Moments We Can't Forget Art Basel 2021
Art Basel 2021 is well behind us but SHOWFIELDS is still processing the ecstatic week filled with champagne, celebration, and of course art.
Since the pandemic affected almost all public events, everyone was saddened to hear about the changes made to Art Basel 2020. The artsy event just wasn’t the same and the anticipation and excitement for 2021 were unmeasurable. Thankfully, with that hiatus behind us, Art Basel 2021 was in full swing and a number of exciting happenings took over the sunshine state.
SHOWFIELDS appreciates everything the grand week has to offer, but 2021 was extra special due to the incredibly diverse pool of POC artists, Women artists of color, queer artists, and Black and Brown art gallerists. Nonetheless, the week-long event was filled with ceiling breaking features and SHOWFIELDS is saying no to fomo. Keep reading to discover a roundup of some of our favorite moments from Art Basel 2021 Miami.
FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE
Art Basel is filled with countless art pieces but this past year was special. There was a first-time-ever live dance performance incorporated with the art. The performance was brought together by Brendan Fernandez and Monique Meloche Gallery.
VIRGIL ABLOH'S FAREWELL FASHION SHOW
An epic army of drones spelled out a bittersweet grace note: "Virgil was here" to honor Virgil Abloh and his legacy. The fashion show for Louis Vuitton pulled at the art world's heartstrings and that moment will forever go down in Art Basel's history.
OMA'S REEFLINE PARK NFT
Unveiled for the first time at Art Basel Miami, artists Charlotte Taylor and Nicholas Préaud created an NFT artwork based on an OMA-designed sculpture that will form part of an underwater park near Miami Beach. The piece was sold as an NFT to help promote the ReefLine sculpture park, which is set to be built off the coast of Miami Beach and was also designed by OMA.
EPIC ARTIST FEATURED AT 10 YEARS OLD
Andres Valencia is an emerging artist at only 10-years-old. He captured every attendees attention and hearts with his contemporary art displayed by Chase Contemporary at Art Miami. Proceeds from Valencia's work go to the Perry J. Cohen foundation, which supports the arts, environmental and wildlife education and preservation.
"HALL OF VISIONS"
People had the opportunity to walk through a one-of-a-kind art installation titled, "Hall of Visions," by artist Pilar Zeta of Argentina right on the beach. The installation, which was inspired by Argentina's Mad Movement and commissioned by Faena Art, is a tribute to the history of Art Deco in Miami Beach