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.

About the critical reception of the Rubell Family Collection 2011: American Exuberance (Art Basel Miami Beach 2011)

John Miller's gold paint covered sculptures. He was in the same class at Cal Arts as LA artist Mike Kelly.

The 2011 edition of the Rubell Family Collection’s annual show of new works they’re acquired opened again during Art Basel Miami Beach week. In this exhibition more than half of the work was from Los Angeles, which has received unprecedented international media attention as a center of art production. Yet because of Hollywood’s overwhelming dominance of the entire media universe in LA, outside of the Los Angeles Times, there is almost zero coverage of the Los Angeles artworld. There is not ever coverage of the arts on LA television, there are no radio interviews, not even a mention of MoCA’s record-breaking attendance for its Art in the Streets exhibition curated by Jeffrey Deitch. Fortunately for Los Angeles, other cities have developed major collector bases – such as Miami, and other art markets have developed since the 1990’s – such London, which has both an incredible array of arts coverage and a global art market as well as a river full of international British artists. So it is no surprise then that it is now for the second time in a few years that the Rubell Family Collection in Miami does a focused exhibition on LA Art. A few years ago the collection did a Los Angeles Art show called RED EYE. Even though I am based in LA I still needed to come to Miami to see this work – since it is collected largely through New York City galleries. By coming to Miami, this recent LA art is now seeing its LA audience for the first time. I note that while there is a great deal of media coverage of this exhibition, it is not being treated to multiple seriously considered historically contextualized examinations of the art on view. Unlike in London, which often sees public articles by world-class art historians in their newspapers. London also has vast arts coverage by the BBC and even Saatchi has an arts on television experience. The London newspapers often feature online exhibition walkthroughs with major critics. This barrage of arts coverage is precisely the case with the current Saatchi Collection New Art From Germany exhibition, which has already garnered six major London newspaper reviews. Saatchi also has its own free to the public art magazine and of course Saatchi online is the world most viewed artworld website with no one in second place. I mention this because it is clear that the US artworld is in deep need of intense art writing, while instead it is laying off all the art critics at almost every newspaper in the country outside of Manhattan. This level of critical engagement is necessary not to diffuse but to elevate the market’s tastes in art, before the future art historians figure the real aesthetic achievement of the work at hand. Miami Basel has no equal in the US, and that has to change too, as this country needs far less well-known but strong institutions to be participating in the international contemporary art arena, so that one day there will be no need for an artist to move to one of the coasts to be an artist, because the top of the mountain will be right there in the middle of America, the same height and grace as in the towers of New York and the mountains of California. Artists in Germany enjoy a super-world of cultural support and do not need America. With hundreds of magnificent museums, over 100,000 collectors in the Cologne-Dusseldorf region, which also has 30 contemporary art museums – the worlds largest collection – (with next door The Netherlands in second place in terms of total contemporary museums of art), and even daily intense arts coverage in their version of the Wall Street Journal and the intensely intellectually rigorous Text Zur Kunst. Atop this, German artists  are surrounded by art rich and highly advanced countries that also show and make art, write about it and think through it. Switzerland and France are but two of those countries. America needs to become like this someday. And then of course Germany has Documenta, and they can drive to Art Basel.

Vincent Johnson

Los Angeles, California

December 31, 2011/January 3, 2012

LA artist Sterling Ruby's gigantic sprayed paintings

Richard Jackson's upside-down cartoon character sculpture is in the same vein as the work of Paul McCarthy. Both are LA artists.

Paul McCarthy sculptural installation of a man with a boy engaging a goat

Richard Jackson has been making a huge splash in the LA artworld of late. He has recently shown two other large-scale "splashed painting room" works in LA at David Kordansky gallery. In both instances as in this depicted work their is at least one animatronic figure in motion in the work.

Rashid Johnson's massive burnished wood work

LA painter John Mcallister's paintings

This tableau by Hanna Greeely is about time. The left side is the past; the right side, showing age and wear, is the present

Lisa Yuskavage's painting of a woman looking under her night clothes at herself

Lisa Yuskavage's painting of two women wearing only garters

George Condo's oil painting of a faceless red faced male figure and a cow

Dana Schutz portrait of a naked man in a swimming pool

Dana Schutz's vibrant oil painting

LA artist Henry Taylor's sculpture. This work was among many new sculptures created by Henry Taylor for his debut show at Blum & Poe in 2011

LA artist Mike Kelly's found stuffed animals and throwaway rugs as scatter art sculpture. In the background is LA artist's Karl Haendel's drawing of a newspaper story.

LA artist Richard Hawkins' painting

LA sculptor Charley Ray's sculpture of narcissistic men

Richard Prince - one of his paintings from his "Nurse" series that propelled him into the upper end of the art market.

Mark Handforth sculpture of a downed motorcycle covered in candles

Kaz Oshiro scupture of concert stage amplifier. Oshiro also had work at the Margulies Warehouse collection.

A magisterial radiance emanates from this greyscale and red painting by Julian Hoeber

Juliann Hoeber

Charles Long's whimsical sculpture

LA artist Evan Holloway's sculpture

LA artist Phil Wager (left wall), Jason Meadows, rear gallery, and Seth Price, right wall

LA alternative materials painter Analia Saban

LA artist Joel Kwack's work is mildly similar to Paul McCarty's

Elizabeth Peyton's portrait painting

Glenn Ligon's watercolor painting

Elizabeth Peyton's portrait painting

Works in the outdoor sculpture court of the Rubell Family Collection

Jennifer Rubell's new sculpture in the Rubell Family Collection sculpture court

LA artist Aaron Curry's metal sculpture in the Rubell Family Collection sculpture court

LA sculptor Nathan Mabry's work in the Rubell Family Collection sculpture court

Kelley Walker's large-scale photo montage.

Vincent Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1997 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting 1986.  He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated 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 nominated for 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.

Vincent Johnson during his recent art trip to London

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2011 Miami Basel countdown report

Baselmania Miami Beach 2011 is here! For the first time I’ll be tracking the events and the must go to places to go that will be in Miami and Miami Beach this coming late November and early December of 2011.

LA MoCA’s Art in the Streets record breaking show has put street art on the artworld map like never before. This is clearly seen during the Miami fairs, as several of the satellite fairs have strong representation of today’s top street artists from around the globe.

Miami offers even the most seasoned curator and collector and artist the opportunity to view works from every part of the earth. I come to Miami Basel each year knowing I will get to experience a fabulous display of contemporary art from South America, Asia, and even Eastern Europe.

No where else in the US do you get the Brazilians, side by side with the Germans, the French, the Chinese and we Americans from every part of the country to this global cultural event.

So this post will be dynamic in that it will be added to up until the last possible moment and we board our plane ride from Los Angeles to Miami.

Every year there are must see shows private collections shows, gallery shows, satellite fairs, all in the most relaxing and truly tropical environment. For a week Miami and Miami Beach become a magical wonderland of contemporary art.

Don’t forget to pick up the annual free Art Basel Miami Beach edition of OCEAN DRIVE magazine. Its a nice souvenir to remember the experience of Miami Basel.

Art Basel 2011

Veuve Clicquot’s Clicq’Up Lounge and Champagne Bar

Monday, November 21, 2011, by Lesley Abravanel

“There once was a time when Art Basel and all the related hoopla surrounding it was solely about, well, art. Today, however, it’s become the NASCAR of the art world, with sponsors, sponsors everywhere. Luckily for those with a fine tuned palate, the sponsors aren’t Busch Beer but, rather, Veuve Clicquot (the official champagne of Design Miami/), Dom Perignon and Runiart. Veuve, incidentally is taking their Baseling a step further by introducing the Clicq’Up Lounge and Champagne Bar, a mobile food truck and adjacent champagne lounge that will pop-up in key locations in Miami from Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 2. For location info, follow @Veuve_Clicquot on Twitter.”

“Tapping into the local chef talent, Veuve hired gastroPod’s Chef Jeremiah, who will be serving, among other things a crispy white corn cake with poached egg and chipotle cream, curry pork tacos, and conch salad. Buy a bottle of Veuve and be the first to have your own Cliq’Up, the origami pop-up champagne bucket that that inspired the food truck’s name. Artful, isn’t it? [EaterWire]”


Art Basel satellite fairs: Design Miami presents Buckminster Fuller exhibition

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Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller, part of the Design Miami satellite exhibition called Architecting the Future.

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By Jordan Melnick

If you’ve passed through the Design District in the last week, you probably noticed a seemingly alien spacecraft in an open field at 39th Street and First Court.

Dubbed the Fly’s Eye Dome, the geodesic structure is not from outer space but from the mental cosmos of one Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), a self-described “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist” who is the focus of Design Miami’s satellite exhibition, Architecting The Future.

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Nas, Theophilus London, TV on the Radio, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and Penguin Prison, plus DJs Mark Farina and Venus X as part of Spotify and Ricochet’s Music Loves Art, co-sponsored by 42BELOW and Perrier. Thursday, December 1, through Sunday, December 4. Ricochet Bar & Lounge, 3250 NE First Ave, Miami. All shows are invite-only. Call 305-673-3873 or visit


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With an endless list of events to attend during Art Basel Miami this year, Frere Independent’s seventh edition of PooL Art Fair is at the very top our list.  The PooL Art Fair will be relocating to Sadigo Court, and will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, December 2. The event will be held from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and is sure to attract a wave of art enthusiasts who are in search of new talent.

PooL is an exhibition that gives unknown artists a platform for their work, making it the only fair that presents independent artists who are otherwise unrecognized. For art dealers, agents and galleries this exhibition is the ideal location for seeking out fresh and emerging artists.

The exhibition will be open from December 2-4 from 3 to 10 p.m. and is located at 334 20th Street.


Greenview Hotel

1671 Washington Avenue @ 17th Street
December 1-4, 2011

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 – 3 December, Noon to 10 pm
Sunday, 4 December, Noon to 6 pm
Thursday, 1 December, 2011, 6:00 pm to 10pm

Coming Thursday, December 1, Verge Art Miami Beach invites you to experience the finest, freshest work on display in Miami Beach by living artists. Unstunted by the blue-chip rehash of a stale market, VERGE breaks away from the false quality of name recognition art to reach for something new and cutting edge


Art Basel Miami Beach – Art Public

Gardar Eide Einarsson & Banks Violette

 Collins Park, Bass Museum of Art  

  30 November – 4 December 2011

 Preview: 29 November 4-7 pm

 Opening Reception: 30 November 8-10 pm

Banks Violette

Untitled, 2011
painted steel
65 x 290 x 65 inches

Untitled, 2011 is the first sculpture that Banks Violette created specifically to be placed outdoors, a monumental work stretching twenty-four feet across. His process included sketches, the fabrication of lengths of steel, the cutting and welding of separate elements, and the final powder coating of the entirety. Constructed as a shiny black barrier whose modular nature fractures, the form embodies Violette’s deep interest in wedding a minimalist inheritance with the aura of staged tragedy – a melding of formalism with an iconography of cruelty, violence and death. The splintered edge of the sculpture punctures the ground and juts into the air, assuming the appearance of wreckage. In line with his large-scale sculptures of screens partly crushed and his ghostly graphite drawings of crashed cars, the outdoor sculpture, while abstract, resonates as a roadside barrier destroyed in a critical collision.

 Violette’s work is included in numerous public collections, including those of the Whitney, the Guggenheim, and MoMA in New York; MoCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, and the Migros Museum in Zürich. He has had monographic exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Belgium, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Gardar Eide Einarsson

Rendering for Untitled (Apparatus), 2011
painted steel
96 x 108 x 84 inches

 Gardar Eide Einarsson’s Untitled (Apparatus), 2011, takes its form from exercise constructions found in prison-yards. To Einarsson, these pull-up bars epitomize contemporary prison architecture, forgoing traditional design conditions for the sake of a functionality aimed at preventing certain behaviors in its prisoners. The artist is interested in theories of discipline and control, and particularly the ways in which they can affect the human body. The sculpture shares a visual affinity with minimalism, particularly in its preoccupation with the relationship between sculpture and the body of the spectator: Einarsson’s artwork could actually be used to transform the viewer’s body, through exercise.

Einarsson was recently the subject of a survey show, Power Has a Fragrance, which opened at Oslo’s Astrup-Fearnley Museum and then traveled to the Reykjavik Art Museum, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm and the Fridericianum in Kassel. Additional solo museum exhibitions have been held at the Kunstverein Frankfurt, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.

