Its all Relative : Art. Travel. Thoughts.

December 15, 2008 at 7:37 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
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I run from social obligations all the time, despite my foray into art producing and attending a copious amount of art events. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that the past two weekends have ended pretty pitifully. I can’t even work up enough courage to attend a party for the sake of a show. I did make it as far as the front door of Equinox this past Saturday. There were a ton of people, a binfire outside, and it looked pretty cool.

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I noticed some of the exhibit was indoor/outdoor. I’m not sure what I was expecting, I definitely wasn’t dressed for it. I still dress like a Californian after living in Seattle for 4+ years. What can I say, I like to dress up. I wouldn’t dream of wearing jeans and fleece to an art opening. But that’s just me. The fact that it was snowing and I wasn’t dressed for it and the exhibit was going to close in 30 minutes convinced me to get home. Its 18 degrees today and still icy out there, but I should have taken one for the team and just went in. I’m just not used to the partying/socializing. The cameras and crew have become somewhat of a crutch of mine. Next week, it will be a top hat in addition to the Canon.

The public phase of this daily blog was launched on November 24, 2008. I’d been blogging for the previous year on the show’s myspace page. I also integreated a previous blog into this to show how much my life has changed since embarking upon the art journey. Its a big part of my world, and the new face of the show. So we hope you will subscribe to our blog.

This is in fact, a daily blog. It is trying to be, anyhow. This week I missed my first day since starting it.  A cold this week hindered my writing efforts this week. Don’t believe anyone when they tell you that blogging isn’t a full time job. If you have a daily blog, and you haven’t updated it, you think about it all day.

The travails of con-artists is not a topic I think my discerning audience would be interested in, but I would say 20% of the artists alerts I get are breaking news stories on notorious deceivers. Why is it that deceit is an adjective which can only be exclusively attached to the word art. :-/ I’m just being silly. :->

I’d like to do more of the vlog (video log) but I don’t want to start releasing a bunch of unproduced 1 camera hand held video, compelling as the artist or your Humble Host may be. A lot of the footage I shoot is incorporated into into future pieces. Every shoot builds on a large peice, so these are mini documentaries in the making. A lot of work, but  a lot of fun.

Village Savant is one of those blogs that I stumble onto while doing an image search or through some other random avenue. It looks like a nifty blog.  Other blog entries I read, and I can’t say that it helps me understand art better. It doesn’t mean that the authors’ personal opinion isn’t valid, its just that sometimes too much conjecture can muddle things a bit. We’re not all art history major, so we have to give our audience something they can understand. I’ll explain more on how Dr. JohnnyWOW! successfully broke through a barrier to the audience. Granted, their attention spans didn’t hold longer than a few minutes, but they were engaged and reacting while they were there. I wish I had a second camera to record the audience while I was busy filming the doctor.

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Even if I don’t have time to look at the story, I do look at most of the alerts I get. One of the things I find so interesting is about all the different topics people choose to blog on. The art blogs interest me of course, and the more niche they are, the more novel I find them. There’s some pretty cool stuff out there, like this blog on Obama Art. I’ve seen Barack Obama poster but a blog actually devoted to the realm of art about the President Elect definitely got my attention.

Joanne Mattera had a blog post with some reflections on Miami Art Basel, and I got a chuckle out of her blog. I find her art commentary to be to the point and humorous. Check it out if you haven’t already. The Huffington Post published an article with few words and a lot of photos called, :Reflections of Art Basel:. I’m sure it was an exhausting week, but it would have nice to include a snippet of some interesting conversation or something. The pics are cool but I’m not clear what the reflections were of, there’s not much commentary.I’m ok with just photo blog entries, but I like to see either just pics or some informational commentary to go with the pics. This is another blog that fell short on its art basel reporting. It seems like a strange trend, but it definitely illustrates the range of coverage on a given topic.

On the MarketWatch website of all places, I found information on the first public art project to use solar energy. I like little offbeat tidbits like that.  California isn’t the only state where Art is intersecting with public life, Arizona too, is learning that there are ways to integrate art into the community.

It’ll be interesting when I compile the list of blogs I link back to for my own records. I would say at least a third aren’t art blogs. Hope you enjoy the variety of info, I do. I wasn’t sure whether to tweet or to blog about this strange art project, in which messages are sent to twitter when the baby kicks. Strange, isn’t it?

If I were in England,I should very much like to attend this event, a discussion on the value of Contemporary Art. With all the speculation that went on about sales at Art Basel Miami Beach, any collector or artist would find listening to this discussion worthwhile.

