Art Basel 2009: The art and events

  • Dan Graham's sculpture on Lincoln Road allows viewers to walk inside its walls. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This Alice Neel portrait enjoys a prime spot at the Victoria Miro Gallery's space at Art Basel Miami Beach. The late Alice Neel painted this portrait of her son, Richard. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At the Rubell Family Collection: Jennifer Rubell's installation, titled "Old Fashioned," features Dunkin Donuts' Old-Fashioned doughnuts spaced on a white wall, each six inches apart. SARA FREDERICK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A gold-plated Uzi encased in acrylic can be seen at Design Miami. SARA FREDERICK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Paige Latterner, left, and Brett Graff, both of Key Biscayne, check out a snapshot of themselves Wednesday in front of an installation made up of a room filled with beer cans by Cady Noland, at the Rubell Collection, 95 NW 29th Street. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Artist Alex Guofeng Cao, center, of New York, poses Wednesday with two of his huge photographs made up of tiny photographic images, which are must-sees at Art Miami, 31st Street and NE First Avenue, in the Design District. The Marilyn Monroe photograph is made up of tiny JFK images and JFK is made up of tiny Marilyn Monroe images. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Joseph Jackino, right, a painter from the Bronx, N.Y., gets a close up look at Evan Perry's oversized life-like sculptures on exhibit at the Sperone Waterstone Gallery, C-7, at Art Basel in Miami Beach Wednesday. Perry used silicone, pigment, hair and aluminum in his piece. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Italy's Galleria Continua, D-5, features a piece called 'Verbending' by Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere at Art Basel on Miami Beach. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A large striking photo of artist Alexander Calder with his lyrical mobiles is on exhibit at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, B13, at Art Basel in Miami Beach Wednesday. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Llam Tickenr speaks to Doug Hanks Wednesday about the artwork entitled "Investigation #67, One Green, One Red." This wall hanging was made of resin to replicate two boards that were basically trash at artist Ryan Gander's studio. They are for sale at the Annet Gelink Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nick Cave, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey from Chicago, created these larger-than-life mixed media creations, which are on exhibit at the Jack Shainman Gallery, G-18, at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Four of the five on display have already sold. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cosmina von Bonin's ''Grobe Kuche (Crude Cuisine)'' stands on a platform at The De La Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st Street, in the Design District Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Joel Leavitt looks at a Jim Hodges painting at the De la Cruz Gallery in the Design District Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Paulina Olowska's "Car Mobile" is at The De La Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st Street, in the Design District. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rosa de la Cruz, owner of The De La Cruz Collection meets gallery guests at the Art Basel-related opening Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gallery guests were allowed to take candy from the Felix Gonzalez-Torres "candy spilled" installation piece at the The De La Cruz Collection in the Design District Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An installation by Cuban born artist Ana Mendieta is on view at the The De La Cruz Collection in the Design District Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Oaky Mountian Corner Store, a convience store art installation where the items in the store are for sale, opened at Pulse Art Fair on North Miami Avenue Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Items on the shelf in the Oaky Mountian Corner Store, a convience store art installation where the items are for sale, at Pulse Art Fair on North Miami Avenue Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Olaf Breuning's mural "Collage Family" is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Thursday. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A painting by Sara Landau titled Venus is shown by Landau Fine Art during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / AP

  • Real estate developer Jeff Soffer looks at artwork on display during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / AP

  • A sculpture titled Monumental Figure II by artist Thomas Houseago of Great Britain, shown by the Werner Gallery, is on display during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / AP

  • Art patrons look at a painting of pop star Michael Jackson by artist Kehinde Wiley of New York, titled Equestrian Portrait of King Phillip II, during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / AP

  • British electro pop singer Ebony Thomas performs with her group Ebony Bones during the Art Basel free kickoff concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • British electro pop singer Ebony Thomas performs with her group Ebony Bones during the Art Basel free kickoff concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • British electro pop singer Ebony Bones performs during the Art Basel free kickoff concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ebony Bones guitarist Geki the Great adjust his head gear at the Art Basel kickoff concert in Miami Beach Wednesday night. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fans enjoy the Art Basel free kickoff concert with British electro pop singer Ebony Bones concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • British electro pop singer Ebony Thomas performs with her group Ebony Bones during the Art Basel free kickoff concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • British electro pop singer Ebony Thomas performs with her group Ebony Bones during the Art Basel free kickoff concert at Collins Park on Miami Beach Wednesday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Wynwood Wall project features work of about a dozen artists throughout the facades of buildings in the area of Wynwood. It is a new public art going up during Basel that will hang around long past the art showcase. The twin brazilian team "Osgemeos", Otavio, left, and brother, Gustavo Pandolfo, 35, are two of the many artists who created the mural adjacent to Joey's Italian Cafe on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and 26th Street. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Wynwood Wall project features work of about a dozen artists throughout the facades of buildings in the area of Wynwood. It is a new public art going up during Basel that will hang around long past the art showcase. Marquis "Retna" Lewis, 30, of LA, and Miles "El Mac" Macgregor, right, work on their mural "Seeing Signs" on the facade of Margulies Collection in Wynwood. Macgregor holds a laser copy of the photograph which he based his portrait. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mobiles by artist Alexander Calder are shown by the Helly Nahmad Gallery during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / AP

