Art Basel: Taggers arrested at Wynwood art fair

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Two taggers who thought the area outside a Wynwood art fair would be a safe space to spray graffiti were instead arrested by Miami police Friday afternoon.

The men looked like young teens but turned out to be in their mid-20s, according to witnesses at Conception Art Fair. They were tagging a building near Northwest 29th Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue, where several other street artists were also working, around 1 p.m..

"I was sweeping our courtyard and all the sudden these two kids came running around the corner into our garage," said Jennifer Blum, one of the fair's co-founders. "Then this cop came around and was like, 'Where did they go?' And I said, "Who?" But he found them and then there were five more cops and a helicopter and then they cuffed them and put them in the back of a car."

The duo were later released after promising to paint over the art, Blum said.

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She then put one of the men, who had stayed in the area, on the phone with a reporter.

Identifying himself only as Swine, a graffiti artist from the Boston area, the man said he and his friend had a miscommunication with the owner of the building, which they thought they had permission to paint on.

"It was just a misunderstanding with the owner," the man said. "They're not pressing charges."

He declined to say why he ran from the officer.

The Miami Police Department said it had no information on the arrests.

But for Mary Mihelic, a Brooklyn-based artist showing her work at the fair, the incident said a lot about Art Week in Miami.

"Here we are at Basel celebrating every kind of art and then you have some kids making their own statement and they get arrested," Mihelic said. "It really makes you think Basel is all about the rich."

-- Nicholas Nehamas, nnehamas@miamiherald.com, @NickNehamas





Art Basel: Openings for Wednesday, Dec. 3


Photo: Tomas Loewy


Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35; $75 multi-day pass also includes CONTEXT and Aqua art fairs. art-miami.com.

Art Spot: The new fair offers a selection of contemporary art from Latin America. Tent at 3011 NE First Ave., Midtown. 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 7. $5. artspotmiami.com.

Concept-Fair: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Hours: 1-10 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $15; concept-fair.com

CONTEXT Art Miami: Inside the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35 (Included with entry to Art Miami); $75 multi-day pass also includes Art Miami and Aqua art fairs. contextartmiami.com

Design Miami\: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4; 11-8 p.m. Dec. 5; noon-8 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25; designmiami.com.

INK Miami Art Fair: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. inkartfair.com

MiamiProject: Northeast 29th Street and Northeast First Avenue, Miami. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25. www.miami-project.com

PINTA, international art fair of select exhibitors specializing in Modern and Contemporary art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, relocated from New York. 3501 NE First Ave. 3-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-7. $20 one-day pass adults, $15 students and seniors; three-day pass $45. pintamiami.com.

Red Dot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave.; Miami. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec.4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Tickets: $15. www.reddotfair.com

SELECT Art Fair: 72nd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7. www.select-fair.com

SCOPE Miami Beach: 910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-7. Tickets: $25. www.scope-art.com

UNTITLED: 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 3.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4-6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25, $15 for Miami Beach residents. art-untitled.com.


Bass Museum: One Way: Peter Marino will be a site-specific installation created from strips of tape from cassettes of Jean Cocteau’s film Orphée — the backdrop to the eclectic works and personal collection from the architect, designer and all-around multidisciplinary pioneer Marino. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors and students; under 6 free. At the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; bassmuseum.org; 305-673-7530.

CIFO: “Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict — Abstract Art From the Collection,” culled from the expansive collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. Free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At CIFO, 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami; cifo.org; 305-415-6343.

ICA: Experimental projects from Pedro Reyes and Andra Ursuta inaugurate the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Design District’s landmark Moore Building. 4040 NE Second Ave., Design District; icamiami.org; 305-901-5272.

Rubell Family Collection: The Rubell Family Collection celebrates 20 years of its Wynwood space with highlights of the collection, from the likes of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. Opens at 9 a.m. 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood; www.rfc.museum; 305-573-6090.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse: To celebrate its quince, brand new works from sculptors Mario Merz, Hans Josephsohn and Richard Long will be unveiled, sharing space with recent acquisitions from prominent photographers and painters and the permanent installations. Opening 3 p.m. at 91 NW 27th St., Wynwood; www.margulieswarehouse.com; 305-576-1051.


Pop-up galleries from Bill Powers and Harper’s Books, L.E.S Gallery and Rulton Ryder (owned by artist Richard Prince) open at Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Open noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 7. Marriott.com.

Bass Museum members’ opening of One Way: Peter Marino, 8-11 p.m. at 2100 Collins Ave. (Join at bassmuseum.org; $50.)

Art Basel / Film presents Charles Atlas’s 1986 Ex-Romance and a special 2014 Miami-edit of Wipeout XL by Parker Ito. 10 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.


Art Basel: Openings for Tuesday, Dec. 2


Photo: Tomas Loewy


MiamiPhoto Salon: Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, 4260 SW 74th Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $15. miamiphotosalonfestival.com.


Wynwood Walls: Outdoor street art museum presents “The Art of Collaboration,” a new series of murals executed as a collaboration with two graffiti artists with differing styles. Free. Wynwood Gateway Complex at 166 NW 29th St., Wynwood. 9-11 p.m. Dec. 2; daily 10 a.m. to midnight. thewynwoodwalls.com.

De la Cruz Collection: “Beneath the Surface,” explores the tension between abstraction and figuration. 23 NW 41st St., Design District; www.delacruzcollection.org; 305-576-6112. Free.

MOCA: “Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie,” at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, focuses on the Nigerian painter’s exploration of contemporary subversive expression. With a four-part breakfast conversation about the shift on Dec. 3. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.mymoca.org; 305-891-1472.

Norton Museum of Art: An exhibition of quirky contemporary porcelain sculpture from Czech Klara Kristalova, at 1451 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; www.norton.org; 561-832-5196.


Art Basel: Marine Stadium show evokes memories

Luis Berros (center) in a photo at the Miami Marine Stadium for a street art show

By Jordan Levin |jlevin@MiamiHerald.com

The Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium opened a pop-up street art show Monday night in tribute to the graffiti artists who’ve covered the abandoned, iconic structure with wild murals and turned it into a monument to outlaw creativity. The opening of the show – co-hosted by the Art |History Mural Project and the National Trust for Historic Preservation – was packed with bearded, tattooed street artists and fans, in a former mattress store on the corner of North Miami Avenue and 36th Street in Wynwood. Art on display included some legendary names, including Ron English and Crash.

The irony is that, if the $40 million renovation of the stadium goes through, the changing murals that make it such a strangely beautiful place will be gone. Luis Berros remembered what it was like when he started painting there in the late 90s.

“It was cool, you’d get a breeze from the ocean and you’d just paint,” said Berros, 42. “There’d be like four or five people there, nobody would bother or harass you - it was a good place to practice skills. The skater kids would skate on the roof. But God was on their side – they never fell.”

But Berros won’t be sorry to see his former canvas get cleaned up – though he hopes the renovated stadium will make space for rotating art shows. “I’d like my daughter to experience a concert there,” he said. “And all the graffiti we painted is already gone. But if it falls into disrepair, we’ll go back in and paint it again.”



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