This blog, Grinding, is totally out there and I completely love it. The pics, how I wasn’t sure if it was an art blog in the first place, its all very cool. Culture Soak is another fun Art & Design website. Today they posted an article on a book about Emerging Contemporary Artists. It would be nice to get my hands on one.

I blogged about Macao and the Contemporary Art there, and noticed some other articles about Indian Art that I wanted to include. Art Market Monitor also posted some interesting comments regarding an Indian Artist and the collectors of his work. I might have a slighty sour tone in some of my art reporting, but its nothing like this scathing commentary on an Indian Art exhibit. Ouch. Does it really help an artist to be so cruel?

Street Art was a hitherto unknown art form upon starting this new segment of the blog. In Vallejo, California, a store selling graffiti supplies next to a graffiti art gallery is evidence that Street Art is definitely on the radar. There’s this discussion about whether or not Street Art is accepted in the larger art community. I would say that as much as I have read about it in the past three weeks that street art has nothing to worry about.

Cover Me : Wrapup of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008

December 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News | Leave a comment
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I hope that I attract a wide variety of art lovers with many differing tastes, who all find enjoyment in the semi-coherent chatter I publish daily. I know a lot of you read or have visited many of the majoy art sites, I hope I can give you something new in the little goodies I find on the web. I don’t remember if I was doing a google image search or what, but this site was kinda cool. I’m not sure what the criteria is to make it on this virtual map, but it might be useful to some. You click on the little tags and it will tell you about current shows that are going on all over the US. I have heard about the Eventful website in the past, but I was surprised when one of my image searches led me to this website, which listed a lot of current art events in and around Miami and Palm Beach, which I just discovered is home to yet another sumptuous art gathering, the Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair.

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In the past, I have known people who have been proponents on culling the less than intelligent portion of the population. Such an attitude is not going to win you followers! Better yet, lets raise the bar for readers and other art bloggers. Out of left field, came one of the most comprehensive and meaningful bits of writing about the week at Art Basel came across my virtual desk. While I had to wonder what might have motivated this well-thought out piece of writing, I had to appreciate it. I am blogging on a subject that is relatively new to me so I enjoyed this as I would a fresh Braeburn apple, and I savored every bite. Either I am not searching in the right places, because there are some art bloggers are offering us something more substantial than tasty but unfulfilling art hors d’oeuvres. Your humble host included. :-p Who know that men.style.com would have one the best blog entries on art basel miami beach I have read all week. This guy doesn’t mince any words, and his entry is humorous and well-written. Loved it.

In my wanderings along the shore, I overturned a stone and discovered this contemporary art blog. Another facet, how interesting. This person is a speculative collector, and unfortunately, he only updates his blog once a month. I’d like to see more.  Art as Authority is another obscure blog that caught my attention, but sadly, this one isn’t updated much either. Looks funky, check it out.

I stumbled upon Wynnwood Art Magazine today, it offered a neutral rundown of events, decorated with praise for this annual fair. I learned something else new today. Having lived in San Francisco for six years, I remember seeing a lot of guerilla marketing. When I was younger I didn’t know how to discern between public art and advertising, I guess you won’t know unless you know who created the images. I saw a lot of stickers and spray painting in random places of an image inside a star, and one word: OBEY. He likes to party down with SuperTouch Art. Slowly, the peices of the puzzle are coming together. Digging around for images of the OBEY public art, I stumbled upon this pretty cool blog on public/street art with tons of cool photos – Global Graphica. GraffHead is of a similar vein, but this blog covers other topics, like fashion and music. Hey, this is fun!

This blog and foray into art has been a learning process, and I’ve blogged a few times about Street Art, because its the sort of emerging art form we enjoy. This entry didn’t clarify anything about the subject for me, so I’ll have to keep my eyes and ears open. In my image searches I find pretty cool things too that were related to Art Basel Miami Beach, like this photojournalist’s blog, Digital Light. There is something very immediately engaging about his pictures. I wonder if he ever attended Miami Art Basel.  Check out his blog.

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During the week, the daily blog is a bit of a production, it can take an hour and that’s if I’m not distracted by 20 different things and even more alerts that come in as I write. I’ll be sitting there doing my daily blog, and my blackberry will start buzzing, and 3 out of 5 times its some news alert that has to do with art or basel or contemporary something or other. Or as in the case tonight, I am capturing video for my next vlog and I’m trying not to get off track.  This will be a 2 blog day, since the vlog is the hot new thing. And we’re hot, so of course we will vlog.

