Art Basel

Big Basel auction brings big dollars

Sold! And for just $2.5 million.
Sold! And for just $2.5 million.

Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM) closed its “Important Paintings and Sculpture” auction at 80 NE 40th St. in the Design District Thursday night with the sale of Pablo Picasso’s The Painter and the model at $2,582,500.

Big sales:

▪  Lot 48 - Pablo Picasso, La Peintre et son modele, 1965 - $2,582,500

▪  Lot 32 Wilfredo Lam, Personnage, 1970 - $290,000

▪  Lot 44 Moise Kisling, Grand Bouquet devant la fenêtre, 1928, $362,500

▪  Lot 31 Robert Matta, Le Progess Espirituel, 1971 - $ 242,500

Total: $4,335,500

All sold prices include buyer’s premium

Galena Mosovich

Usher in the Haus

Grammy-Award winning artist Usher joined a crowd of art A-listers for the vernissage of ArtHaus. Mercedes-AMG, in conjunction with Lufthansa First Class presented the opening of ArtHaus, a luxury VIP lounge. The space, adjacent to Select Art Fair, serves as a place to meet, mingle and recharge.

The art of luxury

Thursday night the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Decanted Collection by acclaimed designer Jon Buscemi was unveiled at a private location in South Beach during Art Basel. In this collaboration for Art Basel, Buscemi reinterpreted the art of luxury with a collection comprised of a Tote Bag, Leather Cinch Bag, Hat, Bottle Porter, Coasters and a signature 100 mm High Top Shoe. None are for sale.

The exclusive Decanted gallery will be open by private appointment only this weekend at Basel for select VIPs to come through and experience the limited collection with the designer and special guests.

Baz Luhrmann channels his inner child

Swiss-based Galerie Gmurzynska is at Art Basel Miami Beach showcasing “A Kid Could Do That!” in collaboration with famed film director and producer Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. The great works curated by Nelle Hooper include artists Francis Bacon,Pablo Picasso, Cy Twombly, Joan Miro, Wifredo Lam, and others.

Miro’s “Jeux d’infants” painting is paired with an exclusive reinterpretation of a film featuring the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo for which Miro designed the set in the 1930s.

We caught up with the visual genius who brought us Romeo + Juliet, which he wrote here in Miami Beach nearly two decades ago, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gatsby at booth B02 inside the Miami Beach Convention Center to chat about his creative input, and of course, Shakespeare.

Tell me about the making of this exhibition.

BL: All children are innately artists so I helped contextualize this by setting it in a schoolroom. I also made this movie inspired by Balanchine.

How do you nurture your inner child?

BL: I could easily lose the inner joy that it takes to be creative. As a kid, you express because you’re angry or sad, but after receiving recognition, you lose confidence. That’s why it’s important to walk away and take risks. But always keep doing what you love.

List a few of your maxims for success.

BL: Well, all work and no play makes Baz a boring boy.

1. I have to enjoy the people I work with much like kids seek out kids they want to play with.

2. I always find adventure in the journey, meaning I need to do it, whatever it is, for myself.

3. Nothing I’ve ever made is what I imagined in the beginning. There’s a line to go from “not working” to “working” and you must always believe that the line is right around the corner.

What’s next?

BL: I've always wanted to affect culture, but this gets harder as you get older. I hope to do the canon on Shakespeare. These primary texts influenced me so much as child and every decision I make for a film is based on them. Maybe Henry IV or King Lear...

Galena Mosovich

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