Click HERE for all of our Art Basel coverage.

4 Comments on “Photo Recap of Art Basel Miami Weekend”

  1. 1 ahungryartist said at 2:13 pm on December 6th, 2010:

    I totally saw THEM walking around.

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 2:24 pm on December 6th, 2010:

    do you mean them them, or “them” as in their type?

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