Art Basel 2017

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.” 

41.JPG

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. 

Miami_Photos__8.jpg

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. 

Miami_Photos__38.jpg

My list was as follows:

Art Basel

NADA

De La Cruz collection 

The beach (the actual beach not scope lol) 

and painting some walls with my friends!!

Miami_Photos__15.jpg
11.JPG
Miami_Photos__25.jpg
Miami_Photos__26.jpg
Miami_Photos__20.jpg
19.JPG
15.JPG
18.jpg
23.JPG
24.jpg
25.JPG
28.JPG
Miami_Photos_115.jpg
Miami_Photos_51.jpg
Miami_Photos_75.jpg
Miami_Photos_54.jpg
21.jpg
Miami_Photos_81.jpg
Miami_Photos_37.jpg
8.JPG
29.jpg
36.JPG
33.JPG
37.JPG
39.jpg
38.JPG

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.