Art Basel 2014 was an interesting event. There were parties and celebrities. Also a Picasso painting got stolen. 75,000 people visited the event which had 250 galleries. Fred Snitzer had a gallery there including a Bass and Matisse. The Michael Jon gallery which had static art by Marina Abromovi. Artist Jeffrey Deitch had a party with Miley Cyrus.
There was a sculpture by Oreza and Moreno which got broke. Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins hosted a lavish dinner for architect Peter Marino, the recipient of Design Miami’s Design Visionary Award.
Unfortunately a Picasso called Visage aux Mains was stolen in an apparent elaborate eist. Police are trying to find out who did it. In terms of sales, Alexander Calder at Helly Nahmad Gallery was on sale for $35M. A $15 million Andy Warholportrait of Chairman Mao or a $3 million John Chamberlain was sold by Mnuchin Gallery. Swiss gallery Gmurzynska sold a $1 million Picasso. Leonardo DiCaprio bought a 1973 Frank Stella for $1 million from a New York gallery. Julian Shoebel showcased a collection at the Flatiron Brickell building.
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Celebrity parties. There was billiards and an ice skating rink. There was a party at the Miami Beach Edition and then at the Deaveu hotel in North Beach.
32,000 people visited the Beach at Untitled. There was an art gallery out of East Hampton there. Also Design Miami had Nina Johnson Milewski had an exhibit called “Great Expectations,”. Johnson also had a booth at design Miami. Visitors see work by Gina Beavers, Nicolas Lobo, and Jim Drain, and other artists. Anthony Spinello and Kris Knight also have an exhibit in South Beach. His Auto Body show included 25 female artists in an old car shop.
Also there was an exhibit in Little Haiti, Florida. Clothes were used as #IHaitiBasel by New York and Miami based art collective MGKAT. There was a man selling $15 bottles of homemade rum and Pineapple Juice. Back in Miami Gallery Design’s Booth of Emmett Moore was well liked. He had pink astroturf on top and Banal designs.