The most outrageous works of art we saw at Art Basel

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The people watching can be the best part.
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This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach featured 267 leading international galleries from 32 countries and attracted an attendance of 77,000 people over the five show days.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Besides the famous works of art, emerging talent, and celebrity parties, the art fair features some pretty wacky pieces.

We scoured the convention center and satellite fairs to find some of the most outrageous works.


This piece by Jimmie Durham, titled “Still Life With Xitle and Spirit,” is made of a car, volcanic stone, and acrylic paint.

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“Ladies and Gentlemen” by artist Hassan Sharif is made entirely of shoes. “Sharif, who is based in Dubai, is known for creating works that address daily life through the use of pedestrian materials, and this composition, with its dangling shoelaces and red-soled heels, is no exception,” writes Artnet.

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Artist Andrei Koschmieder made what looked like weed out of glass, paper, epoxy resin, and spray paint. Each sculpture costs $9,500.

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This piece by Lorna Simpson features broken makeup compacts on the floor.

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These bears by Alaskan artist Paola Pivi are titled “Beautiful Day.”

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People were perplexed by this photograph of a pile of hot dogs by artist Lucas Blalock.

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Nari Ward’s “We Shall Overcome” had an especially poignant message.

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The piece is made entirely of shoelaces.

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We spotted this colorful Pascale Marthine Tayou from afar.

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Up close, you could see it was made with thousands of pieces of chalk.

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This pink brick wall by artist Ugo Rondinone is titled “elftermarzzweitausendundzwolf” and is perfect for selfies.

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Doug Aitken’s “Earth Plane” illuminated from afar thanks to LED lights.

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Up close, it was filled with images of construction in nature.

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Some pieces were pretty random.

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We felt a little bad for the real fish swimming in Nam June Paik’s “TV Fish,” which is made of two aquariums and two Samsung TVs playing an original Paik video.

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These eggs were ready to fry.

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Joh Giorno’s watercolor text on paper had a funny message.

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Artist Adam Straus’ oil on canvas painting is meant to resemble a video on social media.

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This piano at the Miami Beach Convention Center was in the right key.

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But one of the best parts of the art shows? The people watching.

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This couple wore their own creations.

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We spotted a colorful beard.

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This man had an amazing suit.

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Even Sylvester Stallone was smitten with the art!

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