Art Basel Diary: It’s a Brand New World

MESSAGE ‘N’ A BOTTLE Branded Art/Basel party (Photo: Getty Images)
Art scene veteran, author, and regular Radar contributor Anthony Haden-Guest files dispatches from deep inside the annual Art Basel romp in South Beach. In the first installment, Guest takes the racing pulse of power players behind the brouhaha …

Art Basel Miami Beach can be an overwhelming experience, a rolling week-long tsunami of openings and events, of unexpected faces in unfamiliar places.

Such as …

“Hey! I think that’s the guy from Outkast!”

It wasn’t.

“That can’t be Shaggy?” But, yes, it was New York’s most infamous gatecrasher, and perched at a computer in the media center, no less.

But even at Miami-Basel you can find peace. And I like to think of the Art Collectors’ Lounge as the fair’s Heart of Lightness.

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