Art Basel Miami 2011 – The Withdrawal
My weekend in Miami is over. After a non-stop art intake, I can finally share with you some of my beautiful memories and pictures. Even though it was my first visit to this event, I’ve learned that the city had celebrated its 10th Annual Art Basel anniversary. This year was the greatest invasion of celebrities Art Basel has ever seen, from Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, Lily Donaldson, Tilda Swinton and Will Smith, to Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten, Pharrell Williams, Daphne Guinness and Vanessa Traina.
There were so many exhibitions to visit, but I have to say that it was absolutely impossible for me to go to all of them during my brief 3 days trip. I started at the Miami Beach Convention Center where I saw many interesting paintings and art objects like an old Volkswagen van filled with bananas and hand written road signs in Spanish by Paulo Nazareth.
I fell in love with the book path made from different books with carefully folded to the left pages by the artist Marco Rountree. He displayed some of them on wooden modules, demonstrating that the books were meant not only for reading them… I had a chance to speak to the artist and I have learned that this art position was his manifestation against school and learning. According to Rountree: “The book itself is already a work of art, but the need to present them in a domestic context calls for building wooden structures that are abstractions of everyday furniture.” Marco Rountree never got a chance to complete his academic training as an artist, but it didn’t stop him from being a creative and successful artist. I also liked the precise and impeccable minimalist compositions by Patrick Wilson (LA) especially the color combination of Campfire and Papagayo.
The next three exhibitions that I have visited the day after, were located at the Miami Design District. They were called the Scope, Art Miami and the Red Dot Miami. I cannot describe in one post the gigantic number of artists and everything I saw there, but I can mention a few that really caught my eye and got me inspired in many ways.
I liked the work of the fashion photographer and illustrator Todd Selby that was displayed by the Jackson Fine Art Gallery from Atlanta. There were some of his famous pictures from Karl Lagerfeld’s library in his Paris home, and the picture of Christian Louboutin`s skyscraper pump that I have previously mentioned in one of my posts.
I couldn’t take my eyes off from the glamorous Swarovski burger & golden fries by Jonathan Stein at the Gallery Biba. There were also his gigantic Starbucks mug and enormous Campbell’s Tomato Soup can. Loved, Loved, Loved!!!!
I have also discovered another popular artist Carmen Spera. His work is visually rich and it utilizes an impressive range of mediums including paint, paper, glass, metal, wood and cement. I liked a lot his most recent sculptural series “Guns and Roses”. Spera showcased the automatic weapons made of kiln formed glass with bejeweled logos of legendary brands like Chanel and Cartier, which he filled with colored synthetic flowers!
“Carmen Spera’s sculptures acknowledge the seductive allure that guns hold in a world more often ruled by weapons than reason.” His works were represented by Heller Gallery (NYC).
More pics to come in my next Art Basel Miami 2011 post.
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