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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.).
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.
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.
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”.
“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.