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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