Art Public sculptures remain after Art Basel 2013

Art Public sculptures will remain after Art Basel 2013 is gone - Art Basel - MiamiHerald.comArt Public: The 24 artworks in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Art Public sector open Dec. 4 in front of the Bass Museum of Art in Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. A selection of those works will remain in place through March 2014 via tc: temporary contemporary, a city-wide temporary, public art program initiated by the Bass Museum of Art and supported by the city of Miami Beach, ArtPlace, National Endowment for the Arts, Knight Foundation and Funding Arts Network, Inc.


Art Basel Miami Beach, Art, Party

Some come for the Art, some come for the Party --

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Squeezing Art Out of the Picture - "....This year’s edition of Art Basel, which officially starts Thursday, is shaping up to be no different. Sure, there are the week’s usual marquee art parties: White Cube’s poolside party at the Soho Beach House, Aby Rosen’s A-list dinner at the Dutch and the opening and V.I.P. dinner for the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami’s winter exhibition (this time, for Tracy Emin). There are notable newcomers, too...But they pale in comparison this year to the flood of parties not related to art but with tie-ins to luxury brands, alcohol sponsors, fashion labels and boutiques. One public relations firm has compiled a party calendar that runs 14 pages and includes 27 events on Tuesday alone, including a fashion show, a brunch for a pop-up store and a dinner for a new furniture line. And partygoers are already talking about Wednesday night, with word circulating online that Kanye West is to participate with the artist Vanessa Beecroft in a performance art piece at Mana Wynwood, a sprawling production village in the Miami Art District. The art fairs themselves are not immune to the hubbub. NADA Miami Beach, a satellite fair that showcases emerging contemporary artists, has partnered this year with American Apparel on a line of artist-designed T-shirts. And SCOPE Miami Beach, another satellite fair, is showcasing an art project curated by Red Bull...." (read more at link above)


Art, Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Film Program | Complex
Over 70 film and video works will be featured in this year's Film sector at Art Basel Miami Beach.

PAPERMAG: Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami 2013: Part I
Time to start the countdown to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 with this, the first installment in our annual mega-guide to all the artsy-action on the ...

Art Basel Miami Beach announces the 2013 galleries: Here's the list ...
Art Basel Miami Beach has released a list of participating galleries for this year's show, and once again only a few South Florida ...

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News about Art Basel Miami Beach. Commentary and archival information about Art Basel miami beach from The New York Times.

Here's the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach Exhibitor List | Gallerist
Art Basel Miami Beach organizers this morning released the list of 258 exhibitors (that's one more than last year) that will appear in the fair, ...

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ArtCenter/South Florida, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors per year, launches its 30th anniversary initiatives during Art Basel in Miami Beach by debuting a ...

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MiMo, Miami Modern

Off-the-wall Miami calls to adventurers | Star Tribune: ". . . . Lined with motels designed in modernist style, all acute angles and futuristic accents, MiMo was the city’s gateway from the north in the postwar years when the auto was the main mode of middle-class vacation transportation and the resort economy was booming. It was also the site of the first Playboy Club franchise outside of Chicago. “If you were coming from anywhere on the East Coast, Biscayne was the way to Miami,” said Jeff Donnelly, a retired history teacher and historic preservation enthusiast who leads monthly tours of the area through the MiMo Biscayne Association. After air travel and the siren call of a ritzier beach led the tourist crush away, the area became a red-light district, the vestiges of which have not entirely dissipated. “After Interstate 95 opened up, these family places became no-tell motels and flophouses,” Donnelly said. But several years ago, MiMo was marked by city officials for a good scrubbing and buffing, and the results are beginning to pay off. Chic restaurants like Michy’s and Soyka, where you can lunch on a tasty fruit-and-quinoa salad, are popping up between old neighborhood standbys like Andiamo’s Pizza, located in a former gas station so space-age sleek, you expect Judy Jetson to glide up and take your order..." (read more at link above)


Wynwood, Art, Miami

Explore Wynwood: A neighborhood running over with hip culture
Wynwood's boom as an art scene over the last five years has turned the once run-down area into a destination to rival South Beach. People came for the art, and ...(read more at link above)

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Curated Exhibitions Announced For Art Basel Miami Beach

Kabinett: Curated Exhibitions Announced For Art Basel Miami Beach ...
The Kabinett sector at the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach presents a diverse range of curatorial concepts this year. Chosen by the show's Selection Committee, ...(read more at link above)