Meaningfully. On things other than Miami Art Basel. In the next post.

So yes, I’ve been sick as a dog for three days straight and have blogged daily. Being hungover/tired is no excuse either. I am dedicated! :-> Now this new post on the Soul of Miami website has an event that might offer up some more substantial fare. Then I read the tag words “high-profile”, “VIP”, and “Exclusive” on its website as it describes it attendees and events, and I fear this is just a tiny art predator in the making. The Palm Beach fair has been around 12 years, and this is the first I’ve heard of it. I learn something new every day! This fair focuses primarily on Miami and New York collectors and artists, as well as some international exhibitors. I only saw two galleries from Santa Fe, a a few from California even represented in their list. The Northwest did not make it onto their radar. Perhaps we can help remedy that!

Before you mistake me, and wonder why I am championing the cause of art in the west, let me say that while I have spent the majority of my life on the east coast, I focus on artists on the west as a theme for pioneering, and now expand that to any coastal city near water or a beach. SEA SHOW is about the confluence of art & life, art & the myriad things that form modern life, and the beauty that ensues when those elements combine. It contributes to my happiness immensely!

Aftermath : See. Eat. Bye.

December 9, 2008 at 10:36 am | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News | 4 Comments
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I’ve never spent a week reporting on an event, but I am glad I spent a week doing it, it was a exercise in journalistic bravery. If you know how to scan the web efficiently, can recognize an article posing as a thinly veiled advertisement, and know how to assemble words in an engaging fashion, it is possible to do reporting when you’re not actually at an event.

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Style Mag for example, used this week as an opportunity to make a special issue just for Miami Art Basel. We can’t blame them for wanting to capitalize on the event like everyone else is doing, but a more in-depth article with some images from the magazine would have been nice. Globatron was one of those magazines where my initial impression was intrigue, which was only heightened by my discovery that this is the website of a masked art critic. He was at Art Basel and has a ton of photos to show us. Was he masked during the fair? Does he not know anyone in the art world? Interesting questions to ponder.

I found some video from Art Basel Miami Beach on the Globatron website, and I couldn’t get through this video without laughing. I’m not even going to comment on the videograhy/inteview, its just not fair, since not everyone is as good as we are. Also, I’m a comedian at heart, so I find many things funny. I may make fun of something, but its only because I like to see humor in a situation and usually its the first thing that comes to my mind. In the beginning of the video is an interviewer with a gentleman wearing dark sunglass and whose voice is cracking from what might be too much shouting at a noisy party the night before. I’m just guessing thought. You be the judge.

Numbers are important, so the slew of articles I’ve seen today on Art Basel Miami Beach were more numerous than any other day this week. Maybe some were too busy assessing the facts on the ground before writing, wanted to read all the news about it before chiming in, or simply not including the right keywords. Either way, there is a lot for me to show you today. I’m sorry if you’ve had your fill I was going to go back to the interesting reporting I was doing on other subjects, but there was too much to not do a wrap up.

The New York mag article expressed its disdain for the lack of excess at this years parties, particular ones which are known for their lavish nature, were not up to this reviewers’ discerning tastes. Apparently they would like to see larger piles of lobsters on ice, or perhaps I interpreted the article incorrectly.

While at some point we would love to sell advertising and form partnerships with other art groups, my reporting is completely biased and based on my personal opinion. On the other hand, I’m sure the Miami Herald would love to see more action, visitors, and things to report on so their overall analysis was middle of the road and seemed in line with the public persona Art Basel wanted to maintain. I may be presumptuous but any writer knows, you need to have an opinion. Don’t hold it against me if you don’t happen to like mine, I’m just playing by the rules. Sorta.

I couldn’t help but chuckle when I started reading this entry in BlackBook. This person had a good time and say there are opportunity for artists at Art Basel. But of course! I don’t think anyone ever said there wasn’t. Getting there, or into a major gallery in order to be a part of it is an entirely different story. Let’s tell the whole story before we start calling anyone a hater. I like the variety of opinions, its made the week so spicy! My only question is, Would I be considered a hater?

The bloggers at Flavorwire aren’t the only ones who are die hard attendees of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, they obviously get around, and know how to work it, giving the obligatory shout outs to the people they perhaps got business cards from and just had to include in their blog. Nice pics. Also they were complaining that they were too busy partying to get up early Friday and didn’t get to swim in the beach every morning they were there. Boo Hoo.

