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20121205112554-x Alternative Moons: Experiences on the Outer Fringe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/5/12

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 atmosph... [more]

20121204191102-makoto_saito___prayer__yellow__2011_2012___paul_kasmin_gallery_aaaaaaaaaaazkjy Doing It Right: Art Basel Miami Beach   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/4/12

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 Miami... [more]

20121204192747-image Collecting Miami: An Interview with Young Miami Collectors Jack and Tara Benmeleh   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/4/12

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]

20121125174637-kp The "wrong place" right at home   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Kevin Arrow, Dogan Arslanoglu, Ragnar Kjartansson, SINISA KUKEC, Kenton Parker, Misael Soto at The Jacqueline Falcone Bed & Breakfast October 12th, 2012 - December 12th, 2012
Posted 11/25/12

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, Falcone expands... [more]

20121024102839-o Cabinet of Unreal Curiosities   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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
Posted 10/24/12

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]

20120925175027-new_dv Developments in Downtown Miami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/25/12

What is the promise of a vacant warehouse? The easily romanticized notion is being realized by a two-year, rent-free contract for a 20,000 sq ft complex in downtown Miami at the site of the former Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply. Inaugurated September of 2012, the arrangement is a product of nearly a year of conversation and negotiations between the independent entities of Dimensions Variable (DV), Bas Fisher Invitational, Turn-based Press and the TM Sisters, all Miami-based artist collectives/initiati... [more]

20120827160940-1-1 CALL TIME: 7PM   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jillian Mayer, David Rohn, A.G. Viva, Antonia Wright at The Night Club June 15th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 8/27/12

CALL TIME: 7PM was the third of twelve events produced by the collaborative curatorial project The Night Club, a series of one-night exhibition platforms conceptualized by Odalis Valdivieso and Angela Valella in different spaces within Miami’s Design District. Individually curated by invitation, this iteration of The Night Club was organized by Miami-based artist A.G. Viva. Embodying the character of a green room, CALL TIME: 7PM existed on multiple levels as a participatory artwork, temporary ex... [more]

20120804223235-552533_10151949606820368_1040883294_n Interview: Gallery Diet at NADA Hudson   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 8/4/12

Miami’s Gallery Diet, directed by Nina Johnson, was one of forty-eight project-participants in this year’s NADA venture in idyllic Hudson, New York. Distinguishing itself from a regular art fair, NADA opted for a singular, curated exhibition with one work from each participating gallery, along with accompanying video and outdoor projects that dotted the grounds. Diet presented Christy Gast’s Salton in the Hudson space, which was influenced by and completed inside the location, making it a somew... [more]

20120705131830-untitled2 The Art of Small Things   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Charles LeDray at Bass Museum of Art April 27th, 2012 - August 12th, 2012
Posted 7/4/12

A few years back I had the good fortune of being able to see Charles LeDray's grand retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. That exhibition was jam-packed with countless creations, each meticulously handcrafted with the artist's renowned attention to detail. In one sense, LeDray's current exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art might be considered the exact opposite, in that it consists of just four works, each set apart in its own ample space. Yet such an enumeration does not... [more]

20120604123419-untitled Journeys of Body and Spirit   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
José Bedia at Miami Art Museum May 24th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
Posted 6/4/12

The English version of the introductory wall text uses the redundant-sounding term "Hispanic-Cuban" to describe José Bedia. This is jarring, since all Cubans are Hispanic according to the general usage of the word. Yet despite the awkward phrasing, there is an important point being made here: Bedia's bloodline comes from Spain rather than from Africa. (The Spanish wall text is clearer, stating that the artist is a "Cuban of Spanish origin.") The reason this matters is that so much of Bedia's work—esp... [more]

20120508095050-untitled Darkness and Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Edouard Duval Carrie at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery April 14th, 2012 - May 31st, 2012
Posted 5/8/12

Born in Haiti in 1954, Edouard Duval Carrié is an established Miami-based artist who has lived in Puerto Rico, studied in France and Canada, and traveled to Benin, in West Africa. His ornate mixed-media works reflect both his cosmopolitan experiences and his strong connection to his Haitian roots. Upon entering the gallery, one of the first things you notice is that the lights in half of the gallery are turned off, and that the pieces on that side shine seductively in the dark. Yet if you are... [more]

20120204052337-11--2 An Interview with the Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Conor McGrady, Roberto Visani at carol jazzar contemporary art February 24th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 4/13/12

New York-based artists Conor McGrady and Roberto Visani are currently exhibiting in a two-person show at Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art. The refined garage space seems an appropriate place for the artists' "home-grown" brand of politically charged work. McGrady's large-scale gouache drawings are rendered strictly black and white, while Visani's sculptural DIY "gun kits" are assembled from an array of household items. Both access in very contrasting ways – McGrady is clean and sanitized, Visani expre... [more]

20120312065231-0 There's a Map for That   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Rosa Naday Garmendia, Regina Jestrow, Lucinda Linderman, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin, Amanda Serrano, Carrie Sieh at Art Center / South Florida February 24th, 2012 - April 1st, 2012
Posted 3/12/12

As objects and as subjects, maps hold a special appeal for contemporary visual artists, in that they portray data in a distilled graphic form, using color, line, and symbols to communicate information that helps us find our place in the world. A smart, thought-provoking little show at ArtCenter/South Florida offers viewers a glimpse into how seven artists approach the broad subject of mapping—from the spatial to the temporal, and from the external to the internal. Curated by Lauren Wagner, Director o... [more]

20120130225212-1_julie_davidow_diagram_31_milwaukee_art_museum_calatrava_2011 Organic Geometries   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Julie Davidow at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts February 11th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Posted 2/26/12

Julie Davidow is no stranger to ArtSlant. In 2009 she was the Grand Prize winner of the Golden Frame/Showcase Series (now officially known as the ArtSlant Prize). She won $5000 cash and a show at the Fountain Art Fair in NYC. “Architectonics,” her new solo exhibition that just opened at Diana Lowenstein Gallery, reflects her signature style – a juxtaposition of measurable geometries and organic lines on flat surfaces.  The title of the show refers to her deep interest in the formalism of Deconstr... [more]

20120220055804-wurm1 Home / Body   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Erwin Wurm at Bass Museum of Art December 1st, 2011 - March 25th, 2012
Posted 2/20/12

The Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has brought his surreal sense of humor to the Bass Museum of Art, filling up gallery spaces and walls with a playful exhibition that explores the relationships between the human body and the clothing and architecture that surround it.The exhibition takes its title from a comic book that the artist used to read as a child. He would hide this comic book in different spots within his bedroom so that his parents wouldn't find it. That childhood relationship to archite... [more]

20120209213220-hoglundengame Interview with Richard Höglund   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 2/9/12

Richard Höglund is one those young artists you meet, have a beer with, chat about all things impertinent and precious, and leave saying to yourself, "You know what? The art world will be okay." The Paris-based American works diligently on his trade, is charismatic and articulate, yet doesn't always take things too seriously, and definitely will not hesitate to throw a punch if you are behaving like a complete a-hole. If Die Antwoord was leading a 21st century reformation, I would want him on my... [more]

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