Basel Black Friday; and Alice Aycock

MIAMI -- What's the difference between the art fairs of Miami Beach and Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that both are enormous shopping centers growing in size each year as new 'retailers' join the bandwagon. While 'Black Friday shoppers clamor for bargains at rockbottom prices, Art Basel patrons are also out to find a good deal (anyone else seen the gold rush Wednesday evening?), but heaven forbid anyone admit as much.

This year the largest of the fairs, Art Basel, features 267 galleries and over 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Unlike smaller fairs such as Frieze or the like, it seems the theme here is contemporary art, and lots and lots of it, with no real cohesion.

However, for the highly focused collector, this year's Annual Breakfast in the Park presents American sculptor Alice Aycock.

An official Art Basel event celebrating its 12th year, Breakfast in the Park happens on the Sunday morning of Art Basel week Miami, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. – noon at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.

The Breakfast in the Park event is free and open to the public. Guests enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, informal lecture by a noted sculptor and guided tours of the Sculpture Park. Guests will also enjoy the five new exhibitions on view inside the museum.

Known for her large-scale, architectural sculptures and site-specific installations, Alice Aycock’s sculptures and public works can be found in collections and sites across the country and around the world, including the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Art Basel's Breakfast in the Park at the Frost Art Museum FIU draws hundreds of art enthusiasts, patrons, collectors, gallery owners and artists from around the world. Each year, a noted sculptor is invited to speak.

Aycock has created installations at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in museums throughout Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.

She has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII in Germany and the Whitney Biennial. Last year, her works consumed New York's Park avenue, and were exhibited on the grounds of Miami Beach's Bass Museum.

Over the decades, Aycock has drawn inspiration for her massive works from the environment, physics, machinery, psychoanalysis, and computer programming. Other sources of inspiration include amusement parks and science fiction.

Alice Aycock has earned a reputation for grappling with conceptual, scientific, and philosophical questions in a stunningly inventive sculptural language.

A member of New York's avant-garde downtown scene in the 1970s, Aycock was drawn to the Land Art movement from early on, making site-specific works from earth, wood, stone, and other natural materials that were influenced by phenomenology.

Aycock is represented by the Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, which has loaned one of her sculptures to the Frost Art Museum during Art Basel week for Breakfast in the Park 2015.

The Presenting Partner for this year's Breakfast in the Park is West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The event is co-sponsored by Bacardi and InterContinental at Doral Miami. RSVP to artinfo@fiu.edu