TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ROSE HARTMAN
Images above: © Rose Hartman Left: Fashionistas, Right: Ellen Von Unwerth and friends
Thousands of art lovers, art collectors, artists and party goers descended on Art Basel/Miami for 4 hectic days-of non-stop fair-hopping,(satellite fairs were scattered in the Miami Design District, on South Beach, etc.) endless dinners and cocktail parties. One of the high points in Wynwood is the sensational “No Man’s Land” Women Artists from the prestigious Rubell Family Collection. The exhibit focuses on and celebrates the work of more than 100 artists of different generations and disciplines (Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Jennifer Rubell). Nearby the Margulis Collection astounds with an outstanding show of Anselm Keifer’s work. Nearby, along Second Avenue, is Wynwood Walls, an original collection of powerful murals (many of which were being UPDATED during my visit.)
Images above: © Rose Hartman, left: Roselee Goldberg, right: Andrea Rosen
Just opened is the the mammoth Mana Collection highlighted By Jorge Perez’a Latin American works (including many Cuban artists)as well as a collection of contemporary artists.
Images above: © Rose Hartman, Model Angela and photo by Unwerth
Back on the beach, visitors, including Tommy Hilfiger, Elle McPherson, real estate baron Craig Robbins, Performa founder Roselee Goldberg, Beth de Woody, etc. spent hours traipsing through some 200 galleries to find the perfect artwork.Most Outstanding was the Swiss galerie Gmuryska,a 50th anniversary booth curated and designed by Germano Celant arranged salon-style.
Images above: © Rose Hartman, Left: Marty Margulis, Right: Giovanna Battaglia
Needless to say, it was impossible to visit every fair,but I managed to see the DEsign Miami Fair where I met important architect Marcel Wanders from Amsterdam. I also attended a reception for Ellen von Unswerth whose erotic and stylish images were shown at Omar’s popup cabana club.