Art Basel Miami Beach is my jam. This once-a-year visual extravaganza is worth the mad crowds of art geeks, posers and tourists that descend over my neighborhood every December, and turn it into mayhem central.
I am not above strategically planning my schedule to hit as many events and art fairs as humanly possible. But, ironically, being a full-time museum professional proves to be one of the most challenging jobs to have during this blessed week. I also curated my first museum exhibit during Basel week, (more about this project on the next post). This one-night event was one of the proudest moments of my life.
I am so happy doing what I love that I do not feel bad about missing most of the action. I resolved to just enjoy one fair and asked a trusted friend to recommend her favorite one. Scope was the word, so I trekked a few blocks from my apartment to the beach, where I found the immense white tent housing Scope Art Fair smacked in between Art Deco buildings and a choppy ocean.
As you can tell by now, this post is not an all-encompassing review of Art Basel Miami Beach. These are my favorite works of the one and only fair I attended. I was most drawn by works that relate to my present: Children, fashion, and environmental sustainability. There one piece that completely blew my mind was Kazuhiro Tsuji’s Frida Kahlo.
I have never seen anything ‘fake’ look so real.
Bruce Makowsky – Chanail Gun
NATUREL – Wild for the Night III
Barbara Van Den Berg
Zhuang Hong Yi
Friday Kahlo by Kazuhiro Tsuji