If you're ever in the Florida area this time of year, I highly recommend you visit Art Basel Miami, North America’s foremost international modern and contemporary art fair.
Earlier this week, I attended the 15th edition of Art Basel, which is the sister event to Art Basel held each June in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel Miami contains more than 225 prominent galleries taking part from 29 different countries, including North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. This art fair exhibits the work of more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Most of the show is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but many other art events occur throughout the city. The event runs through tomorrow, December 4th.
Here are some of my photos - enjoy.
The Art Basel Miami show has been running since 2001. It receives lots of press and coverage each year.
Here, attendees line up at the entrance of the Miami Beach Convention Center’s Hall D which was quite crowded and lively.
More than 225 galleries are represented at this year’s event. This work is part of the Paul Kasmin gallery booth.
This fun exhibit is courtesy of the Beyeler Foundation or Foundation Beyeler, which owns and oversees the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler.
Some pieces very geometric in style.
This is called Temple of the World, 1954 from the Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art gallery.
This untitled painted sheet metal and wire mobile is by artist Alexander Calder, 1960.
The show is very well set up and art is well displayed. Most of the business takes place in the first five hours of the first day of the show.
This view is of the piece “Diamond (Blue),” by artist Jeff Koons.
The PixCell-Red Deer by Kohei Nawa is covered in crystal balls of all sizes. There is actually a taxidermy deer beneath the glass orbs.
Here is a closer look at all the crystal that was used to create this piece.
Others were created using interesting materials.
This is another piece showing a simple design using straight lines and metallic color.
Some pieces were made of glass.
A Chair Not a Chair (Cube Variations I, II, III, IV) by Mateo Lopez
Barre Rose, 2016 – Bortolami by Ann Veronica Janssens
This is called Bobcat Kitten, by Sean Landers.
Sean Landers had several pieces of art at the show – this is one of a fox.
There were dealers from everywhere displaying all sorts of art – paintings, sculptures, installations video, fiber-optics, etc.
There were also many paintings that were created using only graphics.
Some paintings with their simple straight lines were very interesting.
Here is a view of the piece Pumpkin, 2016, by artist Yayoi Kusama,
This is by Keiichi Tanaami, an artist who is known for representing Japanese psychedelic and neo pop style since the 1960s.
This is by artist Kaspar Mueller.
This was a very eye-catching installation using tires.
This is a large gold bag showing lots texture and metallic color.
I loved these botanical prints by Suzanne Treister called The Gardener, 2014.
Some of the works are have very political themes. Here is a text-based triptych by Rirkrit Tiravanija in the Gavin Brown booth. This three-panel collage shows the entire issue of The New York Times published the day after Donald Trump was elected President.
The event includes artists from 29 different countries. Visitors walked freely through the many galleries.
Here is a work that uses messaging as its art.
Art Basel runs through December 4th – try to catch it if you can.
The holidays are the best times to indulge in favorite foods.
On the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped to buy truffles at Urbani in New York City. Urbani is the largest truffle company in the world, with locations in more than 60 different countries. Luckily, a shipment had just arrived from Italy, and the truffles I chose were picked less than 24-hours before I walked into the shop. If you’re unfamiliar with truffles - the non-chocolate variety - they're a type of fungus that grows on the roots of trees, such as oaks and beeches. Truffles are decadently delicious and among the most exotic and costly delicacies. In fact, they are prized by chefs all over the world. Truffles are also quite fascinating because of how they're grown and gathered - I was so excited to share them with my family.
Over the holiday weekend, I cooked fettuccini from scratch and served it with white truffle for dinner. It was simply fabulous! Enjoy these photos.
The white truffle of Alba, Tuber magnatum pico, is the most special and the most rare of all truffles – it’s grown wild and only in season a couple months of the year. https://www.urbani.com
I adore shaved white truffle over homemade pasta! Its flavor is sublime. The white truffle has never been successfully cultivated and is currently priced at more than 165-dollars per ounce.
The white truffle, also known as tartufo bianco di Alba is characterized by its irregular shape, due to the hardness and unevenness of the soil in which it grows. This type of truffle is yellow-green in color and smooth to the touch.
Here I am with Nazzareno Miele from Urbani Truffles in New York City just before I left for Maine. The truffles I purchased were just harvested the day before – I was so excited.
I planned to serve the truffle with dinner on Saturday after Thanksgiving. I took this photo that morning. This view is from the upper terrace of Skylands. Sutton Island is in the distance – a small, private island south of where I am on Mount Desert.
These magnificent red spruce trees frame the glorious view of Seal Harbor.
I’ve been using a hand cranked pasta maker for years. This machine really presses the dough well.
I made a simple but delicious fettucine using two cups double-zero flour, three eggs, 1/4-teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon olive oil. When the dough was made I flattened it into small rectangles to fit through the pasta machine.
After the dough rectangles are rolled through the pasta machine set at its widest openings and then through progressively narrower settings, it is fed through the attachment to form fettuccine strips.
Once the fettuccine was made, I placed batches on a parchment paper covered tray. I showed the entire process for making pasta on my television show, “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School” – the recipe is on my web site. http://www.marthastewart.com/972476/basic-pasta
There was enough delicious pasta for everyone.
