Another year of Art Basel, Miami down. This is just a small spec of what was down there as I was focused on painting and spending time with friends I don't see often enough like Jim and Tina Darling here.
First stop was Primary Flight's "Blueprint for Space" show where I found Jim hiding Tina under his beard. They built this massive new wood, macramé and boar's head sculpture which apparently has a pigskin (football) sealed inside along with stickers from friends like me. Glad to be a part of it's guts!
Jim eating a pulled pork sandwich in front of the boar. Blasphemy.
Max Kauffman from Denver
Jim, Tina, Penny, Katie and friends
The gallery had large-scale pieces lining the exterior windows as well. Here's Logan Hicks' piece. Digging the new selected finishing and detailing approach.
The after party down the way had Shepard Fairy, Peanut Butter Wolf and Dr Dre all spinning records, although I don't think Dre showed up. Who knows, I was hanging out with the free drinks in the back all night getting caught up with some fine folks like Adam 5100 here.
Next day we went to the Wynwood district to look for a spot to paint. Here's the patriotic Adam 5100 wrapping up his mural.
Cabin detail of 16 stencil layers.
One of Adam's pieces in Gallery I.D.
Adam & Brett Amory
Thundercut at AdHoc and Eastern District's BKMIA show.
Kalene controlling UFO's robotic sculpture
Lance Armstrong and Nike's "Stages" exhibit. Too amazing of a space to remember to take photos. After, legendary NYC bar Max Fish set up a Miami location for Basel. Good tunes, bad fire hazard.
Next day we found chickens running around in Primary Flight's storage area. Probably hiding from one of the packs of feral dogs we saw running around.
After sharing some beers and stories with Chaz of The London Police and Galo, Jim and I hopped on their massive wall instead of our own.
Martha Cooper also came by this day and made us jump all over the place. Hope to see those sometime soon.
Shots from Fountain Art Fair which features primarily Brooklyn and NYC artists.
The first of many nights we'd spend at The Deuce bar. I guess it was originally decorated to be a hang out spot for the Miami Vice show. I'll believe that.
Tara McPherson, Chaz, Sneagle, Galo
Galo & Sasha
We got to chill with Keith Richards for a bit
Just kidding. Made us look cool though eh?
Guess which guy tried to sell us on being Evil Knievel's son? Supposedly he had to jump 47 tractors the next day to beat his brother's record. Unlikely since this was taken around 5:30 am and he was about a 12 pack deep. What's with these fake celebrity folk?
The next morning we had a manatee outside our hotel room. Oh the huge manatee!
The unproductive day
The evening started off at Wooster Collective's Meet-Up at Churchill's for food and suds, then on to the American Legion for the "Multiversal" show.
There was belly dancing
My favorite part of the show wasn't part of the exhibit. There was this beautiful wall of old-timey photographs of A.L. members.
Julianne (middle) and friends at Essex. Julianne just opened up a new gallery in SF called Heist. Check out their opening show which will remain up through the end of 2009.
Pete & Gaetane
Wrapping up in and out of more rains
Surge and Jeremiah
Detail of Logan Hicks' P.F. piece of his son Sailor
I pretty much had to run through Aqua, Scope and other fairs attempting to see as much as I could in a few hours before it all came down. Here's a nice Fosik piece.
Kris Kuksi detail
Detail claws from Dave Kinsey's piece at Joshua Liner Gallery
Matt Ice Cream Man, Dabs & Myla, Logan & Kristen
Gregory Euclid at David B. Smith Gallery
Ekundayo at Thinkspace Gallery
Dabs + Myla + Greg "Craola" Simkins
Joe "Heaps" Nelson and Dave Tree who I showed earlier this year with in Beacon, NY.
Dab's & Myla
Back with Tina Kalene and friend to the pig.
And of course on to The Deuce.
Jim and Elisa Carmichael
Sara, Lori, green shirt, upside down coat hanger, and Tara
Some of these photos (the good ones), like this amazing one of Jim Darling, were taken by Jeremiah Garcia. He has much more in-depth coverage of all things Basel posted to his Flickr account here.