1 We arrived at Art Basel Miami Beach on Wednesday afternoon, just in time to take a quick look around the main exhibition hall, which was quite crowded and lively.
2 Many people were coming and going and there were dealers from everywhere displaying all sorts of art - paintings, sculptures, video, fiber-optics, etc.
3 Rob Pruitt - Panda Grand Finale II, 2012 Enamel and glitter on linen - This artist actually worked at Martha Stewart Living years ago and has become quite celebrated.
4 I loved this wall hanging made from many, many pinkish seed pearls.
5 Here I am with Linda and Michael Jesselson. I catered their wedding in the early 1980s. The Jesselsons are very big collectors and they were having a great time seeing everything. They said Art Basel is a yearly pilgrimage.
6 This old zinc bathtub with a dirty flag was placed right below a Damien Hirst medicine cabinet.
7 Hirst's medicine cabinet - This is a smaller version of his original much larger shelves.
8 Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, were busy talking art with dealers.
9 My dear friend Jean Pigozzi was busy buying Chinese art. He wore one of his own tee shirts from his clothing and accessories line called LimoLand.
10 The show is very well set up and art is well displayed. I was told most of the business took place in the first five hours of the first day.
11 PixCell-Red Deer by Kohei Nawa is covered in crystal balls of all sizes. There is actually a taxidermy deer beneath the glass orbs.
12 David Maupin and his partner, Rachel Lehmann, display contemporary art.
13 People watching is always great. This tall man had very elaborately tattooed legs.
14 My eye was drawn to these very fancy gold metal and black suede shoes by Yves Saint Laurent.
15 What looks like hundreds of ivory colored finials is actually...
16 A horizontal work of hundreds of ivory colored finials affixed to a black fabric background.
17 There are those tattooed legs again!
18 There were many paintings that were just graphics.
19 This artist makes objects that hang in which one can sit or take a trip - kind of Mad Max-like.
20 Angela Bulloch - Sepia Drawing Machine - I loved this machine art, which looks like a seismographic tool.
21 This pleasant woman was pushing around a cart of Ruinart champagne, one of my favorites. She asked if I wanted a glass and I said yes.
22 She poured me a glass and then asked for $20! I thought it was promotional!
23 Two hosts from UBS, major underwriters of Art Basel - Mark Axelowitz and Todd Kauffmann - They had a wonderful space where weary art buyers and lookers could sit and have a drink or a snack.
24 Patrick McMullan - The most successful and nicest of the paparazzi was everywhere.
25 I did not get this art.
26 An elaborate sculpture of waxed real flowers and feathered birds
27 The wax supposedly preserves the real flowers beneath, but I wonder how long they really last?
28 An very odd display of throw-away aluminum baking pans painted simply in bright colors - Did I say odd?
29 This is art?
30 A fabulous fresh flower arrangement - Art? Or a flower arrangement? Or both?
31 Richard Prince's "Nurse on Horseback" - A nurse but no horse on view
32 It's great to have VIP passes. They actually mean something here.
33 Those shoes walked by again.
34 Some large paintings and a woman dressed in neo-Victorian
35 This woman came in pink tights and a ribbon get-up.
36 a series of black masks
37 A lighted neon sign painting with a great message
38 These stove-pipe legs with large toeless shoes were hanging from the rafters.