AO On Site Photoset – Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Erwin Wurm ‘Drinking Sculptures’ at Bass Museum of Art, November 30, 2011

December 2nd, 2011

Artist Erwin Wurm in attendance at the Bass Museum of Art for his opening of Beauty Business. All photos on site for Art Observed by Caroline Claisse.

Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business held its opening reception at the Bass Museum of Art Wednesday night, along with several other Art Basel Miami Beach related events. The adjacent Collins Park displayed the Art Public sculpture park sector of the fair, and across the street Mr. Brainwash‘s 2nd annual “Under Construction” building takeover held its own party. Inside the Bass, crowds wandered through Wurm’s large gray architectural experiments and distorted sweater sculptures. Walls at each end of the ramp up to the exhibition space were dressed in sweaters themselves, covered in knit cotton with a neck hole and sleeves. Drinking Sculptures were arguably the main attraction and the most literally interactive. Wooden desks elevated or turned sideways invited viewers to open drawers and consume the bottles of vodka and whiskey stored within. One large wooden box on the floor had two holes in which to climb into and place one’s feet, shoulder width apart for a drink.

– S. Sveen

Related Links:

Bass Museum [Exhibition Site]
Intoxicating Art: Erwin Wurm’s “Drinking Sculptures” Will Get Viewers Sloshed at Miami’s Bass Museum [Art Info]
Art Basel’s Open Bar Sculpture By Erwin Wurm Wants to Get You Drunk [Miami New Times]
Art Basel Miami Beach [Official Site]
Art Basel Miami Beach Art Public sector [Official Site]