Pirate radio has a rich history in Miami, one of the most concentrated areas in the world where the production and dissemination of unlicensed sounds have long usurped unused airwaves. Emerging in the early 1980’s and all but busting in the late 1990’s, pirate radio continues to occupy unregulated frequencies despite harsh FCC regulations and corporate agendas. Adopted by independents broadcasting from rooftops to Miami’s mostly flat metro area, pirate radio stations have been effective in pr... [more]
On a wall in the showroom for Describing Labor there is a series of glass hammers and gloves. The pieces were designed by Esther Shalev-Gerz and produced by artisans at the Glass Pavilion in the Toledo Museum of Art. They are a symbolic gesture, reflecting the tools of labor, but incapable of functioning in a utilitarian manner. The gloves cannot be worn and the hammers would shatter if pounded even slightly.
The crux of the exhibition is a series of twenty-four collaborative large-scale photograp... [more]
Alexandra Rowley's current show at Dina Mitrani Gallery brings together photography, ceramics and sound to create an appealing, personal meditation on the many small acts of transformation that make up our daily lives.
The first two images that greet the viewer are a striking pair of larger-than-life photographic prints, each depicting a colorful, ornate plate enlarged against a solid black background. These decorative plates are shiny and attractive, but what is most interesting about them is th... [more]
Thank you SPRING BREAK by Amanda Sanfilippo Gideon Barnett, Bhakti Baxter, Consuelo Castañeda, SINISA KUKEC, Emmett Moore, George Sánchez-Calderón, Tom Scicluna, Odalis Valdivieso at Miami Art Museum
November 21st, 2012 - May 12th
New Work Miami 2013 currently on view at the Miami Art Museum has churned up several points that are both unremarkable and as unique as the composition of the dirt beneath our feet. In Miami, the bay-dredged soil is composed mainly of oolitic limestone, a mixture of sand and the prehistoric creatures that left their legacy in shell. It is an unusual composition found only in this region.
Engaging in an experimental exhibition format, curators Diana Nawi and Rene Morales encouraged two design-minde... [more]
A Cuban artist currently based in the U.S., Tania Bruguera has the distinction of having presented challenging political work in both countries, as well as in many others. Her ambitious and powerful oeuvre encompasses installation, performance, and long-term socio-political intervention. This is not art for spectators—it's for participants, truth-seekers, fellow-travelers. It is a psychic weapon for the oppressed, a subversive force against the narrow ideological confines of both socialist and capi... [more]
Art Basel Miami Beach has become not only the largest art fair in the United States but also a significant platform for the exhibition and production of public art projects. The most notable included the second iteration of Art Public, an exhibition sector of Art Basel which takes place on the long and ocean-tipped green adjoining the Bass Museum of Art. In collaboration with that museum, the project was organized for the second year by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at L... [more]
At Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Fondation Beyeler presented two major works by Alexander Calder, Snow Flurry (1948) and Untitled (c. 1939). In this video, the president of the Calder Foundation, Alexander S.C. Rower, talks about the two exceptional mobiles, revealing some exciting background knowledge on the works.
Alexander Calder’s hanging mobile Snow Flurry is one of his most popular works. The delicate white kinetic sculpture is reminiscent of snowflakes. It comes from the artist’s own c... [more]
“We’ve done this half, and that half. Is there another half?”
–Overheard, Art Basel Vernissage 2012
Art Basel: a beautiful hodgepodge of disheveled gallery assistants and even more disheveled millionaires. For those who have never been, Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the largest annual contemporary art fairs in the world. The main event and the countless satellite fairs around the city attract the rich and the hip from all over, who are in a constant incestuous competition to feel... [more]
Hey dude. So, how was the flight? Where are you staying?