I was excited to hear about artwork from the Northwest respresented there this week by some artists from Portland, even if you did have to go off the beaten path to find it.

Day 4 : Green Basel

December 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm | Posted in 1, Art Exchange, Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News, Travel Updates, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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So its been exciting for me since starting this daily blog that some of these stories that I pick up on pop up in my alert box, sometimes the very next day!

This is a great article with a great rundown of the fair- its straightforward and portrays the event in an accurate light. There’s plenty of read and its useful info, please enjoy.

If you’ve managed to fight off the hangover, get over to the new Frost Museum and indulge with breakfast in the sculpture garden Sunday morning. Artchival is a website that I just came across. In late October, they posted a run-down of events to enjoy. Definitely one to check out! Since the fair started, we’ve had celebrity sightings all over Miami, with Pam Anderson got in on the action and was spotted enjoying some art yesterday, too.

A particular article from Murakami jumped out at me since he was in the news recently, so I paid a visit to a blog called the Pursuit Aesthetic which comments on fashion and culture, and had mentioned this event with this artist. Ther and linked to this website, which had a link to an event stranger website on fashion and footwear, that also had pics from the the artist’s night in a costume.

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I will give Art Basel some props for its eco friendly efforts. I hope the Paint the Town Green party that went on Friday to celebrate the Green was also green.

I just reported on CasaLin yesterday for the first time, since I am intrigued by Public Art and stuff outside the norm. I was reading through my daily posts when I scanned an article with this gorgeous image of what looked like an entrance to Narnia. It was the public art display that I commented on yesterday. Pretty cool!

This website, Arrested Motion, had tons of photos from the Pulse Miami fair. It prompted me to do a comparison with some of the art I saw at the artwalk since they looked so similar. If Seattle artists with no gallery representation can create art objects that are so similar to the same art that sells every year at Art Basel Miami Beach, it really puts it into perspective. The Salon was slow to accept artists who were working outside the norm, and it was a catalyst for the early impressionist and post-impressionists.

This competition underscored the disdain for experimentation. Master Art will always do well at auction, because of its universal appeal. The emerging/Contemporary artist is always one step ahead, but becayse of this he or she has to push past accepted boundaries. If one day some of these other artists and art experiences were to make thier way to Miami Beach during Art Basel, then I feel like the art world would experience an incredible amount of excitement, and the event can really be worthy of something besides being seen as something which it is now, the fair and its related commentary completely focused on parties and sales and established players, but what I feel is very little on intellectual progress for the art world to enjoy and benefit from; broad discussions and genre exploration.

LEFT IMAGES : Miami Art Basel 2008 Gallery Peices – December 2008 RIGHT IMAGES: Seattle Artwalk at 619 Western Artists’ Loft – December 2008

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As I was drafting this latest post, a flurry of strange alerts and notices made themselves known to me. One article felt on the need to insist that there is more to Art Basel than the art fair itself. Why yes, that’s true, but there wouldn’t be any crowds if it weren’t for the main fare. I think it will be a long time, if it ever happens, that Art Basel will begin to be known for the variety of art experiences that you won’t find on any elegant satin finish card. Heck, we could even find a way to integrate and benefit talented young local artists who study the craft. Being in the proximity of Art Basel Miami Beach is not going to get these art students any closer to the Contemporary Art world, for reasons that were clear to me early on.  I give Art Center Sarasota a gold star for hosting an opening of political art this fall. Those guys are fighting the good fight.

Art & Absinthe is a cool looking site that I found good information and not so good images of another one of the satellite art events. So Sunday is the last day, I’m sure it will be a flurry of more last minute buying and feverish sales, so it should be pretty interesting to write about; this is fun!

Day Two : Basel Pulse

December 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News, Travel Updates, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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Interestingly, so many of the references I find in my as-it-breaks art alert are taking me to financial sites, I end up reading strange documents about the long-term viability of Turkish Painting as an investment, or the strange hotel industry web sites that are reporting on the secondary effects felt on the tourism industry when an event like Miami Art Basel manages to avoid straining its already wide financial girth. Its no secret that wherever Art Basel goes, collectors and their whimsy will follow. Gridskipper is a travel site but has a nice Art Basel guide with maps and tons of info, a nice refreshing treatment of the events.

I’d been coming across articles about the new Frost Museum more than once in the past week, but its popped up enough times that I have to mention it once more. If you want to go see the new museum along with all the other strange shiny things to enjoy in Miami during Art Basel 2008, check out this article on Examiner.com for info on the events and how you can get there via shuttles this week. Her partner at the Examiner is also covering the event.

