Art Basel 2010: Winners and Losers

Another Art Basel Miami Beach is in the books. And with that, we wanted to take some time to look back at who actually made big strides last week, and those who, despite their best intentions, just fell flat on their faces. Here are the winners and losers during this year's Art Basel.

Photo by Ian Witlen
Art Basel Winners

The art district seems to be gaining steam over South Beach every year. How long until its Art Basel Wynwood? This year, the mainland saw the loss of Design Miami/, but nobody seemed to notice or care. What really helped the arts district this year was that taxis finally got the memo: Visitors want to visit the up-and-coming neighborhood, and they were shuttled safely from their South Beach haven to Wynwood's grungy warehouses.

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Taxis & Pedicabs
If you were a purveyor of an alternative mode of transportation, you can probably afford to take us out to dinner. Yellow cabs were everywhere, even Wynwood, making us feel at one point, we were in New York instead of Miami. For shorter distances, Green Mobility Network provided pedicabs that zoomed revelers all around the district for free.

Photo by Jose D. Duran
Hello Kitty
Sanrio was just one of so many brands that used the event to sell a product. Others who took advantage of the spotlight and crowds: AOL, Bally, and even the soon-to-be-open local coffee house Panther Coffee. But even a panther couldn't beat the soft roar of a cute pussy. At the Hello Kitty's Small Gift Miami, people lined up and quickly snatched up appointments for free Sanrio tattoos done by artists flown in from Los Angeles. Yes, people willingly became billboards for the kawaii culture brand.

Photo by Michael McElroy
Street Artists
The smell of paint fumes took over the air all week thanks to the curated walls of events like Wynwood Walls, Primary Flight, and Graffiti Gone Global. Each year, it seems more and more street artists are descending upon Miami to (legally) create murals that add long-lasting vibrancy to the area even after the white tents are long gone.

Some years, it's penises. Others, it's vaginas. But seriously, this Basel was the year that women's breasts seemed to capture the fascination of artists. Newer work on display at places such as Scope, Basel, and Art Miami couldn't seem to get enough of the lady lumps. There were salt-lick boobs at Pulse and boob headdresses at Fountain. Not that we're complaining. We've all suckled from the teet at one point in our lives -- during childhood, natural... kinky though if you are doing it as an adult.

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