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Art Basel Miami 2010

Miami Beach Photo Diary

by Helen Homan Wu on December 7th, 2010

China Chow with Adrien Brody at Nada fair

Have I seen enough art in the last four days of Art Basel Miami?  Restless during the day, by night we were trying to figure out which parties to attend. Although I was trying to stick to my mission, which was to cover the fairs, events, and to socialize, I also took out some time to walk around the streets of Wynwood and the Design District. And even stumbled into a really gorgeous piece by the Belgium street artist Roa. It was impossible to see all the fairs and attend everything that I was invited to (sorry if I missed your performance), but was still overloaded with what I did get to see. I had a lot of fun, especially traveling with the Artcards team and finally meeting our Miami editor Brinson in person. We all really enjoyed the hospitality of the Grand Beach Hotel, had breakfast by the ocean, swam, and dipped our overworked bodies in the jacuzzi. Continue Reading More »

Art Basel Miami Beach Day 3

by Howard Hurst on December 5th, 2010

Photos by Carissa Pelleteri for Artcards Review

The tone at Basel on Friday was solidly optimistic. The mega galleries were out in force. Hauser and Wirth had a breathtaking late work by Louise Borgouise and drawing and sculpture from art star Paul McCarthy that were of particular note. Gagosian gallery had a similar spread, showing works by star studded gallery favorites Serra, Koons, Hirst and Warhol. White Cube was showing the YBAs in all their glory, but even here the tone seemed markedly less conspicuous than usual. A new, sparkling cubic zirconium filled gold vatrine by the king of bling, Damien Hirst, seemed awkwardly out of place.

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Art Basel Miami Day 2: Photo Recap

by Artcards Review on December 5th, 2010

Photos by Carissa Pelleteri for Artcards Review

For day 2 of Miami art week we decided to branch out away from the main fair. There are a plethora of pop up fairs surrounding the main event. It is easy to get lost in orbit, with so much to do and so much to see. Nada, Scope, Pulse and Fountain all offer looks at younger, contemporary art from local, national and international artists. As the day wore on we were happy to see many of our gallerists and artists. Continue Reading More »

Art Basel Miami Day 1 Photo Recap

by Artcards Review on December 2nd, 2010

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NADA Behind the Scenes

by Helen Homan Wu on December 2nd, 2010

Liutauras Psibilskis, curator and Ana Cardoso, artist

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Creative Time Oceanfront Nights

by Artcards Review on December 1st, 2010

Art Basel Miami Beach, the international art show, hosts a nightly program at the Oceanfront, organized by Creative Time. Sited in an environment designed by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio the pavilion uses two types of rope—reflective and phosphorescent—to create a diverse and interactive environment of open-air structures that sway and glow in the night. Continue Reading More »

Art Basel Miami Day 1: MoCA

by Helen Homan Wu on November 30th, 2010

Photos: HW

Oh Miami. Has it been another year already since the last Art Basel Miami? Feels like it was only a week ago since I crossed these strips. The only evidence of time having moved on is from all the Art Basel/Nada/Scope ad flags that got updated to the year 2010. This year I gave myself enough time to readjust to the new climate, habitats, eye-candy, and lots of space. The 20 or so art fairs are quite spread out, so it’s not that easy to navigate without a vehicle. You can either take cabs, rent a car, bike, hop on shuttle vans, or (this one’s my pick) hail a rickshaw. At The Grand Beach Hotel, our host provided us with a lovely suite that faces two sides of the sphere, with endless views of palm trees, and the ocean. They are now even offering special packages for Art Basel guests.

At tonight’s MoCA X Vanity Fair preview event, VIPs and press folks were schmoozing over cocktails and finger food around the “Bruce Weber: Haiti/Little Haiti” photography exhibition. The vibe was definitely stimulating and alive with everyone looking fresh and ready for the next few days ahead. Stepping away from the crowd, I dashed straight to the flashing “Paradise Lights” (1996) installation by Jack Pierson.  It seems to summarize the upcoming events quite well — art market in a carnival-esque setting. Although this is my first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, their collection, program, and on-going acquisitions are quite impressive, some of which are listed online. Keep checking back for more on the fairs, galleries, talks, and performances. And holla to my New York artist friends who are heading down to show and perform. Here’s a quick recap of tonight’s MoCA party.