I Santissimi, Horror Vacui, 2012; Photo by Seanica Howe

To say that Art Basel has become significant for our fair city is a bit of an understatement.  Do we even remember what Miami was like before this major event elevated it from vacation destination to cultural hot spot?  Those of us that had never been exposed to million dollar art suddenly became connoisseurs and were granted permission to enter a world we thought only existed in New York and Paris.  

Well, the big daddy fair, father to which Miami now owes its claim to art fame, has, once again, occupied Switzerland.  No people, Art Basel is not just a Miami event and, just in case you are wondering, its fabulousness translates worldwide.

My first day in Basel had me starting with one of my favorite satellite fairs, SCOPE.  Sonja Hofstetter, head of SCOPE exhibitor relations, shared with me her thoughts on the major contrast between Art Basel in Basel versus Miami: that while Miami continues to live up to its reputation as a place to see and be seen, which comes as no surprise, Basel attracts the serious European collector, with many of the attendees flying in specifically to buy art.  

Paolo Grassino, Analgesia (2012), an outdoor installation courtesy of Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art; Photo by Seanica Howe.

Standing guard as visitors enter the fair is a group of junk yard dogs, an outdoor installation by Paola Grassino, reminding riffraff to keep out so that sophisticated types inside can get down to business.  

Ran Hwang, Secret Obsessions, 2013; © Ran Hwang/Courtesy Inception Gallery, Paris.

Seeing SCOPE Miami attendees Victori Contemporary and Aureus was a major treat, along with viewing contemporary art that ranges from I Santissimi's perplexing fabrication of a sectioned, crouching human, shown by Gagliardi Art System, to Ran Hwang's webbed chandelier of thousands of crystals and beads pinned to plexiglass.  Hwang is represented by Inception Gallery in Paris. 

Comenius Rothlisberger and Admir Jahic, The Invisible Heroes, standing with one of several works shown for the SCOPE art fair; Photo by Seanica Howe.

Comenius Rothlisberger and Admir Jahic, the artists better known as The Invisible Heroes, have works on display specifically for SCOPE.  In their stand alone space, this cool duo presents resin sculptural objects embedded with colored pigments, allowing reflections from fluorescent lighting to skate along their surfaces.  

Yves Hayat, Icones Fatiguees (left) and Parfums de Revolte (right), both from 2013; Photo by Seanica Howe.
However, the fair's definite crowd pleaser was a series of small clear cases with a big message. Created by Yves Hayat, these shriveling images of coveted icons and designer brands ask their admirers to consider the price paid for celebrity, consumerism, and wealth. Not to worry, in addition to showing in Paris, Hayat's dealer, Mark Hachem, also occupies a space in New York's Chelsea.  But if you've taken a vow only to see art in Miami, preferring a little more pizazz with your viewing pleasure, I'm sure he could be convinced to fly south for the winter...just in time for our spiced up version of this beloved event.

This article was originally written for publication with The Miami New Times Blog, Cultist, as one of a series of articles titled "Art Basel in Basel" by Seanica Howe.  This writing, as well as the remainder of the series, can be accessed at http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2013/06/art_basel_in_basel_day_one.php?page=2.       



12/27/2014 10:48am

Wow! I am basically impressed by the way you detailed out just about everything. It is genuinely going to assist me a superb deal. Thanks for sharing your thoughts so clearly.

10/24/2015 3:35pm

Artists will enjoy this post because a lot of artistically posts and pictures are shared in this post. The post shows the great works of the artists.


Wholesale Sexy Lingerie,High Quality!Low Price! Wholesale Leggings,Plus Size Corsets,Wholesale Halloween Costumes From China Suppliers LingeriePark.Wholesale Only,No Retail!


I am not sure where you're getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this info for my mission.

03/12/2016 1:59am

I maintain such info a lot.

03/18/2016 4:01am

Art Basel is very interesting cultural event!

04/05/2016 2:37pm

The week of the Art city show teems with parallel exhibitions and cultural events, making associate exciting setting that deepens and strengthens the link between gallerists, artists, curators and collectors.

04/28/2016 4:00am

I like modern art. What about you?


I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he
should also visit this web site on regular basis to get updated from newest information.

06/04/2016 9:14am

Animals are very loyal to their owner. Dog is known as the most loyal and pet animal in all over the world. It is used for different purposes and specially for military operations.

06/15/2016 4:54am

a very big subject, thanks for posting useful

08/13/2016 12:03pm

Interesting article, quite satisfactory.

08/15/2016 7:12pm

information is enough to make me interested to listen to what is contained in the article here, thank you for his information.


was quite happy with the information in these pages, is quite interesting and very bergunaka once for me personally

09/26/2016 7:28am

The art is having the lots of meanings if this is having some good kind of thought behind the stuff. Like this one that you shared here this is looking very interesting with the different combination of concepts. Hope you share more with us.


This is really interesting post, You are a very fine writer. I like your post very much, keep it up...

02/01/2017 7:34am

picasa for mac

04/02/2017 7:07am

The feline pet care info contained in this article provides 6 simple tips, that when followed will be all the feline health advice you need. These tips involve careful diet selection and how to read cat food labels, water, exercise, supplements and other ways to help your cat.

05/08/2017 9:29am

In the mid 1800s, European canines began working in law enforcement. Night shift officers felt the need for protection. Criminals in dark alleys could not hide from the keen senses of the Bloodhound or Belgium Malinois. Thieves preferred to surrender rather than risk attack. A perfect assistant for the night officer was discovered.

05/20/2017 1:31pm

Cinema Box APK is the latest android application to watch movies and Tv series for free. You need not pay any money to watch movies using Cinema Box app. This is an alternative app to Play Box HD and released by the same developers. Cinema Box App is available


Leave a Reply