Our Favorite Art Basel 2018 Moment: Loupe + TILA Celebrated Black Women Artists


With the Art Basel 2018 dust settled, we took a moment to reflect on what was surely our favorite moment: a brunch on December 5 which saw Loupe and TILA celebrate black women artists.

As one of the top streaming art apps in the world, Loupe has been a game changer in the way people view, experience and acquire art. For Basel, they partnered with Atlanta’s TILA Studios to host an EmpowerHer Brunch attracting a powerhouse audience comprised of 250 of the most prominent black female artists, curators, and influencers who celebrated their talents and held a spirited and exhilarating discussion about equity and the secrets of artistic success.

“I wanted women to have the same feeling I had the first time I visited Art Basel,” says TILA Studios founder, Tiffany LaTrice. “To see themselves and feel empowered knowing they had a seat at the table.”



Held at the high-profile Perez Art Museum Miami, the brunch was sponsored by Mailchimp, and featured lyricist and poet Aja Monet and keynote speaker, Naima J. Keith (Chief Curator at the California African American Museum), along with artists Nikia Phoenix, Ebony G. Patterson, and Myrtis Bedolla. Miami’s own Jill Tracey from HOT 105 and celebrity influencers Shelah Marie, Coco (Coco and Breezy), and TK were in attendance, as well.

The 10 featured TILA artists were selected by Grace Gardner, TILA’s in-house curator, and Daricia Mia DeMarr of the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Art Program. Their inclusion was based on the creative ways they approached narrative elements in their work, and their past exhibition history. It was a rousing success, and infinitely inspiring.

Of course, BlackBook were already big fans of Loupe (see our ongoing collaborative City Guide Series), who have been exposing a new worldwide audience to both emerging and established artists, with 30 vibrant smartly curated channels of streaming art for both personal entertainment and purchase. They are the future of art, to be sure.


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