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A Plea to Art Basel: Leave Miami

by Paddy Johnson on December 8, 2014

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.

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Slideshow and Commentary

by Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch on December 6, 2012
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Art Basel Miami Beach is, as always, an overwhelming experience. There is art, impossible amounts of it, shiny and glossy and kinetic. There are people, hidden within the silicone husks of slightly younger people, who all seem to be terribly important. There are many kind words but few kind looks.

Basel’s not as bad as it might be, really. This year the fish are biting, and the quality of the work overall is fairly high. There is, in the depths of its 250-odd galleries, art worth looking at. We’ll have a fuller report later today; in the meantime, here are 29 samples of what’s on show, with our comments.

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The Best Work in Miami (for Perverts), Pizza, Guns, and Strip Clubs

by Will Brand on December 1, 2011
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Our reader survey last month revealed just how many of our visitors self-identify as perverts. If you’re one of that sizeable minority, and you’re in Miami, there’s no excuse not to make your way over to Nicolai Wallner’s booth to catch sneaky glimpses at some 1% snatch with this floor mirror by Jeppe Hein- and yes, we’ve mentioned him three times today. Deal with it.

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Art Basel: A Strong Opening for the One Percent

by Paddy Johnson on December 1, 2011
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Buoyed by Wednesday's big rally on the stock market, Art Basel opened with bang. Crowds of VIPs arrived early, and without fail every dealer AFC talked to had made sales by early afternoon. “Sometimes things sell in the afternoon or in later days,” dealer Zach Feuer told us after explaining that he had sold work immediately upon the show's opening, “You just don't know. But we're doing well and I get the feeling other people are too.”

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Keith Haring on Computer Art, 1978

by Art Fag City on November 28, 2011
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I’ve never cared much for the work of Keith Haring, so perhaps its fitting that the artist whose work most resembles that made by a robot worried about a computer takeover. An excerpt from the Keith Haring Journals after the jump.

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