Basel. Is It Worth The Hassle?
Art Basel in Miami has morphed into a Art buffet of sorts, if you're not too careful you can get very sick. At times you are overwhelmed by choice, all...
Art Basel in Miami has morphed into a Art buffet of sorts, if you’re not too careful you can get very sick. At times you are overwhelmed by choice, all you want to do is sample, but you run the risk of getting full very fast. My reason for attending was to see what was all the hype about, I went as an observer not as a purchaser. At this point I am more concerned with floor space then wall space.
This is not the case for the thousands who flock to Miami for sun, fun and the perfect piece for their living room(s). On opening day the race begins, serious collectors trade in stilettos for running shoes and come armed with a plan of attack. The red stickers go flying and galleries who pay an average of a hundred thousand in costs can justify their reasons for showing. But is it worth attending?, if you fit into the high roller category Basel is North America’s answer to Monte Carlo. Although during lunch I had the chance to dine with a serious collector who instead felt that it had become more like Las Vegas.