Art Basel Miami Beach Concerned About Possible "Occupy" Protest

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Where will the one percent be this week? Glugging down free champagne and writing checks for million dollar art works during Art Basel Miami Beach, of course. Naturally, rumors of the 99 percenters staging an Occupy Wall Street related protest at the ritzy art fair are swirling, and ABMB is so concerned they've sent out a letter about the possibility to gallerists.

Here's the letter obtained by ArtInfo:
Dear Gallerist,

I hope this email finds you well, and we look forward to welcoming you very soon at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

As you may have read or heard, there is the possibility of an Occupy protest taking place in the vicinity of Art Basel Miami Beach and/or its coinciding events.

I wanted you to know that we are monitoring the situation and working closely with local authorities to ensure the show's operations, while at the same time respecting the First Amendment.

Please direct any media inquiries regarding this issue to me.

With best regards,

Dorothee Dines
PR and Media Manager
The Occupy movement in Miami-Dade has been surprisingly low key and peaceful. Though, that's mostly because the protesters are tucked away in Government Center.

Could a more visible protest during one of the county's key cultural events raise tensions? Considering that the Miami Beach Police Department has already had its fair share of controversy this year (drunk ATV cops, Urban Beach week, etc.), and that the one percenters who consider themselves art aficionados may also be slightly more sympathetic to the cause than some of their less-cultured economic peers we hope that whatever protest that may or may not happen remains peaceful.

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Afrimax
Afrimax

There will be a full replica of an Umoja Village Shanty (remember that? 2006 shantytown in Liberty City) on Collins and 21st. Thursday December 1 at 7pm. http://www.facebook.com/events...

wrdv52
wrdv52

These people are not the 1% nor the .01% that the occupy movement is after. Btw this occupy art basel movement , I just read, is a complete different entity from occupy Miami. Although OM says they support and encourage this group

Alexandra
Alexandra

I strongly encourage and support the occupy movement.I also love art.

It is important to keep in mind that I like many others go to this event to look at art created by artists around the world who channel their creativity and inner spirit through creativity and art. "Occupying" Art Basel is good to send the message about the 1% who buys millions of dollars worth of art but would also send the wrong message to our artists who like us, are part of the 99%. So really, Art Basel is not our enemy.

Here's an idea: I think instead of getting signs if there is an "occupation" we should all gather art supplies and make our own art outside of the convention center, sort of like an "Art-in". Chilean student protesters did a "kiss-in" as a way to protest against the government. An "art-" would be a more effective message that would show our support for fine arts and our fellow artists, but not necessarily the elite who can afford millions of dollars worth of art.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded ourunions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame

Rebloodicans /democrips party

Nearly half of Congress members are millionaires - a status shared by only 1% cent of Americans

jj
jj

the "1%" aren't the only people who can attend art basel.

Guest
Guest

yes! when and where will this occupy thing be? i will be there!

Guest
Guest

please don't generalize about the 1% and what they may or may not have done.

you don't know any more about them than they know about your or the other 99%.

Generalizations are dangerous and disrespectful.  Just ask any Jew, Black, Muslim and so on.

BuyMe
BuyMe

but they are the only ones actually buying the art...

nanook5
nanook5

just go ask at govt center, sheesh.

Raul Z.
Raul Z.

The dates/times the actual buyers will be at Basel events is not public information.

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