The sculptures will be installed at Collins Park, outside of the Bass Museum of Art. Art Public is curated by Christine Y. Kim, who is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND).

Lehmann Maupin Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, 12/1-12/4

Saturday, November 19, 2011; Posted: 04:11 PM – by BWW News Desk


Lehmann Maupin Gallery is delighted to announce its participation in Art Basel Miami Beach with a booth presentation of works by artists Hernan Bas, Billy Childish, Mary Corse, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández, Klara Kristalova, Angel Otero, Tony Oursler, Do Ho Suh, Juergen Teller, Mickalene Thomas, Nari Ward, and Erwin Wurm.

Highlights will include a half-booth of works by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, who will open Beauty Business at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami on 1 December, 2011. Highlighting the artist’s humorous approach to his multidisciplinary works, the exhibition will present a variety of works, including sculptures with a performative aspect, such as the Drinking Sculptures. These works invite viewers to sit down and drink alcohol, and only when the viewer is drunk is the work complete. Additional highlights include works by minimalist artist Mary Corse, a recent addition to the Lehmann Maupin roster; paintings by Billy Childish and ceramic sculptures by Klara Kristalova – both artists currently have exhibitions up at our Lower East Side and Chelsea locations, respectively; and works by Teresita Fernández, recently appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by President Obama. During Art Basel Miami Beach, MoCA Miami will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the presentation of Fernández’s Untitled (Pool), a work first shown at the museum in 1996 for their inaugural exhibition.

Lehmann Maupin will also be a participating gallery in the Art Basel Miami Beach Video Program. Tracey Emin’s Sometimes the Dress is Worth More Money than the Money and Jennifer Steinkamp’s Orbit 11 will be on view on the 7000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center on Wednesday, 30 November at 8 PM. Both films will also be on view for visitors in the five viewing pods inside the Miami Beach Convention Centre.

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Art Basel: BMW i and Dwell Present The Sustaethics Event

Posted By Casey Brooks on November 18th, 2011

On December 2, BMW i and Dwell Media will host The Sustaethics Event- an evening celebrating sustainable design and environmental preservation. Dwell, an established authority in design and innovation has teamed up with BMW i to share their synergistic visions and honor the incredible technological achievement and social impact of the new BMW i3 Concept and i8 Concept- the first purpose-built electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber- which will be on display at the event.

“We take our responsibility seriously when it comes to the mobility of the future and the future of our society,” says Benoit Jacob, head of BMW i Design. “we are in no doubt of the need to take a fresh view of things going forward.”

The event will be held on the top floor of the iconic Herzog & De Meuron car park 111 Lincoln Road. Dwell founder lara Deam will kick off the event along with Benoit Jacob, head of BMW i Design, who will unveil the cars. Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim will transform the space into a lush, warm lounge using trees to create natural pathways with Treemendous, a local charity, the trees will then be donated to Miami’s Million Trees Campaign, which aims to plant one million trees by 2020.

The Sustaethics event at Art Basel/Miami Beach from BMW i and Dwell will gather innovators on the international, national and local art and design scenes to celebrate the launch of BMW i and modern design principals.



By Casey Brooks on November 1st, 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach

Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel will showcaseworks by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In honor of its 10th edition, a new collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art will transform Collins Park with unique artworks and performances by renowned artists and emerging talents. In addition, Art Video will be presented on the large-scale outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry. Throughout the fair, the world’s most respected art dealers and galleries will offer exceptional pieces by both legendary artists and cutting-edge newcomers.


This year, Fendi is back and has invited designer Elisa Strozyk and Sebastian Neeb to create this year’s Design Performance project at Design Miami. The dreamlike installation centers on a series of antique furniture pieces inspired by Palazzo Fendi, the grand Neo-Classical building that houses Fendi’s international headquarters, originally built in the 1700s. The furniture was created using Fendi discarded leather materials allowing the Fendi spirit to permeate the furnishings. The designers will extend this theme into the design of Design Miami’s exclusive Collector’s Lounge, hosted for the first time this year, by Fendi.

Design Miami/

The seventh edition of Design Miami will feature the world’s leading galleries specializing in 20th and 21st century collectable design, adjacent to its sister fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, the Designer of the Year award will go to London-based architect David Adjaye, who will present Genesis, his first large-scale work of architectural furniture for visitors to interact and decompress before entering and exiting the fair. With a 50 percent increase in participating galleries, this year will draw influential collectors, designers and critics form around the world. For the second year, W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi will moderate the Design Talks series. Major sponsors include Audi, the official automotive sponsor since 2006, Fendi and Swarovski Crystal Palace will unveil new design projects, as well as VeuveClicquot and Cappellini will continue their support with the 2011 show.

Anselm Reyle for Christian Dior

Prior to becoming a couturier, Christian Dior was actually a gallerist in Paris, making this first-time collaboration between Berlin-based artist Anselm Reyle and the House of Dior a rich one, joining the art world and vision of Dior Deputy General Manager, DelphineArnault. With the freedom to create a collection of accessories for Dior, Reyle played with colors and bold, freestyle interpretations. “I loved working on the Lady Dior handbag. Most of my work builds on objects that already exist, which I then transform. I applied the same philosophy,” said Reyle. As for the characteristic Lady Dior Charms, they are accompanied by colored triangles, the artist’s graphic signature. With contrasting topstitching against bright metallics, this collection is as lively and exciting as the pop-up store that will debut in Miami Nov 28th – Dec 10th at the Miami Design District and will be sold in select Dior stores globally beginning on January 7 through the end of March. Miami Design District, 191 NE 40th Street, Unit 101, (800) 929-DIOR.

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Cartier present Beatriz Milhazes “Aquarium”

As partner of Art Basel for the past five years, Cartier is presenting Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, who for Art Basel has imagined a singular work inspired by her canvases and collages, a mobile composed of pearls, precious and semi-precious stones. Crafted by the Ateliers Cartier, Aquarium is both a unique installation and a work of jewelry of unexpected dimensions, described as “intricate” and “overwhelming,” inviting the spectator to contemplate an ideal purity. The space displaying the mobile is designed to resemble a jewel case and reveals the sculpture’s finesse and surprising lightness.

The mobile will be hung at the Collins Building, 139 NE 39th Street (cross streets 39th and NE 1st Court) Miami, FL. Open to all holding Art Basel cards.

Gary Nader Auction and Private Dinner

The king of fine art in Miami, Gary Nader brings a bang to Basel with his first-ever auction house on December 1, featuring 150-200 lots of Modern and Contemporary fine art, with prices ranging from $50,000 to $5 million per lot. Think you’re a big shot in the art world? Good luck scoring an exclusive invite to Nader’s private 500-person VIP dinner, where the world’s most prominent collectors will join and preview the exhibition on November 30. Offering pieces by artists such as Warhol, Hirst, Lam, Picasso, Botero and Lichtenstein, the auction will continue to expand its luxury market to offer cars, antiques and even wine, becoming Miami’s first-ever full auction house and marking a major moment for the Miami and international art scene. As a response to Miami’s affluent internationals, Nader continues to impress his Rolodex of impressive contacts and clientele. Gary Nader fine art, 62 N.E. 27 Street, Miami, FL.

Christie’s Exhibition

Christies, the world’s leading art business and fine arts auction house had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled $3.2 billion. Highlights from Christie’s London Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art will reside at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, featuring a selection of extraordinary works of art to be offered on auction at Christie’s London in February. JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 345 Avenue of the Americas, Miami, FL.

Eighth Annual Masters’ Mystery Art Show

The 8th installment of Master’s Mystery Art Show kicks off on November 30 at The Ritz-Carlton presenting original pieces of 6×9 Art created by top designers using T-shirts as their canvases to benefit Florida International University Masters in Fine Arts Program.

The mystery lies on the back of each piece, revealing the artist’s signature only after the piece is purchased. As the only party of its kind during Art Basel, it is a coveted invitation and one of the most entertaining opening night parties. The show will be open to the public on December 1 only.

ELLE DECOR Showhouse at Paramount Bay

During Basel week, Miami’s most prominent address will be a 43rd story, 10,000 square foot penthouse with 360 degree panoramic views at Paramount Bay when ELLE DECOR presents its second Showhouse designed by notable designers such as Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, Vincenzo Avanzato and more. Each designer will use national and local brands to bring ELLE DECOR’s signature style to life in the indoor and outdoor spaces. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), the Miami Design District-based magnet school for the design arts. The new condo development on Biscayne Bay will open December 2 though December 18 as an official satellite exhibit of Design Miami.

Art Basel Miami Beach

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SCOPE Art Show celebrates eleventh year with return to 2010 Midtown Miami location. Cementing its future with an 75,000 square foot foundation across the street from Art Miami

Aqua 11 at the Aqua Hotel, South Beach

Aqua Art Miami contemporary art fair takes place in Miami Beach each December during Art Basel week. Aqua features innovative galleries from the west coast, greater USA and abroad

PULSE Art Fair

The seventh edition of PULSE Miami will be at The Ice Palace Studios December 1 – 4, 2011. Following the success and critical acclaim of PULSE New York in March, the 2011 Miami edition will build on PULSE’s reputation…

Art Miami

Known as Miami’s premiere 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…


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Fountain Art Fair

Fountain was founded in 2006, Fountain is an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during Armory week and Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach. ADMISSION $10 day pass / $15 weekend pass all tickets sold at the…

Design Miami

Design Miami November 29 – December 4, 2011 Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Design Miami/, the global forum for design, will hold the 2011 edition of…


Red Dot Art Fair is pleased to announce its return to the Wynwood Art District in Miami, November 30 – December 4, 2011. Red Dot will remain in the same prime location, adja- cent to Art Miami, Art Asia, and Scope and…

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This year the Art Now Fair is running concurrently with the Art Basel Miami Beach making it convenient for those visiting from all over the world for the art events in Miami. Situated among high-end restaurants and hotels in the…


ART ASIA Miami is a highly selective showcase of galleries from around the world that focuses on the best of established and emerging contemporary artists from throughout Asia. Established in 2008, ART ASIA has hosted fairs in…

Verge Art Miami

Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art.

Pool Art Fair

Inspired from the French tradition of artists fairs, starting from the famous Courbet’s Salon des Independents, PooL is the premiere fair in the US dedicated to un-represented artists. The first edition took place in 2000…

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INK Miami Fair

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…

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BURST Project Art Fair

BURST Project Art Fair is an innovative presentation of contemporary art stretching from Miami Beach to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Featuring painting, surreal pop art, sculpture, mixed media, photography and video and…

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Seven Art Fair

SEVEN, the pioneering collective project organized by the galleries BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Winkleman Gallery will return to Miami for the second…

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Sculpt Miami Fair

Sculpt Miami fair showcases outstanding large – scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by prominent modern artists from around the world. It focuses on the newest aesthetic tendencies in contemporary sculpture highlighting…

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Zones Art Fair

Zones Art Fair

ZONES is curated by Miami-based artist Charo Oquet director of Edge Zones Miami a niche fair/event, including a food-tasting session, talks, cocktails, exhibition, video screenings, music, performance and publications. A strong…

Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy [Box in a Suitcase]) Series D, 1941/1961. Box covered in linen containing miniature replicas and color reproductions of works by Duchamp (68 items) Edition 1/30. Collection Miami Art Museum, museum purchase with funds from Lang Baumgarten as well as from Mimi Floback and Sally Ashton Story in memory of Jon Ashton. Photo Credit: Sid Hoeltzell© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp.

MIAMI, FL.- Miami Art Museum presents Focus: Marcel Duchamp, a rare opportunity for Miami audiences to experience the seminal French artist’s work firsthand. The display presents Miami Art Museum’s edition of Duchamp’s Box in a Suitcase, from 1961, alongside a small trove of works hailing from the collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The exhibition will be on view at Miami Art Museum from Thursday, November 17, 2011 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. “Marcel Duchamp reoriented the way we understand the source of a given artwork’s meaning and value,” said MAM Associate Curator René Morales. “He questioned the barriers that separate art from everyday life, expanding our conceptions of what an artwork can be.” Box in a Suitcase was one of the first artworks purchased by MAM for its collection. Conceived in 1941 on the eve of Duchamp’s departure from Europe to the US, it serves as a portable, miniature retrospective of his own work. With a characteristic attitude of detached irony, the self-exiled artist thus cast himself in the role of traveling salesman, transporting revolutionary ideas rather than housewares – not from door to door but from one continent to another. Surrounded by full-scale examples of Duchamp’s famous ready-mades as well as a rare early painting, Box in a Suitcase functions in this context as an exhibition within an exhibition.


