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Occupy Art Basel Miami Beach Protest Launches Web Site

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As we reported yesterday, Art Basel Miami Beach’s PR staff sent out an email warning participating dealers of a possible Occupy protest on the fair site. Now, Occupy Art Basel has launched a Web site that outlines the group’s grievances against the consummate one-percent event.

Occupy Art Basel’s mission statement is a clear denunciation of the elitism of the fair:

We represent the people who can barely afford the entry fee to see the art at Art Basel, let alone make an offer on their favorite art piece. We are the 99% who can’t afford to buy this art. We are the people who install the art, transport the art, guard the art, dress up and sit behind a desk and try to sell the art for their bosses. We are the countless artists who haven’t made it into Art Basel, into the art commodity marketplace. We are the countless craftspeople who help make this art or exclusively produce this art on the instructions of the artists. We are the countless art lovers who read about art, study art, appreciate art, need art around all the time, and don’t have the cash to own great art.

The site, a Tumblr blog, currently holds a collage of Occupy-related images and posters. Stay tuned for more info as the fair begins. [Occupy Art Basel]

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  1. Great! Taking the battle to the enemy. City Halls are places of work, the rich dont go there, they bring City Hall to them.
    But wrong. The 99% dont care or want what they show at artshows, as it is all show. Its effete entertainment, fashion.

    art collegia delenda est

  2. by Nyame O. Brown

    Artist are the 1% . I would love it if Joe Blow bought my work but he doesn’t even thinking of me, so the only patronage system for me to sale my goods to are these small group of interested people. I want Joe Blow to support me but the fact of the matter is he cannot and if he has to choose food on his plate or my painting the steak is always going to win. This issue of who shows at art Basel is not the same as the occupy Wall street movements. It isn’t that black and white it more a whole lot of gray sucka!

  3. Not at all. You can easily sell to middle class folks who are interested. Or make prints. Or make for public venues, like churches and government owned buildings. You probably charge too much. While $1-5k may be too much for many, most will look at that as an investment and want to know they can resell if needed, it is far cheaper than a car or home improvement like a bay window. But adds at least the same to ones home. If you charge over $10k for any piece, well you got issues.

    When art is taken seriously again, which it hasnt been for 50 years now, people will rearranged their priorities. Its the same price as a large flatscreen, so why not? Do you really think artists like Braque and Bonnard and Klee were charging tens of thosuands or hundreds of thosuands for their work? A few like Picasso eventually could, but late in their lives. Monet went from poverty to riches, but earned it. Have you?

  4. And these shows, it is entertainment, are
    pretty much lily white. With a lil color for token amusement thrown in.

  5. Tell the truth Frazell, you’re the biggest collector of your art. You wish you could get 1-5k for those circles and squares you do. You’d be lucky to get 5 bucks. The fact is those who can do and those who can’t complain about those who do. If you were getting 1-5k for your work you wouldn’t spend so much time complaining on the blogs. You’d be painting to fill the demand. Obviously even you are convinced that you will never see the light of a 10k sale so of course that price is just too high to pay for art. Your work has no value because you are a Sunday painter at best and I would suggest that you stick to the “real work” you do at kinkos and let the real artist “do” what they do best. Create real art of real value. No matter how much you rant it will never hide thecfac that you know nothing about art or the business of art. You’re a spectater shoiting calls from the stands and you don’t know the game.

  6. Ahh, the cut and paoste ‘critic” has returned!
    Try coming up with something new next time, or come on my blog as S Gaines does not exist in real, or even artsscene, life, wimp.
    True, I know as little as possible about the artscene, its too annoying and self absorbed and truly adolescent. But I do sell for upto $5k, not 10, but then as it is straight to buyer, or a couple who find buyers who I pay %10 to, i get to keep it all.
    I know color scares you, the dull and lifeless of contempt art is simply not of any interest to me, and so dont bother “learning’ such a “skill”. so you are right, I am most certainly a Sunday painter by academic standards. Like most other painters who have been any good. Painting the house yesterday actually.
    Avoidance of the artscene is key for any true creative artist, always has been, always willl be.

    art collegia delenda est

  7. You can’t help exposing youreself can you? Obviously you have completely avoided the topic of credentials, because you have none. Creative, academic or otherwise. As for your blog, sorry to say I’ve been down that road and the rants there are even more confusing than your comments elsewhere. Unfortunately you don’t allow for comments, so your so called blog is merely a soapbox for your uneducated dictation. I would be vey surprised if you could produce a real invoice reflecting a sale over $5 let alone 5k, and please incude the the name of this mystery couple who deals in your so called art. Like myself, I doubt that they exist. I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to be in your presenve for more than 30 seconds that wasn’t a complete moron. I would give them 35 seconds max.

  8. You can’t help exposing youreself can you? Obviously you have completely avoided the topic of credentials, because you have none. Creative, academic or otherwise. As for your blog, sorry to say I’ve been down that road and the rants there are even more confusing than your comments elsewhere. Unfortunately you don’t allow for comments, so your so called blog is merely a soapbox for your uneducated dictation. I would be very surprised if you could produce a real invoice reflecting a sale over $5 let alone 5k, and please incude the the name of this mystery couple who deals in your so called art. Like myself, I doubt that they exist. I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to be in your preserve for more than 30 seconds that wasn’t a complete moron. I would give them 35 seconds max. As for artscenes, I think you must have confused my statement with your discomfort for the truth. I never mentioned any art scene. Since you were so kind to bring this to my attention, I do feel compelled to shed light on the fact (which I’m sure you are already aware) that noone has ever heard of you. Aside from the reputation you’ve gained as groundless loud mouth haunting the art blogs and physically attacking gallery owners, you don’t have very much going for you. I’m sure your boss at kinkos would love to read the post he’s been paying for all these years. Ovioulsy many of these rants are being made on his time. Maybe I’ll do some digging and send a package reflecting all the dates and times. I’m sure he’ll like that

  9. Thats right you dont exist, A figment of a concept wrapped in a fastfood combo. I do permit comments, just gotta be someone,
    You arent

  10. WOW! Can you hear those applause? Must have hit a nerve. The shortest response ever. Come on Donald put your “I’m not thinking cap on”. Suerly you have a more mature response. I beginning to miss those endless novels to nowhere that you’re soooo famous for. It’s the world reknown Frazell show coming to a blog near you. You want laughs? You want unadulterated comedy by a real unadult? Well tune in. There’s laughter, thrills and chills, action and so much more. You may even learn something – or not. Tonight’s feature is called FAILURE! Btw- since you won’t respond to the request for credentials, I took the liberty of rereading you magnificent bio. It’s so uninformative. I love the way you evade the facts. No worries. We can see the obvious truth in your incoherencies. Get some help and you’re welcomed to come back anytime with sane relevant comments. Thanks Donald.

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