While here on home turf the Occupy Wall Street movement’s Arts & Culture committee continues to search for permanent studio, exhibition and performance spaces, the movement has also reportedly set its sights on this weekend’s annual one-percenter art world clusterfuck in Miami. Rumors are circulating that an occupation is planned for Art Basel Miami Beach (December 1-4), so much so that the weekend’s biggest art fair sent participating gallerists a letter yesterday, reassuring them that the situation is totally under control.
As ArtInfo notes, ABMB attracts more or less exactly the audience that the Occupy movement targets, making this an ideal event for the demonstrators, and a potentially disastrous situation for the fairs, which rely on strong sales to charge hefty fees to participating galleries.
Here, then, is what the fair’s press reps sent out to gallerists to assuage their fears of occupation:
I hope this email finds you well, and we look forward to welcoming you very soon at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
As you may have read or heard, there is the possibility of an Occupy protest taking place in the vicinity of Art Basel Miami Beach and/or its coinciding events.
I wanted you to know that we are monitoring the situation and working closely with local authorities to ensure the show’s operations, while at the same time respecting the First Amendment.
Please direct any media inquiries regarding this issue to me.
With best regards,
PR and Media Manager
“Occupy Miami Beach” sure has a nice ring to it though. More news as the story develops.