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With the Miami art fairs just a month away, I was delighted to see the December issue of Architectural Digest is devoted to collectors and how they live with their favorite pieces. The Brooklyn home of art world rock star KAWS artist Brian Donnelly reflects his family’s joy being surrounded by artists they admire and find inspiring. The works range from 1950-the present and there is a visual treat around every corner. 

An array of artworks covers a wall in the living room. An Ettore Sottsass cabinet and a Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce help partition the space. Wyethsofa covered in custom linen. Pillows by KAWSand Alexander Girard pillows from Maharam. Child’s chair by Gaetano Pesce. KAWS BFF plush chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana.


“Make sure to keep a glass of champagne handy at all times. The week is known to get overwhelming.” -The Huffington Post


The Artpocalypse is about to start in Miami Beach this week with over close to 100,000 art aficionados flying south to look at $3 billion worth of art being offered for sale.  In addition to the main fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center, there are also 18 satellite fairs scattered from the Wynwood Wall District to the beachfront. Don’t miss 2015 Art Basel Miami Hot List: Part 1.



You Touch Me, 2008 by Tracey Emin / Courtesy of Evelyn Aimis

Art Miami, America’s foremost contemporary art fair, is returning for its 26th edition this December, maintaining its title as the original and longest-running Miami art fair. As the No. 1 ranked international art fair for attendance in the U.S. and second-most attended globally, Art Miami attracts more than 85,000 new and established collectors, curators, museum professionals, press and art world luminaries annually to its 200,000 square foot pavilion in the Wynwood Arts District.


Question to Oblivion, 1978 by Sam Francis / Courtesy of Evelyn Aimis

I always look forward to seeing the heavy hitters shown by Evelyn Aimis at Art Miami. She has earned a world wide reputation as a Fine Art Dealer, specializing in 20th Century Modern & Contemporary Art since 1973. I cannot wait to see two works above by two of my favorite artists, Tracey Emin and Sam Francis.



SCOPE returns to South Beach 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 collaborates 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.


Be sure to check out first time SCOPE exhbitors LaCa Projects (Booth E19)  featuring works by contemporary Latin American artists: Juan Dolhare (Argentina), Carlos Estévez (Cuba),Vicente Hernández (Cuba), Leandro Manzo (Argentina), and Cristina Toro (Puerto Rico). The fantastical paintings of Vicente Hernández (bottom image) weave magnificent stories of escape rife with struggle and triumph, the real and the imaginary, the sadness of departure and the excitement of the journey.



PULSE Miami Beach will feature 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.

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Voltz Clarke is also showing again at PULSE featuring the driftwood and neon works of American sculptor Lisa Schulte and Greek photographer Yiorgos Kordakis.  Through the juxtaposition of works, Voltz Clarke reveals a conversation between the organic medium of  Schulte’s driftwood sculptures and the faded quality of Kordakis’, now obsolete, large-format  photography. With Kordakis’ Global Summer photographs, the artist gestures towards ephemerality and  transience, and particularly, the underlying similarities revealed in different cultures enjoying the same season. Similarly, Schulte’s organic forms provoke a greater dialogue regarding our relativity and adaptation to the world around us. Through these conceptually rigorous series, what is provoked is the abstraction of the familiar, as both Schulte and Kordakis provide alternate views and modes to experience the routine and everyday.





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. Click here to read more about her work.


The 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.

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This year’s Jeremy Scott party is on December 2nd, at the Surf Lodge pop-up in The Hall Hotel (1500 Collins Avenue, South Beach).

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Miami’s hottest new restaurant/nightclub, El Tucan, (1111 SW 1st Avenue, Miami) is presenting a special series of dinner shows by acclaimed Cuban actress and singer CuCu Diamantes performing with Alain Perez and an 11-piece Latin orchestra on December 3, 4 and 5, with two shows nightly. The club was designed by Robert McKinley (Gold Bar, Ruschmeyers, The Surf Lodge etc.).

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Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Avenue,South Beach) hosts their second “Body, Art & Movement” event with exhale South Beach on Friday, December 4, 10 a.m. to noon. Along with a special yoga class and DJ, there will be live painting by Jeremy Penn, the hotel’s first artist in residence.

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Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch is driving his solar-powered ice cream truck cross-country to Miami to deliver “edible monochrome” cones all week. The flavors and colors were inspired by a sunset over Central Park. The truck will park near Hyde Midtown (3401 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) from 1 to 8 p.m. daily.


via PAPER Magazine… is hosting several events during AB/MB. On Tuesday, December 1st, 6 p.m., founding editor David Hershkovits will be “in conversation” at the Miami Edition (2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) 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.” 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. On Wednesday, December 2nd, 5 to 7 p.m., founding editor Kim Hastreiter and Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale & China Forbes are hosting a “sing-a-long” with various artists, designers and musicians including Yves Behar and Mickalene Thomas — and you! It’s happening in Airbnb’s “Belong. Here. Now.” installation, next to the Design Miami pavilion behind the convention center. Come by and join the fun! A souvenir “Songbook” will be provided, so you’ll know all the lyrics.

