Basel is upon us, craziness abounds

Target for art: Flagler Memorial Island

With Art Basel nearing full bloom, your Belle Isle Blog wanted to pull together a helpful roundup of all island-related Basel activities — and there are plenty.

Of course, it all started with the snail invasion two weeks ago, and whom among us doesn’t think Miami Beach must seize them and make them a permanent part of the Venetian Causeway and South Beach landscape? You can’t pass the pink/purple plastic shells without seeing sightseers snapping photos with them.

More Basel fever follows:

* The Standard is abuzz with Basel-ness, with art throughout the hotel, artists in residence, even a digital Basel newspaper. Owner Andre Balazs kicked it off with an opening party Tuesday night.

* On Saturday, The Standard hosts Playboy’s The Nude is Muse art salon, a private event featuring works done by artists a group of artists — and drinks and dinner. Really. This one is invitation only.

*Offshore to our south, a group of artists plans to storm Flagler Memorial Island on Friday. They will launch skiffs from The Mondrian Hotel on West Avenue, and cruise to the island Fifteen artists including Hanna Liden, Terence Koh (The Standard’s artist in residence) and Luis Gispert will be doing specific work in the foilage, sand and water.

This invasion is planned by an art group known as the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, or LAND. On their website, it’s described with passages from Aldous Huxley and Joseph Conrad. The installation is supposed to be “on view” between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Friday. The effort is sponsored by Havianas, the Brazilian flip-flop maker.

Ben Stiller at Art Basel. The work behind him is "The Brain Trap by Robert Williams.

* And then there’s the art, and its all over. At the Convention Center private opening, we saw lots of Belle Isle neighbors, including Danny and Merle Weiss (of course). Brian and Jennifer Heller and many more. We also saw our share of outside-the-island celebs, including Ben Stiller., who spent a lot of time discussing the work of Robert Williams at the Wednesday night private opening.

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