The Curated Cool: My Week at #ArtBasel
By Sarah Owen

From having an intimate dinner with A$AP Rocky to a Target art show featuring 900 troll dolls, WGSN Youth Editor Sarah Owen shares her experience of Miami’s Art Basel

Dec 09, 2015
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It’s the one event each year when I look forward to escaping the brutal cold of New York, and head to Miami for some sunny weather and endless miles of art. Except this year, it was a week of torrential downpour. Luckily, the 22+ art fairs scattered throughout South Beach, Wynwood, and the Design District, are in well-covered tents, so perusing art was rain-free. Between scouting street style, reporting on art trends, doing a WGSN Instagram editor takeover (plus updating my own account!), attending events, and guest blogging for Collective Hub, there was never a dull moment this #ArtBasel.

The TOILETPAPER Lounge

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One of the most immersive and visually stimulating works I came across (and at one of my favourite art fairs – Untitled), the masterminds behind TOILETPAPER magazine, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari set up a site-specific lounge appealing to an Instagram-friendly crowd. Featuring a series of hyper-coloured carpets, faux tombstones, larger-than-life bars of soap, the space was an endless source of visual inspiration for everyone that peeked inside.

Dominique Pétrin

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Another piece I fell in love with (from Untitled art fair again) by Montreal artist Dominique Pétrin was this trippy installation that almost appeared as photoshopped artwork. By using screen printed and hand-cut paper, her labour of love is evident, especially as viewers are encouraged to step inside the piece transporting you to another realm; it’s a three-dimensional optical illusion.

Dinner with Kylie Jenner & A$AP Rocky

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A last minute invite to Mark Anthony Green’s private dinner in celebration of his Suite 010 exhibit, saw me planted down a few seats away from Kylie Jenner and A$AP Rocky. Because the event was closed to media, paparazzi was scarce so the gathering felt fairly intimate, and proceeded to the rooftop of the Dream Hotel after everyone finished their fish tacos and tequila shots.

Photo credit: Aaron Davidson / Getty Images

Target Too

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For a corporate conglomerate, Target did a pretty impressive job at infiltrating Miami Art Week. Set up at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, the #TargetToo exhibit featured everything from an 18-foot-long programmable boom box to a kinetic mirror comprised of over 900 Troll dolls.

Dev Hynes & Ryan McNamara

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There’s something magical about being in a museum at night, and the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) was transformed one evening for a collaborative performance by musician Dev Hynes (from Blood Orange) and artist Ryan McNamara. Spread across the terrace of the museum, eight moving sculptural platforms featured individual dancers and musicians, and gradually throughout the night joined together like one interactive puzzle.

Body Building Collection

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Created by Italian design studio, Atelier Biagetti, partners Alberto and Laura showcased what they called, the Body Building Collection. Housed in Design Miami, the installation and sculptures embodied the definition of “sports luxe”, by elevating gym equipment in the most luxurious way: think metallic leather punching bags and gymnastic rings turned into fluorescent light sculptures.

Jamie XX by III Points

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In the middle of the Art Basel madness, the III Points festival group put on a coveted concert series featuring Jamie XX (who was just announced as producer of the year by Spin) drawing crowds out to Mana Wynwood out of the hustle and bustle of South Beach. The performance was followed by Four Tet, but I was exhausted from photographing the art fair all day so Ubered my way home to bed.

Photo Credit: Dotmo

Sarah Owen is Youth Editor at WGSN. Follow more of her adventures at @sarahsarahowen.

Get more of her WGSN trend insight with her full Art Basel report here


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