Arts, Miami, Downtown

Momentum building in Miami’s new arts frontier: Downtown - Season of the Arts - " . . . developers and civic leaders seek out artists not only to encourage gentrification but to enhance downtown Miami’s profile as an arts center. The process gains momentum this season as two cultural pillars, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, are joined by the Perez Art Museum Miami, which opens in December, and the National YoungArts Foundation, which launches live programming at its new Bacardi Building home in November. With three dozen buildings and more than 9,000 housing units in the works. the area is in the middle of a real estate boom. And the Downtown Development Authority has embraced the arts as an essential part of the mix. . .. There is a creative ecosystem downtown that is unique… and that will change the how the world looks at Miami.”. . . ." (read more at link above)


UNTITLED, Dec 4-8, Miami Beach

UNTITLED Miami Beach Announces Second Edition Fair Dates For ...
Located directly on the beach in the heart of South Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, UNTITLED. Miami Beach is housed in a unique temporary structure ...Terence Riley, K/R Partner, former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art and former Director of the Miami Art Museum has this to say of UNTITLED.:  “The beach is Miami's greatest public space. Having the fair at the water's edge is bringing art to the heart of the city.” UNTITLED. is also pleased to announce its partnership with the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The Bass Museum has chosen UNTITLED. as the site for its 2012 gala fundraiser to be held on Monday, December 3, 2012, in conjunction with the Vernissage prior to the fair’s official opening. (read more at link above)



Interactive art, Jillian Mayer

"At the opening for Miami artist Jillian Mayer’s exhibition “Precipice/PostModem” at Locust Projects in the Design District, visitors were asked to do something that is never asked of them in traditional museums and galleries: Touch and interact with the art. . . . Mayer’s work is extraordinarily difficult to categorize. As a multidisciplinary artist, she works in various media, including film, sculpture and conceptual art, often combining several forms to realize her vision for specific works. Combine this with the fact that many of her works demand viewer participation, and it is readily apparent how unique her works are. . . . Debra Scholl, chair of Locust Projects and a collector of Mayer’s work, says that the notoriety she has received is merely a testament to the artist’s ingenuity. ”I see her transcending the art world in two different ways, as a filmmaker and a visual artist...having been in the art world for 35 years, to see someone so fresh and engaging in different mediums is exciting." source: Read more at Miami Herald


The Gianni Versace Miami Mansion auction

Gianni Versace's Miami Mansion To Be Auctioned By U.S. Bankruptcy Court - ArtLyst: " . . .The house and outbuildings had been previously sold by the Versace estate after the designers death in 1997. It was later renovated into into a boutique hotel, but the hotel was unable to make a profit. An auction has now been scheduled for September 17. The Fischer Auction Company which is handling the sale have stated that the property consists of an Ocean-front Estate Built in 1930. It has 10 Bedrooms / 11 Bathrooms 19,500+/- SF Lot on World Famous Ocean Drive, directly facing the Atlantic Ocean, Lavish Appointments, Luxury-laden, 54 Foot Long, Mosaic-tiled, 24K Gold-Lined Pool, Domed Ceiling, Curved Windows, Hand-painted Walls and Ceiling Frescoes, Located in the Heart of Miami Beach's famed Art Deco District. . . ."

Versace Mansion, a South Beach Star, Faces Auction - "On Sept. 17, Casa Casuarina, as the mansion is called, will be auctioned off, a casualty of lawsuits, countersuits, missed mortgage payments, back taxes and a federal bankruptcy proceeding initiated this summer to stave off foreclosure. Considered one of the country’s most expensive homes, the mansion was put on the market in June of last year for $125 million; it was later reduced to $75 million. With the property now in bankruptcy proceedings, a judge signed off on the auction, which requires an opening offer of $25 million. Bidding on the property, even at the reduced price, requires deep pockets. A total of $3 million must be put in escrow, and prospective buyers must show proof of a minimum of $40 million in funds."


Alhambra Towers, Miami tributes to Spain, a city icon

An exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum showcases the Giralda’s influence on the South Florida skyline. “Creating the View, George Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables” has been curated by Miami historian Arva Moore Parks, who is writing a biography of Coral Gables developer George Merrick.

