Mind you, we were rather tame. I drank sparingly (had to start a new project at the crack of dawn on Saturday) but chowed down in a major way on the freebies, and then had some amazing fare at Gigi- including some corn bread with bacon butter! The chef who invented that creation should be serenaded. Everyday.
Celebrities were in full swing and sightings were chronicled all over town. The artists are from all over the world so many varied languages could be heard, and in many cases, artists couldn't communicate with patrons - except of course via their art. Money exchanging hands is however a universal language.
I did Basel this year with three amazing clients - who are also all related: Pat, Jina and Jazmine aka Jazaaaaaaaayy.
Like her mom's home, Jina's home will be a long term project for NWD and since it's her first home, I suggested we tackle Basel to help her get a feel of the kind of art she likes, and eventually would like to see throughout her home. I learned a LOT.
To begin with, there will be no naked people hanging on her walls. Folks and creatures with no heads are also not welcome. She wants nothing on them walls that will scare her in the middle of the night. Nuff said.
|These mini sculptures were a Jina fave.|
Though not a fan of intensely bold colors in her art, she was drawn to this collection by Robert Langford.
|Jina, Jazmine and Pat hang with the artist Tupicalo who is also a tattoo artist in high demand. He was hella fun. Gotta have many hustles in this town.|
|This pop art collection was a Jazmine fave.|
|These were among Pat's faves: vacuum, golf clubs, bottles and a propeller? Art. |
|This mini motorcycle is made up of some interesting parts including horns. Yes, horns.|
|The Korean artist Kim Young Woo, spoke no English but clearly understands that "Talk to the Hand" is a universal language. The red slippers? Too fab.|
|One man's art is another man's annoyance? This installation of babies as chained submissive animals was er, how do I say this? a tad disturbing.|
|Which explains why this station of bubbly was right next to it. Gotta have a buzz on to enjoy that one.|
|Yep, art hung from the ceilings. No space was left unfilled in this tent.|
|Artist Joseph Eze, Still Life with Four Branches|
|Local Artist, T. Elliot|
So that's all folks. We purchased nothing (many pieces we saw and liked cost thousands of dollars). But the point was to get her thinking of her likes/dislikes and to plot how/when she'll start investing in pieces and to now visit local artists to get some affordable pieces. Let the collection begin!