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CLASSIC VS. PERFORMANCE

This year, Art Basel Miami was a return to the classics. The world of art turned to its heritage, and gallery owners focused on serious work and how to please collectors.

This year the collectors at Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) were especially good – visitors at the stands did not crowd, gallery owners were as loyal as possible, and even though the choice of the proposed works was not amazing, but it was different in quality. So, the work of serious “young classics”, such as Picasso, Miro. Calder, Moore, Polke, were bought up and reserved very quickly. Modern classics were diluted with works of relevant social themes. Since last year’s election of Barack Obama, artists have switched to the figure of Michael Jackson. David Lachapelle and Jonathan Monk presented their visual interpretation of the recent demise of the superstar. And Kyande Wiley portrayed the king of pop scenes as the hero of the Rubens portrait – Jackson himself commissioned his artist, however, he did not manage to evaluate the work.

As for the Russian events in Miami, they did not arrange a special exhibition, but the Ice Snobs Party was held, for which Anton Ginzburg created an ice jellyfish, and Olga Sviblova tried on a bright pink wig. Russian artists were traditionally represented at the fair by XL and Regina galleries. At the AVMV VIP opening, Sylvester Stallone presented his work at the Gmurzynska Galerie (two abstract paintings of a 63-year-old actor were sold for $ 90,000), and Bruce Weber chatted sweetly with Patti Smith at a retrospective of her paintings and photographs. A day earlier, at the opening of Design Miami, everyone was discussing the guitars played by the musicians of the alternative Chicago band Ok Go: the legendary Gibson, commissioned by Fendi, was covered with Fendi materials and supplemented with laser systems. The designer of the year according to Design Miami was the 31-year-old Dutchman Maarten Baas with his sculpted furniture. This year’s parties were also more restrained than usual.