11/27/2016

Faena Bazaar, a high-concept retail/exhibition space in Faena Arts District, launches with VIP party

The programming for Faena Arts District kicked off early with a VIP party to launch Faena Bazaar, one of the many new features of Argentine developer Alan Faena's (pictured below, left) multidisciplinary Faena Arts District, which includes the new Faena Forum cultural events space.  

Faena Bazaar offers a curated collection of high-concept, experiential brands plus installations, designers and a concept shop.


Photos by Tomas Loewy

More images of Faena Bazaar opening night here. www.tomasloewy.com/ab16-Faena-Bazaar

12/02/2015

11/30/2015

Edge Art Fair, a Burning Man inspired exhibit, debuts during Art Basel Week 2015

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Are you ready for a taste of Burning Man during Art Basel week in Miami? The Edge Art Fair, in its first year, boasts of an impressive collection of art showcased or inspired from Burning Man, the annual gathering that takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada and combines art and community. The art on display at Edge will be interactive, centered around technology and steel.

“We are the art fair for the millennial crowd steeped in technology and hungry for immersive experiences that they can be involved with,” said Bram Portnoy, one of the co-founders of the fair.

Located in an air conditioned warehouse at 1584 NW 29th St., Miami just on the edge of Wynwood, Edge Art Fair is open to the public from 2 p.m. to midnight, Wed., Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 6.

Although this is the fair’s first year, the artists have spent over 100 years combined at the Burning Man and they are bringing that look and feel to Art Basel week.

Yarrow Mazzetti (co-founder of the fair) is the most prolific mutant vehicle builder in the world having transformed 26 cars into mutant vehicles. The ladybuggies (a type of mutant vehicle but consider it mobile street art) will be at the fair.

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Yarrow will also be unveiling two new pieces for the first time. The first are his series of Jellyfish which are three 10-foot tall fiberglass shell jellyfish embedded with LEDs and fiber-optics that change color to the accompanying music. He is also unveiling his "Nails" piece which are 8 foot long nails which will eventually form a major part of his street art.

JROC will be unveiling his 9-foot tall stainless steel dragon head; Kenny Ferron will be installing two LED music sensitive palm trees.

Samantha Scott  will be “live” painting models in blacklight paint. As she dresses all in black all you will see from afar is a paintbrush glowing in blacklight paint and painting a model. Her photographs of models she has painted are for sale.

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Richie Driscoll will be coming from Los Angeles to install his Chain Man piece. Chain Man lives in an interactive chain land which the artist will build.

Tomas Loewy and Peter Ruprecht are two of the most successful photographers who have consistently shot Burning Man The entire walls of the warehouse will be covered in black material with spot lights illuminating Tomas and Peter's photographs.

Jeff Silver will be unveiling his light sandbox, an interactive sandbox built five feet off the ground. When you move your hand through the sand the lines you created illuminate by the LED lights which have been placed underneath.

By Fred Gonzalez | editor@miami.com

12/06/2014

The must-see exhibits this weekend during Miami Art Week and Art Basel

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With so much art around South Florida this week, seeing it all would be impossible even for the most fervent art lover. The veteran Miami Art Week team of Siobhan Morrissey, Jordan Levin, Ricardo Mor, Ina Cordle, Anne Tschida and Jane Wooldridge suggest you start with these. Good news: A few of our favorites last beyond the week.

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Mana Miami: Mana Contemporary, the giant hybrid artist space and community in New Jersey, has opened its Miami space with a literally Monumental show of giant-sized artworks in the colossal former warehouse they own in the heart of Wynwood. Heavy on ’80s generation artists such as Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and David Salle, Mana Monumental also includes Mana executive director Eugene Lemay’s Nights in Beirut, with a small army of miniature soldiers in yellow sand evoking his experience in the Israeli army during the 1982 war with Lebanon. Even the giant paintings and sculptures on view looked small in the sweeping space, which is exhilarating in itself.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday. 318 NW 23rd St., Wynwood. Tickets: $20 adults; $15 seniors and students; free under 10.

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Shen Wei performance: Shen Wei’s paintings in Black, White & Grey seem full of movement, an effect that is magnified in the hypnotic dance he has created for his troupe Shen Wei Dance Arts. The 12 dancers swirl slowly through the Freedom Tower exhibit like a gracefully morphing organism, their movements echoing the paintings to draw their energy right off the wall. This weekend is the last and only chance to see dance and paintings together.
1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday; MDC Museum of Art + Design, The Freedom Tower at MDC, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; limited admission on a stand-by/first come basis. Free.


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Galerie Gmurzynska, Art Basel Miami Beach: To celebrate its 50th year in business, this highly regarded Zurich-based gallery created “A Kid Could Do That,” echoing an oft-heard comment at art events, to help fairgoers appreciate the breakthroughs in modern art that now look so familiar but in their respective times presented radical departures. The booth brings together 20th century masterworks by Joan Miro, Kazimir Malevich, Wifredo Lam, Cy Twombly, Francis Bacon and others in a “school room.” A specially made film by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin incorporates an original video of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in which a Miro painting is used in the set.
Booth B2, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. One-day ticket $45 adults, $30 students and seniors.


