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]