I also prepared the greens for the salad. After washing, lettuce should be patted dry, and then either used immediately or layered between clean tea towels in the refrigerator’s crisper to preserve the taste and texture.
Bibb lettuce, also known as Boston, butterhead, or limestone lettuce, is a leafy green that’s known for its distinctive creamy flavor and crisp, crunchy texture.
Romaine has deep green, long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste.
I mixed the two together and drizzled each salad with a vinaigrette dressing.
Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta in boiling salted water for two to four minutes, until al dente.
Fresh homemade pasta has such a beautiful color.
Once it was cooked, I plated the fettuccine on top of a creamy white sauce.
Each plate was filled with delicious homemade pasta.
For the truffles, I used my professional truffle slicer. This French slicer is made of heavy, cast stainless steel, with razor-sharp stainless steel blades that are adjustable. Similar ones are available at J.B. Prince Company in NYC. http://www.jbprince.com
Because of the unique and intense aroma of the white truffle, it’s best shaved and served raw on pasta, meat and eggs.
And here was our finished dish – absolutely delicious, and a great dinner for the holiday weekend.
Whenever I am in Maine, I always try to fill the days with fun and interesting activities - especially when my grandchildren are there with me.
On the day after Thanksgiving, we planned a short trip to Roosevelt Campobello International Park - the "beloved" summer retreat for the Roosevelt family. The Park is located on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada - just across the international border from Lubec on the easternmost tip of Maine. The Roosevelt Summer Cottage and the Park’s Visitor Centre are closed during the colder months, but we were able to arrange a special tour while were there. It is a most beautiful place to visit - steeped in history, nature and charm.
Enjoy some of my photos.
Lubec is a small town in Washington County, Maine and the easternmost town in the contiguous United States. It’s about two and a half hours from Skylands.
We crossed the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge, which connects Lubec, Maine with New Brunswick on Campobello Island. The decked steel truss bridge is named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd President, who maintained a summer retreat on Campobello. This bridge is the island’s only road connection to the mainland of North America.
Here is the welcome sign for Campobello Island, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s magnificent summer home. It is preserved here as part of an indoor museum and outdoor nature park.
This is the driveway of the Roosevelt Cottage. From 1909 through 1921, FDR and his family spent July, August, and part of September at this home.
Here is a family photo showing FDR, his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, his wife, Eleanor, and the children – James, Elliott, FDR Jr., John and Anna in front of the 34-room residence.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Summer Cottage, and the Park’s Visitor Centre are only open to the public from May to October, but we were able to arrange a special tour. This is the Roosevelt Cottage Laundry Room.
Here is the beautiful water tank in the kitchen.
When the cottage is closed, the furniture is covered and the artifacts are packed away. Here is the kitchen stove, under a sheet covering.
This is the stove top.
The kitchen also has a large soapstone sink.
And a lot of pantry shelving and storage space.
Here is the main stairway of the Roosevelt Cottage. Everything is so well preserved.
Next, we stepped into the dining room decorated with beautiful botanical wallpaper.
Here is a closer look of the detailed hydrangeas on the wallpaper.
Here is a view from the living room looking out towards Eastport, Maine, a small city in Washington County, and the easternmost city in the United States.
Jude and Truman were very interested in the birch bark canoe that usually sits on the veranda of the Roosevelt Cottage.
This is the first floor bathroom – part of the tub is covered in white sheeting to protect it during this off-season. The house contains a total of six-bathrooms.
This is the Louis Howe Room. Louis was an American reporter best known for acting as an early political advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Here is the servants’ room on the northwest side of the cottage.
And here is the guest room.
This is the room that was shared by Franklin Jr. and John, FDR’s youngest sons. In all, the Cottage has 18-bedrooms.
Here I am outside the Visitor’s Centre with Sales and Marketing Assistant, Theresa Mitchell, Finance Manager, Laura TInker, and Naturalist, Stephen Smart, who gave us the tour. Everyone was very welcoming.
We also walked through the grounds – here is the Mulholland Point Lighthouse, the only lighthouse shared by Canada and the United States. The octagonal wooden structure was built in 1885 to guide vessels through Lubec Narrows, the small passage between the island and the US.
Here’s a view of Lubec from the Mulholland Point Lighthouse. It was a very cloudy day, but also rather mild for this time of year.
And here’s a view of the FDR Memorial Bridge from the lighthouse.
This is Eagle Hill Bog, part of a 900-acre parcel of the park that’s made up of raised, heath-covered bogs.
Look closely – these are pitcher plants, Nepenthes, carnivorous plants which have modified leaves known as pitfall traps. To catch insects, it folds the ends of its leaves like a cup and concocts nectar juices that attract and trap its prey.
This is Raccoon Beach, where the park’s most difficult hiking trail is located.
This is Liberty Point where we saw stunning panoramic views.
And here I am with James Carr, Superintendent of Roosevelt Park – it was a lovely tour. If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to stop and visit this spectacular place. http://www.fdr.net/