Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photo of the Day - December 3, 2011

Art Basel

After a long day at work, and Adina texting me, begging to go along with Robert and me to Miami Beach, and then driving for almost two hours (thanks to a wrong turn by Mr. Cardenas), we arrived in Miami Beach and parked the car in the New World Symphony's parking garage.

We were hungry, so we started with a walk on Lincoln Road and picked out a restaurant that had a menu the size of a book!  Sitting outside underneath large umbrellas, we sat next to a couple from Europe.  The husband was from Basel, Swizterland and the wife from Cologne, Germany.  We had a wonderfully, interesting conversation with them while we waited for our food.  And then the heavens opened up and poured for about five minutes, but then it was fine!

After dinner we made our way up to the New World Symphony to see the art films projected on the outside wall in the park.  I was amazed at the numbers of people flopped down on the huge bean bag chairs sprinkled throughout the park.  We watched a few films, one was a mixture of two versions of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  Very clever!

Then we headed to the Bass Museum, and we explored the sculpture park.  It was quite interesting.  The really heavy winds made it difficult to walk around, but the temperature was great.

As we made our way up Collins, or was it Washington (?), we explored the hotels that last year had hosted free galleries.  Well, we only found two that were free and others that had cover charges.  The very last hotel had the most interesting art and artists.  We probably spent about an hour walking through each of the rooms there.

In between we wandered into the hotel lobbies, or out by their pools.  One was unbelievably decorated like an outdoor living room with couches around a reflecting pool.

All fun!  A bit disappointing since we really didn't see as much art as last year.  I like the fringe stuff better than the convention center stuff.  Sunday I head down to Art Miami.  A little more organized than this fringe stuff. 

Adina slept in the car all the way home because she had a debate tournament in the morning!  Probably not my best mommy judgement, but what the heck, Art Basel is only once a year and Adina IS an artist!

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