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Miami Art Basel 2011 –by Eve Therond

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Eve Thérond is a journalist and art consultant based in New York. She’s attended the Fair for the past nine years. She doesn’t plan on coming back: "The Art Basel Miami Beach festivities (around twenty per night for five nights) begin in the private residence of a very private and very wealthy individual, who is hosting a very private dinner honoring an obscure artist who will be very soon forgotten, and whose name the other private guests (clebrities, socialites, sociopaths, all VIPs) will ignore, and continue to ignore, as they continue to ignore gallerists, art dealers, curators, singers, dancers, actors, producers, watchmakers, champagne makers and fashion designers, who in turn were responsible for making this obscure artist suddenly successful and who, having gorged themselves on a meal prepared by the greatest chefs from New York, Paris, London and Miami, did it all just to have their pictures in the glossy pages and on Billy Farrell’s blog.

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