I pulled up into the driveway of a private event on ocean drive. Suddenly two men with earpieces emerged. They quickly glanced over my car as they approached the drivers side door. I was driving a black 2018 Chrysler 300. I rent this car while on work trips because of events like this. To my standards its a nice, or at least respectable, car. As I rolled down my window expecting a valet ticket I got a question instead. “Are you an Uber driver?” “No,” I said. “I’m here for Mr. Ford.” “What’s your name sir?” ...”Paul Cooley” The man reached up swiftly with his left hand and pushed his finger into his ear-piece, repeating my name as a guest for Mr. Ford. Without any pause he nodded to the second gentleman. “Right this way sir.”
During Art Basel week in Miami there is a lot of art to see, events to attend, and a unique energy which changes when you go from Wynwood to South Beach. For the past two years I’ve exhibited new art work and worked very hard during Basel week. Each year the payoff was always in the networking. Whether I sold a lot of art or a little art during Basel, the months that followed were always full. Full of new contacts, exciting new projects, and closing new deals.
Since I had an opening in NYC just weeks before Basel, I did my networking different this year. Instead of showing art, I viewed art. I attended the Art Basel preview at the convention center. I took meetings with new dealers. I said yes to dinner invitations. I enjoyed a new perspective on Basel and utilized a network I’ve been building for years; in a brand new way.
My list was as follows:
De La Cruz collection
The beach (the actual beach not scope lol)
and painting some walls with my friends!!
PHOTOS BY STEPHEN HAMILTON (EXCEPT A COUPLE WHICH WERE TAKEN BY TOM CRUISE)
Shout out Hiero, Starve, Bulks, and Chnk it is always awesome hanging and painting with you guys.
Shoutout Julian for laying around in the hotel room and talking horology for hours.
Shoutout Stephen Hamilton for doing all the media stuff and for waking up early af.
Shoutout YTC for looking like such a spitting image of Tom Cruz yeesh and for all your hospitality.
Shoutout Party for bombing train tracks in your off-white sneakers and the most ignorant iced out watch I’ve ever seen in person.