How to survive an art fair: A day at Art Basel Miami Beach
I’m at Art Basel this week in Miami Beach. Surviving an art fair is surprisingly complicated — and exhausting. Here’s how to get the most out of it, based on yesterday’s Art Basel VIP preview:
First you are going to have to find parking. The nicer your car, the less it matters that where you stopped isn’t actually a parking spot. Look for the long line of valets.
Then, get ready to queue. Everyone coming to the VIP day at the fair is of some importance. Unless your name is on a museum somewhere (and maybe not even then!), you’ll need to wait in line with the rest of the Very Important set.
Once you’re in, it’s time to shop. Art fairs are basically the world’s most expensive mall. As with any mall, look for the name brands: Warhol, Calder, Koons… or in this case, a booth designed by an architect famous for making things white.
If you’re looking for a certain thing, check your map. Or, in my own case, look at the map, get confused, and just start walking.
If you really collect art, by all means, start looking at the work. Otherwise, it’s time to head over to the center of the fair, where there’s already a crowd wanting to see and be seen outside dealer Larry Gagosian’s booth.
That crowd may or may not include Leonardo DiCaprio and his entourage (center, with the cap).
Follow the crowds to the hidden sculpture, behind which is…
A bar handing out free coconuts! Remember, this is the 21st century and everything is art.
Now’s the time to buy your art. The VIP day is probably the only day the big dealers will actually be at the fair, so get in before it’s too late. For the most cachet, pass up the dealers in suits for the ones in jeans, like David Zwirner.
What you’re really angling for is to be invited into the back room, where there is more — and sometimes better — art for sale.
Perhaps most importantly, try to get out early, sparing yourself the humiliation of 1) feeling like you just spent six hours in a giant room full of bland art you can’t really remember and 2) having to wait in yet another line.
— Shane Ferro
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address.
Full coverage remembering the man remembered for his courage and respect: http://reut.rs/Mandela
Photo: Nelson Mandela sits beneath the window of his prison cell on Robben Island near Cape Town, November 28, 2003. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
This week is Art Basel Miami Beach — the annual pilgrimage of dealers, collectors, curators, and celebrities to Florida for art, commerce, and plenty of parties. Follow our reporter Shane Ferro on twitter for updates.
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"The current political situation of our country has yet to return to normal, although it has begun to ease up," Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said the campaign against the “Thaksin regime” would continue: Thaksin’s opponents include wealthy conservatives, top military generals, and bureaucrats. Yingluck said she is willing to explore every possibility for a peaceful solution. According to analysis of the general public opinion, her party would probably win any new election.
Thursday is the birthday of much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the protests are unlikely to continue on what is traditionally a day of prayer and celebration.
Full story: http://reut.rs/1gzRPSn
Photos: Anti-government protesters and riot police are seen in various locations in Bangkok on December 3, 2013; additional photo of Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Photos by REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Dylan Martinez/Kerek Wongsa.
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Initial (rather limited) research suggests that forced board diversity in Norway wasn’t necessarily a good thing for firms’ profits. However, the study found that this had more to do with the corporate governance experience the new female board members had (not much), rather than their gender. This rule wasn’t instituted with short-term corporate profits in mind. It was instituted by the state, with equality in mind. And being as women are not innately incompetent at governance, there’s unlikely to be any long-term harm to corporate profits by requiring more women at the top.
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