The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson

THE ART OF
KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

12/10/11

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Winners & Losers - Miami Art - Cultist

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Winners & Losers

Losers

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Miami Art Museum

Everyone on the board of trustees that runs the Miami Art Museum should be made to stand along Biscayne Boulevard with sandwich boards that read "I sold your museum for a lousy $15 million." MAM proves our city can't have anything nice without ruining it.

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Mr. Brainwash

A few years ago when Mr. Brainwash handed out his Superman Obama posters, everyone was in love with the Los Angeles-based French street artist. This year, every time we heard Mr. Brainwash's name, it was followed by the words "sellout", "who?", or "graffiti's answer to Britto". Ah, got love the fickle art world. Builds them up only to tear them down.

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Photo by Jacob Katel
The 99%

There was word that the Occupy Wall Street movement was planning to protest the 1% outside of the Miami Beach Convention Center. And you know what happened? No, seriously, do you know what happened? Because nothing happened. All eyes were on Miami as serious amounts of money was being traded for shit on a canvas and the Occupy movement did NOTHING.

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Locals

Spotify's music event? Invite only. Soulwax? Invite only. That awesome celeb-filled event? Invite only. Even the free parties like Toyota Antics and Basel Castle were plagued by comically absurd lines. Art Basel organizers themselves finally put the kibosh on all their Art Loves... events, with the final hold out, Art Loves Music, being canned this year. Instead, they put pretty sculptures around Collins Park. That's great, but where's Iggy Pop?

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