Paul Klein’s First Report from Art Basel Miami, 2013

Reblogging Paul Klein‘s great visual overview of Art Basel. It appears less hype and trendy this year. Not many ‘words’ this year. 

From Paul Klein, Chicago, Huffingtonpost

I’m in Miami again, visiting the mother of art bordellos, Art Basel Miami Beach. There’s room for every opinion about this show. I saw lots of beautiful, impressive art from the secondary market and plenty of significant art seen for the first time. And it’s all expensive.

It’s the money that shapes this show. What’s sold must be to expensive to cover the cost of participating. There’s some, but not much risk-taking; mostly ‘just’ high end, top notch merchandise. See how many of the artists you recognize.

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I also went to the Untitled Art Fair, which is literally on the beach, in a tent. Much of the art on view is by young, emerging artists. It’s fun and uneven. Whereas in the ABMB show (above) viewers ‘know’ they are looking at good art, here it is up to each individual to make up their own mind.

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I’ve enjoyed the shows. I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse.

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