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Art Basel Miami: did anyone else go?

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I spent all weekend wondering about the different art displays at the Convention Center, the Wynwood, Miami Design District, etc… it was all extremely interesting, and in some ways thought provoking.

Did anyone else go to the Locastro art exhibit at the W Hotel on Friday night? The Art was interesting and the DJ was decent, but the 45 minute wait at the bar was an utter joke. If I didn’t get in for free (it was an open bar, thus once you were in, it was a free for all), I would have probably been upset.

Jon.
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I went to the convention center on Saturday and a private party on Thursday for a photography exhibit. The wine was crappy, the music good, the sushi great, and the hipster fashion was out of this world.
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Bump for more replies. I'm thinking of going this year. Any satellite fairs/art collections I should not miss?
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Miss all of them. Art fairs are awful.
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I agree that going to art fairs is inferior to viewing art in a gallery, but isn't there something to be said for viewing art in volume to get an idea of current trends?
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I agree that going to art fairs is inferior to viewing art in a gallery, but isn't there something to be said for viewing art in volume to get an idea of current trends?

I don't think you'll get that from the fair, but if you could then sure, there would be something to be said for it.
post #7 of 35
Quit being a snob MarBear.

AC - give me a list of events you're interested in and I can try and help narrow it down for you. You looking for afterparties and shit too?
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Quit being a snob MarBear.
AC - give me a list of events you're interested in and I can try and help narrow it down for you. You looking for afterparties and shit too?

Thanks, Rambo. If I make it to Art Basel, I have a very ambitious agenda of things to see:

Art Fairs:
Art Basel Miami Beach
Design Miami
Scope/Art Asia
Red Dot
Pulse
Art Miami/Context
NADA

Art Collections:
Rubell Family Collection
Margulies Collection
de la Cruz Collection

I'm leaning toward staying in downtown Miami (maybe the DoubleTree Hilton) rather than South Beach because it'll be cheaper and closer to most of the things I want to see (which are in the Wynwood Arts District). I don't want to rent a car. Good idea?

I'm an old man, so not much of a partier, but I'd be interested in checking out the ABMB party scene.
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Hmmmm. Ok, first thing you need to understand about Miami is that there is next to no public transportation. Buses are available but they're generally used by the poorz and the immigrants. Not that that's a problem, just throwing it out there. But the ability to get around without a car IS a problem. Taxi's are basically going to be your only means of getting around. I used to live downtown, right next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Its an alright spot as a launching pad as SOBE is right over the causeway and Wynwood is about a 10 minute drive in traffic. And there will be traffic. Lots of it. One of the benefits of taxis - no parking fees. Which, of course, are all jacked up on special events nights. So a rental isn't necessarily a bad idea, but its not always your best option.

I've never been in the Doubletree but its not in a bad location at all. The Hilton downtown is basically one block over and there are a few other hotels in the vicinity. There are a few hotels in the Brickell area which are nice. Nothing much in the way of lodging in Wynwood. Staying in SOBE isn't necessarily a bad thing as its basically a very small area and pretty easy to traverse. Plus, the beach is there and a lot of the special events take place in SOBE. They always have an art installation on the beach which usually is worth looking into and the major galas and whatnot are usually down there. If you could find a decently priced hotel it might not be bad at all.

As for the art in and of itself, that really isn't my ball of wax. I'm not an art guy in general and have only been to a few events on SOBE. A friend of my last roommate owned a gallery and had a show. Basically I just sat around talking to people and drinking champers. But the most heavily attended events are all on SOBE. Wynwood is more of the up and coming art scene. Lots of hipsters, lots of avant guard art, shit like that. They have an art walk - all the galleries open up for free and all the food trucks come out - on the 2nd tuesday of every month. Don't know if that will coincide with Art Basel, but if it does, its worth checking out.

If you need any more help feel free to ask.
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Quit being a snob MarBear.
AC - give me a list of events you're interested in and I can try and help narrow it down for you. You looking for afterparties and shit too?

I'm not being a snob you moron. That's good and honest advice. Basel is one of the best fairs and the participating LA galleries are really some of the best we have, but it is a shitty way to experience their programs and unlikely to provide any greater understanding of some definable trajectory in contemporary art movements. The right to define such trajectories is a perpetual war between galleries, museums, critics, collectors, and academia and is not presented in some easy and understandable format at fairs.
All it is good for is buying some art.
If you do go AC, check out the Cherry and Martin booth. There will be an almost life size video piece of me in a costume tongue.gif
Edited by mordecai - 10/30/12 at 4:58pm
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fuckin art snobs...
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I'm not being a snob you moron. That's good and honest advice. Basel is one of the best fairs and the participating LA galleries are really some of the best we have, but it is a shitty way to experience their programs and unlikely to provide any greater understanding of some definable trajectory in contemporary art movements. The right to define such trajectories is a perpetual war between galleries, museums, critics, collectors, and academia and is not presented in some easy and understandable format at fairs.
All it is good for is buying some art.
If you do go AC, check out the Cherry and Martin booth. There will be an almost life size video piece of me in a costume tongue.gif

