The Buro 24/7 Overview: Art Basel Miami Beach
From Leonardo DiCaprio to design and architecture competitions...
Art Basel Miami focuses on the main fair held each year in the Miami Convention Centre on Miami Beach. It is a celebration of international artistic trends – as well as global art market trade fair – where you can actually buy museum-quality work by modern artists. Emerging trends are displayed in force and the event attracts initiatives and collaborations from creative outlets and retailers all across the world. This year, Buro 24/7 Middle East has already highlighted the work of Louis Vuitton, Colette Paris and Visionaire magazine as projects to watch out for, born from the creativity of the fair. Buro 24/7 Middle East brings you the run down of events from the past few days.
The opening night saw actor Leonardo DiCaprio jet into the city, soon to be greeted by Rick Owens. They were joined by Design Miami billionaire Vladislav Doronin and Leonid Blavatnik to celebrate the launch.
Damien Hirst was spotted with Pharrell Williams, as well as Soho House founder Nick Jones who broke bread together at a Vanity Fair dinner for British artist Tracey Emin at Miami's Soho House, however their version is called "Soho Beach House"...
Pharrell Williams took a whole tour of the fair, and was particularly taken by the work of Jean Prouvé at Galerie Patrick Seguin entitled House 8 x 8 – one of the most expensive pieces on sale at $2.5 million.
Galerie Patrick Seguin
Galerie Patrick Seguin
Besides Moscow's Heritage Gallery's inaugural appearance at the fair, there were also firsts from London's Louisa Guinness Gallery, Antonella Villanova from Florence, as well as the Fine Art Silver Gallery from Brussels and Galerie Rossana Orlandi hailing from Milan.
This year also included jewellery by Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Alexander Calder and others.
Proving to be very popular with visitors was Sebastian Errazuriza stand with New York gallery Christina Grajales. Instagram blew up with initial pictures of a canvas there labelled "Of course it's art you fool". But despite the interest, the series of $10,000 paintings are yet to sell.
Other highlights included:
Gallery Demisch Danant
Swarovski's Crystal Palace
Audi, Fendi, Swarovski and Perriet-Jouet all sponsored the event, and also worked their own artistic magic on the stands. A shining, eye-catching mirrored stand could be seen from afar for Fendi – located just at the entrance to the lounge area. This year the Italian fashion house teamed up with the famous French designer Maria Perge, creating a special collection of Fendi Casa Icons.
Swarovski established its stand and called it the 'Crystal Palace' – with a "volcanic" interior with a sculpture in the form of a crystal lattice – the handiwork of Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres.
Perriet-Jouet's offering hung from the ceiling, featuring a couple of dozen glass capsules with pink liquid inside, created with designer Simon Heydensom, and was really quite amazing.
The Miami Design Pavilion continued its tradition of inviting architects at the beginning of their careers to collaborate on its exterior structure this year. The snow-white 'tent' design by New York start up firm Formlessfinder by Julian Rose and Garrett Ricciardi. Their design beat the rest, distinguished by pouring a huge mountain of sand in front of the entrance to the fair. The duo behind the idea dubbed the piece 'Tent Pile' and it incorporated elements they equated with the tropics, placing an Aluminum cantilevered roof on top of a giant pile of sand. "When you're confronted with a pile of sand, you kick your shoes off and put your feet in, and you start to look at architecture in a different way," said Ricciardi. "There's an informality that's not imposing, so hopefully people will start to play with it in unexpected ways."