As we close out our coverage of Art Basel, a small recommendation for next year’s fairs: Get the hell out of Miami. It may look nice, but not even those with helicopters can avoid the traffic jams, there are never enough cabs and the food and hotel costs are astronomical. People, this is bullshit. Time for a revolt.
“Everybody’s going to have to work in their basement,” artist and Hunter College professor Benjamin King concluded over the phone this morning. King is just one of many artists facing the prospect of leaving his studio, after being hit with a massive year-end hidden fee for his studio in Sunset Park’s Industry City warehouses.
Possibly the best thing Pulse has going for it is their VIP lounge. Set at the back of their tent on the beach, this balcony gives collectors an incredible view of the ocean. When I visited met two friends who had been there for most of the day and were deliriously happy. That’s what you want.
The new tent is a much-needed departure from the Ice Palace, which thanks to a few rocky years of leadership, many now associate with leaks, poor exhibitors and poor sales.
This Petra Cortright GIF found on giphy reminds me quite a bit of Jennifer Chan’s “Hands Around the World”, which debuted in GIFbites earlier with this year, paired with the Spice Girls song “2 Become 1”. Both offer a mix of beauty and nauseating 1980s consumerist/early Internet optimism. The shine is off the rose in both departments; I see them as sunsets.