Despite much posturing on Facebook about being early for Vernissage, the VIP opening night party at Art Basel Miami Beach, Robyn and I arrived at the Miami Beach Convention Center yesterday evening typically late. We had just a half hour to check out the art and try to buy an overpriced glass of champagne. Luckily we were immediately greeted by an amazing installation by Louise Bourgeois, one of my favorite artists. She continued to create art until she died last year at 98 (98!). She was incredibly original, fearless and a little freaky with her art. She made those gigantic spider sculptures called Maman that you may have seen in San Francisco, Paris, Kansas City, or any number of other temporary and permanent spider locations. Bourgeois has created a million other emotionally charged and provocative pieces (Check out this fantastic collection of photos of Bourgeois and her work at Arttattler). I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibition of her work at the Pompidou in Paris in 2008.
So I was thrilled that despite being tardy to the party (Did I just reference Housewives and Louise Bourgeois in the same post? Yes I believe I just did) that we had the chance to get a good look at this mirrored, interactive, and moveable installation by Bourgeois. It’s amazing to be able to touch, move and sit on a work by a master artist. It seems almost wrong–but we couldn’t help ourselves.
(And yes, this Topshop dress has gotten an awful lot of play recently! Promise to give it a rest!)