Art Basel Miami Beach: a behemoth of art at the heart of a week-long, Miami-wide cultural happening. Last year we managed to get a couple of days in at the beach before it all kicked-off, this year was straight into it – a sea of serious collectors, celebrities and artists (sometimes all rolled into one person) sweltering in the Miami heat during the day and drinking their way through the Miami bars during the night.
At the Fair itself we liked Lullin and Ferrari; the Taka Ishii Gallery; Alison Jacques (not only because of her great stand design); Thomas Dane; the Artprojx Art Video section; and Lisson, whose fast-sold Haroon Mirza piece was one of our favourites at the Fair.
Next door to the main event, and particularly of interest to my friend Libby Sellers (of the eponymous London design gallery), Design Miami was compact, sober and interesting, including a wonderful show by Murray Moss; some beautiful pieces on Caroline Van Hoek’s stand; and the perhaps unlikely re-creation of a Buckminster Fuller dome in the downtown Miami Design District.
Other top moments: long chats with Ron Arad on the plane; dinner at the Dutch, which we’d luckily taken the precaution of booking before they started publicising it; karaoke under the Shelbourne; and a Joe’s Stone Crab lunch on the beach!