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.
Don’t let the name fool you: the Art Basel Miami Beach experience is almost as much about music as it is about art. While the big-tent gatherings offer a chance to check out gallery exhibitions imported from every corner of the globe (see our art-centric ABMB guide), there are also more promising concerts and music-related events slated for next week than Miami gets in a typical trimester. With that said, here, in chronological order, is everything on our radar.
Starting early next week, the annual onslaught of events surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach begins (and with it our #beachedbasel photo contest). Inarguably the high point of the Miami social calendar, we can all admit that at least half the fun comes from observing the human zoo that pours into town from ever corner of the globe. At the center of it all, of course, is the massive ABMB fair itself, housed in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention Center. But even that only represents a slice of the action.
Ready or not, Art Basel is upon us. In past years, we have attempted to be everywhere and capture everything during the extended week of art madness, swelling our cameras’ memory cards to the bursting point and running ourselves ragged in the process. This year we have a different plan, and it involves you.
Premiering next week, Rising Tide is a documentary by local filmmaker Andrew Hevia, a member of the Borscht Film Festival crew, that focuses on seven Miami artists, including Jen Stark, whose mesmerizing work with colored paper we’ve featured in the past.