Miami Art Basel 2015 – Must See Exhibitions, Best Parties and Events – Updated Dec. 2, 2015

Changes abound for the upcoming Miami Art Basel week 2015. The NADA Art Fair has a new home – the spectacular billion dollar upgraded historic Fontainbleau Hotel. In all previous locations the fair was free to enter – no more; it now $20 a head. The Rubell Family Collection stays in the forefront of the pulse of the artworld with an all woman artists exhibition that will rotate works over the duration of the show. The Marguiles Warehouse will feature a massive four custom built room exhibition of the work of Anselm Kiefer, whose retrospective I saw at the Royal Academy in London in the fall of 2014. The ICA Miami will be getting its new building in 2017 – meanwhile it will have a show of the NYC video artist Alex Bag. The de la Cruz Collection is doing a survey show loaded with art stars working in abstraction. With NADA, Scope, Pulse all having returned to Miami Beach, the major art fair action on the Miami side is now Art Miami and its Context Art Fair. Miami Projects has also moved to Miami Beach into the Deauville Hotel, which NADA just left after last year. Also up will be three stellar shows at Mana Contemporary – including the Frederick Weisman art foundation in Los Angeles, a selection of the Jorge Perez collection, and a selection of Latin America art. There will also be work from artists working in Bushwick. The other major offering will be the exhibition of representational and realist art curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian that will be in the Moore Building in Miami’s white-hot Design District, and the Nari Ward retrospective at the Perez Art Museum, now under the direction of Franklin Sirmans. Isaac Julien’s 15 screen video project commission for Rolls Royce makes its North American debut at Young Arts in Wynnwood.
Miami has a couple of new gallery districts – Little River and Little Haiti, that offer warehouse sized exhibition spaces.
Up the road we can look forward to the opening of the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach, the new ICA Miami building, and the Museum of Latin American art by Miami gallerist Gary Nader.
Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles. he recently interviewed William Pope L. at MoCA in Los Angeles for the November 2015, 15th Anniversary issue of FROG magazine.

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Mega Guide To Art Basel Miami Beach 2015: Tuesday

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Yves Behar is the recipient of the 2015 Design Miami “Design Visionary Award” and he’ll be honored with a special exhibit in the D/M venue behind the convention center through December 6. The VIP preview is today, December 1st. A student team from Harvard was chosen to design the fair’s entrance for their submission, “UNBUILT,” a collection of foam models of unrealized design projects. Expect thirty five exhibitors inside including Firma Casa from Brazil, showing new works by the Campana Brothers, and Italian gallery Secondome, with hand-crafted limited editions.

The Miami Project is also launching a new spin-off this year called SATELLITE that will show various “experimental” projects in unoccupied properties up near their 73rd Street base. One of those, “Artist-Run,” will fill the rooms in the Ocean Terrace Hotel (7410 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach) with different installations from 40 artist-run spaces, curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid. It’s open from December 2nd to 6th, with a VIP/media event today, December 1st, from noon to 10 p.m. ALSO: Trans-Pecos, the music venue out in Queens, New York, and Sam Hillmer from the band Zs, are putting together a 5-day music program in the North Beach Amphitheater, emphasizing “musical practitioners with some form of art practice.”

X Contemporary launches their inaugural fair in Wynwood running from December 2nd through Sunday, and a VIP opening on December 1st from 5 to 10 p.m. Twenty eight exhibitiors will be on hand, plus special projects including “Grace Hartigan: 1960 – 1965” presented by Michael Klein Arts; a look at the “genesis of street art” curated by Pamela Willoughby; and “Colombia N.O.W.” presented by TIMEBAG.

Target Too InstallationPULSE Miami Beach returns to Indian Beach Park (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) starting with a big “Opening Celebration” at 4 p.m. today, December 1st, featuring a panel discussion put together by Hyperallergic; an interactive piece by Kate Durbin called “Hello, Selfie!” and a live performance by Kalup Linzy. On December 5th, PULSE celebrates the City of Miami via a talk at 5 p.m. on “Future Visions of Miami” and a “Sunset Celebration” from 5 to 7 p.m. Fair visitors can check out “TARGET TOO,” an installation referencing items sold at the stores, originally on view in NYC last March. There’s a complimentary shuttle from the convention center, and the fair is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.

Wynwood Walls (2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami) has a lot planned this year including “Walls of Change” with 14 new murals and installations and the debut of a new adjacent space called “The Wynwood Walls Garden.” The walls are by Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Erenest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, INTI, The London Police, Logan Hicks and Ryan McGinness. Over in the “garden,” the Spanish art duo Pichi & Avo are doing a mural on stacked shipping containers and in the events space, Magnus Sodamin will be painting the floors and walls. The VIP opening is on December 1st in the early evening, but then it’s open to the public from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Goldman Properties’ CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick talks about how art transformed the Wynwood neighborhood in THIS Miami New Times piece. We also hear that New York developer (and owner of Moishe’s Moving, Mana Contemporary etc.) Moishe Mana is planning a new mixed-use development on his 30 acres of land in the middle of Wynwood.

Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian are co-presenting an exhibition of figurative painting and sculpture called “UnRealism” at 191 NE 40th Street, Miami. The opening is on Tuesday, December 1st, but it will be on view all week. According to the NYT, artists featured in the group show will include Urs Fischer, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin and David Salle. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist Rashaad Newsome will lead an “art parade” starting at 6:30 p.m. today at 23 NE 41st Street, Miami and ending at 4001 NE 41st Street.

CONTEXT Art Miami will feature 95 international galleries this year, along with several artist projects and installations including 12 listening stations dedicated to sound art; areas dedicated to art from Berlin and Korea; solo exhibitions by Jung San, Satoru Tamura, Mr. Herget and four others; and a “fast-track” portrait project of workers at Miami International Airport. Context and Art Miami — celebrating its 26th year — open with a VIP preview benefiting the Perez Art Museum Miami on Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 to 10 p.m., at 2901 NE 1st Avenue in Midtown, Miami. The fair is open to the public from December 2nd through the 6th.

ICA Miami (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) opens a major survey of works by the video and performance artist Alex Bag — including her interactive installation “The Van” — on December 1st. The museum recently announced the appointment of Ellen Salpeter, Deputy Director of NYC’s Jewish Museum, as its new director and they’ve just broken ground on a new, permanent home in the Design District. The 37,500 -square-foot building was designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos and is scheduled to open in 2017. Shannon Ebner also has a show, “A Public Character,” on view in the museum during AB/MB and up until January 16, 2016. This is the inaugural program in the museum’s new performance series.

The fourth edition of UNTITLED Miami is on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street from December 2 to 6, with a big VIP preview on December 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. They’ve got 119 international galleries along with non-profit orgs from 20 countries. New this year will be an UNTITLED radio station broadcasting via local Wynwood Radio with interviews, performances and playlists by artists, curators etc.

PAPER Magazine is hosting (and participating in) several events during AB/MB. On Tuesday, December 1st, 6 p.m., David Hershkovits will be “in conversation” with Fab 5 Freddy and David Koh on the topic, “Art On Film,” followed by a special screening of Koh’s film “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.” The Tribeca Film Festival Shortlist is presenting the event at The Miami Edition (2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) and SOTO sake sponsors. On Tuesday night (late) and also at the EDITION, PAPER, Silencio, A Hotel Life and One Management host the one year anniversary of the hotel’s BASEMENT nightclub with DJs Seth Troxler, Nicolas Matar and Orazio Rispo.

The Wolfsonsonian FIU Museum (1001 Washington Avenue, South Beach) is open all week with several exhibitions including “An Artist on the Eastern Front: Feliks Topolski 1941,” “Margin of Error,” “Orange Oratory,” “Philodendrum” and “Miami Beach.”

Moishe Mana’s Mana Contemporary (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) in Wynwood plans several exhibitions during AB/MB including “Made in California,” featuring selections from L.A. collector Frederick R. Weisman’s Art Foundation; “A Sense of Place,” with over 60 works from the collection of Jorge M. Perez; and “Everything You Are Not,” key works of Latin American art from the Tiroche DeLeon collection. All are up from December 3rd thru the 6th, with a VIP preview on December 1st. Mana Urban Arts is also doing a collab with The Bushwick Collective at the former RC Cola Plant (550 NW 24th Street, Miami) that includes over 50 artists — so far the list includes Ghost, GIZ, Pixel Pancho, Case Maclaim and Shok-1 — plus skateboarding, DJs, live music etc.

Bortolami Gallery is opening a year-long exhibition called “Miami” by the French conceptual artist Daniel Buren on December 1st in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami). The show marks the 50th anniversary of his works with fabric and the 8.7 cm stripe. By periodically installing new works, Buren will also alter the exhibition during the year.

Previewing their upcoming South Beach studio, SoulCycle will pop-up poolside at the 1 Hotel (2341 Collins Avenue, South Beach) starting on Tuesday, December 1st. They plan to open permanently in the hotel in January 2016. The 1 Hotel also offers a fitness and wellness line-up for guests and visitors all week.

Miami gallery Locust Projects (3852 N. Miami Avenue, Miami) returns with their “Art on the Move” series of artists’ projects in public spaces around Miami during December. This year’s work, “NITE LIFE,” by LA-based artist Martine Syms, includes a series of prints displayed on the backs of buses and at bus stops, based on “Chitlin’ Circuit” concert posters by Clyde Killens. There’s a reception for the project, curated by PAMM’s director Franklin Sirmans, on December 1st, 7 to 10 p.m. Also check out the gallery’s site-specific installation “PORE” by Martha Friedman and “Beatriz Monteavaro: Nochebuena” in the project room.

Brickell City Centre (750 South Miami Avenue, Miami) is giving a sneak peek at their work-in-progress development in downtown Miami with an invite-only event, “Illuminate the Night,” on December 1st featuring the unveiling of “Dancers,” a sculpture by UK artist Allen Jones; () music from Wooden Wisdom DJs (Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie) and a 150,000 square-foot glass, steel and fabric structure called “Climate Ribbon” by Hugh Dutton.

The Bass Museum (2100 Collins Avenue, South Beach) is closed for renovations until next year, but they’re still hosting “outdoor activations” in the surrounding park including the AB/MB PUBLIC sector and the display of a neon sign, “Eternity Now,” by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury. They are co-hosting a private dinner with Salon 94 Gallery on Tuesday in the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel.

Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska hosts an invite-only cocktail party at The Villa Casa Casuarina (1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) on December 1, with Sylvester Stallone and Germano Celant. The gallery will be showing a retrospective of works by Karl Lagerfield in their stand at AB/MB, curated by Celant.

The DREAM South Beach (1111 Collins Avenue, South Beach) hooked-up with Brooklyn-based artist — and new GQ “style guy” — Mark Anthony Green for an exhibition of, according to Green, “what 2015 meant to me in both a macro and micro sense…wins, losses, heartbreak and promotion.” The hotel will have a pop-up shop curated by the artist, and guests will get a complimentary print. There’s a welcome reception on Tuesday, a private dinner and afterparty with the Green and A$AP Rocky on Friday and a pool party hosted by YESJULZ on Sunday afternoon.

FLAUNT Magazine and Guess host a private dinner at the Nautilus Hotel in December 1 in honor of their latest cover stars Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Julie Mehretu. After dinner, there’s a poolside party with a screening of “ME” and music by the Martinez Brothers and Pusha T. Expected guests include “ME” writers Susan Taylor & Jefrey Levy and Gina Gershon.

The 2015 edition of Elle Decor’s Modern Life Concept House premieres with a VIP breakfast on December 1st at 250 Wynwood (250 NW 24th Street, Miami). Visits from December 2 to 4 are open to the public with a $35 donation to pediatric cancer research and a reservation via The 6,000 square-foot home will showcase 4 leading designers selected by ED editor-in-chief Michael Boodro.

An exhibition called “LAX – MIA: Light + Space” opens on Tuesday, December 1st, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Surf Club (9011 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). The show was curated by Terry Riley, Joachim Pissaro and John Keenan of PARALLEL and is hosted by The Surf Club and Fort Partners. It’s on view until December 12th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed on Sunday.

Art Basel Basecamp (46 NW 36th Street, Miami), hosted by HGABmag, returns with a space to “re-group, re-fresh and re-energize” featuring charging stations, information booths, giveaways and art installations. Stop in from December 1 to 6, 4 p.m. to midnight daily; and don’t miss their “Alice in Wynwood” closing party on Saturday night.

The first edition of the Curatorial Program for Research Film Festival takes place on December 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cannonball (1035 North Miami Avenue, Suite 300, Miami). The program, “Earthbound,” was curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk in collaboration with Dwelling Projects. There will also be a silent auction.

New York-based developer Robbie Antonio debuts his REVOLUTION collection of pre-crafted structures during Design Miami/2015. The limited edition homes and pavilions have been designed by 30 noted architects and designers including Zaha Hadid, Richard Gluckman and the Campana Brothers. The VIP launch is in the Design Miami tent on Tuesday evening.

NYC club No.8 pops-up in the Rec Room at the Gale Hotel (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach) with DJs including JusSke, Fly Guy and Ross One; the hotel’s Regent Cocktail Club features live jazz, Cuban cocktails, Samba and soul tunes. They’ve also got a digital art installation by Aerosyn Lex.

White Cube’s kick-off party is tonight at Soho Beach House with Giogio Moroder spinning and lots of Moet.

NYC/LA art collective Collapsing Scenery presents “Metaphysical Cops,” a one-night-only video installation on December 1st, 5 to 10 p.m., in the Surf Med Pharmacy (7430 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). It’s a part of the new Satellite Art Fair.

Chloe Sevigny by Pamela Hanson“ICONS,” an exhibition of photos by Pamela Hanson opens at the Shore Club.

BOHO Hunter (184 NW 27th Street, Miami) hosts Monica Sordo’s SS 2016 collection with music from Bea Pernia on December 1st, 7 to 10 p.m.

Miami’s Diana Lowenstein Gallery (2043 N Miami Avenue, Miami) is showing new works by Udo Noger in a show called “Geistlos.” On view all week.

Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery (2630 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami) has their second solo show by Marta Chilindron, “Temporal Systems,” on view during AB/MB. The multi-dimensional sculptures “explore basic geometric forms, color, transparency, light, space, time and perspective.”

When you pass through Art Miami, look for copies of Jerry Powers’ new Art Miami Magazine, that fair’s first dedicated publication,

STK Miami (2311 Collins Avenue, South Beach) hosts The Drip Factory pop-up gallery featuring artist Louis Carreon doing live painting and music by DJ What on December 1st, 8 to 11 p.m. Invite only.



Must-See New Media at Miami Art Week

Yesterday Kate Durbin’s ‘Hello!Selfie’ performance at PULSE Miami Beach, Photo: Rollin Leonard, 2015

This time of the year, the whole art scene gathers in Miami to—let’s be honest—enjoy the beach, often more than the overwhelming art-filled fairs. Many of our longtime favorite creators converge at this year’s festivities, so to support their efforts, we’ve compiled a coup d’oeil of some quality digital art happenings.

Swapping its successful one-shot hypersalon satellite project for a PULSE Miami Beach booth, TRANSFER gallery offers a more streamlined way to reach a wider audience. “The collaborative experiment that was hypersalon set in motion so many amazing exhibitions and exchanges that unfolded in the past year. But in the end, we managed to create a mostly non-commercial format amidst the biggest feeding frenzy of the commercial art world—not a sustainable project in the ABMB environment,” Kelani Nichole, founder and director of TRANSFER tells The Creators Project.

Transfer gallery’s booth under the massive PULSE Miami Beach tent, 2015

“This year, I went for the exact opposite, securing a white cube in a tent on the beach. TRANSFER is quite fortunate to have the support of PULSE to open their fair to a challenging format of social-media based performance, and their Conversations curated section gave us the perfect opportunity to present two artists working with issues of technology and the body,” Nichole adds. TRANSFER showcases recent works by Faith Holland and Kate Durbin with support from Giovanna Olmos. Both artists will be taking part in panels and screenings.

Faith Holland ‘Sub/emissions’ 2015 40″ x 40″ Digital Painting on Canvas, Edition of 3 + 1AP, Transfer gallery, 2015

Kate Durbin’s Hello!Selfie performance yesterday at PULSE Miami Beach, Photo: Rollin Leonard, 2015

Holland brings her orgasm-inspired and cumshot-generated bodies of works—including her figurative and dynamic Visual Orgasms GIF series and juicy abstract Ookie Canvas paintings, comprising a never-seen-before composition called Peter North. Kate Durbin will present video pieces created from footage of previous iterations of Hello!Selfie, a social media-rooted performance that explores and questions selfie culture in public spaces.

DiMoDa VR installation at Satellite Projects fair, 2015

Alfredo Salazar-Caro and William James Richard Robertson offer Satellite Projects, giving fairgoers the chance to experience DiMoDA, an Oculus Rift-powered VR installation. Filled with delightful digital works by artists Claudia Hart, Tim BerresheimJacolby Satterwhite, as well as Aquanet 2001 by Salvador Loza and Gibran Morgado, the nonlinear virtual exhibition opens new perspectives in terms of curation and museum experiences.

On the other side of the bay, Wynwood-located X-contemporary provides viewers with a bunch of activities ranging from panel discussions, art, and DJ performances, to one-of-a-kind projects in addition to the many artworks showcased by the 30 or so worldwide exhibitors.

Dye sublimation on aluminum, Sara Ludy, Fin (Heat sander), 2015, bitforms gallery

Taking over the beach with its huge tent designed by architects John Keenen and Terence Riley of K/R, the new edition of UNTITLED features many international exhibitors—including the NYC-based bitforms gallery—who explore contemporary curatorial cohesion through today’s wide-ranging art practices.

“bitforms gallery has been a part of the contemporary art world for 14 years,” Steven Sacks, director and owner of bitforms gallery tells us.“We have a very specific focus on new media artists covering a wide range of generations and media types.” His booth brings an impressive roster of artworks by artists such as Manfred Mohr, Daniel Canogar, Jonathan Monaghan, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sara Ludy, and Quayola, artists who all strongly contribute to the solidification of new media art within the ruthless contemporary art landscape.

Inkjet print mounted on Dibond, Jonathan Monaghan, Dorilton, 2015, bitforms gallery

“The art fairs are an amazing place to reach thousands of art-centric people and introduce and educate them about our unique program, which typically does stand out amongst more traditional galleries. UNTITLED art fair is a smaller, curated fair with more experimental artists, compared to the larger Art Basel fair, which has a lot more traditional art,” Sacks concludes.

Computer, Kinect, display, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, 1984×1984, bitforms gallery, 2014

bitforms gallery’s booth at UNTITLED, 2015

Most of the fairs will run through the December 6, 2015.

Click here for more details about PULSE, and here for more on UNTITLED. Click here to check out TRANSFER booth, and here to check out the bitforms booth.



The Definitive Guide to Art Basel Miami 2015, Part One

By  | December 1, 2015

So you’ve made it to MIA for Art Basel 2015, but have you secured a coveted spot on the event’s hautest guest lists? Fear not—we’ve got intel on all the can’t-miss pop-ups, star-studded bashes, and gallery celebrations of the week. Check back for part deux, tomorrow. We hope you remembered to pack your VIP card with your sunnies…

Tuesday, December 1

PAPER Magazine & The Miami Beach Edition Bash
Intel: Celebrate PAPER magazine’s December cover girl Paris Hilton at an intimate, seated dinner.
Location: 2901 Collins Ave., 9:30 p.m. RSVP to

Bello Magazine Kicks Off Art Basel
Intel: The fashion and entertainment mag, with BRAVOTV philanthropist and art gallerist Adriana De Mourainvites Art Basel, invites visitors to join stars from Pretty Little Liars and America’s Next Top Model) for a celebration.
Location: Suitsupply Penthouse, 1000 17th Street., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 6:30 p.m.

W Magazine and Roberto Cavalli Party
Intel: W mag and Roberto Cavalli celebrate the opening of No Man’s Land: Women Artists From the Rubell Family collection.
Location: Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Locust Projects Celebrates “Martha Friedman: Pore”
Intel: The nonprofit space Locust Projects is hosting a cocktail reception celebrating Martha Friedman’s new site-specific installation Pore, which includes four sculptures made from 1,000 pounds of rubber (they’re attached to costumes that will be activated during an experimental performance by dancer Silas Reiner).
Logistics: 3852 North Miami Avenue, 7-10 p.m.

MANA Contemporary VIP Dinner
Intel: MANA Contemporary is hosting an exclusive dinner (Zaha Hadid, Dasha Zhukova, Salman Rushdie, etc.) to preview its new exhibitions. Also on tap is a performance by the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
Location: Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 6-8 p.m. Invitate only.

Galerie Gmurzynska Dinner
Intel: Galerie Gmurzynska hosts a cocktail dinner with Germano Celant and Sylvester Stallone.
Location: 1116 Ocean Drive, 8:30 p.m. Invite only.

Faena Hotel Unveiling Party
Intel: This exclusive unveiling of the hotel owned by art collector, developer, and hotelier Alan Faena promises a start-studded crowd.
Location: Faena Hotel, 10:30 p.m. Invite only.

SLS South Beach Gallery and Pop-Ups
Intel: The building transforms into a mixed-media gallery for hotel guests, collectors, and tastemakers showcasing artists and collaborations. The series of installations will vary from public art displays to pop-up retail shops. Par example: Laura Kimpton Property-Wide Installations, Africa Aycart Portraits at The Bazaar by José Andrés, Never-Before-Seen Andy Warhol Pieces at Sam’s Lounge, J. Open HeART Installation at Katsuya & Hotel Pool Duck, Poolside Retail Pop-Up Shops.
Location: 1701 Collins Ave.

Brickell City Centre Bash
Intel: Brickell City Centre is transforming one block of its three-block construction site into an event space. Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood + Zach Cowie) will set the vibe. VIPs and local influencers will join Brickell for a lighting ceremony of its newly completed Climate Ribbon (150,000-square-foot glass, steel and fabric by designer Hugh Dutton).
Location: Brickell City Centre, 67 SW 8th St., 7 p.m. RSVP to

Boho Hunter Basel Kick Off
Intel: Monica Sordo invites those in MIA to visit Boho Hunter for cocktails, music by Bea Pernia, and a selection of her collection with sales to benefit The Duerme Tranquilo Foundation.
Location: Boho Hunter, 184 NW 27th St., 7-10 p.m.

Tribeca Shortlist “Art on Film”
Intel: The movie streaming service from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises hosts “Art on Film” with hip hop pioneer, visual artist and filmmaker Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), independent producer David Koh (Submarine Entertainment) and moderated by PAPER Magazine founder/editor David Hershkovits. Following will be a special screening of the film Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.
Location: The Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., 6 p.m. RSVP to

SoulCycle Pop-Up
Intel: Get your fitness fix at the SoulCycle pop-up studio, which features live art by Brooklyn-born, L.A.-based Gregory Siff.
Location: 1 Hotel South Beach (2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), December 1-4

Architectural Digest “Refuge” Preview Party
Intel: Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, is throwing a preview party with 1 Hotel’s founder Barry Sternlicht and CEO of the LeFrak Group Richard LeFrak.
Location: 1 Hotel South Beach, 6-9 p.m. Invite only.

The Surf Lodge x Art Basel Miami Beach
Intel: Hamptonites, find solace in Miami this week—The Surf Lodge pop-up offers artist-hosted dinners, poolside cocktail parties, pop-up shop, and wellness classes from Equinox Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m. Expected guests include Jeremy Scott, Rocky Barnes, Rosario Dawson, Daniel Arsham, André Saraiva, Shepard Fairey, and Jayma Cardoso. Pop into the Surf Lodge Pop-Up Shop to peruse brands including Studio 189 from Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Reds, and Del Toro shoes, each day from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: The Hall South Beach (A Joie de Vivre Hotel), December 1-6, 8-10 p.m. Invitation only.


Wednesday, December 2

Jeremy Scott Party
Intel: Jeremy Scott hosts his annual exclusive bash.
Invite only.

W Magazine and Faena Art’s Roller Disco Beach Party
Intel: Stefano Tonchi and Ximena Caminos celebrate the opening ofAngeles Veloces Arcanos Fugaces, an immersive roller-disco installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus at Faena Beach.
Location: Faena Beach, 36th Street and the Ocean, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

VH1’s The Breaks Lounge
Intel: Join for a private press preview and a VIP performance by Mack Wilds.
Location: The Breaks Lounge, 801 Ocean Drive at 8th Street. Press preview 4-8 p.m., performance 8-9 p.m.

Burberry + Art Hearts Fashion Miami Art Basel Week at Spectrum Opening Night Gala Presented by Planet Fashion TV
Intel: Join for a VIP cocktail reception before a Burberry fashion show, an artistic runway presentation by Art Hearts Fashion featuring designers Amato Haute Couture, House of LiJon Sculpted Couture and Mister Triple X by Erik Rosete. Stick around for a performance by Island Def Jam recording artist Cris Cab.
Location: Spectrum Miami, 1700 NE 2nd Avenue (NE 2nd Ave. at NE 17th St.), 6-9 p.m.

Kim Hastreiter and PAPER Magazine Party
Intel: Grab a drink and crash some cymbals with Kim Hastreiter, Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes, and PAPER’s Mr. Mickey at a singalon featuring accompanying percussion and singing by art and design luminaries.
Location: Meridian Ave. and 19th St., 5-7 p.m. RSVP to


Thursday, December 3

PAMM Presents: Dimensions, by Devonté Hynes and Ryan McNamara
Intel: Flock to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for a one night only performance by Ryan McNamara and Devonté (“Dev”) Hynes, including an original multi-part composition by Hynes, an internationally-acclaimed musician and producer, and sculptural elements and choreography by McNamara, a celebrated performance artist
Location: 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, 9 p.m. to midnight

Brown Jordan and Sunbrella
Intel: The two join photographer Gray Malin for a celebration of art, design and travel, for a first look at the new Miami Design District flagship, an 8,600 square-foot, three-level store of re-imagined native Florida materials, which officially opens January 2016. The event will serve as a “first look” and the store will officially open in January 2016.
Location: 3650 North Miami Avenue

El Tucán
Intel: EL Tucán hosts an exclusive performance by actress and singer Cucu Diamantes, amid trompe l’oeuil murals designed by artist Happy Menocal.
Location: December 3-5, 8 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hosts Antonio Dominguez de Haro
Intel: A retrospective of 17 paintings by Spanish painter Antonio Dominguez de Haro.
Logistics: Four Seasons Hotel, December 3, 6-9 p.m.

EDITION Gallery Pop Up
Intel: EDITION Hotel hosts a pop-up with Bill Powers’ Half Gallery & Harper’s Books and Louis B James Gallery, including book signings by Justin Adian and Sue Williams. On the second floor, virtual artist Jeremy Couillard offers an otherworldly experience with an interactive exhibition.
Location: Bungalow 252, Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave. December 3-6. By appointment only.


Friday, December 4

Wall at the W Hotel: Paris Hilton
Intel:Paris Hilton spins alongside Mr. Mauricio for an evening presented by Belvedere Vodka.
Location: 2201 Collins Ave, 11 p.m. RSVP to

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A Guide to Art Basel: The Must-see Shows and Showcases
Now in its 14th year, Art Basel is bigger and swankier than ever before
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T.M. Brown // December 1, 2015

Every year around this time, thousands of dealers, buyers, artists, and scenesters descend on South Florida for Art Basel Miami. Now in its 14th year, the stateside spinoff of the Swiss art fair—and let’s be honest, calling Art Basel an art fair is like calling the Pope a priest—is bigger and swankier than ever before, attracting galleries from all over the globe and providing one of the world’s biggest stages for upcoming artists.

Before we get to all the shows you should be heading to while you’re in Miami, we here at SPIN want to hook you up with an exclusive invitation to K-PAX, a launch event to showcase the collaboration between PAX + K-HOLE, on the rooftop of the Gale South Beach this Friday, December 4th at 5:00 PM, brought to you by the folks at PAX vaporizers.

III Points Art Basel Concert Series (Thursday, December 3 — Saturday, December 5 at Mana Wynwood)

If SXSW moved to Berlin for a year, started wearing a lot of Acne and Gosha Rubchinskiy, and got really into DJ Rashad and Rødhåd, you’d have III Points. The three-year old art, tech, and music festival is quickly becoming a compulsory event for people who have traditionally flocked to Austin in March, so when they decide to throw a three-night concert series in the middle of Art Basel, you know it’s going to be good.

Life and Death Showcase with Richie Hawtin (Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 PM)

III Points Art Basel’s opening night brings iconic label Life and Death to Miami for the fourth time in as many years and the Italian powerhouse did not disappoint with its lineup. The showcase at Mana Wynwood brings Tale of Us, Mind Against, and Thugfucker to the DJ booth, providing a collection of artists that weave the worlds of pop, house, funk, and disco into a singular soundtrack. Oh, and techno legend Richie Hawtin just announced he’ll be joining the Life and Death crew as a special guest so those tickets are going to be hard to come by.

Jamie XX and Four Tet (Friday, December 4 at 9:00 PM)

Jamie xx and Four Tet combine forces once again to provide the centerpiece of III Points concert series. If you haven’t heard what these boys can do when they’re in the booth together, listen to their exceptional BBC One Essential Mix from March and prepare to be blown away by the effortless combination of everything from jungle to electro pop to soul into one smooth set. Both are finishing years filled with international acclaim so this set will be something of a victory lap and we’re all the richer for it.

A$AP Rocky and Kaytranada (Saturday, December 5 at 9:00 PM)

A$AP Rocky and Kaytranada close out the III Points concert series but this Saturday night set is anything but a come down. Rocky is fresh off a huge year including his sophomore release At. Long. Long. Last. ASAP and rumors that he’s working on a project with Kanye West, while Kaytranada has been pounding the DJ circuit, plying his funky house trade at every club worth its salt the world over. Both should be in rare form at Mana Wynwood.

Fuck Art Let’s Dance (Thursday, December 3 at The Electric Pickle at 10:00 PM)

By far the best name of any party happening in Miami during Art Basel week—or any party in any city during any other week—the yearly shindig is bringing Kim Ann Foxman, Justin Strauss, and Miami Players Club to the Electric Pickle in Wynwood for a suite of DJ sets mixing deep house tracks with just the right amount of tropical groove. To cap the night off, Miami staples Psychic Mirrors will be playing one of their legendary live sets, mixing together soul, funk, and psychedelic sounds into something singularly South Beach.

Superfine! Jet Set Jubilee (Thursday, December 3 at 8300 Northeast 2nd Avenue at 7:00 PM)

Ever wanted to see Shamir perform while surrounded by an “immersive” 3000 square foot chandelier designed by the Miami-born, Brooklyn-based artist Diego Montoya? Yeah, that’s what I thought. The minds at Superfine! have put together another expertly curated series of concerts in tandem with their impeccable for contemporary art and design. This time around they’ve brought in Shamir—fresh off his acclaimed debut album Ratchet—for a performance that is larger than life. Literally. That chandelier is going to be huge.

Green Velvet and Tiga (Friday, December 4th at Trade at 11:00 PM)

Any show featuring Green Velvet promises to be as strange as it is fantastic. Techno’s resident oddball is ready to take on Miami alongside Tiga, a 1-2 punch that will satisfy hardcore techno purists and newcomers alike. This show is flying slightly under the radar but don’t sleep on it, these two are the real deal.

DJ Mustard and Fabolous (Saturday, December 5th at Toejam Backlot at 9:00 PM)

DJ Mustard’s fingerprints have been all over the pop and hip-hop landscape for the last year and change so it makes sense that he’s the headliner at this Saturday night show. He’ll be joined by rap stalwart Fabolous for a night of throwback hits mixed with Mustard’s signature sound. RSVP at CLSoundtrack[at]


Fashion, Featured

The Fabulous 5.5: Art Basel Planning Guide #3

December 1, 2015

Under the Radar 2015

With dozens of places to go, thousands of things to see, and a million elbows, here are a few special spots. For those of you who make a career at this, or a career out of bragging about this, or travel to go where fewer have gone, here are 5.5 selections.

#5: Ai Weiwei pops up at Basel more than a pop-up. Why 2015? Colored vases from the Mary Boone Gallery at Art Basel. Protesters: please leave Mr. Wei’s vases alone.

Colored Vases

#4: Say my name; say my name: Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. New York’s Salon 94 brings this Aboriginal Australian’s oil paintings to life mirroring textiles and mimicking sand sculpture. If you know about dreamtime, here it is in reality. Also at Art Basel.


Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri


#3: Joris Van de Moortel: This Belgian artist from Antwerp will present his solo work for the first time in the USA presented by the Denis Gardarin Gallery at UNTITLED. The art teacher’s question, “What is going on in this picture?” earns a lengthy response with works from Rotten Sun, Van de Moortel’s sculpted, painted, musical installation.


Jan Van de Moortel image by WeDocumentArt

#2: Larissa Bates at NADA in the Fountainebleau. Out of Vermont, Costa Rica, St. Augustine’s Monya Rowe Gallery and ARTADIA, there is something of Italy 1450, Ubud 1980, and Tokyo 2005 in one painting, then outback, desert, and prep school in the next.


Larissa Bates

#1: Jennifer Rubell is always on point. Over the years, she has fed Miami’s Art Basel crowd breakfast a dozen times – things like oatmeal, Sun Maid raisins, yogurt, dripping honey, and massive portions of delicious creativity. This year’s food-based installation: Devotion – bread, butter, and a couple to be married later. 9-11am on December 3 at The Rubell Family Collection 95 NW 29th Street.

Jennifer Rubell


.5: The weather forecast is bad, on the radar, not under it.



The North American Premiere Of Isaac Julien’s Commission For The Rolls-Royce Art Programme To Be Shown During Art Basel In Miami Beach

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

GOODWOOD, England, Nov. 17, 2015 — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in partnership with the National YoungArts Foundation, will present the North American debut of Isaac Julien’s work Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave) during Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. The work by the Turner Prize nominated artist, commissioned as part of the Rolls‑Royce Art Programme, will be shown from 1-5 December 2015 at the National YoungArts Foundation ­– located at the nexus of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, Arts and Entertainment District and Edgewater. The video installation will fill the interior of the magnificent YoungArts Jewel Box across 15 screens, the largest and most impressive presentation of the work to date.

UBS Art Collection Highlights

This year’s annual presentation of work from the UBS Art Collection explores the theme of Inside:Out, complementing and drawing inspiration from the bright, airy and sophisticated redesign of the UBS Lounge and its new hanging garden. The installation features approximately 30 works of art by 15 artists that reflect the notion of bringing the outside in, breaking down barriers between fiction and reality and between public and private space to create images inspired by fantasy, pleasure, sensation, nature and alternative landscapes. A highlight is the newly acquired Native Land (2014), a lightbox by Doug Aitken. Filled with a mosaic of colorful roadside signs, this work highlights the intrusion of advertisements in the American landscape. Additional featured artists include Vija Celmins, Francesco Clemente, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Catherine Opie, Marc Quinn, Caio Reisewitz, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, David Schnell, Simmons & Burke, Xaviera Simmons, Thomas Struth and Corinne Wasmuht. The works, selected by UBS Art Collection Curator for the Americas Jacqueline Lewis, represent a globally diverse range of artists, themes and media, including installations, kinetic sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

Miami Herald |


Unrealism: Exhibition of figurative art organized by mega-dealers Jeffrey Dietch and Larry Gagosian. The Moore Building-Elastica, 191 NE 40th St., Design District. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.


Gallerist Anthony Spinello launches his Little River space with the fourth Littlest Sister, a “faux” invitation art fair featuring 10 unrepresented women-identified Miami artists in a presentation curated by Sofia Bastidas. Each artist has a solo booth; the fair also includes a sector on sound and performance presentations and a series of critical panels exploring arts and real estate, writing, design and collecting. 7221 NW Second Ave.; 8-11 p.m. Monday; noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free.

 Sean Kelly X Chrome Hearts: Work by Marina Abramović, Los Carpinteros, Jose Dávila, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mariko Mori, Alec Soth and Kehinde Wiley. Chrome Hearts, 4025 NE Second Ave., Second Floor. Free.

100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art: Work by South Florida artists. 3900 N. Miami Ave., Design District. 11-9 p.m. daily. Free.



Your All-Encompassing Guide to Miami’s Sprawling Art Scene

By Alexxa Gotthardt

To the contemporary art set, Miami is a place of annual pilgrimage, where productivity and decadence play nice. Each December, gallerists, collectors, artists, and curators make their way to the palm-studded metropolis to sell their wares, mount exhibitions, and party in duds that would make Miami Vice’s Crockett and Tubbs proud. Art Basel in Miami Beach might be considered the nucleus of this activity, but with satellite fairs and ephemeral exhibitions opening in Art Deco monuments and beach bungalows alike, it’s high time to take a comprehensive look at what’s happening across the city’s sprawl, from South Beach to Little Haiti.

Diana Nawi, photo by Mylinh Trieu Nguyen; Emmett Moore, photo by Gesi Schilling; Nina Johnson-Milewski, photo by Gesi Schilling; Jorge Perez.

With guidance from four Miamians—gallerist Nina Johnson-Milewski, artist Emmett Moore, curator Diana Nawi, and collector and philanthropist Jorge Perez—we highlight the art spaces and watering holes of a city where beaches and swamps, American and Latin American traditions, and collections of rare palm trees and blue chip art collide. Our take away: even after the art-crowd’s dust settles, Miami is a mysteriously enchanting place where cultural output of all persuasions churns.


Miami Beach

Photos by Gesi Schilling.

Edged by sherbet-hued high-rises and beaches dotted with hotel lounge chairs, this skinny strip of land—some call it a sandbar on steroids—is where Miami’s more flamboyant character traits originate. Separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, this is the sandy ground on which the holiest Art Deco edifices, flashiest clubs, and the smallest bathing suits consort. It’s also home to sprawling art fairs, beachside pop-up projects, old-school restaurants, and dive bars heralded by glowing neons that look like they were forged in the ’50s.

A. Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive

After Art Basel expanded to Miami in 2002, settling into the Miami Beach Convention Center (between the beach and the Botanical Garden), the city quickly became an annual stop for collectors and artists. As the parent of an ever-growing brood of art fairs that crop up during the first week of December, this mainstay is the first stop for many people, thanks to its mix of booths from the biggest, bluest-chip galleries and ambitious younger spaces, curated projects, and a constant flow of programming.

B. Design Miami/

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

Across the street from Art Basel, this sophisticated fair hosts a robust cohort of galleries focused on contemporary and historic design, from immersive architectural environments to jewel-like light fixtures that fit in the palm of your hand, created by the world’s most inspired designers—Giò Ponti, Maria Pergay, and Julie Richoz among them.

Rendering of UNBUILT: Design Miami/ Harvard GSD Pavilion. Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Insider tip: Don’t miss Kengo Kuma’s nomadic tearoom, rendered completely in plastic, at Galerie Philippe Gravier, or Jean Prouvé’s 1939 military hut—the only one of its kind still in existence—at Galerie Patrick Seguin.

C. Bass Museum of Art


Though this museum, founded in 1963 and housed in an impeccably preserved Art Deco structure, is currently under renovation, conceptual artist Sylvie Fleury is hanging her site-specific Eternity Now on the building’s facade from December 1st through May 31st, 2016.

The glowing neon sign is a part of Art Basel and the Bass’s five-year-running public art collaboration in Collins Park, which is adjacent to the museum. This installment, curated by Public Art Fund’s Nicholas Baume, brings works by Sam FallsKatharina GrosseJacob Kassay, and Hank Willis Thomas to the lush lawn.

D. Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel


Two blocks away and right off the beach, a shiny renovation of this hotel is accompanied by activations from “Greater New York” breakout artist Mira Dancy (with a sprawling mural), Katherine Bernhardt (with a plucky fresco on the floor of one of the pools), Eddie Peake (with a mirrored rooftop installation), and other works tucked playfully into idiosyncratic spaces throughout the compound. Curated by Artsy’s Elena Soboleva, Artsy Projects: Nautilus is a collaboration between Artsy and the hotel.

E. The Standard Spa Miami Beach


Swing by the swank Standard hotel, just off Miami Beach on Belle Isle, for a snack on its expansive deck, or pick up one of Miami-based artist Jim Drain’s limited-edition posters, released for fair week.


South Beach


Ocean Drive and 12th Street

This curatorially driven satellite fair on the beach boasts booths by The Hole, Taymour Grahne, Steve Turner, and even Aperture Foundation. Throughout the week, performances move through the tent and its surrounding landscape. Don’t miss artist and choreographer Madeleine Hollander’s MILE, beginning each day on the east side of the structure at 4 p.m. Also on our radar is UNTITLED Radio, a series of daily radio shows that replace traditional art fair panel discussions.

B. Scope

801 Ocean Drive

This year marks Scope’s 15th anniversary in Miami. They bring 120 exhibitors along with curated sections Juxtapoz Presents, the Breeder Program, and FEATURE, the last featuring 10 booths that highlight new approaches to photography.

C. La Sandwicherie

229 14th Street

For a much needed dose of sustenance after a long day of fair hopping, grab a stool at La Sandwicherie’s counter, where you’ll likely devour one of their signature sandwiches—all available on a croissant in lieu of bread or bun. Wash it down with a smoothie or early evening beer. Or come back late night for a snack and hazy conversation with the post-party art crowd. It’s one of the few places in South Beach that’s open very late—until 5 a.m.

D. Mac’s Club Deuce

222 14th Street

Miami’s oldest bar, Mac’s Club Deuce is also the city’s greatest dive, offering a swirl of whiskey and jukebox tunes to colorful regulars, pool sharks, and wobbling newbies alike. Last year, its Hawaiian shirt-sporting owner, Mac Klein, turned 100.

Exterior of The Wolfsonian-FIU. Courtesy of The Wolfsonian–FIU.

E. Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Avenue

This museum is one of the crown jewels of Miami curiosities. Founded by Miami philanthropist and passionate collector-wanderer Mitchell Wolfson in 1986 to house his ever-growing collection of decorative art and propaganda—his collecting habits famously began with a stockpile of treasured vintage hotel keys—this wunderkammer is housed in a boxy, stunningly beautiful Mediterranean Revival building. Up now, don’t miss “Margin of Error,” which takes a look at “cultural responses to mechanical mastery and engineered catastrophes of the modern age—the shipwrecks, crashes, explosions, collapses, and novel types of workplace injury that interrupt the path of progress.”

F. Puerto Sagua

700 Collins Avenue

Insider tip: For a quick, low-key, and delicious bite (don’t miss the flan), take a seat at this Cuban diner—and take home one of their fantastic paper placemats, complete with a vintage Miami map. Take note: after a kitchen fire, Puerto Sagua has temporarily closed its doors but is set to reopen on November 30th, just in time for fair week.

G / H / I. Joe’s, Milo’s, and Prime 112

11 Washington Avenue; 730 First Street; 112 Ocean Drive

Insider tip: For a longer, more luxurious meal, try one of Jorge Perez’s favorites: Joe’s for stone crabs, a local delicacy (everyone wears bibs); Milo’s for fresh fish; and Prime 112 for a nice big steak.


North Beach

A. Faena Hotel

3201 Collins Avenue

Collector and hotelier Alan Faena’s newest complex fuses a freshly minted hotel with an ambitious art space called Faena Forum, designed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA. While the Forum won’t open until spring 2016, its programming kicks off—and into the streets, during the first week of December, when assume vivid astro focus installs a kaleidoscopic roller-disco on the beach. It’s open to the public, who can take a spin to DJ sets.

Rendering of assume vivid astro focus’s roller rink. Courtesy of FAENA ART.


2901 Collins Avenue

While it might be best known for the long lines that amass outside its club (cool-kid magnet BASEMENT), EDITION hosts a set of diamond-in-the-rough projects in its poolside bungalows. If you can find them through the long marble lobby and stand of towering potted banana plants, Louis B. James (Bungalow 262) shows virtual reality-laced works by Jeremy Couillard, and Harper’s Books (Bungalow 252) hosts a signing with artist Sue Williams of her new, gorgeous monograph on December 2nd.


The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue

Making a move from the charmingly retro Deauville Beach Resort way uptown to the high-gloss Fontainebleau marks a big shift for the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) fair, which is focused on younger galleries. From L.A.’s Anat Ebgi to Berlin’s SANDY BROWN to New York’s Karma, its exhibitors are known for bringing an inspired mix of new work into the fold.


Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue

A couple of blocks north is another fair that’s carved a place for itself on the main drag. From mainstay galleries like Yancey Richardson to groundbreaking nonprofits like Visual AIDS and RxArt, most booths here mount focused presentations of works of two to three artists. Don’t miss the fair’s curated section, PLAY, surfacing innovative video and new media selections from idiosyncratic New York-based curator Stacy Engman.

E. Miami Project and Art on Paper

Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue

Take a cab a few minutes north, and you’ll find satellite fairs Miami Project and Art on Paper, taking NADA’s place at the Deauville Beach Resort. Also filling this hub is a dynamic selection of performance, installation, and new media interventions from SATELLITE, a multipart curatorial effort. We’re especially excited that Brooklyn bar and concert venue Trans Pecos is setting up shop there with sets by Fade to Mind and Michael Beharie, among others.

F. Sandbar Lounge

6752 Collins Avenue

Insider tip: Across the street, visit Sandbar Lounge, a sand-covered dive bar for a drink and game of pool after a long day trekking up the beach.


Design District

As you pass across the causeway that traverses Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami’s skyline comes into focus. Behind it lie some of the city’s most dynamic cultural spaces. You might first land in the city’s Design District, just north of highway 195, where boxy warehouses and parking garages have, in recent years, been converted into sharp design shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

A. ICA Miami

4040 NE 2nd Avenue

While its new Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos-designed building begins construction, the one-year-old ICA brings a strong assortment of contemporary exhibitions to its temporary home. This season surfaces a solo exhibition by radical video artist Alex Bag, which Diana Nawi is keenly anticipating. For his part, Emmett Moore is looking forward to future programming: “I’m excited to see the new ICA building. They’ve managed to put on some great shows in their temporary space so I can only imagine what’s in store.”

B. de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

23 NE 41st Street

Around the corner, visit one of Miami’s acclaimed private art collections, brought into the public sphere by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. This year, the group show “You’ve Got to Know the Rules…To Break Them” promises irreverent highlights from the couple’s encyclopedic holdings of today’s most influential work.
Insider tip: “The private collections in Miami are amazing troves of contemporary art,” says Diana Nawi.

Installation view of “Beatriz Monteavaro: Nochebuena.” Courtesy of Locust Projects.

C. Locust Projects

3852 North Miami Avenue

Since its founding in 1998, this artist-run nonprofit space has produced a steady stream of experimental projects. This month, it’s a platform for ambitious work by a bevy of young artists—sculptor Martha Friedman, choreographer Silas Riener, installation artist Beatriz Monteavaro, and conceptual artist Martine Syms.

Insider tip: And as you traverse the city, look out for Syms’s NITE LIFE—graphic prints, emblazoned with phrases like “Darling It Won’t Be The Same Always” plastered on city buses and bus stops. They resemble mid-1900s “Chitlin’ Circuit” posters, which advertised shows at venues where black musicians could perform freely and securely during segregation.

D. Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian’s “UNREALISM” at the Moore Building

191 NE 40th Street

Sometime rivals Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian embark on their first collaboration over four floors (about 28,000 square feet) of this Design District architectural gem. Their joint curatorial project, “UNREALISM,” brings together artists—from John Currin to Elizabeth Peyton to Jamian Juliano-Villani—representing a renaissance in figuration.

Larry Bell’s 6 x 6 An Improvisation. Copyright of Larry Bell. Photo by Alex Marks, 2014. Courtesy of Chinati Foundation.

E. Larry Bell’s 6 x 6 An Improvisation at the Melin Building

Suite #200, Melin Building, 3930 NE Second Avenue

White Cube brings Larry Bell’s 6 x 6 An Improvisation—an ethereal installation built from towering, reflective glass panels—to Miami. The Light and Space pioneer’s masterwork promises a quiet, contemplative reprieve from the teeming fairs and sprawling collection shows.

F. Mandolin

4312 NE 2nd Avenue

Insider tip: For lunch or dinner, try one of Nina Johnson-Milewski’s favorites, Mandolin: “It’s such a lovely atmosphere, owned and operated by the nicest people.” It also serves some of the city’s best seafood, on a hidden patio dotted with sky blue chairs and fresh flowers.

G. Michael’s Genuine

130 NE 40th Street

Insider tip: Or for heartier fare in an equally unhurried environment, grab a seat at Michael’s Genuine, opened by James Beard-honored Michael Schwartz. It’s one of Jorge Perez’s favorites. You’ll have no regrets after devouring the Harris Ranch black angus burger (don’t dare skimp on the brioche bun).


Little Haiti / North Miami

In the 1800s, this area, north of downtown Miami, was covered with lemon groves, from which it drew its first nickname, “Lemon City.” Today, it’s defined by its Haitian immigrant population and burgeoning art scene.

A. Gallery Diet

6315 NW 2nd Avenue

Founded by impresario Nina Johnson-Milewski in 2007, this Miami mainstay recently moved north from Wynwood to a four-building, 15,000 square-foot compound in the heart of Little Haiti. “I’m loving our new home,” says Johnson-Milewski. “For the first time in nearly ten years I have windows and outdoor space. Who knew Vitamin D was so essential?” “Trees in Oolite,” the gallery’s first design exhibition, uses this fresh air to its full advantage. In the complex’s courtyard, brutalist furniture by Emmett Moore, Katie Stout, and Snarkitecture sits among lush mango, avocado, and oak trees. Inside, don’t miss Ann Craven’s solo show of lush skyscapes she painted en plein air in Maine, with the moon and the occasional candle as her only light sources.

B. Spinello Projects

7221 NW 2nd Avenue

This experimental space is up to its old boundary-pushing tricks during fair week with “Littlest Sister,” a conceptual exhibition that calls itself a “faux” art fair, with the tagline “Smallest Art Fair, Biggest Balls.” The project gathers “booths” by 10 women-identified artists, all unrepresented and working in painting, installation, new media, and performance.

C. Michael Jon Gallery

255 NE 69th Street

This gallery’s roster is chock full of up-and-coming artists from across the country—Paul Cowan, Math Bass, and JPW3, to name a few. This month, Sofia Leiby brings bright, active paintings that resemble letters and words breaking out of alphabetic confines and wiggling their way to abstraction.

D. Fiorito

5555 NE 2nd Avenue

Insider tip: Travel south past Little Haiti Park and you’ll find Fiorito, a small Argentinian restaurant that’s “a good local spot for a low key dinner,” says Emmett Moore. “I have dreams about their grilled octopus.”



Haas & Hahn mural in progress at Wynwood Walls. Courtesy of Wynwood Walls. Photo by Martha Cooper.

