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 tantam... [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 space... [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 throug... [more]
A word forms a concept of its own object in a dialogic way.
—Mikhail Bakhtin, Discourse in the Novel, 1941
Adam Douglas Thompson’s drawings are words. His installed formations are sentences. His words, however, are not defined. His sentences are not linear. They are dialogic imaginations, each image acts a concept which through their relational grouping gains meaning. The groupings can and should be read multidirectionally. This approach is how Thompson believes thought works, a concept trail... [more]
The increase in events, exhibitions, one-offs, happenings, parties, cultural gatherings, informal mixers, themed bashes and networking raves is about 1,000% compared to non-Art Basel time in Miami (which is what we call it. Not “Art Basel Miami Beach,” or “Art Basel Miami”—just “Art Basel,” or even more often, and funnily enough, most everyone truncates it to just “Basel,” har har), scientifically speaking, so right around now everyone involved... [more]
The Institute of Contemporary Art hosted its inaugural show last night to a fanfare of eager art world denizens. Following its staff's departure from the now defunct Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the ICA is now open in its temporary home in Design District’s landmark Moore Building. The edifice, built in the 1920s by the Moore Furniture Company, has been operating as a pop-up event space for some time and is for now serving as the location for the city's newest contemporary art muse... [more]
Luxury is so often determined by a price tag. But commerce is rarely how we interact with the phenomena of high-end merchandise—its excessiveness, its indulgence; its extravagance is almost always (and exclusively) experienced visually. We feel the texture of opulent velvets and silks first with our eyes, the metallic gleam of a smooth reflection through its cool touch on our sight, in jewels that refract their prismatic color back onto our gaze. There is something intensely tactile in the i... [more]
Last night, the poignancy of being a local for Art Basel Miami Beach was acute when talking to Kyle Chapman, an artist who grew up—like many of us—far from the lapping waters of South Beach. He told a story about a time in middle school when he found a baby leopard-patterned Lisa Frank trapper keeper in the bathroom, and you could tell who was just visiting by their gasps at the great reveal of what was inside.
Metaphors for life abounded throughout the evening, which started out with staring at the ceiling of Primary Projects, which Jim Drain had painted with a foreboding message in the bumper... [more]
Anastasia Samoylova does not go out into summer fields when she begins a new work of landscape photography. She goes online, haunting public domain photosites for images of picturesque landscapes: sunsets, waterfalls, forests, oceans, and flowers. Despite the seductive vistas each calendar image portrays, they are so common they become redundant. “I’m almost monumentalizing them in my installations,” Samoylova said during a recent (Skyped) studio visit, “otherwise they wou... [more]
Olu Michael Odukoya is an art director, publisher, and curator who has founded two independent art magazines—Kilimanjaro, a large-format magazine which has produced monograph editions with artists like Roni Horn and Hans Josephsohn, and Modern Matter, a contemporary arts and culture biannual whose new issue is covered by Sarah Lucas. Here, Olu chooses his five favorite things at this year’s Art Basel Miami for the discerning ArtSlant reader.
Via NY Observer, Hans Olbrist in Conversa... [more]
Parisian-born, Puerto Rico-based Charlotte Dutoit is a jet set curator working with some of the hottest tipped new names in the large outdoor painting game worldwide: Brazil's Bicicleta Sem Freio, Alexis Diaz, and Borondo to name a few. In fact, their eye-catching projects are often the result of Dutoit's organizing. Recent productions have taken her to London, Las Vegas, Hawaii (she is a part of the family of the annual Pow!Wow! graffiti jam), and now she's checking out the action in Miami, whi... [more]
Positions, one of Art Basel Miami Beach's nine sectors, was conceived as a platform for established gallerists to present to one major project by a single artist they represent. Visiting curators and collectors meanwhile lick their lips at the presumed cream of the crop, with the new talents of 16 global commercial art venues being introduced to the arena. What is involved in a gallery's decision making process as they select an artist from their roster? How will their artist stand out to the ferve... [more]
It's an understatement to call Art Basel Miami Beach an art world event: it's a phenomenon. Organizers reported some 75,000 attendees in 2013—and that's just for the Miami Beach Convention Center main show. In addition to Art Basel's seaside outpost, this year more than 20 art fairs—some brand new, others established in their own right—will take over the Miami beaches and Wynwood Arts District during Miami Art Week. Coordinated with these shining satellites are citywide museum a... [more]
The current art market status of video art is comparable to that of photography in the early nineties. Back then photography wasn’t considered "real art" requiring hard-won skills going beyond simply pointing a lens and pressing a button. Moreover, prints could be reproduced endlessly rendering the work devoid of true artistic aura, a Benjaminesque nightmare. For video art too, controlling editions and authentication are the biggest obstacles to overcome, even more than trying to convince... [more]
Graffiti was born in protest. Recalling this origin, street, graffiti, and mural artists in Miami are standing up for social justice during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach. Through a series of creative altruistic events some of the city's most prominent artists, curators, and activists will connect with visitors by drawing attention to ways of improving their communities through art. Here's our selection of some of Miami Art Week's best street art projects and events.
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Miami has often attracted a particular breed of art collector, most notably, the fair-seeking seasonal variety who favors the grab-and-go style of art acquisition. Consequentially it can seem like great art is always passing through the city, but rarely finding a home. This trend has shifted as a result of a handful of resident collectors who have committed to making Miami a cultural destination by sharing their artwork and opening their doors to the general public year-round.
The distinguishing characteristic of a p... [more]