  • Actor Sylvester Stallone, right, looks at artwork shown by the Mayer Gallery with Hans Mayer, left, during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / STF

  • A sculpture by artist Evan Gruzis of New York titled Monument to Fashion is on display by the Deitch Projects during the Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage in Miami Beach Wednesday. LYNNE SLADKY / STF

  • Art Basel Miami Beach opens its doors for a VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

  • Artist Tom Friedman's untitled UFO is on exhibit with the John Berggruen Gallery of San Francisco at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Emma Hall of New York looks at an installation by artist Jorge Pardo at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Artists Eva & Adele look at sculpture by Matthew Monahan at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Actor Sylvester Stallone exhibits his paintings at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Art Basel Miami Beach opens its doors for a VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jean-Michel Othoniel's Richochet Rouge, mirrored glass and aluminum, is on view at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna's White Heat, a painted stainless steel sculpture by artist Jaume Plensa, is on view at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna's White Heat, a painted stainless steel sculpture by artist Jaume Plensa, is on view at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna's White Heat, a painted stainless steel sculpture by artist Jaume Plensa, is on view at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Seth Abrames and David Sigmund carry a painting as they prepare for the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Patrick Van De Coevering talks with his son Luka, 4, about art at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nick Cave's Soundsuit, mixed media, at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nick Cave's Soundsuit, mixed media, at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nick Cave's Soundsuit, mixed media, at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Art Basel Miami Beach has its VIP opening at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This sculpture is by artist Robert Arneson, titled Crazy Nuke, ceramic on painted wood base. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Clothing designer Calvin Klein, left, and actor Sylvester Stallone, attend the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening at the Miami Beach Convention Center Wednesday. Stalloneis showing some of his paintings at the event. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Clothing designer Calvin Klein, left, and actor Sylvester Stallone, center, attend the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP opening at the Miami Beach Convention Center Wednesday. Stalloneis showing some of his paintings at the event. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Permanent Art Basel installations are being displayed on the facades of galleries and other buildings throughout Wynwood. One such work is Brandon Opalka's mural, 'Nature is Imaginat on Itself', which is painted on the side exterior of Dorsch Gallery. The work was inspired by the new Ken Burns documentary on the national parks. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFFF

  • Permanent Art Basel installations are being displayed on the facades of galleries and other buildings throughout Wynwood. One such work is Brandon Opalka's mural, 'Nature is Imaginat on Itself', which is painted on the side exterior of Dorsch Gallery. The work was inspired by the new Ken Burns documentary on the national parks. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFFF

  • Alexis Hubshman, founder of SCOPE Art Fair, walks through the Miami installation Monday morning. Satellite fairs, including SCOPE Art Fair Miami -- other SCOPE installations are in New York City; London; Basel, Switzerland; and South Hampton, New York -- remain healthy elements of Art Basel. SCOPE is at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Equadoran artist Roberto Noboa carries one of his acrylic and oil paintings into SCOPE Art Fair Miami on Monday morning. Satellite fairs, including SCOPE Art Fair Miami and Art Asia, remain healthy elements of Art Basel. SCOPE and Art Asia are at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Works by Scottish artist, Jim Lambie, are seen on display at the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Foundation in Miami Monday. Foreground is work titled," Wall of Sound: and background is " Tangerine Dream". The Rubell's will display their collection during Art Basel Miami Beach which opens Thursday. LYNNE SLADKY / HO

  • Crash...Noom... Bang, a 2008 stainless steel, birch, plywood, paint and packing material sculpure by Danish artist, Michael Elmgreen is seen Monday inside the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation in Miami. The Rubell's are opening their collection during the Art Basel Miami Beach starting Thursday. LYNNE SLADKY / STF

