What Happened at Art Basel?
December 7, 2016
Basel has come and gone.
Another year of awkward photo ops and gargantuan sized checks being written to galleries across the world. Art Basel, the world's most famous art fair has morphed into a tangible melting pot of culture, fashion, and nightlife. Here are a few things that occurred other than Madonna's trippy tricycle ride.
The Parties. Random AF
YSL and W Magazine, Desire. The dinner hosted by YSL and W was in celebration of the Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated exhibit Desire. As with any event related to YSL, Anthony Vaccarello came prepared with his entourage of leather clad models and muses including Anja Rubik and Travis Scott.
The Hood by Air x MoMA PS1 Pool Party. Shayne Oliver and his clique "baptized" Instagram cast models in the Delano hotel pool while Lena Dunham's sister, Grace performed spoken word. So yeah, that happened.
The Alex Katz x H&M Debut. Much to the dismay and disappointment of many of the high brow Basel attendees, legendary artist Alex Katz celebrated the launch of his collaboration with H&M as a part of their "Fashion Loves Art" collection.
Kehinde Wiley's Fish Fry. Kehinde's annual Fish Fry is a regular closeout event at Basel. This year, the main attraction was a feature performance by Lauryn Hill.
The Art: Yes, there was Art there.
Believe it or not, the success of Basel relies almost entirely on the sales that are made by individual galleries. Without the sales, the sponsors don't sponsor, without the sponsors, there are no parties and without the events...there are no people. Attendance this year rivaled any other year, topping out at 77,000. Plenty of whom are there to acquire art. Shocking. Amidst all the EDM-drenched nights, Basel is still indeed a marketplace. Lee Krasner's "Storm" a large-scale painting was the highest sale of the fair at $6 Million. Hometown hero galleries Simon Capstick-Dale and Klein Sun both scored six-figure sales.
The People: Specifically the Ones That Had No Idea They Were At An Art Fair - Because It's The B and C List That Makes the Party.
Hayden Panettiere, Owen Wilson, Wilmer Valderamma, Bethany Frankel, Courtney Love, Fat Joe, Sean Penn (fueling the marriage proposals from Madonna), plus the reigning queen of cultural relevance - Paris Hilton
Don't miss the top grade B-C level list sightings next year kids.
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