Looks like we have a brand new art fair coming to Miami Basel for 2011:

Pianos will “POP-UP” around Miami during Art Basel week 2011

Written By Dro on Thursday October 27th 2011
| Posted In Art, Press Releases

popuppianomiami Pianos will POP UP around Miami during Art Basel week 2011

During the week of Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami presents the premiere of Pop-Up Pianos Miami 2011 (PUPM), a public art project made possible by The Black Key Group and a host committee of young, local professionals. The concept of Pop-Up Pianos is inspired by the New York City organization Sing for Hope. Sing for Hope mobilizes professional artists in volunteer programs that benefit schools, hospitals and communities. Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos celebrate the vision of arts accessibility for all. The inspirational project motivated the Co-Founders of The Black Key Group, Whitney Lykins and Isabella Acker, to bring Pop-Up Piano to Miami with the support of Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami is a factory-owned retail location for Steinway & Sons, maker of the world’s finest pianos. They have donated ten pianos to be strategically placed throughout locations in Midtown Miami, Downtown, Wynwood District, Brickell, and Miami Beach.

Ten artists have been carefully selected to customize each of the pianos based on their particular style of art, ranging from graffiti and acrylic paints to 3D sculptures. The Black Key Group and host committee have taken great strides to include a mix of prominent and local artists, all of whom reflect some aspect of Miami culture including Lebo; Surface Merchants and Krave; Rodrigo Echeverri; GG; Reinier Gamboa and Jose Mertz (Creative Native); Arnaud Pages; Alouishous San Gomma; Kazilla & Lorie Setton; Brian Butler; and more.

While there will be important announcements of specific concert dates and times where musicians will perform, Art Basel week spectators will have the chance to tickle the ivories in between performances. In addition to the local talent, various nationally acclaimed artists’ “Pop-Up” performances will also be announced via social media outlets throughout the duration of the installation.

After Art Basel week, the pianos will be donated to Miami-Dade Public Schools with arts programs, local charities, organizations and/or music venues, enriching the cultural and arts community of South Florida.

PUPM will host a launch event and closing party, both of which will be open-to-the-public. The launch event will be hosted at The Opium Group’s Louis Bar-Lounge at Gansevoort South in Miami Beach on Thursday, December 1st. Jacob Jeffries Band will play along with a surprise guest performance. The closing party will be held at the acclaimed Ideobox Artspace in the Wynwood District on Saturday, December 3rd where piano donations will be announced including a special LIVE performance. Lastly, Ideobox Artspace will also be hosting am Art Basel recovery party the following Saturday, December 10th during Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk where all ten pianos will be on display.

Stay tuned for musician announcements and event details as well as the specific locations where the pianos will be placed. For more information, visit To keep track of piano locations, artists, and musicians, please follow Pop-Up Piano Miami on Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare (during Art Basel week).


The Rubell Family Collection


American Exuberance

Incubationby Jennifer Rubell

30 Americansat the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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John Miller, The Newcomers (detail), 2008

American Exuberance
November 30, 2011—July 27, 2012

American Exuberance
at the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation will include 64 artists and 190 artworks, 40 of which were made in 2011, many specifically for this exhibition.

American Exuberancewill occupy all 28 galleries in the 45,000 sq. ft. museum, and all works in the exhibition are drawn from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. A 275-page catalog will be available, with writings by 13 artists in the exhibition including Kathryn Andrews, Frank Benson, Hannah Greely, Thomas Houseago, Richard Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Nate Lowman, John Miller, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Haim Steinbach, Ryan Trecartin, and Kaari Upson.

To pre-order the exhibition catalog please visit our online bookstore.

Exhibition Statement

In our efforts to understand the America we live in today, we turn toward contemporary art and artists. The 64 artists in American Exuberance, all citizens or residents of this country, are keen observers of American culture, economy and politics – whatever their country of origin.

In its totality, the exhibition creates a portrait of the American condition. The artworks span the last few decades for context, with a focus on works made in today’s America.

We asked a number of participating artists to comment on American Exuberance for the catalog. Many of them conceived original texts. The following is an excerpt from John Miller’s essay that has deeply informed our understanding of the subject:

“American exuberance is part myth and part reality… Paradoxically, exuberance is linked to stagnation, entropy and ruin. Its efflorescence becomes mirage-like. For the artists, these conditions are materials.”


 INCUBATION by Jennifer Rubell
Jennifer Rubell presents her 11th annual breakfast installation, Incubation, opening Wednesday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to noon and continuing every morning through Sunday, December 4.

Incubationis an exploration of the creative act, simultaneously addressing the creation of food, the creation of life, and the creation of art. The installation incorporates two essential halves of the creative act: an incubation gallery where yogurt is being made; and an observation gallery where the yogurt is anointed with honey and then consumed.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse: Opens November 11, 2011 through April 28, 2012

Friday, Nov 11 11:00a to 4:00p

New Exhibitions:

•Sculpture: Nancy Rubins
•Photography: Marry Ellen Mark, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha
•Video: Hiraki Sawa, David Claerbout

Permanent Exhibitions:
•Ernesto Neto, Olafur Eliasson, Michelangelo Pistoletto,
Donald Judd, George Segal, Richard Serra

Opens November 11, 2011 through April 28, 2012

David Lamelas, 'A study for the relationship between inner and outer space', 1969
Frames and Documents, Conceptualist Practices: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
David Lamelas, ‘A study for the relationship between inner and outer space’, 1969 Courtesy the artist

November 30, 2011 – March 04, 2012

Curated by Jesús Fuenmayor and Philippe Pirotte for CIFO

Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practices. Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection curated by Jesús Fuenmayor and Philippe Pirotte will be on view from November 30, 2011 – March 4, 2012 and includes over 60 pieces by 41 artists from different generations and latitudes, who share a common experience of promoting and transforming conceptualist practices, which have resulted in becoming an ever-present and driving force in contemporary art today.

The exhibition overlaps geographically and chronologically several times, highlighting coincidences regarding the artist’s journey as historian both through an institutional critique (Frames) and through their capacity to question the ways in which we relate to memory (Documents). Because it is a selection of notable works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection—more than expressing or reflecting the historical canons that frame the study of conceptualist practices—this exhibition encourages multiple views and interpretations from which may uncover new ties within contemporary artistic production.

The works included in the exhibition highlight three distinct instances within the trajectory of conceptual art between the 1960’s and the late 1980’s.  One group of artists included in the exhibition are those associated with the birth of conceptualism: Vito Acconci, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Luis Camnitzer, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas and Ed Ruscha, for instance. Another group consists of artists like Marina Ambramović, Lothar Baumgarten, Juan Downey, Eugenio Espinoza, Anna Maria Maiolino, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, John Smith and Francesca Woodman who, mainly working in the seventies, participated in the dissemination of conceptualist practices across geographical and cultural boundaries. The third group of artists seen in Frames and Documents are those that worked in the 1980s such as Ricardo Brey, Sophie Calle, Eugenio Dittborn, Louise Lawler, Claudio Perna, and Allan McCollum, among others.

Miami Art Museum

Enrique Martinez Celaya: Schneebett – October 14, 2011 – January 1, 2012

Enrique Martínez Celaya
Schneebett (Snow-bed), 2003-4
Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
Collection Miami Art Museum, promised gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz
Courtesy of Enrique Martínez Celaya

American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s – November 6, 2011 – January 1, 2012

American People #18
The Flag is Bleeding
, 1967
Oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches
Courtesy of Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries,
New York
© Faith Ringgold 1967
Photo courtesy ACA Galleries, New York


Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection

Ongoing, with regular changes

Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection
Photo by Yesenia Hernandez

The Bass Museum

erwin wurm: beauty business

November 8, 2011 – March 4, 2012

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Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business
December 1, 2011 – March 4, 2012

Miami Beach, FL. (November 2011) — The Bass Museum of Art is pleased to present its latest exhibition, Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business, making its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 with art and sculptures by artist Erwin Wurm. Wurm, an artist living and working in Vienna, combines various art forms: sculpture, photography and performance into a unique personal view of the everyday world. Drawing on history, humor and philosophy, Wurm creates light-hearted artworks with at times serious messages. His new large sculptural works which have a grand theatrical scale and were created specifically for this exhibition, attract the viewer to interact and participate. Wurm’s smaller-scale Drinking Sculpture series ask the audience to engage and in which they literally do; it is a bar. The audience is asked to open drawers and interact with the piece. A Drinking Sculpture is realized when the audience is drunk.

Wurm’s well-known sweater pieces, in the format of large-scale wall works, blur the boundary between human form and the museum building. Here, Wurm eludes to dressing a portion of the museum for warmth and security. A series of smaller sweater sculptures also incorporate fashion – the sweater forms are stretched and altered by crude wooden braces. These altered works transform the visitor’s view of the sweater forms into the present moment, leaving any history, which can be at times painful, and the future, at best illusionary, out of the experience. Additionally, a new series of ‘hoodie’ works push the human form and showcase how balance can be found within the gallery spaces.

Beauty Business, is Wurm’s first cohesive focus on the home or dwelling. As architect Le Corbusier once remarked, the purpose of architecture is to move us. In his art, Wurm consistently realizes architecture’s highest aim as he creates works whose extraordinary power lies not only in how deeply they make us feel, but also in how they let us see the complexity of our feelings, in meaningful environments which help us to dwell. A dwelling is an in-between space where one may hesitate between worlds. The activity of dwelling is therefore a contemplative lingering – a way of remaining in a space or location that is responsive to the nature of that particular place, and open to whatever happens to trigger your imagination; through association, through fantasies, daydreams, desires, or memories.

Wurm’s greatest insights as an artist are that he believes our feelings about such locations are often mixed, that we are often drawn to what both attracts and repels – these are things the artist understands intuitively. If in the space surrounding his objects we experience our own ambivalence about certain issues more intensely, it is because of the way, in theme and structure, his work so elegantly holds contradictory elements in tension.

Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business will be on view during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. Special museum hours will be: Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, 2011, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with Dallas Contemporary, Texas and curated by Peter Doroshenko, Director/Dallas Contemporary, Texas. This exhibition will be presented at Dallas Contemporary and be on view: April 14 through August 19, 2012.

Additional support for this exhibition was made possible by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.

About Erwin Wurm:
Known for his uniquely humorous approach to formalism, Wurm’s multi-disciplinary works have appeared in exhibitions throughout the world. Erwin Wurm has exhibited extensively with shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, (2005); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France, (2007); Konstmuseum Malmö, Sweden, (2008); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, (2008); the Moscow Biennial (2009); Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2010); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2010); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010). The artist just recently revealed NARROW HOUSE at the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy, in June 2011.

Works by Wurm are included in prestigious collections throughout the world at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenhein Collection, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Musèe d`Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, among others.

Erwin Wurm lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

portrait of a young man | laurent grasso

October 29, 2011 – February 12, 2012


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courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york” href=”; rel=”gallery”>French artist Laurent Grasso investigates shifting and multiple time frames in his conceptual art practice. His project at the Bass Museum of Art juxtaposes historical works from our permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque art with his own series of paintings, sculptures, videos and neons. Here, Grasso provocatively forms literal and figurative connections between the past and the present.

The exhibition takes as its departure point Laurent Grasso’s reflections on the rationality of the Renaissance, “the age of discovery,” a period in time when man began seeing the world in a completely different manner, becoming interested in individuality, the natural world, science, cosmology and the study of geography. A time when science and the arts were not disparate fields but rather informed one another.

In the exhibition, Grasso’s fascination with history and science culminates in a recent series of paintings entitled Studies into the past. Produced in collaboration with professional art restorers these works incorporate select imagery such as trees, figures and portions of landscape; and are meticulously reproduced from famous paintings by Uccello, Fra Angelico, Mantegna and Botticelli. However, the artist also integrates depictions of miraculous phenomena such as eclipses, floating rocks and northern lights—imagery that reoccurs throughout Grasso’s practice but would not have appeared in, for example, a Botticelli. Within these works, he layers and recontextualizes this iconography to cast doubt on his own authorship and blur the line we often draw between the historical and contemporary.

Other central works in the exhibition include a series of neons inspired by Grasso’s interest in “the father of modern science,” Galileo Galilei. For Grasso’s work 1610, he pointedly transforms one of the astronomer’s original sketches of a star constellation into neon.

