EVA & ADELE
One of the highlights of Art Basel Week for me has always been the Sagamore Brunch on Saturday morning. It's a time when you can catch up with friends and meet new people visiting Miami for the first time. And of course, there's also the brunch part, the endless supply of mimosas and champagne, breakfast sweets, and delicious crepes made to order. And there's always an appearance by EVA & ADELE, that bald Austro-German couple who claim to be from the future. The sequined-dressed, married couple are like walking art and are always a favorite of photographers. The weather was beautiful for this year's brunch which attracted a great gathering of friends, artists, media, and such. Some brunch veterans, others enjoying their first experience. It was a time to share Basel experiences, which were the best parties, and where was the best art. Artists ranged from Florida based artist Victor Hugo, also a writer but obviously not the one who wrote Les Miserables, to Jeff Koons, best known for his whimsical sculptures. Among those seen at this years brunch include Commissioner Jerry Libben, Merle & Danny Weiss, Harvey J. Burstein, Char Libov, Henry Perez, Jonathan Rose, JC Carroll, artist Carlos Alves, humorist Anna Collins, news anchor Sam Champion with artist boyfriend Rubem Robierb, photographer Lenny Furman, arts writer Irene Sperber, and of course host Cricket Taplin.
Floating Cinderblocks in the Deauville Hotel's pool
After brunch we hit NADA, New Art Dealers Alliance, at the Deauville Hotel. This show was filled with emerging and student artists so the work was not quite up to the quality of the other fairs. There was a variety of work displayed in the ballrooms and even more interesting assortment displayed in and around the pool. My favorite was the floating cinderblocks. It was quite alarming at first because I saw a mother give her small child a cinderblock to play with IN THE POOL. I thought, this kid is going to drown and then I noticed that all the cinderblocks were floating. After a stroll around the pool we went back inside and continued the tour of the art displayed in the ballroom. I kept thinking to myself, I don't wan to see another painting...and then alas, I saw it. Another painting by artist unknown.
ANOTHER PAINTING - artist unknown
Art Basel continues but will I be able to take another step, view another piece of art, or take another sip of champagne? I had decided I was too tired to venture out as I had planned a full day of viewing the art fairs on Sunday and knew if I had a late night I'd never make it. But one phone call had me running to art party at Funky Sexy Couture, a unique fashion boutique on Washington Avenue that is the playground/workshop of stylist Joey Rolon. If you don't know this shop, treat yourself to a visit and you'll find a wonderland of fashions, jewelry, accessories, body products, and erotic pleasures. It's often open late night. On this night a crowd of onlookers toasted and browsed while two models were being dressed, or barely dressed I might say. The crowd was then escorted outside to view the show in the window where the models covered each other in paint and writhed on the floor where a canvas had been laid out. The result was not only an extremely sexy show but a piece of art. Art by Funky Sexy Couture, the perfect ending to a Saturday night.