Are you Adam Lindemann in real life? smile.gif I look at it like this. The chance of me going to L.A. anytime soon to look at art is close to zero. So ABMB (and satellite fairs) gives me the chance to sample L.A. galleries, even though that sample may not be curated thematically and consist of art that gallerists think rich people will buy. Something is better than nothing, right?
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Hmmmm. Ok, first thing you need to understand about Miami is that there is next to no public transportation. Buses are available but they're generally used by the poorz and the immigrants. Not that that's a problem, just throwing it out there. But the ability to get around without a car IS a problem. Taxi's are basically going to be your only means of getting around. I used to live downtown, right next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Its an alright spot as a launching pad as SOBE is right over the causeway and Wynwood is about a 10 minute drive in traffic. And there will be traffic. Lots of it. One of the benefits of taxis - no parking fees. Which, of course, are all jacked up on special events nights. So a rental isn't necessarily a bad idea, but its not always your best option.
I've never been in the Doubletree but its not in a bad location at all. The Hilton downtown is basically one block over and there are a few other hotels in the vicinity. There are a few hotels in the Brickell area which are nice. Nothing much in the way of lodging in Wynwood. Staying in SOBE isn't necessarily a bad thing as its basically a very small area and pretty easy to traverse. Plus, the beach is there and a lot of the special events take place in SOBE. They always have an art installation on the beach which usually is worth looking into and the major galas and whatnot are usually down there. If you could find a decently priced hotel it might not be bad at all.
As for the art in and of itself, that really isn't my ball of wax. I'm not an art guy in general and have only been to a few events on SOBE. A friend of my last roommate owned a gallery and had a show. Basically I just sat around talking to people and drinking champers. But the most heavily attended events are all on SOBE. Wynwood is more of the up and coming art scene. Lots of hipsters, lots of avant guard art, shit like that. They have an art walk - all the galleries open up for free and all the food trucks come out - on the 2nd tuesday of every month. Don't know if that will coincide with Art Basel, but if it does, its worth checking out.
If you need any more help feel free to ask.

Thanks for the info. I hate to drive in a city I don't know, and I'm used to riding inner-city buses with the poors, so I'm okay with relying on taxes and public transportation. Now you've got me considering staying in South Beach. Is the area between the DoubleTree Hilton and Wynwood safe and walkable? I know it's over a mile, but I'm used to walking that kind of distance in DC.
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Thanks for the info. I hate to drive in a city I don't know, and I'm used to riding inner-city buses with the poors, so I'm okay with relying on taxes and public transportation. Now you've got me considering staying in South Beach. Is the area between the DoubleTree Hilton and Wynwood safe and walkable? I know it's over a mile, but I'm used to walking that kind of distance in DC.

I would take a taxi before walking any day of the week there. It wouldn't be my first choice to walk through, but its not exactly a full blown ghetto. The convenience of being able to walk to the beach (or take a bus, the south beach buses are generally frequented by a better quality of people) is a definite plus. it all depends on what type of deal you can score on a cheap hotel.
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I would take a taxi before walking any day of the week there. It wouldn't be my first choice to walk through, but its not exactly a full blown ghetto. The convenience of being able to walk to the beach (or take a bus, the south beach buses are generally frequented by a better quality of people) is a definite plus. it all depends on what type of deal you can score on a cheap hotel.

I posed this question on Facebook and the consensus is South Beach. Apparently, there's not much to do in downtown Miami after dark. I'm going to have to suck it up and pay for the expensive Miami taxicabs or try to catch the free shuttle from Art Basel to the art fairs on the mainland. Now all I have to do is find a South Beach hotel that's not a total fleabag motel . . .
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I posed this question on Facebook and the consensus is South Beach. Apparently, there's not much to do in downtown Miami after dark. I'm going to have to suck it up and pay for the expensive Miami taxicabs or try to catch the free shuttle from Art Basel to the art fairs on the mainland. Now all I have to do is find a South Beach hotel that's not a total fleabag motel . . .

Do you know many people who have actually gone? Recently? There is quite a bit to do after dark downtown. The Design District (about 10 blocks north of Wynwood) is now home to a bunch of REALLY good restaurants and a few bars. Wynwood has a few bars and clubs that are actually good, and a couple of restaurants. The actual Downtown area (right across the causeway to SOBE) also has a few good restaurants and one or two dive bars. I could definitely find ways for you to spend an evening in the downtown area.

Also, check with the hotels in the Downtown area. They might actually have shuttles setup for their guests.
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