It was at this time Galileo published Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger), proving that the Earth revolved around the Sun, which quickly led to his condemnation by the Roman Catholic Church. According to Grasso, the use of neon forms an allusion to the time it takes light to travel to one’s eye and the more than 350 years it took the Church to admit that Galileo was right. Light is an important metaphor for the artist, as it refers not only to Galileo’s scientific and historical contributions but also to knowledge itself, truth and even time travel.

Laurent Grasso’s approach in Portrait of a Young Man suggests what we call time and/or history is neither linear nor cyclical. Instead, it might best be understood as a constant — if not eternal process — of building and rebuilding meaning.

– Kristin Korolowicz, Knight Curatorial Fellow, Bass Museum of Art

Laurent Grasso was born in 1972 in Mulhouse, France and currently lives and works between New York and Paris. He studied at ENSBA, Paris, Cooper Union School, New York and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London with residencies at the Villa Médicis, Rome and ISCP, New York. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has exhibited extensively in group shows and biennials across Europe, Asia and the Americas including Manifesta 8, the Third Moscow Biennale and Sharjah Biennial. His work is the subject of a major monograph, Laurent Grasso: The Black-Body Radiation (Les Presses du Reel, 2009). As the 2008 Laureate of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Grasso presented a special exhibition at the Georges Pompidou Centre (2009). He will have an upcoming solo show at Jeu de Paume in May 2012.

November 30 – December 5, 2011
Art Deco Center / Ocean Drive / Miami Beach
Public Art Locations around Wynwood
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach FL 33139

Burst Project Art Fair is an innovative presentation of contemporary art stretching from Miami Beach to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Featuring painting, surreal pop art, sculpture, mixed media, photography and video and street art – Burst Project presents a selection of exceptionally talented rising artists and galleries from around the world. Additionally, Burst Project is very proud to be able to present new public art installations from Master Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez.

Burst Project Art Fair is a contemporary art celebration founded by artists Gabriela Sanchez-Vegas and Rudolf Kohn. Burst Project Art Fair was created to give emerging artists and galleries an opportunity to present new works during the annual Art Basel festivities in Miami Beach, and to reach beyond the ‘typical’ gallery confines to present art in public places and new unexpected venues. Burst is poised to become one of the leading platforms for inspired contemporary art and emerging artists, and this year’s the debut show is excited to feature a wonderful mix of superb talent.


Art Whino: Art Basel
Friday Dec 2rd and Saturday Dec 3rd, Noon-8pm
Sunday Dec 4th, Noon-5pm
425 NW 26th St
Miami, Florida 33127
Free Admission
More Info

Show Reception Saturday Dec 3rd, 8pm-Midnight
RSVP Only Event: RSVP to
Live Painting by participating artists, Open Bar, Music by DJ Adrian Loving

3 Day exhibit during Art Basel Miami
In conjunction with Art Basel, Miami and its surrounding Art Fairs, Art Whino will present three exhibitions unified in one space. The focus this year will be to present New Brow’s distinct subcultures to the Art Basel world. The custom vinyl exhibit will showcase the premiere artists in this genre. With a series of large scale murals, we will bring street art indoors and accompany each colossal piece with smaller works by each artist. Finally, we will team up with Hope Gallery to bring Quick & Painful. This exhibit will feature the work of more than 15 important artists and designers with backgrounds in fine art, graffiti, and illustration in a unique exhibition where Fine Art becomes tattooed skin. The exhibition will be located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District along with other accompanying art fairs.

Also in front of the exhibit participating artists will be painting Large Scale Murals on the outside of 10 buildings stretching from NW 2nd Ave to NW 5th Ave. Participating Mural artists include Angry Woebots, Pixel Pancho, J*Ryu, KaNO, Jim Mahfood, Josh Taylor, Lou Pimentel, Mauricio Murillo, Tobar, Sket One, Ritzy Periwinkle, Tristan Eaton, Charlie Owens, Czr Prz, Boosher, LEZA ONE, Jeremiah Ketner, Joe Iurato, Steve Lew and Many More!

Tattoo Artists on the premise Friday-Sunday to immortalize your favorite piece! $40 Tattoos will be provided by industry elites Joe Capobianco, Jesse Smith, Eric Merrill, Christian Perez, Scott White, and Jason Stephan.

Outdoor Murals and Aleloops Mini Showcase Reception Friday Dec 2nd, 4pm-8pm
Live Painting of murals by participating artists on over 10 walls in front of the exhibit.
Check out Aleloops tricked out 10 Mini Coopers!
For more info on Aleloops Minis click here
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Art Miami fair 2011

Art Miami 2011

agenda icon Event
November 29 – December 4, 2011

3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
 Art Miami 2011
September 21, 2011  |  Levent OZLER

“Art Miami will once again captivate the city from November 29 through December 4, 2011. As the anchor art fair to the city of Miami, the fair will return with a compelling array of modern and contemporary artworkfrom the 20th and 21st centuries.

With over 110 prestigious international galleries participating, Art Miami will include modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United States.

“Art Miami is a fair that represents an overall cross section of what the current contemporary art market has to offer, and we provide a platform for seasoned, cutting edge and emerging galleries to showcase their artists,” said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami.

“Over the last four years, Art Miami has proven itself as a destination for collectors to have a first view and acquire some of the most important high quality works available in the marketplace.”

European Fashion Designers Coming to Art Basel Miami Beach

Maison Martin Margiela and DSquared’s Dean and Dan Caten plan events at the art fair that kicks off December 1 in Miami Beach.

6:19 PM PDT 10/25/2011 by Merle Ginsberg
Dean Dan Caten PR P 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach is a major international art event, attended by galleries and art collectors from all over the world. But there is also a design section of the art fair, that incorporates fashion.

STORY: Fashion Pops Up at Upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach

“We’ve already told you that Christian Dior is collaborating with German artist Anselm Reyne on a collection of accessories, and there will be a Dior/Reyne pop up store at ABMB, before the items go on sale to the public.

More than ever, fashion designers have a big presence at ABMB, with cocktail parties, exhibitions, etc, and two major ones have just been announced: Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela will have an off-site exhibtion in the Miami Design Distrcit at 4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue near the Margiela Miami boutique. And the DSquared2 twins from Milan, Dean and Dan Caten, whose flamboyant sexy denim and leather looks are perfect for Miami, will host a cocktail party and dinner with VMan Magazine at the Webster in Miami. ABMB is turning into the biggest American fashion happening outside of New York Fashion Week and the Oscars in L.A.”

The Margiela exhibition is called Love, and it will be open to the public from November 29 to December 3, featuring Margiela’s Line 13, dedicated to objects and publication, explaining the house’s relationship with interiors. A cocktail reception will take place on December 1, and guests will be invited to the boutique where they can look at spring 2012 collections of clothes for men and women. Plus Line 13 will create special objects for Art Basel 2011.

DSquared2’s event is a part at the Webster restaurant on Friday, December 2, and will celebrate their presence in the Winter 2011 issue of VMAN. Expected are a slew of fashion people, artists and of course, celebs, who are always flocking to Art Basel Miami every year.”

The Sender Collection

SENDER Collection from New York City to be installed in a 5,000 square foot home in North Miami house during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011:

The exhibition is titled HOME ALONE. The exhibition narrative is that the collectors have had to move from the home as the art has taken over.

…”70 artworks throughout the entire 5,000-square-foot home, including in closets and bathrooms. The exhibition features a number of provocative pieces installed in provocative places; a highlight is certain to be Richard Prince’s racy Spiritual America—a reproduction of a famously controversial photograph of Brooke Shields as a child, heavily made-up and naked, standing in a bathtub—hanging in one of the house’s bathrooms, right above the bathtub. (That’s not the only clever placement: Also look for Vito Acconci’s Seedbed, documentation of a 1972 performance the artist did that involved masturbating under a piece of plywood, placed underneath a sloped ceiling.)” NYObserver

Gary Nader Fine Arts 

Gary Nader Fine Art’s 55,000 square foot Miami gallery news:

Miami Gallerist Gary Nader Set to Launch Miami’s First Auction House

13 October 2011
Damien Hirst (Bristol England, UK b.1965) Tixylix, 1998.  Household gloss and wax crayon on canvas, 59 7/8 x 59 7/8 in.

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Damien Hirst (Bristol England, UK b.1965) Tixylix, 1998. Household gloss and wax crayon on canvas, 59 7/8 x 59 7/8 in.
(Gary Nader Art Centre)

Fernando Botero
Colombia b.1932
Self-Portrait, 1994
Oil on canvas
52 x 39 In.
Roy Lichtenstein
Three Brushstrokes
Signed, dated “84”
and numbered “1/2”
Painted aluminum
121 x 32 x 46 in.

“Art gallery owner Gary Nader will launch a new full-service auction house in Miami during the busy Art Basel Miami Beach week of fairs in December.

For the Dec. 1 premiere sale, Nader selected 112 lots valued at more than $40 million. His focus will be on modern and contemporary artists such as Fernando Botero, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Roberto Matta and Joaquin Torres Garcia.

Highlights of artworks already on consignment include Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic large scale aluminum painted sculpture “Three Brushstrokes,” executed in 1984, estimated at $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.

Five auctions per year will also cover wine, antiques, watches and cars.

Nader’s auction will take place at Gary Nader Art Centre, 62 NE 27th Street in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Seating arrangements and paddle registration are by reservation only.” Sun Sentinnel


M Building in Miami Wynwood to feature 12 major international dealers
“MIAMI. For Art Basel Miami Beach (1-4 December), five participating
galleries will also mount commercial shows in the M Building in the
Wynwood district, according to its owner Cathy Vedovi. They are
Kurimanzutto (Mexico City, D4 at Frieze), Regen Projects (Los
Angeles), Tina Kim/Kukje (New York and Seoul, C17), Gavlak (Palm
Beach) and Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich, C5). In 2005, the space
became the home of the Miami branch of Paris’s Galerie Emmanuel
Perrotin (F7), which sold its half of the building to Vedovi last year.
The galleries will rent the 12,000 sq. ft space. Gavlak will show Rob
Wynne and Jose Alvarez; Kurimanzutto is bringing Rirkrit Tiravanija;
Regen will have works by Liz Larner; Tina Kim/Kukje will show
Haegue Yang; and Presenhuber will have sculptures by Oscar Tuazon
and Martin Boyce. Perrotin will show photographs by JR. ■ S.D.” The Artnewspaper London


Aqua Art Miami
December 1/2/3: 11am – 8pm
December 4: 11am – 4pm
1530 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

VIP Preview Opening November 30: 8 – 11pm
Sponsored by Modern Painters

Admission: General: $10 (good for re-entry for the duration of the fair)
Free with Aqua VIP Card, Art Basel VIP Card and Art Basel Press Pass

Free Shuttle Service Available

Aqua 2011 Poised To Make Another Big Splash During Art Basel Week.

Aqua Art Miami is pleased to announce its 7th consecutive installment during Art Basel Week in Miami this December. After last year’s successful return to its original location in South Beach and this year’s surge of interest in art fairs around the country, the fair’s organizers are looking forward to an even stronger event in 2011. With expanded arts programming and the collective exchange of ideas by 45 exhibiting galleries, Aqua 2011 will surely live up to what many in the arts community refer to as “the best hotel art fair in the world.”

Scope Art Fair 2011 has posted its hot international lineup of 80 galleries in its 80,000 square foot exhibition fair space. A quick glance at the list confirms that this edition of Scope will be giving the other satellite fairs some serious competition.

First View
For VIP’s and Press
Tuesday| November 29 | 4pm-8pm
Free for VIPs (or $100 donation to benefit The SCOPE Foundation)

General Admission Fair Hours
Wednesday-Saturday | Nov 30 – Dec 3 | 11am-7pm
Sunday | Dec 4 | 11am – 6pm
KIWI Arts Group

BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy

Shot in the early 1960s when fine art photographer William John Kennedy forged a friendship with both Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, these images capture the two artists and their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their careers and the birth of the Pop Art Movement.

After almost half a century in storage, a selection of the nearly forgotten images is now published for the first time as a collection. The exhibition documents a 1960s zeitgeist, with Kennedy’s deft vision narrating a new chapter in the history of Pop Art. Depicting the young artists as both playful and serious—and even prescient of their own future fame—the viewer glimpses a rare moment in time where works such as Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and Indiana’s LOVE seem like props in a child’s make-believe theatrical production. As history has revealed, Kennedy’s extraordinary ability to foresee the significance that Warhol and Indiana would have on the art world is what makes this collection most compelling.

