This is for all the times that you wanted to step on a piece of art.
During Art Basel week, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood becomes a virtual factory of street art. And by street, we mean "on the ground."
This ground work is usually passed by without a second glance in this part of town. Most of the work is done with stencils and the same images and phrases can be found lining the area's streets, even in other parts of the city.
Last week, we gave you Trina Sargalski's tips on the pop-up food venues that will disappear with the end of Art Basel. Today is the last day for those places.
But it's not just the last day of Art Basel. It's Sunday. In December. And if you're trying to figure out how to juggle art, football and a reasonable blood sugar level , here are few places that may satisfy all three, in close proximity to the various fairs.
Forbes Magazine is bringing its curtain down on Art Basel with a searching examination of the art fair's founding idea versus its current evolution.
Forbes writer Tamara Warren concludes that our Art Basel -- though conceived as a New World counterpart to the refined Art Basel of Switzerland -- has become an art industry event rather than a real celebration of art. Not that there's anything wrong with that, she says: it just developed to reflect its Miami surroundings.
We can try, but with all of the satellite fair and events going on out there, frankly, I doubt anyone was able to see or do absolutely everything they set out to in the spirit of Art Basel. Enter the Twitterverse Gallery. Above, we've collected some photos of favorite art pieces from all over Miami from users that didn't forget this week was actually dedicated to art, not to be confused (but heavily so) with partying. Enjoy!
As much as watching already dried paint on a wall could be fun, I think we can agree that people-watching could have a tendency to top that. Here are some highlights from Art Baselers that hold some artistic merit. Or are just downright hilarious. Either way, happy watching!
The street artist Invader first landed in Miami in 2010 and returned in August of this year. You may recognize some of his tiled space invaders that have popped up across the city (like on the side of the new Miami Children'sMuseum).
This guest post comes to us from Florencia Jimenez-Marcos.
Is it art?
There is no easy way to define "art." Any attempt at simplification risks making the writer sound uninformed at best. There are countless experts and publications who have created an industry debating what is true art, though the discourse these days seems to center more on economic rather than artistic value.
[Message from Arianna Prothero]: Not sure if it's supposed to be art or not, but Pulse Art Fair has several red hammocks strung up in its courtyard. whatever the intent/purpose, they sure do make a great place to relax and digest all that art you've been looking at (or nurse a hangover).
You'll find the Pulse at 1400 N. Miami Ave. It's open until 7 p. m. today and from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students and $10 each in groups of 10.
Shoppers from every financial stratum are stalking Art Basel, which the New York Times is characterizing as among "the most glamorous doorbuster sales in history."
But the man from the very apex of the art food chain is glaringly missing. Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen has not been seen and the sinking feeling in the pit of many a gallery owner's stomach is that legal issues related to a supposed insider trading scheme at Cohen's own firm may have sidelined one of art's richest and most reliable collectors.
Riding a bike by the AdjustGallery on NW 24th Street and Second Avenue in Miami's Wynwood area, I saw a peculiar sight.
A flood of school children was overflowing the gallery and spilling into the street. A field trip to a street art capital? Isn't "street artist" a profession they teach you not to be in when you grow up?
One of the great things about Art Basel week in South Florida is you get to see a lot of strange things in the form of both art and people. After a few Basels, you may start to feel like you’ve seen and done it all.
But I’ll bet you’ve never had your fortune told by a gigantic, smoke-breathing dog named Gypsy.
Artist Desi Santigo has created an epic-sized installation at the Lords Hotel on South Beach. Called “The Black Lords,” it is a giant, inflated black dog with glowing red eyes wrapped around the outside of the hotel.
Ba·sel [bah-zuhl] verb: To visit and enjoy the Art Basel event creatively, knowledgeably and efficiently.
Baseling is an acquired skill arising from the instant culture that has enveloped Miami Beach and the downtown Art District. There is much to see and do at Art Basel -- perhaps too much -- and the prospect can be daunting without proper guidance.
The UNTITLED art fair is the new kid on the Basel block. It's the event’s first year.
The fair itself has a distinctly South Florida feel to it. The large, airy white tent has soft, filtered lighting and looks out over the ocean. Adding to the Miami vibe are the girls wandering around promoting various kinds of alcohol by handing out freebies.
Among them were the Hendricks gin girls, Jacqueline Sanabia and Kezia Linden, who, I thought, were wearing some pretty snazzy little hats.
A vibrant photograph of a very young Michael Jackson with poetry written within his afro. A spirited oil painting of Bob Marley. A bust of an African woman in ceremonial headdress. A moving fresco featuring a ghostly Bill Clinton surveying the devastation in Haiti.
Those are just a few of the pieces on view at Art Africa Miami.
The exhibition, in the heart of historic Overtown, is dedicated exclusively to the artwork of the African Diaspora.