Monday December 2:
On the precipice of Art Basel Miami Beach fair and all that entails, I ruminated on the meaning of art as I gazed out my window past Biscayne Bay and up into the early evening clouds bathed in that orangey/blue neon hue fading to acid red that we recognize as winter; patterns of clouds swirling like the whorls on your fingertips.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes art as “controversial in contemporary philosophy. Whether art can be defined has also been a matter of controversy. The philosophical usefulness of a definition of art has also been debated.” Well. That was helpful.
It has been hotly debated whether or not Art Basel and all its trappings have a firm foothold on the purpose of art at all, given the champagne atmosphere of our week. And thank you NY Times for explaining to us that by Thursday everyone who’s anyone has gone home. Don’t expect neighborhood traffic to reflect that information.
Tuesday, December 3rd began with all the hoopla of Press sign ins and VIP previews for Design Miami, Art Miami, Miami CONTEXT, Miami Projects and oh so many more. I decided rather than become completely submerged until I attain that glassy eyed stare as quickly as possible, perhaps this year I will find the true meaning of Art Basel in it’s purest form...focus on the main fair and keep a gimlet eye on the sparkly exterior glitz.
Wednesday, December 4:
The fact that this was only one day, as in 24 hours, amazes me. Art Basel Miami Beach opened to Press and VIP guests with verve and style. The Fair Director Marc Speigler spoke about the 12th anniversary on