Art Basel Miami Beach 2008...
There were lots of nervous art dealers at the big Art Basel Miami Beach 2008... for good reason!
According to the
Well, it's a total local slant on things. After all, with one of the nations highest home foreclosure rates, how can they not tell the folks of
Our single favorite new work of art presented at the fair was this huge Hernan Bas painting in the Fredric Snitzer Gallery booth he's painting in big/epic size now, and it totally worked! ... Sadly, we were too scared to actually ask the price... (Photo #2 : The Basin of a very evil river, or where to vacation next by Hernan Bas 2008, acrylic on linen, h: 103.5 x w: 76.5 in)
The Herald also noted they had a special exhibit on Robert
Rauschenberg, who died in May and regularly came to Art Basel. "This year's fairs also featured several
tributes to the late Robert Rauschenberg, including a selection of seven works
being shown for the first time since the 1980s at the Joan Washburn
gallery." Even with reports that MoMA paid $30M for one of his paintings in June
2005, Several dealers clearly played it safe this year, choosing to show Rauschenberg, and Warhols in place of more risky young artists. But, you have to wonder how many galleries are in deep need of cash right now, and long a few too many overpriced Rauschenbergs. By Sunday..MAO hadn't seen many redots on any of these vintage gems. We think sales were clearly down.. but probably not as bad as the rumors.
MAO and Dr. Quiz hit almost every fair, we deserve a medal... and FYI, For those big Naomi Campbell fans (aka.. Fashionistas Photo Collectors), there was a retrospective of her (uh) 23-year legacy at Art Basel. Actually, Ms. Campbell is big in the art world, she told the NY Metro blog that she was a "beginner." But, apparently this type of retrospective has never been done before. At the New Fashion Photo Fair..they had a surprisingly well done exhibition of Naomi in photography. Totally amazing.
Now that we're back in NYC, We'll post a few more on the MIAMI Art Fairs the next few days.. so stay tuned MAO-ettes.
This post was partly contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of art school programs She invites your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org