Dialogue

Top Exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach this year

We love the annual extravaganza that is Art Basel Miami Beach. It is not just over the top, with estimated whole value of $3 billion (USD), it's a cultural love fest of unimaginable, and enormous, financial and global proportion. We are enamored of the rich selections and visual drama offered by artists, dealers and galleries, and where else can we find such beyond par people watching?

2015? Yes, you can find us there.

Our top exhibition choices:

Ai Weiwei. Photograph and Crystal Cube, 2014. Crystal (leaded glass) cube 100 x 100 x 100 cm (1 cubic meter). Singular. Neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

Ai WeiWei's singular photo shows his arrest, taken in elevator with arresting policemen. His hand and the flash cover the bruises on his face from the arrest. Both works sold, separately, at very respectable prices. Ai WeiWei and other respected contemporary artists who consider glass as a medium of expression bridge the interesting gap of contemporary glass to contemporary fine art.

Jack Early's solo presentation at Fergus McCaffrey (New York and St. Barth’s) had us with the giant blown-up portraits of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, facing each other across a floor of bright yellow puzzle pieces. Yes, it was fun, intelligent, and had us all taking snaps.

We might be going out on a limb to suggest this work by Martin Creed (Work No. 2070: People, 2014. Neon, metal, motor. 126 x 120 x 5 in) was the most Instagramed (is that a word?) piece at the fair. It was irresistible and got my finger on the video shot dot, available for your viewing pleasure here.

We might be going out on a limb to suggest this work by Martin Creed (Work No. 2070: People, 2014. Neon, metal, motor. 126 x 120 x 5 in) was the most Instagramed (is that a word?) piece at the fair. It was irresistible and got my finger on the video shot dot, available for your viewing pleasure here.

Roni Horn's $3.5 million, 10,800-pound lead glass sculpture is at Hauser & Wirth's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, is said to have taken 18 months to make.

We don't know if this sculpture by Alexander Calder was the most expensive work on view, but it was probably close at $35 million.

Patrick Parrish's exhibition at Design Miami was a showcase of precise geometric detail,  including the young woman seated at the desk. There was no question which exhibitor she worked with when she walked about to stretch her legs!

Every year, Art Basel Miami Beach features an extravagantly transformed exotic car. This year, we congratulate the choice to address the past, and past glory. And, I think, every artist I know, could say this about their work. Only available to guests at the Collector's Lounge.