Art Basel Miami Beach ‘13
Not every week you get to see the likes of Pharrell Williams buying french mid-century furniture, or DiCaprio making his way through an art gallery sporting a beret, cargo shorts, and polo shirt, or casually observe naked people in the name of art. All this happening between attending over-the-top parties, sipping on bubbly and networking with a bunch of good looking people from all over the world. In its 12th year I got the chance to be in the Miami Beach area during the Art Basel and of course, I couldn’t miss out on it.
During this week, every conversation starter is, “what party are you going to?” But first, let’s talk about some art. I got to visit just a few places because after all, I was in town for business, I was not on vacation. The places I got to go were amazing though:
1. The Iconic Archive Costume Exhibition. Two words - art and fashion. It took place at the Peacock Foundation Studio in the Adrienne Arsht Center - it was a small showroom filled with signature pieces from top designers and authentic creations worn and inspired by iconic figures throughout history such as Frida Kahlo, Celia Cruz (Celia was everything - her wardrobe was something else - if you thought JLo’s tribute performance to her at the AMA’s ‘13 was beyond, the real deal was 100X better), and Elizabeth Taylor among others. What’s better than being surrounded by McQueen, Chanel and Dior? Fashion heaven.
2. PAMM - amazing architecture and art. I could easily spend an entire day here. You just have to go! It opened downtown Miami after a $220 million renovation. It’s waterfront location couldn’t be any more suitable and the hanging gardens just make you want to stay. I really recommend Ai Weiwei’s exhibition; “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”
3. Wynwood walls - mural wonderland. Perhaps the Biebs should try his art on these walls next year.
So much art, so little time. The thing about the Art Basel is that even if you’re attending five events a day, at the end of the day you’re still going to feel like you missed out on everything.
Art Basel nights are something else - just think Pharrell, Yeezus, Kendrick Lamar, all in one night. What else can you ask from life? Wednesday night started at the Mana Wynwood with the Kanye West and Vanessa Beecroft collaboration performance piece as part of Flaunt Magazine’s “Affordable Care” group show. I overhead at one point someone say, “is Beecroft a singer?” Ugh, can you not? This was probably the same type of person who hasn’t been able to differentiate between basil the herb and Basel as in the city in Switzerland. Next stop was the Moore Building. There was a panel with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kanye West And Jacques Herzog. The hype for Kanye was insane - at one point during Jacques Herzog’s talk someone actually said “if you don’t want to listen, leave”, and surely people left. Awkward. Then Yeezus went off to say “you’re seeing a reality show of my thoughts right now”. At this point I was hoping to hear erratic ranting, but it didn’t really happen. After this Yeezus disappeared from our presence and since we already had the Mana Wynwood passes, we naturally had to go back to see Kendrick Lamar perform (he didn’t come out till 1am - call me a grandma but when you have to be functional at 8am the next day, this isn’t really practical). Thursday was all about Nas at the Hennessy and Fader event - holding an artsy clutch in one hand and the perfect Hennessy mojito in the other.
My experience was everything I imagined. It can be a little intimidating if you don’t know anyone but you just have to get out of your bubble and meet people; it’s the only way to experience new things. And honestly, if you have half a connection in Miami you will be bombarded with invitations. So, work your connections and see you next year.