by Marina Garcia-Vasquez (pics by kevin sampson)

[Editor's Note: Quiet Color is extremely pleased to have Marina Garcia-Vasquez reporting on Art Basel from Miami. More of her work can be found on her website Pairs of Chairs]

Another night, another opening, another pair of heels. Thursday night I made it to Nike and Lance Armstrong’s STAGES. The global art exhibit was established by Armstrong to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. All art within the show, by twenty plus artists, promotes “the human potential,” the key motivating motto for Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG campaign. The art is for sale and the proceeds go to the foundation. The event was top-notch with passed hor d’oeuvres and mojito cocktails, housed in the beautifully orchestrated raw space at 888 Biscayne Blvd. Lance Armstrong and Danger Mouse were in attendance, featured artist Shepard Fairey DJed, and Atlas Sound performed.

Artist: Atlas Sound w/ Noah Lennox
Song: Walkabout

Favorite works included KAWS’ “The End,” Tomoo Gotika’s “A Couple,” and Yoshitomo Nara’s “Fire.” But there were also huge names on display like Richard Prince, Futura, Os Gemeos, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Ed Ruscha. Especially fun was Tom Sach’s (Lance’s fav. art buddy) installation “Lance’s Tequila Bike for Girls,” a race cycle fully loaded with bottles of tequila. The art, the crowd, and the non-stop line around the building made this event highly coveted in the graffiti/street art scene, and you were left thinking that Armstrong has truly great taste in art and with that, live strong.

…we will.

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