A R T | B A S E L

M I A M I   B E A C H

This time of the year, if you're like me who enjoy cold weather in London or New York where I can cozy up in front of the fireplace with a fuzzy blanket with my dog while drinking a cup of tea, or for better, a glass of Bordeaux, Miami may not be the place you'd think of going. 

I do not particularly like the weather in Miami because it's just brutally hot. It certainly does not help when I'm wearing all black. But this time of the year, not only the weather gets cooler and breezier, but also something magical happens in Miami Beach - Art|Basel.  
Art|Basel is a world-leading show staged annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong. This year, over 200 of the world's leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art - ranging from editoned pieces by emerging artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. 
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It was mesmerizing to see my favorite photography of all time, an eerie image of a skull - a tattoo on the back of a shirtless boy by Ari Marcopoulos. It is also a cover of his 2008 book, The Chance Is Higher.

The first time I came across his work was one weekend in 2008 when I was strolling through SoHo, New York City. I found a little stairs that led me to a tiny book store called Dashwood Book on Bond St. That's when I first saw the poster, a floating skull tattoo with a fine pattern of cross-hatch photography by Ari Marcopoulos. - I immediately fell in love with it. I could not afford his book back then, so I printed out his photography from the web, and framed it with $4.00 black wooden frame I purchased at the thrift shop down from my old apartment. - 10 years later, I still have the same exact framed replica hanging on the wall in my flat, and I can still say that it's my favorite photography of all time. 

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Ari Marcopoulos · Fergus McCaffrey

SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM THE SHOW

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VOID/əv/COLOR - Art|Basel

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Joseph Kosuth · COLOR - 1967 · Massimodecarlo

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Richard Avedon · Brigitte Bardot - 1959 · Pace/Macgill Gallery

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Alberto Burri · Nero Cellotex - 1986-1987 · Mazzoleni

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Theaster Gates · A Communistic Romance - 2017 · White Cube

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VOID/əv/COLOR - Art|Basel

Trevor Paglen · Karnak, Montezuma Range Haar, Hough Transform, Hough Circles, Watershed - 2018 · Metro Pictures

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George Segal · The Dumpster - 1994 · Templon

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Carol Rama · Autorattristatrice n. 8 - 1970 · Lévy Gorvy

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VOID/əv/COLOR - Art|Basel

Jason Martin · Untitled II - 2018 · Lisson Gallery

 

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