Art World Abstracts: Everyone’s Off to Art Basel Miami Beach, and More!

Miami Beach Coast, Florida (Photo via Getty Images)

Miami Beach Coast, Florida (Photo via Getty Images)

Because there’s little else to talk about this week, we’re bringing you an all-Basel Art World Abstracts this morning. First up, there’s a look at the new Survey section of the fair, which is happily full of female artists. “Charim Galerie from Vienna is showing works by Actionist artists including Valie Export, New York’s Broadway 1602 is bringing a four-woman show, the Parisian Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois will show assemblages by Niki de Saint Phalle, New York’s James Fuentes Gallery has a solo show by the Fluxus artist Alison Knowles and New York’s Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects will present works by the land and conceptual artist Michelle Stuart.” [The Art Newspaper]

Here’s a guide to buying at Basel, and while some of the advice many be dubious (or, if you’re a broke reporter, inconsequential) the illustrations are quite lovely. [Ocean Drive]

We have a winner for The Most Important Fashion Item to Pack for Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s Christian Louboutin Cataclou patent leather espadrilles. Everybody go home now. [Forbes]

The nice people over at Women’s Wear Daily take a break from the usual slideshows of people at The Delano to show you the real art scene in Miami. It’s still a slideshow, though. [WWD]

You know what else is for sale in Miami, in addition to paintings, cocktails and your dignity? A Banksy! [NYT]

Our buddy Marshall Heyman, who will be parked at the best tables at Basel’s best parties, interviewed Peter Marino, who, as you may have heard, has a tiny little show opening tonight. (Read: he has a gigantic, gargantuan show opening tonight.) [WSJ]

And then in what is really just catnip for this reader, D.T. Max gives Hans Ulrich Obrist the New Yorker profile treatment, and though I dutifully compiled this links post before I could sit and devour it, well, I’m pretty excited. And this is of course Basel-related because, lest you forget, Hans Ulrich is solving Instagram in Miami this year. A quick taste, though: “His questions are rarely personal, and when he is being interviewed himself he is similarly guarded: at one point, when I asked him to explain his manic personality, he said, “Maybe I’m in a permanent state of Pessoa’s intranquillity.” The interviews, over time, become books. He has published forty volumes of them, records of interactions with everyone from Doris Lessing to the video artist Ryan Trecartin. In all, they represent Obrist’s best claim to being an artist in his own right. He likes to say that he models himself on the impresario Sergei Diaghilev.” [The New Yorker]

Art World Abstracts: Everyone’s Off to Art Basel Miami Beach, and More!