Seven Weird Sights at Art Basel 2013

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Courtesy of MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG
It came, it sprawled, it ate Miami for five days. And this is what it burped up.

Here are the weirdest things we encountered during Art Basel, America's biggest contemporary art show. Surely, this was only an itty-bitty fraction of the crazy.

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Courtesy of MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG
Artist David Colman dressed up as a priest/Father Christmas in his two-day performance piece "The Santa Confessional." He invited visitors into a confessional booth in Collins Park to divulge their darkest sins while Santa's helpers in green elf/choirboy outfits handed out money. Some people sat down only to angrily harangue Santa. Others wept.

Witnesses buzzed about seeing Jeffrey Deitch, an art dealer and the former director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, bump into Diddy at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Wednesday and say, "'Hi, Kanye." Diddy reportedly laughed it off.

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Kate Gilmore arranged six men and six women -- all topless, with long, dark, straight hair, and all in jeans and work boots -- atop pedestals lining Collins Park's main pathway. As onlookers walked by, the look-alikes slowly used sledgehammers to pound metal boxes to pieces. Was it a critique of America's hyper-sexualized consumer society? A violent interruption of art-world decorum? An homage to Miami local Iggy Pop? Who knows.


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11 comments
Andreas Haase
Andreas Haase

Please enough with the trashy sexual quazi art projects. Who would ever hang this shit on the wall...oh yeah, shit on the wall was so last year.

Liz Tracy
Liz Tracy

The Miami Beach Police Department were a HUGE source of misery this year. But that photobomb was a really delightful surprise!

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

if you're going to throw the baby out, make sure you do it during art basel.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

Basel was better last year not sure what they did to ruin it but the magic is gone replaced with a an overkill of a police presence..

Bert Quesada Bryans
Bert Quesada Bryans

Thaadeus, Basel is overrated and boring. Miami is, believe it or not, a buzzing and vibrant city. Please, let's not throw the proverbial baby out...

Thaadeus Brooks
Thaadeus Brooks

what a turd of an event...miami is overrated and boring

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