These curious street art posters — which were all over Wynwood — replicated the branding of Art Basel Miami Beach very well but their message was certainly different. (via

We’re in Soho on Tuesdays, the Lower East Side on Wednesdays, Chelsea on Thursdays. We go to openings, art fairs, auctions, performances, lectures, galas, member events, after-parties. (Oh the afterparties!) WE are the New York Art World, though we do travel, so we’re really everywhere.

Every Friday (or Monday when we’ve been partying in Miami all week or so), we post things “Overheard in the Art World.” #OHAW Honestly, art world, don’t take yourself so seriously.

This week, when promiscuous street artists, pretentious collectors, wannabe art loving celebs, and drunk tweeting curators jumped on planes across the globe to fly to the annual Miami Basel week, we had a bit of an #OHAW orgasm. While few people where talking about the art (or even looking at the art), many where talking of parties, ass grabbing, and Art Basel social climbing:

Promiscuous Street Artist:  “So, mile high club?”
Art Administrator: “Um, okay. When in Rome!” [or when in a plane to Basel]
—overheard on US Airways flight to MIA, we won’t say who (we will just link you to his art)

Ill informed European: “You know what makes Red Dot a better fair, don’t you?”
—overheard at Red Dot opening

Reputable Cutator: “How do they let this happen? It’s horrible, even the wall font.”
—overheard at Red Dot opening

“I like how they call street art an ’emerging art form’.”
—overheard at Art Miami while looking at Banksy: Out of Context

“One day do you want to go to that NADA thing?”
—overheard on Wynwood Streets

Guy #1: “To get into Basel before the Versinagge, you have to have a net worth of a million dollars. $10m for 11am, $1m for 3pm, and so on and so on.”
Guy #2: “Oh look, there’s P Diddy.”
—overheard at Scope (on preview day of Miami Basel)

“Art Basel is totally the place not to be seen this year.”
—overheard at Hyperallergic sunset cocktails event

“I would like my job if I liked art.”
—overheard at art dealer’s private dinner

“Where’s Rockaway?”
—overheard at MoMAPS1 Rockaway fundraising event at the Delano

“Porsches are sooo Basel 2008.”
—overheard at the Architecture Digest event at The Raleigh

“I should have hooked up with the collector who bought us the brussels sprouts.”
—overheard at dinner at the Delano

“She has a crush on you.”
—overheard at Design Miami

“Is there anyone here not from New York?”
—overheard at the Bass Museum of Art

“I don’t know how it happens but when the art world arrives, the whole place feels a little dirtier.”
—overheard on Collins Avenue

“Which naked artist are you talking about?”
—overheard at Fountain Art Fair

“Why are you texting me when I’m standing right here?”
—overheard at Delano

“The internet doesn’t lie I beat your face the end.”
—overheard on Twitter (@vajiajia)

“Do you ship to Monaco?”
—overheard at Art Basel Miami Beach

“Why is no one at this party on Grindr?”
—overheard at the Perrier party at Lords Hotel

“I just heard there’s no line yet at The Victor.”
—overheard in line at Silencio

“Basel is like waking up from a fun nightmare. ~#overunder”
—overheard on Twitter (@lnylnylny)

“Quote of the Night: ‘Sorry, you can’t take this elevator. We’re holding it for Puff Daddy.’ All about the art at Miami Art Basel, baby! :)”
—overheard on Twitter (@DerekBlasberg)

“Everyone knows who Museum Nerd is, no one knows who writes Overheard in the Art World.”
—overheard at Hyperallergic sunset cocktails event


… just to get you in the retweeting your favorite #ohaw lines mood, a compilation of our favorite Miami Basel hashtags:

  • #whatnottowearatbasel
  • #artbaselpeopleproblems
  • #peoplenotatartbaselproblems
  • #artbaselsnobtalk
  • #artbasellosers
  • #artbaselblur
  • #wastedartbaselpeopleproblems

And our personal favorite:

  • #thingsyoudontrememberwhenwastedatartbaseluntilyougetanemailaboutassgrabbingthenextday

The Editors divide their time between Kinshasa, Brno, Goa, and Tikrit. They are fabulous and they will always be at the party you weren't invited to.

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