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This photo could be something out of Miami Art Basel. These colorful characters were on hand last night at 619 Western, where SEA SHOW artist Dr. JohnnyWOW! was showing, as were scores of other attractive young art zombies. It was a good time, so I’ll be sure to blog about it very soon! There are a lot of good looking people, but sometimes I wonder if the Art Basel Miami Beach is like the artwalk, lots of traffic, little substance. Some of us here in Seattle are fighting the good fight, perhaps its not a bleak as it seems.

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With so much conflicting information about the Contemporary Art World, I’m afraid your humble host can be of no help. I can only offer you information that seems to discredit other forecasts and impressions of the market for Contemporary Art. Like the record sale of a Suerat, conflicting with the latest statistics from Sotheby’s about sales trends in the Contemporary Art market.

Those that have the means will undoubtedly make the trip to Miami to be a part of a year of flux for an Contemporary Art market which seems just as incomprehensible as some of its visions. Its a smart time to travel, especially from Europe, so smart collectors undoubtedly factored all these elements in and likely decided to attend the Miami Art Basel.

Smart collectors know that there will be some great art on hand. If they have the time and opportunity, they will come here to seek that art and be a part of a scene that repeats itself year after year. Its like all my tech friends and MacWorld, they can’t resist.

The sheer variety of links I see daily really make the who blogging process pretty fun and easy! I’m committed to it, so its a matter of deciding what amuses or interests me the most, and passing it onto you! That’s right, you too can experience the shimmering effulgence. This is an art blog, so I can be a little creative, right?

Everyone is reporting on Art Basel, from news about the parties, to celebrities that were seen out and about, the buyers attitudes, you can practically blog about a dozen or more topics related to this event and not cover it all. The possibilities are endless.

Art by Naoto Hattori

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This week we want some structure, so its going to be all Art Basel, all the time, but for just this week. See it through the eyes of a visitor of who revels in the convergence of art and luxury in his blog. I am not promoting any particular links or sites or events, just trying to give you a variety of information, choices, and pretty pictures for your delight.

I really like the SuperTouch site, so much that I have to restrain myself from including links all the time. I like the art in this show, because its fun and colorful and so am I, but for some reason the pics are grainy. That’s no fun. Check out another cool blog with info on the paintings Marilyn Manson is displaying.

While I normally think an artist is no longer undiscovered when the local media picks up on it, I am nontheless intrigued by this CasaLin, which is a private property that has a portion designated as an art gallery.

As I had mentioned before, anything that involves forging into new art territory, melding forms, blurring lines, that’s where I want to be. This won’t be the last time you hear one of my many mantras. One of my other is simply, Support the Arts! Which of course we love to do. Which also leads to the fringe artist feeling of fascination and revulsion at what the art world is today, its essence personified in Miami Art Basel. Granted, this is an international event which I have never attended in any continent, so admire me for my guileless efforts, or illuminate me so that I can offer more concise rambles.

Let me assure you, my intentions are honorable and my blogs are far from scathing. If you’re as smart as I know you are, you’ll understand and hopefully be invoked to think or act about art! :->

So surely the investors have been doing their work today and are aware of or attended the art sales held at Sotheby’s, they know that there are still big sales being made but that this is a pivotal year for Contemporary Art, so this only adds to the intrigue that is fermented at this event.

If the radio and blog updates just aren’t giving you enough of what you need, thing being art basel, you can check out some video. This is an oft-visited site I’m sure, but its new to me, and on my radar. Looks interesting.

Aside from a usual run down of events going on this weekend, I must say I am surprised to find out that some think that my daily coverage of Art Basel is from first hand experience?

Yes, some kind souls reached out to me after hearing my anguished words of truth. Karma, in an ocean of joy. I will definitely to keep an eye on other reporters from Seattle in their adventures in Art Basel Miami Beach 2008! SlamHype is an art & music blog I’ve noticed recently, they like SuperTouch too but I like the diverse effort on this site, it has random goodies about Art Basel and links to music. Again, not a lot of time to check out a ton of the links, but it looked good from what I saw.

From when I heard about this event, I wanted it for artists that have opened their art to our organization, and my blog this week is my way of touching the event on behalf of those awesome artists I work with.  I hate to disappoint my readers, but your jet-setting author does not have Miami Art Basel on her social calendar this week. I do have up to the moment updates on articles related to the event and modern art that I see throughout the day, so I hope I have my finger on a current that is helpful and interesting to my readers and artists I work with.

