I apologize for the brief pause, but I was away at Art Basel in Miami earlier this month. The purpose of my trip was to make some connections, feel the vibe of a huge arena of art, and to be inspired.
Never before have I seen something like the magnitude of Art Basel. Imagine a large warehouse filled with high-end galleries from all different countries, each representing pieces of artwork as unique and diverse as the next. In my personal opinion, this is an experience anyone of the like should see. Almost like visiting a museum, you could view famous original works by artists Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat giving you a glimpse of the past. The show also had works by upcoming artists, some of who chose to convey current cultural expression giving you a more global awareness of the social issues we face as a human race.
There was so much creativity to take in, from flags made of dollar bills to portraits of young urban men done in the Renaissance-style. The diversity ranged from a 1970’s Volkswagen filled with bananas, to metal statues balancing perfectly on its own weight, to iconic images from the past with a depiction of Jackie Kennedy made up of tiny pictures of John F. Kennedy.
I often hear feedback from viewers of shows expressing a lack of understanding of the works shown or simply being unimpressed. In contrast, this event was filled with thought provoking art for all different walks of life. If one gallery was not to your liking, you can be assured there was one close by to satisfy your senses.