Recap: Day 3 at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Three months later, I’m determined to wrap up my coverage of Art Basel! Day 3 of my trip to Miami, I finally tackled the actual Art Basel fair. It was overwhelming. The fair is housed in the Miami Beach Convention Center, and features more than 250 galleries, showing more than 4,000 artists. I wish I had more time to explore the fair thoroughly, but I managed to wander through most of it – definitely give yourself at least one entire day to experience Art Basel.

I loved this particular fair because it featured famous fine art, some of the buzzworthiest contemporary art and everything in between. I’m excited to slowly be learning more about the art scene and be able to recognize some of these high profile pieces on my own now!

I got to see Loin and many other works by Jean-Michel Basquiat (of whom P. Diddy is also a fan & was Instagramming), and also saw several neon light pieces by Tracey Emin, who was a much-covered artist at the festival. I even snapped a selfie in front of one of Damien Hirst’s insect pieces.

Seeing and reading about Emin’s neon pieces also got me into some other works I spotted at Art Basel:

One of the most-talked about pieces was Jack Pierson’s Motherfucker displayed by Chicago’s own Richard Gray Gallery. It definitely made for one of the most-popular photo opps at the fair.

Jack Pierson's Motherfucker

Jack Pierson’s Motherfucker

It’s hard to recap all of the Art Basel fair in any cohesive way, so I’ll just leave you with a random list of other works that caught my eye for one reason or another.

This large piece by the Uruguayan painter Joaquin Torres Garcia was just one of his pieces that caught my eye at the fair.

This large piece by the Uruguayan painter Joaquin Torres Garcia was just one of his pieces that caught my eye at the fair.

This palm tree spitting out real-time Google search results for "United States" and "Cuba," and "United States" and Puerto Rico" is called Isla. By Peruvian artist Jose Carlos Martinat

This palm tree spitting out real-time Google search results for “United States” and “Cuba,” and “United States” and Puerto Rico” is called Isla. By Peruvian artist Jose Carlos Martinat

I absolutely love this photo of two women on a picnic in Morocco by William Klein. It's just such a vintage scene that couldn't exist today.

I absolutely love this photo of two women on a picnic in Morocco by William Klein. It’s just such a vintage scene that couldn’t exist today.

Here's the written caption in this painting by Richard Prince, titled All You Can Eat: "Two cannibals were eating a clown when one said to the other Hey, does he taste funny to you?"

Here’s the written caption in this painting by Richard Prince, titled All You Can Eat: “Two cannibals were eating a clown when one said to the other Hey, does he taste funny to you?”

Had to include the "twinkle" version Google+ made of this Virgin Mary made of marbles

Had to include the “twinkle” version Google+ made of this Virgin Mary made of marbles

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