Wynwood has become the poster child for the rampant expansion of Miami’s art scene to the mainland, and likewise into the city’s streets. Over the last six years, murals have spread across the concrete walls of the district’s abandoned factories and warehouses. Galleries and private collections have followed suit, marking a cultural renaissance for this formerly industrial neighborhood, nicknamed “Little San Juan” for its still-vibrant Puerto Rican community.

A. Wynwood Walls

2520 NW 2nd Avenue

Pioneered by vociferous street art advocate Jeffrey Deitch, along with late real estate developer Tony Goldman, the murals that make up Wynwood Walls were some of the first carrots to draw the international art set to Wynwood in 2009. Every year, new murals are added to the colorful cohort that includes street art’s most influential names—and some of its undisputed masterworks—from Aiko to Shepard Fairey to Futura to Os Gemeos. This year, 14 new murals and installations (by Fafi, Crash, Logan Hicks, and more) are unveiled.

B. Rubell Family Collection

95 NW 29th Street

Amassed by charismatic patrons Donald and Mera Rubell, this expansive collection is housed in a monumental 45,000-square-foot space that was once owned by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This year, they present “NO MAN’S LAND,” focused on the influential output of female artists ranging from Michele Abeles and Jenny Holzer to Shinique Smith.

Insider tip: Don’t miss Jennifer Rubell’s Devotion, one of the artist’s signature interactive food-based installations that, this year, explores buttering bread as an act of intimacy and interpersonal connection, on December 3rd from 9–11 a.m.

C. The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE

591 NW 27th Street

Housed in a repurposed Wynwood warehouse, this must-see private collection belongs to Miamian Martin Z. Margulies. This year, don’t miss new exhibitions of work by Anselm Kiefer and Susan Philipsz, as well as recent acquisitions of pieces by Mark Handforth, Lawrence Carroll, and more.

D. Spencer Finch’s Ice Cream Truck

3401 NE 1st Avenue

Insider tip: While strolling through the neighborhood, drop by artist Spencer Finch’s ice cream truck. “His solar-powered truck will provide anyone in the area with edible frozen works of art free of charge,” explains Jorge Perez.

Mana Wynwood’s facade. Image courtesy of Mana Contemporary.

E. Mana Wynwood

318 NW 23rd Street

This year, Mana Contemporary unveils a 30-acre campus—every corner devoted to contemporary art and culture—that rivals its much talked-about New Jersey compound. Large-scale exhibitions highlighting three influential private collections (the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, and the Tiroche DeLeon Collection) herald this new mainstay on the Wynwood circuit.

F / G. Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami

3101 NE 1st Avenue

These sister art fairs, the 26-year-old Art Miami and the four-year-old Context, are must-see stops in Wynwood.

H / I. Panther Coffee, Gramps

1875 Purdy Avenue; 176 NW 24th Street

Insider tip: For a caffeine boost, pass through a the doors of a Barry McGee mural-swathed building to Panther Coffee. Or for a stiff drink among creative Miamians, try Gramps, “pretty much the only bar I got to,” says Emmett Moore. “It has a lot of the qualities of old Miami dive bars with some silly artsy stuff mixed in.”


Park West/Downtown

Taking the southern route from Miami Beach to the mainland, across the MacArthur Causeway, you’ll land in Park West, with Downtown Miami just south of you. Here, skyscrapers house big business and club culture alike. In recent years, the adjacent waterfront, formerly monopolized by the run-down Millennium Park, has transformed into Museum Park, an impeccably manicured landscape of gardens and cultural centers.

A. The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

1103 Biscayne Boulevard

This stunning museum, which opened its Herzog & de Meuron-designed doors in 2013, recently brought star curator Franklin Sirmans on as director to helm its ambitious program. This fall, don’t miss Nari Ward’s mid-career retrospective, “Sun Splashed,” curated by Diana Nawi, and Miami-based artist Nicolas Lobo’s “The Leisure Pit,” which showcases large-scale concrete sculptures, festooned with the occasional flip-flop, that he forged in a swimming pool.

B. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

1018 North Miami Avenue

This stunning building, its facade covered in over one million tiles that together resemble a verdant junglescape, houses patron Ella Fontanals-Cisneros’s comprehensive collection of primarily Latin American art. Up now, don’t miss Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón’s “Tramas.”

C / D / E. The Corner, NIU Kitchen, and Zuma

1035 N. Miami Avenue; 134 NE 2nd Avenue; 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way

Insider tip: For a cocktail (we recommend their Hurricane, complete with passion fruit shrub and pineapple) pop into The Corner, Diana Nawi’s “go-to bar.” For dinner, head south to NIU Kitchen’s beautiful nook for delicious Catalan fare. Or for a more dramatic dining experience, make a reservation at Zuma for elegant Japanese plates enjoyed from a perch overlooking the water.

Photo by Gesi Schilling.

—Alexxa Gotthardt

A Short List of Miami Art Week Events

Gagosian, Stallone and even Edvard Munch are bringing it this year

Isaac Julien’s Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave) at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)

ven Isaac Julien’s Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave) at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)

Miami Art Week gets a bad rap for being a nonstop rager, what with the Cristal, the caviar and the unicorn rides (trust me, Peter Brant can make that happen). But, in salute to the fact that what’s on view (I’m talking about art, not bikini models) can be just as intoxicating, we picked out just a handful of events that put the emphasis on art.
For a huge and updating list of events, see


Isaac Julien | Commission for Rolls-Royce Art Programme in Miami for Art Basel in Miami Beach
Jewel Box, National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
And we’re off! Rolls-Royce, the choice car of haughty old Englishmen and ’90s rappers, has commissioned a new work by influential British artist Isaac Julien titled Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave) to be shown at the YoungArts Jewel Box as part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. Covering 15 screens, Mr. Julien’s tour-de-force was shot inside isolated glacial ice caves in the Vatnajökull region of Iceland. The artist interpreted this remote landscape as a metaphor for the subconscious, a place of rich beauty that can only be accessed through psychoanalysis and artistic reflection. Damn that’s deep! So if you’re rollin’ through Miami’s Wynwood District this year in your souped up KIA, maybe stop into this exhibit for a much-needed ego (and id) check.

A moon painting by Anne Craven. (Photo: Courtesy of Maccarone, New York)

A moon painting by Anne Craven. (Photo: Courtesy of Maccarone, New York)

Gallery Diet
Ann Craven’s I Like Blue 
Opening reception
6315 NW 2nd Avenue
5-8 p.m.
A teacher’s influence lasts a lifetime. Prime example: One of painter Ann Craven’s former students from a class in 2004 eventually decided to open a gallery in the Basel host-city of Miami. That student was Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner/director of Contemporary art collector favorite, Gallery Diet. Cut to 2015, and that student is about to open a show of her former teacher’s work at her new location in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Little Haiti. Ms. Craven’s painterly goodness is reason enough to see this show—she has serious chops—but this will also be the best place to find crusty die-hard Miami locals, the art lovers who run this city for more than just one week out of the year.


Jarry Deigosian.

Jarry Deigosian.

Organized by Gagosian Gallery and Jeffrey Deitch
Moore Building
3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
Opening reception 5-8 p.m.
This is kind of like when the Penguin and the Riddler teamed up for the very first time: it was fearsome yet wildly entertaining. But what has finally brought former art world foes Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch together under one Design District roof? Figurative painting, of course. You just know it will be a humdinger, too, with works from both the older guard like John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton and David Salle and the very new guard, which includes young hotshots like Jamian Juliano-Vilani and Ella Kruglyanskaya. It’s all part of the evil duo’s diabolical plot to reallocate collector funds to their secret offshore lair, part of a grander scheme to take over the world… Can nothing stop them?

Yo! Adrian, Picasso, et al.

Yo! Adrian, Picasso, et al.

Galerie Gmurzynska ‘dinatoire’ for Germano Celant and Sylvester Stallone
Villa Casa Casuarina
1116 Ocean Drive
8:30 p.m. Private
Guest curator Germano Celant organized the Art Basel Miami booth for this Zurich gallery with some top-notch artists (Picasso, Dubuffet, you know, the usual masterworks) and there’s a party in honor of this fact. It will be held at the sumptuous Villa Casa Casuarina, better known as the former castle-like home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, a.k.a. the Versace Mansion. Oh and the star of such mega-hits as Stop or My Mom Will Shoot! and Rhinestone should be making the scene…Mr. Stallone is an accomplished painter himself, f.y.i. Sadly, the event is invite only, but if you Netflix Rocky in your hotel while drinking little bottles of booze from your mini-fridge, you can convince yourself it’s more or less the same thing.


NADA Miami Beach 2012 Photo by Andrew Russeth)

NADA Miami Beach 2012 (Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Russeth)

NADA Miami Beach art fair
Private preview
Fontainebleau Miami Beach 
4441 Collins Avenue
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The market for emerging art is as dead as Dean Martin, right daddio? Wrong. That’s exactly what these fat cats want you to think so they can get all the primo goodies for themselves. Well, we can’t let that happen, can we? This is what you do: set four alarm clocks the night before. Print out your list of potential emerging art targets. I suggest you wear something that you can move well in (a track suit maybe) and show up to the Fontainbleau a few hours early. You might even want to wear some elbow and kneepads. The Horts are not afraid to throw an elbow or two when jockeying for position in front of the Canada gallery booth, and you shouldn’t be either. Okay, deep breath… Let’s do this.


8d609ec7922ef783ea8a71772a967092 A Short List of Miami Art Week Events

Miami meet Munch.

Edvard Munch Art Award
Shelbourne Hotel South Beach
1801 Collins Avenue
By invitation, or Art Basel First Choice
VIP card
Now this is a big deal. The Edvard Munch Art Award is back after an almost 10-year hiatus, and the winner will be announced in Miami during Basel Week (yes, that thud is the sound of  Munch rolling over in his grave.) The 500,000 NOK award (roughly $58,000) is given to “an emerging visual artist, no older than 40 years of age, who has demonstrated exceptional talent within the last five years.” The award also includes a solo exhibition at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Not a bad haul. That, plus the fact that the reception should be filthy with good-looking Scandinavian models, has us considering this party a rather hot ticket.

What to Expect at Art Basel in Miami Beach This YearBy Matt Stewart | November 20, 2015 | Culture

Art & Culture

The Fabulous 5.5: Art Basel Planning Guide #2

November 17, 2015

Top Art Basel Bar Escapes 2015

Walking around during Art Basel exhausts everyone. Feet hurtin’, eyes burnin’, throat in need. Like a European museum tour, it doesn’t take long for one to burn out. If you are of age, liquid respite beckons.

Who has what it takes near the venues?

Consider these 5 places to escape, and a few semi-non-suggestions.


Do Not Sit5. Do Not Sit On the Furniture is not a command, but a location at 423 16th Street and the premier beach club for the subterranean set. It’s dark, tight, and a global DJ hideout/paradise. It’s designed like Europe — unpretentious and built for dance.

Regent4. The Regent Cocktail Club: On the corner of 17th and James right in the thick of all things on the Beach rests the regent in the rear of the Gale. No place on the Beach feels this much like the famous old-time, pricey, classy New York City barrooms like the King Cole in the St. Regis or Bemelman’s at the Carlyle. If Cleaveland Jones and his Trio are playing like they often do on Thursday nights, settle in for a few delightful, stirring Brazilian-tinged sets. They got skills.

Radio Bar3. Radio Bar South Beach: All those burnt sienna, earthy tones minus any vestiges of natural light make for a good post-modern, post-apocalyptic vibe. It’s both contemporary and sci-fi Twilight Zone – if something happens outside, you might drink your way through it. Easter Island mugs, a pool table, and stylish cocktails contribute. 814 1st Street and looking very different outside from inside.

Broken Shaker2. Broken Shaker: The old Indian Creek Hotel became the Freehand Hostel and these Bar Lab dudes, Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi got semi-famous and started making freaky cocktails and suddenly, yeah like, you know, the place got very hip. Amid the gorgeous patio garden are serious cocktails making waves like this one a while back: Kale and Pineapple Caipirinha. 2727 Indian Creek Drive. You can also chill upstairs at 27.

Repour1. Repour: Established in 2015, Repour has developed serious rapport going as far as the bar in Miami Beach least likely to reveal photos showcasing it. Laid back on the beach, lots of handwritten stuff, rarely overcrowded, and beautiful drinks make this locally popular spot in the lobby of the Albion a champion.

.5 Less than worthy: Take your pick. Cool bad-secret is out backroom Bodega, gorgeous view/too tight dresses at Juvia, UFC/NRA/armed to the teeth/hidden entrance Foxhole, no one can stand it but Anthony Boudain Club Deuce, but none of which could ever be worse than rock-bottom Clevelander (except maybe Mangos).



Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 Party Guide

Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 Party Guide

Photo by Nate “Igor” Smith/

Spring break forever.

Yes, art world, Art Basel in Miami Beach is almost here. And you can pretend all you want that you’re coming to Miami exclusively for the high-brow art and lectures, but nobody’s going to judge you if you manage to get some serious partying done while you’re in town. This is Miami, and if there’s one thing we’re really good at, it’s partying.

And rest assured, there will be tons of parties during Miami Art Week. From the completely free to invite-only, here is the most complete collection of musically driven, nightlife events — with a dash of art thrown in, because, you know, we aren’t savages. And thanks to a generous 5 a.m. closing time — 24 hours in Miami’s Park West district — there’s plenty of time for you to make an Art Basel mistake. (Good news is that mistake probably has a flight back to New York to catch on Sunday.)

Check back often for updates, because we will continue to update this list as more events get announced. Don’t see your event listed here? Send us an email.

Tuesday, December 1

Slap & Tickle Art Basel with Dave1. 10 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, at Bardot, 3456 N Miami Ave, Miami; 305-576-5570; Tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via

Favela Beach with Mr. Brainwash, Jus-Ske, Ruen, and Reid Waters. 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 1 at Wall Lounge, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3130; Tickets cost $50 to $70 via

Wednesday, December 2

Behrouz & Friends Art Basel Edition with Damian Lazarus, Behrouz, and Bedouin, Wall Lounge, 2210 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $50 via

A Very Superfine! Kickoff Party with Baio (of Vampire Weekend) and Lauv, presented by Superfine! House of Art and Design, the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets $25 via

Thursday, December 3

PAMM presents “Dimensions” by Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) and Ryan McNamara, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Open only PAMM Sustaining and above level members as well as Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and Art Miami VIP cardholders.

Life and Death Art Basel with Tale Of Us, Mind Against, Thugfucker, and special guest Richie Hawtin, Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Doors 9 p.m.; tickets $15 to $66 via

Connan Mockasin, Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors 10 p.m.; tickets $15 to $20 via

A Jetset Jubilee with Aeroplane with a super special guest (TBA), presented by Superfine! House of Art and Design, the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets $25 via

Immortal Technique with Hasan Salaam, DJ Static, and El B. 7 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $25 plus fees via Ages 18 and up.

Friday, December 4

When Pigs Fly presented by Link Miami Rebels with artists TBA, Trade, 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $15 to $35 via

tINI and Bill Patrick, Heart Nightclub, 50 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets $20 to $30 via

Safe Off/Basel 2015 with Martyn, the Black Madonna, and Diego Martinelli, Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets $18.35 to $21.15 via

Miami Nice Art Basel, All-White Yacht Party, South Beach Lady, Hyatt Dock, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets $60 via

Jamie xx and Four Tet, presented by III Points and Young Turks, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Doors 9 p.m. Tickets $25 to $400 via

Miami Hearts Design, hosted by Karelle Levy with a KRELwear living installation, with Afrobeta and Millionyoung, presented by Superfine! House of Art and Design, the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets $15 via

Avey Tare (Animal Collective) DJ set with Byrdipop and Uchi (live), Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors 10 p.m.; tickets $15 to 20 via

Nakid Magazine Issue Release Party celebrating Jen Stark. 10 p.m. Friday, December 4, at Libertine, 40 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-363-2120; Admission is $10.

Saturday, December 5

Danny Howells, Do Not Sit On the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach. Doors 10 p.m.; tickets $20 via

Crew Love Art Basel with Soul Clap, PillowTalk (live), Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi, Jeremy Ismael, and Miami Players Club, Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets $15 to $35 via

Big Times in Little Haiti with Jeffrey Paradise (of Poolside), Gilligan Moss, and Krisp, presented by Superfine! House of Art and Design, the Citadel at 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets $25 via

David Squillace. 11:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5, at Wall Lounge, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3130; Tickets cost $40 to $70 via

Sunday, December 6

The Visionquest Experience with Visionquest (Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves), DJ Three, Behrouz, and more, Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets $20 to $30 via

Dark Basel with Necro and Madchild. 7 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 18 and up


Market News

NADA Miami Beach Will Move to the Fontainebleau Hotel


The Fontainebleau lobby.


NADA Miami, the New Art Dealers Alliance’s fair during Art Basel Miami Beach in December, will be moving to the Fontainebleau Hotel on Collins Avenue for its 2015 edition. NADA opened in Miami in 2003, and in 2009 moved to the Deauville Beach Resort, in North Miami Beach, where the fair remained through last year.The de la Cruz Collection is doing a survey show loaded with art stars working in abstraction.

The ICA Miami


On view December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016

ICA Miami will present a solo exhibition dedicated to video and performance artist Alex Bag during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015. On view in ICA Miami’s Atrium Gallery, The Van (Redux)* centers around one of Bag’s key videos, The Van, 2001, and features a dramatic new site-specific installation. This exhibition marks the first major U.S. presentation of the artist’s work since 2009.



The Rubell Family Collection

Genzken I Schauspieler
Isa Genzken, Schauspieler, 2013


Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection

December 2, 2015, through May 28, 2016


The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, on view in Miami from December 2nd, 2015 through May 28th, 2016. This exhibition will focus on and celebrate work made by more than a hundred female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations that will entirely occupy the Foundation’s 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum. Some galleries will contain individual presentations while others will present thematic groupings of artists. Several installations have been commissioned specifically for this exhibition.

In order to present the exhibition’s scope and diversity the Foundation will rotate artworks on view throughout the course of the exhibition, presenting different artists at different times. All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Rubells’ permanent collection.

Other exhibitions organized by the Foundation include 30 Americans, which is currently on view at the Detroit Institute of Art through January 18, 2016 and 28 Chinese which is currently on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art through January 3, 2016. 30 Americans has now been presented at 9 institutions and seen by over one million people.

A fully illustrated catalog with essays will accompany the exhibition. A complimentary audio tour will also be available.

To celebrate the opening of NO MAN’S LAND, Jennifer Rubell will be presenting Devotion, her 12th annual large-scale, food-based installation on December 3, 2015 from 9 to 11 a.m. Devotion will explore the everyday gesture as a medium for the expression of love. Using bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married as her media, Rubell will transform the simple act of cutting and buttering bread into a poetic exploration of repetition as devotion


List of artists:

Michele Abeles
Nina Chanel Abney
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Kathryn Andrews
Janine Antoni
Tauba Auerbach
Alisa Baremboym
Katherine Bernhardt
Amy Bessone
Kerstin Bratsch
Cecily Brown
Iona Rozeal Brown
Miriam Cahn
Patty Chang
Natalie Czech
Mira Dancy
Karin Davie
Cara Despain
Charlotte Develter
Rineke Dijkstra
Theo Djordjadze
Nathalie Djurberg
Lucy Dodd
Moira Dryer
Marlene Dumas
Ida Ekblad
Loretta Fahrenholz
Naomi Fisher
Dara Friedman
Pia Fries
Katharina Fritsch
Isa Genzken
Sonia Gomes
Hannah Greely
Renée Green
Aneta Grzeszykowska
Jennifer Guidi
Rachel Harrison
Candida Höfer
Jenny Holzer
Cristina Iglesias
Hayv Kahraman
Deborah Kass
Natasja Kensmil
Anya Kielar
Karen Kilimnik
Jutta Koether
Klara Kristalova
Barbara Kruger
Yayoi Kusama
Sigalit Landau
Louise Lawler
Margaret Lee
Annette Lemieux
Sherrie Levine
Li Shurui
Sarah Lucas
Helen Marten
Marlene McCarty
Suzanne McClelland
Josephine Meckseper
Marilyn Minter
Dianna Molzan
Kristen Morgin
Wangechi Mutu
Maria Nepomuceno
Ruby Neri
Cady Noland
Katja Novitskova
Catherine Opie
Silke Otto-Knapp
Laura Owens
Celia Paul
Mai-Thu Perret
Solange Pessoa
Elizabeth Peyton
R.H. Quaytman
Aurie Ramirez
Magali Reus
Marina Rheingantz
Bridget Riley
Cristina Lei Rodriguez
Pamela Rosenkranz
Amanda Ross-Ho
Jennifer Rubell
Analia Saban
Lara Schnitger
Collier Schorr
Dana Schutz
Beverly Semmes
Mindy Shapero
Nancy Shaver
Cindy Sherman
Xaviera Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Shinique Smith
Lucie Stahl
Jessica Stockholder
Sarah Sze
Aya Takano
Fiona Tan
Mickalene Thomas
Rosemarie Trockel
Kaari Upson
Hannah Van Bart
Paloma Varga Weisz
Marianne Vitale
Kara Walker
Mary Weatherford
Meg Webster
Carrie Mae Weems
Jennifer West
Sue Williams
Haegue Yang
Anicka Yi
Lisa Yuskavage



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OCTOBER 28, 2015 THROUGH APRIL 30,, 2016


What are the new acquisitions on exhibition this year?
Anselm Kiefer, Susan Philipsz, Meuser, Lawrence Carroll, Mark Handforth, Liat Yossifor

Who are the artists new to the Warehouse collection?
Susan Philipsz, Mark Handforth, Liat Yossifor

What artists have permanent installations at the Warehouse?
Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Flavin, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Amar Kanwar, Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, George Segal, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Franz West

Checklist of Artists in this year’s Exhibitions
Magdelena Abakanowicz, Ronald Bladen, Martin Boyce, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Willie Doherty, Ursula Schultz Dornburg, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Dan Flavin, Kendall Geers, Antony Gormley, Mark Handforth, Michael Heizer, Pieter Hugo, Hans Josephsohn, Amar Kanwar, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Meuser, Domingo Milella, Jackie Nickerson, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, George Segal, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Simcha Shirman, Alec Soth, Michael Spano, Franz West, Pavel Wolberg, Manabu Yamanaka


Miami’s art museums are grabbing headlines with splashy staff hires and well-heeled additions to their boards. Yet when it comes to actual artwork, the city’s marquee collectors — and their personally run exhibition spaces — continue to steal the show. The latest example of “The Miami Model”? A sprawling retrospective from the German blue-chip artist Anselm Kiefer that fills nearly a quarter of the 45,000-square-foot Margulies Collection at the Warehouse — a garment factory transformed into a showcase for art holdings of the real estate developer Martin Margulies.The exhibit opens Wednesday, but “it will be up forever,” Mr. Margulies said. “If you think I ever want to go through this again … .” he trailed off, motioning to the flurry of activity throughout the Warehouse this week. Mr. Kiefer directed a small army of art handlers whirring about on hydraulic lifts, racing to install an array of 25,000-pound detritus-filled sculptures, 10-feet-high neo-runic paintings, and charcoal wall inscriptions, just hours before a dinner benefiting the Lotus House homeless shelter. The works include the new sculpture, “Ages of the World,” a 17-foot stack of 400 unfinished canvases, lead books, rubble and dried sunflowers.Mr. Margulies played down the show being any kind of aesthetic shot across the bow of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, despite his public feud with that institution over its continuing to receive millions in tax dollars from a struggling community rather than relying solely on private contributors. Instead, Mr. Margulies hoped visiting schoolchildren would learn from Mr. Kiefer’s handiwork: Don’t let meager materials limit your vision. “They should realize this is the creative process of an artist.”Mr. Kiefer, 70, remains a controversial figure within the art world, alternately lionized and denounced for artwork invoking both World War II Germany and the kabbalah. Some see transcendent statements, others a reduction of the Jewish experience to kitsch. Both factions will find plenty of grist at the Warehouse, where Mr. Kiefer’s works refer to everything from the poet and Nazi labor camp survivor Paul Celan to the Old Testament’s Lilith.“Important work always creates polarization,” Mr. Kiefer explained. “The victims understand. Those people who see in me a glorifier of fascism — when you look into them, you find they have something to hide themselves.” As for the distinction between having his work shown in a “private” versus public museum, Mr. Kiefer hoped the former would proliferate. Collectors should be free to bypass museum curators, he said, and lavishly pursue their own tastes. He compared the phenomenon with the early 20th-century construction of public libraries by moguls like Andrew Carnegie: “I think it was J. P. Morgan who said, ‘If you die rich, it’s a mistake.’ ” BRETT SOKOL

The de la Cruz Collection

The de la Cruz Collection presents their 2016 exhibition “You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them.” Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have selected a group of artists from their personal collection who have been associated with defining 21st century practice. Self-aware of the influence that technology and the rise of consumerism has had on their work, artists exhibited follow the cool forms of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Abstract Expressionism, while injecting their works with subtle negations of their own process. Looking at traditional techniques behind painting and sculpture, these works co-exist timelessly as strategies of stylistic appropriation raise questions of subjectivity and originality.

“You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them” contextualizes New American Abstraction with German Neo-Expressionism, revealing earnest explorations of the artists technical acumen.Through experimentation, they antagonize accepted practices by drawing upon a variety of themes including cultural, historical and sociopolitical modes.

Per contra, the third floor contains a study in portraiture and memory with the works of Félix González-Torres, Ana Mendieta and Rob Pruitt. By transforming everyday objects and using energetic gestures and repetition, González-Torres, Mendieta and Pruitt accept diverse ideologies and reject the notion that art has a single vantage point.

By merging a variety of styles and mediums, the works selected for this year’s exhibition mirror contemporary culture while allowing an open-ended conversation of various interpretations and possibilities. Artist in the exhibition: Allora & Calzadilla, Tauba Auerbach, Walead Beshty, Mark Bradford, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Martin Creed, Aaron Curry, Peter Doig, Jim Drain, Isa Genzken, Félix González-Torres, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Rachel Harrison, Arturo Herrera, Evan Holloway, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, JPW3, Alex Katz, Jacob Kassay, Martin Kippenberger, Glenn Ligon, Michael Linares, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Ana Mendieta, Albert Oehlen, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Manfred Pernice, Sigmar Polke, Seth Price, Rob Pruitt, Sterling Ruby, Analia Saban, Josh Smith, Reena Spaulings, Rudolf Stingel, Cosima von Bonin, Guyton/Walker, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool.


Mana Contemporary Announces Its 2015 Miami Art Week Program

Presenting exhibitions from three of the most prestigious private art collections in the United States.

Nov 03, 2015, 16:01 ET from Mana Contemporary

MIAMI, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mana Contemporary is pleased to announce its second edition of programming during Miami Art Week, taking place from December 3 to 6, 2015. Held at Mana’s 30-acre campus in the Wynwood arts district, this event will inaugurate the central 140,000-square-foot building’s new role as the Mana Wynwood Convention Center.

Mana Contemporary will present a diverse roster of exhibitions and programs, including:

Made in California: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Made in California—a phrase popularized in Ed Ruscha’s groundbreaking text/image works—will be a must-see exhibition during Miami Art Week. Frederick R. Weisman was a pioneering Los Angeles collector of California art as it emerged as a center for contemporary art in the 1960s. He built a collection that includes many of the artists that rose to prominence under the legendary Ferus Gallery, and who went on to define art movements such as Light and Space, Finish Fetish, Postmodernism, and beyond. Under the direction of Mrs. Billie Milam Weisman, the foundation continues to amass a substantial collection of Los Angeles and California art. On view will be works by John Baldessari, Mary Corse, Ron Davis, Sam Francis, Joe Goode, Tim Hawkinson, Robert Irwin, and Ed Ruscha, among many others.

A Sense of Place: Selections from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection
Co-curated by Patricia Hanna and Anelys Alvarez
Including a selection of over 60 works from the collection of Jorge M. Pérez, A Sense of Place is an exhibition that explores cultural identity by way of the collection’s recent acquisitions of works by artists from Latin America. Despite the fact that these artists are working in a globalized world, where technology and communication transcend physical boundaries, many of these artists continue to construct personal and cultural identities by exploring ideas that are specific to their contexts of origin. The show will examine the idea of building cultural identity, and how artists use abstraction, architecture, politics, and memory to carve out a sense of place, and how those concerns are reflected in Pérez as a collector and Miami as a developing city. Pérez, named one of the most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by TIME magazine, is considered a visionary for incorporating the arts into his South Florida real estate developments.

Everything you are I am not: Latin American Art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection
Curated by Catherine Petitgas
Everything you are I am not presents a selection of key works of Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection. Borrowed from a piece in the collection by Argentine artist Adrian Villar Rojas, the title of the exhibition alludes to the common practice among contemporary artists from the region to subvert the canons of mainstream art to produce thought-provoking, often humorous works. With 55 pieces by 30 artists, the exhibition will explore several different facets of this approach. The Tiroche DeLeon Collection was established in January 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon with a focus on the up and coming art scenes of Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. London-based Petitgas is one of the world’s most respected collectors of Latin American art, as well as a writer, lecturer, and art historian.

Mana Urban Arts x Bushwick Collective
Mana Urban Arts Project is collaborating with Bushwick Collective to bring live graffiti painting by 50 influential artists to Mana Wynwood’s RC Cola factory. Renowned artists include: Ghost (New York), GIZ (New York), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Case Maclaim (Germany), and Shok-1 (England). The industrial space adjacent to Interstate 95 will transform into a vibrant scene featuring a skateboarding exhibition, breakdancing, DJ performances, and live music.


PINTA Miami is the only curated boutique art fair with a specific geographic focus that looks to be an international platform for Ibero-American art identities and issues. The fair will showcase the best of abstract, concrete, neo-concrete, kinetic, and conceptual art movements. PINTA has updated its format to present a fully curated fair, featuring an international team of recognized curators chosen to direct each of the five newly designated sections of the fair.


VIP Preview Reception
An exclusive preview dinner will feature a performance by the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

III Points Music Festival
In partnership with III Points, Mana Contemporary will present a series of after-hours music events in Mana Wynwood’s 36,000-square-foot sound stadium.


Mana Contemporary
December 3-6, 2015
Mana Wynwood Convention Center
318 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127

Preview Reception
Tuesday, December 1: 6pm9pm: By invitation only

Public Hours
Thursday, December 3: 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 4: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 5: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 6: 11am6pm

Admission to Mana Contemporary’s events at Mana Wynwood is complimentary, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and information regarding PINTA Miami, please visit


Art Basel is just a month away. Last year the fair attracted 73,000 visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center and this year’s 14th edition looks to be even bigger and better, with 267 galleries from 32 countries exhibiting from December 3rd to the 6th — plus the former head of NYC’s Armory Show, Noah Horowitz, is now running the fair.

Rendering of the new Miami Beach Convention Center
Work on the $615 million renovation of the convention center is scheduled to begin as soon as AB/MB ends, so look for big changes next year. The $20 million re-do of Lincoln Road is also moving along with NYC’s James Corner Field Operations, the firm that did The High Line, winning the contract to update the original Morris Lapidus design from the 1950s.

All the AB/MB side-sectors return, including SURVEY with 14 booths showing “historically informed” works; NOVA, where you’ll find 34 younger galleries showing new works; and sixteen POSITIONS galleries focusing on emerging artists, including Villa Design Group‘s installation of 10 doorways derived from the scene of the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace on Ocean Drive and, “Polyrhythm Technoir,” a filmed “allegory to contemporary electronic music” by Henning Fehr, Danji Buck-Moore and Phillip Ruhr, presented by Galerie Max Mayer.

UNBUILTYves Behar is the recipient of the 2015 Design Miami “Design Visionary Award” and he’ll be honored with a special exhibit in the D/M venue behind the convention center from December 2 through 6. A student team from Harvard was chosen to design the fair’s entrance pavilion for their submission, “UNBUILT,” a collection of foam models of unrealized design projects. Expect thirty five exhibitors including Firma Casa from Brazil, showing new works by the Campana Brothers, and Italian gallery Secondome,with hand-crafted limited editions.

Several changes and new editions are coming to the numerous — 18 and counting — satellite fairs: Miami Project and Art on Paper move into the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach), the former site of the NADA fair; while the 13th edition of NADA heads down the street to the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).

The Miami Project is also launching a new spin-off this year called SATELLITE that will show various “experimental” projects in unoccupied properties up near their 73rd Street base. One of those, “Artist-Run,” will fill the rooms in the Ocean Terrace Hotel (7410 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach) with different installations from 40 artist-run spaces, curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid. It’s open from December 2nd to 6th, with a VIP/media event on December 1st from noon to 10 p.m. ALSO: Trans-Pecos, the music venue out in Queens, New York, and Sam Hillmer from the band Zs, are putting together a 5-day music program in the North Beach Amphitheater, emphasizing “musical practitioners with some form of art practice.”

Grace HartiganX Contemporary also joins the crowd with their inaugural edition in Wynwood running from December 2nd through Sunday, and a VIP opening on December 1st from 5 to 10 p.m. Twenty eight exhibitiors will be on hand, plus special projects including “Grace Hartigan: 1960 – 1965” presented by Michael Klein Arts; a look at the “genesis of street art” curated by Pamela Willoughby; and “Colombia N.O.W.” presented by TIMEBAG.

Kate Durbin’s “Hello Selfie” / Courtesy of the Artist/Photographer Jessie AskinazPULSE Miami Beach returns to Indian Beach Park (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) starting with a big “Opening Celebration” at 4 p.m. on December 1st featuring a panel discussion put together by Hyperallergic, an interactive piece by Kate Durbin called “Hello, Selfie!” and a live performance by Kalup Linzy. On December 5th, PULSE celebrates the City of Miami via a talk at 5 p.m. on “Future Visions of Miami” and a “Sunset Celebration” from 5 to 7 p.m. Fair visitors can check out “TARGET TOO,” an installation referencing items sold at the stores, originally on view in NYC last March. There’s a complimentary shuttle from the convention center, and the fair is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.

Wynwood WallsWynwood Walls (2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami) has a lot planned this year including “Walls of Change” with 14 new murals and installations and the debut of a new adjacent space called “The Wynwood Walls Garden.” The walls are by Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Erenest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, INTI, The London Police, Logan Hicks and Ryan McGinness. Over in the “garden,” the Spanish art duo Pichi & Avo are doing a mural on stacked shipping containers and in the events space, Magnus Sodamin will be painting the floors and walls. The VIP opening is on December 1st in the early evening, but then it’s open to the public from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Goldman Properties’ CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick talks about how art transformed the Wynwood neighborhood in THIS Miami New Times piece. We also hear that New York developer (and owner of Moishe’s Moving, Mana Contemporary etc.) Moishe Mana is planning a new mixed-use development on his 30 acres of land in the middle of Wynwood.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU (10975 SW 17th Street. Miami) will have 5 exhibitions featuring 4 Miami-based artists: Carola Braco, Rufina Santana, Carlos Estevez and Ramon Espantaleon. Plus there will be a show called “Walls of Color” with murals by the post-war NY artist Hans Hofmam and, this year, the annual “Breakfast in the Park” on Sunday, December 6th, 9:30 a.m. to noon, honors American sculptor Alice Aycock.

Pauchi Sasaki’s speaker dressThe Mandarin Oriental Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami) and Peru’s gallery MORBO host an exhibition called “Pure Abstraction” by Peruvian artist Alex Brewer, aka HENSE, in the hotel’s Peruvian restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio. There’s a VIP preview in the restaurant on December 3rd featuring a violin performance by Pauchi Sasaki who’ll be wearing her dress made from speakers.

A previous food installation by Jennifer RubellThe Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) will present a big exhibition called “No Man’s Land” featuring women artists from their extensive collection. It’s up from December 2nd until the end of May and will include paintings, sculptures, photos and videos by over 100 female artists. Because of the large number of works, artworks will be rotated throughout the course of the show. Jennifer Rubell will present her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation,”Devotion,” on December 3rd, 9 to 11 a.m. She’ll be using “bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married” as her media.

Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” from the air.

“Our Hidden Futures” is the overall theme for this year’s AB/MB film program. Over 50 films and videos will be screened on the giant projection wall outside of the New World Center (500 17th Street, South Beach), plus over 80 more can be accessed in the convention center film library. The Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) will be showing director James Crump’s Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art on Friday, December 4, 8:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Crump and Basel film curator Marian Masone. The evening screenings in SoundScape Park include short films with program themes ranging from “Speak Easy” to “Vanishing Point.”

Rachel in the Garden (2003), by John Currin; © John Currin. Photography by Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian are co-presenting an exhibition of figurative painting and sculpture in the Moore Building (3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). The opening is on Tuesday, December 1st, but it will be on view all week. According to the NYT, artists featured in the group show will include Urs Fischer, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin and David Salle.

Since 2005, the KABINETT sector of AB/MB has invited galleries to display curated installations. This year, there are 27 exhibitions including a new work by L.A. artist Glenn Kaino called “The Internationale” that re-interprets the iconic Pierrot character — and his “only friend,” the moon — interacting with visitors via “seminal texts on post-colonial theory.” Galerie Krinzinger will be showing Chris Burden’s “Deluxe Photo Book 1971 -1973,” documenting the first three years of his performances. And Galerie Lelong will present a selection of shaped, “erotic” canvases by the Puerto Rico-based artist Zilia Sanchez.

CONTEXT Art Miami, the sister fair to Art Miami, will feature 95 international galleries this year, along with several artist projects and installations including 12 listening stations dedicated to sound art; areas dedicated to art from Berlin and Korea; solo exhibitions by Jung San, Satoru Tamura, Mr. Herget and four others; and a “fast-track” portrait project of workers at Miami International Airport. Context and Art Miami — which is celebrating its 26th year — open with a VIP preview benefiting the Perez Art Museum Miami on Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 to 10 p.m., at 2901 NE 1st Avenue in Midtown, Miami. The fair is open to the public from December 2nd through the 6th.

“Coven Services” (2004) by Alex Bag

ICA Miami (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) presents a new theatrical performance called “Artist Theater Program” by Erika Vogt, Shannon Ebner and Dylan Mira on Thursday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. Ebner also has a concurrent show, “A Public Character,” on view in the museum during AB/MB and up until January 16, 2016. This is the inaugural program in the museum’s new performance series. Also opening on December 1st is a major survey of works by the video and performance artist Alex Bag, including her interactive installation “The Van.” The museum recently announced the appointment of Ellen Salpeter, Deputy Director of NYC’s Jewish Museum, as its new director and they’ve just broken ground on a new, permanent home in the Design District. The 37,500 -square-foot building was designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos and is scheduled to open in 2017.

Installation by Alan SonfistMiami’s “art hotel” The Sagamore (1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach) has a new installation by environmental/landscape sculptor Alan Sonfist on view all week, along with their incredible Cricket Taplin Collection of contemporary art. The hotel’s annual VIP brunch — featuring a new Electronic Arts Intermix installation — is on Saturday, December 5th, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Subway Station” by Louis Lozowick

The INK Miami Art Fair celebrates their 10th anniversary and maintains their exclusive focus on printmaking and works on paper. They’re back in the Suites of Dorchester (1850 Collins Avenue, South Beach) from Wednesday, December 2nd, through Sunday. Highlights include a lithograph by Louis Lozowick called Subway Station, NYC (1936) at Susan Teller Gallery’s booth and A World in a Box (2015) by Mark Dion published by Graphicstudio/U.S.F.

New York-based branding and event collective FAME is popping-up in Miami from December 2 to 6 with their ” Superfine! House of Art & Design” (8300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in Little Haiti. They’re promising “the arty party of the year” with a big opening night December 2nd, 6 to 10 p.m, featuring a gigantic chandelier installation by Diego Montoya and music all week from Gilligan Moss, Lauv and more TBA. Plus, Afrobeta plays on Friday at a party hosted by PAPER fave, textile artist Karelle Levy.

The fourth edition of UNTITLED Miami is on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street from December 2 to 6, with a big VIP preview on December 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. They’ve got 119 international galleries along with non-profit orgs from 20 countries. New this year will be an UNTITLED radio station broadcasting via local Wynwood Radio with interviews, performances and playlists by artists, curators etc.

Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2015: Part 3


Things are really starting to come together at Argentine developer Alan Faena’s new residential and arts district between 32nd and 36th Streets on Collins Avenue. By the time AB/MB rolls around, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach should be up and running, and construction is now complete on the Foster + Partners residential tower. The Faena Forum (above), designed by OMA Rem Koolhaas, should be open in April 2016. For Basel Miami 2015, they’ve planned a series of cool events including: A roller-disco installation by assume vivid astro focus that will be open to the public daily on the beach and feature local and international DJs; a “theater curtain” installation called “A Site To Behold” by Spanish artist Almudena Lober that lets visitors play alternate roles of “actor” and “performer”; and a site-specific “sand and light” installation by Jim Denevan.

The Perez Art Museum Miami (aka PAMM) — designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron — had it’s big debut in 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. On December 3rd, 2015, 9 p.m. to midnight, they’ll be premiering a collab performance by Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange and Ryan McNamara called “Dimensions” that includes elements of dance, music and sculpture. Also, during this open house for members and VIPs, you can check out their current exhibitions including Nari Ward’s “Sun Splashed,” Firelei Baez’ “Bloodlines,” and a show of Aboriginal Australian abstract painting.

Moishe Mana’s Mana Contemporary (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) in Wynwood plans several exhibitions during AB/MB including “Made in California,” featuring selections from L.A. collector Frederick R. Weisman’s Art Foundation; “A Sense of Place,” with over 60 works from the collection of Jorge M. Perez; and “Everything You Are Not,” key works of Latin American art from the Tiroche DeLeon collection. All are up from December 3rd thru the 6th, with a VIP preview on December 1st. Mana Urban Arts is also doing a collab with The Bushwick Collective at the former RC Cola Plant (550 NW 24th Street, Miami) that includes over 50 artists — so far the list includes Ghost, GIZ, Pixel Pancho, Case Maclaim and Shok-1 — plus skateboarding, DJs, live music etc.

Lots of music events and parties are starting to come in, including a show with Jamie xx and Four Tet on Friday, December 4th, in the Black Room at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami), presented by III Points and Young Turks. Tickets are available HERE. At the same venue, Life & Death records presents Tale of Us, Mind Against, Thugfucker and “special guest” Richie Hawtin on December 3rd. Tickets are HERE. We also hear that Danny Howells will be spinning at Do Not Sit On The Furniture (423 16th Street, Miami Beach) on Saturday, December 5th; and Marco Carola and Stacey Pullen are at Story (136 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on Saturday, December 5th.

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Two young London-based artists, Walter & Zoniel, will set up a large, hand-built camera in the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) from December 2nd to the 5th for a performance piece called “Alpha-Ation.” They’ll be creating exclusive, hand-colored portraits of “high-profile” figures all week and have already shot Lindsay Lohan and Tinie Tempah. The work is presented by the UK gallery Gazelli Art House. There’s also an invite-only reception with the artists at the Delano on Saturday night.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

AB/MB’s Conversations and Salon series brings together artists, curators, gallerists, historians, critics and collectors for 23 talks and panels all week. Jenny Holzer and Trevor Paglen kick things off on December 3rd, 10 to 11 a.m., in the Hall C auditorium. Other “conversations” include London’s Serpentine co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist on Friday morning and Genius Grant winner Nicole Eisenman on Sunday. In the Salon series, Obrist will also moderate a conversation between artist Alex Israel and author Bret Easton Ellis on “the evolution of the L.A. art scene.”

L.A. painter and installation artist Lisa Solberg will preview her latest project, “Mister Lee’s Shangri-La,” at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Saturday, December 5th. The work — “an immersive exotic dance club sheltered inside a greenhouse” — will then be on view at MAMA Gallery (1242 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles) in L.A. as of December 19th.

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Adrien Brody isn’t just a great actor. He’ll be showing several of his paintings during AB/MB in a show called “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns” at Lulu Laboratorium (173 NW 23rd Street, Miami) in Wynwood. The show was curated by Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata and the big opening party starts at 10p.m. on December 2nd.

Calypso St. Barth Beach Boutique pops-up in the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) all week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. They’ll also be hosting VIP events for artists including Jen Stark and Mira Dancy.

The National YoungArts Foundation‘s (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) current show, “The Future Was Written,” features an interactive work by Daniel Arsham that asks visitors to use any of 2,000 chalk objects to draw on the gallery walls. On view until December 11th.

Chrome Hearts celebrates their new collaborators, Laduree and Sean Kelly Gallery, on December 2nd, 8 to 11 p.m., in the Chrome Hearts (4025 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) shop in the Design District with a private, VIP party featuring works by Sean Kelly artists including Marina Abramovic, Los Carpinteros, Jose Davila, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. Also there’s a special performance by Abstrakto and DJ set from Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.

The MoMA Design Store and online skate deck site, The Skateroom, will open a pop-up in the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) from November 30th to December 6th. The “immersive installation” will sell limited-edition skateboard decks featuring Andy Warhol artworks including his Campbell’s Soup cans, Guns, Car Crash etc. A portion of the proceeds will go to Skateistan, a non-profit org that uses skateboarding to empower youth. The private VIP opening is December 2, 8 to 11 p.m.

Louis Vuitton (140 NE 39th Street, Miami) will be presenting “Objets Nomandes” — a new collection of foldable furniture and travel accessories — in their new store in the Design District during AB/MB, as of December 3rd. The pieces are collabs with international designers including the Campana Brothers, Maarten Baas and Nendo. You can also check out the world-exclusive unveiling of a lounge chair designed by Marcel Wanders.

ArtCenter/South Florida has an “off-site” installation called “D.O.A.” by the Israel-based artist Dina Shenhav over in Miami’s Little River District at 7252 NW Miami Court. Shenav will create a hunter’s cabin filled with “hunter” paraphernalia sculpted from yellow foam. Up from November 29th until the end of January.

Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2015: Part 4

Gary Pini

One of our fave AB/MB sectors, PUBLIC, just announced this year’s list of 26 artists who’ll be doing site-specific installations and performances all week in Collins Park. Several caught our eye: a jemstone-encrusted “Healing Pavilion” enhanced with “metaphysical properties” by Sam Falls; a group of tall chairs from the original production Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach;” a giant set of red lips by Sterling Ruby; and a monumental deer lawn ornament by Tony Tasset. Opening night is Wednesday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m., and it features a female tai chi master, male bodybuilders, men on skateboards, a dandy hobo and an evening performance by Yan Xing.

Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015Photo cred. Kavi GuptaSCOPE returns to South Beach from December 2 to 6 (VIPs get in on the 1st) with 120 exhibitors from 22 countries, plus several special sections including Juxtapoz Presents, the Breeder Program for new galleries and FEATURE, showcasing photography. For a fourth year, the fair collabs with VH1 on a music series featuring up-and-coming artists. There’s also an invite-only party with recording artists Mack Wilds and Lil’ Dicky on Friday night at Nikki Beach, sponsored by SCOPE, VH1 and BMI.

As usual, there are lots of cool things happening at The Standard Miami (40 Island Avenue, South Beach) during the week including: The Standard X The Posters launch of their collab poster by Miami-based artist Jim Drain to celebrate the hotel’s 10th anniversary (available in the hotel’s gift shop), a VIP-only cocktail party hosted by Andre Saraiva, a book signing with Cheryl Dunn for her “Festivals Are Good,” a “chopped art” party with the Bruce High Quality Foundation and, of course, there’s the annual Lazy Sunday BBQ hosted this year by Creative Time on December 6th.

The design team of George Yabu & Glenn Pushelberg return to the BASEMENT nightclub in the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel (2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) for an invite-only party with London’s Horse Meat Disco crew and special guest Giorgio Moroder on Thursday, December 3rd. They’re also hosting a private luncheon in the hotel’s Matador Room on Friday and launching a biannual “bookazine” called YP: Transformation, with the first issue available exclusively in the EDITION Hotel during AB/MB.

The EDITION also hosts pop-up exhibitions by NYC galleries in two of their fab bungalows: Half Gallery and HarperCollins Publishers will feature paintings by Daniel Heidkamp, an installation by Tom Sachs and book signings by Justin Adian, Sylvie Fleury and Sue Williamson; Salon 94 will have an installation by Jeremy Couillard.

JJeremy Couillard, Bowery Video Wall, 2014PULSE Miami Beach (4601 Collins Avenue, Indian Beach Park) just announced their 2015 series of special projects including: a neon installation by Texas artists Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming, a sculpture called “Trees” by Gordon Holden, a faux apartment building by Chris Jones, “Over and Under” by Francis Trombly and a small architectural piece inspired by Corbusier by New York artist Jim Osman. The fair’s PLAY section for video and new media will be curated by Stacy Engman.

Francis Trombly, Over and Under, 2015Bortolami Gallery is opening a year-long exhibition called “Miami” by the French conceptual artist Daniel Buren on December 1st in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami). The show marks the 50th anniversary of his works with fabric and the 8.7 cm stripe. By periodically installing new works, Buren will also alter the exhibition during the year.

Daniel BurenSpanish luxury fashion house LOEWE (110 NE 39th Street, Miami) opens a group show called “Close Encounters” on Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The artists are Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie and Rose Wylie; and the hosts for the evening are Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe, with Don and Mira Rubell. Invite only.

Anthea Hamilton, Dance, 2012

Previewing their upcoming South Beach studio, SoulCycle will pop-up poolside at the 1 Hotel (2341 Collins Avenue, South Beach) starting on Tuesday, December 1st. They plan to open permanently in the hotel in January 2016.

Absolut Elyx, Sean Kelly Gallery, Paddle8 and Water For People celebrate WATER, “the most important drink in the world,” with a private charity auction and party at the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on Thursday, December 3rd, 7 to 10 p.m. Look for a live performance by the Swedish singer Elliphant and a DJ set by Jasmine Solano.

ElliphantPhoto Cred. Corey OlsenRicardo Barroso and Eva Longoria celebrate the launch of “Ricardo Barroso Interiors” at Casa Tua (1700 James Avenue, South Beach) on December 3rd. The book includes 240 color photographs of his past and present work, with an accompanying text by Barroso and Fionn Petch and a foreword by Longoria. Invite only.

Ricardo BarrosoMolteni (4100 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) celebrates their 80th anniversary on December 3rd, 7 to 10 p.m., with a VIP soiree featuring “Amare Gio Ponti,” the first film about the legendary Italian architect and designer.
Libertine, one of the new clubs in downtown Miami’s 24-hour party district, hosts a release party for Nakid Magazine‘s latest issue and their cover artist Jen Stark on Friday night, December 4th. Stark recently collab’ed with Miley Cyrus on MTV’s VMA Awards and has a new installation at Miami International Airport.

Jen StarkCorona brings their “Electric Beach” to the Clevelander Hotel (1020 Ocean Drive, South Beach) on December 5th, 3 to 8 p.m., with a live performance by Chilean artist DASIC, and tons of music from Craze, Astronomar, Ape Drums and TJ Mizell.