Miami’s towering tributes to Spain have become a city icon - "To those familiar with the Spanish town of Seville, the 12-foot weathervane above downtown Coral Gables is an unmistakable homage to the historic Spanish city long known as a center for trade, literature, architecture and of course, the flamenco. Atop the high-rise Alhambra Towers office building, the female figure carrying a shaft of wheat, a helmet and a Christian cross is a replica of the bronze weathervane that has dominated the sky of Seville for more than four centuries. Still today, the Giraldillo, or Spinner, crowns the Giralda, the belltower of the Gothic Cathedral of Sevilla. Built in 2002, Alhambra Towers is the latest in a series of South Florida tributes to one of Spain’s grandest cities. In the early 1920s, four towers were modeled after the Giralda. Two of them would later be torn down. The two that survived are national landmarks, the Biltmore Tower and the Freedom Tower." 


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Spectacular Art Fair City

Five spectacular art fair cities - " . . . as it approaches its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has earned its stripes in the art community . . . Miami and Miami Beach have a number of private art collections open to the public. The Rubell Family Collection is among the world's most respected private collections, featuring works by top 20th century artists and burgeoning contemporary artists. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse includes works by Olafur Eliasson, Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning and Richard Serra. And in 2009, Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz opened the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space to showcase their collection of contemporary art."


Wolfsonian founder Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., gift to FIU

Florida International University announces gift from Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. to ...
Art Daily
MIAMI BEACH, FL.- Florida International University has announced another magnanimous gift from Wolfsonian founder Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., which significantly strengthens the museum's singular collection and expands the museum's physical presence to ...


New Material Art Fair Joins Miami December Roster

New Material Art Fair Joins Miami's December Roster
In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)
Come December there will be a new face amid the plethora of satellite fairs taking place during Art Basel in Miami Beach. The New Material Art Fair, slated to take over the entire 30-room boutique Eva Hotel Miami Beach — right alongside the Aqua Hotel ...

Miami and Miami Beach history

A history of Miami and Miami Beach - CBS News: "A metropolis today, the City of Miami wasn't incorporated until 1896, with a population of a few hundred. Across Biscayne Bay, an island known simply as "the beach" was a tangle of mangroves and palmettos --an unlikely place to build. But automobile pioneer Carl Fisher had a vision (along with the determination and the money) to bring it to life. By the 1920s, Miami Beach had become America's most fashionable destination. Even the Great Depression couldn't slow its growth, with hotels and homes sprouting up in the style of the day: Art Deco. . . Infused with energy and style from South America and the Caribbean, the region is today considered "the Capital of the Americas." And these days, a capital of design. . . ."


Spring the season for art in Europe

In Europe, 'tis the season for art
While Miamians are used to an art flurry that surrounds Art Basel Miami Beach in the beginning of winter, most of the rest of the world has come to recognize that spring is the peak art season. Numerous major art fairs and events takes place from May ...


Hermès private Miami event - interactive installations, illusions

Hermès private Miami event combines interactive installations, illusions - Business - " . . . Hermès has transformed the Moore Building for the four-hour event, the company’s first such celebration in the United States and only its third in the world, following “A Man’s World” events in Beijing in 2011 and in Paris in 2012. “We’re really excited about Miami, and particularly the Design District, being a center for culture and the arts,” said Peter Malachi, Hermès senior vice president of communications, based in New York. “It’s this incredible coming together of retail, design, and fashion, in a city that is really on the frontier between two continents — Latin America and North America.” Friday’s event, which carries the theme “a sporting life” — the design house’s overall theme for 2013 — is a collaboration between Men’s Artistic Director Véronique Nichanian, who is based in Paris, and Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich, who designed the conceptual installations, each with a certain scene, infused with a sense of humor and sporting elegance. Think athletic male models dressed in Hermès, wearing scuba masks, juggling or holding skateboards, inside six wood-and-mirror-paneled, faux — but realistic looking — elevators created for the event. With music playing in the background, the elevator doors will open and close, each time with a different assortment of models inside. . . ." (read more at link above)


Donna Karan promotes Haitian Artisans At Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami

Discover Haiti Miami: Donna Karan Showcases Haitian Artisans At The Little Haiti Cultural Center (PHOTOS): ""A painting can say anything, but let's get it out there in the world where people buy T-shirts," Karan said at the opening of a Little Haiti Cultural Center exhibition of art, accessories and furnishings produced by artisans in Haiti and sold through Karan's Urban Zen Foundation.

It's no charity craft fair. The items artfully displayed in the Miami gallery would sell in any mainstream home furnishings store. What sets them apart is their origin: handmade in Haiti from stone, wood, metals and textiles sourced or repurposed in the Caribbean country."

