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Exclusive news from Art Basel Miami 2011

An exclusive update on last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach fair by our American reporters

CAROLINA PIMENTA & LAURA CARTAGENA

For the 10th edition of the most prestigious art show in America, Miami once again succeeded in hosting a memorable weekend of art, parties and amazing weather. More than 260 galleries took part in the many fairs showcasing the work of more than 2,000 established and upcoming artists. With a variety of parallel fairs such as Nada, Scope, Design Miami, Pulse, amongst many others, there was something for everyone’s taste. Miami is vibrant and full of energy during this week. People feverishly walk around, hitting all the booths and fairs on the hunt for their desired pieces.

The great thing about Art Basel Miami Beach is that you are not only able to see some of the greatest artists such as Rothko and Picasso but that one can also find some of the best emerging artists such as Polixeni Papapetrou and Christian Chaize, displayed at Pulse, a parallel fair.

“The Art Kabinett,” shows single-artist scattered throughout the fair. The better ones were unfortunately a bit hidden, as it was the case with the Francis Alys slide show “Sleepers” (at Galerie Peter Kilchmann); and others, like Elmgreen and Dragset’s “idealized gay sauna,” at Galeria Helga de Avelar, took over entire booths.

Not only is Art Basel reviving Miami’s cultural scene,  infamous parties were  held all over the town. The parties were big and glamorous as we rubbed shoulders with the likes of Paris Hilton, Todd Selby, Erin Wasson among others. The locations varied mainly between The Wall, Soho House, The Alchemist, Electric Pickle, Casa Tua, and of course, Le Baron at the Florida Room at the Delano Hotel, where everyone would end their night.

Find some more pictures and reviewed events on Carolina Pimenta’s Blog

Art Basel Miami Beach

Photos: © CAROLINA PIMENTA & LAURA CARTAGENA

by Gabrielle Berlin