Art Basel Miami Beach

The Best Photos From Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

The party ends at Art Basel Miami Beach tomorrow. The weeklong art fair celebrated its 44th year with the best in contemporary art from almost 300 galleries all over the world. This year’s celeb-filled slate included work from Miley Cyrus, a performance piece from New York City artist Ryan McNamara that “attempted to convey the experience of the Internet,” and several solemn nods to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. We scoured social media for the best snaps from Art Basel for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to link us to your personal favorites, below. … Read More

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10 Art Fair Horror Stories

The Venice Biennale opened to the press last week, more or less without a hitch. Reviews were mostly admiring, and heavy on praise for Massimiliano Gioni, the Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum, and the Biennale’s youngest-ever curator. Given his eager availability in a run-up to the fair’s opening, which Gallerist called a “force-five media machine,” Gioni is coming off as a refined director. There are nevertheless a few things that can be copped off to good luck. Here are a  few of the greatest art fair disasters, which Gioni fortunately missed. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Top 10 Picks from Art Basel Miami Beach

There’s no other art fair in the world that gets as much buzz as Art Basel Miami Beach. From star-studded parties and delightful dinners to major concerts on the beach, pop-up promotions for the best fashion and alcohol brands, and spontaneous art performances, ABMB is always at the top of the heap. There’s so much happening that people sometimes forget what it’s actually all about — the art! With an eye toward the new and whimsical, we combed the endless aisles of the massive fair to find the latest… Read More

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French Sculptors Invade Florida Botanic Garden

French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne took over Florida’s celebrated Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden last week with an installation of more than 20 of their surrealistic and animal-inspired sculptures. Presented in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, the whimsical works are spread throughout the highly cultivated Coral Gables institution’s grounds, where they will remain on view through May 2011. … Read More

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Shepard Fairey Rings in May Day in NYC

Although Shepard Fairey hasn’t been given the key to New York City, he’s taking over as much property as he can seize on his Big Apple visit. Six murals, related to his May Day exhibition at Deitch Projects, have surfaced in the past week—and we have an inkling that the “Obey” master isn’t done yet. Like what he did in Venice during the Biennale last summer and Miami at Art Basel Miami Beach in December, Fairey is getting the best bang for his buck when he knows that the art world’s powers-that-be are traversing the streets. With his exhibition “May Day” being the final show at Deitch Projects and the contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips de Pury taking place this month, Fairey is poised to continue his ascent to art world… Read More

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Flavorpill at Art Basel Miami Beach: Days 4, 5, and 6

It was still hot and humid on Friday so we began the day with the Nada Art Fair at the Deauville, a sprawling, shabby-chic hotel that hosted the fair in the lobby and two ballrooms. The Richelieu room featured galleries with solo exhibitions, which were far better than what was on view in the group show hangings in the Napoleon room. Highlights included Brendan Fowler’s canceled concert posters in fractured frames at Rental; Patrick Jackson’s stacked sculptures of kitsch objects at Francois Ghebally Gallery; and Scott Hug’s pie chart pieces at John Connelly Presents. We ran into Kavi Gupta in the lobby and he invited us to an impromptu celebration at the hotel’s Tiki Bar so we stopped looking at art long enough to enjoy a Mojito by the… Read More

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Photo Gallery: Flavorpill at Fountain Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach and the multitude of alternative fairs that pop up around Miami every December can feel like two warring worlds. On one side of the ring is South Beach, home to Basel proper at the convention center, glitzy vernissages, beachfront concerts and art parties with high profile celebrity attendees. On the other is Wynwood, Miami’s burgeoning area for quirky art spaces, warehouse installations, and dive bars. Here, nestled amongst a municipal landscape undergoing an identity crisis — giant new condos sit next to abandoned lots and derelict buildings — lies Fountain, a downtown, down to earth fair rich with DIY… Read More

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Flavorpill at Art Basel Miami Beach: Days 2 and 3

Art Basel Miami Beach opened to a smart-dressed crowd of VIPs, collectors, and the press on Tuesday afternoon. Bigger than ever, we kept getting lost as we tried to navigate the labyrinth-like arrangement of gallery booths. Eventually we stopped trying to plot a direction and just followed our eye, wandering from one aisle to the next while spotting noteworthy work here and there. Things that didn’t really look like art stood out, such as Michael Beutler’s gigantic rag rug at Galleria Franco Soffiantino. After believing we had seen everything, which wasn’t really the case, we dropped into the VIP lounge for champagne and nibbles, courtesy of… Read More

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Fair City: Art in Miami

Art Basel’s decision to choose Miami Beach for the location of an American outpost for its high-powered Swiss art fair was pure genius. Now in its eighth edition, Art Basel Miami Beach continues to be the most exciting place for viewing modern and contemporary art and for networking and partying with fellow players. Add the numerous satellite fairs, museum and gallery exhibitions, and special events to the mix and it makes for a dynamic week of art, sand, sun, and fun.

More than 250 galleries from 33 countries offer some 2,000 artists in the various sections of the fair this year. The layout has been revamped, and the Art Positions section, which consists of younger galleries showing cutting-edge projects, has been brought into the main hall from the shipping containers at Collins Park. The park site, which leads to the beach, has been renamed Oceanfront, where fair curators and Creative Time are collaborating to present a lively mix of free talks, videos, and performances. LA artist Pae White has turned Oceanfront into a visually dynamic miniature city that winds through the sand. … Read More

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Flavorpill at Art Basel Miami Beach: Day 1

Art Basel Miami Beach week started this year with yesterday’s Design Miami opening. Swiss Messe, ABMB’s parent company, is part owner of DM and decided to let the little sister bow first. It made for a lively day at the fair, however some of the celebrities that fly into town just in time for the ABMB opening seemed to be missing. The only star spotting at DM — other than the band OK Go, which was performing at the fair — was Naomi Campbell, although we later crossed paths with Pharrell Williams at the opening for Friends With You’s new shop in the Miami Design… Read More

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