The exhibition is presented by KIWI Arts Group, a fine art publishing house that transcends the traditional artist-gallery relationship with unique vision and skill. Its mission is to identify talent, create and disseminate multimedia documentation that articulately reveals the artist’s proper historical context, and successfully manage all aspects of marketing and sales on an international scale.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a short documentary film, Full Circle: Before They Were Famous, will screen at O Cinema ( The 40 minute film, starring William John Kennedy, Robert Indiana, Ultra Violet, Taylor Mead and others, chronicles the journey of Kennedy’s images as they were brought to public view.

O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., Wynwood Arts District
Thursday, December 1 at 9PM
Friday, December 2 at 10AM & 5PM
Saturday, December 3 at 9PM

Warhol Holding Marilyn Acetate I
The Factory, New York City
Silver Gelatin Fiber Print
Edition of 60 with 7 AP
40 x 30 inches
Executed 1964, Printed 2010
@2011 William John Kennedy, KIWI Arts Group

October 14, 2011


SEVEN, the pioneering collective project organized by the galleries BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Winkleman Gallery will return to Miami for the second year, at a new location, from November 29 through December 4, 2011. With a focus on a collaborative, exhibition-like presentation commingling galleries and artists, SEVEN looks beyond the art fair model to create a new platform for viewing and acquiring works of art.
Inspired by the prevailing need for a more intimate, personal way to engage visitors during the Miami fair week, the members of SEVEN come together to create an environment where artworks may be experienced in a curated context and interested parties can have a substantial, quality interaction with the dealers. The emphasis on cooperation rather than competition relates to the founding days of these established, long-running galleries, which despite over 120 years of combined experience, remain true to the non-conformist, adventurous nature of their beginnings in the New York and London art worlds.
SEVEN’s new location, a 15,000 square foot warehouse at 2637 North Miami Ave at NE 27th Street in the Wynwood district, situates the project in the heart of other major art fairs as well as walking distance to the Rubell Collection.
New this year are an outdoor installation space and a partnership with Creative Capital, which will present a large, interactive floor projection by Brian Knep, Healing Pool, and a special breakfast celebrating SEVEN on December 2. Creative Capital, which provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects, is an ideal match for SEVEN and its founding philosophy.

Entry to SEVEN is free, and the opening reception will be on Tuesday, November 29, 1-8pm.  The fair will be open from 11am to 7pm, November 30 through December 4. Updates and other information can be found at


It Ain’t Fair 2011“Anna Betbeze, Snake, 2011, Acid dyes and watercolor on wool, 107 x 69 inches. Courtesy of Kate Werble Gallery, New York.

It Ain’t Fair 2011


December 1 – December 4, 2011

81 NE 40 Street, Miami Design District, FL 33137

Opening reception: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6 – 9 PM

OHWOW is pleased to announce It Ain’t Fair 2011: Materialism, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. For the 2011 installment, It Ain’t Fair takes on a topical focus to present this annual group exhibition, now in its fourth year. The theory of materialism, in philosophy, maintains that physical matter is the only true reality. Within the scope of contemporary art, many artists explore ideas of what is not tangible – intellectually, conceptually, and visually. IAF: Materialism aims to focus, instead, on the physicality of artwork, the new methods employed by artists toward their use of material, and how this type of work not only values substance, it magnifies its significance.

Complete artist list to be announced November 7, 2011″

As is the always the case with Miami Basel, there are many new awesome places to come to Miami and drop into, the first on the list being the Miami Beach version of the restaurant of the moment in New York, the Dutch, will be open at the W hotel in South Beach by the time of the start of Baselmania 2011.

Word is out too that the lightning rod of emerging contemporary art – the NADA Art Fair – has expanded from two to three areas in the 1950’s Deaville Beach Resort Hotel in Miami Beach. The hotel has a cool as hell bar straight out of the 1950’s. NADA also expanded internationally this year, participating in Art Cologne  in the historic collectors corridor of Cologne, Germany as a separate entity.

The 2011 edition of the NADA Art Fair will feature the following galleries from Los Angeles: : Country Club (also in Cincinnati, recently moved from a Schindler house in Mid-Wilshire LA to Hollywood) ; Ambach + Rice (newly arrived from Seattle, now in Culver City), The Company (in LA’s Chinatown gallery district), Francois Ghebaly Gallery (in Culver City), ltd los angeles (LA collector Shirley Morales gallery on Sunset boulevard in Hollywood), Mihai Nicodim Gallery (in Culver City, next door to David Kordansky gallery, in a warren of huge high ceiling luxurious spaces that recall Baby Bergamot Station during the mid 1990’s in Santa Monica) and Nye + Brown (a New York gallery now in Culver City).

New for Art Basel Miami Beach in 2011 is Art Public, curated by LAND co-founder and LACMA curator Christine Y. Kim.


(Photo: Paper magazine)

Miami Beach New World Symphony’s outdoor video projection wall

The Frank Gehry designed architectural sensation Miami Beach New World Symphony concert hall’s spectacular external video wall will be part of the Art Video programming for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.

Will Ryman’s 65rh Street Rose sculpture will be on display at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

A Shepard Fairey mural wraps around the bar area at WKB.
(Photo courtesy of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar)

The fabulous Wynwood Walls outdoor graffiti art showcase has commissioned several graffiti artists to expand the already massive constellation of highly inventive and visually stunning murals. The Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, which debuted during Baselmania 2010, has turned its kitchen over to a veteran all-star chef from Philadelphia’s Alma de Cuba restaurant.

Pub Belly, the pork-centric South Beach gastropub – which we absolutely loved when we went their after its début in 2010, is expanded with two new restaurants along the same block, with a sushi bar and a Barcelona cuisine inspired restaurant and bar space called Barceloneta. Pub Belly was named the best new restaurant in South Beach in 2010.

from UrbanDaddy:

A Catalan Bistro from the Pubbelly Guys

Those Pubbelly guys.

They’re just so damn… prolific.

As if a pork-belly-filled gastropub wasn’t enough. They went and graced you with bacon sushi and Japanese beers.

But still, you wanted more. You wanted oysters. Sangria. Paella. Housemade sausages, for crying out loud.

So here you go: Barceloneta, the third installment of the Pubbelly empire, opens tomorrow on the western edge of South Beach, ready to envelop you with sultry Catalan cooking and Iberian cocktails.

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Christian Dior Main Bag Fash Track - H 2011

“Art Basel Miami Beach, the international art fair that will take place in Miami Beach from December 1 to December 4, has a history of fashion presence. In the last few years, major fashion/art photos like David LaChappelle and Bruce Weber have hosted events there, as have designers Viktor & Rolf, Rodarte, Rick Owens and more. This year, Christian Dior is doing a major collaboration with German artist and sculptor Anselm Reyle, and will host a pop up Dior x Anselm Reyle shop in the Design District part of the show starting November 28, a few days before the fair officially beings. And it will be open for three full weeks.” The Hollywood Reporter 10.24.11

“Graffiti Gone Global (GGG), powered by SUSHISAMBA, will take part in its fifth consecutive exhibition of urban contemporary art and design, during Art Basel Miami Beach where French architect, Marc Fornes, will unveil ‘Labrys Frisae’ – a conceptual, non-linear structure reminiscent of three-dimensional graffiti.

‘Labrys Frisae’ will be the largest installation of Fornes’ oeuvre to date. Once completed, ‘Labrys Frisae’ will span 30 feet and rise 16 feet above the floor, utterly transforming Midtown’s glass Rotunda space.  The design will allow visitors  to obtain a greater understanding of the installation through three entryways leading them ‘inside’ the structure. Moreover, the exhibiton space will permit viewers to experience Fornes’ work from multiple perspectives – from both the ground floor and the mezzanine level – while the visitor’s relationship with Fornes’ 3-D graffiti will shift according to their position in the Rotunda. Beyond the structure itself, Fornes will heighten and seduce the visitor’s visual and auditory senses with lighting and music, leaving them mesmerized by his ability to seamlessly transform mathematical cryptogram into a large-scale, art installation.?  Haute Living magazine, Miami 10.19.11

Ivory Tower, a multi-work video installation concurrent with Art Basel, Miami Beach

“I am pleased to be curating this upcoming exhibition with Lauren Gentile of Contemporary Wing in Washington D.C. to be shown in Miami during the art fairs. Following is the curatorial essay and information on the artists. Please visit Contemporary Wing for up-to-date information

“Since the 19th century, the term “ivory tower” has been used to designate a world or atmosphere where intellectuals engage in pursuits that are disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. As such, it usually carries pejorative connotations of a willful disconnect from the everyday world; esoteric, over-specialized, or even useless research; and academic elitism, if not outright condescension.”

The commencement of the 21st century in general and the collapse of America’s economy in particular have marked an ever-increasing divide between what artists want to create, what galleries want to sell, and what people want to see and buy. Never is this more evident than during the first week of December, when thousands of aesthetes flock like wintering geese to Miami. Ivory Tower is an attempt to bridge the gaps between the experimental/experiential and commercially-viable art, if only for a moment in time. The diversity of works shown span the fields of science, documentary film, user-generated and theoretical content, and the space between the familiar and the bizarre. Ivory Tower is set high above the downtown skyline in the glittering Marquis Miami, “downtown Miami’s most elevated address”. Participating artists to date include: Alex Villar, Nia Burks, Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Paul Moakley, Phillip David Stearns, Sean Capone and Tiffany Carbonneau.”

Graffuturism Presents “In situ” Mural Installations Art Basel Miami

by Graffuturism on Nov 1, 2011 • 3:07 pm

“We have finally finalized our lineup of artists for our mural installation project at Art Basel Miami this year. The installation titled “In Situ” will take place in the Wynwood Art District at the Kohn Compound during Art Basel Miami. The artists will include, Eric Haze, Mare 139, West One, Poesia, Aaron De la Cruz, Kema, Jurne, Sueme, Remi Rough, Greg Lamarche, She One, Rae Martini, LX One, Matt W. Moore, and Augustine Kofie.

This project has been in the works for awhile now and we were lucky enough to secure the walls thanks to the Kohn Compound. Also a special thanks to MTN Colors for being our paint sponsor for this event.

The project Titled “In Situ” is a reference to the Mural installations that in the definition of the term will be made and created for the site specific to this event. Permanent Murals that will be placed in a unique and contrary to traditional compositions. As graffiti enters its place among the art world as legitimate art form, we have put together this lineup with the intention of showcasing some of our cultures important figures. With most, if not all the artists having an extensive background in traditional graffiti we have tried to bring many aspects of our current culture. From Legends Like Mare 139 & Eric Haze to emerging stars like Sueme and Jurne. We have picked a wide spectrum of talent. International additions like Remi Rough and She One will also contribute, reminding us of how far our culture has reached. We offer a different vision, modernist at times to street art and traditional graffiti. The great part of the Art Basel event that spreads into the streets of the Wynwood arts district, is that all angles are represented from traditional graffiti, to street artists. We now add our version this year with In Situ. We hope you stop by and say hello. The graffiti Avante Garde as some have called it is here and we hope you enjoy what we will be bringing to the table this year.Also watch out for special guests that will be added to our lineup.


Multiversal Miami 2011

During Art Basel Miami Beach Week
Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 5
Multiversal Miami Event Space
193 NW 24th Street, Miami
Wynwood Arts District

“Miami: prepare to be wow-ed this December with a new and unique one-of-a-kind arts experience! From December 1-4, in the heart of the Wynwood Art District, you will be introduced to more than 120 of South Florida’s best as well as artists from all around the world. By encompassing almost 5,000 square feet, Multiversal will showcase their best visual and performance works under tented and open-air space in this can’t miss event.

Among our artists, you will find both established and emerging names from around the world. Their media will span fine arts, live art, sculpture, urban art, installations, photography, body painting, fashion and film festivals.

Around the artwork will swirl a vortex of belly dancers, BBOY’s, fire dancers, acrobats, exhibitionists, and extemporaneous theater — all to the rhythm of live and recorded music. Open to the public from Thursday-Sunday for an estimated 49 hours — more than any other scheduled Art Basel production — this will truly be a multiversal human experience.

The show will have a tented space and outdoor exhibit, conveniently located in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District next to the Dorsch Gallery.”

“Partners: More Than Art Group
Supporters: Life is Art, deviantART, Heartbeats Unlimited, Control Salon,, and many more.

2011 Multiversal Gallery Featured Artists: Buddy Nestor, Chelsea Greene Lewyta, Crystal Barbe, Customz, Dekal, Dubelyoo, Elizabelth Virginaia Levesque, Erasmo Garcia, Fifty Three, Glenn Arthur, Italia Rubio, Jason Page, Jean Paul Mallozi, Kat Gun, Kazilla, Kelly McKernan, Marc Paper Scissor, Richard Alan Haugh, Ruben Ubiera, Squid called Sebastian, Stuntkid, Vaghe.”