*All images courtesy of PAPER and Art Basel unless otherwise noted.

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As my Instagram feed has been blowing up with images of rainbows celebrating this epic day, I thought now would be a perfect time to feature the technicolored work of one of all time favorite artists…Jen Stark.  It is hard to fathom that this insanely talented lady is in her early 30s.  Her method for creating her intricate sculptures and paintings began out of need. As an art student in Aix-en Provence, she could not afford French pastels or oil paints, so she bought blocks of children’s construction paper and began cutting. She found the meticulous, sequential work felt meditative. The amount of discipline required to create a single work is extraordinary.


Each work is built layer by layer and can take months to complete. Everything is made by hand and the artist has a few tricks to protect her hands so she does not injure her fingers. Wearing mittens while working and padding her X-Acto knife with cotton balls helps greatly.




“I frequently use common materials such as paper and wood and strive to create complex structures that reveal how remarkable common materials can become. I’m interested in the idea of how math and science is intertwined in everything around us and am inspired by all types of things, from plants to outer space, microscopic designs in nature, color and mystery. My work concentrates on hypnotic, optical designs that mimic mandalas and sacred objects. I hope to help everyone discover the simplicity of beauty and mystery through my work”.





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“The aim of my work is to realize the potential of simple and common materials. There are no boundaries, and I believe it can be a great source of inspiration for others. I think with new ideas, our consciousness expands a bit more and our minds evolve. Hopefully my work will enable people to open their minds so that they are able to envision and discover new ideas. I am hopeful and open to the idea of evolving our consciousness”



Jen Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Her artwork mimics intricate patterns and colors found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity. Although Stark is most recognized for her paper sculptures, she has explored a variety of media including wood, metal, paint, plexi and animation.

Stark has exhibited globally with major shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand and Canada. Her work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami among others.

Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.








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All images and text via Jen Stark.  Be sure to check out her shop to purchase one of her brilliant works and to see some of her amazing collaborations. Don’t miss her amazing Instagram feed to keep up with her latest work!

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“Make sure to keep a glass of champagne handy at all times. The week is known to get overwhelming.” -The Huffington Post


This year I decided to sit out Art Basel and I am TOTALLY regretting it, especially when a friend just texted me she literally bumped into Leonardo DeCaprio…only in South Beach!  I have been reading up on all of the amazing events that are taking place over the next few days….If I were flying south tomorrow, here are the things I would NOT miss…

Two years ago was my first maiden voyage to the art fair and my toes never touched the sand.  Last year, I built in an extra day so I could take in the beach.  Every hotel has their own color scheme with their cabanas and umbrellas which makes the shore a colorful canvas.
Perez Art Museum

Pritzker prize winning Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s stunning building opens this week during the fair.  The hanging gardens and museum setting cater to the city’s climate and bring the park to the museum in new and innovative ways.

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Next stop, the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Tracy Emin retrospective. Her works in neon speak to the “vulnerability of making human connections.” This is her first American retrospective of her work.

Louis Vuitton is sponsoring the creation of ” La Maison au Bord de L’eau,” a V-shaped beach house that was conceived in 1934 by French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. The drawings of the house were meticulously constructed and brought over from France to be installed in front of The Raleigh during Art Basel. As an extension of this installation, all windows in the 468 Louis Vuitton boutiques around the world will be recreated with Perriand-inspired themes in early 2014.
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The obligatory exhibition halls would be next on the agenda to see all the heavy hitters…

One of THE MOST CREATIVE experiences I have ever had was being a part of Jennifer Rubell’s food installations.  Each year, she stages a breakfast at The Rubell Family Collection. This year’s theme is “FAITH” and I cannot wait to see what she has planned.

The Rubell Family Collection is always featuring cutting-edge contemporary art. This year’s exhibition is “28 Chinese,” a show that was researched over 6 trips to China between 2001-2012. The family visited over 100 artists’s studios to bring the exemplary works together for this exhibition.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a mandatory stop for anyone. 45,000 square feet of temporary and permanent exhibition space including Willem de Kooning, Donaled Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi among many many others….

Poolside at The Mondrian will feature the work of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This inflatable exhibit ” creates the intention of transcending the viewer to an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing.”

The street art duo FAILLE is transforming the arcade experience into the highest art form from psychedelic  foosball to pinball machines.

Wynnewood Walls

Jeffrey Deitch of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is curating this year’s Wynnewood walls with a focus on female graffiti artists from around the world.

I never made it to Juvia last year, and it is definitely on the list for the next trip. Vertical garden by Patrick LeBlanc.

Colette is teaming up with the Alchemist for the first ever Art drive through. You can purchase anything from Zaha Hadid cuffs to Damien Hirst Olympia LeTan book clutches.

Artist and film maker David Lynch is creating his uber popular Club Silencio once again. Last year, the pop- up nightclub was held in the basement of the Delano.  This year, the location will be in the design district, but has yet to be announced.  The Parisian based nightclub has recruited Pharrell to host the festivities once they have let us in on the location.

If Club Silencio does not let you in, there is always the Deuce, an old haunt that defines dive bar.