The flight, in total, was about thirteen hours, which was a kind of hell: I have to say, however, that I obviously have a less refined palette than a standup comedian, as I rather enjoyed the airline food. Perhaps that's a perk of flying with Lufthansa (who are not paying me to say this). They were showing Rock Of Ages on the plane; if I had to write a recommendation for the promotional poster of Rock Of Ages, I would like it to say "watch... [more]
It’s Art Basel time again in Miami, this year for the 11th time already. More than 260 leading galleries from all over the world take part in the art fair. They are showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach presents works by artists such as Christian Marclay, Jon Pylypchuk, Peter Rogiers, Chiachio & Giannone, Yayoi Kusama, Vito Acconci, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Stirling Ruby, Darren Almond, Takashi Murakami, Dominique Gonzalez-Foe... [more]
Switzerland’s Art Basel instated its sister show in Miami Beach in 2002 for its obvious merits-- seasonless sunshine and a prime location as the “Gateway to the Americas"--but the bulging week of fairs, parties and art events that now surrounds Art Basel Miami Beach owes much to a community of ambitious private collectors and their publicly available exhibition spaces that have shaped the city into a contemporary art capital. This new type of cultural institution that has sprung up in the l... [more]
Imagine Art Basel Miami Beach is a planet. It is after all, the big centralizing force to which all other early December Miami fairs, events, and exhibitions compare themselves. Those are usually referred to as satellite fairs: orbiting moons. Some of these moons are quite large, and orbit in close proximity to the Basel planet, while others are mere specks out on the fringe. Some of these moons have quite erratic, elliptical orbits, spinning in all different directions. These moons—their atmos... [more]
Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) is the mother of American art fairs (you know this by now). Celebrating a decade this year, ABMB has, from the beginning, been a city-wide event. Every year, a new satellite fair/festival/happening/event is added to the already art-packed weekend and yet it seems Miami has an art tolerance on par with your average Baseler’s liver. ABMB became the destination par excellence in the art world, not only as a way to escape the cold and reach a massive collector base in... [more]
Trong Gia Nguyen asks a few questions of young Miami collectors Jack and Tara Benmeleh, who give our readers a little insiders' insight to the best of the Art Basel scene, a few hot Miami artists to keep an eye on, and their bliss for art collecting and doing their part in growing the 305 cultural scene.
Trong Gia Nguyen: What is your background and what first got you interested in collecting art?
Jack Benmeleh: I'm an attorney.
Tara Benmeleh: I'm a jewelry designer. We met at the Bass Museum, our first date was at the MAM. We love... [more]
The "wrong place" right at home by Amanda Sanfilippo Kevin Arrow, Dogan Arslanoglu, Ragnar Kjartansson, SINISA KUKEC, Kenton Parker, Misael Soto at The Jacqueline Falcone Bed and Breakfast
October 12th, 2012 - December 12th, 2012
There is standing tradition of innovative gallerists choosing to site exhibition spaces in their homes, a tactic embraced so enthusiastically in Miami in fact as to have generated the term “Miami model” with the help of celebrated individuals like Sarah Gavlak among others. In this light the inaugural exhibition of The Jacqueline Falcone Bed and Breakfast entitled Marriage, Blood and Adaptation has a value added approach. In addition to installing works in the proprietor’s bedroom/gallery... [more]
Cabinet of Unreal Curiosities by Nathaniel Sandler Boaz Aharonovitch, Einat Arif-Galanti, Aziz + Cucher, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Ori Gersht, Hilja Keading, Freddy Shachar Kislev, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Tobias Madison, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Ariane Michel, Richard Mosse, Gilad Ratman, Samantha Salzinger, Tomer Sapir, Yehudit Sasportas, Michal Shamir, Uri Shapira, Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan, Blane De St. Croix, Jennifer Steinkamp, Gal Weinstein, Wendy Wischer, Guy ZAGURSKY at Bass Museum of Art
September 9th, 2012 - November 4th, 2012
Every single person is guaranteed to have a Melvillean moment when walking around the UNNATURAL multi-media exhibit at the Bass Museum Miami Beach. The whale. You see it out of a side-glance when entering the main exhibition hall. Dar-she-blows. Children will run feverishly across the room toward it. Adults will surely want to, but etiquette dictates following the unspoken museum protocol that anyone over the age of twelve should not run cackling toward large-scale models of megafauna. But like Ahab,... [more]