DasicBrown Jordan and Sunbrella are getting together to showcase photographs by Gray Malin at a sneak-peek preview of Brown Jordan’s new store in the Design District. The invite-only opening is on Thursday, and the store should be open at the beginning of the new year. Some of the photos from the show will be on view there permanently and others are from Malin’s personal collection.

Gray Milan, A La Plage, 2012The Surf Lodge pops-up all week at The Hall South Beach Hotel (1500 Collins Avenue, South Beach) with a series of invite-only artist dinners, events and performances.

New Contemporary Art Centers in Miami Make it a Global Art Destination



The new ICA Miami, backed by the Braman family of Miami, who themselves own a collection of modern and contemporary art worth well over a billion dollars, will literally be next door to the de la Cruz Collection in Miami’s white-hot Design District when it debuts in 2016. The ICA Miami joins upcoming Faena Art Center from Buenos Aires in Miami Beach and the nearby Rubell Family Collection and the Margulies Warehouse, the Perez Art Museum and the Cisneros Fontanals (CIFO) (all in Miami) making the city into an instant international leader in the exhibition of modern and contemporary art. The Bass Museum in Miami Beach is expanding its exhibition space by several thousand square feet. No other city in North America outside of New York and Los Angeles has expanded its cultural infrastructure in the arena of modern and contemporary art exhibition making in the U.S. Already the existing powerhouse players have made Miami a world-class destination, especially during the annual new edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Its been my experience that the volume and tremendous quality of 20th and 21st century contemporary art shown in Miami is a special not-to-miss treat every December, as several world-class exhibitions are held simultaneously and are open during the crush of the Art Basel Miami Beach tidal cultural tidal wave.

We can’t wait for all the construction dust to settle to see the fireworks begin  as these new venues bring even greater depth of exhibition capabilities than ever to Miami.

Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles.


faena forum by OMA to open in miami beach in december 2015

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Dec 11, 2014

faena forum by OMA to open in miami beach in december 2015

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dec 05, 2014

it has been announced that ‘faena forum‘, a groundbreaking new center for arts and culture designed by rem koolhaas of OMA, is to open in miami beach in december 2015. the 50,000 square foot institution will be dedicated to the development of cross-disciplinary cultural programing, intended to encourage collaborations across artistic, intellectual, and geographic divides.

Rendering of the Latin American Art Museum

Latin American Art Museum, Miami | Scheduled opening: 2016

Wynwood art gallery owner Gary Nader revealed his plans for the $50 million museum, designed by Fernando Romero Enterprise. The 90,000-square-foot museum will feature permanent and rotating exhibits, space for emerging artists and a top floor restaurant.

ICA Miami Sculpture Garden

ICA Miami’s New Building in the Design District!

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will build its new, permanent home in Miami’s Design District, on land generously donated by Miami Design District Associates. Located on NE 41 Street, the new 37,500-square-foot building is being designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, marking their first US project to date.

Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, and a 15,000 sq ft public sculpture garden, the new building enables ICA Miami to expand its reach and programs, dedicated to promoting the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.

Reviews of Art Basel Miami Beach and Satellite Fairs 2014


What Not to Miss at Miami’s Satellite Art Fairs


Though Art Basel Miami Beach is this week's main event for the 75,000 art fans who have flocked to the city, nearly two dozen satellite fairs offer a chance to see equally thought-provoking work. Here, "Untitled Rorschach #2," one of the pieces commissioned by the Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties for Danziger Gallery's booth at Pulse.
Though Art Basel Miami Beach is this week’s main event for the 75,000 art fans who have flocked to the city, nearly two dozen satellite fairs offer a chance to see equally thought-provoking work. Here, “Untitled Rorschach #2,” one of the pieces commissioned by the Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties for Danziger Gallery’s booth at Pulse.CreditCourtesy Timorous Beasties and Danziger Gallery

With nearly two dozen satellite fairs taking place in Miami during the city’s art week, navigating the scene can be difficult for any of the 75,000 or so collectors and art enthusiasts expected to be in town. For the most part, each alternative fair covers a certain niche in the art market; NADA, for instance, is dedicated to “exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the ‘art establishment,’” while Pulse calls itself “the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art.” Select embraces the local community, and, according to its curator, Tim Goossens, positions itself as an “international, smaller-scale, digestible fair with a focus on artist commissions.” Untitled, which attracts visitors with its gorgeous beachfront location, focuses on emerging and midcareer contemporary art. Here, a few of the highlights to scope out.

Timorous Beasties at Pulse

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, the Scottish duo known as Timorous Beasties, made a name for themselves in graphic and textile design with their enchanting, historically influenced prints, resulting in collaborations with Nike, Liberty of London and Philip Treacy. The gallerist James Danziger of Danziger Gallery was so taken with their work that he visited them in Glasgow and commissioned them to create their first pieces for an art exhibition — three vivid Rorschach-influenced works printed with ink on velvet. The results will be on display at Danziger Gallery’s booth at Pulse from Dec. 4 through 7.

Rashaad Newsome’s homage to hip-hop’s best emcees at Select

The New York-based artist Rashaad Newsome went to the New York hip-hop stations Hot 97 and Power 105 to ask listeners who they thought were the best emcees of all time. Everyone from Jay Z to Tupac to M.I.A. turned up on the list, and with the help of Adobe After Effects, Newsome scanned their most iconic music videos for specific movements of the lips, hands and body. Newsome then took all the cuts and set them against the six movements of Carl Orff’s dark iconic choral piece “Carmina Burana.” The result is “The Conductor,” a spectacular mash-up of clips that dissects the gestural language of virtually every hip-hop great imaginable. The installation is on display at the Select fair, and on December 5, Mykki Blanco — who is also one of the rappers in the piece — will perform for visitors.


From left: Swoon's "Thalassa" (2011), on view at the Swizz Beatz-curated "The Dean Collection" at Scope; several of the decorated coffins in Ebony G. Patterson's "Bling Funeral" series at Untitled.
From left: Swoon’s “Thalassa” (2011), on view at the Swizz Beatz-curated “The Dean Collection” at Scope; several of the decorated coffins in Ebony G. Patterson’s “Bling Funeral” series at Untitled.Credit Courtesy the artist and Scope; courtesy the artist and Untitled

Digital art abounds

New-media art is on the rise, and according to East Hampton Shed curator Nate Hitchcock, “The works currently being made that are reflecting on technological production and its discontents are coming into their own.” Head to either room 1034 or the Artsy booth at NADA and discover the second edition of “#ArtsyTakeover,” a site-specific installation by WALLPAPERS, an artist collective founded by Nicolas Sassoon, Sara Ludy and Sylvain Sailly. Curated by Artsy’s Julia Colavita and Hitchcock, “each 50-inch screen displays an animated .gif file that seamlessly transitions into the adjacent image,” says Hitchcock. “The result is a moving patterned texture, appearing in part as wallpaper.” Over at Pulse, the new-media scholar Lindsay Howard curated the fair’s digital platform, Pulse Play, which features pieces by Tilo Baumgaertel, Alexandra Gorczynski, Carlo Ferraris, and Tracey Snelling and Idan Levin.

Swizz Beatz moonlights as a curator

You may know him as Swizz Beatz, but Kaseem Dean is more than just the Grammy-winning music producer known for developing the rhythms of chart toppers like T.I. and Beyoncé. The avid art collector is curating “The Dean Collection” at this year’sScope, which features a series of works throughout the fair by the artists Cleon Peterson, D*Face, Lyle Owerko, Sandra Chevrier and the street artist Swoon, who contributed “Thalassa,” a towering depiction of the Greek goddess inspired by the tragic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Ebony G. Patterson’s Bling Funeral series at Untitled

Yes, Untitled takes place on the beach — but there’s also a lot of thought-provoking work in the fair, notably at the Chicago gallery Monique Meloche‘s booth. The Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson explored the phenomenon of “bling funerals” among Kingston’s lower classes through a series of caskets adorned with rich prints that were marched along the city’s streets in a performance-art piece last spring; seen in installation, they exemplify the old expression “You may not have noticed me when I was alive, but you will damn well see me as I leave.”

Richard Prince and “Mana Monumental” at Mana Miami

For its inaugural art fair, Mana Miami organized a trio of exhibitions, including over a dozen never-before-exhibited 2003 collaged works by Richard Prince in the VIP room that features his signature themes: jokes, faces and vulgar illustrations. The “Mana Monumental” exhibition shows off massive paintings by blue-chip names like Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, David Salle and Urs Fischer.

The art of the selfie

Selfie-obsessed art fans will encounter countless pieces of work ripe for auto-portraiture throughout the week’s alternative fairs. At Miami Project, Thomas Glassford has a piece made of mirrored Plexiglas and anodized aluminum at Quint Gallery. An ever-evolving, changing-hued wall by Phillip K. Smith III at Royale Projects is an option at Untitled for those who need a little color in their lives; and at Scope, Ken Borochov has created an oval mirror framed by neon lights and its title, “Selfie,” at Mordekai. Viva #artselfie.

Jason Farango. The Guardian London

One Way: Peter Marino Art Basel review – a spectacle of decadence

Bass Museum of Art, Miami
This show of the leather-clad architect’s private collection suggests that art’s recession into fashion and luxury is not just inevitable but to be celebrated

Curator Jérôme Sans posing next to wax Peter Marino
Curator Jérôme Sans posing next to wax Peter Marino. Photograph: Jason Farago/The Guardian

The exhibition starts on a long ramp ascending from the ground floor to the main galleries upstairs, whose usually white walls have been covered in black unspooled videotape: an intervention by the artist Gregor Hildebrandt, whose dark luminescence sets the tone of high-end punk. Against this backdrop, in recessed spaces, are paintings from Marino’s collection: universally black and white, and utterly unconcerned with art history or for that matter quality. Ideas are out, looks are in. An important painting by Rudolf Stingel, one of the most trenchant interrogators of the possibilities of abstraction, hangs next to a vapidDan Colen; a fine Christopher Wool is displayed next to, no joke, a projection of a Chanel runway show. (The show has been organized by Jérôme Sans, a peripatetic French curator.)

Paintings by Loris Gréaud, Dan Colen, and Rudolf Stingel hung side by side.

Paintings by Loris Gréaud, Dan Colen, and Rudolf Stingel hung side-by-side. Photograph: Jason Farago/The Guardian

But even the luxe leather bar does not prepare you for the subsequent galleries: first, a dozen images (hung cheek-by-jowl, like at an auction preview or a storage facility) of Marino himself, biceps bulging out of his leather vest, as well as a Madame Tussaud’s-style wax sculpture perfect for selfie snappers. Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, that earlier leather lover, against walls covered in shiny black cowhide. Dozens of flatscreen televisions projecting Marino’s luxury boutique designs: Armani, Bulgari, Chanel, Dior, all the way from LA to the Gulf, as well as a model of one of his Louis Vuitton stores. And, in the last room, of all things, an opera: a multi-screen video recording of Glück’s Orfeo ed Euridice, performed last year in Marino’s own house and reconstituted here with custom furniture, a shimmering silver backdrop, and all the trimmings.

Mapplethorpes against leather wall.

Mapplethorpes against leather wall. Photograph: Jason Farago/The Guardian

It is, in a word, obscene. And yet there is something almost perversely admirable about the overtness of its obscenity – the show’s unconcerned commingling of art and commerce, its total indifference to history and scholarship, its assurance that art’s recession into fashion and luxury is not just inevitable but something to be celebrated. Philanthropy is marketing, alas, but this show takes it to new heights. Too many luxury brands to count have stumped up to support the show, and here’s something I’ve never seen before: individual galleries bear the names of luxury sponsors. “This gallery is sponsored by Chanel.” “This gallery is sponsored by Louis Vuitton.”

An Anselm Kiefer and a Georg Baselitz.



An Anselm Kiefer and a Georg Baselitz. Photograph: Jason Farago/The Guardian

The funny thing is that he actually owns some truly major works of art. Along with numerous Stingels, you’ll see some important photographs by Thomas Struth, a totemic Baselitz sculpture I liked more than I thought I would, and there’s even aRobert Ryman white monochrome if you can find it shunted near the emergency exit. (Female artists are not his thing; I counted just three – Paola Pivi, Claude Lalanne, and Michal Rovner – alongside more than 40 men, though Marino’s wife Jane Trapnell collaborated on the opera.) If a private collector wants to hang such important works in such decadent circumstances, that’s no concern of mine. Whether a nonprofit museum should be the forum for this, though, is a thornier matter.

Most Of The Art On Display At Art Basel Miami Was Crap

art basel miami 2014REUTERS/Andrew InnerarityAn attendee looks over art at Art Basel in Miami Beach December 4, 2014. An estimated 70,000 art enthusiasts have converged on the city during its annual contemporary “Art Week,” centered around an event called the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.

Extremely reasonable questions put forth by the 2014 BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors, these queries appeared especially intriguing during the latest iteration of Art Basel in Miami Beach (ABMB).

A positively gilded affair that looks increasingly beholden to a global art-as-asset aesthetic, this year’s ABMB featured lots of shiny surfaces, stacks of joke paintings, and enough zombie abstraction to inspire several remakes of World War Z.

The fair’s thronged aisles of mostly uniform wares also sparked a few less politic questions. Among them: Who buys all this shit?

The answer, of course, is a growing connoisseur class that has developed a special predilection for what is, without a doubt, the new art of the 21st century—art fair art. Because a growing number of financial players increasingly see art as having permanent value, these masters of the universe have successfully redrawn the global art world (as well as its proliferating entertainments) in their plutocratic likeness.

Among the signs of the new times is the newfound comfort many artists have developed with art entrepreneurship’s boldface names. These are the Aby Rosens, Alberto Mugrabis, and Stefan Simchowitzes of the world. More powerful still are their growing legion of imitators.

Where artists were once predictably wary of such dealer-collectors, they are now extremely solicitous of their money—if the loads of sunny paintings and mirrored sculptures on view at this year’s ABMB are any indication. Among the latter, there are Bertrand Lavier’s transparent acrylic painting on mirror Harrogate (2014) at Kewenig and Doug Aitken’s EXIT (large) (2014), a flashy take on the “Exit” sign, composed of powder coated steel and mirror at Regen Projects. Artists and their galleries shipped in scads more mirrored works and upbeat art fair art to match the Black Friday-like consumption that would follow. It did, in money-laden spades. More reason, it would seem, for artists up and down the art market ladder to scrap their critical inhibitions, stop worrying and love the M-bomb.

At ABMB 2014, that love officially became infatuation. Today, the 13-year-old fair can be said to specialize not just in blue chip art (everything from Basquiat and Bacon paintings to photo-based works by Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince), but in a cheery brand of content-free stuff that actively caters to the tastes of the global collecting class. Handsome, glitzy, and insubstantial to the point of being as light as air, this kind of art perfectly patronizes the tastes of today’s high net worth individuals. Not unlike the effects of 19th century academic painting on the French bourgeoisie, this newfangled art Pompier is designed to be overblown and insincere (or ironic, take your pick), yet hold or increase its value while providing, in turn, an exquisite reflection of the worldview of the new overclass. But what to do when the triumph of pretty pictures—sometimes extremely pretty pictures—leaves art in the lurch with regard to the globe’s other 99.99 percent?

Inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, it was as if Ferguson and the Eric Garner verdict had never happened—though angry pilots did protest ABMB’s longtime sponsor NetJets outside the fair entrance over planned cuts and shrinking benefits, and Ferguson-related protests sprang up elsewhere in the city. With the notable exception of the very few artworks that featured critical content—among them, Kendell Geers’s police baton sculpture in the shape of a pentagram at Goodman Gallery and Ana Mendieta’s wrenching video of a 1975 blood strewn performance at Lelong—the vast majority of objects on view at the fair flattered or directly reflected the superior, detached ideal of today’s megarich. But like with the smooth, artificial academic painting of the 19th century, there are consequences to art fair art’s frivolous disengagement from the world. Here’s one in a golden nugget: beauty is passing, dumb is forever.

Besides Pop-inflected art fair tchotchkes by the usual suspects—Josh Smith (at Mnuchin), Cory Arcangel (at Team), and Sterling Ruby (at Xavier Hufkens)—veteran artists like Mel Bochner also got into the sales act with gusto. One of his dealers counted at least six chuckle-headed text paintings at the fair, while I spied two peppy colorful works from theBlah, Blah, Blah series (2008-2012) in the same aisle. Bjarne Melgaard, a purveyor of highly sexualized and misogynistic provocation, opted to show eight brightly hued primitive gestural paintings at Gavin Brown’s booth—several resembling expressionistic smiley faces. Other artists and galleries making hay while the sun shone last weekend included Damien Hirst’s bright, pharmaceutically-inspired sculptures at Paul Stolper, Sherrie Levine’s suite of hanging colored mirrors at Paula Cooper, and a blithe graffiti canvas by the late Keith Haring at Edward Tyler Nahem.

Another indication that works at art fairs have literally thematized the idea of art as retail therapy were Eric Fischl’s paintings of well-heeled buyers standing around perusing the displays at—where else?—art fairs (one such painting incredibly features a figure in front of an edition of Aitken’s Exit (large), the very same one hung at the booth at Regen Projects). Works like these lead to a natural conclusion: artists across the board are as comfortable as luxury department store clerks with romancing the billfold. But the new art fair art is not just sales-savvy, it’s cynical. Exhibit A is Arcangel’s Going Negative/Lakes (2014), a flatscreen TV turned on its side. Its linguistic jiu-jitsu reads: “Fuck Negativity.”

Of course, even a small Jeff Koons work is capable of encapsulating the artistic zeitgeist better than his legions of zombie children. His mirror piece at Gagosian’s stand is not just the costly vanity piece that launched tens of thousands reflective objects, it is the perfect synecdoche for a vastly improved brand of strategic art that may have finally relegated contemporary art’s critical power to the dustbin of history. In the words of New York magazine’s Carl Swanson, Koons’ vapid works routinely repeat the question that matters most in today’s art world: “Who’s the fairest collector of them all?”

But the last word on the material that dominated the floor of ABMB 13 goes to Rafael Ferrer, an underknown artist whose neon sign Red, White & Blue ARTFORHUM (1971/2014) (at Henrique Faria Fine Art) presciently antedates the use of this now ubiquitous material. More than four decades after it was conceived, the answer to Ferrer’s implied question is all too obvious. Without the winners of a lopsided global economy and the artists who dutifully butter them up, the vast majority of the crap on view last week in Miami would not exist.

Miami Art Basel Countdown Report 2014

EVERY YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGES FOR MIAMI ART BASEL AND ITS SATELLITE FAIRS AND MONSTER PRIVATE COLLECTION SHOWS AND SMALL BUT AMAZING MUSEUM SHOWS. This year may be more different than any we’ve seen since Fireplace Chats began going to Miami for Art Basel starting in 2005. First off is the return of the art fairs to from Miami to Miami Beach. The Pulse Fair is the most recent to decamp from Miami and will be centrally located south of NADA (which moved from Miami to Miami Beach a couple/three years ago). The Scope Fair is spending its second season in Miami Beach in South Beach; not far away is the Untitled Fair, which debuted on Miami Beach and remains there with an even more potent program than ever before. Art Miami and its Context Art Fair, and its Miami Beach fair – Aqua Art Miami, together offer over 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space for during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Miami Project fair still has serious game in Miami, and is joined this year by the newest Miami art Fair: Concept Art Fair. The guaranteed superb museum retrospective experience will be of the work of the leading abstract painter in South America, Beatriz Milhazes, at PAMM. The brand new ICA Miami, formed by the former board of North Miami MoCA, will have its debut show in the Design District. North Miami MoCA will have a show by a Nigerian artist curated by an African art scholar. According to the NYTimes, Mana (the massive full service contemporary art venture in Jersey City  has invested in group of buildings covering five blocks, Mana will host an art fair in Miami in December. The several private collection exhibitions are described in the Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 press release:

“Reflecting the show’s long-term impact on the local art scene, South Florida’s leading
museums and private collections will again time their strongest exhibitions of the year to
coincide with Art Basel. Visitors from across the world will have an opportunity to view the
city’s internationally renowned private collections.”
Public Opening Night, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Collins Park on Wednesday, December 3, from 8.30 pm to 10pm. The Public sector is free of charge and open to the public from December 4 to December 7. Tours will be offered daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
(CIFO) will show ‘Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict/Abstract Art in the Ella Fontanals-
Cisernos Collection’, featuring works exhibited for the first time at the CIFO Art Space.
‘Beneath The Surface’ at the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space will include
work by Félix González-Torres, Wade Guyton, Rob Pruitt, Dana Schutz and
Kelley Walker, among others.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse will celebrate
its 15th anniversary with an exhibition of work by Pier Paolo Calzolari, John
Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer,
Donald Judd, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Mario
Merz, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, George Segal, Richard
Serra, Tony Smith, Do-Ho-Suh, Franz West and others.
The Rubell Family Collection
will present ‘Collection Overview/50 Years of Marriage’.”

looking forward to seeing you all there in sun and fun Miami Beach and Miami! Vincent Johnson Los Angeles



Dominique Levy to Bring TRUE GRIT to Art Basel Miami Beach, 12/4-7

November 24
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Dominique Levy to Bring TRUE GRIT to Art Basel Miami Beach, 12/4-7From December 4 through 7, 2014, Dominique Lévy will present the exhibition TRUE GRIT at Art Basel Miami Beach. With significant works created from the 1970s through the 1990s, the show is inspired by the potent themes that transformed Charles Portis’ 1968 novel True Grit – and the 1969 Academy Award-winning film based upon it – into bona fide milestones of American popular culture celebrated worldwide. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, and photography by Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Gilbert & George, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Peter Regli, Thomas Schütte, Kazuo Shiraga, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Günther Uecker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool.

The original story of Portis’ True Grit is told from the perspective of an Arkansas woman named Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 years old and in search of retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel named Tom Chaney. She is aided in her quest by the tough U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn and a young Texas Ranger called LeBoeuf, unlikely cohorts who nevertheless share with Mattie a single defining trait: “grit.” Literally a collection of small, hard, abrasive materials such as dirt, ground stone, debris, and the coarse surface of sandpaper, “grit” is also a marked steeliness of character – a mixture of determination, fearlessness invincible spirit, and willingness to be society’s outsider for the sake of a goal.

TRUE GRIT at Art Basel Miami Beach focuses on interrelated thematic threads harkening back to both definitions of the word “grit”, to unrefined materials and the archetype of the outsider. In a strictly black, white, and red color palette, the works on view have evolved specifically from artistic attitudes of true grit – unwavering consistency, fearlessness, and the willingness to tread untested turf conceptually and materially.

Among TRUE GRIT’s highlights are works made by Gilbert & George, David Hammons, and Keith Haring via materials and techniques that exude the grittiness of the pre-gentrification streets London’s East End (“The London Nobody Knows”) and New York’s East Village and Harlem in the 1970s and 1980s. Also on view are daring explorations of tough, untested industrial materials, such as Alberto Burri’s visionary experiments with acrovinyl and cellotex to create the “Crettos” that resemble the cracked surface of a desert floor. Günther Uecker’s obsessive hammering of oversized nails onto the picture plane and Frank Stella’s determinedly hand-built works from scraps of metal, industrial detritus, and car paint – rusty and sharp-edged – are primary examples of rough material investigation. Richard Prince, Sigmar Polke, and Christopher Wool have channeled the tough ethos of the of the streets with spray paint; Andy Warhol’s glitter-splattered “Diamond Dust Shoes” nods to the dark, hardened heart of a seductive downtown disco scene; and Richard Serra’s heavily applied paintstick drawings suggest an artist as craggy and indomitable as Portis’ Rooster Cogburn. Perhaps the pivotal work of the exhibition is Barbara Kruger’s large-scale photographic work “Cuando ellos hacen negocios hacen historia,” with its transgressive mantra linking business and history with the mise-en-scène of TRUE GRIT.

Gilbert & George declared in the 1980s, “We want to be completely outside with-whatyoucall-hooligans and tramps.” TRUE GRIT offers a glimpse of a group of exceptional artists’ explorations of the dark hero’s embrace of Portis’ declaration that “outside is a place for shooting.”


Miami’s Top Private Collections

Ty Cole
By Sue Hostetler

Why the best contemporary art in town may not be in museums.

The best counterargument to the outdated canard that Miami is a sun-swept cultural desert is the passion of its private art collectors. Their contemporary holdings are arguably more comprehensive than the local museums’ collections—thankfully, many of them have dedicated spaces to show them off to the public—and their stamp of approval can help turn an emerging artist into a global star practically overnight (as Don and Mera Rubell did with Oscar Murillo). If Art Basel Miami Beach is widely regarded as the catalyst behind South Florida’s cultural renaissance, it was these collectors who laid the groundwork for it. In the pages that follow, Miami’s most influential patrons open their doors.


“We have to remember Miami used to be a beach resort, and we are always trying to compare it to other cities with a rich history of museums and cultural institutions,” says Rosa de la Cruz. Ironically, her world-class collection and vociferous support of the contemporary art scene in Miami are among the reasons such comparisons are increasingly apt.

Rosa and her husband, Carlos, met as teenagers in their native Cuba. They left for Spain just after the revolution to seek political asylum. In 1975 they settled in Miami, where Carlos made his fortune in beverage distribution. The couple began collecting con­temporary art about 25 years ago to decorate a new home, without ever dreaming it would turn into the full-fledged passion that it has.

Recently, the de la Cruzes have been taking local cultural institutions to task for becoming “banquet halls and country clubs” prizing elitist social functions over bringing art to the community. “The collectors in Miami realize the importance of opening our spaces to the public,” Rosa says.

For years they allowed visitors into their art-filled Key Biscayne mansion during Art Basel for legendary dinner parties. In 2009 the collection outgrew the home, and the couple opened the 30,000-square-foot de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space in the Design District. Open year-round and free of charge, the space hosts rotating exhibitions from their stellar collection (including names like Isa Genzken, Christopher Wool and Dana Schutz). “Our space is an extension of our home,” Rosa says. “No room is private. I like when visitors tell me they would love to live there!”

For Rosa, the acquisition of works is less rewarding than the ability to foster a thriving local arts culture. With that in mind, the de la Cruzes have also established residencies for artists and invited them to create site-specific installations. At 23 NE 41st St.;


On their first day of law school at the University of Miami, in 1978, Dennis and Debra (née Schwartz) Scholl were seated next to each other, per the class’s alphabetical arrange­ment. Their foray into collecting began just as for­tuitously as that first meet­ing. “During law school we needed a job,” recalls Dennis, “so we both worked in a gallery that sold art that matched your sofa! But that allowed us to learn a lot about what makes a great piece of art.”

Both practiced law, though Debra made a name for herself as one of the first historic developers of Art Deco buildings in South Beach, completing more than 20 restorations.

For 35 years the Scholls have earned recognition for their experimental collection and their generosity. Most recently they donated more than 300 works to the Pérez Art Museum Miami—with an emphasis on sculpture by artists like Olafur Eliasson and photography by Catherine Opie and Anna Gaskell.

Each year the couple selects a young guest curator to reinstall work from their 1,000-plus-piece collection during Art Basel, then opens their South Beach apartment to thousands of visitors. “Miami has a very committed group of collectors who are willing to turn their collections outward,” says Dennis, who is now the vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation.

Debra, who is the chair of the board of directors for one of the coolest alternative arts spaces in town—Locust Projects—finds Miami singular for its utter lack of pretense. “Miami is a very open city—you don’t have to be fifth generation to get involved on the highest level.” Collection viewing by invitation only.


“I don’t drink wine, so that wasn’t an option [to collect],” says Martin “Marty” Margulies. “And I don’t want to be reminded that time is constantly going by, so watches were out, too. I relate to the visual arts because of the great imprint art makes on your mind.”

Raised in Washington Heights, New York, Margulies moved to Miami in his late twenties after serving in the army and attending Wharton Business School to capitalize on the “virgin” real estate market and be near his retired parents. He began collecting modern and contemporary art in the ’70s and photography in the ’90s. The collection eventually grew so large that “my curator, Katherine Hinds, pointed out that we were running out of space in the apartment,” Margulies recalls. So, in 1998, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse was born.

Creating the 45,000-square-foot, Wynwood-based space accomplished two important objectives: “It allowed the collection to expand into new areas such as large-scale installations and video,” he says, “and we were able to use the Warehouse as a vehicle to educate young people.” He is particularly dedicated to opening the space to Miami-Dade County public-school students. As Hinds says, “Today contemporary art originates from every corner of the globe. The firsthand exposure to different cultures through great art is valuable and not available in the schools.”

Margulies feels that Art Basel’s coming to Miami was a no-brainer. “In the early days I got a call from the mayor of Miami Beach saying he was taking suggestions about the fair coming to town,” he recalls. “My response was, ‘Don’t listen to any suggestions, because Art Basel is the Super Bowl of the art world.’” Margulies doesn’t think that the subsequent cultural revitalization has been fully realized, though. “The current art scene here, contrary to public perception, is still in the very early stages,” he says. At 591 NW 27th St.;


Over the last 30 years, Norman and Irma Braman have watched Miami transform from a drug-fueled dystopia to a top cultural destination. “In the late ’80s and ’90s, Miami had a terrible reputation worldwide,” Norman says. “The racial difficulties and crime against tourists…Miami was ripped apart in a Time magazine article called ‘Paradise Lost’ The art scene really was what revolutionized the city.”

As a major collector, Norman rightly claims some credit for that revolution. Both he and his wife, Irma, believed early on that bringing Art Basel to Miami would not only help solve the city’s PR problem but would also be good for business. “We thought it could be a very successful enterprise,” he says. “We kept speaking to [former director of Art Basel] Lorenzo Rudolf, who, after careful analysis and deliberation, persuaded the board in Switzerland to come to Miami. And now it is by far the most important fair in the States.”

The 81-year-old made his fortune selling pharmaceuticals and cars—his name adorns dealerships around the city. Outside Miami, he’s best known as a former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.

He and Irma began collecting in the late ’70s after visiting the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. They were so entranced with the works of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró that they returned five times in two years to see the changing exhibitions, finally deciding to buy a few Calders. Fast-forward nearly four decades, and their blue-chip collection—much of it on display at their spectacular Indian Creek Island residence—now includes the largest private holding of works by Calder. The 240-piece trove also contains works by Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns.

Married for 58 years, the Bra­mans reportedly have $900 million of their $1.6 billion net worth invested in art. In 2011 the Bramans announced that they intended to sell their collection to fund med­ical research. Collection viewing by invitation only.


Perhaps no collectors loom larger on the Miami contemporary art landscape than Don and Mera Rubell. As they demonstrated in 2012, when they offered a residency to then-little-known Colombian artist Oscar Murillo—whose paintings now command hundreds of thousands—they have the power to anoint art royalty. (Murillo created 50 works during his five-week residency—the Rubells bought every one.)

The couple began collecting in the ’60s in New York City while she was a schoolteacher (earning $100 a week) and he was a medical student. “Our first impulse was to cover the holes in the walls of our Chelsea walk-up apartment with art posters rather than plaster and paint,” laughs Mera, who has maintained a teacher’s ability to communicate passion. “We met young artists in the storefronts around our neighborhood who were happy to work out long-term payment schedules for their original works. For some years, it was literally $5 per week per artist!”

The Rubells moved to Miami in 1992 because of the cheap and seemingly limitless real estate opportunities—and because their children were already there. “With little money, you could own amazing property,” says Don. “Virtually every building in South Beach was for sale.”

Mera continues, “As a collector, nothing is more frus­trating than having your artwork in storage. The only way to experience our art was to follow it to places where it was being exhibited. Miami was such a wide-open frontier that we were able to buy a 45,000-square-foot former DEA facility,” which they converted into the Rubell Family Collection, “for less than it cost to get a storage space in Manhattan.”At 95 NW 29th St.;


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The Marina Abramovic Institute Announces Special Events for Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/

Today in a press release, the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) announced a new series of “collaborative events and public installations” that will happen during this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ art fairs in December.

The first will be a collaboration with the Beyeler Foundation and will take place at their booth at Art Basel. Designed by Marina Abramovic, the event will involve attendees and what we are going to call #ArtBaselNaps. “Participants, guided by trained facilitators, will be encouraged to lie down, rest, and sleep with no time restriction,” reads the release. “This exercise will offer the public an opportunity to slow down within the lively, fast-paced environment of Art Basel.”

MAI will also present Abramovic’s Counting the Rice exercise, a long durational exercise that requires that participants separate grains of rice from lentils. on wooden tables designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Moroso, the Italian design company. The exercise will be presented in the Miami District as well as during Design Miami/. At the fair, two special design objects will be used: the Libeskind table and the Portal chair by Patricia Urquiola.

The Slow Motion Walk exercise will also be presented in Miami from Dec. 4 through Dec 7. at the YoungArts Jewel Box. The exercise will be facilitated by Abramovic collaborator Lynsey Peisinger and performance artist Brittany Bailey​, and presented in collaboration with the National YoungArts Foundation.

The final announcement is that the IMMATERIAL Volume 1 ebook will launch at Art Basel on Dec. 1 to $2+/month subscribers at That’s a lot to keep track of, so check and the MAI Hudson Tumblr, where photographs and updates will be posted from the coming events.


Art Basel Miami Announces Public: 26 Sculptures Transforming Collins Park - ArtLyst Article image

Art Basel Miami Announces Public: 26 Sculptures Transforming Collins Park


As a highlighted feature of Art Basel Miami 2014, 26 works by international artists will transform Collins Park into a sculpture garden. Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, returns for his second year curating Art Basel’s Public sector. Under the theme Fieldwork, Public will transform Miami Beach’s Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with 26 large-scale and site-specific installations by leading and emerging artists from 13 countries. Produced in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art for the fourth consecutive year, the sector will include work by Georg Baselitz, Lynda Benglis, Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Ana Luiza Dias Batista, Sam Ekwurtzel, Elmgreen & Dragset, Faivovich & Goldberg, Nuria Fuster, Ryan Gander, Jeppe Hein, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alfredo Jaar, Gunilla Klingberg, Jose Carlos Martinat, Justin Matherly, Olaf Metzel, Sam Moyer, Ernesto Neto, Ugo Rondinone, Nancy Rubins, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jessica Stockholder, Barthélémy Toguo, Tatiana Trouvé, and Hank Willis Thomas with Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks.

Focusing on the potential for public art to challenge artists and viewers, Nicholas Baume’s curatorial premise of Fieldwork will center on the idea of experimentation. In Collins Park artists will try out their ideas and verify them ‘in the field’. Public will include several site-specific works conceived especially for the exhibition by Ryan Gander, Sam Moyer and Jessica Stockholder. Some of the selected works will engage with the architecture of Collins’ Park, like Ugo Rondinone’s intervention on the Bass Museum façade or Alfredo Jaar’s on the park’s rotunda. This year, the sector will extend beyond Collins Park to include a performance-installation by Gunilla Klingberg on the nearby beach, where an intricate geometric pattern will be imprinted into the sand every morning, gradually being erased over the course of the day.

Both Lynda Benglis and Tatiana Trouvé will be represented with works that reconceive the classical fountain, while Nancy Rubins’ and Nuria Fuster’s works will give new meaning to found objects and scrap materials. Familiar images will shift scale and significance in sculptures by Yinka Shonibare MBE and Barthélémy Toguo, while perceptions of space and form will be challenged by Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Jeppe Hein and Jessica Jackson Hutchins.

On display will be one of Georg Baselitz’s rare bronzes; Ana Luiza Dias Batista’s scaled replica of a popular 1980’s Brazilian amusement park attraction; and Elmgreen & Dragset’s formal golden-bronze equestrian statue of a young boy riding a rocking horse, a scaled version of the artists’ Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Also on view will be nós sonhando [spacebodyship] (2014), a sculpture by Ernesto Neto that functions as a playful double hammock for two, giving visitors the opportunity to slow down and pause. Sam Ekwurtzel’s mole tunnels cast in aluminum and Jose Carlos Martinat’s cacophonous audio-mechanical installation will reflect on art history. History and politics will come together in Faivovich & Goldberg’s 3.6-ton sculpture composed of 12 fragments that render the contour of the Chaco province of Argentina, as well as in Olaf Metzel’s sculpture revolving around recent American history. Meanwhile, Hank Willis Thomas and collaborators from the Cause Collective will invite visitors to record their own truth within a portable and inflatable Truth Booth in the shape of a giant cartoon speech bubble.

As in the past two years, a selection of artworks will remain installed in Collins Park through March 2015 as part of tc: temporary contemporary, which is present by the Bass Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

A series of live performances will be presented on Public’s Opening Night on Wednesday, December 3. Alix Pearlstein will invite actors carrying illumination panels to circulate amongst the crowd, at times spotlighting artworks and other objects. Ryan Gander will equip curator Nicholas Baume with two bodyguards, heightening the visibility and the actions of the curator. The boundary between stage and audience will be disrupted with Christian Falsnaes’ participatory collective performance, in which a large- scale structure is continuously spray painted, torn down, displayed and subsequently rebuilt. Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper will transform the Collins Park Rotunda into a pulsating and animated geodesic planetarium, questioning how we locate ourselves within the vast universe of seen and unseen forces.

Public Opening Night, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Collins Park on Wednesday, December 3, from 8.30 pm to 10pm. The Public sector is free of charge and open to the public from December 4 to December 7. Tours will be offered daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.

Collins Park is located between 21st and 22nd Street, in close proximity of the exhibition halls within the Miami Beach Convention Center and adjacent to The Bass Museum of Art.

On Friday, December 5, from 5pm to 6pm, Art Basel’s Salon program will see Nicholas Baume in conversation with Ryan Gander, Lyz Glynn and Nicolás Goldberg. Art Basel entry tickets include admission to Salon


Mana Miami:
Mana Monumental, Dirty Geometry, GLE at Mana

December 2 – 7, 2014

For its Miami art fair debut, Mana Contemporary presents a compilation
of special projects all reflecting an organizational mission of collaboration and community. Held on Mana’s Wynwood campus in a 140,000-square-foot facility spread over 22 acres, the shows will take place in conjunction with Art Basel Miami.


Featuring Aboudia, Doug Argue, José Bedia, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Stanley Casselman, Ofri Cnaani, Sante D’Orazio, Carole A. Feuerman, Kate Gilmore, Ron Gorchov, Kaoruko, KAWS, Ben Keating, Eugene Lemay, Alfred Leslie, Yigal Ozeri, Milton Resnick, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Ray Smith, Edvins Strautmanis, and Maxwell Snow.

Scale, spectacle, and community star in this staggering survey of large-scale works by twenty-one artists associated with Mana Contemporary. Titled Mana Monumental, the exhibition features projects that utilize colossal proportions as a means to connect with viewers in a personal, meaningful way — much like Jackson Pollock and Sol Lewitt, whose sizable work effectively enveloped viewers with the sheer experience of confronting them. For Pollock and Lewitt, as with the artists in Mana Monumental, scale contributes to meaning rather than the grandiose, and aims to create an elemental impact that is at once magnificent, heroic, and influential.

Mana Monumental also references Mana’s mission to foster a sense of community in the contemporary art world. By showcasing a diverse roster of artists who have a studio in, have exhibited at, or are otherwise connected to the bourgeoning arts organization, the exhibition acts as a platform that unifies and empowers its participants as group. The project is curated by artist Eugene Lemay, the founder and director of Mana, whose artwork doubles as visually engulfing displays that invite viewers to not only look at, but enter into, their enticing expanse. Through Mana Monumental Lemay, together with a talented troupe of peers, demonstrate the enduring relevance of Barnett Newman’s belief that, in a contemporary context where traditional art subjects and styles are made invalid, it is the sublime that will save us.


Featuring Emilia Azcárate, Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Cecilia Biagini, Sigfredo Chacón, Emilio Chapela, Eduardo Costa, Willys de Castro, Diana de Solares, Marcolina Dipierro, Eugenio Espinoza, Jaime Gili, Mathias Goeritz, Juan Iribarren, Bárbara Kaplan, Ramsés Larzábal, Raúl Lozza, Beatriz Olano, César Paternosto, Alejandro Puente, Luis Roldán, Osvaldo Romberg, Joaquín Torres García, and Horacio Zabala

Curated by artist Osvaldo Romberg, Dirty Geometry showcases work that demonstrates what he sees as a rebellious attempt to separate itself from the tight, rigid theoretical framework perpetuated by traditional notions of geometry. The exhibition’s twenty-three participants, all Latin Americans working in geometric abstraction between 1950 and today, explore a kind of creolization of orthodox geometric style. They effectively reinvent geometry into a notion that is free from theory—a “dirty war,” according to Romberg. Like the controversial French philosopher Georges Bataille, who believed that “divine filth” leads to pure ecstasy, Romberg believes geometry can be made erotic through primal dirt.

Romberg’s Dirty Geometry subverts the strict, systematic, straightforward qualities of geometric forms pioneered by Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian artist and art theorist credited for creating the first purely abstract paintings. While a number of artists, including Mark Rothko and Frank Stella, have experimented with this bold approach, Romberg feels Latin American artists offer some of the most prominent examples of it.

By twisting and reinventing classic shapes using contemporary cultural prisms, the organic, pared-down works in the exhibition question the role of art in the human experience. Playful, colorful, and subtly sexy, the featured practitioners display a solid consciousness of artistic-cultural identity together with a sense of new possibilities.


Featuring Bob Gruen, Charles Hinman, Robert Indiana, Richard Meier, Yigal Ozeri, and Jessica Stockholder.

Mana Contemporary is pleased to present GLE at Mana, an exhibition of limited-edition prints selected from Lichtenstein’s most recent collaborations made in his studio, Gary Lichtenstein Editions (GLE). Now based in a 10,000-square-foot space at Mana, GLE is dedicated to making high-quality, limited-edition prints. GLE at Mana features a selection of work made in collaboration with the visionaries GLE has attracted thus far, showcasing the venture’s creative potential.

Over the course of his forty-year career, Gary Lichtenstein has created a wide range of screen-printed images with industry legends. Known for his distinctive use of color, reflection, and light absorption, the artist’s experimental work is part of permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Chicago Art Institute, among others.


During Mana Miami, Mana Sessions will feature a daily program of roundtable discussions led by prominent art world insiders. These conversations grant visitors an in-depth analysis of critical and current issues facing artists and art professionals. The themes of the talks reflect Mana’s organizational mission of collaboration and community. A full program will be announced soon.




Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper Team Up for Public at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Sarah Cascone, Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Lynda Benglis, Pink Lady (2014. Photo: courtesy Cheim & Read.

Visitors to Art Basel in Miami Beach planning their visits to fairs and parties have yet another great item to add to their itineraries. Twenty-six artworks will transform Miami Beach’s Collins Park into an outdoor sculpture garden for Art Basel Miami’s Public sector. Curated by the Public Art Fund’s Nicholas Baume, in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art, the show will kick off on December 3 with opening festivities featuring four simultaneously occurring performance art pieces from Ryan Gander, Christian Falsnaes, Alix Pearlstein, and a collaboration between Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper.

For opening night, Glynn and Kasper have teamed up on a theoretical physics-based performance, titled cosmo[il]logical. The piece will take place in the park’s rotunda, which will be transformed into a planetarium under a dome structure installed by the artists which will emit both light and sound. It will project images of of the cosmos on the rotunda ceiling while the artists draw with chalk on the felt floor, which has been coated in chalkboard paint.

“The piece is kind of activated through the act of drawing,” Glynn told artnet News in a phone interview, “and the drawings accumulate over the course of the performance…. The performance explores different theories of perception.”

Going all the way back to the big bang for inspiration, Glynn and Kasper will discuss quantum mechanics and string theory in relation to visual art, drawing a distinction between “things that are visually perceptible and things that you believe in but can’t experience through sight alone.”

“In physics, when matter and antimatter collide they destroy each other,” said Glynn. “We go through the history of the origins of the universe and how we can kind of explain our position within it through physics.”

The artists have taken opposite sides in the debate, with Kasper taking the position of antimatter, which, according to Glynn, she has dubbed “invisible dark energy—all of the things that prevent you from getting out of bed in the morning.” Glynn, for her part, will take a more didactic approach. The divide is a reflection of their unique approaches to performance art. “I’m much more of a research-driven person,” said Glynn. “Dawn works much more with improvisation and sound, so it’s kind of the collision of our two practices as well.”

Gander’s suspended sculpture of plastic barrels and an etched metal plaque, titled Never has there been such urgency, or The Eloquent and the Gaga – (Alchemy Box #45), will be on view for the duration of the fair. He will also perform Thank you, but I am promised to the company of my artist this evening during the opening, a piece that centers around Baume, who will be followed throughout the evening by two actual armed bodyguards. As Baume crisscrosses Collins Park that evening, his comings and goings will be all the more noticeable thanks to the imposing presence of the guards being paid to protect him. In effect, curator will become a performer, a part of the very spectacle he is there to oversee, in a unique blending of art and life.

Pearlstein’s performance, The Shining, will also infiltrate the crowd, outfitting a roving group of actors with personal illumination panels, while Falsnaes will actively engage with the audience, encouraging them to participate in the repeated ritualistic building up and breaking down of a large-scale structure in his piece Front.

The full roster of artists, artworks, and galleries for Public 2014 are listed below:

Georg BaselitzLouise Fuller (2013), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Lynda Benglis, Pink Lady (2014), Cheim & Read
Matthias Bitzer, Sleep and echo (2012), Marianne Boesky Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery
Sarah Braman, Door (2013–14), Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Ana Luiza Dias Batista, Eva (Eve), 2014, Galeria Marilia Razuk
Sam Ekwurtzel, Incomplete Open Cubes (2014), Simone Subal Gallery
Elmgreen & Dragset, Powerless Structures, Fig. 101 (2014), Victoria Miro Gallery
Faivovich & Goldberg, Territorio del Chaco (2013), SlyZmud, in cooperation with Nusser & Baumgart, Munich
Nuria Fuster, Pump Iron (2014), Galería Marta Cervera
Ryan Gander, Never has there been such urgency, or The Eloquent and the Gaga – (Alchemy Box #45), 2014, Lisson Gallery
Jeppe Hein, Mirror Angle Fragments (3×60°), 2014, Johann König
Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Him and Me (2014), Johann König
Alfredo Jaar, Culture = Capital (2012/2014), Galerie Lelong, Goodman Gallery, Galerie Thomas Schulte
Gunilla Klingberg, A Sign in Space (2012–ongoing), Galerie Nordenhake
José Carlos Martinat, Manifestos (2014), Revolver Galería
Justin Matherly, The degenerated instinct which turns against life with subterranean vengefulness; See you again in your muck of tomorrow (2010), Paula Cooper Gallery
Olaf Metzel, Untitled (2014), Wentrup
Sam Moyer, Zola (2014), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen
Ernesto Netonós sonhando [Spacebodyship] (2014), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Ugo Rondinone, Untitled (2014), Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Gladstone Gallery
Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris (2013), Gagosian Gallery
Yinka Shonibare, Wind Sculpture IV (2013), James Cohan Gallery
Jessica Stockholder, Angled Tangle (2014), Kavi Gupta Chicago/Berlin
Barthélémy Toguo, In the Spotlight (2007), Galerie Lelong
Tatiana Trouve, Waterfall (2013), Gagosian Gallery
Hank Willis Thomas with Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks, In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), 2011, Goodman Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery

Art Basel in Miami Beach will be on view December 3–7, 2014. A selection of works from Public will remain on view in Collins Park through March 2015 as part of “tc: temporary contemporary.”



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Just six weeks until the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach! The 13th edition of the annual art fair — and all it’s satellite fairs, exhibits, museum and gallery openings (and parties) — begins on Wednesday, December 3rd and runs through the 7th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  The city’s ambitious plan to build a new convention center has now been replaced with a simpler and cheaper “re-model,” but that won’t affect this year’s fair or the expected 75,000+ international visitors.For 2014, ABMB launches a new sector called Survey, featuring “art-historical projects” from thirteen galleries including two rare “Tir-Assemblages” by Niki de Saint Phalle, outsider art by Henry Darger, mid-twentieth century works by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpe and more.  The original “sectors” will also return, including Nova, Positions and Kabinett; plus all the big outdoor, public art projects in Collins Park and the films in SoundScape Park and at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.Due to an on-going fight between two factions of Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami) several members of the museum’s board resigned and started a new museum called the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in the Design District.  MOCA is still alive, and they’re having an opening reception for an exhibition called “Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie” featuring works by the Nigerian artist on December 2nd at 7 p.m.Buckminster-Fullers-Dome.jpgMeanwhile, the Design District is rapidly morphing into “the luxury fashion district” with an incredible transformation of the entire area still underway.  Lots of stores are already open including Prada, Marni, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Louboutin, Cartier, Celine, Pucci, Dior etc. and many more are on the way.  And there’s a new “Palm Court” featuring a Buckminster Fuller dome, an enormous underground parking garage and plans for a condominium building to be designed by Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang. You can follow the progress HERE.Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 2.52.59 PM.pngTo take advantage of all the “luxury” in town for ABMB, The New York Times is hosting an “International Luxury Conference” at the Mandarian Oriental Hotel from December 1st to 3rd with guest speakers including Francois-Henri Pinault, Diane Von Furstenberg, Frida Giannini, Tom Sachs, Diego Della Valle and many more. Tickets are $4250.

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The third edition of the SELECT art fair is making a bold move up to North Miami Beach where they plan to set up a 40,000 square-foot tent to hold over 50 galleries on the beach at 72nd Street. They’ll also use the art deco amphitheater already on the site for installations, performances and exhibitions. Just a few blocks south at 67th Street and Collins Avenue, the NADA fair is back in the Deauville Beach Resort. The whole strip of Miami Beach from the W Hotel on 23rd Street up to the SoHo Beach House on 43rd Street is the hottest new, high-end real estate in town.  This year should see the opening of Ian Schrager’s Miami Beach Edition  hotel (rooms are over $1,000 a night during ABMB) on 29th Street; and construction is also well under way at Alan Faena’s massive $1 billion hotel, condo and art museum complex at 32nd Street with buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Norman Foster.  If your budget won’t cover any of these mid-beach, mega resorts, we suggest the super-cool and trendy Freehand Miami on 27th Street were a co-ed dorm room goes for around $115 per person a night.

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The Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a big gala on November 1st and, during ABMB, they’re planning an exhibition called “One Way: Peter Marino” curated by Jerome Sans.  Marino is a renowned American architect and designer and this show will include art from his private collection plus site-specific installations, an opera collaboration and a series of his bronze boxes.  The opening VIP reception is the evening of December 3rd and it will be open to the public from the 4th until March 29, 2015.

