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Miami Basel day 2

Wednesday 17 December 2014

The big day arrives and we are brimming with excitement. Once again Art Basel opens its doors and once again we have very few expectations but we're also praying we don't make any discoveries, it would be so much easier that way!

Miami Basel day 2

En-route to the fair we took a look around the Bass Museum sculpture garden and came across the usual question of ‘art or not art?’ with ‘Waterfall’ by Tatiana Trouvé.

Miami Basel day 2

It really reminded me of our Richard Hughes mattress ‘Pit,’ which we showed at Zabludowicz Collection back in 2008

Miami Basel day 2

Our first stop at the fair was Michael Werner where we spotted the perfect Michael Williams painting. Straight away we felt DONE and ready to go home.

Miami Basel day 2

But we soon came across our beloved home grown Thomas Dane and the Frenchman! Alexandre da Cunha had some magnificent towel works,

Miami Basel day 2

completely divine and desirable.

Miami Basel day 2

A passionate Abraham Cruzvillegas. Maybe I’ve begun at last to understand his work, it has taken me a few years.

Miami Basel day 2

One of the highlights was at Mendes Woods Gallery where Cibelle Cavalli Bastos gave an intense performance. She was brilliant and we were all in awe of her incredibly fantastical stories.

Miami Basel day 2

Hans-Ulrich Obrist greeted us at the entrance, all ready for discovery.

Miami Basel day 2

The fair was really impressive. They had pulled out all the stops with loads of individuality, so much so it was impossible to see it all. I loved Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan, an acoustic cloth work that actually worked!

Miami Basel day 2

This wonderful Martin Boyce day-bed was a serious eye catcher at the Modern Institute.

Miami Basel day 2

Then a Dash Manley moment where we met up with the Ostin’s and Jessica Silverman.

Miami Basel day 2

The evening was the most fun, giving us the highlight of the whole trip with an alternative ballet where we were wheeled on our chairs into several different positions.

Miami Basel day 2

The experience was entertaining and very comfortable. I hope that Ryan McNamara takes this crazy concept around the world. It is a definite must see!

Miami Basel Day 1

Tuesday 16 December 2014

At last I am in the sunshine in Miami. Euphoria and sun!

Miami Basel Day 1

After a long flight it was wonderful to be greeted by the brilliant Miami landscape.

Miami Basel Day 1

The weather took a turn for the worse later on with Lizzie and I being absolutely drenched on our way to Soho House to hear Jon Rafman talk. But it was hard to dampen our spirits as we soaked up the atmosphere during an amazing BMW sponsored talk organised and hosted by the quick drying Francesca Gavin

Miami Basel Day 1

Arriving the day before gave us a chance to check out UNTITLED, which was full of surprises. Artist Shaan Syed found a good way to fill the booth whilst waiting for his paintings to get through customs at Ana Cristea Gallery.

Miami Basel Day 1

T Shirt! ‘Art or not art?’

Miami Basel Day 1

We loved the work by Alberto Borea.

Miami Basel Day 1

Asya Geisberg Gallery led to the discovery of a very interesting painter; Angelina Gualdoni.

Miami Basel Day 1

Inman Gallery also provided another gem with the artist Michael Jones McKean

Miami Basel Day 1

African photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou was incredibly strong at Jack Bell Gallery

Miami Basel Day 1

Steve Turner Contemporary were showing some thirst quenching works by Yung Jake

Miami Basel Day 1

Then the lovely painter Fabrizio Arrieta, who seems to be a cross between Cris Brodahl and Avery Singer.

Miami Basel Day 1

We finished up the day with old friends at Casa Tua. It was a sad moment to not have David Teiger with us, such a lovely man and an inspiring collector.

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Thursday 11 December 2014

Here's my pick from Novembers postings

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Charles Ray @christopheryin @matthewmarksgallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Michael Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson @hellocameron @mikeweissgallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Albert Oehlen @shlexys @skarstedtgallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Brad Troemel @artobserved @tomorrowgallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Walead Beshty @gumanism @thomasdanegallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Kerry James Marshall @artsetintl @davidzwirner

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Hannah Perry @hikariyoko @southlondongallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Franz West @rcembalest @davidzwirner

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Dexter Dalwood @dexterdalwood @simonleegallery

Top 10 Instagrams from November

Rosson Crow @rossoncrow @csart430

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