Art Basel is an art event to top all art events. Having started in Switzerland, the art fair came to it’s sister city of Miami to It’s when all the biggest names in the art world come together to show off new (or not so new) talent, buy ridiculously priced pieces and just be all around art snobs. In other words, it’s a good time. Having never gone, I decided it would be a good way to end 2009 and kick off 2010. And I was right.
My first day, I didn’t go to any of the art fairs. Instead, I enjoyed the fact that it was December and I was wearing a sun dress. Of course, I took some photos which you can see after the jump:
After walking around Lincoln Road, one of Miami’s great shopping districts, I went back to my hotel, got dolled up and headed over to The Shore Club for Don’t Sleep, a party in collaboration with Primary Flight. Dr. Dre was supposed to be there, but wrote on Twitter that he wasn’t going. Peanut Butter Wolf was on the decks spinning music and videos, and later artist Shepard Fairey also spun a set. Russell Simmons was spotted walking around the crowd too (though I unfortunately did not see him).
The party featured live painting from some of Miami’s own favorite graffiti artists. I only had a little clutch purse, so I left my camera at home (besides, there were too many photographers anyway). Instead, I tested out my new little Flip cam and got some video footage. I’m still learning how to use a video camera, but the Flip sort of made it easy.
Suddenly I turned around and ran smack into Bmore/DC artist Brandon Hill who was there with DC’s own Art Whino crew. Art Whino had their own show going on (which I will blog about soon). Brandon and artist Taz Hicks were down to do a little random interview. (Keep in mind…there’s cursing and talk of Ramen noodles…so I wouldn’t play this too loud if you’re at work).
All and all, it was a good first night. Stay tuned for more photos, footage and updates….