Art Basel is an annual contemporary art event in Basel, Florida and Hong Kong, where established and up-and-coming artists can showcase and sell their work. Taking place this week, Miami 2019 has sort of been like going down the rabbit hole, or to the Upside Down. It’s become a place where anyone can do anything, where Kanye West can put on an opera or an artist can sell a mouldy banana for profit. Every morning our Instagram feeds have been full of the exhibitions, latest releases and after-parties from the night before, making it possibly been the most ‘gone viral’ art fair ever. If you happen to be one of the few that aren’t there, then fear not. BURO. outlines the talking points from the top moments from the week so far.
Maurizio Cattelan duct taped a peeling to a wall, and someone bought it for $120,000 USD (yes, you read that correctly). Presented by Perrotin, the artwork ‘Comedian’ is the first of the artist’s contributions to an art fair, and rumours have circulated that two of the three editions have now sold, with the latter selling for even more. However, this isn’t the first time Cattelan has made headlines in the art world and beyond, earlier this year his $6million USD 18-karat gold toilet was stolen from Winston Churchill’s childhood home, Blenheim Palace.
Harmony Korine, director of Kids, Spring Breakers and Gummo, teamed up with Snap and Gucci to launch a pair of sunglasses that explore the medium of 3D video storytelling. Korine’s short film made for the project Duck Duck featured an old man in a hot dog costume skateboarding around Miami Beach, and was erm… a little trippy. The Spectacles 3 glasses however, fitted with two cameras and have the Gucci monogram across the lenses, we can get on board with. Who cares if they block the sun, we want a pair.
Before the whole week really kicked off, Balenciaga teamed up with Crosby Studios’ founder Harry Nuriev to create a vinyl couch filled with worn and discarded clothing from the brand. By making a sofa stuffed with disposed garments, Nuriev intended to question the responsibility designers have to create consciously and sustainably.
The legendary 11th Street Diner got a Bottega makeover, featuring a lot of gold. It had all the fast food, milkshakes and fries you’d expect from a diner, but with a MUCH swankier interior.
You’d have to have been living under a social media rock to have not seen the collaboration between Dior and Shawn Stüssy. For the pre-fall collection Kim Jones and the Stüssy founder dished serious sartorial-meets-surfer style, with a footwear collaboration from Air Jordan’s too.
Working with interior designer Sasha Bikoff, Versace presented a series of limited-edition objects, clothing and accessories to showcase at the art fair. In true Versace fashion, the message was excess. As well as the house’s classic silk printed shirts, there was a surfboard bed, ship chandeliers and a bondage-detail swing.