On Thursday, December 4th, the up-and coming UK singer FKA Twigs will be performing at YoungArts and on Friday,  December 5th, they’ve booked the Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize winning recording artist James Blake. Tickets are available HERE. Last year, the National YoungArts Foundation debuted their new home in the old Bacardi building on Biscayne Boulevard and now they’re moving ahead with plans to open a restaurant and performing arts space on the top floor called Ted’s.  Philadelphia’s Stephen Starr Events will handle the food.

Apparently there’s a VIP crisis at Art Basel Miami Beach — or maybe it’s just a clusterf**k. The problem is that too many people were being admitted on Wednesday, so they’ve made a big change this year. Instead of hosting the “Vernissage” during the evening of December 3rd, it will now take place on Thursday morning, with the general public admitted at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, “First Choice VIPs” will still get in at 11 a.m. and “Preview VIPs” at 3 p.m. with the doors closing at 8 p.m. The change will probably leave many people scrambling to find a way in before Thursday, but it should prevent another early shut-down by fire marshals as happened in 2011. Marc Spiegler, Director of Art Basel, explains: “We are confident that this opening structure will allow us to provide our galleries with the best opportunity to spend quality time with both existing and potential patrons.” Overcrowding — or shortage of “quality time” — has also become an issue at Basel in Switzerland and at FRIEZE London, with more VIP days and hours added to keep patrons and galleries happy.

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The Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami) celebrates the first anniversary of their new Herzog & de Meuron-designed home with exhibitions by Beatriz Milhazes, Mario Garcia Torres, Gary Simmons, Geoffrey Farmer and more. They’re also hosting a big party on December 4th, 8 p.m. to midnight, with the electronic supergroup Future Brown (Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of L.A.’s Nguzunguzu and J Cush, founder of NYC record label Lit City Trax) along with special guests including L.A. singer Kelela, Total Freedom from L.A.’s “Wildness” parties, Ian Isiah andMaluca. The band will play on a special stage with an extreme-watersports performance on Biscayne Bay as the backdrop. The party is a DIS Magazine and THV Entertainment production.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.48.49 PM.pngThe Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (1001 Washington Avenue, South Beach) takes a look back at how designers, artists and filmmakers responded to the First World War with an exhibition called “Myth and Machine.” The show is divided into three sections: “War Machines,” Unknown Soldiers” and “Loss and Redemption.” They’ve also got an exhibition called “Remembering Tokyo” featuring 30 woodblock prints made between 1928 and 1940 by Koizumi Kishio. Be sure to check out their cool gift shop when you stop by.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.49.38 PM.pngThe Miami Project (NE 34th Street at NE 1st Avenue, Miami) satellite fair returns to Midtown Miami for a third go-round from December 2nd to the 7th. Their VIP Preview, sponsored by 1stdibs, is on Tuesday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.10.21 PM.pngLocal Miami gallery, Locust Projects (3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami), is presenting Daniel Arsham’s first major exhibition in Miami since 2010. Called “Welcome to the Future,” the installation will included an excavation of the gallery’s floor, filled with thousands of “calcified, 20th Century media devices.” The opening reception is Thursday, December 4, 7 to 10 p.m. Meanwhile, check out James Franco while he destroys some artifacts HERE in Arsham’s new short film.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.15.10 PM.pngUntitled, 2012 from Paula Crown’s “Fractals” series

The Chicago/Aspen-based artist Paula Crown is working on a big, site-specific installation called “Transportation: Over Many Miles” in the Design District at 39th Street and 1st Avenue. The work includes a 25-foot-long sculpture on a 3,200 square-foot floor, all made from reclaimed wood, glass, Astroturf, metal, plants and sand. Theaster Gates Design Apprenticeship Program is assisting with the fabrication and Chicago’s Studio Gang is the architect. It will be up from December 1st through March 2015, and there’s an opening reception the evening of December 4th.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.17.08 PM.pngFridge Art Fair returns for second year, this time at The 3rd Street Garage (300 SW 12th Avenue, Miami) from December 4 to 9. Their “Mega Mango Miami: The Great Opening” preview is on Thursday, December 4, from 2 to 8 p.m., with an afterparty at the infamous “den of iniquity,” The Ball & Chain (1513 SW 8th Street, Miami) in Little Havana starting at 9 p.m. This fair started in NYC’s LES in 2013 and founder Eric Ginsburg has the right attitude: “People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune.”

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.18.21 PM.pngPerrier-Jouet launches a new, year-long collaboration with the Vienna-based art duo mischer’traxler(AKA Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler) called “Small Discoveries.” Their aim is “to tell the story of the magical dialogue between nature and mankind” and they’ve created a work called “Ephemera” that will be on view at Design Miami from December 2nd to the 6th.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.20.00 PM.pngA new fair called Concept will be held aboard the Seafair mega-yacht, docked downtown at Bayfront Park (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) from December 3 to 7 with VIP previews on the 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m. Over 35 international galleries are expected.

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Several new restaurants are expected to be ready by the time ABMB hits town. KLIMA will bring the gastronomy of Barcelona and the Mediterranean to a bi-level, indoor/outdoor spot on 23rd Street and Collins Avenue in South Beach. Their Executive Chef is David Rustarazo and Barcelona restaurateur Albert Ventura is advising. L.A Chef Danny Elmaleh launches a third version of his award-winningCleo restaurant in the Redbury Hotel (1776 Collins Avenue, South Beach). This one’s also “contemporary Mediterranean.”

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 3.25.44 PM.pngThe Gale Hotel (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach) — that’s the spot that hosted PAPER’s “Tiki Disco” pop-up last year — will open a special “rooftop” edition of the Disaronno Terrace from 7 to 10 p.m. on December 4th. DJs are TBA.

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Over at Wynwood Walls, they’re planning several new mural collabs featuring teams like Shepard Fairey X Cleon Peterson, Pose X Revok, Haas X Hahn and Faith 47 X Alexis Diaz.  Also, Swoon and Case will each contribute solo works and Kenny Scharf is updating his existing mural.

Detroit gallery Library Street Collective will have a pop-up space nearby and they’re programming artist talks and a book/print signing fair. The blocks around NW 2nd Avenue and 26th Street have become a gigantic arty-party during the area’s monthly “Second Saturday” art walks, but the congestion has some Wynwood veterans seeking space elsewhere. Fredric Snitzer, owner of one of the only two local galleries showing in the convention center and who plans to move from Wynwood to downtown Miami, recently told Miami New Times: “Wynwood has become too hectic and lost its vibe.” Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Wynwood Walls’ chief curator and daughter of Tony Goldman, hopes their “Art of Collaboration” exhibition can “encourage and inspire greatness” and claims, “The growth of Wynwood as a mecca for the arts is the result of great collaborations.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.32.55 PM.pngAs we mentioned two weeks ago, the SELECT art fair is moving to a tent on the beach at 72nd Street and they’ve enlisted Solange to curate a bunch of performances — including one by herself — nightly from Wednesday thru Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. She’s expected to book several acts from her label,Saint Heron Records, that will appear in the on-site, deco amphitheater.  The shows are open to the public and admission is FREE.  When we hear who’s playing (and when), we’ll fill you in.

AB/MB and Performa are hosting an immersive performance by artist Ryan McNamara called “MEEM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet” on December 3rd and 4th at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at the Miami Grand Theater at Castle Beach Resort (5445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). RoseLee Goldberg, Performa’s founder and director, describes the work by the Brooklyn-based artist: “This piece is far more complex than it first appears, because it unfolds as one surprise after another. The viewer is both totally in the moment and yet spends hours thinking about it afterward.”
$30, tickets are available HERE. Note to VIPs: There’s also an “invitation only” preview on Tuesday.

NADAxPAOM_Logo.pngThe NADA art fair at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) will host their “invite only” opening preview on Thursday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, admission is free and it’s open to the public daily through December 7th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  You can also preview the fair on Artsy. This year, they’ve partnered with Contemporary Art Daily, Print All Over Me and the 15th Artadia Award. Print All Over Me will be doing special “artist editions” of clothing using images created by Jose Lerma, Amy Yao and Sarah Braman.

01_iwc_portofino_photo_shoot_actors_2014.jpgSwiss watch manufacturer, IWC will be celebrating their new “Portofino” collection with an exhibition of photos by Peter Lindbergh on December 3rd at the W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue, South Beach). Several of the celebs featured in the campaign including Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima are expected; and hosts for the night are DuJour magazine founder Jason Binn and IWC CEO Georges Kern.

1959513_800160363360543_7668972189172110849_n.jpgOn December 3rd, Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) — the new spin-off from MoCA North Miami — is opening an installation/performance piece called “Sanatorium” by the Mexico-based artist Pedro Reyes. The pop-up “clinic” includes receptionists and therapists that will “help visitors with their individual needs” via everything from hypnosis to psychodrama to trust building games. The museum will also present new and recent works by the New York artist Andra Ursuta. Both will be up until March 15, 2015.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 4.12.09 PM.pngThe PULSE fair is moving to Indian Beach Park (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) up by the Eden Roc Hotel for their 10th year in Miami. Their private preview brunch is on Thursday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then it’s open daily through the 7th. As part of their PULSE Projects, they are featuring a work by the Ontario-based artist Shayne Dark called “Tangle Wood” and also an audio installation by Jenna Spevack called “Birds of Brooklyn.” Their new media and video art section, PULSE Play, will be presented by Tumblr and curated by Lindsay Howard. Tickets are available HERE.

58.jpgNew works from PAPER faves Studio Job will be on view at Design Miami/2014 in the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The Dutch/Belgian collective have re-imagined several global landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower, and transformed them into incredible “functional” sculptures.

LAD_basel_poster_FULL.jpgThe Life and Death record label is hooking-up with PLOT and Miami promoters Poplife and Aquabooty for a big showcase/party on December 4th at Grand Central (697 N Miami Avenue, Miami) nightclub. The line-up for the night includes Dixon (Innervisions), Bob Moses (Domino Records), Recondite, Mind Against, Thugfucker (Life and Death) and DJ Tennis; plus the Miami debut of Vaal.Tickets are available HERE.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 4.24.51 PM.pngThe third annual Miami Street Photography Festival will take place from December 4th to the 7th at Kike San Martin Studios (2045 NW 1st Avenue, Miami) in the Wynwood Arts District.  This year’s featured guests include Magnum photographers Alex Webb, Susan Meiselas and Constantine Manos; poet/photographer Rebecca Norris Webb and National Geographic’s Maggie Stebber.  The festival is a partnership with Leica Camera.

carousel-shen-wei.jpgSeveral works by the Chinese-born artist Shen Wei — he was the lead choreographer of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics — will be on view at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower. The exhibition, “In Black, White and Gray,” includes paintings and site-specific performances and is the artist’s first U.S. museum show. The performances are on December 5, 6 and 7 and they are FREE, but you need to reserve a spot HERE.

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Bally will be unveiling a house designed by Jean Prouve and Pierre Jeanneret in the garden behind The Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The house was originally commissioned by the French government in 1944 and recently underwent a 6-month restoration. During AB/MB it will be used for an art installation called “Triangle Walks” featuring works by Zak Kitnick and the art-duo,KOLKOZ, plus selected pieces from Bally’s collection of modernist furniture. There’s a VIP-only reception on December 3rd, but then it’s open to the public by appointment from December 4th to the 7th, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 5.16.05 PM.pngDesign Miami returns to a tent behind the convention center at Meridian and 19th Street with their VIP preview happening on Tuesday, December 2nd, and then it’s open to the public from December 3rd to the 7th. This year’s “10th anniversary” pavilion was created by the Minneapolis-based designerJonathan Muecke and the fair will also be honoring Peter Marino with their first Design Visionary award.

boardwalk-1.jpgThe Thompson Miami Beach (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) is now expected to be open in time for AB/MB and we hear that Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour and Jean-Marc Pontroue, CEO of luxury watchmaker Roger Dubuis, are hosting a super-private dinner and afterparty with Dom Perignon at the new hotel on December 3rd. In case you haven’t heard, Jason Pomeranc recently sold all of his interest in the Thompson Hotel chain — including the Thompson name — to John Pritzker’s Commune Hotels and the Pomeranc properties are now called Sixty Hotels.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 5.19.30 PM.pngMeanwhile over in the Design District, Miami’s new “luxury shopping” destination, a hybrid fashion store/design exhibition/art installation called “The World of Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody” featuringWalter Van Beirdendonck and Bernhard Willhelm will be open from December 1st to 15th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 91 NE 40th Street. Fashion from the Belgian “mavericks” will be juxtaposed with photography by Miles Ladin, graphic works by Peet Pienaar and clothes by Superella in an extravaganza hosted by Craig Robins, Sharon Lombard and Cathy Leff. The VIP opening is on December 4th with music by Dirk Bonn and drinks by Chris Adamo.

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The UNTITLED 2014 art fair hosts their “by invitation only” opening on Monday, December 1st, from 6 to 9 p.m. in a tent on the beach just off Ocean Drive near 12th Street. The opening is a benefit for the AIDS research and education organization ACRIA and will be hosted by Ryan McGinley. The New York artist donated an edition of three prints of his large-format photo, Prairie (Pond), 2014, to the cause. ACRIA will also be offering other objects and prints for sale in a booth at the fair. The VIP preview is on Tuesday, December 2, 3 to 7 p.m., and then they’re open to the public from December 3rd to the 7th.

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Scottish artist Georgia Russell — she’s known for slicing and dicing old books, newspapers etc. — is creating limited-edition “ornaments” to display bottles of Ruinart Champagne’s Blanc de Blancs that are inspired by the etchings in Maison Ruinart’s chalk quarries. She also crafted a large sculptural version of Ruinart’s 18th-Century ledger. The artist sees the works as “a continuation of my practice of cutting paper to bring the past into the present.” Ruinart Champagne and Public Art Fund are hosting a private brunch in her honor at Morimoto in the Shelborne Wyndam Grand South Beach(1801 Collins Avenue, South Beach).

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The Miami Ad School (571 NW 28th Street, Wynwood, Miami) will be celebrating the grand opening of their new campus location in Wynwood on Friday, December 5th, 7 to 10 p.m. with a big party called “SoakUp.” There will be interactive installations and activities featuring several international street artists including Kislow, NYCHOS, Dome, Omen, Aber and others.

wang-qingsong---new-women.jpgThe Frost Art Museum (10975 SW 17th Street, Miami) will have several gigantic photo-murals on view during AB/MB in a show called “Adinfinitum” by the Chinese artist Wang Qingsong; plus there’s also a group show, “A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950,” with over 30 works “integral to the development of geometric art.” Both are up until January 2015. The museum’s annual “Breakfast in the Park” will feature guest speaker Daniel Arsham in their outdoor sculpture park on Sunday, December 7th, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 5.26.23 PM.pngGary Nader, Miami art collector and owner of the self-professed “biggest gallery in the world” in the Wynwood neighborhood at 62 NE 27th Street, has just opened a branch here in New York City on 57th Street featuring Latin American art. He has now announced plans to build a $50 million museum on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero. A model of the museum, as well as several selections from his private collection, will be on view during AB/MB in the Wynwood space.

big-eyes-amy-adams1.jpgTim Burton’s new film Big Eyes headlines the AB/MB film program with a special screening on December 5th, 8:30 p.m., at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.  It’s the story of Walter Keane, the mysterious painter of waifs with “big eyes,” who’s works turned out to have actually been made by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The screening is free, but get there super early.  Many other films submitted by participating galleries will be shown in a new, specially-designed screening room inside the convention center and nightly in SoundScape Park outside the New World Symphony (500 17th Street, South Beach).  The complete schedule is HERE.Russell and Danny Simmons celebrate the 5th anniversary of their “Artisan Series” with a big party for the 2014 finalists and winner — and a special performance by Miguel — at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday, December 4th.  Since 2010, they’ve searched for and helped emerging artists by showcasing their work during AB/MB.  This year’s big winner will also receive a solo show during SCOPE NYC in March 2015.  Bombay Sapphire has collab’d and sponsored since the friends at GAYLETTER are having a big party called “Basel, Honey!” on Saturday, December 6th, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., at TSL Lounge (167 NW 23rd Street, Wynwood, Miami)  Co-hosts on the night are Miami Eccentrics and the Kodex Agency.  Music by Kim Ann Foxman, Honey Soundsystem and Mystic Bill; plus there will be fab decor by San Fran’s Phillip Fillastre and crew.pmuocbxhtpdp9pkwcmcg.pngThe fab Alchemist shop on level 5 of the Herzog & De Meuron-designed parking garage on Lincoln Road, is set to top last year’s cool Colette collab with a week-long installation called “AIRBALL.”  They are installing a basketball court designed by Snarkitecture, where you can shoot some hoops or just chill to DJs and shop for new collabs from Rick Owens, Del Toro, Rochas and more.  Alchemist and Snarkitecture host an “AIRBALL” party at the Delano on Friday, December 5th, with performances by Pusha T and Travis Scott, along with a DJ set from Virgil Abloh.  Miami-based footware brand Del Toro( 2750 NW 3rd Avenue #22, Miami) is also celebrating the second anniversary of their Wynwood boutique on Thursday, December 4th, from 4 to 7 p.m.The Sagamore — aka Miami’s “Art Hotel” — just announced their latest exhibition, “Screen Play: Moving Image Art,” opening in November and on view throughout AB/MB. The show explores the moving image and it’s relationship to other media over a period of six decades via artists including John Baldessari, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, Merce Cunningham and others.  It was curated by Lori Zippay of Electronic Arts IntermixThe Sagamore‘s (1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach) 13th Art Basel brunch is on Saturday, December 6th.Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 9.17.30 PM.pngThe bragging rights for being Miami’s first art fair surely belong to Art Miami.  Now in its 25th year, the fair also includes CONTEXT — dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists — and Aqua Art Miami, as well as the original fair hosting over 130 international galleries in their Midtown Miami location.  The private VIP preview on Tuesday, December 2nd, is a benefit for PAMM and then it’s open daily through December 7th.horsemeatdiscoiii-300.jpgIan Schrager (and Marriott) launch their latest Edition hotel (2901 Collins Avenue at 29th Street) with parties from top to bottom.  On December 3rd, there’s a private dance party with London’s Horse Meat Disco DJs in the basement in honor of the hotel’s designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg.  And in the penthouse, Absolut Elyx will create an private, pop-up club called Casa Elyx with cocktail parties, book launches etc. happening all week.  We can’t wait to check out this new hotel and are happy to hear that Ben Pundole is involved. Supposedly there’s a bowling alley in the basement.As usual, the Morgan’s Hotel Group has a super-busy week of events lined up including a Snarkitecture (Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen) installation in the lobby of the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) and Jen Stark and Misaki Kuwai’s “Teepee Project,” featuring their interpretations of historic teepee painting, at the Mondrian. (1100 West Avenue, South Beach)  Le Baron — celebrating their 10-years-running Miami pop-up — will be in the Delano’s basement nightclub FDR nightly. There will also be an Art Markit pop-up shop and a Vanity Projects nail salon poolside at the Mondrian.

brooklyn-street-art-ron-english-martha-cooper-miami-marine-09-14-web-2.jpgMiami Marine Stadium — designed by Hilario Candela and built on Miami’s Rickenbacker Causeway in 1963 — is raising money for a total restoration, and they’re having a big street art exhibition during AB/MB.  Featured artists include: Ron English, Doze Green, Risk, Tristan Eaton, Crash, The London Police, Astrik and many more.  The event is hosted by the Art History Mural Project, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, with proceeds from sales of one-of-a-kind works and limited editions going to the restoration.  The show will be open to the public at 5 NW 36th Street, Midtown Miami, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., from December 2nd to the 7th. There’s also an “invite only” reception on December 1st.  The Miami Boat Show plans to move to the stadium in 2016.

6a0128763ee05d970c01b8d08e38d5970c-800wi.pngChristie’s and the Marriott hotel group are hosting a pop-up gallery featuring original works by Andy Warhol on December 3rd and 4th in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).  All the works — including paintings, photos, prints and works on paper —  are from the Andy Warhol Foundation, with proceeds benefiting their grant-making program.  Stop by the hotel’s fifth floor and have a look between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days.  There’s also a private VIP lunch and panel discussion on Tuesday.

If you’re heading down to Miami early in the week, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) plus FLAUNT and Paddle8 are having their big gala on Monday, December 1st, 7 p.m., at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue, South Beach). They’ll be celebrating “innovative women in arts and culture” with dinner and dancing and a big auction of works by artists including Hernan Bas, Sam Falls, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Raymond Pettibon and others.  Tickets are available HERE.



Pérez Art Museum Miami mounts colorful solo show from Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes
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From left to right: ‘Férias de Verão,’ 2005. Collection of Catherine and Franck Petitgas. ‘Feijoada,’ 2010. Collection Beatriz Milhazes. ‘Chora, menino,’ 1996. Colección Patricia Phelips de Cisneros, Caracas and New York.
From left to right: ‘Férias de Verão,’ 2005. Collection of Catherine and Franck Petitgas. ‘Feijoada,’ 2010. Collection Beatriz Milhazes. ‘Chora, menino,’ 1996. Colección Patricia Phelips de Cisneros, Caracas and New York.ORIOL TARRIDAS PHOTOGRAPHY
Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico, Milhazes’ solo show at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, is both a beautifully perfect title for the exhibit, and a misleading one as well.The Brazilian painter has been popular for a couple of decades in Latin America and Europe, but this is her first U.S. museum survey, making it a bit of a coup for both PAMM and Miami. The more than 50 mostly large paintings simply burst from the walls in the several galleries they cover, with their outrageously bright colors and tropical flora imagery. It does feel like you are engulfed in a botanical garden, surrounded by shapes and hues that seem to have an organic life of their own and spiwll out from their canvases.But these lovely paintings, with all their obvious decorative flourishes, start to become far more formal, less “wild,” when observing them closely, and especially as you move from early years to the most recent creations. The contrast becomes more intriguing as you dig deeper into Milhazes’ garden.She is in fact intentionally playing with tension. She’s embracing her tropical environment — Jardim Botânico is the name of her neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro — and heritage, which includes the unique Brazilian cultural mix that has resulted in the exuberant carnival traditions and vibrant music.But Milhazes is also schooled in the Modernist (and at times much more rigid and minimalist) trends that overtook European and Latin art during the 20th century. And then she plants textural, architectural and Pop culture elements into her yard, making her work more complex than what first meets the eye.That’s why botanical is an essential part of the title: Her works are a framed study of detailed, specific bits and pieces that make up a micro-world, and not really an overflowing bouquet or untamed landscape.The earlier works, made in the 1990s, start in the first room — where you can see the development of the mixture of abstract and literal detail colliding and taking on its own morphed form. Some of these can look like tapestries or jewelry — broaches and necklaces — with clear references to lace and ruffles and an almost Baroque-like imagery. One good example is Santo Antonio, Albuquerque from 1994; the pink, lavender and baby blue coloring is somewhat gentle, with a patterning that looks like doilies woven together with jeweled chains and interspersed with flowers and decorative knick-knacks.It was at this time that Milhazes was inventing her own technique to make these paintings, which while feeling loose with their hyper-bright color schemes and elaborate interpretations, were actually precise in their composition. She didn’t leave the signs of brush-strokes behind after she applied a decal-like process to the creation of her works: She would paint on plastic sheets and then transfer the image to the canvas, layering them one on top of another, as though leaving layers of skin on the final product. That small touch, adding the collage element to all of her works, is what makes them less free-form and exploding than it seems from a distance. They are specimens, both natural and man-made.Milhazes moved toward abstraction in the next decade, with circular and linear geometric designs becoming more prominent. Geometric abstraction has a long history in South America, so this too can feel part of an organic progression.Flores e Arvores from 2012-2013 is an almost 3D culmination of all these influences, the huge painting truly leaping from a wall that seems trying to hold this kinetic, kaleidoscopic vision in. There are vertical and horizontal lines crossing over spheres and bubbles with more distinct motifs still popping through, in turquoise, yellow, pink, orange and purple coloring. These later works are more mural-like than confined to framed painting.

Like in any other garden, botanical and otherwise, there are surprising imperfections that also appear, marring in a good way. Milhazes suggests with these intentional markings that, mirroring nature, even the most gorgeous creations have flaws.

If there is a flaw in this exhibit, it is that even the lushest of gardens often need to be trimmed; at some point the number of psychedelic canvases sprouting from the galleries gets a little redundant. But Milhazes’ style and culturally influenced aesthetics are a fine fit for Miami, which is one reason why PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander picked her for this high profile solo outing. Milhazes combines references that reflect those of the multicultural New World, from Colonial Baroque to African rituals, from formal European artistic traditions to North American Pop culture. It’s a mix that Ostrander thought would resonate well in this cosmopolitan capital on the Caribbean rim, filled with people from points all over, and growing as an arts destination.

In fact, this is the first major in-house exhibit organized by the new museum and not brought in from elsewhere, which is a welcome trend. It will be the featured exhibit during Art Basel Miami Beach.

On your way in or out, don’t miss the new installation at PAMM on the ground floor, taking over from the Hew Locke piece comprised of dozens of colorful model boats and ships that helped inaugurate the museum. Hard to fill those shoes. But the monochromatic pieces from Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes, so different in tone from both Locke and Milhazes, nonetheless tie into the vision of the museum.

Antunes based these minimalist sculptures made of dark wood, brown leather and brass chains, on Brazilian architecture both Modernist and Afro-Brazilian. The linear meshes, weaves and planks that come down from the ceiling form a subtle maze through which you can quietly maneuver. It becomes immediately clear what a nice dialogue this installation has with another art asset here — the superb architecture of the Herzog & de Meuron building itself. Without screaming, they both stand handsomely and inviting.

Appropriately enough, the installation is called “a secluded and pleasant land. In this land I wish to dwell.”

What:S ‘Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico’

When: Through Jan. 11

Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

How much: $16


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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Local Gallery Guide

By Jose D. Duran
Published Tue., Nov. 18 2014 at 11:30 AM

Courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery
Space Fruit, Still Lifes (Watermelon), Andy Warhol (1979).

If all you do during Art Basel Miami Beach is stick to the big fairs, you might as well call it a day and go back home.Seriously. Some of the best contemporary art we’ve seen during Art Basel has been away from the convention center and tents.

Local galleries feature both homegrown and international talent, including a mix of well-established artists and those on the cusp of greatness. And wouldn’t you rather have bragging rights that you saw so-and-so before they were big? (Basel is just one big bragging Olympics. Step your game up!)

That being said, there are way too may galleries to possibly feature them all. But we’ve picked out some of the best shows that coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, some of which are already exhibiting right now — because it’s never too early to start Basel-ing.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Fairs Guide

Courtesy of Galerie Perotin
“Welcome to the Future,” Daniel Arsham at Locust Projects.

Design District and Upper EastsideKris Knight, “Smell the Magic.” December 1-15. Spinello Projects Pop-Up, 95 NE 40th St., Miami; 786-271-4223;

Tim Okamura, “Love, Strength, and Soul.” November 22-January 10. Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St., Miami; 954-235-4758;

Daniel Arsham, “Welcome to the Future.” November 15-January. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-8570;

“Art on the Move,” Ron Terada curated by Dominic Molon. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-8570;

Egan Frantz, “Monday and Friday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Friday, Thursday and Friday, Friday and Friday.” November 22-January 17. Michael Jon Gallery, 255 NE 69th St., Miami; 305-521-8520;

“Re-al-ized.” November 23-December 21. Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, 158 NW 91st St., Miami; 305-490-6906;

“Luxury Face.” Ida Eritsland, Geir Haraldseth, and Agatha Wara in collaboration with Bjørnar Pedersen. December 1-January 10. Guccivuitton, 8375 NE Second Ave., Miami;

Robert Curran, “Anthology of 20 Years of Photography From Five Different Continents.” Robert Curran Gallery, 74 NE 40th St., Miami;

Courtesy of Primary Projects
Cole Sternberg

Downtown and Overtown“International Friendship Exhibition.” Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Gavin Perry, Asif Farooq, Magnus Sodamin, Cole Sternberg, Cody Hudson, and Michael Vasquez. December 1-January 30. Primary Projects, 151 NE 7th St., Miami;

Fabian Peña, “Death of a Printed Story.” November 28-December 20. Dimensions Variable, 100 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-607-5527;

Purvis Young, “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming.” December 4-March. The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-708-4610;

“The Avant-Garde and Latin-American Photography: The Poetics and Discourse of the Modern Gaze.” November 15-December 19. Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-448-9677;

“Panting.” Gina Beavers, Aaron Bobrow, Van Hanos, Sadie Laska, Dean Levin, Jeff Tranchell, and Jeff Zilm. Organized by John Connelly. December 5. Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 1540 NE Miami Ct., Miami; 305-448-8976;

Miami Beach

Jose Lerma, “Guaynabichean Odyssey.” December 1-Janaury 31. David Castillo Gallery, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-573-8110;

“Auto Body.” María José Arjona, Naomi Fisher, Paloma Izquierdo, Dana Levy, Alex McQuilkin, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Naama Tsabar, Agustina Woodgate, Antonia Wright, and more. December 4-7 Giant Motors, 1750 Bay Road, Miami Beach;

Courtesy of Gallery Diet
In Anticipation of Women’s History Month, Rochelle Feinstein (2012-2013)

Wynwood and EdgewaterJames Kennedy, “Morphosis.” November 14-December 26. Mindy Solomon Gallery, 172 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-953-6917;

Marcela Moujan, “Paradise Is Where You Are Right Now.” December 2-January 17. Vice Gallery, 47 NE 25th St., Miami; 305-898-6109;

Art | History Mural Project Pop-Up. December 1-7. 5 NW 36th Street, Miami; free with RSVP to;

“Welcome to the Jungle.” November 14-January 2. Pan American Art Projects, 2450 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-2400;

“4409.72 miles 9125 days: 25 Years of Art Discourse from Buenos Aires to Miami.” November 21-January 31. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-1804;

Sebastiao Salgado, “Genesis.” November 6-January 10. Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-486-7248;

Yuri Tuma, “Departure.” November 6-January. Butter Gallery, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-303-6254;

David Hayes, “Maquettes + Studies.” November 7-February 28. m+vART, 2750 NW Third Ave. Suite 11, Miami; 786-431-1186;

Mauro Giaconi, “Revolt (Revuelta).” December 1-February 13. Dot Fiftyone, 187 NW 27th St., Miami; 305-573-9994;

Brandon Opalka and Hugo Montoyo, “Back on Earth.” December 1-January 31. Regina Rex, “Cemeterium.” December 1-7. Emerson Dorsch Gallery, 151 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-576-1278;

Pablo Lehmann, “The Scribe’s House.” November 8-December 27. Now Contemporary Art, 175 NW 25th St., Miami; 305-571-8131;

“Masters.” Gary Nader Art Centre, 62 NE 27th Street, Miami; 305-576-0256;

Jorge Blanco, “The Joy of Living.” November 25-December 31. O. Ascanio Gallery, 2600 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-571-9036;

Rochelle Feinstein, “I’m With Her.” November 28-December 27. Gallery Diet,174 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-571-2288;

“Perspectives.” Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Kruger, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Nick Gentry, Anthony Lister, RYCA, David Walker, and more. Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-397-8530;



An Artist’s Tribute to the Obsolete Gadgets That Fill Our Trash Dumps
Artist Daniel Arsham with his new installation, Welcome to the Future, which is designed to look like an archaeological dig of 20th-century media devices.

Courtesy of Daniel Arsham

Last weekend, just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach, visitors to the Locust Projectsexhibition space got a glimpse of Welcome to the Future, artist Daniel Arsham’s ode to an archaeological dig full of reproductions of 20th-century media devices that clog our 21st-century landfills.

Arsham—who has a background in set design for Merce Cunningham and runs the Brooklyn-based architecture firm Snarkitecture—spent a year collecting some 3,000 boomboxes, electric guitars, SLR cameras, Nintendo controllers, push-button telephones, VHS tapes, Walkmans, film projectors, portable televisions, and other iconic objects that have lost their urgent utility to new technologies.


Courtesy of Locust Projects/Zack Balber with Ginger Photography

Close-ups of Daniel Arsham’s Welcome to the Future.

Courtesy of Daniel Arsham

But if the installation is a comment on planned obsolescence and the wreckage on landfills, it’s also a monument to the detritus produced by art exhibitions: Those objects, some of which were broken as well as outdated, were destroyed in the process of making the molds for the reproductions. Arsham experimented with casting techniques using ash, steel, obsidian, glacial rock dust, or rose quartz crystal to achieve a partially deconstructed effect that would nevertheless hold without crumbling. Then he dug a trench in the exhibition space’s concrete floor—25 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep—and set the objects amid the concrete chunks (some weighing up to 600 pounds).

“The trench presents the recent past as archeology,” says a press release about the installation, “a world of technological objects whose obsolescence was built into their design, preserved like petrified wood or the figures of Pompeii. Rather than regard these objects as individual sculptures, the artist presents them as a mass below our feet, producing a new narrative of production, history, and discovery.”


Courtesy of Locust Projects/Zack Balber with Ginger Photography

Ashram told the Miami Herald that he chose the materials in order to create a gradient from the darker outer edges of the installation to its pale center, with the darkest objects cast from volcanic ash, followed by ash and steel, obsidian, glacial rock, and finally crystal. He began experimenting with casting objects when he recreated Pharrell Williams’ first keyboard in volcanic ash.


Courtesy of Locust Projects/Zack Balber with Ginger Photography

“I went to art school, and you don’t learn how to cast ash in art school,” Ashram said. “I want [the sculptures] to appear that they are falling apart, but I don’t want them to fall apart. I want to keep them in a frozen stasis.”

Welcome to the Future is on through January.


Miami and Miami Beach Art Fair Guide Online Guide to Miami Art Week 2014

Information about the art fairs and art events taking place in Miami and Miami Beach between December 1 – 7, 2014. The week is commonly known as Miami Art Week. Approximately twenty art fairs participate, positioned in the area between Miami’s Wynwood Art District, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. For the second year running, will be offering a Day-by-Day Event Guide for Miami Art Week, with a wealth of information to make the experience fun, productive, and otherwise sublime. A special new section for evening and party planning will be included in the 2014 edition. The Day-by-Day Event Guide will become the “online go-to” guide for Miami Art Week! We’ll continue to update this guide and web page through November 29th. Below, you’ll find brief descriptions of the art fairs, including locations, hours, admission prices, and special events. If possible, plan on spending at least four days at Miami Art Week, as the week is flush with opportunities to mix, mingle; and, of course, feast one’s eyes on an incredible array of great art! Not only are the art fairs vibrant and engaging in of themselves, but related events occur at local art museums, private collections, non-profit art organizations, galleries and artist studios. An overview: Art Basel Miami Beach – held at the Miami Beach Convention Center is the largest art fair of the week, featuring more than 250 top galleries from around the world. Design Miami (a major design fair) takes place right next to Art Basel. Satellite art fairs: Scope Miami, Pulse, Select, NADA, and Untitled are also in Miami Beach and actually on or near the beach; enjoy the ocean view!. Hotel-based art fairs in Miami Beach include Ink and Aqua. Art Miami – held in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, is the most established art fair in Miami; it’s been around for years. Miami Project, Context, Spectrum, and Red Dot art fairs and many of Miami’s top art galleries are located in Wynwood. One can easily spend two days in the area and still miss a lot! Concept Fair is new for 2014 and it’s located at Bayfront Park. Miami River Art Fair is at the Miami Convention Center – James L. Knight Center, located in the downtown Miami. Free Shuttles – We highly recommend the free shuttle services offered by art fairs, especially when traveling between Miami and Miami Beach, and between downtown and Wynwood. Our Getting Around Town section in the Day-by-Day Event Guide will be the definitive companion for anyone navigating and schedule your weeks activities! Miami Beach Art Fairs Art Basel Miami Beach   |   Aqua Art Miami   |    Design Miami   |   Ink Miami   |   NADA Art Fair PULSE Miami   |   SELECT Fair   |   Scope Miami   |   Untitled. Miami Art Fairs Art Miami   |   Art Spot   |   Concept-Fair   |   CONTEXT   |   Fridge Art Fair   |   Miami Photo Salon Festival   |   Miami Project   |   Miami River Art Fair  |  Red Dot Art Fair  |  Spectrum

Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 logo Art Basel Miami Beach December 3 – 7, 2014 Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display at the main exhibition hall, while ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park. Art Basel is comprised of multiple sectors, each of which has its own selection process and committee of experts, who review applicants and make the final selection of show participants. The seven show sectors offer a diverse collection of artworks, including pieces by established artists and newly emerging artists, curated projects, site-specific experiential work, and video. Galleries: The largest sector with more than 200 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries – from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. They display paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists. Nova: Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing new works that have been created within the last three years, the Nova sector often features never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio and strong juxtapositions. Positions: This sector allows curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from all over the globe by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project. Edition: Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists. Kabinett: Participants are chosen from the Galleries sector to present curated exhibitions in a separately delineated space within their booths. The curatorial concepts for Kabinett are diverse, including thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases, and solo shows. Public: This sector offers its visitors a chance to see outdoor sculptures, interventions, and performances, sited within an open and public exhibition format at Collins Park (2100 Collins AVE) near the beach. Public Opening Night, Dec. 3, 8:30-10pm. A special evening program with live performances, as part of the Public sector. Film: The Film sector presents works in two venues: inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, and in the outdoor setting of SoundScape Park where works are shown on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. Selections include works by some of today’s most exciting artists from Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. Survey: Survey presents precise art historical projects that may include solo presentations by an individual artist, or juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches. Magazines: Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth. Editors and publishers are often present at the show. ADMISSION $45 (One Day), $100 (Permanent Pass), $32 (evening ticket after 4pm) $30 Students and Seniors with ID, and and Groups of ten or more $55 Combination Ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami HOURS Thursday December 4th, 3pm – 8pm Friday, December 5th, Noon – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, Noon – 8pm Sunday, December 7th, Noon – 6pm Art Basel Conversations | Daily at 10am Art Salon | Daily 1pm to 6:30pm EVENTS Visit the Art Basel Miami website for a full listing of daily Special Exhibitions and Events. Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 8pm Private View (by invitation only) Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 3pm Vernissage – Private View (by invitation only) Shuttle Bus Service The show has organized a shuttle bus service for visits to the museums and collections in Miami. The pickup location is directly across the street from Hall D of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Press and Media coverage about Art Basel Miami Beach None listed at this time up arrow

Aqua 14 logo AQUA 14 Art Miami December 3 – 7, 2014 Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 AQUA 14 Art Miami will celebrate its tenth consecutive installment this December. It is one of the best fairs for emerging art during Miami’s Art Week. Over the years, the fair has been recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid-career artists. Set within a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy intimate courtyard, Aqua’s surroundings will certainly be a favorite gathering spot not only for fun and relaxation during the busy week but also as a place to exchange and disseminate new contemporary art ideas. And with its close proximity to Art Basel and continuous shuttle service to Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, Aqua Art Miami will transform into one of the top attended satellite art events for collectors, artists, curators, critics and art enthusiasts alike. Aqua Art Miami will feature 47 dynamic young galleries from North and South America, Europe and Asia; and innovative special programming including performance art, new media and solo installations. With this commitment to artistic excellence, along with building a dynamic young marketplace with new and increased opportunities around marketing and audience services, The classic South Beach boutique hotel has breezy, spacious rooms surrounding an intimate courtyard. A great place to relax and socialize during Miami Art Week. And Aqua Hotel is located within walking distance of Art Basel, just south of the bustling Lincoln Road restaurant and shopping area. 2014 Aqua 14 Exhibitors ADMISSION $15 One day fair pass (Aqua Only) $75 Multi-day fair pass (Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami) $10 Students 12-18 years and Seniors HOURS Thursday, December 4th, Noon – 9pm Friday, December 5th, 11am to 9pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am to 9pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am to 6pm EVENTS Wednesday, December 3rd, 4pm – 11pm, VIP Preview. Access for Art Miami, CONTEXT, and Aqua Art Miami VIP Cardholders & Press Press and Media coverage about Aqua Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Design Miami logo Design Miami/ December 2 – 7, 2014 Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. 2014 Highlights Will be added when then information is available. The program of exhibitions presented by carefully selected galleries from Europe, the United States and Asia will be enriched by a dynamic series of design talks, site-specific installations and satellite events. For details of Design Miami’s cultural programs, including Design Talks, Collaborations, and Design Satellites. Swarovski Crystal Palace will be back for the seventh consecutive year as a main sponsor of Design Miami/. ADMISSION General Admission: $25 Students and Seniors (with ID): $29=0 Combination Ticket for Design Miami/ and Art Basel $55 (at ABMB) Tickets are valid for one day only. HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 10am – 8pm Thursday December 4th, 10am – 8pm Friday, December 5th, 11am to 8pm Saturday, December 6th, Noon to 8pm Sunday, December 7th, Noon to 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, Noon – 6pm Collectors Preview Tuesday, December 2nd, 6pm – 8pm Vernissage Press and Media coverage about Design Miami/ None listed at this time up arrow

Ink Miami logo INK Miami Art Fair December 3 – 7, 2014 Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 INK Miami is a contemporary art fair held annually in December during Art Basel Miami Beach. The Fair is unique among Miami’s fairs for its focus on contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists. It is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association and exhibitors are selected from among members of the Association for their outstanding ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just published editions by leading contemporary artists. Since its founding in 2006, the Fair has attracted a loyal following among museum curators and committed collectors of works on paper. If you’re looking to purchase prints or works on paper, you should plan on attending this small art fair. This fair is located just a few blocks from the convention center and Art Basel Miami Beach. 2014 Ink Miami Exhibitors ADMISSION Free, No Charge HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, Noon – 5pm Thursday, December 4th, 10am – 5pm Friday, December 5th, 10am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 10am – 8pm Sunday, December 7th, 10am – 3pm EVENTS Preview Breakfast, Wednesday, December 3rd, 10am – 11:30am Press and Media coverage about Ink Miami Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

NADA Art Fair logo NADA Art Fair – Miami Beach December 4 – 7, 2014 The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141 Founded in 2002, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Our mission is to create an open flow of information, support, and collaboration within our field and to develop a stronger sense of community among our constituency. NADA’s fair is held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization. Our international group of members includes both galleries and individuals (art professionals, independent curators, and established gallery directors). The various perspectives and ideas offered by our diverse roster creates a network which, at its most basic, is a resource which people could contribute to and take as much (or as little) as they are inclined. The benefits for some may be a matter of business, for others a source of intellectual or aesthetic stimulation. To date, our initiatives have succeeded on two fronts: making the contemporary arts more accessible for the general public, and creating opportunities that nurture the growth of emerging artists, curators, and galleries. Our EVENTS have included: artist talks/gallery walks with critics and curators; benefits in support of charitable institutions; members-only seminars to stimulate dedication and ethics in our profession; and an annual art fair in Miami, which is held in December and is free and open to the public. Don’t plan on walking to this art fair, look for the free shuttle service near Art Basel Miami Beach. The pick-up and drop-off is at 17th and Washington, near the southeast corner of the convention center. Shuttle service begins each day at 10:30am. 2014 NADA Exhibitors ADMISSION Free and open to the public HOURS Thursday, December 4th, 2pm – 8pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 8pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 5pm EVENTS Thursday, December 4th, 10am – 2pm, Opening Preview by Invitation Press and Media coverage about NADA Art Fair – Miami Beach None listed at this time up arrow

Pulse Miami logo for 2013 PULSE Miami Indian Beach Park 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL December 4 – 7, 2014 PULSE provides a unique platform for diverse galleries to present a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, alongside an evolving series of original programming. The fair’s distinctive commitment to the art community and visitor experience makes PULSE unique among art fairs and creates an art market experience that is both dynamic and inviting. The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo exhibitions of artist’s work created in the past two years. In addition, PULSE develops original cultural programs with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE Play video lounge, the PULSE Performance events. The PULSE Prize is awarded in New York and in Miami to one of the artists presented in the IMPULSE section. 2014 PULSE Miami Exhibitors ADMISSION General Admission $20 Students and Seniors $15 MultiPass (4 day) $25 2013 HOURS Thursday, December 4th, 1pm – 7pm Friday, December 5th, 10am – 7pm Saturday, December 6th, 10am – 7pm Sunday, December 7th, 10am – 5pm EVENTS Thursday, December 4th, 9am – 1pm, Private Preview Brunch (Invitation only) Complimentary Shuttle Service: PULSE will offer a shuttle service operating between Art Basel Miami Beach and Pulse Miami Beach. Shuttles will run from 9am to 8pm Press and Media coverage about PULSE Miami None listed at this time up arrow

Scope Miami 2013 logo Scope Miami Beach December 2 – 7, 2014 910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 SCOPE Miami Beach’s monumental pavilion will once again be situated on historic Ocean Drive to welcome near 40,000 visitors over the course of 6 days. Over 100 Exhibitors and 20 selected Breeder Program galleries will present groundbreaking work, alongside SCOPE’s special programming, encompassing music, design and fashion. Long-established as the original incubator for emerging work, SCOPE’s Breeder Program celebrates its 14th year of introducing new galleries to the contemporary market. VH1 will also be presenting the ultimate mash-up of music, pop culture and nostalgia for adults who still want to have fun. There will be some great music on Miami Beach. The tickets are difficult to get but you can sill enjoy the music from the beach for free. Juxtapoz Magazine will curate and present a selection artworks. Juxtapoz Presents galleries embody the New Contemporary that is SCOPE’s hallmark and add a singular dynamism to the Miami Beach 2014 show. Juxtapoz will also release a special edition SCOPE newspaper featuring coverage of the Juxtapoz Presents programming. Scope will also feature a curated exhibition of artworks from Korea. SCOPE Miami Beach opens on Tuesday, December 2, to welcome VIPs and Press at its First View benefit, and will run December 2 – 7, 2014. 2014 Scope Exhibitors ADMISSION General Admission $30 and Students $20 Free for VIP cardholders Brunch, Tuesday: $150 First View, Tuesday: $100 HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 8pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 8pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 8pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 8pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, Noon – 4pm, Platinum VIP First View. Tuesday, December 2nd, 4pm – 8pm, General VIP and Press First View. Friday, December 5th, 8pm – 11pm The Official VH1 + Scope Party (by invitation and confirmed RSVP only) Press and Media coverage about Scope Miami Beach None listed at this time up arrow

Select Contemporary Art Fair SELECT // CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 72nd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL December 2 – 7, 2014 SELECT is pleased to announce its new location at 72nd Street and Collins Avenue in a grand-scale 40,000 sq/ft tent structure. We have selected this location for its multi-use capabilities, which include an adjunct amphitheater for performance and nightly music programming. The fair will have ample parking across the street and is a short walk from the neighboring NADA art fair. SELECT will evolve its vision of presenting 50 + cutting edge international galleries through the curatorial direction of Tim Goossens. Previously the Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, Goossens is the Curatorial Director of envoy enterprise in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a Curatorial Advisor at the Clocktower Gallery, and serves on the curatorial advisory committee of SoHO House New York. Additionally, he maintains a roster of independent curatorial projects. SELECT will be held at 72nd street and Collins Avenue, just three blocks from NADA along the sands of beautiful North Beach. Our location has perks such as, beach front views, an attached parking lot, and an amphitheater for music and arts programing. We are conveniently located at the end of the John F Kennedy causeway (route 934), allowing for easy visitor access for clients moving back and forth from the beach to Wynwood. Shuttle: Free shuttles will be running between SELECT (72nd and Collins) and the Convention Center (17th and Washington). 2014 Select Miami Exhibitors ADMISSION Free Entry HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd: 11am – 8pm Thursday, December 4th: 11am – 8pm Friday, December 5th: 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th: 11am – 8 pm Sunday, December 7th: 11am – 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 4pm – 8pm, VIP and Press Preview Press and Media coverage about SELECT Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach 2013 logo UNTITLED. December 1 – 7, 2014 Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 UNTITLED., is a curated art fair and is back for it’s third year, running December 1 – 7, 2014, in the heart of Miami Beach’s South Beach district at Ocean Drive and 12th Street. UNTITLED., the international art fair launched in Miami Beach in 2012. UNTITLED.’s curatorial approach to the traditional art fair model places an emphasis on the viewer’s experience by contextualizing the artworks exhibited at each booth. The fair presents a selection of international galleries and not-for-profit spaces, positioned side by side to create a less segregated fair installation. UNTITLED. 2014 is presented in a temporary pavilion on South Beach designed by internationally recognized architecture firm K/R, led by John Keenen and Terence Riley. The 60,000 square feet floor plan complements UNTITLED.’s curatorial approach and creates an exceptional viewing experience with abundant natural light and an open ocean view. The fair is located directly on the beach in the South Beach district at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, providing a quintessential Miami Beach event. 2014 Untitled. Exhibitors ADMISSION General Admission: $25, 4-day pass $30 Discounted Admission (Seniors and Students): $15 Miami Beach residents: $15 Groups of 15 or more: $15 per person Children under 12: FREE HOURS Wednesday, December 43rd, 3pm – 7pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 7pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 7pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 7pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 4pm EVENTS Monday, December 1st, 6pm – 9pm, Vernissage. Tuesday, December 2nd, 1pm – 3pm, Press Preview. Tuesday, December 2nd, 3pm – 7pm, VIP Preview. Press and Media coverage about Art Untitled Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Miami Art Fairs

Art Miami logo graphic Art Miami December 2 – 7, 2014 Midtown Miami | Wynwood, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 Known as Miami’s premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week – the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 international art galleries. Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. It is the “can’t miss” event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors, and interior designers providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement. Ample and convenient parking is available through the use of a four-story parking garage with 2,000 spots, located directly across the street from the Art Miami Pavilion as well as valet parking. A network of complimentary shuttle buses will run round-trip service between Art Miami, Aqua, and Art Basel Miami Beach. 2014 Art Miami Exhibitors ADMISSION $35 one day, $75 multi-day pass, $15 Students 12-18 years and Seniors A One Day Fair Pass provides admission to Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami Fairs. A Multi-Day Pass provides admission to Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami Fairs. HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 7pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 7pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 7pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:30pm – 10pm, VIP Preview (Access for Art Miami VIP Cardholders and Press Press and Media coverage about Art Miami None listed at this time up arrow

ArtSpot Miami 2014 logo ArtSpot Miami 2014 December 3 – 7, 2014 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 30th St, Miami, FL 33137 No details at this time. ADMISSION Not available at this time HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd Thursday, December 4th Friday, December 5th Saturday, December 6th Sunday, December 7th EVENTS None listed at this time Press and Media coverage about ArtSpot Miami 2014 None listed at this time up arrow