Los Angeles based artist Vincent Johnson at the Spice Table in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles

Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles   my ArtCat website

Johnson will be participating in The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem, with a cutout-collage work created especially for the exhibition.

Johnson most recently participated in the début Pulse Fair Los Angeles, with Las Cienegas Projects
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Vincent Johnson Biography  as of  November 2011
Vincent Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at Soho House, Los Angeles, Palihouse, West Los Angeles, Las Cienegas Projects, LAXART, the P.S. 1. Museum, the SK Stiftung, Cologne, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Adamski Gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen, Locust Projects, Miami, the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art, 18th Street Arts, Santa Monica and the Boston University Art Gallery. His photographic works engage both significant and neglected historical and contemporary cultural artifacts and is based on intensive research of his subjects. Upcoming are projects in Europe and Los Angeles. His most recent work, a series of nine grayscale paintings, was shown at the Beacon Arts Center in Los Angeles in the group show entitled The Optimist’s Parking Lot. He will have a new cutout collage work in the upcoming The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem, opening in New York on November 10, 2011. He also participated in the inaugural edition of Pulse Fair Los Angeles with Las Cienegas Projects. He is also participating in Locust Projects Miami’s annual benefit exhibition in the late fall of 2011.

Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1997 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986.  He studied with Mike Kelly, Jack Goldstein, Stephen Prina, Liz Larner, Chris Williams, Mayo Thompson (formerly of Art&Language), and Liz Larner. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated 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 nominated for 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.

Miami Basel Art Report 2010 (Baselmania)

Vincent Johnson’s 2010 Miami Basel Art Report (Baselmania)

This year’s edition of Baselmania Miami Beach sought and found new heights of raw sexual energy in both Miami and Miami Beach, which already had some of the sexiest cool world scenes on the planet.

Ocean Drive South Beach (Miami Beach)

There were more pop up stores than ever. There were more free super fun parties than ever, in this ninth edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. The Miami art scene both shifted and expanded, despite most of the satellite fairs being smaller. There were open art world block parties in Wynwood in Miami that went on all night for several days.  Miami Basel launches new stores in the Design District, new pop-up stores and fresh museum shows that are timed to open with Art Basel’s arrival. This also happens with new Miami restaurants. Launching the new in December is also what happens in Vegas, from restaurants to new nightclubs and mega-resorts.

O.H.W.O.W. store in the Standard Hotel Miami (refinery29 photo)

O.H.W.O.W.  has teamed up with the Standard Hotel Miami to launch the publishing concern STND/OHWOW and shop/bookstore in the hotel. O.H.W.O.W. Miami has also set its eyes upon the LA Artworld with its expansion plans. It will open a new gallery space in Los Angeles in February 2011. Supposedly the space is already programmed for the next two years. Scott Campbell will open the Los Angeles space. O.H.W.O.W. has had a pop up gallery space in LA for a few months.

Friend With You Pop Up

Hello Kitty pop-up store

Small Gifts Pop Up Shop, Sanrio, Hello Kitty Miami

Maison Martin Margiela Miami pop-up shop

Maison Martin Margiela Miami

British designer Duncan Quinn's new 6,000 sq. ft. pop-up shop in Miami's Design District

The Latin artworld and interest in it has grown even while a few top-level European dealers have left Miami.

“Some years ago, Herbert Muschamp, the then architecture critic of The New York Times, wrote “Miami Beach is no longer a southern city of North America but a northern city of the Latin South.”

Something that piqued my curiosity about Miami was how developed its Latin artworld economy was in comparison to other parts of the United States.  I’ve wondered whether Miami is a major destination for Latin American artists. Someone pointed out that right across from the Cisneros Fontenals is the offices of largest internet company in South America. The comments that follow seem to answer some of my questions.

“The Brazilians are coming. So are the Argentinians. Collectors from Mexico, Peru and Uruguay are also set to make an appearance next week…”

“Latin American collectors are becoming increasingly committed internationally. The reason we come to this fair is for them,” says the Paris-based dealer Chantal Crousel, who is showing a new work by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (“81 Euroman”, a gold leaf print on canvas priced at $200,000) and a series of hand-made prints by the Puerto-Rico based duo Allora & Calzadilla…”

“We work with some informed collectors in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil who have made a significant commitment to the art of Joan Mitchell, and to that of other first-generation abstract expressionist painters. Their long-term interest in historical figures from the region – such as Hélio Oiticica – is consistent with their search for great non-representational work of the New York School,” says Adam Sheffer of New York’s Cheim & Read…”

The following New York Times article shows that New York is now positioning itself to absorb Latin American art into the pantheon of Art History.

December 2, 2010, 10:49 AM
At Art Basel Miami Beach, Less Heat
“…Anne Strauss, an associate curator in the department of 19th century, modern, and contemporary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,…said she was at the fair with a very specific goal: catching up on Latin American contemporary art, an area in which she said the Met was “way behind.” She had recently been to Brazil for the Sao Paolo Biennial and to visit Inhotim, the art park created by the iron magnate Bernardo Paz, but she said that Art Basel Miami Beach was “indispensable” as a way of further educating herself about the current trends in Latin American art, and would save her multiple other trips abroad.
“She had visited a small group of galleries—in addition to Tanya Bonakdar and kurimanzutto, Anton Kern, Galerie Lelong, and the Brazilian gallery Fortes Vilaca—and looked at work by Ernesto Neto, Tomas Saraceno, Valeska Soares, and others. Asked where her directive was coming from, she said the Met was interested generally in becoming less Euro-centric and more global. A particular impetus, she said, was the Met’s likely lease of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Breuer building on Madison Avenue (which the Whitney may abandon, at least temporarily when it moves downtown).

The following statement by Strauss about the Metropolitan Museum of Arts plans to  is as astonishing announcement for a museum whose purpose is to be a comprehensive examination of all of human cultural history. I can’t wait until this exhibition is posted on the Met’s exhibition calendar. That the Whitney Museum may also be part of this plan is exhilarating.

“If we make this move, even though it’s temporary, it will offer an opportunity” to acquire and show new work, Ms. Strauss’s  said. Curators in the 19th century, modern, and contemporary department, she said, are working with others in photography and Asian and African art to conceive of a museum-sized exhibition of art made after 1960 from around the world. The Whitney may collaborate on the program, as well.”


inaugural exhibition poster of New York City's Robert Miller gallery's A White Studio in Miami 2010

“Born in Eeklo, Belgium in 1958, Dirk Braeckman began his career photographing portraits before moving on to abandoned spaces and desolate interiors. Fragments were enlarged to take up the dimension of an all-consuming still life. In 2002, the artist returned to portraiture when he was commissioned by King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium for theirs, which are permanently installed along with other of his works in the Sphinx Room at the Royal Palace in Brussels.”

The venerable New York Robert Miller gallery has opened A White Space in Miami. The début exhibition included a 14 foot wide photographic print on Japanese handmade silk paper by Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman. New York’s playful yet serious Perry Rubinstein gallery opened a pop-up gallery in Miami Beach on Collins avenue. We looked in as we were walking to the Oceanfront concert on Wednesday night at 10PM. To get there requires walking through an opening in a glade along the Miami Beach area where the concert happened.

This year indy band Metric performed to a huge crowd that was more than twice the size of last year’s similar event, and still free to one and all. I could not imagine a similar event being held in Los Angeles without a huge police presence.

Indy band Metric performing live at on the Miami Beach oceanfront

Art Basel Miami Beach's Oceanfront Night's poster

Up until 2009 this concert was the main event for the Art Basel collectors. Now they party next door at the newly opened W Hotel Miami Beach, while the youth crowd enjoys the free and totally awesome nighttime concert that is literally a hundred feet or less from the Atlantic ocean. This event alone makes it worth coming to Miami during Baselmania. We left about half an hour into the concert, to take a stroll down the winding brick road that runs behind the hotels along the oceanfront in South Beach. There was an amazing private Detroit Techno party going on that we decided to enjoy, just by taking a seat on the bench directly across from the hotel property. Since sound travels – we were getting to enjoy the same music as the persons invited to the party behind the hotel’s low-rise barricade. We walked a few more blocks on the winding path, then cut back over to Collins and made our way to the Albion hotel’s bar, where we were also guests of the hotel for our Baselmania 2010 days. We had arrived at our hotel in the early afternoon after having gotten about half a night’s sleep, so we were in the bar only until about 2AM on Thursday morning.

Fortunately we had a meal of hamburgers and French fries and artisan beer at the new Shake Shack, from New York City, on Lincoln road on the ground floor of the Herzog & Meuron designed 1111 Lincoln road parking structure and shopping center.

Inside Miami Beach's Shake Shack (from NYC)

Herzog & Meuron's 1111 Lincoln road building, where Shake Shack is located.

Shake Shack Miami Beach on Lincoln road's outdoor mall

The burgers were quite good, but do not come close to LA’s dry aged beef Umami burgers, which GQ magazine had just written an article about, saying that Umami Burger is the best in the country. There is a density of flavor in in an Umami.Burger, which used to cost about $12 for a burger, fries and a glass of house beer from Vietnam. Now it’s about $50 for two persons, as the cheaper house beer is gone, and there is valet service. The last time we were there I said to my partner that this is the beginning of three-tiers of burger experience in LA – with the industrial grade chain burger shops capturing most of the market, followed by the upscale LA burger bars that are actually real and excellent bars like Father’s Office, Golden State, 25 degrees, with Umami Burger sitting on top as King of the Hamburger throne. The Umami Burger that is opening near us in Studio City will be mobbed for its bar scene alone.

There was a party on the uppermost level of the 1111 building, featuring videos by Josephine Meckseeper.


Taschen store opens at Herzog & Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln road Miami Beach

Benedikt Taschen at the opening of his Taschen art bookstore at Herzog & Meuron's 1111 Lincoln road parking structure and shopping boutique emporium

Invited guests at the Taschen Miami Beach art bookstore opening. The store will also feature a variety of titles in Spanish and Portuguese.

De la Cruz Collection

new installation at the de la Cruz Collection space Miami 2010 (Bizbash photo)

de la Cruz Collection Miami 2010 (photo Accessible Art blog)

David Altmejd's “The Shepherd" at the de la Cruz Collection space 2010 (artscriticatl website photo)

Rubell Family Collection

LA artist Kaari Upson's awesome installation in the Rubell Family Collection (photo Accessible Art blog)

Kaari Upson paintings (photo

Matthew Day Jackson had an entire gallery installation at the Rubell Family Collection December 2010

Matthew Day Jackson human body sculpture at Rubell Family Collection 2010

works by Michael Jenkins, Marilyn Minter, David McDermott and Peter McGough, Ross Bleckner, Jessica Stockholder, Nayland Blake, Richmond Burton, José Maria Sicilia, Francesco Clemente, Herbert Hamak, Eric Fischl, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Peter Halley, Bruce Nauman, Joe Andoe, Wim Delvoye, Christopher Lucas, Jeff Koons, Richmond Burton, Lawrence Carroll, Matthew Weinstein, and Marlene McCarty in the Rubell Family Collection 2010 show

Margulies Warehouse

Pieter Hugo photograph of Africans with pet hyena (artlurker)

The Endless Renaissance installation view at the Margulies Warehouse. Photograph by Brett Hufziger. (artlurker photo)


Entrance to SEVEN Art Fair Miami

SEVEN Art Fair Miami had the bunker-like concrete wall superior exhibition space of all the fairs in Miami. There was 24,000 square feet of exhibition space that were shared by seven galleries. The galleries chose this space to be able to truly experiment and to keep costs at a minimum, from shipping to storage to exhibition space itself. A similar space in one of the upper level fairs could have been prohibitive. I was asked by a prominent Los Angeles art collector as to my thoughts about the space SEVEN was shown in. I said to her that it was the best space I had ever seen in Miami, with its seemingly 20 foot high ceilings. Each exhibition area was well used in terms of spacing the works – many of which were large-scale. There was also huge booth-like spaces that had works inside, yet the corridors and walkways were never crowded, despite their being what looked like at least a thousand people at the opening.

