Art Basel Day 1
The morning starts out abrupt and rushed with an intended 5 am wake up call, with an actuality of a 5:30 roll out of bed in Seattle. Rushing the family around trying to get out the door, scraping frost off of windows, we couldn’t wait for a warm humid setting and white stucco facades. Boom, we hit Seatac and have a fairly quick journey through security and onto our plane. Shortly after we are backing the plane up and on our way to take off… scratch that, we are going back to the gate. A couple who was not prepared to fly for any amount of time, needed to get off of the plane. AKA a flight attendant had to intervene with a woman who was spanking her child. “It’s not abuse unless you leave a mark on the child” said the unruly woman who was getting upset and mouthy to the flight attendant. Plane pulls back to the gate, woman, her family, and the shirtless (go figure) child who was the receiver of the spanking, exited stage left.
Fast forward through 5 hours of flying, landing, and finding where we were staying. We ate something and got ready to go out to our first event. The Select fair is where we started our Art Basel adventure. A hotel that had a feel of the 619 build in Pioneer Square (R.I. P. 619). Two floors of interesting this and that’s which contained photography, mixed media work on canvas, collage work, jewelry all in the essence of urban contemporary to contemporary. The main walk in area had work by Swoon, but did not have that Swoon feeling like you seen in Juxtapoz. A highlight was seeing a room that was hung by Empty Kingdom Gallery www.emptykingdom.com . Work by Lucien Shapiro, Shawn Barber , and Scott Hove adorn the walls and the small room. The people who were tending to the room, Rico and Rafaela, were welcoming and informative. It was nice meeting them and making new contacts.
A walk home, a bump into Sean, Tara (and their lil guy) from Cotton Candy Machine www.thecottoncandymachine.com , a stop for a drink ($30 for two drinks ,Say whaaaa!), and a wake up time of “We wake up when we wake up” and we were onto our 2nd day of Art Basel.
Side note: I think Lister and Mr. Brain Wash are running together. You see a Lister, than you see a MBW.
Art Basel Day 2
With a late wake up, which felt great, we made our way out to Art Basel art fair. Located in a huge convention center, we already knew that we were going to have to break this viewing up into two parts. When you first walk in, you see signs up saying no photography, which we were all like, you’ve got to be kidding. However, once you get in, you look around and everyone is taking pics. First row we hit up Lucien our toddler son was looking into a glass case and pointing at the sculpture (his finger touched the glass of the case) and the curator rushed Michele and Lucien like Jean Claude Van Damme. The Ergo (baby pack) was promptly pulled out and L was safely contained for the remainder of our time there. After that, WOW, so much art too look at! When you first walk in you a see Basquiat, followed by Picassos, and Calders. We grabbed a map and knowing we had a journey of important visual creations we decided our route. Instead of trying to be a writer I will show a few pics of the work we saw.
Lister on Washington Ave in South Beach.
(Mr. Brain Wash.) I think MBW might be running w/ Lister or it could be competition.
Convention center walk in that was showing Art Basel.
There were few of these areas at the convention center. (I think I saw sunbather at one of the grassy knolls.)
Compositional Logs. The ol man, lower right, that I cut out of the shot was not amused that I was taking a photo for some reason. I wasn’t amused with his look at me.
This was the first piece that really grabbed me and said come close John.
And so I got closer.
This would have been a way cool piece to have seen being created. World please send me a time lapse of this piece being made.
Some one had a bit to much art to seen for one day.
Oh, hey Jean, it is always a pleasure to view your work up close.
Picasso details and layering are always fun to view.
This furry little couple grabbed our attention.
Kehinde Whiley. This artist always brings the thunder with his work.
I love it when you see a piece of artwork and you get closer to see it is a material you were not expecting.
Oh, hello RETNA.
This one was a crowd favorite. It took a while before I could get a clean shot (at an angle).
This booth was from Zurich. The had three podiums with three pairs of wood stick . They were musical wood pieces that you hit together. If I were traveling from Switzerland, going to a huge art show, I would have brought something else. Just saying.
Miami, you have some pretty night skies. ( I still love you Seattle, I am just enjoying this nice weather.)