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Ultra Music Festival will return to Miami next year for one three-day weekend

A global brand, Ultra Music Festival takes place in Miami, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ibiza and Korea, expanding into Europe in July with Ultra Europe, in Croatia--

Ultra Music Festival will return next year for one three-day weekend - Business - "Ultra Music Festival . . . its two-weekend blitz of outdoor electronic music, said that next year it plans to return for one three-day weekend of festivities, March 28-30, 2014. Ultra said that this year was its most successful yet, with more than 330,000 electronic music enthusiasts descending upon downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park to attend two consecutive weekends of events. . . Ultra events were streamed live over the internet via UMF TV, reaching over 10 milion viewers and making it the largest viewed festival event in the United States to date, Ultra said. More than 200 of the world’s leading DJs and electronic musicians as well as emerging artists participated each weekend." (read more at link above)


Eve Sussman Video Work at the Bass

Eve Sussman's Stunning Video Work at the Bass - Page 1 - Arts - Miami - Miami New Times: "Isolated in a darkened room near the entrance of the museum's second-floor galleries, Sussman's evocative film places viewers squarely in the moment when Velázquez painted his immortalized scene. It offers a sensational behind-the-curtain peek at the daily trappings of royal life, with opulent costumes, sinuous choreography, and a shadowy atmosphere." (more at link above)


"Primary colors with glorious Miami Beach blue skies"

Carole Mallory: Pain and Gain Belongs to Michael Bay: "The look of this film is bold -- shout out primary colors with glorious Miami Beach blue skies on the horizon a result of the fine art direction by Sebastian Schroder of this handsome film. But it is the closing credits and accompanying music that cap off a totally enjoyable viewing like an exclamation point. Don't run out of the theatre and turn your evening into a near miss. This exciting movie is based on a true story from a magazine article by Pete Collins while the cartoon-like dialogue, hip in its Miami Beach trendy magnificence, was created by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely." (read more at link above)


Española Way Art Center Closing After 25 Years

 artists used the space for minimal rent --

Española Way Art Center Closing After 25 Years - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times: " . . . The building was long owned by South Beach revivalist Craig Robbins, who allowed artists to use the space for minimal rent while he bought decaying buildings and helped turn around the Beach's fortunes in the early '90s. . . . The artists exhibited everything from paintings and photography to sculptures and mixed-media works, and visitors could walk into studios to chat with creative types living and working in the boho enclave. "We all stayed open ten hours a day, every day to share our vision with the people who walked through our doors," Davis says. But Scott recently finalized a plan to refurbish the property and turn it into eight hotel units. . . ." (read more at link above)


Julian Lennon collection, entitled 'Alone' (video)

Julian Lennon, son of the late Beatles legend John Lennon, showcased his photography at an exhibition at Art Basel Miami Beach. Lennon says the collection, entitled 'Alone', is about taking time to reflect.


Wynwood street art

Wynwood's street art paints a pretty picture in Florida
The Guardian
In 2009, property speculator Tony Goldman, the man who revitalised New York's SoHo and turned Miami's South Beach into an art-deco paradise, gave the area a shot in the arm. He bought a block in the centre of the area and turned it over to artists, more at link above

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De La Cruz Contemporary Art Space

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The De La Cruz Contemporary Art Space--definitely worth a visit--"One of the best things about the De La Cruz Contemporary Art Space is that it is never static. Opened in 2009 in a specially built 300,000-square-foot building in the Design District, the light and airy space became the latest addition to Miami’s public exhibition halls founded and run by major private collectors. Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz had been acquiring art for a quarter of a century and showing it to the public at their house, but they decided to move some of it to a more accessible place that would also serve as an educational center, an arts center that would never sit still. So along with highlighting works from the permanent collection, there are a variety of changing exhibits, a project room set aside for solo shows from local and international artists, and lectures. . . ." Read more here:

Ian Schrager and the $34M Miami Condo Mansion in Sky

March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Ian Schrager, chairman and chief executive officer of Ian Schrager Co., talks about the sale for $34 million of two unfinished penthouse condominiums at the Edition in Miami Beach, a project Schrager is developing with Marriot International Inc. Schrager speaks with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)


Billionaires Club Grows as do High-End Home Prices

Around the world, a growing number of billionaires are purchasing homes at record prices, and reports suggest that the luxury-buying ballet is likely poised for a sustained performance.

