Basel Week 2013 Recap Part 1: Context, Aqua, Kenny Scharf’s “Tony’s Oasis” and Women on the Walls

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During Basel Week, which just concluded on Sunday, December 8, the international art world took over Miami — from the huge tents on the beach that housed art fairs like Scope and Aqua to the innumerable murals, performance art pieces, after parties and gallery openings that spring up every year around the main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. While we gave you a recap of Art Basel Miami Beach last week, today we bring you the best of what we saw at Context and Aqua, Kenny Scharf’s garden and mural installation, “Tony’s Oasis” (where we were able to speak to the artist as he chopped coconuts with a machete) as well as the female-focused “Women on the Walls” exhibition, which spotlighted the prominent female street artists in the mural project Wynwood Walls (covered here.)

Housed in a hotel in Miami Beach, Aqua boasted a huge offering of Pop Surrealist and New Contemporary art. Among the younger artists were heavy-hitting painters such as Travis Louie, who exhibited with William Baczek Fine Arts, and Gary Baseman, who recreated his recent birch tree installation from Shulamit Gallery in their booth. Context, which was not too far from the street art action in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, had a more modernist vibe. We discovered the spiky ceramic creatures of Myung Nam An, zeroed in on the tiny sculptures of Diem Chau and peered at the complex graffiti assemblages of Revok.

After Context, we hopped over to Wynwood to check out the “Women on the Walls” exhibition, which featured recent work from the likes of Maya Hayuk, Swoon and Miss Van and installations by Olek and Dabs Myla. Near the gallery, Olek took part in a yoga performance, dressing an athletic man in her signature hot pink, crocheted, camouflage suit as he twisted and wound his limbs for the cameras. Later, we cruised to the dedication ceremony of “Tony’s Oasis,” Kenny Scharf’s outdoor installation that included a garden planted by the artist, two murals hidden among the palm trees and a black-lit assemblage inside a bus. Stay tuned for part two of our recap of Basel Week, coming up tomorrow.


Gary Baseman for Shulamit Gallery

Travis Louie for William Baczek Fine Arts

Edward del Rosario for Rice Polak Gallery

Ryan Heshka for Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea

Clayton Brothers for Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea

Demitra Coupolos for Portrait Society Gallery


Ryan Martin for Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

Richard Stipl for Galeria Enrique Guerrero

Revok for Library Street Collective

Paul Rousso for Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art

Myung Nam An for Cube Gallery

Matthew Cox for Pentimenti

Diem Chau for Packer Schopf Gallery

Renee McGinnis for Packer Schopf Gallery

Lucong for Gallery Henoch

Anke Eilergerhard for Schmalfuss Berlin

Women on the Walls, Wynwood:



Miss Van

Maya Hayuk


Dabs Myla


Yogi wearing Olek’s crocheted suit

Olek and her performer

Kenny Scharf’s “Tony’s Oasis”:

Kenny Scharf with members of the Goldman family

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