With the dust settling on Miami as Art Basel comes to a close, we look back on the week that brought us everything from virtual reality to Mickey Mouse
Although much talk during the week was of music acts to catch (Omar Souleyman, 2 Live Crew and Yo Majesty and shockingly Miley Cyrus were big hits) and celebrities spotted (Leonardo DiCaprio with best mate Tobey Maguire, Usher, Linda Evangelista) there was also some time devoted to art – where the attention should be. These were ten of best.
LES gallery James Fuentes showcased the work of this older artist in the new Survey section at Art Basel Miami Beach (older artist are hot these days). This collage-sculpture-installation piece fanned open like a circular book within the booth.
Jon Rafman took over room 1111 of the Deauville hotel, where NADA was held, for his pop up virtual reality installation where geek art fans would book a chance to peer into his interactive world. A medium we are going to see a lot more from.
Josephine Meckseper, as seen at Timothy Taylor Gallery’s booth at ABMB, never ceases to reinvent her approach to amalgam and presentation. Here, she showed three incredible collage graphic works on metal that explored ideas around consumption, capitalism and politics.
LA space Little Big Man Gallery had a whole booth devoted to older Japanese artists at Untitled (a surprisingly good mid level fair) and amongst the Araki and Keiichi Tanaami was this wildly perfect Daido Moriyama on canvas. One of the gems that make fairs worth the visit.
RADAMÉS ‘JUNI’ FIGUEROA
Guatemalan space Proyectos Ultravioleta had some gems by Radamés 'Juni' Figueroa at its booth NADA – including disused basketball transformed into plant pots and found object wall sculpture. Recycling at its most inventive.
Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes had a worthy retrospective at the Perez Art Museum Miami. It doesn't get more colourful than her graphic works layered with neon paint, foil and pattern. Like foliage and sunshine in painting form.
Everyone loves a shed. The East Hampton Shed devoted its projects stand at NADA to Brian Kokoska’s love of monochrome – in this case an entire orange booth, with an orange painting, and orange smiley sculpture placed on an orange plinth. Playful way to extend painting beyond the wall into space.
Zach Reini tore Mickey Mouse apart in a series of large canvases at Bill Brady Gallery booth at NADA. It was like the hands, ears and shape of the infamous mouse were deconstructed like layers of pop filo pastry.
Team Gallery’s booth at ABMB is always strong and this piece by Tabor Robak – a giant graphic iPhone holding page with swirling graphics – felt so horrifingly contemporary it made you want to hide your phone. A totem for the 21st century.
Kenton Parker created a secret little shed at the back of Soho Beach House. The space contained two mattress to lie on and look up at a HD video of spacescapes. Staring at the psychedelic installation of butterflies and stars was the best secret in Basel.