If you’ve perused this year’s round of breathless Art Basel Miami Beach event guides, you may have concluded that the whole ABMB extravaganza is an elaborate marketing campaign to sell shoes, t-shirts and “limited-edition yoga mats.” And you may be right. And yet, amid the myriad big top fairs and invite-only soirées at which Gaga or Kanye or Pharrell is rumored to appear, there are a handful of approachable events — let’s call them “contenders” — that have a puncher’s chance of knocking you out without the help of a celebrity. Starting with…
With sweet prizes and sweeter glory on the line, the Beached Miami community stepped up on Instagram and shared 1,500+ #beachedbasel photos from its collective Art Basel experience, posting everything from celebrity sightings (Will Ferrell, Beyoncé, Kanye, Iggy) and fabulously farcical fashionistas to flame-throwing graffiti artists and polka-dotted poodles.
With three full days of Art Basel Miami Beach left, there are already 500+ photos in the #beachedbasel feed. For those who don’t know, you can win a $499 Dutch bike courtesy of Grolsch and other sweet prizes just for sharing photos from your Art Basel experience via Instagram with the hashtag #beachedbasel. Visit beachedmiami.com/baselcontest for full details on the contest. First, check out this selection, featuring two celeb spottings, Thurston Moore rocking the Gusman, and this first photo of Metric frontwoman Emily Haines strutting at Scope. O, let’s not forget the Sex Machine.
Yes, it’s only Thursday, but Art Basel Miami Beach — the fair itself and the circus that comes with it — is well underway, as you can see in the 300+ photos that have already come through the #beachedbasel Instagram feed. For those who don’t know, you can win a $499 Dutch bike courtesy of Grolsch and other sweet prizes just for sharing photos from your Art Basel experience via Instagram with the hashtag #beachedbasel. Visit beachedmiami.com/baselcontest for full details on the contest, which runs through Sunday. But first, check out these shots for inspiration.
Twenty-five years after its birth, the Graphic Interchange Format — more commonly known as the GIF (with a hard guh) — has hit its prime, becoming the dizzying, aneurysm-threatening face that has launched a million memes. To celebrate its quarter-century milestone, Tumblr, the GIF-giddy social blogging network, and Paddle8, a virtual auction house, teamed up on Moving The Still, an ode to the surprisingly versatile image format that attracted thousands of whirling, dripping, gyrating, and even beautiful submissions.
Ready or not, Art Basel is upon us. To remind you what we’re in for — and to inspire you to take part in the #beachedbasel Instagram Photo Contest — here’s a selection of the only-in-Miami-only-during-ABMB photos we’ve captured over the last two years.
When Beached Miami ace reporter Robby Campbell heard there was an extravaganza at Miami Beach Convention Center last weekend, he couldn’t believe Exxxotica was already back in town. Needless to say, he rushed over — only to find another vulgar spectacle underway. Here’s his report from Art Basel Miami Beach, featuring an interview with time travelers EVA & ADELE.
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It seems perfunctory to say “Thank God — It’s over.” But after a week of non-stop art intake, fair hopscotch, traffic and parking headaches, thrill-numbing celebrity sightings (James Murphy has almost certainly cloned himself several times over), reality-bending EVA & ADELE sightings, upstream crowd swimming, sponsored DJ sets, impatient open bar queues, and hearing the word “Diddy”, one can’t help but feel a measure of gratitude for the transience of Art Basel Miami Beach and all its attendant hoopla. Which isn’t to say we won’t miss it a few days from now. In fact, ABMB withdrawal may already be setting in, as I woke up this morning with an unprecedented craving for caviar-and-créme-fraiche-crowned blinis. In any case, here are some of our favorite photos taking around town during the baffling Basel behemoth.
A yearly contemporary art fair for emerging galleries located, since 2009, at the Deauville Beach Resort, NADA sits casually between Art Basel Miami Beach, with its crème de la crème exhibitors, and the relatively small Wynwood mavericks, Seven and Fountain. The mood in the Deauville’s elegant ballrooms is calm, but that doesn’t mean NADA is a lax affair. The dealers, many of them in their 20s or early 30s, are ready to deal and often wired in to their laptops (invariably Macs) with a look of utter absorption.
NADA was one of my favorite fairs last year, and, while I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around, it was certainly worth the visit. One booth in particular that struck my fancy was the Cumulus Studios space in the back of the Richelieu Ballroom, which featured a black ping pong table (materials: aluminum, rubber, paint) by Tom Burr of New Haven, Conn.
Miami artist Hernan Bas’s 17-foot x 8-foot painting, “The Road Ahead Is … Golden … Silver … Bronze” is gorgeous and g’damn pricey. When we stopped by his Art Basel Miami Beach booth on Wednesday, Fredric Snitzer, one of only three local gallerists with space at ABMB, told us the painting was going for $350,000 and had already attracted much interest from potential buyers. As we only had $315,000 on us at the moment, we had to let the painting go. Before we left (to track down a $17,000 glass of Kate-Moss-air-kissed champagne), we asked Snitzer a few questions about the painting.
You can see a still of Bas’s painting after the jump.