It is Wednesday afternoon in Miami Beach right now, and Art Basel Miami Beach has been open to invited guests for a little over four hours. Those people include Owen Wilson, who was wandering the aisles with Peter Brant, Jake Gyllenhaal, whose security guard kindly asked onlookers to “please point your camera in another direction,” and all the art types you would expect at this sort of thing.
How’s the art? As usual, it’s a mixed bag. There’s plenty of middling material, but also juicy surprises around almost every corner—a little room of Fairfield Porters at Hirschl & Adler, a tight Ajay Kurian and Michele Abeles doubleheader at 47 Canal, a bevy of Sturtevants at Ropac, a huge, elegant Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles HQ, two David Hammons—a recent one, covered in fabric, at White Cube, and a splashy Color Field-y one from 1969 at Mnuchin—and the list could go on.
In the slide show below, a quick look—mostly highlights—at the fair, which runs through Sunday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.