Your wallet is empty, you have a throbbing headache that won’t go away for three days, there’s a red wine stain on your suede mules… and you’ve never felt so inspired in your life. Yep, we are looking back at Art Basel Miami week.
Whether you were there in the thick of it or watched the fun unfold virtually, you definitely have your own private collection of favorite moments from this year’s Art Basel; every art girl worth her weight in Brancusis must.
This year, the show’s big moods veered between weird and weirder. With real life feeling more and more like a simulation gone haywire each day, it’s no wonder that contemporary artists are serving up some heavy surrealist vibes. So with full awareness that it would be impossible to distill thousands of stunning artwork into a cool top 5, allow us to share some of the standout pieces that caught our eye on the ‘Gram.
This unsettling, ethereal portrait by Miriam Cahn caught artist Marguerite Humeau’s eye: “Ghost? Living dead? Being of light? Wandering soul?” Sorry, I wish I could answer those questions. There were some good ideas in the comments, thought: “Munch on Xanax. Portrait of 21st century: From Dread to Anxiety.” Sounds about right.
In an interview with Brooklyn Rail, American artist Joyce J. Scott poses a question much more probing than it might appear on the surface: “Why is it better to paint a pot instead of make a pot?” Her work defends the legacy of craftwork, traditionally looked down upon in the fine art sphere. No longer.
Portrait of brotherhood
L.A. based twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have taken over the rooms on the ground floor of the recently renovated Bass Museum of Art, showcasing a progression of their furniture and sculpture – from early works of the explicit troll characters to pieces created specifically for this retrospective.
Good advice to remember when looking at art… or doing most things, really. Eugenio Ampuida, Try Not To Think So Much (2018).
Photos via @marguerite_humeau, @artcube, @saparcontemporary, @peterblumgallery, @carolynmanno