Art Basel, Miami 2019.
At Art Basel, Miami, it’s all in-between genres where performance, politics, sculpture, video, sound, photography, painting, interior design, fashion, wild pheromones and visionary weirdness overlap. Waaaaaaaaaaaa!
Here we are in the season of tinsel and silver bells as art’s biggest bomb cyclone unleashes its bourgeois-cheeseball fury. Welcome to Art Basel, Miami 2019 — the carousal combining just about every element of late decadent consumer culture: instant gratification, conspicuous purchasing, artsy artifice (Maurizio Cattelan), overhyped aesthetics (Off-White), premium priced detritus (Perrotin), tacky fashion brands-as-totems (Dior), techno-narcissism (Opera Gallery), trashy counterfeit flair (the Chinese and the Russians) and cosmetic T&A everywhere à la Kardashian amour-propre.
It’s all good, though. The ‘Goldilocks’ economy/Trumptopia has got top galleries and art aficionados out in full force. The organizers of the fair estimate that 90,000 people will turn up, contributing some $30 mil to Miami’s local economy and oodles more in art sales, fees and ‘alternative investments‘. “A rising Trump tide lifts umpteen luxury yachts…and the little guys get some, too,” said one gallerist. “There’s trickle-up, trickle-down and trickle-all-around,” acknowledged another exhibitor at the newly renovated convention center, the fair’s bustling nucleus.
It’s awesome to observe the ‘animal spirits‘ of the art system’s swishest jamboree in full efflorescence. It’s also fun to observe the all glammed up ‘creative elite’ from NYC and London hob-nob with Hollywood celebs, hedge fund impresarios, alpha artists, A-listers, B-listers, wannabes, and the multitudes of miscellaneous party-goers.
We saw eco-imposter/actor Leo DiCaprio out gallavanting with sexpots Kendall Jenner and the Hadid tootsies til the wee hours (Leo’s ‘gf’, Camila Morrone, was nowhere to be seen). We watched Madonna‘s risqué little daughter, Lourdes Leon, participating in a provocative orgy (below – armpit hair and all) courtesy of avant-gardian Carlota Guerrero and Spanish fashion brand Desigual. We also got to attend Kanye‘s ‘Sunday Service‘, where he teased his latest track ‘Jesus is born‘ from his newest ‘Mary‘ opera. Ye, always ultra mod and eccentric, lacquered himself in metallic silver body paint along with Vanessa Beecroft, Kim K, and a deistic congregation murmurating on a canal boat (above – hallelujah!).
The most bananas part of the wingding, by far, was Maurizio Cattelan‘s super-fruity artwork called ‘Comedian‘ (the banana duct-taped to the wall below), which sold for $120K to a featherbrain from France during the preview. Hmmm. It could be a legit sale, felonious money laundering, a savvy prank, a PR move or something else (?)…But it’s definitely a reminder of just how robust the Trumpian economy is and how some suckers have more cash than brains.
Things escalated when performance artist David Datuna (above) ambushed Perrotin Gallery‘s booth, ripped the “art'”off the wall and devoured the forbidden fruit in front of a stunned convention center full of “art” lovers, most of whom had no idea whether they were witnessing even more “art”, or just some nonplussed rando eating the world’s most storied banana. Watch this. Subsequently, the story took another, even more surreal turn when the display wall was “vandalized” in the show’s final hours with “Epstien (sic) didn’t kill himself” in red lipstick, forcing exhibitors to shroud the writing with a white cover. The fruity artwork, which was the single most discussed topic at Art Basel 2019, is now the stuff of legend. In$ane!
In an ironic way, Art Basel, Miami is a shiny, supercilious shindig where much of the art has been marginalized amid a smorgasbord of theatrically sponsored parties, narrative propaganda and flashy as f^*k promos, which turn the place into an expensively embellished theme park fuelled by champagne, hors d’oeuvre, hot hookers, those Hadid broads, weirdo Eurotrash and a modicum of magnificent, unbelievable, wondrously cool artworks that reveal themselves randomly from subterranean nooks, off-site alcoves and incidental venues. Check out what we saw during Art Basel, Miami below.
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Photography VIVISXN + Artists above + Brittany Kubat
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