SEVEN Art Fair Miami 2010

Video showcases at SEVEN Art Fair Miami

Engineless Hummer parked at SEVEN Art Fair Miami 2010

Red Light River Miami is on the former Miami prostitution corridor on Biscayne boulevard. There are now several restaurants and live music venues within a few blocks of one another.

barbecued shrimp at Red Light River Miami on Biscayne, about 7700 block

Diners at Red Light River Miami


NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 2010

NADA Art Fair visitors

NADA Art Fair sculpture (elle magazine)

more art at the NADA Art Fair 2010 (elle magazine)

Christopher Russell at Luis de Jesus gallery Los Angeles

NADA Art Fair sculpture suspended from an extremely elaborate string structure

Bass Museum

Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach

Film and Video Artist Issac Julien at the Bass Museum

Installation of Issac Julien's large-scale photographs

Isaac Julian 9 channel video installation "Creative Carribean Network" at the Bass Museum

Issac Julien's 9 screen video installation at the Bass Museum

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach convention center 2010

Kehinde Wiley painting at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Kehinde Wiley painting - Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Eddie Martinez's painting the Feast, 2010, at Art Positions Art Basel Miami Beach

Robert Williams sculpture "The Brain Trap" at Tony Shafrazi gallery Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Nick Cave sound suits at Jack Shainman gallery Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Adel Abdessemed's Mappemonde (2010) at David Zwirner gallery in Art Basel Miami Beach (Wall Street Journal photo)

Ernst Hass photograph of Route 66 in Albuquerque in 1969

Mounir Fatmi's 'Maximum Sensation #1' (2010) (Associated press photo)

Wynwood Walls (sponsored by Goldman Properties and Deitch Projects)

The by far most graphically intense and dynamic event-scene of all of Miami Basel 2010 was Wynwood Walls. The entire Wynwood area was filled with international and nationally known street artists, intermixed with artworld artists such as assume astro vivid focus and Kenny Scharff, who work in the street art style yet are part of the Art World.

The gate entrance to Wynwood Walls

“This year, Wynwood Walls gets four new murals by key artists that are part of this exciting group: Ryan McGinness, Ben Jones, Dearraindrop and assume vivid astro focus. avaf will also present an installation of their fantastic wallpaper labyrinth in the Wynwood building that their mural adorns, co-produced by Suzanne Geiss and Tony Goldman. The Wynwood expansion will also feature special sculptures by FriendsWithYou and Kenny Scharf, murals by Ron English and Space Invader, Eric Firestone presenting famous 70s graffiti legends, a public sticker wall organized by DB Burkeman, an exhibition of ten street artists curated by Jonathan Levine Gallery in the space next to Joey’s Italian Café and a curated nighttime video presentation each evening at dusk.”

Spectacular street art at Wynwood Walls


The street artists in Wynwood Walls know that they were competing to be in Jeffrey Deitch's Street Art show at MoCA Los Angeles in 2011

More astounding street art at Wynwood Walls Miami

One of the several exhibitions of Street Art in Wynwood

Inside Kenny' Scharf's Airstream trailer at Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls street art - incredible

LA MoCA's Jeffrey Deitch checking out the Miami Wynwood street art

Supine The Occurrence at English Kills - Miami. This work reminded me of Richard Hawkins' montages.

Ron English mural at Wynwood Walls Miami

Wynwood Walls map

Art collective Primary Flight's mural in Wynwood

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar was the party of the hour in Miami on Friday. We were be seated within a few minutes of leaving next door Wynwood Walls, which had free hard liquor drinks and a popcorn machine, which we took advantage of for fun. The space is subdivided into an event space – where there was yet another party – and the main restaurant space, where we saw SOHO and Wynwood developer Tony Goldman helping keep everything flowing swimmingly.

Interior of Wynwood Kitchen & bar Miami

Collage mural by Shepard Fairey at Wynwood Kitchen and bar - photo by Moris Moreno

Exterior of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

Christian Awe preparing his murals for Wynwood Kitchen and Bar - photo by Robert Whitman

Christian Awe at work on his murals - photo by Bernd Borchardt II

Ryan McGinness: Women blacklight paintings - poster

Ryan McGinness Blacklight paintings at strip Club Madonna Miami Beach

Club Madonna Blacklight show

Club Madonna performance (dustproject photo)

Ryan McGinness Blacklight painting at Club Madonna

MoCA North Miami Jonathan Meese

Jonathan Meese at North Miami MoCA - photo by Peter Fleissig/Vogue

CIFO William Kentridge

William Kentridge Art 21 screening at CIFO in downtown Miami was a delight.

CIFO presented a new exhibition for 2010 Miami Basel:

Inside Out, Photography After Form: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection

It included work by several photographers whose work I had never seen, and the work of one of my visiting artists advisors from graduate school: Uta Barth. The show was tightly focused and well conceived. It was similar to the great show of women photographers at MoMA that I had just seen a few weeks earlier, in that it showed works that should become far more well-known, as these photographic artists come to the world stage. Every year we come to Miami and get to see work we only imagine exists. I tell my friends that one reason we go to Miami every year is to get a full dose of truly international modern and contemporary art, and this year’s CIFO photography show was yet another memorable and sharply curated photographic program.

Cisneros Fontenals is now working with the Renia Sophia in Madrid to get Latin American artists into the international artworld


Gigi is one of the hottest new restaurants in Miami

We arrived at Gigi's around 10pm on Saturday night. We were told it would be nearly an hour wait before we were served, and there was not an inch of space at the bar, so we left for Pub Belly, a sensational new gastropub in Miami Beach

Pub Belly

Pub Belly in Miami Beach is one of the coolest gastropubs we've ever had the pleasure of dining in. It has an eclectic menu of Pan-Asian cooking, all well prepared.

Pub Belly's dumplings were so delicious that we ordered them twice.

Local Miami Artworld

Emanuel Perrotin gallery from Paris closed up shop on its 13,000 square foot exhibition space after five years of operation in Miami. The gallery had thrown spectacular opening parties and had taken on a few Miami based artists. Since early 2009 the gallery became a shell operation with intentions of closing, which will happen at the end of the current and final exhibition on now. When the gallery expanded to Miami to in 2005, the Miami artworld was extremely excited about this development. The move signaled that Miami was a viable place to be as an artist when it added Miami artists to its program. Recently Perrotin gallery has added a third space in Paris. Long gone now are the plans to build a swimming pool on the Miami property for artworld Miami pool party openings. There was also a plan to build out a space to have artists in residence for on site projects that never materialized. Perrotin will be missed from Miami because of its strong exhibition program. Perhaps in the future Miami will be a place that more collectors feel comfortable buying contemporary art.

Cristina Rodriguez and a few of her artist friends started this project space in Miami.

Artist run project space in Miami

Locust Projects Miami

Locust Projects in their new Miami's Design District space

Saturday's Ransom A solo exhibition by Jim Drain. One of my artist friends who lives in Miami and LA says Jim Drain is central figure driving the rise of the Miami artworld. He is also co-director of the Bas-Fisher Invitational project space in Miami.

Jim Drain's solo show at Locust Projects Miami Basel 2010

Liam Gillick billboard project at Locust Projects Miami

An out-of-town artist said this about how it feels to compete with the fairs and the artworld:

“You can pretend to be an independent artist in your studio, but in Miami, you really see the rigidity of the art world hierarchy. It’s hard not to feel slighted, but once you become aware of the rankings, and you start to understand it, then you can enjoy it.”

return to LA

Los Angeles Artworld notes:
Since this blog is based in Los Angeles, let me start by saying that there are some quite powerful players in the New York art world who are neither happy or excited about the rise of the LA Artworld, which itself was in attendance all over Miami, from the art fairs to the private collection shows to the art parties. There are some quite powerful players in the New York art world who are not impressed that the Armory Show owners are doing a show in Los Angeles in 2011. I have been informed that the Los Angeles private collections will be made available to a select audience to this event.

Allow me to further say this:
NYC’s rise to coming an art capital can be easily traced back from the late 19th century, when it dreamed of being like Paris, until the time it overtook the Paris artworld in the 1950’s as the center of art production. Paris had over 300 galleries in 1960. They were open all year round, including in August.  There was no shame in showing in August as there was in New York. Many Paris galleries had free catalogs or booklets, so much so that people carried bags just to collect them all when they went gallery hopping. Yet by 1960 NYC was in total control of the production side of the art world, despite Paris having been the center of the European artworld for well over a century. Paris had all the infrastructure that NYC did not have, but with the United States government aid, NYC took control of the art world conversation.

Los Angeles is in the same place as New York was in 1950, when Abstract Expressionism had overtaken the international artworld. Los Angeles has a stranglehold on Conceptual Art in the same way that New York had a stranglehold on Abstract Expressionism. Instead of having the U.S. government behind it, Los Angeles has the several of the most powerful New York City secondary market galleries behind it, each of whom wants to access and market Contemporary Art from a Los Angeles platform. These galleries include New York powerhouse dealers L&M Arts (already open in Venice, California), Matthew Marks (opening in West Hollywood in 2011), and Gagosian, which doubled their Beverly Hills space to 11,000 square feet recently. Rumor has it that the elegant Cheim & Read gallery is looking into Los Angeles for its contemporary art market. Los Angeles will have its own Biennial 2012, jointly curated by The Hammer Museum and LAXART. This is separate and new and different from the California Biennial, which is on now at the Orange County Museum of Art, which will have a Jack Goldstein retrospective in 2012. I had the privilege of studying with Jack Goldstein for the entire year of 1995, while I was in graduate school at Art Center College of Design’s MFA program. So I am really looking forward to seeing Jack’s show.

L&M Arts has expanded its program to Los Angeles because they found “a creative energy comparable to what happened in the ‘50s in New York,” Dominique Levy says. The combination of meeting European artists who had moved to L.A, getting to know the established art community and falling in love with the old power station led to a marriage between L&M and Los Angeles…” reported by Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times, September 5,  2009
L&M Arts stands for owners Dominique Levy and Robert Mnuchin.

“The Los Angeles market can’t be denied, and we find ourselves spending more and more time there,” said gallery partner Adam Sheffer, adding, “but nothing’s been confirmed yet.” reported by Charlotte Burns, The Art Newspaper, Art Basel Miami Beach Daily Edition, December 4, 2010

“In 2011, Matthew Marks Gallery will open a gallery in Los Angeles.” from Matthew Marks gallery website

The equally important change in the LA Artworld is that young artists and dealers with deep pockets with ivy league MFA degrees and off the chart connections are setting up shop in LA in project spaces. This is another first for LA – that a project space – The Company- launches another project space in the Pacific Design Center in LA, and both spaces get into major art fairs as soon as they launch. Like so many of the new power players in LA, they too are from NYC.  Ten years ago in Williamsburg the young galleries attempted to directly compete with the New York art market purses and wallets. Clearly this did not work, almost all the commercially successful Brooklyn galleries except for Pierogi, moved to Chelsea, which has two huge gallery spaces in Brooklyn. LA is the place for an artist to have a project space to get the artworld’s attention. I spoke with one of the dealers who moved their gallery from Northeast Los Angeles to the booming Pacific Design Center in West LA recently. She said that she’s had visitors from MoMA, the Whitney Museum, P.S.1 and the Walker Art Center since opening up in the superb new spaces that many former Chinatown LA galleries have moved to as well. The Pacific Design Center featured floor to ceiling glass walls for each gallery. All of the artworld galleries are located on one floor. They have huge numbers of visitors for the openings. LA is truly stepping up its game now for real.

Vincent Johnson is a writer and artist in Los Angeles.

Memories of Miami: Miami Basel Art Report 2009

Miami Basel 2009 was turned upside down by the opening of the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space building. It has 3 floors and 30,000 sq. feet of exhibition space. The collection has over 1,000 works.

Imagine: In 2008 Rosa de la Cruz said that she was opening a new museum in Miami to house her private collection. One year later it actually opened. While I was on the staircase to the second floor of her awesome space – free to all – with a 30,000 book art library – also free to all – Lisa Phillips of the New Museum walked upstairs past us with Ms. de la Cruz. Her new museum highlights the incredible achievements of many artists – but has a special space on the 3rd/top floor for Miami Born Latin Artists who became superstars in the artworld but have passed away. (Felix Gonzalez Torres and Ana Mendieta). With the Rubell’s 40,000 volume art library, Miami has one of the most important set of contemporary art libraries in the country.

The museum is in Miami’s white hot Design District, and will be joined in 2012 by the 40,000 sq. ft. Craig Robins Collection building. We had dinner at 8:45PM Saturday night at Fratelli Lyon, one of the Design District’s top restaurants. The restaurant was packed. When we left at midnight it was still packed and more people were coming in to enjoy themselves. The architect John Marquette owns the restaurant and is the designer of the de la Cruz space. Boutique hotels are planned for the area. Boutique stores are flooding in from across the globe. Several new restaurants are opening soon. Miami and Miami Beach have made it a habit to launch new restaurants and lounges in time for the next Baselmania.

