The Art Angle Podcast: A Gossip Columnist Walks Into a Bar at Art Basel Miami Beach
This week, Wet Paint scribe Annie Armstrong joins the show.
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Last week, fresh panic spread around the globe as a new COVID variant of unknown power called Omicron came into view, threatening to plunge society back into lockdown just as we were beginning to emerge from pandemic life.
Also last week, throngs of art loving party animals from 72 countries converged on Miami for a week-long bacchanal of art collecting, champagne-soaked soirees, nonstop socializing, and celebrity-studded VIP events that stretched into the night.
Very weirdly, both of those things are actually true. The latest edition of Art Basel Miami Beach was, by all counts, a massive success, with 60,000 people in attendance, booths selling out in nanoseconds, and boundless enthusiasm about both traditional art (remember that?) and NFTs.
And that’s just the main fair. The entire city was lit up with art events, from fairs to incredible museum shows to crypto-art conferences galore.
So what was it like to hit Miami art week for this totally surreal, discombobulating affair? To answer that question, we’re thrilled to be joined by none other than Annie Armstrong (author of Artnet News’s beloved gossip column, Wet Paint), who tackled the whole party thing down there with an almost alarming degree of gusto.
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