Art Basel VIP Cards

Double-sided Serigraph on Polystyrene, edition of 15, 2006

During Art Basel weekend in Miami, everyone wants to be treated like a VIP.  The Art Basel Miami Beach VIP Cards are replicas of the cards that were given to important collectors, artists, and dealers by the Art Basel organization for their Miami Beach fair in 2006.  The signed & numbered sheets of polystyrene are perforated so that the cards can be snapped out and carried in a purse or wallet (there is a strip of sandpaper adhered to the back of the print so one can round the corners of the card).  The name on the back of the card, Reece Grindoir, is a unisex anagram of my name.

Of course, I can't condone fraudulent use of these cards, but an actual VIP card allowed the bearer admission to the preview, vernissage, and opening night of Art Basel Miami Beach 2006; and then unlimited entry to the fair, special VIP events, the satellite fairs (~scope, Pulse, NADA, Aqua, etc.), and South Floridian art museums.  VIP’s also had access to the “Collectors’ Lounge” at Art Basel, received a complementary copy of the Art Basel catalog, and could be chauffeured around Miami in special BMWs.