Concept Art Fair logo Concept-Fair December 2 – 7, 2014 301 Biscayne Blvd. (Bayfront Park), Miami, FL 33132 Inaugural Edition, Contemporary art fair featuring exclusively modern works from 1860-1980 including painting, sculpture, photography, design and objet d’art. Miami will focus on “fresh to market” blue chip secondary market works and modern contemporary masters. Limited to approximately 80 carefully selected dealers, it is designed as a sophisticated, elegant waterfront oasis for collectors during the frenetic Art Basel Week. This will be a fair for the serious collector and connoisseur presented in a relaxed, waterfront location adjacent to the Perez Art Museum Miami, Frost Museum in proximity to all major downtown hotels and the Brickell financial center, the second largest banking capital in North America. Our goal is to present a new fair at the “next level” from current December fairs. Uniquely, the hours will be until 9 pm creating a later “Miami Time” venue for collectors after the closing of other December fairs throughout the city prior to Miami’s later dining times. 2014 Concept Exhibitors ADMISSION One Day Ticket $15, Multiple Day Ticket $25 HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 1pm – 10pm Thursday, December 4th, 1pm – 10pm Friday, December 5th, 1pm – 10pm Saturday, December 6th, 1pm – 10pm Sunday, December 7th, 1pm – 7pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 6pm – 8pm, Preview Tuesday, December 2nd, 8pm – 10pm, Collectors Invitational (Invitation only) Press and Media coverage about Concept None listed at this time up arrow

Context Art Miami logo CONTEXT December 2 – 7, 2014 Midtown Miami | Wynwood, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 CONTEXT along with the 25th edition of Art Miami will commence on December 2, 2014 with CONTEXT Art Miami’s highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview to benefit the Miami Art Museum (PAMM. The 2012 benefit preview attracted 11,000 collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs, and designers and the fair hosted a total of 60,000 attendees over a six-day period. This immediately reinforced the CONTEXT fair as a proven destination and serious marketplace for top collectors to acquire important works from the leading international galleries representing emerging and mid career cutting edge works of art. The combined exhibition space of CONTEXT and Art Miami will increase the overall roster of galleries to 190 participants and cover 200,000 square feet. Ample and convenient parking is available for both fairs through the use of a four-story parking garage with 2,000 spots, located directly across the street from the CONTEXT and Art Miami Pavilions as well as valet parking. A network of complimentary shuttle buses will run round-trip service between Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach. 2014 CONTEXT Exhibitors ADMISSION $35 one day, $75 multi-day pass, $10 Students 12-18 years and Seniors Tickets are sold online one month prior to Fair dates and onsite at the Box Offices during show hours. A One Day Fair Pass provides admission to Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami Fairs. A Multi-Day Pass provides admission to Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami Fairs. HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 7pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 7pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 9pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 7pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:30pm – 10pm, VIP Preview (Access for Art Miami VIP Cardholders and Press Press and Media coverage about CONTEXT Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Fridge Art Fair Miami 2014 logo Fridge Art Fair December 2 – 8, 2014 300 SW 12th Ave. (Corner of SW 12th Ave. & SW 3rd St) Miami, FL 33130 Fridge Art Fair is pleased to announce that its second Miami edition will take place at the Good Wall / Conch Hill Market, 968 Calle Ocho, Miami, Florida from December 2 – 8, 2014, thanks to major sponsorship by the Barlington Group and media sponsorship by Miami Art Scene. Once again, Founding Director Eric Ginsburg, a noted painter in his own right (mainly for his soulful portraits of dogs), will lead the Fridge team. “People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune,” said Ginsburg. “I want people to be happy, we want everyone from all walks of life to come to this fair and say, ‘that was really cool!'” In that spirit he has subtitled this edition “De Staatliches Bauhaus Rijpe Mango Editie.” Cara Hunter Viera of Fridge will serve as producer, Miami Art Scene’s Kat Wagner joins Fridge as fair as head curator for the Miami Edition and NYC based curator writer and dealer Linda DiGusta, co-director of Fridge 2014 in New York, stays on the team as curatorial consultant. Major sponsors are the Barlington Group, an urban development company committed to revitalizing neighborhoods within Miami’s the urban core. And, The Miami Art Scene, an influential art portal covering local, national and international art news and information. Exhibitor applications still being accepted. ADMISSION Not available at this time HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd Thursday, December 4th Friday, December 5th Saturday, December 6th Sunday, December 7th EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, VIP Preview & Opening Gala, at the Ball & Chain – Miami’s Famed Cotton Club – Circa 1957 Press and Media coverage about Fridge Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Miami Photo Salon Festival MIAMI PHOTO SALON FESTIVAL December 2 – 5, 2014 Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, 4260 SW 74 Ave. Miami FL. 33135 Miami Photo Salon – December 2 to 5, is an International Fine Art Photography Festival that takes place yearly during Art Miami week. Local and international photographers will showcase and exhibit work in a salon-style venue, in Downtown Miami where foot traffic between 13 visiting art fairs will bring to the area 75000 visitors, meaning artists participating will get in front of a huge audience, at a time when Miami is hosting the most important international art event in the world. For those interested in collecting photography, artwork is of the best quality, as MPSF art fair committee had selectively invited excellent artists, and it is possible to attend a VIP opening night preview on December 1st. 2014 Miami Photo Salon Festival Exhibitors ADMISSION One Day Ticket – $15 Students and Seniors – $10 Preview Ticket and Multi-Day Pass – $50 HOURS Tuesday, December 2nd, 11am – 9pm Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 7pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 10pm Friday, December 5th, 9:30am – 7pm EVENTS Monday, December 1st, VIP Preview 6:30pm – 10pm Friday, December 5th, 6pm Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks Press and Media coverage about Miami Photo Salon Festival None listed at this time up arrow

Miami Project logo MIAMI PROJECT December 2 – 7, 2014 NE 29th Street and NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 Miami Project will return to the Wynwood Art District from December 2 to 7, 2014. It will again present a selection of historically important and cutting-edge contemporary work side by side, with a unique emphasis on the strength of individual exhibitors’ programs irrespective of their primary focus. Sixty galleries from across the United States will show at the fair. Galleries that represent prominent estates like those of Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe will exhibit next to those showing today’s most exciting young artists. Work from the historic avant-garde will inform and contextualize the best examples of contemporary practice. Galleries are curated into Miami Project based on a serious commitment to important living artists; extensive involvement with remarkable estates; and the strength of their program generally. The fair’s emphasis on presenting quality works in an intimate setting won over its 20,000 visitors last year, and the 2014 edition will again be boutique-scale, allowing for comfortable viewing in a relaxed atmosphere. Miami Project is housed in a deluxe, tent with soaring cathedral ceilings erected especially for the fair. It will feature roomy aisles and extravagant lounges for a pleasant visitor experience. Located at NE 29th Street and NE 1st Avenue in Miami. Miami Project is presented with support from the Wall Street Journal, Luxe magazine, Perrier, the Midtown Doral, Porcelanosa, New Amsterdam Vodka, and Shellback Rum. 2014 Miami Project Exhibitors ADMISSION One Day Ticket – $25 Multi-Day Pass – $40 Preview Ticket and Multi-Day Pass – $50 HOURS Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:30pm – 10pm Wednesday, December 3rd, 10am – 5:30pm Thursday, December 4th, 10am – 7pm Friday, December 5th, 10am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 10am – 7pm Sunday, December 7th, 10am – 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:30pm – 10pm, Miami VIP Preview Press and Media coverage about Miami Project Art Fair None Listed at this time up arrow

Miami River Art Fair logo Miami River Art Fair December 4 – 7, 2014 Miami Convention Center @ James L. Knight Center Downtown – Brickell Financial Area 400 SE Second Ave, Miami, FL 33131 The third edition of the Miami River Art Fair, an international, contemporary art fair, will take place at the Downtown Miami Convention Center inside the James L. Knight International Center in Downtown. MRAF is providing a unique fair-going experience during the art fair season as the only waterfront art fair. Miami River Art Fair is featuring both an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall of the Miami Convention Center and the one-of-a-kind Riverwalk Sculpture Mall, which is featuring monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River with a presence of monumental sculptures from Italy, France, Cuba, Colombia, Korea, Spain and a special presentation from Mexico. The Miami River Art Fair will feature galleries and projects with artists from all around the globe. The Miami River Art Fair paves the way for the arts in our financial district as the pioneer art fair of the Downtown Miami – Brickell areas during the winter art fair season. The City of Miami welcomes the Miami River Art Fair as a herald for the revitalization of the Lower Miami River district, the city’s waterfront destination of the twenty-first century. Please join us as we celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Miami River Art Fair and the Opening Night Preview on December 4. Guests will enjoy Italian Limited Edition Organic Wine and exclusive performance uniquely created for the evening. Funds raised at the event support the Little Dreams Foundation who was established by Orianne and Phil Collins in February 2000. Its mission is to fulfill the dreams of young aspiring talent without the means to achieve their goals. Special Collectors’ Preview: December 4th, 4:00 – 6:00pm, $200 per guest. The exclusive first opportunity to preview and purchase works of art at the fair. Guests are also invited to stay for the Opening Night Preview form 6:00 – 11:00 pm. Opening Night Preview Benefiting Little Dream Foundation 6:00 – 7:00 pm, $100 per guest. Meet LDF’s celebrity mentors as Phil Collins, Romero Brito, David Frangioni among others godparents, sponsors and technical advisors. The 100% proceeds supports the Little Dreams Foundation The Miami River Art Fair 2014 is endorsed by the City of Miami, the Miami River Commission, the City of Miami Beach, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Art Deco Preservation League. Miami River Art Fair complimentary Shuttle Service to transport passengers to other Art Fairs. 1) Every 30 minutes between The Miami River Art Fair and Miami Beach Convention Center. 2) Every 30 minutes between The Miami River Art Fair and Midtown Miami. Shuttle stop in front of JLK Center. 2014 Exhibitors – Not yet available ADMISSION FREE with online registration Complimentary Admission with Art Basel and Miami Art Fairs VIP Pass Complimentary group guided tour with online registration HOURS Thursday, December 4th, 7pm – 11pm Friday, December 5th Noon – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, Noon – 8pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 6pm EVENTS Thursday, December 4th, 4 – 6pm, Special Collectors Preview Thursday, December 4th, 6 – 11pm, VIP Opening The event will also support and raise funds for the Little Dreams Foundation, established by Orianne and Phil Collins in February 2000. Its mission is to fulfill the dreams of young aspiring talent without the means to achive their goals. Press and Media coverage about Miami River Art Fair 1) Virtual tour of 2013 edition of Miami River Art Fair 2) The Miami River Art Fair has been featured in over 50 international publications to date and in over 15 local, national and international local broadcasts, press interviews and video coverage segments. Here’s the link : up arrow

Red Dot Miami 2013 logo Red Dot Art Fair December 2 – 7, 2014 3011 NE 1st Avenue at the corner of NE 31st Street, Miami, FL 33137 Red Dot Art Fair is pleased to announce its 8th edition and return to the same prime location in Wynwood Art District in Miami, December 2- 7, 2014, concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach. Building upon its reputation as a diverse fair, Red Dot will offer a unique selection of approximately sixty galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography and fine-art objects. The opening reception on Tuesday, December 2nd, will benefit Center for Autism & Related Disabilities of Miami. Red Dot Art Fair strives to create a fair specializing in emerging, mid-career and established artists that present work of lasting value. The luxurious layout of the fifty thousand square foot tented venue will provide visitors with a sophisticated and friendly environment to view artwork presented by galleries and dealers. Red Dot is excited about being part of Miami’s vibrant art scene and its great fabric of galleries, museums and cultural institutions. 2014 Red Dot Exhibitors, not yet available ADMISSION One Day Ticket – $15 Week Pass – $25 HOURS Tuesday, December 2nd, 6pm – 10pm Wednesday, December 3rd, 11am – 5pm Thursday, December 4th, 11am – 6pm Friday, December 5th, 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 6th, 11am -8pm Sunday, December 7th, 11am – 6pm EVENTS Tuesday, December 2nd, 6pm – 10pm, Opening Reception Press and Media coverage about Red Dot Art Fair None listed at this time up arrow

Spectrum logo 2014 Spectum Miami Art Show December 3 – 7, 2014 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 30th St, Miami, FL 33137 No details at this time. ADMISSION General Admission $10 Opening Preview + 5 Day Show Pass $25 VIP Special Events Evening Pass – Includes special events & drinks (Dec. 4, 5, 6 – 6pm-10pm) $10 Students/Senior Admission $7.50 HOURS Wednesday, December 3rd, 6pm – 10pm Thursday, December 4th, 1pm – -9pm Friday, December 5th, 1pm – 9pm Saturday, December 6th, 1pm – 9pm Sunday, December 7th, Noon – 6pm EVENTS Wednesday, December 3rd, 6pm – 10pm, Opening Preview Press and Media coverage about Spectrum None listed at this time up arrow     === MIAMI NEW TIMES

Art Basel Miami Beach’s 13th Edition Prepares to Break Records

By Carlos Suarez De Jesus Published Tue., Sep. 30 2014 at 1:15 PM

Courtesy of MDC Museum of Art and Design
Shen Wei will present his first U.S. museum show at MOAD.

This year, our fall Arts & Eats Guide lists all that’s timeless and fresh in Miami, from visual art to delicious food. Theater, dance, music, and drinks all make a much-needed appearance throughout the season as well. Pick up one of our printed guides Thursday, October 2, where you’ll find profiles, interviews, and detailed event calendars to guide you through the upcoming cultural season.When Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) blitzes into town December 4 though 7, the event will likely break attendance records. For its 13th edition, ABMB will boast 267 of the planet’s top international galleries, selected from 31 countries, that will exhibit 20th- and 21st-century works by more than 2,000 artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center and various venues throughout the city. The zenith of Miami’s cultural calendar, Basel transforms our peninsula into a rambling art installation, with upward of 20 satellite fairs and scores of related events, including outdoor murals, installations, and pop-up shops mushrooming from South Beach to Wynwood, Little Havana, and Pinecrest. See also: New Bass Museum Curator of Exhibitions Reflects on Miami’s Artistic Boom The main event at the convention center, now recognized as the art world’s biggest block party, is expected to draw about 50,000 international visitors and generate close to a half-billion dollars in sales over its four-day run, according to experts. This year marks an increase of nine galleries from last year’s roster, including a whopping 90 galleries from New York City. By comparison, the Magic City’s booming arts scene will have a paltry presence, with the Fredric Snitzer Gallery returning to ABMB’s centerpiece Galleries section, while downtown Miami’s Michael Jon Gallery will make its debut in the fair’s Nova section at the convention center. It’s no surprise Snitzer’s gallery is returning. The owner has been a staple of ABMB since its inception and is a member of the fair’s selection committee. Michael Jon’s selection, however, has raised eyebrows among local dealers because the space is relatively new to a South Florida scene that, for the most part, is steaming over the repeated lack of local representation at ABMB. Also making its debut is Survey, a new sector of the fair boasting 13 select galleries that will feature art-historical projects ranging from solo exhibits to thematic showcases. New York’s Andrew Edlin Gallery will present a two-artist focus on the works of Henry Darger and Marcel Storr, ranking among the top offerings in the section. Special sectors will also showcase performance art, video art, public projects, and upstart galleries. The Positions section will feature 16 curated solo booths, including a meditation on “architectural destruction” by Syrian artist Hrair Sarkissian, who is represented by Greece’s Kalfayan Galleries. Among ABMB’s popular sectors is Public, an outdoor sculpture showcase organized by Public Art Fund director and chief curator Nicholas Baume, whose inaugural effort last year was hailed as one of the fair’s top attractions. Another returning crowd favorite is ABMB’s Film sector, in which curators David Gryn — the director of London’s Artprojx and Zurich collector This Brunner embrace the theme of playfulness for this year’s edition. Gryn will present more than 70 films and videos by an international compilation of artists. The works will screen at Miami Beach SoundScape on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. This year’s satellite scene is expanding to downtown Miami with the inaugural edition of the Concept-Fair at Bayfront Park, where 80 exhibitors will feature blue-chip modern works from 1860 to 1980, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, and objets d’art in a tranquil setting far from ABMB’s more frenetic scene. The event will be housed in a $3 million spaceship-like circular tent with unobstructed views and a translucent ceiling designed to illuminate the artworks under South Florida’s tropical sunlight. Meanwhile, the 305’s top museums will trot out their best shows of the year to seduce visiting art-world cognoscenti and local Basel enthusiasts.

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Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 2013

For its first anniversary, Perez Art Museum Miami’s (PAMM) Basel bash December 4 will feature a time-based art presentation by Future Brown with Kalela, an underground DJ supergroup. The museum will also unveil a commissioned work by Mexico City-based artist Mario Garcia Torres, whose project “incorporates photography, film, and objects that explore notions of South Florida as a site for withdrawal from society for the purpose of artistic creation,” according to the museum.PAMM also will display “Jardim Botanico,” the first major retrospective of Brazilian abstract painter Beatriz Milhazes. The artist is known for her complex and disorienting compositions bursting with wild, decorative patterns typically rendered in a glowing tropical palette. Both the Frost Art Museum and Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) will showcase influential Chinese artists in their marquee matchups. The Frost has lined up Wang Qingsong, one of China’s top talents, who has earned international raves for his innovative approach to photography. The artist, who began his career as a painter, picked up the camera in the late 1990s and now works in documentary and staged photography, computer-generated images, and sculpture. His solo, “ADinfinitum,” will feature expansive images capturing his homeland’s epic transformation brought on by booming globalization. At the historic Freedom Tower December 5, MOAD will partner with MDC Live Arts to present “Shen Wei: In Black, White, and Gray.” The artist’s first U.S. museum show will be dedicated to a solo series of paintings in collaboration with site-specific performances. Chinese-born, New York-based Shen Wei is a choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer who achieved fame as the lead choreographer for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The artist, who has earned acclaim for his cross-cultural, bold movement-based spectacles, will premiere a suite of 11 theatrical and kinetic paintings while choreographing interpretive performances based on these works, resulting in a series of five public performances. If you visit the Bass Museum of Art December 4, you’ll have to navigate through a maze-like Gregor Hildebrandt installation made from hundreds of strips of tape gathered from video cassettes of the Jean Cocteau classic Orpheus. The meandering opus will be part of “One Way: Peter Marino,” a sprawling exhibit opening a window on the noted American architect and luxury designer’s multifaceted relationship with art. Marino, whose pioneering cross-disciplinary practice fuses art, architecture, fashion, and creative spatial design, has long been recognized for commissioning original artworks for his architecture and design. In addition to Hildebrandt’s shimmering tape passageways will be major installations by Guy Limone, Farhad Moshiri, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Erwin Wurm. Works from Marino’s personal collection will include paintings by Loris Gréaud, Keith Haring, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will also feature sections dedicated to pop art, iconic portraiture, the German spirit, and photography. Marino worked closely with Jerome Sans, the exhibit’s curator, to strike a thought-provoking balance between his architectural work and designs, personal collection, and recent edition of cast-bronze boxes that will be showcased. Last year, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) drew sizable Basel crowds for notorious British artist Tracy Emin’s first U.S. museum solo show. But this December marks a major litmus test for MOCA, which has been involved in a yearlong controversy. The museum’s board of directors filed a lawsuit against the City of North Miami in April before leaving MOCA with part of its collection and the city hiring a new director. On December 2, the embattled museum’s new administration will open “Shifting Paradigms: The Work of George Edozie,” signaling an institutional shift in focus while hoping MOCA’s fresh direction inspires crowds. Curated by Nkiru Nzegwu, professor of Africana studies at Binghamton University in New York, the exhibit seeks to “articulate and draw attention to the occurrence of a millennium shift in the epistemological paradigm of art-making and interpretation” while opening “MOCA, Art Basel, and the world to a new way of thinking and being in the world as truly universal,” says Babacar M’Bow, the museum’s new director. Edozie, a Nigerian artist who explores themes of identity in his narrative-based works, will present 50 works making their U.S. debut, including a series of freestanding sculptures constructed from fabric that will form his exhibit’s central installation.



Bass Museum’s New Curator of Exhibitions Reflects on Miami’s Artistic Boom

By Carlos Suarez De Jesus Published Tue., Sep. 30 2014 at 12:11 PM

Photo by Cristina Lei Rodriguez
Jose Carlos Diaz of the Bass Museum.

This year, our fall Arts & Eats Guide lists all that’s timeless and fresh in Miami, from visual art to delicious food. Theater, dance, music, and drinks all make a much-needed appearance throughout the season as well. Pick up one of our printed guides Thursday, October 2, where you’ll find profiles, interviews, and detailed event calendars to guide you through the upcoming cultural season. Jose Carlos Diaz is a pioneer. He helped transform Wynwood from a decaying warehouse district to a booming hothouse for creativity. Born in Miami, he’s one smart guy. In 2003 he turned his own apartment into the “Worm-Hole Laboratory.” It became a rehearsal space and home for cutting-edge art. Then he left town for five years, earning a master’s degree from the University of Liverpool and serving as a project coordinator during the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. In October of last year, he was named the Bass Museum of Art’s curator of exhibitions, just in time for the museum’s 50th anniversary. New Times recently caught up with the dark and handsome 36-year-old to ask about his new job and his views on how much the local art scene has changed. New Times: Where did you grow up? Jose Carlos Diaz: I was actually born in Miami and grew up in Northern California in Stockton. When did you become interested in art? My mother is an artist, so I have always been interested in art, but I also attended after-school art classes as a teenager. Visiting my local museum in Stockton ignited my interest in art and museums in general. You launched Worm-Hole Laboratory in 2003 in your tiny Edgewater apartment building [the Carolyn]. Can you tell us what inspired your mission and a little about the project? I had just finished my curatorial internship at the Rubell Family Collection. There I had learned so much about curating but did not have enough professional experience to become a museum curator or the funds to open my own gallery. The idea was to use my apartment as a rehearsal space. Miami is very entrepreneurial, so I just ran with it. Essentially, it became nomadic because I did not know how long it would last in the apartment or if other opportunities would emerge. One of the things I remember is that after you opened, you ran up a raft of shows in very rapid succession. How has Miami’s scene changed since then? Today it seems like there are so many galleries in Wynwood and the Design District, but it’s interesting to see how others have moved beyond these boundaries and are launching in downtown, west of Wynwood, and more northbound. It’s also amazing to see so many institutions celebrating anniversaries: the Bass, ArtCenter, Locust Projects, PAMM… Time flies, and it is great to see our roots grow deeper. Your apartment was so tiny. How did you manage to shoehorn group exhibits and other events into the space while continuing your daily affairs? I had an empty apartment, various part-time jobs, and lots of ideas! Miami has often had allure for young artists, so inviting someone to exhibit work in Miami never seemed to be a problem. I am not so sure I could do it now. Many of the artists you first exhibited at your space went on to become established Miami names. How did you find these artists? Who were some of the artists who caught your eye early on? I meet most artists through studio visits. I’m a natural people person, so if I connect with the art and the artist, often interesting ideas blossom. Diego Singh, Pepe Mar, and Cristina Lei Rodriguez were some core inspirations. Pepe and I both studied in San Francisco and we moved the same year. I met so many people from 2003 onward. Many artists I met back then are still making interesting work. I always admired the House and the artists involved. Actually, Martin Oppel and Daniel Arsham from the House launched Placemaker later. A decade later I have Martin in one of my shows, so that’s pretty cool.

Carlos Betancourt’s Amulet for Light in “Gold” at the Bass Museum of Art.

Some of your nomadic shows helped cement Wynwood’s nascent scene. How has the area changed since those times, and do you think it still has a future as an incubator for serious curatorial projects, or has that time come and gone? It’s really amazing to leave a transforming neighborhood and return five years later to see it as a true destination filled with galleries, restaurants, and people walking through the streets. Miami is always in motion, and spaces likeGucciVuitton are creating a lineup of shows that I would never conceive. I like that! They’re really thinking outside the box!Back in the early days of Art Basel Miami Beach, you curated a Christmas tree for the Frisbee art fair. Can you tell us about your artsy tree-trimming project? Not many people remember that! Jen Denike and Anat Ebgi, who were active in Miami, invited me to do a project. With little funds and the holidays approaching, I thought ornaments could be interesting since they are so sculptural. I bought a plastic light-up Christmas tree and asked artists to mail me their ornaments. I still use it as my Christmas tree. How has Basel changed since then, and what unifying or long-term impact has it had on Miami’s art scene? Art Basel Miami Beach continues to bring the international art world to Miami Beach. Satellite fairs, fringe projects, and exhibitions orbit that particular week, but I think since the earlier years, Miami is good at being active at showing great exhibits year-round. Lots of wonderful programming takes place too. In 2005 you co-curated “Hanging by a Thread” at the Moore Space, then run by Silvia Karman Cubiñá, who is now your boss at the Bass. What is it like working for her? I have always admired and looked up to Silvia as a mentor, so to work with her is really a dream come true. She has an impeccable eye for great art and curating excellent shows. I’m inspired! Before joining the Bass as the museum’s curator of exhibitions, you worked at the Tate Liverpool. Can you tell us about your experiences at that institution and some of the projects you were involved with there? I was quite lucky to move to a city that was once home to Henry Tate. Although Tate Liverpool is smaller than Tate Modern and Tate Britain, it pre­sents world-class exhibitions, both modern and contemporary, and rotates works from the Tate permanent collection. I was able to work with the collection and also assisted on Charline von Heyl’s solo show and a special project called The Source, which was a large outdoor pavilion by Doug Aitken filled with his video conversations he recorded with leading figures in the creative sector, like Tilda Swinton and Jack White. It was a huge AV challenge installing the work, but very rewarding! From that I curated a show tracking the last 25-year history of Tate Liverpool. Your first curatorial effort for the Bass, “Gold,” marks the museum’s 50th anniversary and is currently on view. How long did you work on your official Bass debut show, and what are some of your favorite works on display? I worked on the exhibit for about a year. As you can imagine, I really love all the works! The online new-media projects, by Patricia Hernandez and Yucef Merhi, are always in a state of flux, and I love that. One continues to monitor the price of gold, and the other, by Patti, is selling a virtual island for bitcoins, a type of online currency unregulated by the government. Anyone can access these works from home [at and]. Silvia has turned the museum’s profile around in short order, giving visiting and local artists a platform to exhibit projects in conjunction with older works in its collection. What’s the importance of this approach in terms of education? Our museum has a permanent collection that really allows us to go beyond and explore many areas. In fact, we have had real success focusing on fashion: Just last spring, Harold Koda curated a show about the subject matter found in Dutch vanitas-style paintings by pairing haute couture with contemporary works also addressing the same themes. What are some of your plans for the Bass, and what role does the museum fill on an institutional scene that has radically changed in the past year? I am working on some exhibitions and projects for the future. Many are a surprise! What can you reveal about yourself that readers might not know? I have a twin brother who won the Latin Grammy last year for best children’s album [Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band].



Art Basel in Miami Beach Launches Art Historical Sector

Benjamin Sutton, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Art Basel in Miami Beach (ABMB) has established itself as one of the world’s foremost art fairs for all things brand new and cutting edge, and now the mega-fair is carving out some space for art history with its new “Survey” sector. Set to debut during this year’s edition, running December 4–7 (see “Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014 Boasts an Intimidating 267 Galleries“), the Survey section will boast 13 mini art historical presentations, including 9 solo exhibitions and 4 thematic shows. The inaugural lineup of Survey presentations will highlight lesser-known artists and movements. São Paulo’s Galeria Bergamin will showcase the work of Brazilian painter Alfredo Volpi, who was especially influential in the middle of the 20th century. Paris’s Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois will showcase two sculptures from around the same period by Niki de Saint Phalle, while Garth Greenan Gallery‘s solo presentation of paintings and sculptures by Paul Feeley will span the early-to-mid 1960s. New York gallery Menconi + Schoelkopf is bringing photographs and paintings by the Canadian-born American Ralston Crawford, one of the leaders of the Precisionism movement. Another New York gallery, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, will show pieces spanning the decade between 1969 and 1979 by conceptual, minimalist, and land art figure Michelle Stuart. Works from roughly the same period by the Chilean Lotty Rosenfeld, including photo, video, and slides, will be displayed by Valencia’s espaivisor. James Fuentes Gallery, meanwhile, will display Fluxus artist Alison Knowles’s Big Book, a walk-in, book-shaped installation that made its debut in 1966. Galleri Bo Bjerggaard will present an exhibition of the Danish sculptor Poul Gernes’s work, co-curated by Gernes’s youngest daughters. Rounding out the solo presentations is Japan’s Y++ Wada Fine Arts, which will show dystopic and melancholy paintings by Tetsuya Ishida. The group shows in Survey boast a similarly eclectic selection. Perhaps most intriguing will be Cecilia de Torres, Ltd‘s exhibition of Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres-García’s self-titled constructivist art movement and workshop the Taller Torres-García, which spanned the 40s and 50s. New York’s Broadway 1602 will bring together works by four women artists who got their start in the 60s and 70s: the late French conceptualist Gina Pane; the New York-based sculptor and painter Rosemarie Castoro; the Brazilian artist Lenora De Barros; and Lydia Okumura, the Japanese-Brazilian artist known for her minimalist site-specific installations. New York-based Outsider art dealer Andrew Edlin will present a two-artist show juxtaposing works by Henry Darger and Marcel Storr. And finally Vienna’s Charim Galerie will show works by three of the Vienna Actionists: experimental feminist filmmaker Valerie Export; conceptual artist Andrei Monastyrski; and early Action painter Alfons Schilling.


ICA Miami Launch is Yet Another Reason to Leave New York in December

Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium Just in case you needed an excuse to make a trip to Miami this winter, the new Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami will open to the public on December 2 with exhibitions by artists Pedro Reyes and Andra Ursuta. Ms. Ursuta’s collection of new work includes Soft Power 1 and 2 (2013), huge sculptures of fists made from quilted comforters. Mr. Reyes’ installation, Sanatorium, will transform the museum’s second floor into a clinic where non-professionals will interview, diagnose, and provide visitors with one of 16 types of therapy, like Gestalt or hypnosis. First staged at the Guggenheim in 2011, it’s a “democratization of therapy, a ‘psychological first aid,’” according to a statement from Reyes on his website. The Mexico City-based artist will be on hand to train volunteer therapists and pass on suggestions for visitors’ treatment during the exhibition’s opening week, which coincides with mega-show Art Basel Miami Beach from December 4 through 7. “The exhibitions will seek to create a unique experience that’s both complementary to and distinct from the fair, and the city,” ICA Miami deputy director and chief curator Alex Gartenfeld told The Observer. ICA Miami’s opening comes after a dramatic spat between the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the City of North Miami. In August, some MoCA staff announced their departure from the museum and their plans to reopen as ICA Miami in the Design District’s Moore Building. Mr. Gartenfeld explained that ICA Miami hopes to set itself apart from the city’s art scene by focusing on emerging and experimental artists and commissioning new works. The opening exhibitions are also making use of the museum’s new 12,500-square foot space in the Moore Building, donated by Miami Design District Associates. Ms. Ursuta’s installations will be integrated into the architectural details found throughout the former furniture showroom’s atrium gallery, added Mr. Gartenfeld. Last week ICA Miami rounded out its leadership with the appointment of new interim director Suzanne Weaver, the former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Weaver replaced Mr. Gartenfeld, who has moved into the position of deputy director and chief curator after previously serving as interim director of MoCA. The inaugural exhibitions will run from December 3 to March 2015 and will be free to the public. Mr. Gartenfeld wouldn’t give specifics on how long admission will remain free, but said only that visitors wouldn’t have to pay as long as the museum stays in the Moore Building.

Peter Marino, Still In Leather, Details the Mammoth Exhibition of His Collection

“One Way: Peter Marino” opens at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach on December 4.

Peter Marino (Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan) It’s always nice to see someone like Peter Marino walk into a fancy party, like he did at a dinner in his honor given by Design Miami Tuesday night, with all the suits and swanky dresses. This is because Peter Marino—the architect responsible for dreaming up most of the world’s high-end boutiques, who is also a designer, muse, motorcyclist and major collector—eschews anything that could be called “fancy” in favor of leather on metal on leather. His outfit for the evening: a leather vest pricked all over with metal studs, leather wristguards with metal spikes, a leather hat with a metal skull, a strand of leather hanging from his neck which holds some metal knives, leather belt, metal belt buckle, metal knuckles with skulls, leather pants, leather boots. All the leather is always black. He’s a great person to honor with a dinner, because he comes complete with three different modes of personality. Sometimes he prefaces everything with a long “Dude…” and sometimes he affects a strong British accent for no reason in particular. He also likes to refer to himself in the third person—not as “Peter,” as one might think, but as “The Pedro.” And then there’s his art collection. He’s got a thing for Renaissance Bronzes—he’s got 36 of them. He’s bought scores of Warhols, hordes of Hirsts, and many, many Mapplethorpes. Peter Marino owns so many Anselm Kiefers that Anselm Kiefer refers to Peter Marino’s house in Aspen as “The Anselm Kiefer Museum.” And this—this collection as loud as his outfits—is the reason for the dinner where he can totally disregard any sort of dress code. In December, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami will open “One Way: Peter Marino,” the first major review of his mammoth collection and his contributions to the world of fashion, architecture, and design. More on that in a second, but first I have to describe my first interaction with Mr. Marino, at the dinner Tuesday. You see, the star architect was not always the jet-setting man in black, the dynamo creator of designer stores, the guy ensuring that the ritziest of retailers could corral the shopper’s eye directly to the products upon entering the store. He was once Pete Marino from Queens, living in squalor and worshipping Warhol, who gave him his first work and exposure. “Dude… I’m just inviting all my friends for a free meal!” he said, swinging one leather-clad arm toward the two tables. (This would be Dude Peter, but he switched to British Peter later in the night, and other people were worried if The Pedro would come out, too). “I just ate at Tad’s Steakhouse for 11 years,” he bellowed. “99 cents a steak! I would just inhale them, and then I would go and stuff them in my pockets, just stuffing all these steaks in my pockets. Here he made some furious swooping motions with his arms toward himself, as if stuffing his pockets full of steak. His current pants were way too tight to have pockets, but the extra-beefy mental image of steaks in leather pockets was a nice one. “When Tad’s closed, I starved for two years,” he went on. “Look, dude… when people ask, ‘Isn’t it nice to have money?’ I’m like, dude… that was like two years ago!” The dinner continued on well into the night, and then, the next morning it was more Marino: he gave a chat in the offices of Peter Marino Architect, which naturally is very, very high up in a Midtown East building. My ears popped on the elevator zooming up, then I was lead past Warhols and Tom Sachs-drawn guides and Han Dynasty vases and Richard Princes and so on and so forth. He was talking about “One Way: Peter Marino,” and once again he had on more leather than all the biker bars in Detroit, and once again he was surrounded by guys in suits, and it didn’t matter. At least he called upon British Peter for the occasion. (Wherever was The Pedro, I wondered.) It was an attractive room, with models and drawn plans for private home commissions—homes in Lebanon, Star Island, Southampton, Sagaponack—and a view of that much-questioned skyscraper, One57, as cranes bring materials up to its peak. Mr. Marino went about describing what sounds like it will be one of the most talked-about things going on during Art Basel Miami Beach. There’s a room of Marino-designed bronze boxes, the walls all made of black leather. There’s a multi-part opera that Mr. Marino made in collaboration with Francisco Clemente and Dior designer Raf Simons. Also in the mix was Jérôme Sans, the co-founder of Palais de Tokyo in Paris and former editor-in-chief of L’Officiel Art, who curated the show. He was video chatting in from France, as one does. “I’m going to give a physical walkthrough of the show and then Jérôme is going to make sense of it all,” he said. He began by showing off the catalog, which had along its spine—what else?—a black leather clasp studded with metal. “Just in case the people didn’t know who the show was about!” Mr. Marino said. There are five commissions in the show. The first is by Gregor Hildebrandt, and it’s on the outside of the building. “I was like, how can that go over the outside of the building? Because I’m not crazy about the way it looks,” he said, to the slight consternation of Silvia Cubina, the executive director of the Bass Museum, who was standing right next to him. The Hildebrand work is a giant portrait of Mr. Marino. “You’ll see it from airplanes 38,000 feet in the air,” he said. He ran through a few more plans for other rooms in the exhibition—a lot of Mapplethorpes, a skeleton wearing a lot of leather called Peter Marino in 100 Years—and then turned it over to Mr. Sans, who began speaking of the show in his own style, one that was slightly more elliptical than that of the punchy, loud Mr. Marino. “The show has this life, and this presence, this skin, and it is going into the future, and the future cannot exist without the past,” the floating head of Mr. Sans said. “I love hearing that the show actually makes sense!” Mr. Marino said at the end of Mr. Sans’ remarks. Then, before everyone was to walk back out through the Hirst-heavy hallways and pieces of antiquities at every corner, someone asked which artist he first bought when he began collecting. “Warhol,” he said, in that put-on British accent. “I know that sounds very chic and all, but I was working for him, and he gave me a painting. He helped me out. One day he gave me a check and said, ‘If you’re smart, you won’t cash that, because my signature is going to be worth more than the check itself.’ But I was broke, so I cashed it. And what do you know! Andy was right.”

NADA Miami Beach 2014 Will Be the Anti-Art Basel

Rozalia Jovanovic, Wednesday, September 3, 2014


NADA Miami Beach 2012 Opening Preview The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has just announced its exhibitor list for the 12th edition of NADA Miami Beach. The art fair, which will take place from December 4–7 at the Deauville Beach Resort, will feature over 90 exhibitors with a little over 40 from New York, and including 36 international galleries, along with 15 exhibitors that are new to the fair. There are around twenty New York exhibitors that are not returning this year, including Churner + Churner, James Fuentes, the Hole, Horton (which merged earlier this year with ZieherSmith), Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Joe Sheftel, Kerry Schuss, Simone Subal, Kate Werble, Feature Inc. (the gallery’s founder, Hudson, died earlier this year), Andrew Edlin, Clifton Benevento, the Still House Group, Know More Games, Recess, and Devon Dikeou. Some, like Clifton Benevento and Simone Subal, are doing Art Basel in Miami Beach this year. Some are not making it to Miami at all this year. Kate Werble said she is attending two fairs in Europe in October—London’s SUNDAY Art Fair and the new FIAC satellite (Off)icielle—and her gallery just underwent an expansion. Some New York galleries that did not partake last year but are exhibiting this year are Bodega, Chapter NY, the Lodge Gallery, Grand Century, Koenig & Clinton, Kai Matsumiya, Simon Preston, Regina Rex, and Tomorrow. “Galleries apply to multiple fairs with multiple types of projects,” Maggie Clinton of Koenig & Clinton told artnet News. “The project we applied with to Art Basel Miami Beach was waitlisted.” While the gallery has participated numerous times in NADA Miami Beach, it did Art Basel Miami Beach last year. This year, it is participating in NADA and Untitled. But she said that their decision about which fairs to attend related more to the formats of the various fairs. “I think that NADA is an excellent format for emerging artists. Untitled is really great for curatorial projects. We have an artist that will be featured at the fair, and it’s the type of project that could not be shown at any of the other fairs.” Other advantages NADA has over the larger fair? “You’re not going to see way too much stuff,” Clinton said. “There’s not a huge discrepancy between larger booths and smaller booths.” While she noted the benefit of the larger audience at a larger fair, she said there was less chance of falling victim to so-called “fairtigue.” “You also have this moment in between, because of the architecture, to just have a coffee, and stop and see more art.” Without further ado, here is the list: Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada The Apartment, Vancouver Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia High Art, Paris, France Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne, Germany, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne Germany Linn Luhn, Dusseldorf, Germany Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, Israel Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy Frutta, Rome, Italy, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Luxembourg Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico Rob Bianco, Oslo, Norway Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Kayokoyuki, Tokyo, Japan Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan Mujin-To Production, Tokyo, Japan XYZ Collective, Tokyo, Japan Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Truth and Consequences, Geneva, Switzerland Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK Ibid, London, UK Kinman, London, UK Seventeen, London, UK Rob Tuffnell, London, UK Rod Barton, London, UK The Sunday Painter, London, UK Jonathan Viner, London, UK Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 247365, New York, Brooklyn, New York Clearing, New York, Brooklyn, New York The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York Courtney Blades, Chicago, Illinois Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, Illinois And Now, Dallas, Texas Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA Thomas Duncan, Los Angeles, CA Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA International Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Overduin & Co, Los Angeles, CA Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, CA Young Art, Los Angeles, CA Locust Projects, Miami, FLA The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI David Peterson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Alden Projects, New York American Contemporary, New York Nicelle Bauchene Gallery, New York Bodega, New York Brennan and Griffin, New York Callicoon Fine Arts, New York Canada, New York Lisa Cooley, New York Chapter NY, New York Independent Curators International (ICI), New York Eleven Rivington, New York Derek Eller, New York Thomas Erben Gallery, New York Essex Street, New York Zach Feuer, New York Foxy Production, New York Laurel Gitlen, New York The Lodge Gallery, New York Grand Century, New York Jack Hanley Gallery, New York Invisible-Exports, New York JTT, New York Karma, New York Koenig & Clinton, New York David Lewis, New York Magic Flying Carpets, New York Marlborough Chelsea, New York Martos Gallery, New York Kai Matsumiya, New York P!, New York Eli Ping Frances Perkins, New York Simon Preston, New York Regina Rex, New York Sculpture Center, New York Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York Tomorrow, New York White Columns, New York Creative Growth, Oakland, CA Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA ===

Suzanne Weaver Will Lead Miami’s New Contemporary Art Museum

Sarah Cascone, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Suzanne Weaver. Photo: Gesi Schilling, courtesy Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, founded by the former board of trustees and staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami (see “MOCA North Miami Closes in Controversy“), is making a fresh start in its new Miami Design District home with Suzanne Weaver, who has been appointed the reborn institution’s interim director. A 20 year art world veteran, Weaver has previously held curatorial positions at institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Alex Gartenfeld, who had served in an interim capacity as director since September of 2013, following the departure of Bonnie Clearwater, has been promoted to deputy director and chief curator. He joined the museum in May of 2013 as a curator. The new ICA Miami looks to move past its troubled MOCA North Miami past, which saw the city fail to provide funding and led to a heated battle over museum leadership (see “The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami Sues City For Breach of Contract” and “Racist Taunts Escalate MOCA North Miami Feud“). It will open in the the Design District’s Moore Building in December, presumably just in time for Art Basel in Miami Beach festivities (see “Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014 Boasts an Intimidating 267 Galleries“). The interim space, provided rent-free by Miami Design District Associates while the board of trustees seeks a new permanent home, measures 12,500 square feet. “We are thrilled to be welcoming Suzanne Weaver as our new interim director, whose talent, enthusiasm, and professional experience will be an invaluable asset as the museum continues to grow,” said Ray Ellen Yarkin, co-chair of the ICA’s board, in a press release. “It is truly an honor to work with such a highly talented and committed Board of Trustees and staff to launch a new museum of contemporary art dedicated to quality, excellence, and rigor,” added Weaver. “Together, we will create an institution that will be an important addition to Miami’s dynamism internationally and make a lasting mark on the intellectual, cultural, and artistic life of the region.” ==

SCOPE Bringing 111 Galleries to Miami in December

Sarah Cascone, Friday, September 19, 2014 Scope Miami Beach. Photo: Scope. Not to be outdone by Art Basel in Miami Beach, PULSE, NADA, and UNTITLED., the venerable SCOPE art fair, now in its 14th year, has announced its exhibitors for its 2014 Miami Beach edition. A total of 111 galleries will be on hand, representing 27 countries and 48 cities. The fair runs December 3–7. With a focus on emerging artists, SCOPE will once again feature its Breeder Program, which provides an important showcase for new commercial galleries. The fair will also introduce a FocusKorea section, a collaboration with the Galleries Association of Korea sponsored by the Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (similar to the Korean section at this summer’s Art Hamptons, as reported in “Hamptons Art Fairs Target Hipster Collectors with Edgy, Nostalgic Artworks“). This year, SCOPE will partner with Juxtapoz Magazine in what is being described as “an exploration of the New Contemporary.” As part of “Juxtapoz Presents,” Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer will design and create an interactive newsstand installation inspired by old Brooklyn, and based on Meyer’s 2009 cover for Juxtapoz. The stand will sell artist-made goods, magazines, as well as the new book, Juxtapoz Hyperrealism. Here is the full list of SCOPE Miami Beach 2014′s participating galleries:

ACE Gallery | Los Angeles Andenken | Amsterdam Art Park Gallery | Seoul Art Projects Gallery | Hong Kong Artside Gallery | Seoul Asterisk Projects | Brooklyn AUREUS Contemporary | Providence Baiksong Gallery | Seoul Barbarian Art Gallery | Zurich Galerija Bastejs | Riga Beautiful Asset Art Projects | Beijing Tally Beck Contemporary | New York Gallery Bhak | Seoul Gallery Biba | Palm Beach Black Book Gallery | Denver blunt | Toronto Bon Gallery | Seoul Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts | Binghampton C-Arte | Buenos Aires C.A.V.E. Gallery | Venice Beach Callan Contemporary | New Orleans Lawrence Cantor Fine Art | Venice Chalk Horse | Sydney Chandran Gallery | San Francisco CHUNG Art Gallery | Seoul Chung Jark Gallery | Seoul Dorothy Circus Gallery | Rome Elizabeth Clement Fine Art | Danvers & New York Ethan Cohen Fine Arts | New York Collage Habana Gallery | Havana Contempop | Tel Aviv Copro Gallery | Santa Monica Corridor Contemporary | Tel Aviv DECORAZON | London Dubner Moderne | Lausanne E3 {a small gallery} | Ostend Faur Zsófi Galéria | Budapest Fifty24MX | Mexico City The Flat – Massimo Carasi | Milan Forré & Co. Fine Art | Aspen Emmanuel Fremin Gallery | New York Fresh Eggs | Berlin Gallery G-77 | Kyoto Gana Art | Seoul Gauntlet Gallery | San Francisco Gallery Godo | Seoul Galerie Frédéric Got | Paris Joseph Gross Gallery | New York Mark Hachem | Paris & New York Hashimoto Contemporary | San Francisco Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art | New York Kashya Hildebrand | London Kirk Hopper | Dallas Dan Hort Projects | New York Inner State Gallery | Detroit JanKossen Contemporary | Basel K + Y Gallery | Paris Kallenbach Gallery | Amsterdam Jacob Karpio Galeria | San Jose Keumsan Gallery | Seoul L’inlassable | Paris La Ira de Dios | Buenos Aires Labartino | Miami Jonathan LeVine Gallery | New York Life as a Work of Art | New York Long Sharp Gallery | Indianapolis Luster | Brooklyn Galerie Magenta | Antwerp Magpi Projects | New York Primo Marella Gallery | Milan Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art | Salzburg & Vienna Miami’s Independent Thinkers | Miami Mighty Tanaka | Brooklyn Mirus Gallery | San Francisco Mordekai | New York Leila Mordoch Gallery | Miami NextArt | Budapest NUNC Contemporary | Antwerp Ohshima Fine Art | Tokyo OTCA | London Galleri Oxholm | Copenhagen Pabellón 4 Arte Contemporáneo | Buenos Aires Paik Hae Young Gallery | Seoul Paradigm Gallery | Philadelphia Parlor Gallery | Asbury Park Pavleye Art & Culture | Prague Phone Booth Gallery | Long Beach Project Gallery | Los Angeles Pyo Gallery | Seoul RARE | New York Red Corridor Gallery | Künzell Red Truck Gallery | New Orleans Duane Reed Gallery | St. Louis Rush Arts Gallery | Brooklyn Gallery Shilla | Seoul Shirin Gallery | Tehran & New York Stick Together | Amsterdam StolenSpace | London TBD Independent Projects | Key Biscayne Thinkspace | Los Angeles Tribe13 Gallery | Redwood Valley Vertical Gallery | Chicago Vice Gallery | Miami Vogelsang Gallery | Brussels Gallery on Wade | Toronto Wallplay | New York Waltman Ortega | Miami & Paris Wanrooij Gallery | Amsterdam Wellside Gallery | Seoul White Walls | San Francisco Woolff Gallery | London Wunderkammern | Rome Yellow Peril Gallery | Providence 55bellechase | Paris == ARTNET NEWS

UNTITLED. Lines Up 96 Galleries for Third Edition

Sarah Cascone, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2014-july-22-untitled-miami-new As if Art Basel in Miami Beach‘s impressively long list of exhibitors wasn’t enough to look forward to this December (see “Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014 Boasts an Intimidating 267 Galleries“), there are also the event’s numerous competing satellite fairs, which are also beginning to announce their 2014 line-ups. The third edition of UNTITLED. (running December 3–7) has just unveiled plans to feature work from over 200 emerging and established contemporary artists represented by 96 galleries and non-profit art organizations from 18 countries, as well as 16 cities in the US. The fair will be hosted in a temporary beach-side pavilion designed by K/R architects under John Keenen. With a newly expanded curatorial team comprising artistic director Omar López-Chahoud and curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, UNTITLED. will host a series of conversations, performances, and events, as well as special projects (see “Miami’s UNTITLED. Fair Adds Curators, Gets New Tent“). As part of the special projects series, Paul Ramírez Jonas will present his volcanic rock and cork sculpture, Publicar V (2010), while French conceptual artist Mathieu Mercier has created a series of new works for the fair, to be shown by New York’s Denis Gardarin Inc. New York non-profit gallery carriage trade will present Cutting Through the Suburbs, a multimedia project memorializing 1970s suburbia and featuring works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Bill Owens, and James Wines/SITE Architects & Howard Silver. The fair is also partnering with online art service Curiator, which will allow UNTITLED. visitors to peruse the fair’s offerings online, creating digital collections, both in the two-week period leading up to the annual event, for VIPs, and during its run, for all guests. Here is the full list of UNTITLED. 2014′s participating galleries: (+) R – Barcelona Ada – Richmond, Virginia Adn Galeria – Barcelona Andrew Rafacz, Chicago Arroniz – Mexico City Artag – Helskinki Art Nueve – Murcia, Spain Arts & Leisure Gallery – New York Asya Geisberg Gallery – New York Bitforms Gallery NYC – New York Bravinlee Programs – New York Carriage Trade – New York Carrie Secrist – Chicago Casa Maauad – Mexico City Cindy Rucker Gallery – New York Cirrus Gallery – Los Angeles, California Cristin Tierney – New York Curro & Poncho – Jalisco, Mexico De La Cruz Projects – San José, Costa Rica Diablo Rosso –Panama City Denis Gardarin Inc. – New York Denny Gallery – New York Document-Art Gallery – New York Espacio No Minimo – Guayaquil, Ecuador Formato Comodo – Madrid, Spain Fredericks & Freiser – New York Fridman Gallery – New York Galería Bacelos – Madrid Galeria Espacio Minimo – Madrid Galería Juan Silió – Santander, Spain Galería Nora Fisch – Buenos Aries Galeria Pilar – São Paulo Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – Montreal Galerie Laurent Godin – Paris Galerie Richard – New York Galerie Thomas Fuchs – Stuttgart, Germany Gallery Sinne – Helsinki González Y González – Santiago Halsey Mckay Gallery – East Hamptons, New York Henrique Faria Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires Hionas Gallery – New York Inman Gallery – Houston Island Press – St. Louis Jack Bell Gallery – London Johannes Vogt Gallery – New York Johansson Projects – Oakland, California Josée Bienvenu – New York Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery – New York Koenig & Clinton – New York Kravets Wehby Gallery – New York Kristen Lorello – New York Lawrie Shabibi – Dubai Little Big Man Gallery – San Francisco Longhouse Projects – New York Lora Reynolds – Austin Lucia De La Puente – Lima Luis De Jesus Los Angeles – Los Angeles Lvl3 – Chicago Makebish – New York Maloney Fine Art – Los Angeles Marisa Newman Projects – New York Marso – Mexico City Max Estrella – Madrid Microscope Gallery – Brooklyn Mite – Buenos Aires Mkg127 – Toronto Monique Meloche – Chicago Mulherin – Toronto Narrative Projects – London Nathalie Karg Gallery – New York Nueveochenta – Bogotá, Colombia Parisian Laundry – Montreal Present Company – Brooklyn Projektrom Normanns – Stavanger, Norway Richard Heller Gallery – Santa Monica, California Rincón Projects – Bogotá, Colombia Romer Young Gallery – San Francisco Ronchini Gallery – London Royale Projects: Contemporary Art – Palm Desert, California Salon Dahlmann – Berlin Sandra Gering Inc. – New York Sic Helsinki – Helsinki Site:Lab – Grand Rapids, Michigan Steve Turner Contemporary – Los Angeles Steven Zevitas – Boston Susan Inglett – New York Taymour Grahne Gallery – New York Threewalls – Chicago Today Is the Day Foundation – New York Universal Limited Art Editions – Bay Shore, New York Upfor – Portland, Oregon Vigo Gallery – London Western Exhibitions – Chicago Y Gallery – New York Zieher Smith & Horton – New York Zürcher Studio, – New York   ==

