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Art Basel | Miami Beach #1: Complete Art Fair Guides, Interview with Jacolby Satterwhite, Art Cars on Miami Beach
by ArtSlant Team


Charlie Schultz on a special show of art cars in South Beach

Cars have been a fascination for artists since they sputtered onto the road. They are cultural objects, gleaming social markers, symbolic vessels of all that is modernity. Usually, there are one or two “art cars” in Miami, but in all the years I’ve made the rounds the most memorable was easily Pimp Juice, the fully customized Cadillac low-rider Jeffrey Deitch parked in front of Art Basel back in 2007. It was tricked out by the Chicago-based Puerto-Rican artist Dzine and it was cool. Like good graffiti, it required no art historical education to appreciate. It might have been the biggest novelty and asked the most mundane question, Is it art?, but it was arguably the most democratic piece in all of South Beach. Kids, adults, old people—every age bracket was represented in the long line to snap a selfie with it. Not a single piece inside any fair commanded that kind of adoration.

This year Venus Over Manhattan has organized “Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile,” a non-fair event sponsored by Ferrari. Fourteen car/sculptures will be exhibited/parked in a slick new garage designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron...

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Right on the heels of the announcement of new media artist Jacolby Satterwhite's participation in the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial, Stephanie Berzon had a chance to interview him about his work. Satterwhite will perform during Miami Art Week for UNTITLED. fair (whose VIP vernissage will be hosted by Marina Abramovic) and a private party for Interview Magazine. Here, Berzon talks with the artist about the history of painting, his avatar and performance alter-ego, and poses some interesting hypothetical questions...

SB: What is it that you want us to see in the avatar and not you?

JS: Sculpture. My physical presentation and body language right now doesn't read as sculpture, but I think you see sculpture in the mode of presentation my avatar offers because it is way more dynamic spatially and visually...

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Miami Art Week is a daunting prospect. With nearly two dozen art fairs, it's nearly impossible to keep track of, not to mention actually going to them all. We culled through the listings and put together a handy-dandy map, a brief synopsis of each fair with events and opening hours. A total of nineteen fairs between Miami Beach and Mainland Miami. Did we miss a couple? Maybe? But we don't think you'll be at a loss of things to do and fairs to visit...

Click below for our comprehensive fair guides:

Part 1- Miami Beach fairs

Part 2 - Mainland Miami fairs

Art Basel Miami Beach - NADA  UNTITLED - SCOPE - Aqua Art Miami - INK Miami Art Fair - SELECT FAIR - NEW MATERIAL ART FAIR - Art Miami / CONTEXT - Miami Project - SPECTRUM Miami - Red Dot Miami - Brazil Art Fair - Zones Art Fair - PULSE - Fridge - Miami River Art Fair

Chronicling Fleeting Genius: Captures Miami’s Ephemeral Graffiti Art
by Monica Torres

Within galleries and museums hang traditional paintings and sculptures. Objects of permanency, these tangible works of art are visible to those with access to these establishments. Although urban art has gained credibility as fine art, it lacks the permanence that makes these masterpieces immortal.

The murals of today’s most talented artists are painted over on the streets within months of going up. In response to this situation, Miami native Robert William de Los Rios is giving a sort of permanence to the fleeting graffiti art of Wynwood, the capital of countercultural arts in Miami, Florida. About a month ago, Robert launched, an interactive website that documents the ever-changing murals in the Wynwood Arts District. Robert told me, “You can walk into a museum and see the Mona Lisa when you want, but there’s no place to see the street art that’s here one day and gone the next.”

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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/3/13

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