With the Eugenio Lopez Collection also on display at the Bass Museum, Latin pride was in the house in Miami big time. There were Latin and Black guides, even to direct you to the restrooms! There was free luxury coffee service on the patio of the de la Cruz space.

On Saturday we visited the Margulies Warehouse was only partially rehung from the previous year, a first. They had a haunting George Segal work entitled Breadline on display.

New World Symphony building, Miami Beach, opens 2010

Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony campus under construction 11/23/08

Miami just opened a new bar called the Democratic Republic of Beer, with 400 different selections. Miami has a brand new concert hall, opera house and dance showcase. Miami Beach will open the Frank Gehry designed New World Symphony concert hall in 2010, giving Miami TWO major new concert halls. Because of the attention given to the other major Miami art collectors, Major collector Beth de Woody, of Palm Beach/NYC, is now planning her own blowout art museum space. Miami’s Norman Braman is considering a building as well. He owns over a billion in Modern and Contemporary Art. The Rubell Family Collection has over a thousand more works of art than LA MOCA, which has over 5,000 works. There were no serious restaurants in the Design District in Miami a five years ago. Across the street from the de la Cruz building is a dead apartment building that looks like it washed up in a hurricane. I doubt it will be there in two years.

de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space (photo credits)

Felix Gonzales-Torres and Jim Hodges (both who were at Pratt Institute during the early 1980’s) at the de la Cruz art space. (photo credits)

a Jonathan Meese room (photo credits)

a Guyton/Walker installation (photo credits)

Jumex Collection at the Bass Museum

Gabriel Orozco’s Pool Table (photo credits)

When we arrived at the Bass Museum, the New York Times was there photographing the Eugenio Lopez Collection. The Dzine Ghost Bike was sensational in the project space.

Private Collections @ Miami (via

Alexandre Arrechea at Margulies Foundation

Margulies Foundation

Cinsneros-Fontanals Foundation (CIFO)

Muntean/Rosenblum at Cisneros-Fontanals Foundation

Re the Video works at MOCA North Miami. Stellar works done by master storytellers. This is the second time we’ve seen a blowout show of video only works that were absolutely hypnotic. The first was at the CIFO in Miami in 2005. That still is the best video art exhibition I have ever seen anywhere in the U.S. The best I have ever seen was a massive stunning history of film and video at the Pompidou in Paris in 2006.

Jason Rhoades in the Rubell Family Collection

lmgreen & Dragset in the  Rubell Family Collection

Maurizio Cattelan in the Rubell Family Collection


We spent over seven hours looking at work in the half million square foot display that was 2009’s Art Basel Miami Beach. Because of this experience of total immersion into absolute quality, it was difficult to appreciate most of what was at Aqua and Pulse and NADA, each of which we spent but an hour or so visiting. We missed Art Miami, Photo Miami and Scope this year despite being in town 5 days.


Cool as fuck lounge areas in a retro-fun hotel on 67th and Collins ave. in Miami Beach. 1950’s Vegas on the South Florida coast. For the first time we realized that the Westwood area of LA was similar in layout, but far smaller in scale relative to what seems to be several miles of coast lining condos and apartments and hotels built at mid century in Miami Beach. The nondescript restaurant and lounge across the street from NADA was overflowing onto the sidewalk even as the evening sun gave way to nightfall. Bad at Sports was podcasting from NADA to their home base of Chicago. I’m looking forward to checking out the interviews online.

On Wednesday night, we attended the free Art Loves Music concert, featuring the fireball Londoner Ebony Bones. This evening concert that was held on the sand of Miami Beach at 10PM about 200 feet from the ocean. It was absolutely incredible. The glow from the open door of a truck parked on the beach was mesmerizing. In all past years this concert was for Basel VIPs only. This year there were dozens of  Basel concerts everywhere, at the fairs, at the clubs, on the streets. This year the Basel VIP’s were next door in the new W Hotel South Beach, built on the land of the demolished Holiday Inn.


Lots of live entertainment arrived from out of town, as usual. This year’s hottest ticket was for The Box at Nikki Beach, a hot as hell burlesque performance space from the Lower East Side of New York.

The Box VIP Party 11PM-1AM

Doors will open at 11pm and the show will commence shortly thereafter.
The late night show is bottle service only and will turn up the heat with their performance. Bottle service packages are available for parties of 2,4,6,8, and 10. VIP packages provide premium seating centered on or around the stage.
Listed prices do not include tax and gratuity.



Goldman Warehouse

“Back in December of 2005, father and son developer duo Tony and Joey Goldman, who’ve had their hand in fostering growth and revitalization in the Wynwood area for some years now, donated the 14,000 square foot space.” The Goldman Warehouse severed its ties with MOCA North Miami, and will now go it alone as a big time project space. Francesco Clemente’s 180 foot long magisterial watercolor is currently on display. If the warehouse is curated in a compelling fashion it could become one of the most important spaces of its type in the U.S.

We attended the IT AIN’T FAIR opening just after dinner at Casale, one of Miami’s several new pizza spots. It was expensive. Parking was by valet for $10. The space was fashionable, the service superior, the waitstaff primarily from Italy. But the food made no impression on me at all as compared to the best pizza in LA (Mozza and Antica Pizza). Gang Gang Can Dance performed later in the week at this Miami alternative space that is the toy of a few New Yorkers, which may be over 10,000 square feet.

Art Basel 2009
December 2 – 6, 2009
3100 NW 7 Avenue / Miami / Florida / 33127

“The second installment of It Ain’t Fair promises to be even more spectacular than our inaugural exhibition. Calling on our community for participation, we assembled an international group show comprised of over 30 artists that we feel are creating the most relevant work today including Rita Ackermann, Tim Barber, Lizzy Bougatsos, Scott Campbell, Julia Chiang, Barb Choit, Peter Chung, Brian Degraw, Ry Fyan, Cyprien Gaillard, Michael Genovese, Todd James, KAWS, Zak Kitnick, Terence Koh, Harmony Korine, Andrew Kuo, Nate Lowman, Adam Marnie, Megan Marrin, Santiago Mostyn, Neck Face, José Parlá, Erik Parker, Brad Phillips, Kenny Scharf, Aurel Schmidt, David Benjamin Sherry, Agathe Snow, Spencer Sweeney, Eric White, Bobbi Woods and Aaron Young.  Opening night will be highlighted by a special rooftop performance by French symphonic composer Koudlam alongside a jumbo-sized outdoor screening of Cyprien Gaillard’s Crazy Horse accompanied by explosions and visual effects.”


The LA Artworld wants Basel to move to LA and is applying soft yet serious pressure to get it done. The city that for so long touted its artworld as coming into existence because it had no market, wants both global market access and control now through Basel, to go along with its position as a major production center for contemporary art. I envision that there literally will be a contest between the several Internationally connected Miami Billionaires/Art Collectors versus Eli Broad and the LA Artworld to get/keep Miami Basel. One of the chief reasons to go to Miami Basel is to see the newest selections of the private collections. The CIFO, World Class Boxing, the Rubell Family Collection, the Margulies Warehouse, and now the de la Cruz space. And the small but incredible museum shows, which this year included Miami Museum, the Bass Museum, and MOCA North Miami, which as I will say again because the works were so strong, had the best selection of world-class videos I have seen anywhere, equaled only by the 2005 video exhibition at the CIFO. Both the former Miami Art Central (MAC) building, and the Design District’s massive Moore Space are still standing and available to be used for exhibitions, as they were in earlier Miami Basels.

I might be wrong, but it was 80 degrees and balmy in Miami this past week, while it was in the 50’s/40’s in LA. Miami is closer to Brazil, Mexico, and Europe in terms of lifestyle and worldview than is LA. Miami is only one of two US cities that has a 5AM nightlife scene seven days a week. Miami/Miami Beach has virtually no traffic and loves staying up all night.

Miami’s airport has built two massive spectacular new wings in the past 3 years. Fort Lauderdale has gained so many luxury beachfront hotels as to be a world-class destination unto itself. And its airport is serviced by Virgin Atlantic. Let’s see whose fingers break first between the Miami and LA handshake re Basel. For the West Coast, Vegas is a far better place for an art fair of the caliber of Basel because of its caliber of restaurants and nightclubs, its low traffic, and it’s proximity to Los Angeles. LA could have a far greater presence at Miami Basel if it were closer to Los Angeles. Yet I cannot envision NYC loosening its grip on either Miami Beach or Miami Basel anytime soon. NYC’s media coverage is tall, wide and deep for Miami Basel, from Bloomberg News, the New York Times, New York Magazine, ArtForum, ArtInfo, ArtNet. The Miami newspapers, particulary Miami’s New Times, start bouncing off of the ceiling over Miami Basel and provide comprehensive local color and perspective on the scene. This is where it was reported this year about the fly-by-night galleries that set up in Miami during Basel, and about the extreme discontent of the local art community over their not getting Basel and the international artworld’s attention after even eight years of being there. It is there that the closure of galleries is reported, and the temporary reopening of galleries for Basel that have otherwise closed their Miami space, like Paris powerhouse Emanuel Perrotin gallery. The LA Artworld world love to be showered by the coverage of Basel in LA by the NYC and London media machines every December. So would many other cities that have similar and even lesser ambitions. I’m pretty sure that NYC would love it if Basel came to town, even if it meant that New Yorker’s wouldn’t be going to Miami Beach for a just before winter art holiday. My thinking is that the Armory Show should expand to Miami Basel time, and close up shop in New York. That would cause even more high-end galleries to come to Miami. That would give the NADA Art Fair some incredible competition. And it would keep the galleries in Miami that will be again pushed away once the galleries who did not do Basel this year want back in for 2010. It would also allow the Armory Show to go head to head with Art Basel, and move a huge market-based show away from the buzz of the Whitney Biennial and the Greater New York shows.


Miami is the winter showcase for global contemporary art. Only a handful of Miami artists have risen with inbound Basel tide.

Miami media represented in 2009 that Miami realizes it is being used and not being invited to the big art party. Local art events continue to showcase Miami artists in more and more professional situations in an endless effort to capture the Basel audience. On Biscayne Boulevard there was a curated show of Miami artists selected by ten Miami local curators. In the Design District was a show in a quality design building of the handful of Miami artists who had reached the world stage through their Miami gallery representation. Many creative people in Miami are convinced that if they just ramp up their game that Basel will give them a full share at the artworld power table. Many others believe that they need to decamp to LA or NYC to have a fighting chance.


Vincent Johnson is an artist and writer in Los Angeles.

Biography July 2010Vincent Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at Las Cienegas Projects, LAXART, the P.S. 1. Museum, the SK Stiftung, Cologne, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Adamski Gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen, the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art, 18th Street Arts, Santa Monica and the Boston University Art Gallery. His photographic works engage both significant and neglected historical and contemporary cultural artifacts and is based on intensive research of his subjects. Upcoming is a group show at the Kellogg Museum of Cal Poly Pomona.

Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1997. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated 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 nominated for Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Vincent  Johnson Artist Statement

Vincent Johnson’s work is a form of sustained cultural mining that explores the depths of his subjects. His photographic works created from 2001-2007 delved into architecture as fantasy, from the vernacular architecture of Los Angeles to that found throughout the American West. He has documented several of the no longer extant commercial vernacular structures in both South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that came into existence during the birth of long distance family travel by car. In 2007 he presented a fully fabricated work of sculpture – a 12 foot long six-foot high replica of a 1956 Chrysler Air Raid Siren. This project developed as he was both researching and documenting a former military corridor in the San Fernando Valley that included a retired military airfield. His newest photographic works, all created in 2008 and 2009, are large-scale photographic montages, each of which confront significant cultural figures and several dramatic signal events of Cold War era Western cultural history, including Television, the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Space program, American home-based bomb shelter  program, and Vietnam. He is working on large-scale photomontages of the several major American political figures of 1960’s, including Martin Luther King, the Kennedy family, and Malcolm X, as well the representations of both Communism and Capitalism, Hollywood and Los Angeles and many related Cold War era subjects. Johnson’s photomontages can take several months to create as he captures hundreds of images from online sources, before selecting those which most well index a particular historical moment, personage or event. The creative juxtapositions and scale shifts of the found images is what he most relies on to develop his potent and illuminating photographic works.

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