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.
‘Tis the season for the art world to fly south for another wonderful week of fairs at Art Basel Miami. Here is my “HOT LIST” for this year’s fair based on intel from some favorite sources….Style.com, Artnews and other galleries I would not miss. Read about highlights in 2013 and 2012. Cheers!
Voltz Clarke will be showing at Pulse Miami Beach (Booth C16) highlighting works from Laura Mosquera and Bradley Sabin. Mosqeura describes her work,”Architecture is the creation of defined space. I use its language to articulate my interest in constructing scenarios and configurations, as symbolic or metaphoric confined spaces. These are dynamic, sometimes aggressive compositions inspired by a contemporary, urban environment. It is an exploration of our physical and psychological world with the foreground and background often shifting to undermine our perception of what is. Color, pattern and texture are used to lure the viewer while enhancing the chaos of the environment within the specificity of their construction. The work takes advantage of the materiality of the paint to simultaneously exhibit a concrete stillness and optical speed.”
An avid gardener and sculptor, Bradley Sabin finds inspiration through the nature around him. He describes his work as a metaphorical equation to the care and time which is needed to have a healthy garden to human relationships that also require nurturing and protecting to flourish. Bradley Sabin is southern born and his sculptural installations take him all over the world.
Peter Marino is responsible for designing some of the world’s most beautiful boutiques—Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. On December 3, the Bass Museum of Art will open One Way: Peter Marino, which will explore his relationship with art, displaying works by artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Richard Serra from the architect’s personal collection, as well as a number of cast-bronze boxes designed by Marino. Later that night Design Miami/ and the Miami Design District will hold an exclusive dinner to award Marino with the inaugural Design Visionary Award.
Don’t even try to crash this party on December 4 at Wall if you’re not invited—guests have to go through three checkpoints and a tough door crew. Those lucky enough to score the week’s most-coveted invite and get into this swanky bash, hosted by arty party boys Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel, will have the privilege of drinking endless amounts of Dom Pérignon poured from Iris van Herpen-designed bottles and the possibility of rubbing elbows with VIPs like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Carmelo Anthony, and Lenny Kravitz.
Those who bopped around to “Hey Ya!” and “Ms. Jackson” during the height of OutKast’s fame in the late ’90s have a reason to get excited. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the SCAD Museum of Art (SCAD MOA) are unveiling an exhibition on December 2 at MANA Miami (318 NW 23rd Street) titled i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin. The show explores fashion, film, and art through a conversation between 47 jumpsuits originally created by the OutKast front man for the hip-hop duo’s 2014 tour; large-scale abstract paintings by Jimmy O’Neal; and an experimental film by Greg Brunkalla. SCAD president Paula Wallace will have a panel discussion on December 3 at 3 p.m. with Benjamin and Brunkalla about the exhibition, which makes its way to SCAD MOA next year.
A few luxury labels are going for fashion-meets-design fusions this year: Bally is holding the art exhibition Triangle Walks in an original mid-century Jean Prouvé house in the garden of the Delano from December 3 to December 7, while Louis Vuitton is presenting an unrealized project by the late French designer Pierre Paulin for Herman Miller from 1972, along with 18 original pieces of new furniture in Playing With Shapes, a Design Miami/ satellite exhibition at the Palm Court (140 NE 39th Street, Suite 326) from December 2 through 7. Meanwhile, Fendi will present a project at Design Miami/ with Milan design firm Dimore Studio.
Instagram star and illustrator Donald Robertson (aka @donalddrawbertson) is going to attend Art Basel, he’s not going to just make a statement but a full-blown “spectacle.” His next endeavor entails winning over and “kissing up” (quite literally) to the art world. The plan all came together at a “drunky dinner” in L.A. with the Smashbox team, a beauty brand he recently teamed up with during his stint at Colette. After successfully selling out of lipstick wrapped in a sleeve of his design at the Parisian retailer, it took only a few glasses of champagne to convince the company to get on board with his next project. His idea? To fill up the trunk of a 1974 Cadillac El Dorado covered in ketchup-colored pouts (a common motif in his work) with lipstick and drive it cross-country—stopping in locales such as Tucson, Arizona; Marfa, Texas; Austin, Texas; New Orleans; and Gainesville, Florida, en route to Miami. Those who visit the car during its journey will receive a free limited-edition Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing (a cherry red) covered in the same art as the automobile.
Ian Schrager’s newly opened Yabu Pushelberg-designed Miami Beach Edition is hosting a number of events, including an intimate, invite-only dinner, followed by a decadent grand-opening party with W magazine and David Lynch’s Paris hot spot Silencio, featuring a performance by the dance-inducing group Blood Orange on December 2. Expect to see a number of bold names in art, entertainment, and fashion there, with W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi and Ferragamo hosting the launch for the new book W Stories on December 3. That night, Yabu, Pushelberg and London’s most fabulous gay night, Horse Meat Disco, will hold a disco party in the basement. The next day, style icon Inès de la Fressange and Bruno Frisoni will fete Roger Vivier and Ambra Medda’s limited-edition Miss Viv’ L’ArcoBaleno bag with a luncheon there at 1:30 p.m. Later that night, Visionaire will celebrate its Visionaire 64 ART John Baldessari Platinum Edition at Tropicale, while Marlborough Chelsea presents a performance installation by artist duo Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. On December 5, Paddle8 and ACRIA will welcome all their inner circle for a family-style dinner to honor artist Ryan McGinley.
Solange Knowles may have just tied the knot with music video director Alan Ferguson, but that doesn’t mean she’s going on an extended honeymoon. Knowles and her record label, Saint Heron Records, curated the music program for the Select art fair.
The singer—who is also a known supporter of the arts (artist Mickalene Thomas designed the cover for Knowles’ 2012 EP, True, and artist Rashaad Newsome created the cover for the Saint Heron compilation album)—recruited a few artists to perform at the fair’s amphitheater space at 7 p.m. from December 2 through 7. The program is free and open to the public, but capacity is tight—the venue holds only 1,400 people—so make sure to get there early!
The Miami Beach Edition isn’t the only new kid on the block: The just-opened Thompson Miami Beach, an Art Deco jewel, is also having a week of festivities during Art Basel. Interview and Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten will kick off the week on December 2 with a dinner at chef Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape restaurant. After dinner, they will host a huge grand-opening soiree for the hotel that will double as a celebration for Performa’s 10th anniversary.
*All commentary and images via Style.com unless otherwise noted.
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The work of Christina Burch has been exhibited internationally and has been represented by Voltz Clarke, in New York City since 2000. Her work is held in major private collections, most notably the Mugrabi collection in New York. She has done special projects for Swarovski, Bazaar, Salvatore Ferragamo and others. Most recently her work has been on view at The Armory Show, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Philip de Pury, the Watermill Center in the Hamptons, and is listed on Artnet. Burch’s major artistic influences include Contemporary art, Italian art, Japanese aesthetics, and Tantric painting. Born in New York in 1972, Christina grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and began oil painting at age 8. She went on to receive a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and was a participant in the RISD European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. She traveled extensively in Europe and Japan and completed her Masters in Painting at New York University in 1998. Years later, pursuing her interest in energy and the body, she studied Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Swedish Institute in New York from 2006-2009. The eastern view of energy and embodiment has been very influential in her recent works which contemplate the sensual, poetic dimension of figuration in painting. After fourteen years in New York City, Christina relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008 where she currently lives and works.