Billionaires’ Club Grows as do High-End Home Prices - ". . . . London, Miami and New York came to epitomize the so-called safe-haven market in 2012. Even with burgeoning demand from the wealthy for property — as a safer and potentially more profitable investment than stock markets and other financial instruments — the number of “desirable locations remains virtually static,” Knight Frank said. So buyers continue to focus on these few “key hubs.” . . . . "

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Erwin Harris, Miami businessman and adventurer, dies at 91

". . . . Besides his professional endeavors, Harris pursued his passion for archeology and art. He studied the Silk Road and traveled many times for archaeological expeditions through Central Asia and China, once witnessing the massacre of student protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989. “We always speculated whether his activities found him in the right places at wrong times or the wrong places at the right times,” Terri said. “Whatever it was, he was there.” Harris was a founder and former president of Friends of Art, a support group for the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami and a board member of the Miami Art Center. . . ."
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Wealth Without Borders: up-and-coming Miami

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BBC - Changing Fortunes - Wealth Without Borders: "To be wealthy is to be mobile. And with so many international super rich now able to move around the globe at will, certain destinations are proving a magnet. The super rich are becoming more and more transient, drawn to global megacities such as London and New York. We ask new London residents like Zhu Mingming why. The episode analyses the attraction of London, fast becoming the number one city for the itinerant mega-rich, and its up-and-coming rivals such as Miami."

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Miami, Art, Boats, Sailing

South Fla. High Season Arrives With Boat & Art Shows « CBS Miami: " . . . There are four major boating and art events this weekend including the Miami International Boat Show, the Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the brand new Art Wynwood contemporary art fair. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to attend these events. The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail takes place at three locations in Miami Beach and Miami. . . . " Click here for a Guide To The Miami International Boat Show

Miami International Boat Show Kicks Off in Miami Beach | NBC 6 South Florida: "The Miami International Boat Show kicked off Thursday at Miami Beach Convention Center and ends Monday in Miami Beach. The convention center is the biggest venue, but there also are two "in-water" locations, Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail Miami"Everyone knows you are going to see anything and everything that's new and popular, first launches, first unveilings, the newest, greatest, latest,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of the boat show."

Hautest Events Happening At Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail | Haute Living: "The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, the world’s premier boat show and the largest event in Florida, will be taking place this weekend from February 14th to the 18th. They will be showcasing thousands of boats and companies at their three venues, but will also be having some of the hautest events throughout the weekend. To get things started, your very own Haute Living is sponsoring the Official Kick-Off Party for the 25th anniversary of the Yacht and Brokerage Show. It will be taking place on Miami Beach at the Sunset Harbour Yacht Club. . . .the Yacht & Brokerage Show kick-off event benefitting Shake-A-Leg.. . ."

MIAMI: Ferretti boosts its presence at show: "The Ferretti Group touted its continued growth in the North American market and worldwide at a press conference Thursday at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach. The collection of 37 yachts on display from its eight brands, including 25 new models, are the largest manufacturer’s display ever at the Collins Avenue show and the largest display ever for Ferretti in North America."

Photo gallery of the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach - Yacht Shows - "For the last 72 years, one of the world’s largest boat shows has been held annually in Miami. The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show returns President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18, 2013 - an event that draws more than 100,000 visitors from around the world to explore the best of boating, and generates big business in Florida and for the U.S. recreational boating industry." More photos at )


Modern/Contemporary art - Gary Nader Centre

" . . . Nader not only curated this show but also, as a dealer, helped Berardo build his collection, which is why it is making its premiere in Miami. Calling Nader’s sprawling Wynwood space a “gallery” anymore is misleading, and in fact, it is now officially the Gary Nader Art Centre. “Like a museum, many of the works here are just on display — 50 percent is not for sale,” he says of his hybrid space. Masterpieces is so far the most comprehensive survey of modern and contemporary art there, hands down. “Every single piece has been shown prominently somewhere,” he says. “From Picasso to Duchamp, the Surrealists to Pop and Minimalist art, they are all historically important.” He points out that there are also significant works from all over Latin American. . . . Jackson Pollock has become an iconic figure in 20th century American art, his work almost immediately recognizable even to the novice. Famous for his action paintings, pouring and dripping paint on giant canvasses laid out on the floor, here is a very early work, a swirling Head made between 1938 and 1941, where the head is clearly defined. Fast forward to 1989, and you might be caught off guard by the cartoon from Richard Prince, usually known for his photography. . . . "
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United colours of Beijing | South China Morning Post: "By their own estimates, between 30 and 40 graffiti artists work in Beijing, some more regularly than others, in comparison with the thousands active in cities such as Los Angeles, Paris and New York. Most here have creative-industry day jobs: building websites or laying out one of the growing number of glossy publications that sit on the shelves of the capital’s magazine stands. When graffiti first appeared in Beijing, in the early 1990s, it – along with much of the emerging contemporary art scene – was considered subversive. Today, graffiti is taking root in a culture that is much more tolerant, both socially and politically – one where government restrictions are playing less of a part and the public is becoming more accepting of a wider range of artistic expression."


Art, Fashion, Miami

Artful Fashion Meets Fashionable Art at Fairs - "Art and fashion collaborations know no borders. Art Basel Miami Beach has become such a magnet for smart society that Prada has had a pop-up shop there and Dior an artistic collaboration with the German artist Anselm Reyle. And in December, Art Basel Miami Beach will host the 60th birthday celebration of down-jacket brand Moncler. The art/fashion thing has been going on for two decades, with the regeneration of downtown areas through art galleries and performance events now an established method of upgrading an area. . . . "


Video, Art, Miami

Pod Hopping in Miami - Finer Things - News & Opinion - Art in America: " . . . The main fair at the Miami Convention Center featured a selection of video displayed in wooden "pods" at the middle of the building, while some galleries found room in their booths to show some as well. New York's Simon Preston Gallery in the Art Nova section of Art Basel offered two very convincing uses of video. Atelier(2012), by Hans Schabus, featured the soundtrack from Sam Peckinpah's famously violent 1969 film The Wild Bunch, combined with footage created in and around the artist's Vienna studio. At Art Basel the gallery displayed Schabus's storyboards, which match stills from The Wild Bunch with incongruously placid, unpeopled views around his studio. The storyboard evidences the precision of the video recreation, the exact calculation of the substituted camera angles for every shot. After showing the video in an installation in his gallery this past spring, Preston screened the work on his laptop during the fair. Preston also showed Irishman John Gerard's almost imperceptibly moving images of the outside of a decrepit school in Cuba. Gerard created the piece by splicing together an untold number of still photographs through digital media. The resulting video moves so slowly that, but for the screen, at first glance it looks almost like a print-a memento of a forgotten modernist structure—which becomes a bit startling as the image begins to rotate, in imitation of a camera on a very long, slow dolly shot. . . . . "


Sailing, Art, Miami

Sailing the Wide Miami Sky - " . . . Before the design for his glassy Miami condo remodel was finished, Greek shipping magnate Ion Varouxakis invited his architect to spend a week with him touring the Greek islands on his circa-1921, 125-foot-long sailboat. Mr. Varouxakis's intent was to show the architect, Miami-based Rene Gonzalez, two things: first the environment he most loved—sky, water and air, with the reflection of light and openness; second, how comfortable he was with minimalism. "Onboard a boat you learn to use few things. I like simplicity," said Mr. Varouxakis, who previously lived on his yacht for a year. He also wanted to establish a relationship of trust with his architect. . . . Mr. Varouxakis first came to Miami a decade ago to inspect the sailboat that he would later use to travel with Mr. Gonzalez. He loved the city, which he calls vibrant and exotic but with "the environment and the safety of the First World." He bought the condo in 2008 for $1.985 million and lived in it for a year and a half before making changes. A two-bedroom, 1,933-square-foot condo in the same building is currently for sale for $2.8 million He now spends four days at a time in Miami several times a year, almost always attending the city's Art Basel fair. . . ."


Art Deco Miami Beach

On Art Deco Weekend, an Art Deco Slideshow of Miami Beach
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 . . . more than 300,000 people will descend on South Beach to gaze upon its world famous white sand beaches and take a gander at it second-most popular scenery: the 800-plus perfectly preserved buildings that comprise Miami Beach's one-mile ...

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Art Fare: Photographer Andy Freeberg

Art Fare: Photographer Andy Freeberg: "Sun and sand, lean bodies and fat checkbooks: This is the chichi art fair known as Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s where art-world cognoscenti descend each December, hungry for wheeling and dealing in the upper echelons of contemporary art. These collectors think nothing of dropping millions on fresh works by art stars like Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter. For many of these movers and shakers, art is not an expression of ideas but part of an investment portfolio. This rarefied atmosphere is the subject of photographer Andy Freeberg’s series Art Fare. Camera in hand, he spent the last few years documenting the art-fair circuit, haunting exhibition booths not only at Art Basel, but also Art Miami, Pulse and New York’s famous Armory Show. With clinical precision, he captures the sterility of these white-walled cubes and the arid detachment of the gallerists and assistants who work them . . . "


Art Basel Miami Beach - December 5–8, 2013

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Art Basel - Miami Beach: Miami Beach December 5–8, 2013
" . . .  the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year. With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America's most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event. . . . "

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Miami Beach luxury condos soar

Fancy condos in South Beach and its South of Fifth neighborhood are fetching jaw-dropping prices — $27 million for one this week, maybe $39 million for another soon.
" . . . Penthouse 2 in the decade-old Continuum South tower at 100 South Pointe Drive in the South of Fifth neighborhood is on the market for $39 million. That is a record listing price for a Miami-Dade condominium, according to Puig, who also snagged that listing. Amid the market sizzle, Puig bumped up the asking price late last summer from $35 million. The penthouse, which has 11,000 square feet of interior space, belongs to Manhattan real estate developer Ian Bruce Eichner, who built the Continuum project at the tip of South Beach and kept the trophy for himself. The Continuum penthouse, which has 6,000 square feet of deck and a rooftop heated pool, boasts sweeping 13 1/2-foot ceilings that give the feel of a single-family home. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and Miami Beach from 40 stories up.“It looks down on Fisher Island, way down,” Puig said with a smile. The unit has a private interior elevator, of course, and stretches over two indoor levels and two largely exterior levels. One big plus: It has a gated entrance and sits on an expansive enclave of rolling lawns and gardens adjacent to a city park at the tip of the island. The unit comes with an additional 874-square-foot guest quarters that would delight most mortals. “The guest unit is intended for professional quarters: the maid, the nanny, the chef, the pilot,” Puig explained. Also included is a snazzy cabana on the beach. . . "

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Miami Beach builder Robert Turchin looks back — and ahead

Miami Beach builder Robert Turchin looks back — and ahead " . . . . Liebman, now president of the MiMo Biscayne Association, works to preserve Biscayne Boulevard as the historic entryway to Miami, so that MiMo buildings like the Turchin-built 1961 King Cole Condominium at 900 Bay Dr. continue to stand. “As a matter of fact, I live in one of Mr. Turchin’s buildings on Belle Isle,” she says. “It’s well-built, has aesthetic appeal, and the amenities are lovely.” Both the builder and the preservationist love Miami Beach and have given their all to the community. Like the debate over the Herald building, they are two sides of a coin. “When a building comes down, I feel a little nostalgia, but not for long,” says Turchin. “That’s life. Miami only has so much land. You can stagnate, or you can do it over again.”

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Art Cinema - Coral Gables Cinemateque

Knight grants help local arts groups - Miami-Dade - "EXPANDING A NONPROFIT FILM ARTS CENTER - Project: Coral Gables Art Cinema - Recipient: Coral Gables Cinemateque - Award: $150,000 - "The Coral Gables Art Cinema, built out of a parking garage on Aragon Avenue two years ago, has quickly become one of South Florida’s premiere art houses. Along with a handful of other stand-alone art movie theaters, the venue, a joint venture between the city of Coral Gables, which owns the building, and the Coral Gables Cinemateque, a nonprofit film arts organization founded by Steven Krams, proves that not every screen in town needs to feature Hollywood’s biggest hits. Robert Rosenberg, director of the two-story theater — which features an art gallery and beer and wine concessions to go along with its stadium-sized screen and its enveloping surround sound — has lofty ambitions to match his surroundings.
“We’re going to focus this grant on two different projects we’ll be doing. The first will be the South Florida Children’s Film Festival in April. We’ve been planning to do this, but this is jumpstarting it.” The three-day annual event will feature family programming in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival. . . . To accomplish this, the Cinemateque aims to bring directors, screenwriters and producers to town for residencies, to present their master works and to host community talk-back sessions along with master classes. . .. "


Miami Is the Russian Riviera

Depardieu Aside, the Rich Aren’t Moving to Russia: "According to the Russian Central Bank, more than $80 billion flowed out of the country in 2011, more than twice the rate of 2010. Some say the Central Bank's numbers are artificially high. But at best, more than $36 billion left the country in 2011. Wealthy Russians have become some of the biggest buyers of real estate in New York, Miami and London. They say privately that they are concerned about political stability in the country as well as growing corruption. While the country's official tax rate is 13 percent, many wealthy Russians say they are also solicited for much higher fees for political protection. . . . . " Read more: Why Miami Is Becoming the Russian Riviera --  "Miami is one of the most beautiful locations in the world to have a first, second, third, or fourth home," Eber said. "I think a lot of people right now put their dollars into hard assets, and real estate here, I think, compares well to everywhere else in the world."


The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION

The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION, John Pawson, world architecture news, architecture jobs: "The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION are 26 limited edition private units set apart from anything else in Miami Beach. “There is simply nothing else like them currently in the marketplace. We tried to capture the details of life in the details of the architecture,” says Ian Schrager, the developer behind Miami’s latest residential scheme. All with commanding panoramic views, each of these sophisticated and stylish ‘Homes in the Sky’ is a one-of-a-kind, custom one-off and different from the other. Designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson . . . "


Art and Real Estate in Miami

Art and Real Estate Tango in Miami - " . . . Many critics have piled on Art Basel about letting conspicuous consumption overshadow the art. Whether it was Cartier or Moët, everybody seemed to be selling something at Art Basel. Many companies held their own parties or dinners to draw in the well-heeled crowds, who were already splintered by the ever-expanding number of competing art shows. Real estate firms also made their presence known, with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty partnering with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation for a brunch at a gallery. And now the branding and artist name-dropping are becoming popular marketing tactics among developers as the real estate boom picks up steam in South Florida, giving rise to a phenomenon best described as conspicuous construction. . . . The industry was buzzing at Basel about the Argentine developer Alan Faena’s beachfront hotel renovation and condo project, featuring the work of the architects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas. And about Ian Schrager’s Residences at the Miami Beach Edition, being built with Marriott at the former Seville Hotel at 25th Street and Collins. Mr. Schrager said prices for 26 condo residences would average about $3,000 a square foot, which would be a record for a new development in Miami. That Mr. Schrager would even dare to charge New York prices here shows the strength of demand in recent months for trophy-quality residences. Hoping to attract the type of buyer who comes to Art Basel to drop millions on a few paintings, developers are pushing the connection to art in their buildings. . . . Of course, the mad rush to buy high-priced apartments that are still in the planning stages could also have a lot to do with the fact that there is little new development along the beach. And what exists often fails to meet the discriminating standards of wealthy sophisticates. Mr. Schrager, the hotelier who conceived the Delano in Miami — as well as the Mondrian in Los Angeles, the Gramercy Park in New York and the Public in Chicago — said he came to Miami in 2009 and 2010 trying “to steal” an apartment for himself during the financial crisis. But he couldn’t find anything he liked. “They had views, obviously,” he said, “but the lobbies were too tacky.” So . . . he set about designing something “more sophisticated, more stylish.” The result will be Miami Edition, an attempt to continue the “effortless living” theme he developed at 50 Gramercy Park North. . . ."


Miami Wynwood Arts District - The Party vs The Art

In Miami’s Wynwood district, the party has overtaken the art - Miami-Dade - "Pan American Art Projects Director Janda Wetherington, . . . Open since 2006 at 2450 NW Second Ave., in Miami, the gallery preceeded the current street art scene, nightclubs and restaurants that have come into the popular district. The added foot and car traffic are not necessarily a good thing for the art institutions, Wetherington says. Second Saturdays Art Walks have "become a complete carnival, a detriment to us because some of our serious collectors won't come here with all the chaos," Wetherington said. "It's almost like the street art has taken over.". . . Fredric Snitzer, one of the few Miami gallerists invited to exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach, says he doesn’t even bother to open on Second Saturdays any more. He is also pessimistic about the future of Wynwood as a thriving art district, even though he was one of the area’s pioneers (his gallery opened in 1977). “I don’t know what is going to happen here,” he says. “One of the initial aspirations I had for the neighborhood is that there were so many beautiful kinds of raw spaces that perhaps serious galleries from out-of-town would come in and there would be a Chelsea or SoHo feel — a cluster of galleries showing solid work. . . . Susan P. Kelley, director of the Kelley Roy Gallery, says that because her gallery is not located on NW Second Avenue — ground zero for the Second Saturday parties — she has been spared a lot of the chaos. “We don’t get the herds; we get to cultivate our audience to come to us,” she says. “But the tide has shifted dramatically. We used to serve wine, and we stopped that two years ago because kids would come in, pick up the glasses of wine and leave. . . ."

‘What’s Next for the Wynwood Art Galleries?’ will be held Tuesday, January 8 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. A panel discussion and Q&A begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a $10 donation to support ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is suggested. RSVP to

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