Top 7 Things Spotted in Our First 6 Hours at Art Basel Miami

Seven things that augur how this Art Basel Miami is likely to go.


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Faena Hotel's mammoth (get it?) sculpture.
Faena Hotel’s mammoth (get it?) sculpture. Creative Commons

It’s here. The bacchanalia that brings art, advertising, real estate, money laundering, hard partying and trashy beach chic together for an end of days week of collusion and consumption once a year.

To kick off Miami Art Week, the Observer assembled this sweet list of stuff or people our reporter saw or met within six hours of arriving in Miami Beach.

1) A billionaire neighbor of President-elect Donald Trump and fellow real estate developer/art collector very upset about the recounts.

2) A man dressed as Queen Amidala.

3) A man with a three-foot feather tucked into his indoors fedora, who seemed full of the requisite shame.

4) A vintage Jaguar in mint condition, covered in graffiti, parked valet at Ian Schrager’s Edition Hotel.

5) Strippers…Or were they?

6) A woman in platform shoes and a tutu screaming something about something “client-facing” into a blackberry. (Pretty sure it was literally a blackberry.)

7) An immersive oasis sponsored by a champagne purveyor that will “redefine nature,” according to the press release, with a stalled minivan inadvertently parked out front.

Top 7 Things Spotted in Our First 6 Hours at Art Basel Miami