Art Basel Miami
Austin was cold, rainy, and sad the moment I stepped onto the plane headed to Miami. But I was grinning from ear to ear. Freedom to explore the possibilities. I made it to Miami in the afternoon. The air was warm, humid, and windy. I decided to rent a car and one of my favorite moments was driving in that car by myself on the highway, taking in the views: palms, cityscapes, curved lines. I was meeting up with several friends, all artists.
First stop was E.R. and Kazilla’s event near Wynwood. Everyone had been working on their murals at the huge warehouse and it looked awesome. I met some new artists and had a badass vegan taco from a local food truck (watch out Austin). Every morning our group went to the same little Cuban grocery / cafe and gorged on plantains, yucca, chicken soup, and cuban cafe con leche which is the bomb. We’d take our time to enjoy a meal over conversation, mostly centered around Art.
Over the next few days our group explored Wynwood Arts District, which totally blew us away. I can’t even tell you how many walls there were by SO many amazing artists from around the world. There were so many pop up events for Art Basel, making it difficult to choose from. We opted to check out Scope Art Show in Miami Beach, the only show we attended that we had to buy a ticket for (many events are free), but us gals lucked out when someone handed us a VIP pass as we walked in. Scope was super impressive and I left very inspired. Afterwards we explored a famous cuban bar and dance club that looked like Christmas in Vegas on steroids. For dinner we walked to a local Miami Beach fav serving traditional Cuban. We sung happy birthday to Liza and the whole restaurant chimed in. Pure bliss.
It was really wonderful to travel with other supportive artists. We often discussed our wants, needs and dreams in the art world. We’re ready to make shit happen. Thanks Art Basel for the inspiration and see you next year!