Basel comes but once a year... in Miami. An international art crowd descends on our city and for a few days we are the center of media attention. Parties, celebrities, street fairs, and fabulous gallerista fashion are all part of the fun. Basel itself is a massive art exhibit featuring numerous galleries. Modern art is the focus. It varies from the playful to the poignant with messages on race, injustice, politics, and rabid consumerism. Some pieces are breathtaking in scope and just incredibly awesome.
Not everyone leaves Basel feeling inspired. Some are offended. Some are rigidly unimpressed. Others are sure they'd been robbed. Most remain convinced art is for snobs. Now Basel is pricey. And when you factor parking... forget about it! I still think it's worth a visit. There is something about the immersive experience. Art up to you ears, everywhere and all around. Don't get me wrong, every year you'll stumble upon a urinal or toilet masquerading as art. But also, every year, you'll encounter works of genius.
Things I've overheard at Art Basel Miami
Toilet masquerading as art?
Hurricane Irma art?
This box came to life under the lense of my modest camera phone
I didn't take this question lightly. My outfit had to be effortless and chic (not trying too hard!) and pair well with flats because walking up and down the convention hall is hell on heels).
The ride home: sunset over the causeway