My Art Basel Miami experience started two months before the fair doors opened last week. It started as an internal debate - to go or not to go. Every year I face the same question, thinking it would be more worthwhile to jet off to a new destination rather than make the annual pilgrimage to the beach. But a text sealed the deal: “Are you going to Miami this year? I want to send you something”.
A few weeks later, an Art Basel Premium+ card arrived in the mail, which set the foundation. I couldn’t turn down the free entry, the free catalog, and the free museum admission... so next thing I knew, I was on Airbnb searching for a place to stay. And it continued building from there. Over the following weeks, I learned of friends going and not going. Companies reached out to collaborate. And slowly, invites to parties started entering my inbox.
I always view art as vessels for storing memories. If I were to sum up this trip in one, it would be this radiating Ugo Rondinone. From an empty center - the question of whether to pull the trigger and fly like a snowbird - to layers of depth that made this trip the best yet after four years of going. It was a bit overwhelming at first, being so close to the art yet having to work my day job during the week, but as the days progressed, the colors added on. I was just happy to be on the ground in Florida, with these bright colors representing the same sentiment. And like its hypnotic circles, I was in a daze the whole time. Is this real life?
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