Art second, parties first.
While presenting an award, he had to ask the audience to quiet down.
Sculpture, stainless steel, new works, and art from the Middle East and Asia dominated at a very active fair.
Revelers licking an ice sculpture that looked suspiciously like a giant phallus, and much more!
Never has the scene been so competitive.
'We did better than we expected — and worse than we had hoped.'
Even New Yorkers who couldn’t care less about art could take something from the just-ended Art Basel Miami Beach fairs.
The T-shirts worn by the Delano bellmen reading 'Recess is on' didn't help.
'We knew this was coming for about a year,' says Murakami.
$30,000 seems to be a magic number.
'Terence's art is about nothing. His performance is that he is not playing music.'
'It's a tough market,' says John Good, gallery director of Gagosian Gallery.
Readers of this blog who want New York to get its own Art Basel — sorry. The Swiss company that owns the fair announced last week that it is shopping other towns, but they're in Asia.
In one sense, it’s a very good time to be an artist. There’s a lot of money out there, collector and corporate, to fund new work. Companies are using art to get publicity for their business ventures; the overwhelming memory of Art Basel 07 is one of corporate logos, hard-sell pitches and luxury branding.
With Art Basel Miami over, and satellite fairs finishing up, the work begins of figuring out who bought, who sold, and what does it mean for contemporary art now.
Even copies of Basquiat's work are flying off the walls.
"BEST ART DEAL IN MIAMI. NOTHING OVER $250," reads the sign in one booth of the upstart Geisai Art Fair in Miami.
At Art Basel Miami, where lobsters at the UBS dinner on the beach are as big as cats, the overwhelming trend this year is size.
"It's too early to tell," says bewhiskered Upper East Side art dealer Robert Mnuchin, a little more than an hour into the blockbuster and busy Art Basel Miami fair. But, in one sense, it isn't too early; a quick sprint across the floor of the Miami Convention Center shows some artists who've already hit the jackpot because powerhouse dealers are displaying them alongside bigger names.
"Here we go again!" Sam Keller, impresario of Art Basel Miami, cries out to a friend on a Miami street late last night. And, as if on cue, the double doors of a giant geodesic dome swing open over his shoulder to reveal millions of dollars' worth of glittering jewels.
On Monday, 50,000 artists, buyers, celebrities, and fashionistas are expected to hit Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami, the U.S.'s largest contemporary art exhibition and sale. And if it weren't already crowded enough, we'll be there!
If Michel Gondry were to direct a street-art Fantasia, it might look something like Fission. Winner of a recent Student Academy Award in the Best Alternative Film category, recent School of Visual Arts grad Kun-I Chang’s explores a quintessentially New York concept.
The doddering American Film Institute has finally updated its list of the best 100 films (i.e., best big-studio fiction blockbusters made with white marquee stars and male directors in the good ol' days of Kabuki pomposity like Ben Hur). For New Yorkers, the Los Angeles–based list is predictably awful, but still worse than the last: Do The Right Thing's token inclusion at pitiful No. 94 stings worse than its omission in 1997
Takashi Murakami has already spawned multiple editions of just about every object imaginable — so it was only a matter of time before he spawned a candy-colored disciple too (or two, or, twenty, actually). Enter the first: Mr. (yes, just Mr.), a mysterious protégé and a product of Murakami's "factory"-like Kaikai Kiki company-collective. Mr. wraps up his New York solo debut tomorrow at Lehmann Maupin. —Rachel Wolff