Miami: Day Two

…and we haven’t quoted LMFAO once. Well, in public at least.

Our second day in Miami has given us a better sense of what lies ahead, and optimism is at an all-time high. MMG’s Jason Salavon arrived at the booth this morning – direct from Chicago – to install his video piece (which is stunning, might we add). With that, the booth was complete. Voilá!

After tying up some loose ends in B-202, and averting the near fatality of a black blazer due to some rogue white paint, we were on our way to the Art Basel VIP Preview and Vernissage. After stepping out of the cab (sunglasses instantly fogged over from the humidity), we found ourselves in the entrance of the cavernous ABMB fair; which was a labyrinth of over 250 galleries, Michael Jackson references, Kehinde Wiley, Christian Laboutin shoes and Perrier Jouet on wheels.

Highlights included Cherry and Martin’s solo booth of new Amanda Ross-Ho canvas works, Jack Shainman’s elaborate wall of Nick Cave soundsuits (as well as El Anatsui’s intricate aluminum works), Roberts & Tilton’s gorgeous Wiley painting, Deitch Projects’ glass Barry McGee wall piece, Charim Galerie’s solo booth of Valie Export works and hilger Contemporary’s luscious Massimo Vitali photograph.

Four and a half hours later, we had seen about 52% of the fair; but gave a valiant effort nevertheless…and surrendered to dinner needs. As we prepare for our very own VIP Preview Brunch tomorrow morning at 10 am, we will continue to report live from PULSE Miami via Twitter. The fair has already generated some pre-opening buzz, which you can read about on ArtNet, Miami Magazine, Miami Herald, The Lead Miami Beach and Whitewall Magazine.

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