Announcing PULSE Miami Beach Artists and Exhibitors
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PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is pleased to announce the artists and galleries exhibiting at PULSE Miami Beach 2014. The fair, in a new custom-designed venue on Indian Beach Park, will feature work from over 150 cutting-edge artists presented by a select group of exhibitors from Asia, Europe and the Americas.”As we move into the tenth year of PULSE, we are focused on celebrating artists, who are the core of the fair and the indeed the industry as a whole,” says Director Helen Toomer. “We are excited about our move to mid-Miami Beach and our newly-designed exhibition space that will compliment the presentation and discovery of these artists’ work and we look forward to welcoming the international arts community to our new home.” Read more about PULSE’s tenth year in Miami in the New York Observer and scroll down to read the full list of artists and exhibitors.
PULSE Miami Beach 2014
PULSE Miami Beach at Indian Beach Park. Rendering courtesy of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.
PULSE Miami Beach 2014 Artists & Exhibitors – (Learn more hereArt Mûr, Montreal, Canada: Jinny Yu Ballast Projects, New York, NY: Russell Tyler (POINTS) Beers Contemporary, London, UK: Faig Ahmed | Janneke Von Leeuwen | Tony Romano | Pawel Sliwinski Black & White Gallery/Project Space, Brooklyn, NY: Michael Van den Besselaar Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY: Yorgo Alexopoulos | Edward Burtynsky | Jim Campbell | Robert Currie | Airan Kang | Jimmy Nelson | Jose Parla Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY: Yapci Ramos CC Gallery, Berlin, Germany: Maya Hayuk Danziger Gallery, New York, NY: Christopher Bucklow | Susan Derges | Hendrik Kerstens | Karen Knorr | Jim Krantz | Corinne Vionner Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY: Kiel Johnson | Darren Lago | Sam Messenger | Thomas Witte | Ghost Of A Dream De Buck Gallery, New York, NY: Simon Vega | XOOOOX De Soto Gallery, Venice, CA: Amelia Bauer | Brian Paumier | Ramona Rosales (IMPULSE) DIA Galería, Mexico City, Mexico: César López-Negrete | Ricardo Paniagua Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR: Ann Hamilton | Sean Healy | Isaac Layman | Julia Mangold | Anna Von Mertens Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY: Mark Masyga | Sasha Bezzubov galerieKleindienst, Leipzig, Germany: Corinne von Lebusa | Christoph Ruckhäberle Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, Canada: Jean-Sébastien Denis | Alexis Lavoie | Yann Pocreau Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA: Mia Rosenthal gallery nine5, New York, NY: Soojin Cha | Jessica Lichtenstein | Ignacio Muñoz Vicuña Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark: Barnaby Whitfield | Aaron Johnson | Jean-Pierre Roy | Eric White Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA: SuttonBeresCuller | Chris Engman | Margie Livingston | Whiting Tennis GUSFORD | los angeles, Los Angeles, CA: Genevieve Chua (IMPULSE) Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY: Doreen McCarthy | Jennifer Riley Horrach Moya, Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Aníbal López | Jorge Mayet  | Joana Vasconcelos Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Jim Campbell | Jay DeFeo | Jutta Haeckel | Emil Lukas | Marco Maggi | Andrew Schoultz James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA: Karin Davie | Gary Hill | Alexander Kroll | Cameron Martin | Alwyn O’Brien | Akio Takamori junior projects, New York, NY: Guy C. Correiro | Stuart Elster (IMPULSE) LAMONTAGNE GALLERY, Boston, MA: Gil Blank | Jeff Perrott | Joe Warwell LA NEW GALLERY, Madrid, Spain: Cristina de Middel | Santiago Talavera | Jorge Fuembuena LMAKprojects, New York, NY: Jonathan Calm | Popel Coumou | Claudia Joskowicz | Erika Ranee LYNCH THAM, New York, NY: Carlo Ferraris | Walter Robinson (IMPULSE) MA2Gallery, Tokyo, Japan: Ken Matsubara Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA: Evelyn Rydz | Nathalie Miebach | Deb Todd Wheeler New Image Art, West Hollywood, CA: Cleon Peterson | Retna | Maya Hayuk Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY: Natalia Arias Nuova Galleria Morone, Milan, Italy: Felix Curto | Mariella Bettineschi | Domenico Grenci | Sadegh Tirafkan Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy: Michal Macku | Teun Hocks Patrick Heide Contemporary, London, UK: Pius Fox | Hans Kotter | Reinoud Oudshoorn | Dillwyn Smith Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: Tom Fruin Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO: Andrew Masullo | Gary Stephan | Chuck Webster | John Zinsser Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK: Sue Arrowsmith | Jonathan Delafield Cook | Claire Kerr | Susan Derges | Sandra Kantanen | Jorma Puranen Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Dawoud Bey | Joe Cunningham | Bovey Lee | Nathan Lynch | Vik Muniz Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY: Alyse Rosner | Laurie Lambrecht | Lilly McElroy ROCKELMANN&, Berlin, Germany: Florian Japp | Jeffrey Teuton (IMPULSE) Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA: John Mills Rosa Santos, Valencia, Spain: Andrea Canepa SENDA, Barcelona, Spain: Oleg Dou | Anthony Goicolea | Sandra Vásquez de la Horra | James Clar Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA: Phil Argent | Kathy Butterly | Rachel Lachowicz | Izhar Patkin | Berverly Semmes | Michal Rovner | Kiki Smith Schroeder Romero, New York, NY: Lisa Levy Shulamit Gallery, Venice, CA: Kamran Sharif | Shahab Fatouhi | Tal Shochat Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA: Lauren Fensterstock | Susie Ganch taubert contemporary, Berlin, Germany: Adrian Esparza | Markus Linnenbrink | Markus Weggenmann | Beat Zoderer | Jan von der Ploeg | Dionisio González | Sylvan Lionni Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY: Arahmaiani | Heri Dono | FX Harsono | Agus Suwage Uprise Art, New York, NY: Eric LoPresti | Erin O’Keefe Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: Tm Gratkowski WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany: Erwin Olaf | Mona Ardeleanu | Peter Dreher | Ruud van Empel WATERHOUSE & DODD, New York, NY: Kim Keever | Jean-François Rauzier | Xavier Guardans X-Change Art Project, Lima, Peru: Alessadra Rebagliati | Ana Cecilia Farah| Marian Riveros | MOHO Collective (POINTS) Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY: Marco Breuer | Lorenzo Vitturi | Alison Rossiter | Matthew Brandt | Assaf Shaham YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, Japan: Katsutoshi Yuasa | Kohei Kawasaki (IMPULSE) Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX: Alexander Gorczynski | James Geurts (IMPULSE)

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Miami Art Basel Countdown Report 2013

  • The art deco Delano Hotel, Miami

    Picture: Rex

The concierges’ guide to Miami         vb

A travel guide to Miami’s best attractions, bars, beaches and experiences, as judged by concierges from the city’s best hotels

By John O’Ceallaigh

November 22, 2013 11:46

On the southern tip of Florida, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse Miami offers much more than reliable warm weather and exceptional beaches. A thriving arts scene that supports events such as Art Basel Miami (this year taking place from December 5-8) and various world-class galleries and museums has allowed the city to assert itself as a cultural capital; an established and hedonistic drinking and dining scene means after-hours entertainment is also to hand. Here concierges from three of Miami’s best hotels give their guides to the city’s standout destinations and experiences.

Sharing their knowledge are:
Pedro Alvarez, head concierge at Delano
Noel Lanza, head concierge at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Maite Foriasky, chef concierge at The Setai

 I’m new here. Tell me something people don’t know about Miami.
Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by America’s National Register of Historic Places. It includes 800 structures of historical significance, most built between 1923 and 1943.
Maite: When built, Miami’s Art Deco buildings were painted in pastel colours so their features would show up as different tones of grey in the black and white advertisement photographs of the time.

Which attraction should I definitely make time to see?
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. It was James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and now is a beautifully restored museum and gardens.
Noel: Fairchild Tropical Garden which you may get to by heading south on Old Cutler road. It is home to some of the most unique trees and flowers in the world.
Maite: The famous Wynwood Walls in the Wynwood Art District. The idea of showcasing street art in the area was conceived in 2009 by Tony Goldman, who suggested using the windowless walls of Wynwood’s warehouses as canvases.

Which of the “must-visit” attractions should I avoid?
Ocean Drive at night. The traffic ruins the experience.
Noel: The Bayside district is full of corporate chain restaurants and shops. If you want a nice coffee mug or T shirt, it is a good “attraction”.
Maite: Any and all tours sold on the street; most of these vendors are not licensed guides and a positive, memorable experience is not guaranteed.

Which cultural attraction would you most recommend?
The much anticipated Perez Art Museum Miami.  It should open in a few weeks and it promises to be a great addition to Miami’s cultural life.
Noel: The New World Symphony, Little Havana and its restaurants and Cuban-influenced art galleries. Little Haiti is also a hidden gem.
Maite: I particularly like all the contemporary architecture in Miami; our buildings now have the touch of so many well-known international architects and designers, such as the 1111 Lincoln Road which is a garage by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. I also appreciate The Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts designed by famed Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli.

How can I best experience Art Basel Miami Beach?
The best way is to try to get a hold of a VIP Pass to see all of the best exhibits at speed and in comfort.
Noel: Have a strategy with regards to how you will fit all in four days.
Maite: Allocate one full day to spend at the Miami Beach Convention Center to enjoy the monumental collection of cutting-edge pieces and rare works of art. It’s located two blocks west of The Setai, Miami Beach. Take your time perusing through all the aisles of art. Then, be sure to wander through the public areas of Miami Beach where unusual large-scale art pieces dominate and fascinate.

Where can I take the best picture of Miami?
In the Shore Club Penthouse. The view of the water is unforgettable.
Noel: Standing at the precipice of the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is the bridge leading from Brickell to Key Biscayne. If you face north, you can capture downtown, Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami and South Beach.
Maite: From South Point Park on Miami Beach, where one can see the hotels of South Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, Fisher Island, The Port of Miami and the sun setting behind Miami’s ever-expanding skyline.

I’d like to try something new here – what should I do?
Visit the state’s Everglades National Park. It’s not uncommon to see alligators out sunbathing.
Noel: Yoga at the Wyndwood Walls, a new an upcoming artistic area of Miami. The other participants and yogis are most interesting.
Maite: Many don’t associate Miami with wineries, but a favourite, off-the-beaten-path experience we recommend is tasting the refreshing fruit wine at Schnebly Redland’s Winery in Homestead, which is 50 miles southwest of Miami Beach (on the way to the Florida Everglades). Guests may enjoy wines flavoured with mango, coconut, and guava—the signature fruits of South Florida; or if you prefer beer, they brew coco ale beer. The lush courtyard and natural coral waterfalls will provide a great backdrop for a peaceful afternoon wine tasting.

What’s the most glamorous experience you can have in Miami?
Spend a day in Fisher Island and a night at the Delano Hotel. You’re sure to rub elbows with other glamorous people.
Noel: To attend a gala at the classic and luxurious Biltmore hotel, followed by drinks at Swine in the Coral Gables district.
Maite: Indulge yourself with a ride on a Porsche high-speed boat or spend a leisure day on a luxury yacht, with a massage therapist, yoga instructor or even a private chef on board.

I’d like to buy an unusual souvenir – what do you recommend?
Britto Gallery has really interesting pop art souvenirs. Grab an umbrella to remember the fickle Miami weather.
Noel: A guayabera, which is a type of shirt that’s popular in Latin America.
Maite: Since Miami is home to the everglades, you could pick up some unique alligator souvenirs or visit the Little Havana area for some Cuban collectables.

Tell me a phrase or piece of slang I can use to fit in around here.
“Cafecito”. It’s a Cuban coffee that’s small but strong and you should try ordering it from any of the city’s numerous coffee shops.
Noel: “Dale”, pronounced “dah-lay”. It means “let’s go” in Spanish.
Maite: Don’t be confused if you’re addressed as Mama, Mami or Papi; these are typical South Floridian terms of endearment.

What’s the best restaurant in the city right now?
Zuma is delicious. It’s a modern Japanese restaurant in the Epic hotel.
Noel: After dining at DiLido, here at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – the only oceanfront restaurant in South Beach – Ola is a very nice dining establishment with delicious Latin food.
Maite: I’d recommend The Restaurant at The Setai, recently reopened with a new Mediterranean “Sun Coast” cuisine concept, and the popular Setai Grill.

And where’s best for drinks? I don’t want somewhere touristy.
Delano’s pool bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink during the day.
Noel: The Foxhole on South Beach, which can be hard to find as there are absolutely no signs on the exterior of the building. Also try Blackbird in Brickell, Bardot in Mid-town, and The Local in Coral Gables.
Maite: There’s a hidden gem on Miami Beach called the Broken Shaker, which is a garden lounge featuring specialty handcrafted cocktails with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from herbs and spices from their garden. It is modestly located in the Free Hand Hostel but offers great ambiance whether you’re on a romantic date or out with a group of friends.

What is Miami’s best nightclub?
Story is newest club in town and brings the best DJ’s to Miami.
Noel: LIV in the Fontainebleau is one of the best nightclubs in the US. It has the most vibrant and beautiful partygoers five days a week days a week. The most famous DJs in the world regularly play there and it’s open until 5am.
Maite: It depends what type of night clubs you are looking for: the most popular are Story and LIV, which are famous for bringing DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta to Miami. However, you can also experience more intimate nightclubs such as SET and Mynt Lounge, famous for their resident DJs.

What’s the best beach in Miami?
Delano’s beach and the beach from 17th street to 20th street are both pristine and beautiful.
Noel: South Beach stretches nearly 25 blocks. The sand is white, the water is clear and you will see the best and most well-sculpted bodies in the world.
Maite: Miami Beach was originally a mangrove swamp. In its place now stand 15 miles of sparkling white-sand beaches—from upscale Golden Beach right down to upbeat South Beach. Several large beachfront parks are accessible to the public, though the rest of the beach is hemmed in by hotels and condos. I vote South Beach as the best beach – for its magnificent transformation and unbeatable people-watching.

Any beach rules or etiquette I should be aware of?
Don’t bring glass bottles on the beach.
Noel: You can sunbathe topless on South Beach. As long as it’s legal, it’s ok on South Beach.
Maite: The beach rules are quite simple: no glass containers; no dogs; no camping; no guns or explosives; no cooking. Beach patrols usually turn a blind eye to fishing, as long as it is not inconveniencing fellow beachgoers. Nudity is prohibited except at the north section of Haulover Beach.

I’m going to propose to my partner while I’m here – where should I do it?
I would take advantage of Miami’s beautiful scenery and propose at sunset on the beach when the moon is rising.
Noel: You could charter a yacht and drift along in Biscayne Bay as the sun sets and the moon shines over South Beach. For the actual proposal, you could arrange for a plane to fly over with a banner asking the question.
Maite: Miami has so many romantic proposal spots, including the luscious gardens and parks like Matheson Hammock Park, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and historic venues like the Ancient Spanish Monastery, the Vizcaya Museum and Garden, which offer breathtaking backdrops.

For more on Miami, see
The Telegraph’s complete Miami destination guide



Art Basel 2013: Music, Art Meld At First-Ever Sound/Vision MIAMI At Aqua

Charley Rogulewski Posted December 3, 2013
 Sound/Vision MIAMI at Aqua

VIBE is headed down to Miami for Art Basel 2013. South Beach becomes a paradise for art lovers, with galleries from around the world commandeering the 305 from Dec. 4-8. One stop we’ll be making is the annual Aqua Art Miami, now in its ninth year.

Aqua Art Miami takes over the tony art deco South Beach hotel of the same name on Collins Ave. where each room transforms into an art gallery for the city’s art week. This year, they up the ante with the first-ever Sound/Vision MIAMI parties at Aqua Art Miami. Sound/Vision MIAMI will be bringing in DJs curated by Lyons Wier Music and Audiophile Plus to “illustrate the synergy between visual art and music.” Playing along with Aqua Art Miami’s mission to promote emerging contemporary artists, Sound/Vision MIAMI is bringing together artists, producers and DJs in the art fair format with sets that will complement the art on display.

DJ sets will take place in the penthouse suite and filter through all the rooms and hotel’s courtyard. Local music acts include Jessica Who, Rage Johnson, MeLo X, She’s LB and Thomas Piper. Visual artists include Tobias Batz, Kevin Bourgeois, Beau Dunn, Greg Haberny, Stephanie Hirsch, David Lyle, Bobby Mathieson, Jeff Muhs, James Austin Murray, Edie Nadelhaft, Tim Okamura & Fahamu Pecou.

Stay tuned for coverage of Sound/Vision MIAMI @ Aqua on VIBE. A full schedule of Sound/Vision events at Aqua Art Miami can be seen here.



ART BASEL: The Art Of Music Event With DJ Steph Floss, Meel & Unknwn @ The Shore Club

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“The Art of Music” event Friday, December 6, 2013 from 1:00p to 5:00p Poolside at the Shore Club located at 1901 Collins Ave, Miami, FL. “The Art of Music” will provide an atmosphere where the industry of art, music, and performance collide.

The afternoon festivities will consist of 4 DJ’s: Meel, Iron Lyon, DJ Steph Floss, and Arkitekt; 5 performances: Fly Union, Chase N Cashe, Ducky Smallz, Dee Goodz, King Chip, and Tezo. During the cross music selection of Hip Hop, EDM, and performance; 3 street artists will be creating pieces of art. Free Admission.

Shore Club South Beach Hotel
1901 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-3100



Art Basel Miami Beach: What to Do, Eat and Drink

9:00 AM PST 11/26/2013 by Mark Ellwood
Cavalli Restaurant Art Basel Miami - H 2013
Cavalli Restaurant

Charlotte Perriand’s Beach House Comes to Life at Design Miami

December 3, 2013
Charlotte Perriand’s beach cottage

Charlotte Perriand’s “maison au bord de l’eau” was designed in 1934, but never built until now.

In 1934, the year after her 30th birthday, Charlotte Perriand won second prize in a contest, run by French magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, to design an affordable vacation home. Her sketches for a “maison au bord de l’eau,” or beachside cottage, show a simple, square structure built of wood panels and glass doors, the rooms arranged around an open-air terrace with ocean views.

Charlotte Perriand’s beach cottage

The home’s focal point is a central wooden sundeck.

Its breezy elegance and graceful utility are characteristic of the work of the young Parisian architect, who by then had already been a member of Le Corbusier’s studio for several years. Despite the charm and cleverness of its design, the house was never built—until now.

Charlotte Perriand's beach cottage

The wood-clad interior features simple furnishings and the designer’s recognizable light fixtures.

Nearly 80 years later, Louis Vuitton, whose spring-summer 2014 women’s collections are inspired by Perriand’s legacy, has brought her maison to life. The house makes its debut this week at Miami’s Raleigh Hotel as part of the Design Miami festivities, during which it will be for sale through Sotheby’s.

Charlotte Perriand's beach cottage

A minimal bedroom space displays clothing by Louis Vuitton.

“La maison au bord de l’eau” will be on display December 3–8.

Art Basel Roundup: Volume I

Hebru Brantley;Warhol and Basquiat
by Hebru Brantley

We know you’re thinking about turkey, but Art Basel is already upon us. The 12th edition of the fair, and all the great satellites that have popped up around it has gone and backed right up to Thanksgiving this year. So don’t eat too much, you’ll be needing to squeeze into those party frocks sooner than you can say “pumpkin pie!”
Perhaps the biggest buzz of the week is the long-awaited Pérez Art Museum Miami opening. After endless fund-raising, excitement and hard-hat tours, VIPs are finally invited to a preview of exhibits on Tuesday, Dec. 3, before the museum opens to the Basel-going public the following day.

Ai Wei Wei Installation

Viewers will be checking out Ai Weiwei: According to What? Chinese artists and visionary Ai Weiwei’s exhibition will feature work of the last 20 years, including photography and the large-scale sculptures for which the artist is best known. Expect beautiful and provocative works of art that will evoke social, political and cultural positions on Ai’s native country China, as well as the world at large.

If you can score an invite to the private dinner in Mr. Perez’s honor on Wednesday night, cudos.  Everyone else will be honoring namesake donors honor Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez on Saturday night at the sold-out Pérez Art Museum Miami Gala. More than 700 of the art world’s VIPs are expected to attend the party which includes a reception in the gallery spaces followed by a seated dinner and dancing in the park followed by a private Marc Anthony performance.

Maserati North America is hosting the VIP Toast at PAMM and Maserati VIP Lounge experience for PAMM members and Art Basel VIPs. The museum’s opening party will be on Thursday, Dec. 5. The evening will debut a new project by Los Jaichackers, Night Shade/Solanaceae, a performance of music, video and sculpture. The event will also present The Ghibli, the revolutionary new $64,000 Maserati.

Keith Haring Untitled (car), 1986
Keith Haring Untitled (car) 1986 Buick Special

Speaking of cars, Ferrari is going to be a patron this year partnering with Adam Lindemann’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery, to create Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile at the 1111 Lincoln, which starts Tuesday. Look for “automotive sculptures” by Damien Hirst, Keith Haring and more. The exhibition will kick off with a super exclusive private viewing on Tuesday and will be open to the public on Wednesday.

On the fashion tip, BCBGMAXAZRIA Chief Creative Officer, Lubov Azria will be in town to host a runway show and discussion.  Flavio Briatore and Antonio Percassi of Billionaire Italian Couture are opening their east coast flagship store December 3 in the Buena Vista Post office. We’ll see if they make the deadline – the building is still in the midst of construction that is taking it from restaurant to store. And BAZAAR is hosting a pop-up shop at Soho House’s library open daily from 11am-6pm during the fair. They are promising items to bring curated items off the pages of the magazine into your hands, not unlike ELLE Spa.

Art Miami
Art Miami

Art Miami is celebrating it’s 24th edition (it started long before Basel or the other young satellites) and is an Art-Week must-hit. The fair, which is the leading contemporary fair, will commence on Dec. 3 with a blow-out VIP preview, and will be open to the public the following day. Get tickets here.

Michy’s Miami Beach pop up in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens will seat an intimate 100 guests per night with a four-course menu at $135 per person. Guests can make reservations and pre-purchase tickets at

Haute Living Honors Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz with wife Alicia Keys

Of course, most of these events are invitation-only, but there are some parties that present another level of difficulty to score invites. Most of these you won’t read about til after they occur, but we’ll give you a taste. Architect Richard Meier is designing the Galerie Gmurzynska at Basel, and to celebrate, he’s holding a private dinner at newly opened restaurant Sea Salt, an upscale fish restaurant on the Miami River.

Jeff Koons will have a dinner at Braman Motors, there is the famous Aby Rosen dinner at the W on Thursday and Haute Living will host a plethora of private parties that include a dinner for IWC with very important guests like Karolina Kurkova and Micky Arison on Tuesday. They’ll be with Hublot on Star Island on Friday serving up Dom Perignon and a Hebru Brantly installation curated by Swizz Beatz.

Meanwhile, Haute Living’s watch-centric offshoot Haute Time will host another Dom-soaked party with Roger Dubuis and cover hunk Gerard Butler at the W South Beach with Russell Simmons, Serena Williams and a handful of top-secret VIPs.

Save some energy for the after hours. This is Miami, after all, and unlike Cinderella’s pimped out wheels and duds, Art Week doesn’t end at midnight.

Cy Wait’s Adoré nightclub is opening it’s doors on Thursday night for their grand opening  – and strictly VIP list celebration. Get the whole lowdown on Cy (aka Paris Hilton’s ex) and Adoré here.  Everyone is waiting with bated breath for this nightlife heavyweight to change the club game for the better.

Amy Sacco’s New York celebrity hotspot, No. 8, will take over Rec Room for a quintessential Basel party. Big names and familiar faces will be a given here. Mansion is pulling out all the stops for Basel with two big names in the biz. Mega DJ, label boss and super producer Mark Ronson is taking over on Friday night and world-renowned artist Boy George will hit the turntables on Saturday.

amfAR Milano 2012 After Party Presented By Fendi'O - Inside
Mark Ronson

Too much to handle? We know, but we’re far from finished. Next time, we’ll cover pop ups, satellite fairs and much, much more in Volume II. In the meantime, take a look at what Haute Art Ambassador Sarah Arison has to say about her Basel strategy here.

Art Basel Roundup: Volume II

Omar’s Brave Society Dinner will benefit Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and maybe, feature an appearance from the diva herself

Basel starts….now! Yes, two days earlier than in years past, but this is a behemoth no one can stop. Although this is just a fraction of what’s going on this week, it’s the good part.

A Charlotte Perriand design for Cassina

Design Miami opens on Wednesday with an entrance designed by formlessfinder, which, for us, is reason enough to check it out. 1960s modernist Charlotte Perriand is a big name at Basel this year, with multiple exhibitions on view, including a solo exhibition called Charlotte Perriand—A House in Montmarte. Additionally, there will be showcases of her work in three different locations, the Cassina Showroom, the Louis Vuitton boutique – which has had the facade redone in her honor – and at the Raleigh – where a Design Miami satellite exhibition will take place making a Perriand-themed ‘house’ with Louis Vuitton.

FENDI Casa is presenting Facets of Art in the Design District on Thursday. They will debut the new Bentley Collection while displaying the works of artist Maria Pergay. As this is sponsored by Bentley, as in our favorite luxury car, it is certain to be tres luxe.

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Modern Life Concept House is Elle Decor’s sprawling, 10,300 square-foot private waterfront estate designed by renowned designers, such as Daniele Busca, Fernando Wong, Sam Robin, Wade Hallock and more. The Miami Beach home will be open to tour this week and we’re sure it will be amazing.

Art Britannia is an exhibition that proudly celebrates craft, technical skill, mark making and gestures that reflect British art. The official opening is on Dec. 5, hosted by the British-American Business Council. It is curated by Ben Austin and produced by designer and artist Karelle Levy. Come by for a spot of tea and taste of Anglophila.

art brittania
Art Brittania

Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski are celebrating the debut of Stalker, an exclusive installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg, and presenting their new collection, Crystalactite, with a private cocktail reception at their Design District location.

A month-long pop-up devoted to delectable drinks made with only the best ingredients, as well as small, savory plates like Carbonara Croquetas and rock shrimp Ceviche, seems too good to be true, especially since it will be at Miami Beach’s iconic Hotel Astor, which is being restored to its original Art Deco splendor. Drinking Room, created by renowned chef, Giorgio Rapicavoli, launches on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and will run through New Year’s Eve.

David Datuna’s Viewpoint of Billions art collaboration with Google Glass will have its public debut at New World Symphony on Dec. 3. The exhibition will feature an interactive experience with Google’s latest technology.

Marina Abramovic
Matthu Placek’s Marina Abramovic

Matthu Placek’s A Portrait of Marina Abramovic is the first of Placek’s body of “moving portraits,” which captures the subject’s life story without dialogue. There will be screenings every 15 minutes from 6 pm until 3 am Wednesday- Saturday at the Jewel Box on the YoungArts campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd).

Ocean House invites guests to view “The Girl at Jellyfish Lake,” a surrealistic underwater encounter of a girl and 5 million jellyfish, featuring photography by Amber Arbucci. The merriment will be accompanied by grand piano melodies and a chance to talk with Arbucci herself. Opens Dec. 5.

Girl at Jellyfish Lake

Carlos Betancourt’s latest commission, Appropriations From El Rio: As Time Goes By, is a large-scale complex installation consisting of hundreds of three-dimensional elements. The artwork is produced with the collaboration and assistance of architect Alberto Latorre. The work has been commissioned by the new restaurant on the Miami River, Seasalt and Pepper Brasserie. The unveiling will coincide with the opening of the restaurant on Dec. 5, which will be an invite-only reception. It will be open to the public the following day.

Calos Betancourt

If you want to take a break from all that art there are parties galore, as we mentioned in the Art Basel Roundup I. Audemars Piguet is having a blow-out with Pharrell, and Omar’s Brave Society dinner that is for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which will be sponsored by Paddle 8 and Haute Living.

Then of course there’s the party-slash-installation that you can’t get into no matter how hard you try. Read more about it here.

One of the best little fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week, is Aqua, which is now part of Art Miami and opens on Dec. 3 for an exclusive VIP preview and on Dec. 4 to the public. The classic South Beach hotel is equipped with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy intimate courtyard. Aqua is sure to be a favorite gathering spot for relaxation and discussion of new contemporary art.

Light and Paper
Ritz Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach has emerged as a serious player in the art game this year. The Ritz is collaborating with Diana Lowenstein Arts gallery for a limited-edition installation suspended in the hotel’s lobby. Light and Paper, the name of German sculptor Angela Glajcar’s work, is on loan to the Ritz from Diana Lowenstein’s private collection and takes a center-stage spot for all to see.

Real Housewife of Miami and Haute 100-lister Lea Black will be at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday from 6-8 pm to celebrate the success of her After Five crystal handbag line. The hotel’s lobby bar will feature “Lea-tinis” made with Zry Vodka and couture cookies. Handbags from Lea’s line will be on display and available for purchase.

Bonus: the hotel is offering a valuable resource exclusively to its guests. Art Basel Ambassador Noel Lanzas is the go-to Basel expert to help guests plan and navigate through parties, events and exhibits so that they can enjoy the best of Basel without the headaches of planning and organizing their own schedules.

Art consumers will be going wild over this year’s crop of satellite fairs. While they’re all amazing, hitting them all might be too lofty of a goal. Here are our suggestions:

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Basel with YogArt. Presented by Jugofresh, the exercise in Jivamukti yoga will take place beginning Thursday at Wynwood Walls in the heart of the Art District. Baselers will have the opportunity to “Take a Breather During Basel,” and participate in an enhanced yoga experience produced by Arlene Chaplin, Dawn B. Feinberg and Lee Brian Schrager.

Breakfasts and brunches are always a big thing. The Rubell Family Collection’s artistic breakfast is on Thursday from 9-12 pm with the theme “Faith.” The meal opens their new exhibition, “28 Chinese,” which was curated after six visits to China between 2001 and 2012 during which they checked out over 100 artists’ studios. Pulse will host a brunch on Thursday as well. And then, there is The Sagamore’s Annual Basel Brunch which is an important time for Basel elite to recap and recover. The brunch is hosted by hotel owners Marty and Cricket Taplin, alongside six local museums, on Saturday and is also great chance to check out the collector’s latest acquisitions and installations

And for those who wish Basel would never end…. LDV Hospitality continues the festivities with the Hendricks Shuffleboard Party at Gale rooftop on Monday, Dec. 9th, and the Falling Wishes dinner at Dolce on the 10th.

Good luck and happy Baseling!

From Elton John’s cocktail party to the big Ai Weiwei show, the must-attend events this December.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

After 10 years of drawing the arterati to Miami Beach every December, Art Basel has its own traditions (beyond reliable sightings of Calvin Klein). Developer Aby Rosen always throws a dinner for an eclectic, elite bunch at the hottest new restaurant, while’s bash often wins the title of the week’s buzziest. This year, it will take over the Freehand Miami Hostel on Dec. 6 for an art-tech happy hour. (Make a mental note to check out the new food and drink place by Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi of Freehand’s pop-up cocktail joint Broken Shaker when it opens.) Concept boutique The Webster also will host its annual passel of private dinners for everyone from Eddie Borgo to, yes, Klein.

PHOTOS: The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach

Gatecrashers will want to snag entry to Elton John‘s AIDS Foundation cocktail party Dec. 2, hosted by Givenchy muse Marina Abramovic, and Perez Art Museum Miami‘s 700-person gala, with a Marc Anthony performance, on Dec. 7. After two years of construction and more than a decade of discussions, the landmark $220 million art space, renamed in honor of donor and local developer Jorge Perez, will debut with a show by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Retail magnate Galen Weston and wife Hilary will host a rival event the same night at their gallery on Vero Beach, which will show Jasper Johns, a blockbuster worth the hours-long drive.

With Jeffrey Deitch‘s annual event gone since he shuttered his namesake gallery in New York (long before resigning from the MOCA board in July), MoMA’s PS1 shindig at the reinvigorated Delano on Dec. 6 may win party primacy this year.

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As the fash pack flocks to Basel, expect ritzy store openings, from Swiss brand Philipp Plein to Longchamp to Maison Laduree, where a party Dec. 3 will celebrate its collaboration with artist Will Cotton, who developed a new macaron flavor (ginger-infused whipped cream), among other creations.

Miami’s “foodaissance” (per local blogger Jacquelynn D. Powers) doesn’t deny the city’s showgirl soul. Roberto Cavalli‘s lavish, leopard-printed namesake restaurant opens just in time for Art Basel, serving Tuscan cuisine plus Tenuta degli Dei wine from the designer’s own vineyard. After a decade of being rechristened the Design District, Buena Vista on the mainland is finally drawing foodie folk and will soon be home to Richard HalesBlackbrick, a 50-seater Chinese restaurant named after the bricks of tea once used as currency in China. It will offer house-made noodles and even smoked charcuterie made on site.

STORY: Inside the Art Basel Fair: Miami’s A-List Party

If all this sounds like sensory overload, producer David Hoberman advises: “The best way to survive Miami Basel is to take a run on the beach at the end of the day and jump in the ocean and let the water and art from the day wash over you.”




As Art Basel arrives, South Florida begins its seasonal sizzle

By Michael Kaplan

November 25, 2013 | 9:28pm

Miami’s high season approaches next week, with flights from New York quickly filling up and beach conditions now turning optimal.

Slick gatherings such as Design Miami and Art Basel will soon make their annual arrivals. And local legends are primed to present their latest cultural and culinary wizardry, such as chef Michelle Bernstein, who will unveil a pair of dining concepts — Michy’s Miami Beach Pop Up and the Garden Café — inside the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens from Dec. 3 to 7.

This year also marks the opening of three new South Beach hotels on Collins Avenue. Funky-but-chic and freshly ribbon-cut last week, Redbury Hotel South Beach (from $419), from Sam Narazian’s SBE (which also owns SLS Hotel South Beach), outfits its 69 rooms and suites with turntables and features a new Italian restaurant, Lorenzo, helmed by Spiaggia veteran Tony Mantuano.

The 74-room Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, opens in February; its spa and beachfront pool are reserved just for hotel guests and bring a big dose of wellness to the usual South Beach hotel party scene (from $499). Meanwhile, Shelborne South Beach will reopen its storied doors in early 2014, fresh off a $150 million reno. Sporting 200 rooms, the hotel will also boast the buzzy restaurant Morimoto South Beach and an interior design scheme courtesy of fashion-minded Richard Mishaan and Meg Sharpe of NYC’s The Lion and The Crown (from $389).

The guests-only beachside pool at the Metropolitan by COMO.

Food-wise, the city’s big-name chef flood is showing no signs of letting up. Stephen Starr is launching a local-leaning bistro, Verde, inside the city’s new Perez Art Museum Miami; the resto and museum both debut on Dec. 4. Seafood lovers will swoon at the Collins Avenue outpost of Lure Fishbar, operating out of Loews Miami Beach Hotel and scheduled to be ready for Basel. In the lobby of Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Michael Mina 74 is poised to launch in early December as a restaurant/bar/ultra-lounge with a hyped-up comfort-food menu: potpies, truffle omelets, grilled snapper and the like.

On a far more down-to-earth level, the guys behind hip Miami hostel Freehand will soon debut an organic, shared-plate restaurant inside the historic 1930s house on property. Hangover cures can be found via the fried chicken and waffles breakfast at Tongue In Cheek in the SoFi district. Then there’s the Cypress Room, with its mounted deer heads amid mid-century design — a Design District hot table with a spot-on “new-American” menu.

Colorful plates at the Cypress Room.Photo: The Genuine Hospitality Group

On the nightlife front: Radio Bar, with an actual radio tower built into the place, has gone from pop-up to permanent, and Albert Trummer, a co-founder of NYC Chinatown lounge Apotheke, brings his incendiary cocktail show to the at the Rubell Hotel with Drogerie. Do Not Sit On The Furniture is a frills-free dance club from DJs Behrouz and Will Renuart, whose Electric Pickle is considered a Mecca for EDM lovers (423 16th St., 305-450-3809). The faux down-low theme continues at Patpong Road, a sleazy-by-design bar situated atop the very good Thai restaurant Khong River House, just off Lincoln Road Mall, and set up to resemble an idealized version of a back-alley Bangkok dive.

Or if you want to dabble in the nightlife sciences, try the vitamin/mineral infusions at Club Essentia spa on the Delano’s top floor. There, Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s custom-mixed feel-good IV drips will get you revved for your next run on the town.

The Club Essentia Spa (go for the mineral infusions) crowns the Delano.

Energized or not, Miami’s serious shoppers make their way to the Design District. Fab men’s shoes and bags dominate the recently opened Berluti, where you can play a game of pool while waiting for your shoes to be hand-patinaed. Flashier kicks can be found in Christian Louboutin Boutique Homme, with colors ranging from cherry red to camouflage.

Nearby, in Wynwood, check out of the city’s best private museums, such as Rubell Family Collection and de la Cruz Collection, along with a cool galleries. Must-sees include Frederic Snitzer Gallery, David Castillo, Gallery Diet and the newly opened Mindy Solomon, specializing in emerging artists.

The area also has must-eats and drinks: The Wynwood Brewing Company, where you can sit at the bar and watch the craft brewers in action; Gramps, a performance space cum locals bar that is well suited for grooving to live rock bands or chilling on the patio between games of bocce; and the Japanese/Peruvian dining spot SuViche, which wows with a Pisco bar stocked with a dozen different infusions of the South American spirit.


1. Fusion MIA Fair, Dec. 3-7: Grey Goose fuels  this year’s art-, celeb-, film- and fashion-focused meet-n-greet.
2. Art Miami, Dec. 3-8: Over 125 global galleries headline Miami’s longest running art fair, now in its 24th year.
3Interactive Art Fair, Dec. 3-8: Art, tech and education engage in a cultural ménage à trois over this digital media fest.
4. “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic,” Dec. 4-7: Catch the world premiere of artist Matthu Placek’s short film installation in the Jewel Box on the YoungArts campus.
5. ART ASIA Miami, Dec. 4-8: Works from Near Eastern, Middle Eastern and South East Asian artists, this event draws tens of thousands.
6. Brazil Art Fair, Dec. 4-8:This fair features 40 galleries from South America’s artistic HQ.
7. INK Miami Art Fair, Dec. 4-8: All prints, all the time at this “works on paper” art festival.
8. NADA Art Fair, Dec. 5-8: The New Art Dealers Alliance is behind the only major art fair run by a non-profit.
9. PULSE Miami, Dec. 5-8: Focusing only on contemporary art, PULSE makes its ninth go-round.
10. YogArt, Dec. 5-8: Graffiti art park Wynwood Walls once again hosts this relaxing alternative to Basel’s mania.


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Maman Gallery To Open First US Location In Miami Design District November 2013

Esteemed South American art dealer and gallerist Daniel Maman to open first US gallery in heart of Miami’s Design District

MIAMI, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Daniel Maman, renowned Argentine art dealer and prominent figure in the Argentinian culture, is slated to open Maman Gallery, his first US gallery bearing his name and located in the heart of Miami’s Design District in November 2013. Maman Gallery’s grand opening will launch with an exclusive collection of historic and contemporary artwork collected by Daniel Maman himself, along with his wife, Patricia Pacino de Maman, over their years spent traveling the globe while sourcing rich new art.

Since the start of his career, Maman has invested in art; and as a result, his personal collection comprises of 2,000 works of art, all of which are owned by Maman himself. The largest modern and contemporary art gallery in Buenos Aires bears Maman’s name, as he’s managed and curated important collection pieces by a plethora of notable South American artists over his 37 year career. The gallery’s Buenos Aires location opened in October 2001, where it quickly became recognized among the art community for promoting both established and emerging contemporary artists. Over the years, the quality of Maman’s gallery exhibits have earned him acclaim from critics, as well as world wide recognition.

Maman recently moved to Florida with his experience and knowledge not only to show interesting art, but to also drive a cultural movement. Similar to the Buenos Aires location, Maman Gallery will offer art seminars, by both curators and collectors, and will also offer interdisciplinary events related to both design and fashion. Focused in both Modern and Contemporary art, the new space will exhibit  historic Latin American artworks: Arte Concreto,  Geometric Art, and Kinetik Art. Maman will also showcase the work of contemporary Argentinan artists who are part of the international market, and who are part of the most  important museum collections in the world: Leon Ferrari (MOMA, Houston Museum); Guillermo Kuitca (Moma, Tate Gallery), Alberto Greco (Reina Sofia), Liliana Porter (Whitney, Tate Modern), Nicola Constantino (Daros Foundation) and Fernando Canovas (Ivam).

In addition to handling Abstract artists, the gallery also shows the works of Figurative and Neo Figurative painters, such as Colombian artist Fernando Botero, artworks of the Argentinian group Mondongo, and artist Daniel Scheimberg, who will have a solo show and whose catalogue’s prologue will be written by American artist Peter Halley.

Maman Gallery is located at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 204, Miami, Florida 33137. For more information, please visit their website at


Maman Fine Art, headed by gallerist and archivist Daniel Maman and Patricia Maman, has locations in both Miami and Buenos Aires, and represents over twenty artists concentrated in traditional forms of sculpture and painting. The principal objective of Daniel Maman Fine Art is the international promotion of young artists as well as those already established in Argentine art. The physical architectural design of the gallery creates a neutral environment that does not compete with the works on show, allowing for a wide range of artistic manifestations creating distinct spatial experiences while maintaining the character of a great singular space. For more information, please visit

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This Is The Art Basel Party You Can’t Get In To. Literally.

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Brandi Reddick, the Director of the Public Arts program for the City of Miami Beach told me about the most exclusive party going on during Art Basel this year. After all, if anyone would know, it is Brandi. But how come I was not invited? Did you get the invite? Where is this uber-vip extravaganza going on?

No one was invited. No access at all for that matter. And the party is going on at the Port of Miami Beach in two containers, red carpet, drapery like the Delano and search lights. I should not forget the many Cadillac Escalades that will be lined up outside.

Do you still not understand? Well, this public arts program was created by Jim Drain and Bhakti Baxter, two of Miami’s most notable artists who are making a mockery of this whole ‘uber, ultra, beyond VIP party’ trend behind basel, and now it is coming to life on December 3-7 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. When I asked Brandi her thoughts on this project, she pauses, then tells me “it is a rif on the fact that everything is VIP and you can’t get in.” Ha, I guess the joke is on us.



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Gearing up for Art Basel Miami Beach

By Page Six Team

November 25, 2013 | 3:03am

Art Basel Miami Beach is gearing up for Dec. 5 through 8. More than 250 galleries will be showing from 31 countries at the fair, while big parties are being thrown by gallerist and collector Adam Lindemann, real estate tycoon Aby Rosen and art dealer Larry Gagosian. Lindemann’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery is throwing a VIP preview for Ferrari’s Piston Head exhibition on Dec 3. Artists including Damian Hirst and Joshua Callahan will feature automotive sculpture. On Dec. 4, Roger Dubuis, in partnership with Dom Perignon, will host a private dinner hosted by Gerard Butler. The evening showcases the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, alongside the Jeff K
oons-designed Dom Perignon bottles. Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel are throwing a late-night fête celebrating Limited Edition by Jeff Koons on Dec. 5, at Wall with music by DJ Ruckus and DJ Zoe Kravitz. Also Dec. 5, Architectural Digest, Amy Sacco and Miami Cocktail Company are hosting the No. 8 pop up at the James Hotel. And Artsy is also throwing a dinner that night celebrating the new John Baldessari Studios at the CalArts School of Art.





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‘Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar’ to travel to Design Miami

design / 19 Nov 2013 /By Nick Compton

The greatest hits from our annual Handmade exhibition took over 12 windows of London store Harrods in October – and now the show is hitting the road ahead of its American debut at Design Miami in December

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The first outing of the Wallpaper* Handmade best-of show – a spectacular presentation across 12 windows of Harrods department store in London – brought Brompton Road to a standstill. Now the show is leaving Europe for the first time and is set to wow visitors at Design Miami.

The display – which includes around 70 works from the four year run of Handmade exhibitions in Milan as well as five brand new pieces produced in collaboration with Jaguar – will be on view in the Miami Design District from 4-8 December.

For those of you who don’t know, Wallpaper* Handmade is our groundbreaking celebration of contemporary design and craft, cutting edge materials and production techniques. Showcasing collaborations with the world’s best designers, artists, makers and manufacturers, it has become a must-see during Salone del Mobile. The show in Miami includes one-off pieces from Karl Lagerfeld, Konstantin Grcic, Poltrona Frau, Naoto Fukasawa, Brioni, Michael Anastassiades, the late David Collins, Peter Saville, Barber Osgerby, Hervé Van der Straeten, Johanna Grawunder and more.

The Jaguar project includes five new collaborations between the legendary motoring marque and designers Fredrikson Stallard, Moritz Waldemeyer, Mathieu Gustafsson, the architects Neri & Hu and marble specialist Salvatori. Jaguar will also be displaying two new models, the F-type and F-type Coupe, as well as the C-X17 concept vehicle, outside and in the exhibition venue.

Opening hours:
Wednesday 4 December: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 5 December: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday 6 December: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 7 December: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 8 December: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

‘Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar’ runs from 4 – 8 December 2013
Wallpaper* Handmade Gallery
3841 NE 2nd Avenue,
1st Floor, Unit 103
(Entrance on NE 39th Street)
Miami Design District



Heineken Mural Project brings beer, bikes and (of course) huge murals to Wynwood for Art Basel

Heineken Mural Project brings beer, bikes and (of course) huge murals to Wynwood for Art Basel

Art by Trek6

By Amy ReyesSix renowned street artists including Chor Boogie, Estria, Prime, Trek6, CP1 and Don Rimx painted the town – Wynwood specifically – as part of the Heineken Mural Project. Each artist was given the mission to interpret Heineken’s “Open Your World” message and the murals can be viewed with ease by renting a Deco Bike, the bike sharing program that launched on Miami Beach and Surfside, which will have a station located outside of Wood Tavern (2531 NW 2nd Ave.), home of the Heineken Beer Garden during the Art Basel festivities.

Zip around the streets of Wynwood on the Deco Bike and, at each mural use the QR codes located on the Heineken Mural Project map and on each work of art to get info on the mural, the artist and special events. Deco Bike will also have a station by Art Miami in MIdtown, making it the next destination after the Heineken Mural circuit.

Stayed connected to Twitter to find out when and where the Heineken Mural Project will be hosting unexpected pop-up parties by following #heinekenmurals. Also view work by Heineken artists at The Workshop Collective (171 NW 23 St.) from Dec. 6-9 from 2-7 p.m. daily.


DB Bistro Moderne’s Beluga Vodka Terrace Art Basel Pop-Up: Free Cocktail if You Know How

By Laine Doss Thu., Nov. 21 2013 at 9:00 AM
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DB Bistro Moderne is hosting an Art Basel pop-up lounge.

From November 30 through December 9, db Bistro Moderne’s terrace will be transformed into a chic afternoon bistro (complete with fluffy pillows for lounging) when it hosts the Beluga Noble

Russian Vodka Terrace.The special Art Basel pop-up will offer cocktails crafted with Beluga vodka, made with Siberian Artesian well water. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, enjoy the Bardot ($14), made with Beluga vodka, yellow chartreuse, cucumber juice, honey, and fresh lemon.Don’t want to pay for your drink? Here’s how to get one on the house.Visit the Christie’s Auction House exhibition, “Art Deco Highlights,” located on the fifth floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (home of db Bistro Moderne), show your ticket, and your Bardot cocktail is free. The exhibition, presented in correlation with Miami Art Week, is also free and open to the public December 3 through 5.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Guide to exclusive parties

 If you don’t have an invite, don’t think about crashing these artsy soirees
Basel Celeb Events
Cindy Crawford, left, and Stephanie Seymour

By Lesley Abravanel |

It’s that time of year again, time when everyone who’s no one attempts to make the rounds, rubbing elbows with high rollers, art dealers, artists and artful codgers swarming in the “scenenful” swelter of the behemoth that has become Art Basel Miami Beach. Despite the misnomer, the entire city will be full of these types and events – we’re just waiting for the invitation to 7-11’s convenience store confab. Of course, the ticket everyone seems to want is to whatever farce Lady Gaga has planned. Stay tuned, stand by and stand down, ‘cos here we go (for now… this list will be constantly updated as event information is released):

Tuesday, December 3

Alina & Anthony Kennedy Shriver & Stephanie Seymour Brant & Peter Brant host the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction hosted by Sara & Ugo Colombo at their Miami Beach estate. Event will feature live auction of contemporary works. (By Invitation Only, aka BIO)

Reception for famed fashion photographer Marco Glaviano and supermodel Cindy Crawford at Art Miami’s Cindy Crawford Lounge. Yup, you read right. To prove it, the lounge will launch a brand new collection of diamond dusted canvases of iconic black + white photos of Crawford from the 80s and 90s. Nearby also within Art Miami’s VIP preview is an appearance by the elusively ubiquitous Banksy – vis a vis “Heart With Bandages,” a controversial mural he created during his now fabled NYC spree showcased by gallery owner Stephan Keszler.  (BIO, until both the Crawford Lounge & Banksy exhibit open to the public December 4-8)

Drinking Room pop-up at the Hotel Astor. Launched by Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli, this boozy Baselite could be command central for the chic elite. And if not, it’s ok, because the locals will be here regardless. For more information on drinks and edible art installations with Singapore’s Janice Wong, click here.

