Originally posted 2008-12-25 05:47:00.
The art show that started it all is called Art Basel and it all began in Basel, Switzerland where have their show annually, as well as in Hong Kong. From what I’ve heard, ol’ Basel is quite boring compared to what goes on in Miami, though! Besides the art, Miami is THRIVING with parties, pop up restaurants, bars and events all with the backdrop of a beautiful beach setting including palm trees, sand and blue waves.
Every year my husband, The DJ, and I play a game of “What’s going to be the common thread?” In years past I’ve seen trends based on medium and subject matter, as if there is some sort of global synergy or intuition amongst artists the world over.
This year was no exception. I noticed:
Top and lower right: Artist Lee Downey. Carved fossilized walrus tusks, black jet stone with turquoise inlays. Porcelain skull by Katsuyo Aoki.
Originally posted 2013-12-20 02:09:00.
|Hello Kitty celebrates her 50th birthday with a party and a pop up gallery in Miami for Art Basel 2010!|
|Darlings! December brings the Silly Season to all but to La Diva and other art lovin’ Miamians, it brings the fabulastic ART BASEL and it’s La Diva’s favorite time of the year! Art Basel Miami is the most important (and largest!) art event in the country and is a sister event to Switzerland’s prestigious Art Basel. For one week, the city of Miami is FLOODED with artists, art dealers, collectors, pick pockets, grifters, tourists, freeloaders, hipsters, drunks, prostitutes and art lovers all coming together to create a fun and culturally stimulating vibe to our Magic City!|
|I am La Diva and I will be your hostess guiding you through this week’s magic and madness!|
|First things first, La Diva made a BEELINE for the new Christian Louboutin store in the Design District. Well, it was RIGHT THERE, after all! Was I meant to just walk right by?!|
|Not much cushioning for the ball of the foot but these sure are purdy!|
|Well, what is THIS?! ANOTHER shoe store? FABULOUS! Must investigate!|
|Those cool faceted shoes on the right are made of plastic fantastic! (wonder how comfy they’d be?)|
|Yep, those sandals in the front have La Diva’s name ALL OVER THEM!|
|Patience, dear heart, we will get to more traditional forms of ART shortly……but in the meantime, AREN’T THESE BADASS?!|
|What color would YOU pick?! WANT.|
|The party was jam packed with hipsters and Hello Kitty fans!|
|Of course, no Japanese art exhibition would be complete without the Harajuku girls!|
|Kuromi is a La Diva fave!|
|This was a cool series of paintings that covered one entire wall and was not to be broken up but sold as an entire piece.|
|Sometimes the best stuff is on the streets and out of the galleries! Crocheted bicycle chained to pole.|
Darlings, did you enjoy your little tour of Art Basel and Hello Kitty’s birthday bash? I thought you would! The Hello Kitty gallery is open every day of the festival and you can learn more about it by clicking HERE.
There is more to come, darlings, so stay tuned! Ciao!
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Originally posted 2010-12-03 16:02:00.
The fact is, while many of the goods were certainly beautiful, the prices were exorbitant. Now, now, you artsy types out there, don’t get your knickers in a knot. La Diva is all about paying people for their work fairly and as a jeweler that has sold at myriad art fairs myself, I know all about the time and love and labor put into items. But, these were just not worth the very high price tags.
This abomination is what the Aussies call a tea pot cosy. It is used to keep your tea pot warm as it brews. As this was hand-knitted and adorned with a rosette, La Diva can only imagine that it’s price was at least $50. To me, that’s about as practical as a S’mores maker from Bed Bath and Beyond and butt-ugly. Pass.
DRAT. She’s right, as usual. Besides, La Diva already bought a nice little “remind-myself-of-my-fabulous-time-in-Sydney” gift for herself, a Rockpool Restaurant cookbook for $130. Boo.
Onto the hot grill they go…
Originally posted 2010-06-04 14:34:00.
“It’s too expensive.”
“There isn’t any available here.”
“It’s not sustainable, I’m not getting lobster unless it came from within a block of my home.”
Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
My entry for the lobster throwdown is:
Soufflé Aux Crevettes avec Sauce Mousseline Sabayon!
Lobster Soufflé with a Damn-good Butter Sauce!
Originally posted 2010-04-14 16:07:00.