Bizarre Art Works at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 – There comes a point during every Art Basel season when you find yourself staring at something patently ridiculous — be it a painting of Fran Drescher making out with Dwight D. Eisenhower, or a sculpture of Felix the Cat reading a copy of Eat, Pray, Love — without cracking a smile even once. You simply stand there, lost in the swirl of self-seriousness that is Basel, making some sort of asinine comment about how the painting of Ike and the Nanny is really a comment about the growth of capitalism between generations.
If Miami Art Week has a downside, it’s the fact that for seven days, every single event — art fair, music performance, fashion show, bar crawl — is Serious, with a capital S. The city dresses in its finest gowns and sport coats and doesn’t so much as crack a joke for a full calendar week. But there’s a hell of a lot of silliness and absurdity that goes on during Art Basel Miami Beach every year. For example: Someone covered a Jesus sculpture in avocados outside the Bass in Miami Beach this year. It certainly had a point, but if you’re unable to see how wonderfully silly the sculpture was, you need to lighten up.
So with Basel 2016 formally behind us, it’s officially time to take the piss out of the whole affair and point out the straight-up silly things we witnessed this week. So whip out your tuxedo T-shirts, everybody — it’s time to hand out some awards.
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