Speaking of rooms for drinking, open to the Baseling and non-Baseling public as of the expected opening date of November 25, is Cipriani Downtown Miami’s new lower level Cipriani Bar. We confirmed with a rep and, thus far, the Cipriani Bar is a Basel-free zone (BFZ) when it comes to events.

Wednesday, December 4

W Magazine’s editor in chief Stefano Tonchi & French label Vionnet’s creative director Goga Ashkenazi host a Pérez Art Museum Miami opening premiere of Suspension of Disbelief, a short film by Tim Walker starring Kristen McMenamy & Ben Whishaw. (BIO)

Miami-based footwear and accessory brand Del Toro and Italia Independent’s Founder (and Fiat heir) Lapo Elkann will host an exclusive cocktail event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to inaugurate the new Miami Beach pop-up shop and celebrate the launch of the Del Toro X Italia Independent collaboration line at 2000 Collins Ave. (Cocktail party BIO, pop up, open through March, is open to the public daily (and nightly) during Basel from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Thursday, December 5

The aforementioned Del Toro will host a block party at its headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Ave, Suite 22, Miami) featuring custom 1/1 original hand-painted shoes in a variety of Del Toro silhouettes by approximately 50 artists from around the world. Full mural walls by six famed artists – including Stash, Evoca1, Michael Vasquez, Johnny Robles and Magnus – will be unveiled to commemorate the debut of Del Toro’s Art Basel collection. To top it off, barbecue bites will be prepared by Henry Hane, former chef of Eating House, as well as a live musical performance by an undisclosed special guest. (Undisclosed guests are the best kind.) Even better, this one’s open to the public.

Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski will host a private cocktail reception from 7 – 9 p.m. at Maison Martin Margiela (3930 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 101, Miami) to present their new collection ‘Crystalactite’ and celebrate the debut of ‘Stalker’, an exclusive installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg. (BIO, stalkers need not apply)

Friday, December 6

Art + Music + Beach at The Official VH1 + SCOPE Party featuring a live performance by Tegan and Sara at Ocean Drive and 9th St. (BIO – sort of. Says a publicist, “the public will have a chance to be a part of it all by situating themselves just outside the space for what is bound to be another unforgettable musical and artistic experience.”)

Saturday, December 7

The Sagamore’s annual Art Basel Brunch is a hot meal – and a hot ticket – especially for the stalkerazzi. Though a few Miami freeloaders frequently find their way into this one, for the most part, the brunch is pretty exclusive. (BIO)

Party Patrol: Art Basel Music Edition

Big name DJs and local bands converge on Miami for the Art Basel festivities.


By Ms. Vique |

Music, art and more – Art Basel has arrived!  It’s a non-stop week of performances fused with amazing art installations and some of the world’s most notable socialites, celebrities, musicians and artists. Basel has invaded Miami all the clubs, bars, and lounges are battling it out with stellar entertainment to keep you busy all week long. Here’s my Party Patrol: Art Basel Edition.

Dec. 4

Perrier invites you to Midnight in Miami
1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
Perrier Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach, a larger than life public art installation by Desi Santiago to run daily from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  In honor of the event, there will be  two private parties celebrating the opening of The Black Lords installment.  On Tuesday evening there will be a VIP Penthouse party with music DJ Juan E and hosted by Lady Fag, Erin Newberg, Tony Ferro  and Lauren Foster.  There will be complimentary vodka and Perrier cocktails until 10 p.m.  For more information email

Basel Vandals presents Afrobeta
327 NE 59th Terr., Miami Beach;
Start Basel week with an Extravaganza at Fusse Studios with a performance by the electro-pop duo Aftobeta along with a performance by local band Astrokats and DJ VybeMode.  The three-day event will feature plenty of live art, live music, and plenty of drinks to keep you dancing through the week. Admission is free and starts at 1 p.m. each day

Bardot and Moca Shakers present Young Guru vs. Just Blaze
3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami;
Enjoy a special performance as Bardot and Moca Shakers presents Young Guru vs Just Blaze as part of the Art Basel week kick-off. These two creative producers will keep you rocking until the morning hours in a special installment of the World Famous Ricky Powell Slide Show.

Dec. 5

Pop-Up Piano at The Perry Hotel 
2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Start off Basel with a special performance brought to you by the Steinway Piano Gallery with Pop-Up Piano Miami featuring famed rock and jazz pianist Elew and internationally-acclaimed singer Yuna from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  For tickets visit

The Hoxton’s License to Thrill Weekly Live Set welcomes Basel
1111 SW First Ave, Miami;
The newest addition to the Brickell nightlife scene, the Hoxton is getting in on Basel with a week long live music series that kicks off on Wednesday. The beach house-inspired venue will showcase artists throughout the week with live art performances along with live music each day.  Wednesday get down with the Juke starting at 9 p.m. Suenalo and DJ Johnny the Boy take over on Thursday; Locos Por Juana and DJ Andres Amadeus on Friday; and Mayday! and Dj Contra  on Saturday.

LIV presents Dita Von Teese
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach;
LIV nightclub is kicking off Basel week with a special performance by the Queen of burlesque, the sexy Dita Von Teese as she presents her Opium Den Show.  It all kicks off at 11 p.m. with music by DJs Ruen and Jessica Who.

Basel festivities continue on Thursday with a special Basel edition of Cedric Gervais Sh!t Show, and a performance by international superstar Richie Hawtin on Friday celebrating music and technology.  Basel week at LIV finishes on Saturday with a performance brought to you by GUESS featuring international start DJ Tiesto along with special guest AllureTickets are available in advance.

PAX Miami presents Armada Fania
337 SW 8th Street, Miami;
The Armada Fania Club & Pop-Up Store is a four-night event at PAX Miami and will feature eight top DJs from Miami, Boston and NYC who will be playing the original and remix sounds the label that is often referred to as the “Motown of Latin music.” The week of events kicks off on Wednesday with Bobbito Garcia (aka Kool Bob Love) & The Brass King followed by Rice & Beans Sound System on Thursday, Whiskey Barons & Mr. Pauer on Friday, and Radio Rios & DJ Africa on Saturday. In addition to the music, the Armada Fania will feature the live art of Santiago, a New York based pin up/portrait artist. For it all starts at 8 p.m. each night.

Dec. 6

Peace on E(ART) at Fifty
485 Brickell Ave., Miami
Join artists Rubem Robierb, Alex Yanes, Alan Feldmesser, David Lavernia and many more as they come together at FIFTY Miami to help raise funds for children living in Central and South America with Planting Peace. Enjoy the live music by Elastic Bond and performance by Elemental Expressions Entertainment group.  It all starts at 8 p.m., for tickets go to

FUSION: Art Basel 2012
55 NW 36th Street, Miami;
Talib Kweli, Sean Paul, Laurence Gartel, Bonnie Beats, Dj Epps, and many more will come together Thursday night for a one of a kind FUSION Art Basel event to benefit students in Broward and Miami-Dade county and keep art alive.  There will be an Art To Wear Fashion Show by Art of Shade, Lila Nikole, Lisu Vega, and The Art Institute.  It all starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available at

Daytime, Downtime, Basel Hang at Wood Tavern
2531 NW Second Ave., Wynwood
The cool laidback bar gets in to the spirit of Basel with the Heineken + Friends’ kick-off of “Daytime, Downtime, Basel Hang” with sounds by king of disco and R&B re-edits Sleazy McQueen; Electric Pickle’s Will Renuart; girl about town Camp Gabby and Chang will be serving up some crunchy disco and funky beats from 1-8 p.m.  Immediately following at 9 p.m., locals art fair Miami’s Independent Thinkers will be hosting their VIP after party.  For more information contact Michelle at

The party continues at Wood Tavern Friday with the Artsy Fartsy party with New York Djs Lawrence Lee and Kieren Taylor.  On Sunday get ready for a Basel inspired Backyard Boogie starting at 1 p.m. with special guests Justin Miller (DFA), Dexter Love and Ess & Emm. 

MADE IN MIAMI heads to Room Service Lounge
929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;
Miami’s own Oscar G is back and bringing his stellar MADE in MIAMI show to the newest lounge to hit South Beach.  Head over to Room Service lounge and enjoy house beats by one of one of the biggest DJs to come from our city.  Doors open at 11 p.m. Early arrival is suggested and you must RSVP by emailing or calling 305-600-9414.

Dec. 7

SET and Haute Living present the official After Party for Domingo Zapata

320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach;

Set nightclub and Haute Living have teamed up to present the official after party of contemporary artist Domingo Zapata.  Dance all night to music by DJs N’dy and Ideal until 5 a.m.

“Future is Now” event at Gavanna
10 NE 40th Street., Miami
New York City invades Miami for a night of progressive sights and sounds with special guests DJs Proper Villains, G. Brown, Nikolas, Kimyon and more. Get ready to experience an interactive installation of multimedia expression, blurring the lines of art and music with technology.  It all starts at 10 p.m., you must be 21 and older to get in.  Enjoy complimentary cocktails courtesy of Voli Vodka.  For complimentary admisiion RSVP to

Bamboo presents the EC Twins

550 Washington Ave., Miami;
Bamboo is getting in on the action with performances by big names all week long long.  Kick off the weekend with special guests EC Twins as they take over the decks on Friday followed by Alex Guadino on Saturday night.  Tickets are available in advance at

Dec. 8

All aboard the French Express at the Vagabond
30 NE 14th St., Miami;
Come as you are and take it easy while you board the French Express featuring music by DJs Perseus, Jonas Rathsman, Moon Boots and Chris Malinchak along with residents A-Train, Wasabi and more for a special Basel edition of Back Door Bamby.  Doors open at 10 p.m. and admission is only $10.

Mansion presents ARTY
1235 Washington Ave., Miami;
Russian Trance and electro house DJ Arty is taking over the turntables at Mansion for a special edition of Others Play House, We Play Mansion. He’s rocking the decks with tracks like “Must Be Love,” “Underground” and many more.   It all starts at 11 p.m.

Seth Troxler at WALL
2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
Party it up at the exclusive WALL lounge with special guest Seth Troxler along with Davide Squillace and Damian Lazrus for an evening of intense house music and amazing art as part of the Basel Dancing Finale event. Table reservations are strongly suggested, dress code is strictly enforced and you must be 21 and older to get in.  Advance tickets available.

Locos Por Juana at The Stage Miami

170 NE 38th Street, Miami;
Wynwood’s premier live music venue the stage will host a week-long list of events in honor of Basel with performances from amazing artists.  Saturday night check out the Rigid II Graffiti in Miami unveiling of their mural painting on the exterior wall of the Stage Miami with a special performance by Locos Por Juana. Guests will enjoy Mojito cocktails compliments of The Stage and all the local cigar aficionados, a cigar roller will be onsite.  It all kicks off at 10 p.m.

Also at the Stage this week, hip-hop legend Rakim to perform alongside ArtOfficial and the Problem Kids on Friday starting at 8 p.m. and kick off Basel week on Wednesday with Mochilla en Miami alongside a live performance by Zynzelay, THEESatisfaction and Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Dec. 9

Space Presents  Dark Light Sessions with Fedde Le Grande

34 NE 11th St., Miami;
Fedde Le Grand is taking over Club Space as part of his North America Take Over tour to bring you the Dark Light Sessions alongside Louis Puig. Tickets are currently $30 in advance.

Start the party a night early with LA Riots on Saturday. 

Amazing Sundays at Nikki presents Bob Sinclar
1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach;
The Sunday beach event at Nikki Beach Miami presents international superstar DJ Bob Sinclar alongside Bruno Robles and Felipe Kaval this Sunday in honor of Art Basel.  He’s taking over the decks following the signature Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.).  Tickets are currently $20 in advance. Also note UR1 Music & Art Festival ticketholders will be granted access with proof of ticket and are excluded from the cover fee.

Treehouse Miami presents Heroes Miami the Magic Art
323 23rd Street, Miami Beach;
Cocoon Heroes Miami and LINK Miami Rebels take Art Basel out with a bang with special guests Dubfire and Stacey Pullen and more as they showcase the “Into The Magic” theme from Cocoon Heroes. Doors open at 11 p.m.


Baselmania Miami Beach 2013 will see the debut of the Herzog& Meuron designed Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Several exhibitions are planned, including a massive Ai Weiwei show that will include several new works. The Rubell Family Collection will be showing Chinese contemporary artfrom their collection. MoCA North Miami will have a British YBA sensation Tracey Emin showcase. VHI will have an blowout party at the Scope Fair in Miami Beach on Friday night of Miami Basel Week from 8pm-12pm. This will be at the same time the spectacular 20 block live music street block party happens in the Wynnwood Art District of Miami. There will be multiple stations of sponsored bands. And do not miss Wynnwood Walls, the gigantic street art display showcase that is refreshed every year for Art Basel Miami Beach with the best international street artists. In recent years there were free cocktails and fresh popcorn made on the spot. Its overrun with fabulous young people from Miami mixed with the Art Basel crowd. Don’t miss Design Basel. Last year it was the most up-in-the-clouds exhibition in Miami. Astounding design works by history making artists.

Vincent Johnson, The October Paintings, 2013, in progress.

Several new fun and amazing restaurants and bars are in the works in Miami and Miami Beach. Zahad Hadid is building a condo skyscraper in downtown Miami. Miami Beach and places such as Coral Gables are especially enjoyable and relaxing places to stay even before the fireworks begin and the art fair action commences. Brooklyn’s superstar Lucali pizzeria has opened in Miami Beach. A 3-D video of performance artist Marina Abramovic will be in a glass pavillion in Wynwood and will be shown nightly. Their will a “floating chalet” on the Miami river. Ai Weiwei is having a retrospective at the new PAMM art museum in Miami. The Rubell Family Collection is showcasing contemporary art by 28 Chinese artists in their collection. The FAILE BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach takes place at a vacant retail space on the corner of 16th Street and Washington Avenue. The public is invited to tackle the games from December 3 – 8. New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery will showcase the work of Kehinde Wiley in the Level 5 space for the 2013 fair at the 1111 Lincoln Road building designed by Herzog & Meuron. There will be a 3-D video portrait of performance art great Marina Abramovic playing in Miami during Art Basel in Miami Beach. “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” screens nightly, December 4-7, in the Jewel Box at the YoungArts campus, 2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.




Hautest Art Basel Collaboration: Colette Paris et the Alchemist Miami Beach

1111_Lincoln_Road_at_nightWho would thought that global competitors in the fashion industry would essentially collaborate? Well, it has happened, and it just happens to be during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.

In 1997, way ahead of it’s time, the genius concept store of Colette in Paris, France, opened its doors, starting a global trend. A multi-faceted boutique with edge, taking risks, full of designer, unattainable and select items, well, this is what made Colette a destination. I was a customer when I was fifteen, and ‘till this day, I still see people waiting in line to enter. In 2007 on Miami Beach, newlyweds Erica and Roma Cohen opened the Alchemist; a Miami version of Colette, carrying top labels with a very curated selection of merchandise for that jet-set, well dressed woman and man. What do Sarah, Roma and Erika have in common? Style is the blue-blood that runs through their veins.

So what happens when you put two creative minds together? Magic!

This Art Basel at 1111 Lincoln Road on the fifth floor of the garage, there will be a ‘drive-thru’ experience, where you can purchase items ‘to-go.’

Sarah Lerfel Andelman, founder of Colette, tells me “we always love to come to Miami. During Art Basel, it’s even more special. When we visited 1111 Lincoln Road, we fell in love with this location. And suddenly, after the drive-in at the Grand Palais in Paris last June, we had this idea of the drive-thru and so, to us it’s a real dream come true, especially to be able to do it with Alchemist in Miami. Roma and Erika Cohen are the best possible partners. They’re passionate about what they’re doing and that’s our rule! We’ll have an incredible selection of art items, we’re super proud to bring them to Miami in exclusivity… ”

Colette, Paris. Where I Got My First Pair of Chloe Pants at Fifteen. Spoiled?

Now let me walk you through this. You will arrive to the garage at 1111 Lincoln Road (if you are not a Miami native, this address serves many functions including retail, food and parking that encompass one block) and downstairs when you pull in to the “Colette Art Drive Thru at Alchemist.” There will be a window where you order from a virtual menu of specially chosen items. Then you will continue around the drive-thru and wait for a “carhop” (girls on roller skates) to bring out your order. But rather than malts, burgers, and fries, shoppers will access only exclusive items developed by Colette’s Sarah and Alchemist’s Roma and Erika Cohen for the concept. Participants include some of the most compelling names in art, fashion, and culture working today, such as Kehinde Wiley, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Arsham, Julia Chiang, Pharrell x Moncler, José Parla, Kenzo x Toilet Paper, Kitsuné, Chrome Hearts, Luis Morais, and Thom Browne. The window will also be stocked with Colette and Alchemist shop picks (graffiti artist André for Orangina, Jean-Michel Basquiat x Nuit Blanche, “Happy Meals” featuring a limited edition Keith Haring coloring book from the 80’s once belonging to Richard Prince). In addition, specially co-branded drive-thru items designed by Yorgo & Co. will be available for purchase during the Art Basel installation and at Colette. Alchemist, which has a longstanding Miami Art Basel affiliation with New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery, is also pleased to showcase the work of Kehinde Wiley in the Level 5 space for the 2013 fair.

I Would Never Miss a Colette Event! Even with An Allergy Attack, I Went To The Reed Krakoff Book Signing in Paris with Neige Guiton and Fred Dechnik.

Now, Here is a Preview of What is Available at the Drive Through……

Orangina Collaboration with Andre. Oui, Merci!
Thom Brown Winter Set, J’Adore!
Moncler Sunnies. Yes Please!
Etnia and Yves Klein Blue Merger? I’ll Take Two!
Nuit Blanche Basquiat Candle…. mmmmm…..
Piston Head general invite copy

PISTON HEAD: Artists Engage the Automobile

FAILE and BÄST Take Third “Deluxx Fluxx Arcade” to Art Basel Miami Beach

By | Nov 19, 2013 | 7:27 am |

FAILE and BÄST Take Third "Deluxx Fluxx Arcade" to Art Basel Miami BeachImage via Allen/Cooper

Last month, we interviewed the Brooklyn-based art-making duo of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, who produce under the collective moniker FAILE. Though they gave us an intimate look into the workings of their collaboration, they neglected to mention a new version of their Deluxx Fluxx, a custom-made arcade of interactive artworks, is set to debut soon.

The duo, along with fellow Brooklyn artist BÄST, heads to Art Basel Miami Beach December 5 – 7 with the third edition of their custom-designed pinball machines, custom-programmed video games, and “psychedelic foosball” tables, all playable by the public. Check out some in-process images of the arcade above, straight from the Brooklyn studio of McNeil and Miller.

Not only are the games unique each to themselves but the playable cabinets are also works of art, the caliber of which only FAILE and BÄST could achieve. The result of each device is a multimedia artifact that forces one to reconsider the arcade games of years past—even Pong was art in this context.

This is a dynamic the artists, too, have recognized. To let them describe it:

Deluxx Fluxx challenges the contemporary art world’s fixation on ideas of relational aesthetics and democratization, and gives the audience a chance to genuinely engage with the work without feeling the pressure of the traditional gallery environment.

The Deluxx Fluxx first showed at The Outsiders in London, in 2010. Later that year, a version showed in New York City.

The FAILE BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach takes place at a vacant retail space on the corner of 16th Street and Washington Avenue. The public is invited to tackle the games from December 3 – 8.

Game on!

Adore Nightclub Miami’s grand opening set during Art Basel, December 5th – 8th


Gear up folks, it looks like two of Vegas’ biggest nightlife connoisseurs, Cy Waits and Cory McCormack, will “take their talents” to South Beach starting this December. The newly developed Adore Nightclub, located beside the beautiful Boulan Hotel on the famous Collins Avenue, has set its grand opening during Art Basel from December 5th through the 8th. Adore will be Miami Beach’s first brand new venue to open its doors in nearly a decade and comes fully equipped with exquisite decor, 12,000 square feet of space, a Funktion-One sound system, and custom 3D LED sphere.

Both partners come from prestigious backgrounds; Cy Waits was formerly the managing partner of XS Nightclub inside of the Encore hotel (alongside twin brother Jesse Waits), Drai’s afterhours in Bill’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon Las Vegas, and Drai’s Hollywood in the W Hotel while Cory McCormack of Ocean First Group was the mastermind of nightlife in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas and is widely credited for the success of Body English, Rehab, and Wasted Space.

Joining these two as the Talent Buyer of Adore will be Alex Omes, a co-founder and former partner of Ultra Music Festival, and the face of the Surfcomber and Clash pool parties at the SLS Hotel.

With Adore’s presence destined to heat up the already ultra-competitive South Beach nightlife scene, dance fans the world over should look forward to a Vegas-caliber nightlife experience during their yearly pilgrimage to Miami Music Week.



Permission To Be Global / Prácticas Globales
Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (CIFO): December 4, 2013–February 23, 2014

PREVIEW (Press Only): Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4–6 p.m.


The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), join forces on the exhibition Permission To Be Global / Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, featuring contemporary works by artists from across Latin America. Drawn from the holdings of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder and president of CIFO, the exhibition premieres during Art Basel Miami Beach (December 4-8, 2013) and then travels to the MFA in March of 2014. Incorporating sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation and performance art from 1960 to the present, Permission To Be Global / Prácticas Globales features 61 artists from over ten countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Together their works explore what it means “to be global,” when free and equal cultural exchange is still limited by the power dynamics of globalization. After years of underrepresentation at home and abroad, many of these artists are now leading the discourse about contemporary art’s reach across international borders, while still reflecting social and political issues at home. At CIFO, the exhibition will feature more than 80 works, and visitors to the MFA will experience 60 of these in the Museum’s first-ever exhibition dedicated to contemporary Latin American art. Permission To Be Global / Prácticas Globales showcases many artists never before seen in New England, along with new installations and performances inspired by the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.

CIFO Special Events during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Wednesday, December 4 – Sunday December 8

Special Art Basel Times 9:00am – 4:00pm

Breakfast Served Daily 9:00am – Noon

Open to the Public. Free Admission

Wednesday, December 4:

9:00 am Exhibition officially opens. Permission To Be Global. Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.  In view from December 4, 2013 – February 23, 2014.

  • CIFO Art Space
  • Open to the Public. Free admission.

Permission To Be Global is a collaboration between the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) featuring more than 80 works, dedicated to contemporary Latin American art. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation and performance art from 1960 to the present, the exhibition explores how avant-garde artists from the Caribbean, Central, and South America have become integral to discourses on “international” contemporary art after years of exclusion from institutions at home and abroad.

11:00 am Talk: Cuauhtémoc Medina. Doctor in History and Theory of Art (PhD) from the University of Essex, UK, and a degree in History from Universidad Autónoma de México.

  • CIFO Art Space Auditorium
  • Open to the Public. Free admission.

December 4, 2013 – February 23, 2014:

9:00 am Interactive installation of a Spanish-language used book store by artist Pablo Helguera. Donceles Bookstore, 2013. Courtesy of the Artist and Kent Gallery, New York.

CIFO Art Space Library

Open to the public. Free admission.

Proceeds to benefit a charity. TBD

Thursday, December 5:

11:00 am Guided Tour. Permission To Be Global. Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.

CIFO Art Space Auditorium

Open to the public. Free admission.

Tour guided by exhibition curators, Jen Mergel, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Friday, December 6:

CIFO Annual Brunch hosted by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.

Private event. By Invitation Only.

Friday, December 6

9:00 am Interactive sculpture with taffy by artist Valeska Soares. Push Pull , 2013. Courtesy of the Artist and generously funded by Kreemart

CIFO Art Space Piazza

For the exhibition at CIFO, Soares has proposed a new interactive outdoor installation through Kreemart, Push Pull (2013), which extends her explorations with sugar. For Soares, sugar is a culturally significant material associated with overconsumption and excess in American society. Although ripe with connotations around the innocence of childhood, it may lead to intoxication and addiction. Sun-warmed masses of taffy will hang from metal hooks traditionally used to pull and stretch the candy, and visitors are invited to consume chunks of the slowly stretching sculptures. Push Pull parodies the line drawn.

Saturday, December 7:

11:00 am Panel discussion.  Brazil in Latin America: Jen Mergel, Liz Munsell,  Luiz Camillo Osorio

The discussion will bring together Curators Jen Mergel the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Liz Munsell the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum of Fine Arts Boston; with Luiz Camillo Osorio the Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ), to discuss the place of Brazilian contemporary art within conceptions of Latin American art.


  Latitude, Brazilian Galleries,Art Basel Miami Beach
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Latitude: Brazilian Galleries Announce Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Programme

DATE: 14 NOV 2013

Latitude: A platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad has announced its programme for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013. This December, the project will support 13 Brazilian galleries in showcasing leading contemporary art at Art Basel’s 12th edition in Miami Beach. As the premiere international destination for Latin American galleries, the project will also see 9 additional Brazilian galleries displaying work at five satellite art fairs across Miami; Context, Scope, Art Miami, Untitled Art Fair and the Brazil Art Fair.

Stand Highlights for the galleries exhibiting at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 in the Galleries Sector include Casa Triângulo, which will present installation works by the New York based collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus and renowned artists Albano Afonso, Eduardo Berliner, Joana Vasconcelos, Mariana Palma, Sandra Cinto and Vânia Mignone. Galeria Fortes Vilaça will showcase work by up and coming Brazilian artist Erika Verzutti, who is also currently participating in the 2013 Carnegie International and Bienal do Mercosul. Works by Mariana Mauricio, Mauro Piva and Sandra Gamarra will be displayed by Galeria Leme and Galeria Luisa Strina will exhibit work by Argentinean artist Eduardo Basualdo. Galeria Nara Roesler will show geometric structures by renowned Brazilian artist Artur Lescher alongside works by Antonio Dias, Carlito Carvalhosa, Lucia Koch and Paulo Bruscky. Verme lho will showcase Jonathas de Andrade’s political video installation ‘The Uprising.’

Within the other sectors at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Luciana Brito Galeria will present new work by acclaimed artist Marina Abramović within the Kabinett Sector as well as a video work by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich within the Film Sector. Within the Nova Sector, Mendes Wood DM will exhibit site specific installations by Deyson Gilbert and Marina Simão and Anita Schwartz Galeriawill bring a selection of works by three renowned Brazilian artists; Abraham Palatnik, Antonio Manuel and Carla Guagliardi whose practices have all remained relevant since the 1950s and 1960s within Brazil. Silvia Cintra+Box4 will showcase the work of emerging artist Laercio Redondo and Baró Galeria will showcase the work of artist Lourival Cuquinha for the Positions Sector.

Nine Brazilian galleries will display work at satellite art fairs across Miami and five of these including Central Galeria, Galeria Estação, Logo, Mercedes Viegas Arte Contemporânea and Paralelo Gallery will be showing work for first time at an international fair. Logo will be exhibiting at SCOPE (3-8 December 2013) and the Brazil Art Fair (4-8 December 2013), Galeria Pilar will showcase works by Andre Ricardo, Montez Magno and Rodrigo Sassi at UNTITLED Art Fair (4-8 December 2013).Athena Contemporânea will display works at Art Miami’s sister fair CONTEXT which focuses on mid-career and emerging artists (3-8 December 2013). Bolsa de Arte de Porto Alegre will exhibit at Art Miami (3-8 December 2013) and in addition to Logo, Central Gale ria, Gal eria Estação, Mercedes Viegas Arte Contemporânea, Paralelo Gallery and Galeria Emma Thomas will have stands at the new Brazil Art Fair (4-8 December 2013).

Latitude: Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad announces programme for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013, 5 – 8 December 2013.

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November 11, 2013, 12:17 pm

3-D Video Portrait of Marina Abramovic Coming to Miami During Art Basel


News that there will be a 3-D video portrait of performance art great Marina Abramovic playing in Miami during Art Basel in Miami Beach next month may provoke compulsive eye-rolling for many, as it did initially for me, but artist Matthu Placek’s six-minute, one-shot short — in which Abramovic appears nude and ghostly pale inside her under-construction performance art center — is in fact very beautiful and surprisingly moving. Abramovic’s intense energy and piercing, tear duct-opening stare translate uncannily well to 3-D.

Placek’s short film, “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” (2013), will make its public debut in Miami next month during ABMB at the “Jewel Box,” a modernist pavilion in Wynwood whose all-glass exterior is clad in stained-glass windows that fill the space with color. At a recent preview screening in New York, Placek described the series of musical cycles through which visitors will move up the building’s staircase, around its interior, and into the screening area. The space is currently in a raw state similar to that of the future Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, which Placek captures spectacularly in an epic crane shot that makes sensitive use of the 3-D format. The soundtrack, a splendid translation of an ancient Greek song performed by Serbia’s Svetlana Spajic, amplifies the film’s power.

The National YoungArts Foundation — who, with Visionaire, co-produced the film — is making over the Jewel Box building with a design by Frank Gehry, but in the meantime it will host screenings of Placek’s film every day during ABMB (December 4-7) for free, every 15 minutes, beginning at 6pm. “I originally wanted it to be from dusk until dawn,” Placek said at the preview screening, “but we’ll probably have to shut it down a little earlier — maybe 3am.”

“A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” screens nightly, December 4-7, in the Jewel Box at the YoungArts campus, 2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.

— Benjamin Sutton

Sagamore’s Art Basel Exhibit Pays Tribute to Moving Image

👤by Visual Arts News Desk November 14

Sagamore's Art Basel Exhibit Pays Tribute to Moving Image

Art collectors and owners of the Sagamore Hotel, Martin and Cricket Taplin-also the Art Hotel’s curator-are pleased to announce the installation – FRAMING THE MOVING IMAGE. The exhibition explores the way artists capture, compose and represent traditions and histories, as well as the changing material landscapes – locally and globally – through the moving image.

FRAMING THE MOVING IMAGE will open to the public at Sagamore, The Art Hotel, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, providing an opportunity for guests to experience and to view this new installation of innovative film, video and performance art, among other select works.

The entire installation was curated by John Hanhardt, world renowned film and media art curator, and embraces the diverse styles and genres from the avant-gardes, beginning with 1950s and 1960s, to contemporary reflections of present media landscape that will highlight the variety of practices shaping today’s art world. In addition to media art, Mr. Hanhardt has selected, as part of the installation, several photographs from The Cricket Taplin Collection.

Hanhardt has held curatorial posts at MoMA, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. He is currently consulting as Senior Curator for Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Works permanently installed as part of FRAMING THE MOVING IMAGE, include the following:

  • In Interstices, a site-specific piece created for the Sagamore, Bill Beirne collaborates with a Miami-based dance company to choreograph a series of live performances that re-enact behaviors that might ordinarily take place in areas monitored by surveillance cameras. The performances will be captured by cameras located around the hotel and projected on a widescreen video monitor in the lobby.
  • Shannon Plumb’s Paper Collection (2007) takes a playful look at fashion models and the fashion industry in a video narrative in which she plays all the characters.
  • Star Spangled to Death (1956-1960), by legendary avant-garde artist Ken Jacobs, is a seminal eight-hour film featuring Jack Smith and other artists. A virtuosic collection of filmed and found footage, it comments on American history and the state of the economy.
  • The Water Series, a multi-channel meditation on the movement and texture of water by Ernie Gehr, is displayed on screens installed on the hotel’s garden wall. Gehr is one of the leading artists of the international avant-garde cinema, and his films are distinguished by their formal elegance and treatment of filmic space and time.
  • Between the Frames (1983-1991), by Spanish artist Antoni Muntadas, is a major multi-part series that examines the art world through chapters that explore the roles played by dealers, collectors, galleries, museums, docents, critics, and the media. Produced over 20 years ago, it is an extraordinary representation of the art world and a revealing reflection of what has changed, and what has not. This is the first time it will be presented on a hotel channel.
  • Reflecting on the history of film technology, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s “Threadbare” is a film projector wrapped in 16 mm film footage that creates a silhouette suggesting Mickey Mouse’s head. The richly imagined sculpture offers profound insights into the nature of the medium.
  • Kathleen Graves is a new-media artist who creates a richly imagined body of work out of the materials of technology and everyday life. Her playful and beautiful Bot Studies, 2013, are small sculptures made from packaging, plants, and found materials. They refer to robots and botanical drawings and are a rendering of possible new life forms.
  • Takeshi Murata is one of the most exciting new artists exploring digital moving-image making. The elaborate, Night Moves (2013), a collaboration with Billy Grant, creates an imaginary narrative centered on a virtual studio floating through space. Hypnotic and beautiful, it represents a new artistic sensibility that appropriates from cartoons, Anime, and popular culture.
  • Raphael Montanez Ortiz created a number of important avant-garde films, including Newsreel (1958), which deconstructed found footage, and Dance Number 22 (1993), a computer-laser video that manipulates a sequence from a Marx Brothers film.
  • The photographer Peter Moore interpreted the avant-garde events of the 1960s and 1970s in New York City. Iconic images such asUntitled (Nam June Paik performing at Café Au Go Go), November 9, 1964;Trisha Brown, “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building,” 80 Wooster St., NYC, 1970; and Untitled (Joan Jonas, “Organic Honey’s Vertical Roll), 1973, are evidence that he was a key artist of his generation.

John Hanhardt participated in advising the Sagamore on the selection of the new, cutting-edge equipment and technology necessary to best present the installation.


Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Fairs Guide

By Morgan Golumbuk/ Miami New Times
Published Thu., Nov. 7 2013 at 7:05 AM

Photo by Ian Witlen
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Art Basel is in the air. With just about a month to go before the 2013 edition of the world-renowned Miami Beach blowout, it’s time to get serious about planning your Basel path.From Wynwood to Little Havana to the traditional Miami Beach hot spots, these fairs have something for everyone. Cultist gives you the lowdown on when, where, and what to expect during Art Basel 2013.

Art Basel in Miami Beach. December 5 – 8. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $42 day ticket, $90 permanent pass;

Art Miami.December 3 – 8. Midtown Miami, 3101 NE First Ave., Miami. Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $35 one-day pass;

ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair. December 4 – 8. Midtown Miami
, 3011 NE First Ave. at NE 30th St., Miami. Wednesday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thursday noon – 8 p.m., Friday/Saturday noon – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $15 general admission;

Arts Kuala Lumpur. December 4 – 8. Midtown Miami, 2235 NW Second Ave., Miami. Wednesday Vernissage, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (invitation only), Thursday private viewing, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission is free;

Aqua 13 Art Miami. December 4 – 8. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Thursday noon – 9 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: $15 one-day pass;

Brazil Art Fair. December 4 to 8. Midtown Miami, 3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami. Wednesday/Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission: $15;

CONTEXT. December 3 – 8. 
Midtown Miami, 3101 NE First Ave., Miami. Wednesday/Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $35 one-day pass;

Photo by Ian Witlen
Design Miami/ 2011

Design Miami/. December 4 – 8. Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center. Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday – Saturday noon – 8 p.m., Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Ticket prices TBA; Art Fair NYC: The Miami Popsicle Project.December 5 – 8. Performing Arts Exchange, 337 SW Eighth Street, Miami. Thursday – Saturday 2 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $15 suggested donation;

Ink Miami Art Fair. December 4 – 8. Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Wednesday noon – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission: free;

Miami Project. December 3 – 8. Midtown Miami, NE 29th Street and NE First Avenue, Miami. Tuesday 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $25 one-day pass;

Miami River Art Fair.December 5 – 8. 
Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Thursday 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday/Saturday noon – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free with online registration;

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach. December 5 – 8. The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Thursday 2 – 8 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: free;

New Material Art Fair. December 5 – 8. Chesterfield, Lily and Leon Hotels, 855 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Friday/Saturday noon – 8 p.m., Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Ticket prices TBA;

Photo by Ian Witlen
SCOPE Miami 2011

Pulse Miami. December 5 – 8. The Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami. Thursday 1 – 7 p.m., Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $20 general admission; Dot Miami. December 3 – 8. Midtown Miami, 3011 NE First Ave. at NE 31st St., Miami. Tuesday 6 – 10 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $15 one-day pass;

SCOPE Miami Beach. December 3 – 8. SCOPE Pavilion, 1000 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $25 general admission, $15 for students, free for VIP cardholders;

Select Fair Miami. December 5 – 8. Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation;

SEVEN. December 4-8. Wynwood, 31 NW 29th St., Miami. Wednesday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free;

Spectrum Miami. December 4 – 8. Midtown Miami, 3011 NE First Ave. at NE 30th St., Miami. Wednesday 6 – 10 p.m., Thursday noon – 8 p.m., Friday/Saturday noon – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $15 general admission;

UNTITLED. Art Fair. December 4 – 8. Ocean Drive and 12th Street in Miami Beach. Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20 general admission;

Zones Art Fair Miami. December 3 – 9. Design District, 3850 N. Miami Ct., Miami. Tuesday through Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free;

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Tracey Emin’s sculpture "You have no idea how safe you make me feel".
Tracey Emin’s sculpture “You have no idea how safe you make me feel” will be on view in ABMB’s Kabinett sector.

Living / LA Art Lovers Head East for Art Basel 2013

LA Art Lovers Head East for Art Basel 2013

by sue hostetler

Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti.Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti, will be a part of LA gallery Cherry and Martin’s exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Art Basel in Miami Beach is the premier fair in America,” says Jeffrey Soros, esteemed local art collector and MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus, while discussing the upcoming show in Florida. “Not only does one get a great snapshot of the art market, the state of art at the moment in one glimpse—but also how contemporary art registers beyond the art world.”

As the contemporary art world hurtles into the annual fall whirlwind of auctions, exhibitions, and institutional galas, Art Basel easily stands out among them all. Launched in 2002, the show quickly established itself as the most prestigious in the world, drawing the crème-de-la-crème of international curators, dealers, artists, and collectors (like Soros) every year. The show, which helped transform Miami into a cultural hub, has grown to include not only a selection of 258 galleries and representation from 31 countries, but also cutting-edge performances, films, talks, and music.

MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros.Miami heat! MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros hops to Art Basel Miami Beach.

One of the most impressive examples of art transforming the public sphere in Miami the last few years has been the Public sector, staged in Collins Park in collaboration with the adjoining Bass Museum of Art, which will be curated this December by Nicholas Baume, director of New York’s Public Art Fund. “We are delighted to now be working with Nicholas,” says Marc Spiegler, director of the three Basel shows—Miami Beach, Basel, Switzerland, and, this year, Hong Kong. “I have known him for almost 10 years, and we have been following with great enthusiasm what he has been doing since joining PAF. We think he will bring a similar brilliance, as seen in his Tatzu Nishi Columbus Circle project last year, to Art Public in December.”

The Miami show, running December 5–8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will conclude a year of incredible excitement and growth for the Art Basel brand. “We launched our first show in Hong Kong in May—a moment the whole team had worked toward for the past three years,” Spiegler says. “It was very special seeing everything finally come together. And in Switzerland in June we were able for the first time to make use of the new exhibition halls designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the renowned Basel architects. Now we are looking forward to Miami…. It will be an amazing show with a particularly strong lineup of galleries from the United States and Latin America, plus new galleries from Europe and Asia, including Tang Contemporary Art from Beijing and Singapore Tyler Print Institute.”

New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass.New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass will be on view in the Nova sector.

A strong focus will surely be on The Perez Art Museum Miami (formerly the Miami Art Museum), which has been under construction for almost three years in Bicentennial Park. The hotly anticipated grand reopening (which also includes the new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building, erected on what looks like stilts, a response to “storm surge protection,” we’re told) is set for December 4. It will feature exhibitions by several artists, among them Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s “According to What?,” which illustrates that political and cultural issues encompass multiple art forms. Keeping visitors inside may prove difficult though; the museum boasts a dramatic wraparound terrace, extensive landscaping, and incomparable views of Biscayne Bay.

But the real attention-grabber in December may be Miami’s newest resident artist, notorious British bad girl Tracey Emin, who will be celebrating her first US retrospective at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Emin, who recently bought an apartment in South Beach and now splits her time between Florida and England, will show a collection of her renowned neon pieces in “Angel Without You,” also opening December 4. To honor the occasion, the Hotel Fountainebleau has adorned all of its beach towels with the words “kiss me kiss me cover my body in love,” a message from one of her featured works.

Tracey Emin’s sculpture "You have no idea how safe you make me feel".
Tracey Emin’s sculpture “You have no idea how safe you make me feel” will be on view in ABMB’s Kabinett sector.

“I spend a considerable amount of time at the main fair,” Soros says. “I love the proximity of the convention center to the beach and hotels. And there is a Latin vibe in Miami that I’ve yet to experience elsewhere in the States. Also, the private collections are a real treat. Collectors like the Rubells and de la Cruzes are so active, it’s fascinating to see what they’ve been up to.” Soros, a seasoned veteran of Art Basel in Miami Beach has made several key purchases over the years in many different mediums. “What I buy at the fair varies year to year. One year when I was feeling particularly curmudgeonly, I came away empty-handed, but otherwise I end up with something. Personal highlights have been sculptures by Giuseppe Penone and Tony Cragg.”

Spiegler thinks attendees, particularly younger collectors, are going to be most intrigued by the newly added sector, Edition, dedicated to limited-edition pieces and prints presented by 13 galleries. These works tend to be more moderately priced and represent an attractive entry point into the collecting market. Introducing new collectors to contemporary art is actually top of mind for the Basel team. “Art fairs—especially international ones like Art Basel—are definitely becoming more and more important in this context,” Spiegler explains. “They provide a global platform for galleries to meet new collectors from around the world, make new connections with museum directors and curators, and introduce artists to new audiences. Our shows do not become bigger because of a strong market—they become better.” Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 5–8.

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LA Art Lovers Head East for Art Basel 2013

by sue hostetler

Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti.Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti, will be a part of LA gallery Cherry and Martin’s exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Art Basel in Miami Beach is the premier fair in America,” says Jeffrey Soros, esteemed local art collector and MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus, while discussing the upcoming show in Florida. “Not only does one get a great snapshot of the art market, the state of art at the moment in one glimpse—but also how contemporary art registers beyond the art world.”

As the contemporary art world hurtles into the annual fall whirlwind of auctions, exhibitions, and institutional galas, Art Basel easily stands out among them all. Launched in 2002, the show quickly established itself as the most prestigious in the world, drawing the crème-de-la-crème of international curators, dealers, artists, and collectors (like Soros) every year. The show, which helped transform Miami into a cultural hub, has grown to include not only a selection of 258 galleries and representation from 31 countries, but also cutting-edge performances, films, talks, and music.

MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros.Miami heat! MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros hops to Art Basel Miami Beach.

One of the most impressive examples of art transforming the public sphere in Miami the last few years has been the Public sector, staged in Collins Park in collaboration with the adjoining Bass Museum of Art, which will be curated this December by Nicholas Baume, director of New York’s Public Art Fund. “We are delighted to now be working with Nicholas,” says Marc Spiegler, director of the three Basel shows—Miami Beach, Basel, Switzerland, and, this year, Hong Kong. “I have known him for almost 10 years, and we have been following with great enthusiasm what he has been doing since joining PAF. We think he will bring a similar brilliance, as seen in his Tatzu Nishi Columbus Circle project last year, to Art Public in December.”

The Miami show, running December 5–8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will conclude a year of incredible excitement and growth for the Art Basel brand. “We launched our first show in Hong Kong in May—a moment the whole team had worked toward for the past three years,” Spiegler says. “It was very special seeing everything finally come together. And in Switzerland in June we were able for the first time to make use of the new exhibition halls designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the renowned Basel architects. Now we are looking forward to Miami…. It will be an amazing show with a particularly strong lineup of galleries from the United States and Latin America, plus new galleries from Europe and Asia, including Tang Contemporary Art from Beijing and Singapore Tyler Print Institute.”

New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass.New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass will be on view in the Nova sector.

A strong focus will surely be on The Perez Art Museum Miami (formerly the Miami Art Museum), which has been under construction for almost three years in Bicentennial Park. The hotly anticipated grand reopening (which also includes the new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building, erected on what looks like stilts, a response to “storm surge protection,” we’re told) is set for December 4. It will feature exhibitions by several artists, among them Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s “According to What?,” which illustrates that political and cultural issues encompass multiple art forms. Keeping visitors inside may prove difficult though; the museum boasts a dramatic wraparound terrace, extensive landscaping, and incomparable views of Biscayne Bay.

But the real attention-grabber in December may be Miami’s newest resident artist, notorious British bad girl Tracey Emin, who will be celebrating her first US retrospective at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Emin, who recently bought an apartment in South Beach and now splits her time between Florida and England, will show a collection of her renowned neon pieces in “Angel Without You,” also opening December 4. To honor the occasion, the Hotel Fountainebleau has adorned all of its beach towels with the words “kiss me kiss me cover my body in love,” a message from one of her featured works.

Tracey Emin’s sculpture "You have no idea how safe you make me feel".
Tracey Emin’s sculpture “You have no idea how safe you make me feel” will be on view in ABMB’s Kabinett sector.

“I spend a considerable amount of time at the main fair,” Soros says. “I love the proximity of the convention center to the beach and hotels. And there is a Latin vibe in Miami that I’ve yet to experience elsewhere in the States. Also, the private collections are a real treat. Collectors like the Rubells and de la Cruzes are so active, it’s fascinating to see what they’ve been up to.” Soros, a seasoned veteran of Art Basel in Miami Beach has made several key purchases over the years in many different mediums. “What I buy at the fair varies year to year. One year when I was feeling particularly curmudgeonly, I came away empty-handed, but otherwise I end up with something. Personal highlights have been sculptures by Giuseppe Penone and Tony Cragg.”

Spiegler thinks attendees, particularly younger collectors, are going to be most intrigued by the newly added sector, Edition, dedicated to limited-edition pieces and prints presented by 13 galleries. These works tend to be more moderately priced and represent an attractive entry point into the collecting market. Introducing new collectors to contemporary art is actually top of mind for the Basel team. “Art fairs—especially international ones like Art Basel—are definitely becoming more and more important in this context,” Spiegler explains. “They provide a global platform for galleries to meet new collectors from around the world, make new connections with museum directors and curators, and introduce artists to new audiences. Our shows do not become bigger because of a strong market—they become better.” Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 5–8.

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LA Art Lovers Head East for Art Basel 2013

by sue hostetler

Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti.Untitled, 2013, by French contemporary artist Bernard Piffaretti, will be a part of LA gallery Cherry and Martin’s exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Art Basel in Miami Beach is the premier fair in America,” says Jeffrey Soros, esteemed local art collector and MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus, while discussing the upcoming show in Florida. “Not only does one get a great snapshot of the art market, the state of art at the moment in one glimpse—but also how contemporary art registers beyond the art world.”

As the contemporary art world hurtles into the annual fall whirlwind of auctions, exhibitions, and institutional galas, Art Basel easily stands out among them all. Launched in 2002, the show quickly established itself as the most prestigious in the world, drawing the crème-de-la-crème of international curators, dealers, artists, and collectors (like Soros) every year. The show, which helped transform Miami into a cultural hub, has grown to include not only a selection of 258 galleries and representation from 31 countries, but also cutting-edge performances, films, talks, and music.

MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros.Miami heat! MOCA Board of Trustees president emeritus and longtime art collector Jeffrey Soros hops to Art Basel Miami Beach.

One of the most impressive examples of art transforming the public sphere in Miami the last few years has been the Public sector, staged in Collins Park in collaboration with the adjoining Bass Museum of Art, which will be curated this December by Nicholas Baume, director of New York’s Public Art Fund. “We are delighted to now be working with Nicholas,” says Marc Spiegler, director of the three Basel shows—Miami Beach, Basel, Switzerland, and, this year, Hong Kong. “I have known him for almost 10 years, and we have been following with great enthusiasm what he has been doing since joining PAF. We think he will bring a similar brilliance, as seen in his Tatzu Nishi Columbus Circle project last year, to Art Public in December.”

The Miami show, running December 5–8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will conclude a year of incredible excitement and growth for the Art Basel brand. “We launched our first show in Hong Kong in May—a moment the whole team had worked toward for the past three years,” Spiegler says. “It was very special seeing everything finally come together. And in Switzerland in June we were able for the first time to make use of the new exhibition halls designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the renowned Basel architects. Now we are looking forward to Miami…. It will be an amazing show with a particularly strong lineup of galleries from the United States and Latin America, plus new galleries from Europe and Asia, including Tang Contemporary Art from Beijing and Singapore Tyler Print Institute.”

New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass.New2! 5 by LA artist Math Bass will be on view in the Nova sector.

A strong focus will surely be on The Perez Art Museum Miami (formerly the Miami Art Museum), which has been under construction for almost three years in Bicentennial Park. The hotly anticipated grand reopening (which also includes the new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building, erected on what looks like stilts, a response to “storm surge protection,” we’re told) is set for December 4. It will feature exhibitions by several artists, among them Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s “According to What?,” which illustrates that political and cultural issues encompass multiple art forms. Keeping visitors inside may prove difficult though; the museum boasts a dramatic wraparound terrace, extensive landscaping, and incomparable views of Biscayne Bay.

But the real attention-grabber in December may be Miami’s newest resident artist, notorious British bad girl Tracey Emin, who will be celebrating her first US retrospective at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Emin, who recently bought an apartment in South Beach and now splits her time between Florida and England, will show a collection of her renowned neon pieces in “Angel Without You,” also opening December 4. To honor the occasion, the Hotel Fountainebleau has adorned all of its beach towels with the words “kiss me kiss me cover my body in love,” a message from one of her featured works.

Tracey Emin’s sculpture "You have no idea how safe you make me feel".
Tracey Emin’s sculpture “You have no idea how safe you make me feel” will be on view in ABMB’s Kabinett sector.

“I spend a considerable amount of time at the main fair,” Soros says. “I love the proximity of the convention center to the beach and hotels. And there is a Latin vibe in Miami that I’ve yet to experience elsewhere in the States. Also, the private collections are a real treat. Collectors like the Rubells and de la Cruzes are so active, it’s fascinating to see what they’ve been up to.” Soros, a seasoned veteran of Art Basel in Miami Beach has made several key purchases over the years in many different mediums. “What I buy at the fair varies year to year. One year when I was feeling particularly curmudgeonly, I came away empty-handed, but otherwise I end up with something. Personal highlights have been sculptures by Giuseppe Penone and Tony Cragg.”

