Happy first official day of Art Basel Miami Beach! Disclaimer: This daily To Do List should by no means be used as your quintessential guide to ABMB. That’s too much pressure! Each morning for the duration of the fair, I’ll simply be listing the events and galleries and booths and parties I’m most excited to experience that day.
ABMB is brimming over with enough events, parties, celebrations, happenings, openings, galas and fetes to fill a whole month. To do it all would be utterly impossible, as hard as some might try. I’m going to be easy on myself and start the week out in a calm, cool, collected manner. The VERY 1st thing I will do is to pick up a scooter at whatever shop rents them nearest my hotel. Only way to get around Miami. Your cabs will cost you upwards of $50 per day. Scooters are around that, but WAY MORE FUN.
Cindy Sherman Untitled 1983, part of Adam Sender’s private collection
1.I’d recommend taking a rare opportunity to have a look at collector Adam Sender’s private collection, which boasts over 1,000 pieces of art, a good portion of which has never been seen publicly. The exhibit is called “Home Alone!” and plays with the Toy Story-like question of what might happen when you leave your art to it’s own devices. The collection is impressive and features works from Urs Fischer, Sara Lucas and Richard Prince. This will be a treat. The exhibition’s curator, Sarah Aibel organized the show to look as domestic as possible, so it should feel like we’ve been invited over to Sender’s home for an intimate peek (Adam doesn’t live at the space anymore, but keeps it to store art). Located at 5763 North Bay Road.
2.Next, scooter over to the Bass Museum (2100 Collins) and get some holiday shopping in at the Grey Area pop up store. They specialize in artist designed products (you know, that “grey area” between art and design). The shop features over 60 artists including Julian Schnabel, Ed Ruscha and Tom Sachs. And while you’re in the neighborhood, don’t be alarmed by the rows of Storm Troopers across the way at the Boulan South Beach (Collins and 21st). They’re the work of installation artist, Mr. Brainwash, who is back again with his cardboard Clone Army.
3.OHWOW’s ABMB show, ‘It Ain’t Fair’ launches from 6-9pm today at 81 NE 40th Street, featuring works from Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Agathe Snow, Sam Falls and many more. Later on, we’ll fete the affair at New York’s finest no-strip-policy strip club The Westway which will host a pop-up for the duration of the fair.
This is the must see for now. Check back tomorrow for the next list of must-do’s!