Art Basel Miami Beach, Usually Sun-Soaked, Is Just Soaked This Year

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Art Basel Miami Beach, Usually Sun-Soaked, Is Just Soaked This Year.

MIAMI BEACH — The annual Art Basel extravaganza, one of the largest art fairs in the world, ended Sunday after being swamped with almost ceaseless rain for most of its four-day incarnation. Of course, the socialite couldn’t resist baring some skin and flashed her tummy in a black lacy bra-top paired with a black mini-skirt encrusted with sparkly crystals. Outdoor exhibitions were canceled or pulled inside; parties in tents were washed out; and well-heeled art patrons in expensive shoes were forced to wade through flooded streets and sidewalks to get to galleries, exhibitions and parties. The blonde, who was dripping with bling around her neck, looked purrr-fectly lovely in black pussy cat ears, black fingerless gloves and fishnet tights as she hit the decks in what has become a tradition at the event.

At 5:15 p.m., a woman stabbed another visitor to the fair with an X-Acto knife, saying, “I had to kill her and two more!” The injuries were non-fatal, but some witnesses thought they were witnessing performance art. [Miami Herald] On Friday, the Munch Museum announced at Art Basel that it would be reestablishing its Edvard Munch Award, and that the winner for 2015 is Camille Henrot, who will be receiving a $59,000 prize and a solo show at the museum. [Artforum] Courting tourists over residents, Barcelona city officials are attempting to turn Picasso’s former art school into a Woody Allen museum. [The Guardian] Here’s a profile of Miami collector Martin Margulies, who says he eventually plans to sell his collection to support his children and philanthropic causes, rather than give it to a museum. [The New York Times] A profile of Whitney Donhauser, who will become director of president of the Museum of the City of New York next month. So it makes sense that Art Basel Miami Beach, one of world’s premier shows for modern and contemporary art, has also become something of a political festival, where people come in the mood to spend. Adding to the gloom, a woman was stabbed on Friday inside the main Art Basel exhibition hall, an act that some witnesses initially assumed was performance art. She also confessed to the stabbing during questioning, according to police. “[Zhao] without warning or provocation stabbed the victim in the right side of the neck and left shoulder, causing several lacerations,” the police report said. On Saturday, Paris showed off her legs in a long red lacy frock with a thigh-high split as she and Barron turned up at the Andy Warhol dinner at Mr Chow.

On Sunday, despite a forecast that called for scattered thunderstorms, the rain held off for much of the day, increasing attendance not only for the 267 Art Basel galleries in the Miami Beach Convention Center but also for the various satellite art fairs on this barrier island and in Miami, on the mainland. Despite Zhao’s goal to kill Young and “two more,” Young was the only person stabbed at the gallery, and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “The attack was an isolated incident that was immediately secured,” Art Basel spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the victim.” Others believed the police tape cordoning off an area of the venue was part of an art installation, and continued wandering around and sipping champagne.

Nothing approached Shepard Fairey’s iconic blue and red “Hope” poster from President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in the maze of $3 billion worth of paintings, sculptures, and installations being perused by men wearing scarfs on a 80-degree day and women in strategically ripped pants. Hoping to capitalize on the deep pockets of a crowd that can afford pieces fetching hundreds of thousands of dollars—or even $13.5 million for Francis Bacon’s “Man in Blue VI”—presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Martin O’Malley all held fundraisers with at least loose ties to Art Basel. Credit Mike Coppola/Getty Images “It was a nightmare,” said Mathias Rastorfer, the co-owner of Galerie Gmurzynska, which operates three galleries in Switzerland. “We had appointments with clients who said, ‘I’m coming,’ but they kept postponing because of the weather.

Logistics is always an issue — getting cabs, waiting out in the rain — but when you get this weather on top of it, it’s even worse.” On Thursday, when flooding overtook parts of Collins Avenue, a main thoroughfare here, officials grew concerned about a possible economic hit to exhibitors, dealers and others who had invested heavily in bringing art and other entertainments to Miami. Both sides are trying to gain visibility and make more money.” The presence of politicians on the periphery flattered many of the fair-goers, who were surrounded by a week of competing exhibition openings, poolside parties and exclusive dinners. But the consensus on Sunday seemed to be that, while some local businesses lost money, the larger exhibitions did well over all in terms of attendance. The guests at one party, held at the former mansion of Gianni Versace, included Leonardo DiCaprio, Pamela Anderson, and Dan Loeb, a hedge fund manager and Democratic donor. “It’s a good fit,” said Stuart Berni, a New York-based designer wearing bright orange boat shoes and laying on the turf of a faux park inside the fair. “The people here buying are the type of people contributing to their campaigns.

A spokeswoman for Art Basel said business had been strong in the last days of the fair, citing the sale of a Francis Bacon oil on canvas, “Man in Blue,” from 1954, with an asking price of $15 million by Van de Weghe Fine Art, and Picasso’s “Buste au Chapeau” oil from 1971, with an asking price of $10.5 million, from the same gallery. It makes perfect sense.” Glenda Leon, a Havana-based visual artist, bemoaned the influence of the emerging art market in her country on young artists, saying more foreign buyers—including American investors who are finding it easier to access Cuban art—have redirected artists toward a certain medium. “There is a tendency to paint because it sells,” she said during a discussion about the future of Cuban art. “To see young people who before did installations and visual or other kind of work, now they just paint because they know a lot of collectors are coming.

When you invest, you invest in painting or marble sculpture instead of something that who knows how it will end up in 10 years.” Similarly, Karen Levin, a Florida retiree attending the fair, voiced concerns about the possible impact on Art Basel from politicians aligning themselves with the fair. “This is a festival for the world of arts, and I don’t think politics should play into it,” Levin said, standing near “Meat Locker,” an installation of stainless steel and neon-colored lights depicting imagery from infamous homosexual serial killers. “It’s in bad taste,” she said about the political fundraisers. “There aren’t very many boundaries anymore.” Clinton was in Miami Beach on Tuesday, just before the opening of the five-day art fair, for a fundraiser at the home of Gail Williams and Dawn McCall, the owners of Williams McCall Gallery, which unveiled a new collection of etherial coastal prints during Art Basel. At another fair nearby, known as Untitled, Art, officials made a sudden investment in several hundred umbrellas, so that visitors going to and from shuttle buses would remain dry. On Satuday, after donor meetings at the Biltmore Hotel, about 120 donors joined Bush and his family at the studio of local pop artist Romero Britto for a painting unveiling in the city’s Wynwood art district, which is hosting several Art Basel events. Britto, who participated in a 2005 episode of The Apprentice, the reality show hosted by Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, has had a long relationship with the Bush family.

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