Let me briefly diverge from Art Basel to give you an update on an ongoing saga that the art world in America has been watching closely. We had news of an announcement a week ago about the bailout, and ever since then the art world has been waiting for news about the fate of Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.  The stalemate in a descision to accept the gift has prompted the donor of the gift to try to reassure the museum. As we wait for other potential donors to step forward, you can be sure that however this art drama resolves, it will be interesting.

What do you think about our Art Basel coverage? Am I onto something? Are you bored yet? The blog overall? Email the author, and tell us how you feel, or give us a hi-5 with an encouraging comment! We like you too.

My next post will have some images and video from my night at artwalk.

Art Basel – l’herbe royale

November 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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It is 5am on the west coast but I get art new as it breaks, so all these articles on Basel and the economy so I’m inspired to get my blog(s) in for the day.  I like that they’re pushed to my phone, if I’m not in front of my computer I can close my Twitterberry window and check out my alerts.

I like it when I get routed away from the usual art blogs and into websites like the financial times, that talk about what is without a doubt one of the major concerns at Miami Basel aside from Art, that being the spending that goes on there. Honestly, I’m not trying to stir up some contraversy here in the disparities of the Contemporary Art world and the day to day challenges in the life of your struggling artist. I wasn’t the first to think of these events as exclusive, Art Nexus said it first.

I’m sure there are many who have visited Artipedia before but I like the layout and it seems like a cool site with Basel related updates, so check it out for some upcoming exhibitions.

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I happened upon this one while searching for images of a Miami Art Party. I visited the site of a group that is throwing fringe parties. The pull of Miami Art Basel 2008 is undeniable, even for the most humble of us.


Paintings of the Founders of Miami Art Party

The many reviews and articles I come across related to this event seem to vary a great deal, their commentary flavored with the assumptions on who writes them. Some writers are obviously fans, while others don’t do a very good job of hiding their distaste for the particular artist of musician they are reviewing.

While I am definitely a fan of promoting events with exceptional details, the sense of that must accompany such a gathering is certainly a draw for some, and these upcoming articles only add to the anticipation for many. In fact, the article that I had read last year on Miam Art Basel 2007 was in the November issue of the Smithsonian Magazine.

The article in question is not the very interesting article I have included here, but it was a mutli-page spread in the print version of the magazine on the event that sent my mind to thinking as I began to consider what impact this event has on the state of art overall, and what it represents for the underground artists and unarticulated forms I encounter in my work with The SEA SHOW.

Of course I couldn’t attend then and there, but this event plagues me like some strange prize like a satin sash in a beauty contest. I want to see cutting edge art forms get to that other place.

I want people to see aperson creating many forms of art simultaneously, and presenting them together, and have a context in which to understand it, have an opportunity to enjoy such speculation, to venture a new interpretation.

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I see something raw, and beautiful in art that has no audience, art that exists in spite of any obstacles. This is an emerging art form. I’m not the only person who sees this colassal event as a prism of all the challenges the art world represents to the artist, the Skywalker Parade being an example of this.

Photo by Kinya Hanada

Don’t ask me how I stumbled upon this one. Its an art page for WPBT, and it has info and videos on, you guessed it right folks, Miami Art Basel. If you’ve had enough talk about Basel, don’t worry. I have a TON of overall info and commentary on general art topics coming. But the readers want Basel, so I have to give it to them.


I’m also not sure what this guy is up to but it looks like an interesting compendium of modern art, and I’ll definitely be back to visit.

Street art happened to pop up in today’s searches. Coincidentally, there is a lot of excellent art that consists of graffiti and anonymous outdoor paintings.

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When you see murals when you visit places like these in Miami and in the Mission district of San Francisco, you don’t get the feeling that Street Art is the fad that some purport. For years, the city has enjoyed the eager talents of artist who get their art out there unlike any other.

Not sure what exactly this fellow is up to with his blog but its got a bunch of links to all things Miami Art and Contemporary Art, so its worth a click in my humble opinion.

If for some reason you do make it to the art mecca that is Miami during Art Basel 2008, then you might find yourself in a need of a cold drink. Make your way to one of the parties hosting an open bar during their parties during the week. Even the cops are cutting loose in Miami.

If you do by some chance decide at the last minute to go, look on Craigslist for the sublets, or like one of my colleagues, post on twitter that you need a place to stay and hope that you have a devoted enough following to at least get some leads. Or you can look at the suggestions on Frommer’s, which list an alternative housing resource.

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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