Last night, we had the good fortune to be invited to a wonderful cultural evening in Miami, as part of Art Basel — a massive art event, now in its 17th year, and an annual fixture every December since 2002.
Our memorable night began when we set foot in the classy Betsy Hotel. At the door, we were received by attentive waiters, offering us wine, and surrounded by art, artists, and those who appreciate both.
This sensory feast continued, at 10pm,with a new poem by President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco reading poetry worth a thousand pictures —- honoring the legacy of Miami photographer, Andy Sweet.
Below, is a copy of Richard’s poem:
There was an opera singer that followed the reading and, in an adjoining room, arresting self-portraits by Nigerian artist Ike Ude
My wife and I had a terrific time and enjoyed the enlivening company/conversation 🙏🏼✨
*And, if that was not enough artistic stimulation, on the way back there was an open air exhibition of celebrated Colombian sculpture, Fernando Botero
Here, I am posing with one of his giant pieces on display: