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 Mo√ęt, 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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