Art Basel Day 3
Our destination of the day… the Wynwood Arts District. On this day we saw the Rubell Family Collection, the Wynwood Walls, Spectrum, the Miami Project, and finished up with Aqua Art Fair.
The day started yet again with another late wake up. (Waking up late has been great. I would like to thank our son, Lucien, for letting us stay in bed for as long as possible.) A short cab ride over, we landed in an area similar to the SODO district in Seattle. The first place that we saw was the Rubell Family Collection. The show titled “28 Chinese” contained work of all types of mediums including installations, photography, sculpture, video, and a handful of gigantic oil paintings that I can only image are still drying. The first piece that we viewed was a huge tunnel made of paper and string. The piece fit the entire room and was very visually striking reminiscent of looking into an airplanes engine intake. A highlight of this show was the performance that turned out to not be a performance. A man laying on his stomach, nose smashed in the ground. A day after the show, and writing about this now, we disagreed on whether or not the person was alive or if it was a sculpture. It was a sculpture, but it sure did look real. I was reading a different info card when I was looking at that one. (I guess my thoughts on “ Wow, his breathing is totally controlled. I don’t even see his back going up and down.” were wrong)
From there we moved onto the Wynwood walls, which were not that easy to find. Street upon street of half baked murals certainly tested my patience. But then you see a Lister piece, followed by and Angry Woe Bots, and then a Nychos, we finally figured it out and landed in the area where the real deals were. A few of the murals were done by Ron English, Shepard Fairy, Hownosm, Ms. Van, Nunca, and Retna.
After some mural action we moved on to Spectrum tent. This show was average and had some interesting pieces but didn’t feel as if this show was a heavy hitter. The Miami Project tent across the street had what we were looking for. The booths were sizeable, the artwork had room to be seen and the content of the work was technical, well created, and there were pieces that had to take really close examination… “ No! That is not a painting. That is not a painting. ( A couple steps closer.) Yup, that is a painting. Hyperrealism at it’s best! “ Greg Kucera http://www.gregkucera.com/ was at this show. When we stopped by the first time he was busy with a client. The 2nd time we came through, he was still busy. Then our third time coming back we finally got to say hello. You gotta love it when you get to see sales happening, there were red dots here and there. ( You got to love the red dot!)
After our visit to Wynwood and my squabble with a woman about how the order of a line works while waiting for the shuttle, we made our way back to the South beach side and landed at Aqua Art Fair. This place was a bit similar to the Select Fair being that it was in a hotel, but you can tell that it has been around longer and the bar is set quite a bit higher. It was still a hotel setting, but the ambience at Aqua was cozy and elegant with all the rooms facing toward the courtyard. Here we saw works from Gary Baseman, Mike Giant, Tim Biskup, Clayton Brothers and Travis Louie. And this is also where we found the piece that we are taking back to Seattle by artist http://www.julianehundertmark.de/. A short walk home and couple Modelo beers and that was the day. Day four will start with some beach time, no matter what!