Neil Vazquez

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For the first two weeks in December the international art world descends upon Miami Beach for some of the most hotly anticipated art fairs in the world, where buyers, gallerists, artists, and hangers-on come to mix, mingle, and cavort. Thanks in part to Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s institutional landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last several years. For a town that sees dozens of fairs come and go each December, the burgeoning museum scene—the cultural stalwarts that... [more]
Eli Sudbrack isn’t your typical art world denizen. One half of the collective assume vivid astro focus (or AVAF for short), the Brazilian-born Sudbrack currently splits his time between New York and his adopted hometown of São Paulo, where he crafts work at the intersection of pop culture, queer, and net aesthetics, all with an anti-establishment sensibility. Art world punk rockers, assume vivid astro focus have collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons,... [more]
As we seemingly find ourselves spectators to the acceleration of political and environmental decline, two Israeli artists, Rotem Tamir and Omri Zin, are targeting industrial factory processes in an exploratory, performative project. The husband-and-wife team are collaborating for the first time in at Locust Projects in Miami. The piece encompasses two independent, modular “factories,” each managed and operated by the respective artists. Tamir’s factory produces helium-filled latex balloons,... [more]
Art Basel attracts seasonal art world devotees to eat, drink, and spend incredible amounts of money on contemporary art at fairs pitched across Miami Beach and the mainland. Running concurrently with the fairs is Miami Art Week, an amalgamation of the city’s best museum and gallery shows, vying for international attention. In recent years the local museum scene has gone from sparse to highly competitive. The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is not quite four years old, and the two-year-old... [more]
At LA Pride, Muse Durk Dehner Talks Tom of Finland’s Popular Resurgence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Seth Bogart, Millie Brown, Drew Denny, Zackary Drucker, Tom of Finland, Van Jazmin, Liss Lafleur, Onch Movement, Peggy Noland, JD Samson at Christopher Street West / LA Pride June 10th, 2016 - June 12th, 2016
Posted 6/7/16
Meandering through West Hollywood’s crowded streets—filled with trendy boutiques, coffee shops, and upscale salons—it’s difficult to come across vestiges of the city’s queer roots. Long gentrified by high rents is a rich history ensconced in leather bars, tea rooms, sex shops, and the like. It’s a history that while obscured, is still vibrantly alive in the memory of Tom of Finland Foundation Co-founder, Durk Dehner. Since 1984, Dehner served as the official head of the organization meant to... [more]
In Fact and Fiction, Almagul Menlibayeva Imagines Kazakhstan's Repressed Cultural History Today   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Almagul Menlibayeva at ART Lexïng January 19th, 2016 - February 20th, 2016
Posted 2/4/16
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 political... [more]
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