It’s impossible to keep a Miami Art Week guide “concise.” The number of fairs alone—at last count 21, más o menos—will make any list scroll on and on. So we're not even trying. Instead, we’re splitting our guide into two: one for fairs and one for everything else.
This guide will get you acquainted with the city’s seasonal guests: those itinerant behemoths that turn up and transform the town for one week out of the year. Unless you’re a masochis... [more]
Kazakhstan is caught between worlds. A prominent part of Alexander the Great’s Hellenistic Empire, the territory served as a middle ground between east and west—a crossroads where traders, warlords, and conquerors projected their will, forever altering the landscape and people of the region. Most recently the 60-year Soviet occupation, which ended in 1991, left an indelible mark on the Central Asian nation.
Kazakh video artist Almagul Menlibayeva unpacks the mixed cultural and poli... [more]
In the Art Basel Miami Beach universe, North Beach might as well be a galaxy away. And this year there has been a reshuffling of Art Basel’s satellites, as NADA jumps ship from the Deauville Resort to Mid-Beach’s Fontainebleau, and Miami Project moves in from mainland Miami, joining forces with Art on Paper at the Deauville. Further north, (practically Pluto in the Miami Beach solar system) there is Satellite: a new fair with an experimental model, scattering artist-run projects, a d... [more]
Radiohead and One Direction announce special one-off projects! Miley Cyrus is doing a live performance with Marina Abramović! Tino Sehgal Selfie Project on South Beach!
Not true, but such collaborations aren't entirely improbable during Art Basel Miami Beach. M.H.Miller at ARTnews scathingly referred to Art Basel, Miami Art Week's propagator, as "an annual product-placement festival for liquor and fashion brands that runs for a few days in South Beach." Evidently not a fan. And Miller is not alone.... [more]
Minneapolis-based artist Nate Young’s recent sculptures and graphite drawings borrow equally from the diagrams of Swiss linguist and semiotician Ferdinand de Saussure, and from the visual material that the artist’s father uses in his sermons. Young evacuates all text from these diagrams, displaying them as pure form. At first glance, the gesture seems to undermine the didactic authority that these diagrams might possess.
Sheree Hovsepian and Nate Young, installation view, Monique... [more]
Miami Art Week, what can we say: it's like Marmite. The divisive extravaganza of art, celebrity, design and parties marks the end of 2015's cultural calendar in the most apocalyptic style. Who has been doing what, and to whom, this year? We've been trawling the net for the opening night's best moments—the posturing, the pompous, the pretentious, and the precocious—as seen on Instagram.
Best Placement of a Product
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What happens to the figure-ground relation in the absence of a figure? Or if it lacks a representation of a body? Can a body be represented sans figure? Is there more than one way to formulate a body and depict it in a less iconic modality? Which is to say, can the body in all its complexity be represented at all, let alone be set against a “ground”?
The work of Theresa Ganz answers these questions in the affirmative. Hers is an art practice that deals with the complex body. Which mig... [more]
The rug is a sort of garden that can move across space. –Michel Foucault
While the invention of the garden was a product of the Orient, its form is now widely replicated, adapted, and distributed across cultures. The forms it takes can be beautiful, or benign—from Japanese karesansui and perfectly manicured English courts to sterile pre-fabricated suburban lots, with conventional evergreens growing against cement paths.
The first carpet was invented in an attempt to recrea... [more]
The Vitruvian Man looks, on one hand, like an anatomical drawing of weight and balance, and on the other, like a tree, a constellation, a system of before and after, a ladder or a scale. The criss-crossing lines perhaps allude to earthly entanglements and the elusiveness of total symmetry. Like the drawing, its analysis might be equally simple and complex.
It is no wonder then, that Da Vinci is one of Rachel Garrard’s influences. In her art, the human body and mind and the unseeable unknown beco... [more]
Bryan Volta works hard to undermine the body. His primary tool for getting the job done is a hydraulic breaker attachment, the type construction crews use to quickly demolish large stretches of concrete. Volta’s life-size model, unlike the version available from Caterpillar, is entirely plastic, from the extended shaft back to the industrial-scale bolts. Also, spectacularly, it is covered in chicken feet. The resin-based obtrusions flail out in all directions, curled and splayed.
Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the next stop in our... [more]
As the glitterati descend upon Florida’s art capital, we'd love to think Art Basel Miami Beach is more than just exclusive parties for rich people in fancy hotels, but the happenings around the fair don't always dissuade this interpretation. This epic art world extravaganza has seen Miley Cyrus decked out in butterfly wings, Amanda Lepore blowing puffy red kisses, and Jay-Z casually perusing the fair's booths. This is where artists swim in the pool drunk with curators who, in turn, run arou... [more]
Part one of our Miami Art Week guide introduced the 20 or so art fairs pitching tents, occupying hotels, and renting out convention centers this week. Part two celebrates the Miami stalwarts, its permanent residents—museums, art spaces, and galleries—as well as some of the week's non-art fair exhibitions and pop-ups. Most of these spaces program exhibitions year round and represent the true depth of Miami as an art world epicenter. Here’s what’s on tap.
Check out part one... [more]
People wearily bemoan the untrustworthiness of auto mechanics. Often, this labor force is assumed to be full of dupers, exaggerators, and flat-out liars.
It’s cliché to think this: that they’ll take advantage in ways from small to horror-story large, since their customers don’t have the knowledge, tools, or will to address the problems plaguing their conveyance. And it’s cliché for a reason—especially in Miami—where personal transport is tantamount to... [more]
With a flurry of activity already under way in this year’s Miami Beach Art Basel, it’s no surprise that some artist groups are creating their own activities outside of the huge event. Described as “an unabashed exhibition of queerness,” the Queer Biennial I is taking place during Art Basel weekend at the Hôtel Gaythering. The Hotel is known as a meeting place for Miami’s LGBT locals and is the area’s only hotel that caters solely to this community. The s... [more]
Material can be transcendent.
Postmodernism is failing.
History is a spiral.
These three assumptions underlie Oren Pinhassi’s work. Beginning with the familiar—towels, a backpack, a dwelling—objects are transformed through the addition of another common material, plaster. Through this addition, he transubstantiates the everyday into thematic sculptural and architectural forms, an act that Pinhassi describes as transcendent. There is a key definition being explored through Pinhassi’s wo... [more]