  • David Lombardi recently opened Museo Vault, a fine-art storage facility used by Art Basel exhibitors to store their art before it goes on display. Lombardi is shown Monday next to crates holding glass pieces bound for Art Basel installation. Museo Vault is at 346 NW 29th St. in Miami's Wynwood community. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Exhibitions Manager Chelsea Guerdat, right, waches as workers check the mountings on a piece by Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas titled "Alto" from the Jumex Collection, as they prepare for Art Basel Miami Beach at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach Monday. At center rear is a piece by Jenny Holzer titled "Loomig." WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • Chelsea Guerdat, exhibitions Manager left, Silvia Karman Cubina, Executive Director and Chief Curator, center, and Steve Carpenter of Mr. Neon, check the level of a piece by Joseph Kosuth titled "No Number #001" from the Jumex Collection, as they prepare for Art Basel Miami Beach at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach Monday. WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • Workers prepare to install art from the Jumex Collection for Art Basel Miami Beach at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach Monday. WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • Workers Leonardo Leggieri, left, and Vince Mrazovich prepare to install an Andy Warhol titled Jackie (Smiling) from the Jumex Collection for Art Basel Miami Beach at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach Monday. WILFREDO LEE / STF

  • Graphic designer Beat Muller sits in front of a sign that will be at Art Basel's free Oceanfront area in Collins Park. ALEXIA FODERE

  • A view of a sign that will be up throughout Art Basel's run that says "Feel Good" at The Art Basel Oceanfront area in Collins Park on Saturday evening. ALEXIA FODERE / For The Miami Herald

  • A view of a sign that will be up throughout Art Basel's run that says "Feel Good" at The Art Basel Oceanfront area in Collins Park on Saturday evening. ALEXIA FODERE / For The Miami Herald

  • Marc Spiegler and Annette Schonholzer, co-directors of Art Basel Miami Beach, pose at Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach on Friday afternoon. ALEXIA FODERE / ALEXIA FODERE

  • Construction is underway for the Audi Pavilion on Collins Avenue that will house pieces from the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit during Art Basel along with Audi models for the art goers to view. Alain Perez from EventStar helps coordinate and oversee the construction of the temporary structure. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HER / ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HER

  • Construction is underway for the Audi Pavilion on Collins Avenue that will house pieces from the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit during Art Basel along with Audi models for the art goers to view. Mera Rubell visits the construction site to view the exhibition space. ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HER / ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HER

  • Construction is underway for the Audi Pavilion on Collins Avenue that will house pieces from the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit during Art Basel along with Audi models for the art goers to view. Leonel Gonzalez from Precision Steel Works helps with the construction of the temporary structure. Allison Diaz / For The Miami Herald

  • Construction is underway for the Audi Pavilion on Collins Avenue that will house pieces from the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit during Art Basel along with Audi models for the art goers to view. Allison Diaz / For The Miami Herald

  • Cristina Lei Rodriguez creates a public project with sculptures that look like decayed, wet, jeweled nature for Art Basel Miami Beach titled Greenhouse (Prins Valedmar 1926) at her Design District Studio on Friday morning. ALEXIA FODERE

  • Cristina Lei Rodriguez creates a public project with sculptures that look like decayed, wet, jeweled nature for Art Basel Miami Beach titled Greenhouse (Prins Valedmar 1926) at her Design District Studio on Friday morning. ALEXIA FODERE

  • Isamu Noguchi's 1973 sculpture The Bow can be seen at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse during Art Basel.

  • Maria Martinez-CaƱas, shown in her studio, will present 310 of her photographic manipulations in a Freedom Tower show. Her work will also be on display in Fredric Snitzer Gallery's Art Basel booth. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Shepard Fairey stands in front of his now-ubiquitous graphic of Barack Obama. His works will be in Art Basel Miami Beach and elsewhere. JAY L. CLENDENIN / LOS ANGELES TIMES

  • Stephen Gamson lounges with with his piece Girl Under the Umbrella at Miami Beach's La Piaggia Beach Club. The piece, along with others, will be part of La Piaggia Beach Club's showcase for the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach next month. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thomas Quigley of the Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery, on West 22nd Street, walks between Sean Scully's "North South" circa 1991 and Hans Hofmann "Abstraction in White" circa 1954. Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. Dan Pollock is the gallery director of Cecilia de Torres gallery on Green Street. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. Thomas Quigley and Michael Medel of the Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery on West 22nd Street in New York City stand under a skylight in the gallery and next to artist Sean Scully's "North South", circa 1991. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Paula Cooper of Paula Cooper Gallery, on West 21st Street in New York City, looks at white painted wood sculpture by artist Sol Lewitt, 1997. Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. At Paula Cooper Gallery, artist Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's "Paradise Pies", circa 2009. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Galleries in New York City are deciding what pieces of art to bring to Art Basel Miami 2009. At Cecilia de Torres, LtD, Gallery on Green Street, is artist Leon Ferrari's sculpture. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Danziger of the Danzinger Projects gallery on West 24th Street in New York City, with a photograph of "Three Young Men from Mali" circa 1954. by Seydou Keita. Next to it is a portrait of a sunflower by Chuck Close, circa 2007 and a photograph of the Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight at the Miami Beach Convention Center by Neil Leifer in 1964. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF