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Miami Basel 2010 Proves Market is Back!?

The vibes being sent up North from Miami to the now-snowy climes of New York City over the past week have carried with them a message: the contemporary art market may just be back into something like its previous swing.

Gleaned from tweets, news pieces written from flashy parties and a newfound sense of optimism, is this intuition of market return reality, or just self-fulfilling prophecy? Check out a collection of picks, pics, links and insights into Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 below.

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The State of Art Basel Miami Beach

Lindsay Pollock has a report from this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach that gives us some insight into the state of the art market:

Sales echoed what the recent New York auctions had intimated: the uppermost tier of the art industry is chugging along.

Though I like this quote more:

“Last year, there was much more death and skull imagery,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve seen one skull this year. I like it better without the skulls.”

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Art Basel Miami in Pictures

There’s no point in giving you a “review” of the mothership of art fairs in Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach, so I thought a photo essay with some observations were more appropriate.

I admit that I got a little bored after three hours of wandering around. I found myself seeing the same thing and getting the same numbness I get during marathon holiday shopping trips or walks through ancient souks … there’s only so much merchandise you can see in one stop.

It was still refreshing to see some galleries display the prices of their wares freely, and examples of excellent abstraction by names mostly absent from the art history survey books, but I was most shocked to discover what must be the most awful Basquiat I have even seen in my life.