Since this has been my year of exploration, I thought I’d go back to Art Basel after taking a few years off. It’s gotten bigger and better (and wilder, and crazier) since the last time I visited. It’s all about the art, but it’s also about the scene. The international crowd it draws is quite eclectic! Plus, the mix of art, fashion, and food always means huge (and crazy) parties.
Art Basel is the premier global art show; it takes place annually in Basel (between Germany, Switzerland, and France), Miami, and Hong Kong. This contemporary art mecca attracts tens of thousands of artists, art connoisseurs, art buyers, and art lovers (like me!). What makes it extraordinary is the sheer scope of the event. Each year, Miami is transformed into a cultural epicenter. Tens of thousands of people pour into the city for the occasion. The crowd is very international, very eclectic, and very creative. It’s an exciting place to be!
The next day we went off to an exhibit at the Convention Center where we saw some really interesting pieces. I just thought I’d share with you some of the art I saw, but remember this is a very small sampling of the art Art Basel showcases. There were so many art shows that it’s impossible to see and do it all.
Francis Mallmann, an Argentinian superstar chef, put on a delicious Argentine barbecue lunch one afternoon. I actually did an article on him back in the day for Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Magazine. We ate at the Faena, an apartment complex and art center still in the making. Miami is becoming more and more of a cultural destination! The lunch included plenty of grilled meat and my favorite condiment – chimichurri.
They didn’t burn any art at Art Basel, but it’s still an experiential place just like Burning Man is. I highly suggest you make a trip out to see it for yourself if you’re able to someday!