Friday, December 19, 2008

Whino's at ART BASEL 2008 !!!!!

This year Susannah, Peter Chang and Me finally made it out to Art Basel. We always wanted to go and this year we finally said "Buy the Tickets" and put everything on hold. We need to go. So we land and my faithful team immediately go into Sun Tan Mode!!! If you want to see all the pictures go to the Art Whino Flikr Just to many to show in the blog!

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So first stop. Art Basel's main event. The convention Center. The place was crazy. All the masters...Bottero, Picasso, Dali, Miro.......Were on display with some new school fine art leaders as well. This one made me hungry for a combo #3. Super size of course.

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Of course you had your ole sprockets who had to make a artistic statement like this one. A Italian artist or gallery called Zero and that's what they had ZERO. At $25,000 a spot to showcase at the fair the should call this piece "SWOOSH. Money vanishes into this air"

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The highlight for me was this awesome piece by Mark Ryden. I was tempted to buy it because it was a great price. It was only $800,000. Problem was I left my credit card at McDonalds.

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Detail shot of Mark Rydens Piece

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The place is was huge. It took all day rushing to see it. Here is a installation piece. One of these two is real and one is a manequin. You pick the fake.

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Then we ran into Jay-z and Beyonce!

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Then back on the move. We kept seeing these cool orange and black stickers.

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Peter Chang finally got over the sun tan thing and finally realized the shear awesomeness of this place.

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The we rolled up to Primary Flight's Turf.
Met up with Books from Blackbooks.
The event was SICK!!! So many great artists doing their thing for days.
We made sure we stopped every day to check up on progress.
If you go to Art Basel DONT miss this!
We meet up with many of our artists and met some new great artist like DOLLA!
Here he is working on his Piece.

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Here it is finished!

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We rolled up on Boxi on Day one. Here he is putting up the background

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Here is the Final piece.

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Close up Shot. BEAUTIFUL piece!

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Retna and El Mac in this insanely awesome and HUGE piece


Final Piece!

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We ran into Legendary Ron English in an alley. He had finished this piece.

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and working on this one.................

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Final Piece

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Directly behind him Surge was tearing up this RV!

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Soon the night hit and we were on the prowl.........

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Part of our Faithful crew comprised of Susannah, Marina, Bill and Peter

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Miami Ink

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We went to Aqua Hotel Show. Hit the after party at the Shore club and then went next door to Delano's. There we met up with alot of our DC Peeps like Philppa from Pink line Project

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Here we are at Boys Town section!
Top row you have the Hamoltonian Gallery boys.
Mike Sirvet, Bryan Rojsuontikul from Hamoltonian and Peter Chang from Art Whino
On the bottom you have Greg Kearley from Project 4 Gallery

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Next Morning.........Whino's on the Prowl

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We went to the Wyndwood warehouse district and checked out some great shows.
Here is a Barry McGee Piece

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As we left we found this little boy escaping from the Human Hair Warehouse.

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I have a feeling he is going to grow up and be a proud Art Whino Artist one day!

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Then we turned the corner and hit Primary Flight again.
This huge install caught my eye

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Then I found out its our good friend LECKomio's crew from Germany!
Frerk & Marc C. Woehr

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Frerk Close up

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Marc C. Woehr Close Up

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Right around the corner from Frerk & Marc C. Woehr
WK Interact did a awesome series in a huge courtyard

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Super Nice guy it was a pleasure to meet him!

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Both of Ron English's Wheatepastes were stolen the next morning.
There is a army of people tracking the person down as we speak.

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Another El Mac Piece

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Hey.....That dude on the ladder looks familiar.
Its Billy Mode from Bmore!

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Billy Mode and Chris Stain collaborated on this killer piece!

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Billy Mode and Chris Stain

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Around the block we met up with Daryll Peirce’s as he just completed this wicked piece!
I am telling you. If you go to Art Basel DO NOT miss stopping many times at Primary Flight!!!

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Couple of turns later we spot a 1.2 Million Bugatti
Of course you cant have a art fair without some insanely price car sitting outside.
This marked our arrival of Scope

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Lot of cool stuff. Bought a couple of Mr. Brainwash pieces.
Met up with some ole friends. Like Phil from Jonathan LeVine.

Silk Live Screen Action

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Went to Pulse and saw many cool pieces.
As I mentioned go to Flikr to see all the artwork of all the shows. Just to many to show in the blog!

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Checked out Aqua Wynwood, WK Interact had a solo show.
Here is one of his pieces

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Then we we to the Scion 5
This little gem was parked outside. Get yourself a Taco and some Spray paint.
Put this in the inner city and you will sell out!

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The show was STELLAR! Met up with lots of old friends and made new ones. Everyone had a real positive attitude and we were all enjoying some free frosty beverages.
David O'Brien, Yoskay Yamamoto, Tessar Lo and Edwin Ushiro in this pic.

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Met up with Ron English again. Everyone is pointing at everyone!
His Self Portrait was SICK!

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Got to meet Usugrow!
Scion flew him down from Tokyo for the event.
His work is Tight. Its between us.

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Surge, Peter Chang and myself decided to do a finger pupet show.
If you decipher it it says....."We Love Art"

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Kofie's Self Portrait

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Kofie in the house!

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The Next morning back to Primary Flight.
The boys putting on the finishing touches.

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We met up with Dare! Another one of LECKomio's Peeps from Black Forest Germany.
Hopefully Artwhino will be showing in Black Forest in 2009

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Final Piece

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When the sun set, the Whino Posse got into formation for the last event.

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The place was AWESOME. A lot of my favorite galleries and Artists.

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Peter and Joshua from Joshua Liner Gallery
The VIP couple of hours was cool but then when it was open the public it got CRAZY

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DC Based Mark Jenkins had some pieces on display at Carmichael Gallery's spot.

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Sas Christian sporting a Art Whino Fan!

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One of Sas Christian pieces on display

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SUPERSTAR LC from Thinkspace Gallery.
Its good to surround yourself with good peeps!

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Bad Birdie

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Good Birdie

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Bad Birdie!

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Fage was one of the sponsors. Its tag line is "Really Thick Yogurt"
Well..........Look what it has done to one of the poor artists!

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GenArts was our last main event and the end of our trip.
I will definitely be at Art Basel every year and hopefully be exhibiting soon.
Maybe I will sell my Bugati and get a couple of spaces. We will see.
With all the craziness I missed many people that I planned to meet.
Sorry guys but hopefully we will meet up soon in the months coming up!


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