With Art Basel being one of the busiest times of year in South Florida a few days (or a week in my case) of R&R are much needed to recover! Here’s a mini-recap of my week along with some tips so you too can Basel like the pros.
Do Your Research
This year a few people reached out wondering: a) How I knew about so many events? & b) How to get in without having an invite?
Simple! Aside from the events I received invites to, I researched and found out about others I wanted to attend. Start searching around late October/early November for Art Basel parties and just follow the RSVP instructions. Not to say this will get you on the list 100% of the time, but look at it this way the worst thing that can happen is either receiving an e-mail back saying you aren’t confirmed or nothing at all.
How about tipping the doorman? I strongly advise against this and if anything this will piss them off and lessen any slight chance you had of getting in. This doesn’t work because the hosts and their team are all from out of town and don’t play that game. Meaning the science to getting in these events otherwise are who you know or can accurately name drop.
Experience the Art
Although the events seem to steal the show every year take some time and visit the art shows. The two shows I attended this year were the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair located in the tents at 46th & Collins and the Satellite Art Show which did a takeover of the art deco styled Parisian Hotel on Collins Ave. At the entrance, you were greeted with a performance piece by artists Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw who floated in an 800-gallon cereal bowl of Cap’n Crunch & artificial milk. Followed by that all the rooms on each floor were transformed into immersive, experiential, and participatory art experiences. My favorite was a virtual reality meditation piece called Theta by Flatsitter which took me on a peaceful journey curated by poetry, scents & vibrations. It was the perfect way to de-stress from all the hustle & bustle happening outside!
While looking fashionable is important the key to surviving the week is being comfortable. You will have to do A LOT of walking between parking (if you drove), art shows & events simply because traffic looks like that video of the 405 in LA during Thanksgiving but in a much more confined space.With the number of events held on the physical beach (i.e. Faena Art Dome, SCOPE, etc.) you don’t want to deal with heels sinking in the sand of unpaved areas or just ruining your shoes.
Until next year…
xo Sincerely Shanti