Spiegler thinks attendees, particularly younger collectors, are going to be most intrigued by the newly added sector, Edition, dedicated to limited-edition pieces and prints presented by 13 galleries. These works tend to be more moderately priced and represent an attractive entry point into the collecting market. Introducing new collectors to contemporary art is actually top of mind for the Basel team. “Art fairs—especially international ones like Art Basel—are definitely becoming more and more important in this context,” Spiegler explains. “They provide a global platform for galleries to meet new collectors from around the world, make new connections with museum directors and curators, and introduce artists to new audiences. Our shows do not become bigger because of a strong market—they become better.” Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 5–8.

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Audemars Piguet Set to Unveil Artwork at Art Basel Miami


Luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has teamed up with the Galerie Perrotin to present a new artwork at Art Basel Miami. The manufacture and the contemporary art gallery will unveil “Curiosity”, a new work by French artist duo Kolkoz.

“Curiosity” will take the form of a chalet floating in front of the Miami Marine Stadium, a floating stage which now stands unused. The snowy chalet will be perched on top of an “iceberg” in the midst of Miami’s sun and sand. Benjamin Moreau and Samuel Boutruche, who make up Kolkoz, frequently create installations that explore the interchange between the real and the virtual realms. Last year, their “Luna Park” recreated the lunar landing site of Apollo 11 in the form of a live football pitch on Miami Beach.

The installation will host Audemars Piguet events throughout Art Basel week. The brand will also have a booth in the Collectors’ Lounge, which will feature a retrospective on the Royal Oak and a showcase of works by acclaimed British photographer Dan Holdsworth.

Photo courtesy Audemars Piguet.


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French bakery Ladurée coming to South Beach


By Lesley Abravanel |

Hyper luxe French bakery Ladurée is opening in October on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, according to Grub Street.

The frou frou Parisian macaronerie, also known for its pan foie gras and black truffle omelets will also feature champagne bar and collection of Art Deco inspired macarons.

The Grub Street story says it will open at 1108 Lincoln, currently

home to Anthropologie



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Heineken “Light Your Night” to Illuminate Art Basel, Destroy Grand Central

By Hannah Sentenac Tue., Nov. 5 2013 at 10:30 AM
Courtesy of Kevin Arrow

We could all use a little more luminosity in our lives, so we’re pretty stoked about Heineken’s plans for Art Basel. The beer brand is bringing the glow this December with its “Light Your Night” installation at, you guessed it, Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.

This epic lineup of fluorescent events will include kinetic light motion installations, video mapping demos and interactive light shows. And in the “Light Your Night Challenge,” artists will compete to score a sweet trip to Amsterdam (an artistic Shangri-La if there ever was one). We got the inside scoop from Heineken and one of the competitors.

See also: Heineken Goes 305: Artists And Guests Party Hard to Celebrate New Wynwood Murals

The folks involved will include multi-media artists Yuri Tuma, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Clifton Childree, Brandon Opalka, and Kevin Arrow. Childree had some interesting things to say about what’s bound to go down at this blindingly bright Basel adventure.

“Mega watt hot steamy competition! Because there’s gonna be so many lights,” says Childree. “I anticipate a lot of extension cords, power strips (high demand), light bulbs, duct tape, etc.”

As far as the unique qualities of light as art, Childree says, “Light helps draw attention, fill space, touches and incorporates the viewer.”

While the artists work has to incorporate the campaign’s colors, graphics, and/or logo into their light installations, those are the only restrictions. It won’t be a Heineken branding bonanza, in other words.

The artists’ work will go on display on December 3rd. Attendees will win, too, since they’ll be doling out free Heineken during the exhibition.

In addition to the above, one of the coolest elements of the overall lineup is bound to be the video mapping installation scheduled for the side of Grand Central. It’ll incorporate the building’s architecture to create an optical illusion, showing the ultra-club crumbling during an eight-minute film loop on December 7th, just as people are leaving Basel Castle.

Hang on folks – Basel is almost here. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and it looks like a bottle of Heineken.



Art Basel Miami: Pop-Up Biergarten to Serve Florida Craft Beers

By Hannah Sentenac Mon., Nov. 26 2012 at 10:50 AM

Art Basel and booze go together like Andy Warhol and Campbell’s tomato soup. So it’s only fitting that a pop-up biergarten would make its way to Basel. Chefs Andres Barrientos and James Bowers (of Aaron’s Catering) are pairing up with Mixed Media Collective and Gaudi Castro to launch the temporary brewpub, Basel Biergarten, and it’s setting up shop at the Wynwood Cigar Factory’s “The Factory Art Show.”         The best part: It’s all about the Florida brews, baby. As part of the “Drink Like a Local” campaign, the art installment of sorts will offer Cigar City, Monk in the Trunk, Michael’s Genuine, Native Brewing, Tequesta, and Due South on tap. The chef duo will also simultaneously launch Miami Smokers, a charcuterie house serving candied bacon and other artisanal smoked meats.

Courtesy of Basel Biergarten

They’ll have an eating and drinking area set up with seats, potted palms, and local shrubbery, as well as tunes by a DJ and live art. The surrounding art show should also offer some interesting eye candy in the form of works by 131, Abstrak and Toofly, and others.

Basel price tags should look a lot more reasonable after a few pints of Cigar City Jai Alai.

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Basel Biergarten to Pop-Up in Wynwood

By Hannah Sentenac Fri., Nov. 1 2013 at 10:00 AM
via Wikimedia Commons

Last year, one of Art Basel’s biggest hits was nowhere near the beach. Instead, it was a pop-up bar selling Florida brews and smoked meats to Wynwood revelers. And for the second year in a row, the popular Basel Biergarten is back. Come December 5, they’ll be setting up shop at 2600 NW Second Avenue.  The focus of the event is local: local artists, local beer, local musicians. We work closely with Brown Distributing and support their Drink Like a Local campaign,” says co-founder Andres Barrientos. He and James Bowers are also the dudes behind Miami Smokers, and they’ve partnered with some other folks to re-create the biergarten. But it’s not only about brews. In keeping with Art Basel, there will be art, too. “Our good friend Danny Fila, AKA Krave, will be doing some live art — potentially a whole mural. He’s also working on securing five more local artists that will be painting throughout the days. Their work will be auctioned on Saturday night. Details are still vague on this, but this is what we’re working towards,” he explains. They’re also working with Gummdrops music to get some local bands onsite. They plan to have two live sets per day and a DJ for the rest of the time. In addition, their employees will be getting a thorough brew-training. “We’re also working hard to train our girls and give them knowledge about beer,” he adds. There won’t be any food trucks this year, but Miami Smokers will be selling their goods on site, so hungry revelers will have plenty to eat. The biergarten will be open from December 5 – 7 at 2600 NW Second Ave. with a “soft opening” and Miami Smokers Kickstarter launch party on Wednesday, December 4.



The Hollywood Reporter Reveals the Industry’s Top 25 Art Collectors

8:15 AM PDT 10/31/2013 by Edited by Mark Miller, Degen Pener and Jeanie Pyun

In THR’s inaugural Art Issue, Pharrell loves Takashi Murakami, Brian Grazer is jonesing for Jeff Koons, Sean Combs is into power art shopping: As A-listers and industry insiders hit a new level of sophistication with collecting — and sticker shock is not an option.

Spencer Lowell

This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

There’s a serious love affair going on between Hollywood and the art world. Exhibit A: In May, a charity art auction organized by Leonardo DiCaprio raised $38 million in one night and set sales records for 13 artists. Exhibit B: A month later, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey stepped up to join Brian Grazer, Michael Lynton and Bryan Lourd on the entertainment-heavy board of LACMA. Exhibit C: the artist-actor hybrid that is James Franco.

Suddenly, everyone in town seems to have gone collecting mad. In an industry once dominated by a few powerful collectors (David Geffen, Michael Ovitz), there’s now a deeper and younger bench of players passionate about art, from agents (CAA’s Joel Lubin, UTA’s Pete Franciosa) and actors (Neil Patrick Harris) to execs (HBO’s Michael Lombardo) and managers (Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ JoAnne Colonna, Scooter Braun). “There’s a lot of people in the industry who have great taste who are being exposed to great art,” says producer and LACMA board member Steve Tisch. “I know a number of collectors who have gotten into collecting in the past five or 10 years, and their passion for building their collection is fantastic.”

It’s a convergence that was inevitable. As the entertainment world’s 1 percent have grown more sophisticated — and want the world (or at least their peers) to know it — the L.A. art world is on the rise, generating buzz in Hollywood’s backyard. Masters such as John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha have been joined by a swelling rank of wunderkinds who sell out shows (Mark Grotjahn, whose paintings go at auction for more than $1 million, sold out his last show at Culver City’s Blum & Poe before it opened) and earn MacArthur fellowships (painter Mark Bradford) and public followings (photographer Catherine Opie, street artist Shepard Fairey). And L.A. is on a cultural building spree, which includes Beverly Hills’ new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Eli Broad‘s Broad Museum due to open in 2014 across from MOCA and the upcoming Academy Museum.

Entertainment players are giving back, too — not just by serving on boards, but with hefty donations, including Tisch’s $467,500 contribution to LACMA to buy Christian Marclay‘s film The Clock and former UPN chief Dean Valentine‘s gift of 50 important sculptures to the Hammer. “L.A. is finally a place that people are proud to call home,” says Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, whose board boasts UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer and Peter Benedek, CAA’s Michael Rubel, Gersh’s Bob Gersh and WME’s George Freeman. “It’s no longer a place they’re passing through, a place they have to live in. I think a lot of these [industry leaders] are simply becoming better citizens, they’re starting to care about the cultural vitality of the city. The robust connections between the art world and the film industry are just getting stronger and stronger.” — MAXWELL WILLIAMS

Written by Gary Baum, Merle Ginsberg, Marissa Gluck, Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Sun, Kate Sutton and Michael Walker. Karen Rhee contributed to this featuRE

Sean Combs
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Sean Combs
Hip-hop artist

Combs made headlines when he steered his entourage into the Gagosian Gallery booth at Miami Beach Art Basel 2011.

At the time, he explained he was “just there to learn,” only this art student was accompanied by top-notch teachers: painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel and art adviser to the stars (well, at least Gwyneth Paltrow) Maria Brito. Combs scored a Tracey Emin neon for $95,000 at Lehmann Maupin, returning the following December to snag a mirrored sculpture by Ivan Navarro from Paul Kasmin Gallery for a reported $65,000, two gold flag paintings by Bay Area artist Andrew Schoultz and a $15,000 work by South African Brett Murray.

Combs clearly is a collector who buys with a wall in mind: In August, he put up for sale his Beverly Hills residence with its art collection attached.

U – Z
Katy Winn/Invision/AP
Pharrell Williams

The Grammy-winning singer and producer is a world-class collector of contemporary art.

His Miami residence houses the chaotic works of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Kaws and Takashi Murakami, whom Williams reveres as “the king of kings.” The two met through Emmanuel Perrotin, the hip Paris dealer, who drafted Williams not only for the DJ tables of his legendary Art Basel boat parties, but also for his skills as a furniture designer (his tip-toeing and tank-tread chairs kept clients coming back to Perrotin’s booth at 2009’s Design Miami).

Williams collaborated with Murakami on The Simple Things, a post-Warhol commentary on consumerism that sold for $2 million and included a diamond-encrusted cupcake, condom, Heinz ketchup bottle and other ephemera placed inside the jaws of a grinning Murakami monster. “When there’s a slight twist on things that we know to be normal,” Williams has said, “they really stand out.”

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Ruth Bloom and Jake Bloom
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Ruth and Jake Bloom
Jake and Ruth Bloom
Entertainment lawyer and former gallerist

Bloom and his wife have amassed one of the largest collections in the country, yet their foray started humbly.

Living in a one-bedroom apartment, the couple visited galleries as free entertainment. “It was something we could do and learn together,” says Ruth. Four decades later, the couple owns nearly 1,000 works, including pieces by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, art darling Jeff Koons, local luminary John Baldessari and Matthew Barney, whose Vaseline Dumbbell they keep in their refrigerator, trotting it out for guests.

As a passion project, they resolved in the early 1990s to collect all 83 images from photographer Robert Frank‘s iconic 1958 book The Americans. They have 77, so, as Ruth laughs, “we’re almost there!”

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Maria Bell Bill Bell
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Blum & Poe
Maria and Bill Bell
Bill and Maria Bell
Television producers

Maria, the former head writer of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, is best known in the L.A. art world for her visible role as board co-chair of the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (she steps down Jan. 1).

The Northwestern art history major got her start collecting modestly priced George Hurrell photos. These days, her husband, Bill, goes deep on icons — Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons — while she champions the idiosyncratic, from Francesco Vezzoli to Mark Ryden.

“Your collection becomes your interpretation of how you see the world,” she says. “It’s very personal.”

Hollywood Insiders’ Art Club: Producer David Hoberman and Former UPN CEO Dean Valentine

8:00 AM PDT 10/31/2013 by Maxwell Williams
[1]Hoberman Valentine
Spencer Lowell
Hoberman (left) and Valentine

Call them collecting buddies: Over years of hitting galleries and art fairs, Symbolic Action’s Valentine has donated scores of pieces to the Hammer Museum while Hoberman works through a wish list that includes blue-chip artists from Rudolf Stingel and Cindy Sherman to Christopher Wool and Albert Oehlen.

A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter [2] magazine.

Dean Valentine calls it the art collectors’ version of a “golf club.” The head of Symbolic Action, a media investment firm, and prominent collector of contemporary art is seated in the offices of L.A.’s Hammer Museum in Westwood, where he is on the board of overseers. Film and television producer David Hoberman (The Muppets, The Fighter, Monk) sits nearby, listening intently. The only one missing from the club is high-profile entertainment attorney Craig Jacobson of Hansen Jacobson (whose clients include Ryan Seacrest and David Fincher.)

“It’s a collective,” Hoberman, also on the board at the Hammer, says. “It’s a group of people that love talking about art and looking at images.”

The trio has been spotted gallery hopping in Culver City and browsing the booths at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) art fair in Miami, and each has their own style. Hoberman’s collection in particular has been in flux since he started. “I started off collecting mid-century American art,” says Hoberman, who paid off a $120 tab to get a Claes Oldenburg print when he was 16. “Then, I couldn’t afford what I wanted to really have. I remember a [1950s and ’60s Bay Area artist Richard] Diebenkorn painting I couldn’t afford. I started hanging out with Dean and got into contemporary art, and ended up falling in love with that. I turned 60 last year, and what I wanted to do, for my kids, is buy more blue-chip contemporary art like Albert Oehlen, Rudolf Stingel, a beautiful large Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool. I have a dozen pieces that will endure time. It’s my own instinct, really. Pepper that with still buying emerging artists.”

Valentine, by contrast, has been constant in his collection of young artists since he started collecting in 1995. “I was a journalist for a long time, so my interest is the most contemporary of the contemporary. Accumulating name-brand artists is not a meaningful pursuit to me. I’m more engaged with why somebody’s making what they’re making, what the changes are of the time, and why this generation’s different than the last,” says Valentine, the former president and CEO of UPN and president of Walt Disney Television.

Having collected for 15 years now, Valentine has seen the art world change greatly since the market crashed in the early ’90s. Back then, he says, you might be the only guest all day to a gallery, and gallerists were passionate about discussing work with interested visitors. “The fact that so much money has come into the art world has really altered everybody,” he says. “It’s changed the artists, it’s changed the relationship between artists and collectors, between collectors and gallerists, between gallerists and artists — it’s changed the landscape of the art world. These large galleries are starting to swallow up a large percentage of the business now, and making it hard for the medium guys, especially, to survive. Accessing work is harder, because you make a commitment to some artist’s work, and within a year or a year and a half, the artworks have gone from $10,000 to $150,000. That cuts out a vast number of people who would be collecting work. So, it’s turned much more into the ‘game’ of contemporary art rather than the collecting of contemporary art.”

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Despite the mounting fiduciary issues facing the modern collector, Hoberman, Valentine and Jacobson have amassed some of the world’s best contemporary works. But maybe, as Hoberman suggests, it’s less perseverance than addiction, meaning there always needs to be a mindful eye toward the investment. “Collecting anything becomes an obsession,” he says with a grin. “It’s incredibly compulsive, and it’s hard to stop. Believe me, my business manager tells me to stop all the time. I know a lot of collectors who deal with that, or have wives who try to stop them. I don’t know a lot of people in the art world who aren’t conscious of what they’re paying and what something is worth. The one thing I will say though: No matter what something is worth, if you really love it, hold on to it.”

That said, Hoberman and Valentine agree that finding work that you love and work that is a wise investment are vastly different things. “The one thing I tell people who are interested in contemporary art is that good taste is the enemy of good collections,” says Valentine. “Yeah, buy what you like, if you actually know something about what you’re doing. But if you don’t, don’t buy what you like. You’re probably better off buying what you don’t like.”

And if you do find something you want, and for one reason or another the gallery won’t sell it to you, there are a lot of pipelines in the art world. “You figure out a way to get it,” says Hoberman. “If you can’t get it from the gallery, there are other dealers who can get you what you want. If you’re serious about wanting a piece, you’ll do what you have to do to try to figure that out. You can buy it secondary, or you can buy it from a dealer.”

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In the end, it’s important to remember that art collecting is something that should be done with good intentions and a mind toward civic duty. The collector is, for all intents and purposes, the top of the art world food chain, and a lot of artists and dealers rely on the collector. It’s no surprise then that Valentine’s most public move in the art world was a gift in 2007 to the Hammer of 10 years of sculpture by Los Angeles-based artists. “The idea of giving gifts to a museum and why people do it: Something that was a private passion should become a public good,” says Valentine. “That now can be shared by thousands or hundreds of thousands or millions of people for free. There’s often tax benefits, because it’s viewed as a transferring of a private thing to a public thing. In my case, I had this bizarre passion to collect sculpture from Los Angeles. Sculpture is notoriously difficult to collect. It’s hard to house — I was spending many tens of thousands of dollars a year to store it. Some of these artists, nobody had really bought their work. I liked it, even though I couldn’t show the vast majority of it. Unless you have a home that is 70,000 square feet, it’s not possible to show some of this work, so I just thought it was a way to really have an impact on the Los Angeles art community by giving this gift.”

Michael Ovitz
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Michael Ovitz
Ex-CAA co-founder

With his brand of hard-edged negotiation tactics, Ovitz is credited with bringing Hollywood to the art world. Mentored by renowned collector Barry Lowen, then SoHo’s Mary Boone and later Pace Gallery’s Arne Glimcher, Ovitz became the first major industry player to sit on the board at the Museum of Modern Art.

Ovitz amassed more than 1,500 critical works, from standard-bearers such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein to young guns Sterling Ruby, Carol Bove, Isa Genzken and Roe Ethridge. To house it all, he commissioned Michael Maltzan to design a perforated-steel villa in Benedict Canyon, which Ovitz completed in 2011. Visitors are treated to a view of his prized Jasper Johns, White Flag, which holds pride of place between a Robert Rauschenberg and a Willem de Kooning.



Hollywood’s Top Art Collectors: Who to Watch For at Art Basel This Year

By Ciara LaVelle
Published Fri., Nov. 1 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Pharrell at Basel? For sure.

In theory, Miami Art Week, anchored by Art Basel, is a string of days in which the world’s most cultured individuals descend on South Florida to appreciate fine culture. But as anyone who’s actually participated in Art Basel’s myriad parties, VIP lounges, and secret shows knows, it’s also about seeing and being seen. Especially if you’re famous.

The Hollywood Reporter ranked the top 25 art collectors in Hollywood this week. So who will we see at the biggest art event in the country this year? Here are our guesses.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2012: Winners and Losers

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Sean Combs
The constantly evolving artist formerly known as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy and about a dozen other titles certainly has plenty in common with Wynwood’s ever-changing street art scene. But according to THR, Combs’ taste in art is far more upscale. In 2011, he reportedly showed up at Art Basel and dropped $65,000 on an Ian Navarro sculpture and another $15,000 on another work by South African artist Brett Murray. Maybe he’ll be back to bolster his collection again this year. But we wouldn’t

start our search for Diddy at MoCA’s Tracey Emin exhibit; Combs already owns one of the artist’s neon sculptures, valued at $95,000.Leonardo DiCaprio
Leo, on the other hand, has Wynwood experience; he was spotted wandering the streets and checking in at Panther Coffee in February. THR reports he’s a fan of Basquiat, who began his career as a graffiti artist. It’s unlikely he’ll show up just strolling around Wynwood during the busiest week of the year, of course. But VIP night at the Midtown fairs, on the other hand….

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Jay Z
He and wife Beyonce clearly loved their Art Basel experiences last year — there are about a dozen Instagram pics to prove it. And as THR points out, dude also likes to brag about his art collection in his songs, with verses like “I got Warhols on my hall’s walls.” Hmm, now where did we see Warhol art at Basel last year? Oh, that’s right: EVERY DAMN PLACE.

Elton John
According to TFR, John “has amassed one of the world’s most important photography collections, with an emphasis on portraits, celebrity and fashion.” Art Basel is one of the world’s most important combinations of celebrity and culture, so it only makes sense that he’d show up. Plus, the satellite fair Untitled will open its doors with a VIP event benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. And if the rumors of the Liberace-esque Versace Mansion hosting an exhibit are true, you know he’ll be there, too.

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Steve Martin
Martin called art collecting “my greatest hobby.” And while that may be true — the actor goes after works by classics like Picasso and Lichtenstein — he’d be insane not to visit Art Basel without entertaining Miami hipsters with a secret banjo show. Or maybe we’re just fantasizing.

Pharrell Williams
Pharrell’s been an Art Basel staple for years now, showing up at Basel Castle, dropping in on OHWOW exhibits, speaking at Design Miami. You know, typical hip-hop mogul stuff. THR reports that Williams’ tastes skew towards the contemporary; he even collaborated with his art hero, Takashi Murakami, on a piece called The Simple Things in 2009. Who knows what he’ll get up to this December.

Follow Ciara LaVelle on Twitter @ciaralavelle.


Paper Magazine’s reports on what to Watch For at Art Basel This Year


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Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami 2013: Part I

Time to start the countdown to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 with this, the first installment in our annual mega-guide to all the artsy-action on the beach. It will be the 12th edition of the fair, and the size and scope have grown so large that it’s almost impossible to take in all the satellite fairs, let alone all the local museums and galleries. AB/MB opens with their big VIP vernissage on Wednesday, December 4 and closes on Sunday, December 8, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Over the summer, the city’s commissioners awarded the internationally acclaimed starchitect Rem Koolhaas and his local partner Robert Wennett — owner of the Herzog & de Meuron designed parking lot at 111 Lincoln Road — the $1 billion bid to re-make the convention center and its surrounding 52-acre site. For now, AB/MB isn’t in jeopardy, but the scope of the new plan surely means that at some point in the future, things are going to change radically.

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 5.55.56 PM.pngRendering of Perez Art Museum Miami

Fans of the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron will be able check out the architects’ Perez Art Museum Miami when it officially opens during AB/MB. The museum — formerly know as the Miami Art Museum — is moving into a brand new building in Museum Park just off of downtown Miami’s Biscayne Boulvard. On view during the week, there’s a big survey of works by the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei and shows by Cuban painter Amelia Pelaez and Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes. It all kicks off with a member-only preview on December 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. with L.A.-based artists Los Jaichackers and music by Total Freedom. Then on Saturday night, December 7, there’s the official premiere gala.

The sands of South Beach are getting another fair this year when the Scope Miami pavilion moves to 1000 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Their “Platinum Preview Gala” takes place on Monday night, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and there’s a VIP opening on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend from December 4 to 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Again this year, Scope has partnered with VH1 with a big indoor lounge and a massive party on Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight featuring a performance by “one of today’s hottest musical artists.” We’ll let you know who as soon as we find out.

Brazil will be getting lots of attention this year with over 40 galleries exhibiting at the new Brazil ArtFair running from December 3 to 8 in Woodson Park on NW 36th Street in Midtown. Their goal is “to go beyond your everyday art fair…with a private initiative for the promotion and internationalization of Brazil’s art market,” the fair’s founder Michel Serebrinsky explained to Art Info.


Pérez Art Museum Miami Inaugural Exhibition Schedule

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announces the inaugural exhibition lineup for its new building, opening in Museum Park in December 2013. The wide-ranging roster of exhibitions examines the interpretation and appropriation of cultural and political identities, economic structures, and commodities generated by Miami’s diverse population and its position as a cross-cultural hub. The selection and presentation of artists, collections, and commissioned projects for PAMM is guided by the Museum’s mission to create dialogues across and through local, regional, and international contexts and to emphasize artists and projects that engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The curatorial program is also particularly attuned to the work of local artists and designers.

From focused exhibitions on the work of Cuban painter Amelia Peláez and  Haitian born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié to thematic presentations of the Museum’s permanent collection to major retrospectives on artists Ai Weiwei and Beatriz Milhazes and group exhibitions on the exchange of ideas between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North Africa, PAMM’s upcoming projects serve as critical frames through which larger dialogues about recent history, migration, new cultural formations, and diverse ideologies can be structured.

Advance Exhibitions Schedule, 2013-2014:

Overview Galleries: AMERICANA
December 2013 – May 2015

The Museum’s permanent collection will be displayed thematically within six Overview Galleries that are positioned throughout the first two floors of the building. Collectively titled AMERICANA, these six galleries will present artwork produced by artists working in North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean. The bi-lingual title of this presentation evokes North American vernacular collecting traditions, as well as a hemispheric perspective that looks across national and regional borders. This focus on the Americas serves to highlight the strengths of the collection, while at the same time reflecting the diverse audiences of the Museum―the majority of who have cultural ties to these areas of the world.

The six galleries that make up AMERICANA are arranged thematically, each space developed in the form of a short essay offering a focused view on a particular issue or set of preoccupations that have engaged artists from the Americas since the mid-20th century. Among the issues to be explored are relations between contemporary painting and craft traditions, legacies of constructivism and minimalism, and the connections between politics and violence. The spaces combine artworks produced at various historical moments over the last eight decades. The specific pieces and themes explored in AMERICANA will change over the course of 18 months, as these galleries are periodically re-configured.

Special emphasis has been placed on the presentation of artworks by artists currently living in Miami, as a way of highlighting the growing position of this city as an important site of art production internationally. AMERICANA additionally augments PAMM´s young collection with artworks borrowed from outstanding local collections, an organizing strategy that seeks to recognize these collections as resources for the constituents of Miami and South Florida.

Special Exhibition Galleries: Ai Weiwei: According to What?
December 2013 – March 16, 2014

Ai Weiwei, He Xie (detail)Ai Weiwei: According to What? is the first major international survey of this artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre. The exhibition reveals the interrogative nature of Ai’s practice, and its role as an ever-questioning dialogue with the social, political, and cultural positions of his native China and the world at large. Featuring work from the last 20 years, the exhibition includes his early photographic works—images taken when he was a young artist living in New York and traveling throughout the U.S.—and the large-scale sculptures for which he is best known. These sculptures, often made from modified found objects, suggest the irreverent style of Ai’s work and reconfigure materials in new and evocative ways. With a broad formal range, Ai has continuously challenged possible meanings and modes of art making, most recently employing the Internet and its global reach as a platform for activism and expression. His provocative works are an exploration of the transformative potential of contemporary art, which he has said is “not a form but a philosophy of society.” PAMM’s presentation of this exhibition, originally organized by the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, will feature new work, including a large-scale, site-specific installation. The exhibition design was also specially conceived by the artist and Herzog & de Meuron to be in dialogue with the new building architecture.

Focus Gallery: Photography from the Collection
December 2013 – July 27, 2014

This exhibition presents a varied selection of photographs drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, with a particular emphasis on the Cowles Collection, a gift of more than one hundred iconic works of the 20th century including photographs by Edward Steichen, Andy Warhol, and Rineke Dijkstra. Relying on contemporary strategies for organizing and understanding information, the exhibition will incorporate sequential and salon-style hangs in its installation. Within this format, new modes of visual literacy— created by the ever-growing influence of digital media and the way in which images circulate and are indexed through the Internet and by a continued interest in the form of the archive—are brought to bear on the museum’s strong and expanding collection of photographs. Allowing the viewer to see the works through visual cues and historical connections, looking at the image within the photograph as well as relationships between photographs, this exhibition seeks to engender new ‘ways of looking.’

This show will employ digital didactic labels and text on iPads as part of PAMM’S growing engagement with technology and new platforms for education in the galleries.

Focus Gallery: A Human Document: Selections from the Collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner
December 2013 – May 25, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami will present an extensive selection of works from the Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner. Founded in 1979, this “archive of archives” initially focused on concrete and visual poetry—including rare manuscripts and published works by international luminaries such as Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Oyvind Fahlström, and Eugen Gomringer. The collection subsequently grew to encompass a broader array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Rooted in the early to mid-20th-century European avant-garde, the collection provides a unique lens through which to examine the foundational movements of modernism, including Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada, and Lettrisme, among others. The Sackners’ contemporary holdings are also expansive, with special strengths in artists’ books and “assemblings” (limited-edition groupings of materials by numerous contributors), as well as various subgenres such as typewriter art, performance poetry, and micrography (abstract or representational designs comprised of minuscule lettering). The installation begins with a rare, 1897 publication of “Un Coup de des” (A Throw of the Dice), by Stéphane Mallarmé, which is considered one of the first true examples of concrete poetry, and include hundreds of objects spanning more than a century of creative expression.

Focus Gallery: Amelia Peláez
December 2013 – February 23, 2014

PAMM will present a focused selection of works by Amelia Peláez del Casal (1896 – 1968), one of the most important Cuban painters of the modernist era. Alongside artists such as Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Victor Manuel, and Fidelio Ponce de León, Peláez personifies the primera vanguardia—the first wave of Cuban artists who traveled to Europe before World War II, where they were exposed to Cubism, Surrealism, and other contemporaneous styles. When these artists subsequently returned to the island nation, they introduced the artistic innovations they had adopted abroad and then transformed them by incorporating aspects of their native cultural and national identities.

Peláez is best known for brightly colored, quasi-abstract compositions that feature decorative objects and ornamental architectural motifs, evoking the traditional domestic interiors of Havana. This exhibition will take a socio-historical approach and examine Peláez’s work in the context of early 20th century Havana’s changing material culture and urban landscape.


Project Gallery: Hew Locke
December 2013 – May 25, 2014

Hew Locke, For Those in Peril on the SeaFor Those in Peril on the Sea, 2011, is an installation by Hew Locke (b. 1959), a British artist of Guyanese descent. It consists of dozens of scaled-down replicas of ships suspended from the ceiling, creating the impression of a massive exodus taking place throughout the architectural space above viewers’ heads. It features a broad range of vessel types, from cigarette boats, catamarans, and cruise liners to ragged fishing skiffs and timeworn cargo ships. In light of Miami’s history as the site for numerous waves of immigration—particularly from the Caribbean, and specifically by sea—For Those in Peril on the Sea will have a particular resonance for the Museum’s audiences. With its significant links to the South Florida community, this installation, part of PAMM’s permanent collection, promises a powerful initial experience for visitors to the new building.

Project Gallery: Monika Sosnowska
December 2013 – September 28, 2014

Monika Sosnowska

Born in Ryki, Poland, Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972) is one of the most celebrated Eastern European artists of her generation. Focusing on urban and architectural space, her work involves surreal, tableau-like installations as well as large objects made of industrial materials that engage the walls, floors, and ceilings of the exhibition space. This commissioned project will be located in PAMM’s double-height Anchor Gallery, one of four spaces in the new building that will be dedicated to installations by single artists. The artists selected for these galleries are each invited to make multiple trips to Miami to share their process with PAMM’s audiences through public lectures, workshops, and other special programs.

Yael Bartana, (1st part of trilogy “and Europe will be stunned”) Mary Koszmary (Nightmares)Project Gallery: Yael Bartana
December 2013 – April 20, 2014

Born in Israel, Yael Bartana (b. 1970) has been commissioned to create a new work for PAMM in conjunction with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon. Among the most celebrated artists of her generation, Bartana lives between Tel-Aviv and Berlin. Her early video work, both documentary and staged, explores social phenomena that illuminate the complexity of contemporary life, particularly within Israel. More recently, Bartana has embarked on a long term, multi-platform work …and Europe will be stunned, a video trilogy and body of related works, with which she represented Poland in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Critically acclaimed, this work has demonstrated Bartana’s acuity as both a filmmaker and as an artist deeply attuned to the most pressing political issues of our time. For her project at PAMM Bartana is researching and producing a work in Sao Paulo focused on the rise of Pentecostalism.

Bouchra Khalili, Speeches: Malcolm X. From the Speeches series (video installation, 5 single channels)Project Gallery: Bouchra Khalili
December 2013 – February 23, 2014

Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975) was born in Casablanca and currently lives and works in Paris. Her works, which take the form of single- and multi-channel videos and films as well as photographs, employ a mode of poetic documentation to investigate the experiences of identity, immigration, and transience. Reflecting the nomadic and often transnational state of existence that defines life for many people throughout the world, Khalili illuminates the realities, emotional, intellectual, and tangible, of an increasingly mobilized world. Using language and an understated visual sensibility, Khalili’s videos offer a moving account of the personal and subjective within larger political and economic spheres. Khalili has been invited to create a new video work based on research undertaken in New York for PAMM’s anchor galleries.



Hennessy and Pratt Team Up For an Art and Design Competition

By | Oct 17, 2013 | 12:56 pm |

Hennessy and Pratt Team Up For an Art and Design CompetitionImage via Matthew Molino

Hennessy V.S has teamed up with Pratt Institute to create an art and design competition. They have asked nine art and design graduate students at Pratt to explore the theme “Never Stop. Never Settle,” Hennessy’s mantra. The three best works, which were determined in July, will appear at the Epic Hotel at Art Basel Miami Beach and will also be promoted on Hennessy’s website and social channels. In this way, the students will gain valuable exposure of their works.

This competition kicked off in June when Pratt students submitted works under the theme “Wild Rabbit,” which is Hennessy’s campaign platform. André De Castro won with his work Project Movements, a series of portraits that feature people trying to make a difference in the world. The second and third place winners were Mike Finklestein and Stephen Mondics. All three artists will display their winning works in Miami.

“When academic institutions and corporations collaborate, students can benefit from having a springboard to experiment,” said Jeff Bellantoni, faculty advisor and graduate communications design chair at Pratt Institute. “Students from different backgrounds and disciplines took advantage of this unique opportunity and fully immersed themselves in a collaborative exchange—one that sparked an innovative range of new work.”

This is the second year Pratt and Hennessy have joined forces for this competition. “The partnership between Pratt and Hennessy is very natural because both institutions share a passion for pushing the limits of individual potential,” said Senior Vice President of Hennessy, Rodney Williams.

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

Tracey Emin

December 2013 – March 2014

Tracey Emin

December 2013 – March 2014

MOCA will present the first major U.S. solo museum exhibition of Tracey Emin. Tracey Emin is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art and is curated by Bonnie Clearwater.


Upcoming Exhibition
Year of the Artist:
Contemporary Chinese Art from the Rubell Family Collection

December 4, 2013 – August 1, 2014
                       He Xiangyu, The Death of Marat, 2011, Fiberglass, silicone, fabric and leather, 17 x 69 x 39 1/4 in. (43 x 176 x 100 cm)

Year of the Artist: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Rubell Family Collection will fill all 27 galleries of the 45,000 square foot exhibition space, debuting during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.


'The Death of Marat'“The Death of Marat” (2011) by He Xiangyu. The work will be included in “Year of the Artist,” an upcoming exhibition at the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation in Miami. Source: Rubell Family Collection via Bloomberg

Bloomberg News

Miami Collectors Tap New China Artists for Art Basel Show

By Katya Kazakina
April 23, 2013

The influential Miami-based collectors Mera and Don Rubell will focus on contemporary Chinese art in their next exhibition for the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

Titled “Year of the Artist,” the show will include stars like Ai Weiwei and Zhang Huan among about 25 artists, though the goal is to introduce many less-known names to the U.S.

“There’s a new generation of Chinese artists that is interesting to us,” said Mera Rubell in a telephone interview. “They have the world view and they are also dealing with the transformation of China itself.”

While the generation of artists who came of age during the Cultural Revolution has dominated the market in the 2000s, younger artists are starting to gain international attention.

The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing opened its 2013 season with “ON/OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice” which includes 50 commissioned works by 50 artists. Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk will mount an exhibition titled “China China” at his Kiev art center next month that focuses on both younger and older artists.

The Rubells, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year, have been collecting emerging art for decades. They bought their first photograph by Cindy Sherman for $25 and paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat for $2,500. They are known for their trend-setting exhibitions, such as those focusing on Leipzig, Polish or black artists in the past decade.

Paving Way

“It’s a vote of confidence,” said Larry Warsh, New York- based collector of Chinese contemporary art. “It’s important that collectors like the Rubells pave the way in understanding Chinese art in the context of global contemporary art.”

The Rubells visited China six times in the past 12 years. With their last trip, in the fall of 2012, taking in more than 40 artist studios in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.

“We took planes, trains, vans,” said Mera Rubell. “It was like a caravan.”

The couple spoke about the exhibition yesterday at a New York University diplomacy class taught by François Barras, Ambassador and Consul General of Switzerland.

“We are going to make every attempt to bring every artist to Miami for the opening,” Mera Rubell told the students, although not Ai, who is currently prohibited from leaving China.

At least two of his works will be included: his “Ton of Tea” sculpture, in which tea leaves are pressed to form a cube, and “Fairytale Chairs,” a group of 20 wooden Qing dynasty chairs.

“It’s going to be the culmination of the Chinese art we’ve been buying since 2001,” said Mera Rubell.


Zahad Hadid 60 story condo tower will be located across from American Airlines arena in Miami at 1000 Biscayne boulevard.


Zahad Hadid is also designing a parking structure on Collins avenue in Miami Beach

street view



interior view of parking ramps

circulation diagram



The Miami Herald

Displays on the Bay: Upcoming exhibits at the Perez Art Museum Miami

When Miami Art Museum opens as Perez Art Museum Miami in its new Herzog & deMeuron-designed headquarters on Biscayne Bay, it will showcase exhibitions designed to speak to a Miami audience. Some have been displayed elsewhere; others are works being commissioned specifically for the new museum. All reflect South Florida’s international attitude. Here’s a rundown on the first year’s schedule of shows.

November 2013

Works by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, left, will inaugurate the Special Exhibition Galleries at the new museum. New works will be added to others such as ‘Colored Vases,’ ‘Map of China,’ ‘He Xie’ and ‘Ai Weiwei: Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,’ left, previously shown in Washington, D.C., as part of the exhibition ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’

December 2013

For PAMM’s opening, Scottish artist Hew Locke will create a new arrangment of “For Those in Peril on the Sea,” featuring dozens of replicas of ships. It wlll be shown in PAMM’s Project Gallery through May 25, 2014.

December 2013

PAMM has commissioned a new work by Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili, which will be displayed in the Project Gallery through Feb. 23, 2014. Here, an image from previous video, “Speeches: Malcolm X, 2012.”

December 2013

A newly commissioned work by Polish artist Monika Sosnowska will be shown in PAMM’s Anchor Gallery through Sept. 28, 2014. Here, her previous work, “Untitled, 2006,’ made of steel and enamel paint.

December 2013

Henryk Berlewi’s “Reklama Mechano, 1924” booklet is part of the collection of Miami’s Ruth and Marvin Sackner. Selections from the Sackner collection will be on display in PAMM’s Focus Gallery through May 25, 2014.

December 2013

PAMM has commissioned Israeli artist Yael Bartana to create a film or video work for the museum’s opening. Left, a clip from the first part of an existing work, the trilogy ‘and Europe will be stunned.’

December 2013

Berenice Abbott’s “Wall Street and Stock Exchange, 1933,” is part of the Cowles Collection of 20th Century Photography, a promised gift by Charles Cowles to PAMM. Selections from the Cowles Collection will be on display in the Focus Gallery through July 2014.

December 2013

A selection of works by Cuban modernist painter Amelia Pelaez del Casal (1896-1968) will be on display in PAMM’s Focus Gallery through Feb. 23, 2014. Here, a detail from “La piña, 1939.”



Vincent Johnson: The October Paintings

October Painting 1 and 2, Los Angeles, California by Vincent Johnson

The October Painting 1 and 2, Los Angeles, California by Vincent Johnson

The October Paintings - numbers 3 and 4

The October Paintings – numbers 3 and 4 – The October Paintings (a new paintings project by Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson) – the paintings are at the underpainting stage. They will be allowed to dry in my studio and then a layer of white glaze will be added. That will dry. Then I will work on each work, layer by layer, allowing each layer to dry, or be worked or added to as I desire. Our car Roxy is in the background, her back arched as she defies a mushroom to move.

October Paintings 3 and 4 - three of three

The October Paintings (a new paintings project by Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson) – paintings 3 and 4. Taking advantage of the fabulous weather in LA.

October Paintings 3 and 4 - two of three

The October Paintings – paintings 1 and 2 (a new paintings project by Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson) – with our cat Roxy playing in the back yard.

October Paintings 5 and 6, underpainted on October 31, 2013. Van Nuys, CA

October Paintings 5 and 6, underpainting – layer one – October 31, 2013. Van Nuys, CA

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The October Paintings, 2013, under painting layers, Los Angeles, California, by Vincent Johnson

The October Paintings, 2013, paintings one and two, under painting layers, Los Angeles, California, by Vincent Johnson

The October Paintings (a new paintings project by Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson)

The October Paintings – paintings one and two (a new paintings project by Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson)

The October Paintings are comprised of nine 4×4 foot oil on canvas paintings. These are the largest canvases I’ve worked on since my return to painting after two decades of working with photography. I was trained as a representational painter at Pratt Institute and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My graduate degree is in critical theory and painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The works are a continuation of my exploration of the history of art materials, combined with using the layering techniques of representation to create singular new abstractions. This is my first time working on several large-scale canvases at once. What I’ve noticed over the years is that every significant work I’ve made eventually finds its way into the world, often through unanticipated opportunity.  The works are visceral, visually rich, emotively engaging. They follow the six large-scale paintings in the COSMOS SUITE that is also ongoing and was started in 2012, and the NINE GRAYSCALE PAINTINGS in LOS ANGELES that I completed in 2011. In my work I have always sought to reach for and produce imagery that lends itself to a serious consideration of the ideas that come to the mind when approaching the image. For me these works seek to substantiate themselves in the world, to be both evocative and provocative, beautiful and remarkable in both concept and realization. As these works are fully developed I will continue to record the journey am taken on with them, until they are complete.

OCTOBER PAINTING - Scumble glazing, second phase of the paintings.

OCTOBER PAINTING – Scumble glazing, second phase of the paintings.

October Paintings – scumble glazed and drying in studio.

During the scumble glazing layer of the painting, where I knock down the underpainting colors so that the next layers can deliver a fabulous punch, I thought about the magnificient, enormous paintings I saw this summer at the Menil Collection in Houston, by Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko. The high seriousness of Rothko’s chapel paintings was amazing. Yet on that day it would be my discovery of the excellence of Cy Twombly as a painter of the primordial and playful sublime that captivated my attention in his purpose built stand alone large gallery space that showcased his work far beyond the circular swirls I know but care nothing for at all. It seems that when Twombly switched to specific subject matter – whether it be abstract landscape paintings, where he had simply marvelous deep rich green works, or his overall giant abstractions, filled with playful and powerful singular and exciting moments, both satisfied in wonderful ways. I was fortunate to make two trips to Houston this summer. The Late Byzantine to Today was a marvel to behold; I also had no idea that the Menil is a world class repository of Surrealist art. I was also privileged to see the James Turrell retrospective at the MFA Houston, which itself will be expanding soon with a major new building devoted to modern and contemporary art. The Menil Collection itself will be adding seven new individual artist showcase galleries, which combined with their traveling shows will make Houston as important a center for seeing art as anywhere in the US outside of New York. I am looking at the nine 4×4 foot October paintings in my studio. Its the largest body of work I have ever produced as a painter. I can see so many possibilities in this new direction. It gives me reason to continue to push to get my work into the world, despite all of the difficulties I have experienced. Painting makes me see beyond my own being.

Vincent Johnson

Los Angeles, CA

Vincent Johnson: CV

Vincent Johnson received his MFA in Fine Art Painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California 1997 and his BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was selected for the Baum: An Emerging American Photographer’s Award in 2004 and for the New Museum of Contemporary Arts Aldrich Art Award in 2007 and for the Art Matters grant in 2008, and in 2009 for the Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists project artist. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Art in America and Art Slant, and in over fifty differen publications in total. His photographic works were shown in the inaugural Pulse Fair Los Angeles. He has shown recently at Soho House (curated by ForYourArt, Los Angeles) and at Palihouse (curated by Los Angeles Nomadic Division), West Hollywood, and most recently in Photography 2013 at Another Year in LA gallery, West Hollywood. Johnson’s work has appeared in numerous venues, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (Freestyle (2001, The Philosophy of Time Travel, 2007, and The Bearden Project, 2011-2012), PS1 Museum, SK Stiftung, Cologne; Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAXART, Las Cienegas Projects; Boston University Art Museum; Kellogg Museum, Cal Poly Pomona; Adamski gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen; Lemonsky Projects, Miami. His work has been published in over a dozen exhibition catalogs. He is currently working on a series of self published photography books that will focus on the U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Ohio, Miami, Florida and New Orleans. Johnson is also creating abstract paintings for his Cosmos Suite, that explores the practice of painting with the knowledge of historical painting practices. He is using the techniques of representation to create remarkable works of abstract art. At Beacon Arts Center, Los Angeles, he recently exhibited an entire suite of grayscale paintings. In the Spring of 2013, he exhibited a series of edgy photographic works at Another Year in LA gallery, West Hollywood, California. His work will be exhibited in the inaugural Open Project exhibition at the Palace of the Inquisition, Evora, Portugal, opening July 15, 2013.

Vincent Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

New Abstract Paintings: The Cosmos Suite 2012-2013


This is Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles.

Here are three new paintings are added to my Cosmos Suite of paintings 2.24.2013. These are the 7th, 8th and 9th paintings created in the Cosmos Suite. They are also the 4th, 5th and 6th large scale paintings in this body of work.

These Cosmos Suite paintings are created using various experiments in media and paint application. Johnson has done substantial research into the area of the history of painting materials and there use, and employs this knowledge in the production of his work.

There are now a total of nine paintings in the Cosmos Suite. Six of the nine paintings are thirty by forty inches in size. Three of the paintings – the originals in the suite, are twenty by twenty four inches in size. Each painting takes about a month to create as there is a three week drying time between the first and second layers of the painting. As the suite grows there will be additional sizes including larger works.


Cosmos Suite: A Meeting Between Two Figures in Space

30×40 inches, oil on canvas by Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles (2013)

Poured Liquin in center of painting, added stripes of pure paint color to canvas, mixed with paint rags, dabbed till thick paint areas are leveled out.

Large areas of vertical yellow in painting. Layered canvas in thick paint in certain areas. Reminds me of seeing Gerhard Richter’s painting retrospective in London in the fall of 2011.


Cosmos Suite: State and Grace

30×40 inches, oil on canvas by Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles

Used sponges on face of painting. Layered canvas in thick paint.

Poured Liquin in center of painting, added stripes of pure paint color to canvas, mixed with paint rags, dabbed till thick paint areas are leveled out.
Reminds me of Florida’s mysterious beauty

Shape is of Florida in part

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Cosmos Suite: State and Grace – final – complete 2.25.2013

30×40 inches, oil on canvas by Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles (2013)


Cosmos Suite: State and Grace – final – complete 2.25.2013

30×40 inches, oil on canvas by Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles (2013)


 Cosmos Suite: Astral Melodies
30×40 inches, oil on canvas by Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles (2013)

used sponges on side and surface of the painting. used large brushwork. Layered canvas in paint.

Poured Liquin in between stripes of pure paint color to canvas, mixed with paint rags, dabbed till thick paint areas are leveled out. Started out with thick brush in corner to mix, abandoned this quickly.

Sensing jazz standards here – floating fields of opulent pure romantic color

Vincent Johnson received his MFA in Fine Art Painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California 1997 and his BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was selected for the Baum: An Emerging American Photographer’s Award in 2004 and for the New Museum of Contemporary Arts Aldrich Art Award in 2007 and for the Art Matters grant in 2008, and in 2009 for the Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists project artist. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Slant and many other publications. His photographic works were most recently shown in the inaugural Pulse Fair Los Angeles. His most recent paintings were shown at the Beacon Arts Center in Los Angeles. His 2010 photo project – California Toilet, Filthy Light Switch, is in exhibition at Another Year in LA gallery in West Hollywood through early March 2013. His work has appeared in several venues, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (Freestyle (2001, The Philosophy of Time Travel, 2007, and The Bearden Project, 2011-2012), PS1 Museum, Queens, NY, SK Stiftung, Cologne, Germany, Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAXART, Las Cienegas Projects, Boston University Art Museum, Kellogg Museum, Cal Poly Pomona.
Below are some of the other paintings I have completed since returning to painting in the summer of 2011.
Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles

New Abstract Paintings: The Cosmos suite (2012)

Golden Dream (2012), part of the Cosmos Suite of paintings

California Toilet, Filthy Light Switch (2010) by Vincent Johnson. Archival Epson print (Private Collection, Miami, Florida). I provided this image as I realized its clear similarity to Golden Dream, which I completed a week ago in my studio in Los Angeles.

Two at Night (2012) from the Cosmos suite of paintings, Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches

Cosmos. Oil on canvas  2012 by Vincent Johnson

Cosmos Red Yellow Green. Oil on canvas 2012 by Vincent Johnson

Green God. Oil on canvas 2012 by Vincent Johnson

This new painting series is part of my ongoing exploration of painting materials and techniques from the history of painting. The works combine knowledge of painting practices of both abstract and representation paintings. The works concern themselves purely with the visual power that paintings can do through the manipulation of paint. Some of the underpaintings are allowed to dry for months; some of those are built dark to light, others light to dark. None are made in a single setting. Most are worked and reworked using studio materials. Each new series takes a different approach to the painted surface from how the paint is applied, to varying the painting mediums. This suite concerns itself with the layering of paint by building up the surface and altering and reworking the wet paint with studio tools.

Two larger paintings will be completed and photographed on Sunday, July 15, 2012 and posted here.

Vincent Johnson, Grayscale painting: The Storm (2012). Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches, created in studio in Los Angeles, California

Vincent Johnson, Grayscale painting, Snow White/White Snow (2012). Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches, created in studio in Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson, Nine Grayscale Paintings, Beacon Arts Center, Los Angeles, (2001). Oil on canvas. Each panel is 20×24 inches.
photograph of silver paint on my hands in studio, Los Angeles, during the creation of Nine Grayscale paintings.
Vincent Johnson – in Los Angeles studio working on Nine Grayscale Paintings, 2011

Vincent Johnson

Los Angeles, California