Basel who?

November 24, 2008 at 9:51 am | Posted in Deep thoughts | 1 Comment
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So every since about a year ago, when I naive and wandering confidently into this art fracas, I wanted to seek out the best opportunity for the artists I work with. In earnest, I began some research into the “Contemporary” Art world. Its not modern art people, that term is SO 90s.

Last December, the Smithsonian Magazine ran an interesting article about this event. It looked titillating, and a perfect opportunity to showcase my voice. Wanting to give the underrepresented artists I have been working with this past year, I was intrigued when I read about Miami Art Basel in the December issue. After reading the article, I had the impression that it was a hub of excitement and opportunity for cutting edge artists, since its a show featuring Contemporary Art.

When I saw that 3 billion dollars of art changes hands in the bacchanal that is Miami Art Basel 2008, I thought, now here is an opportunity to express some amazing art to the world. I have had boundless success in finding artists, having shows, networking, etc. Why should this be any different?

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I posted on craigslist because I knew there had to be some local artists that had participated in this or knew someone that had. A helpful soul offered up some advice, that there’s no chance of exhibiting at Basel if you hadn’t had a national show at a respected gallery. My heart sank when I read his letter, and it opened my eyes.

Granted, Seattle is not exactly a hub of art, as I so naively described a year ago, but artists, and the future of art thrives here. When I moved here, I was cool enough to make friends as a Seattelite but I specifically came here for its low rent, small town ways. Seattle in 2003 was still pretty cool, a cheap place to live, and the arts and music thriving.

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In the few short years that I have lived here, we’ve had construction that is on par with the sort of development you would feel in a third world country, rents have skyrocketed, and our state budget now has a 5 billion dollar shortfall.

Artists I know and work with personally are literally on the edge in so many ways. I wonder what will happen to 619 western when the lease runs out in 2012? Life in Seattle is a rude awakening. Grey weather, heavy traffic, commercialism, a cold and indifferent air in the society, we face the cold harsh reality of the struggle of art daily.

Why is so hard for people to forget the stark picture of the artist who had to reuse canvases in order to paint? An an early artist Picasso and many of his friends I’m sure racked up enormous debt to local merchants so that they could spend all their spare time and energy as artists. That’s the struggle and the beauty that this early was imbued with. Art that is now priceless, is much more so because of the artist’s struggle to create that they experience in the context of their everyday creation.

Here is the roundup of breaking news from what I have recieved in the past 48 hours about Art Basel 2008 Miami Beach and related events, some of which look very promising for us aspiring art beings who can only dream of participating in such an exclusive event. There are some, who like many in Seattle, have no comment about the whole art situation.

Here is an article that talks about how you can see underrepresented artists in the nearby art quarter, Lincoln Avenue, who galleries are surely seeing more discerning art figures than we could ask for in our art-challenged city.

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Soul of Miami website has info on the Green Art Fair. Being eco-friendly is all the rage so its important to keep this event going.

A gallery from the United Arab Emirates will be featured at Art Basel, they sound like a gallery that’s doing work in their community aside from art shows so here is to them.

The New York Magazine promises a more restrained event this year, further strengthening evidence for this annual event’s voluptuary nature.

Its wonderful that art still has so much potential and relevance in today’s society. My passion, lies, however, in the creative person that thrives on instinct, whose need to create is irresistible, whose joy in expression I take such delight in. While I love the art world and all it represents, my motivating force is a powerful need to do what’s right and help creative souls. I admire the beauty and strangeness of thier efforts to live the art life (arte vivant) however possible, and what little I may contribute I hope only adds to the wonder of that experience.

Here is to the arts.

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