We Made It Thru Art Basel Miami 2014, And We’ve got the Pictures to Prove It

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We are late with this article and we know it. It’s just possible that this list got held up because we were reading everyone else’s Basel lists. They were clever, entertaining and made us cringe when we realized we had not ‘in fact’ seen everything Basel had to offer.

Miami Art Basel Week is amazing. It’s a art plethora of more art than is humanly possible for your brain to process…eyeball overload. At some point – no matter what anyone else tells you – it just starts to turn into ‘stuff’. But boy do I love ‘stuff’. Stuff from other countries, simple stuff I think I could make in my garage (I could not. It’s just the Bob Ross effect talking), huge stuff that you walk around trying to imagine how it was even conceived, stuff that you’ve only seen in magazines until now. Stuff that was born from imagination and memory, from social and political pondering, from dreams and nightmares.

If that sounds remotely romantic in notion and dramatic in speech – then good – that’s how I feel after getting to immerse myself in what I love doing. And I love having the opportunity to bring it back to you.

“It is simply a consideration of the arts out of which aesthetic reflection arises, and the experience out of which the arts grow, which they clarify and which they enhance”.

But I digress, switch off the artsy fartsy and simply say…Yo, here’s our Art Basel Miami 2014 list.

If you’re still not overloaded, check out our roundup of the Miami Art Project, Pinta (Latin American Art Fair), The Rubell Collection, and Miami Scope. For the sake of time and sanity we’re gonna call it: The Best of the Rest.

*the pics belong to us, the quote to Irwin Edman.

CARCASS: ROXY PAINE’S FAST FOOD KITCHEN CARVED ENTIRELY FROM WOOD

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My first encounter with Roxy Paine’s work was his exhibition of  ‘Control Room’ – I was awed then and it just keeps getting better. What you’re looking at is a full scale replica of a commercial fast food kitchen.  I’ll be indulgent and call it an androgynous one at that – no logos, no colors, no distinctions of any kind. A tasty little parallel to what is or isn’t artificial in this environment and the one it mimics.

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Carcass, 2013
birch, maple wood, glass, fluorescent
13′ 7″ x 20′ 1/2″ x 13′ 13/16″ (H x W x D)

Kavi Gupta Chicago | Berlin
photos by: Joseph Rynkiewicz