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Damien Hirst’s Love Remembered: Difficult to photograph, but spectacular to see, Damien Hirst’s massive mirrored medical “cabinet” of painstakingly placed pills adds another verse to the artist’s running commentary on the dark side of life’s meaning — or lack thereof. White Cube, booth L9, at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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▪ Strandbeest: In their initial U.S. showing, Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s dinosaur-sized mechanical sculptures are drawing crowds on the sand behind Miami Beach’s W Hotel. The ungainly exoskeletal sculptures of PCV pipe and twist ties reveal a hidden grace as the wind propels them in a determined march along sugar sand. Demonstrations are offered twice daily, courtesy of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet and the Peabody Essex Museum.
 On the beach off Collins Avenue at 21st and 22nd streets, daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free.

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Art Public: In its fourth year, Public has become one of the highlights of Art Basel, as well it should. These outdoor and often interactive sculptures are free and open to the public, with artworks from some of the best sculptors the world over placed around the revamped Collins Park between the ocean and the Bass Museum. This year’s highlights include a playful giant yellow lamplight from Barthélémy Togo, a reflective glass walk-about installation from Jeppe Hein and a bronze from Georg Baselitz. Twenty-six artists in all make this a great place to hang and feel comfortable with art — both day and night, when the sun goes down and the lights come up, it’s maybe more magical.
Through March at Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free.

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“One Way: Peter Marino”: With the help of curator Jerome Sans, style-setting architect and artist Peter Marino — perhaps best know for his edgy luxury retail concepts for brands including Chanel and Louis Vuitton — has brought together works from his personal art collection (including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Richard Serra), commissioned specifically for the show from artists including Gregor Hildebrandt and Farhad Moshiri, and his own creations. The result is a truly unique confluence of art, pop culture and fashion, including sometimes arresting images of the leather-clad Marino and a recreation of Christophe Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice. Don’t miss the chance to check out Renaissance bronzes next to Robert Mapplethorpe photos in a room clad with black eel. Parental discretion advised.
Through March 29 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, $8 adults, $6 seniors and students with I.D.; free under 6.

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Art Basel: Openings for Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7

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OPENING SATURDAY, DEC. 6

EXHIBITION

Art at Fairchild: Art at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden features a new selection of works by glass artist Dale Chihuly. Design at Fairchild returns with an exhibition by Satyendra Pakhale. 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; www.fairchildgarden.org; 305-667-1651. Adults $25, seniors $18, ages 6-17, $12.

ONE-DAY EVENTS

SATURDAY, DEC. 6

MDC Museum of Art + Design presents “Shen Wei — in Black, White and Gray” exhibition and performance. Free. 1 p.m. at 600 Biscayne Blvd., downtown. 305-237-7710, mdcmoag.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 7

Frost Art Museum at FIU presents breakfast and an information lecture by Daniel Arsham in the Sculpture Park. 9:30 a.m.-noon, free. At 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, 305-348-2890; thefrost.fiu.edu.

MDC Museum of Art + Design presents “Shen Wei — in Black, White and Gray,” exhibition and performance. Free. 1 p.m. at 600 Biscayne Blvd., downtown. 305-237-7710, mdcmoag.org.

12/05/2014

Mr. Brainwash leaves his mark on Miami Art Week with a Burger King-inspired mural in Wynwood

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By Fred Gonzalez | fgonzalez@mami.com

On an overcast Tuesday during Miami Art Week, pop street artists Mr. Brainwash was drawing a crowd in Wynwood. A crowd of students from the Miami Ad School filming his every move. A crowd of passers by wondering what he was up to. A crowd of Miami-based celebs and reality TV stars, all coming to say hello and snap a photo.

Mr. Brainwash, aka Thierry Guetta, was getting ready to begin pasting his latest mural - this one commissioned by Burger King - on the outside walls of GAB studios in Wynwood, across from Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and Jugo Fresh. But the weather wasn’t letting him start on time, a short, tropical rain shower passing through. So Brainwash did what he always does - he got spontaneous.

So he started painting people’s crisp, white shirts. First an older man in his collared, buttoned-down shirt. Then a young man sporting a white t-shirt and black jeans, and a big fan of the artist, stood up against the wall and Brainwash splattered his shirt with red, then blue, and then green paint. The young man’s smile looked permanent as he showed of his “Brainwash Original”.



“I never met him but he was so sweet, his face, and since we were waiting for the rain let’s do something for fun,” Brainwash said. “I have never done something like that before, but it was like having a show.

“I like creativity in all forms, and I like to be creative for people. When someone comes by with a camera, I want to be creative for them to please them,” Brainwash continued. “And my goal in life is to please people as much as possible. I do my work that I do with one message - that love is the answer, and life is beautiful.”

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12/04/2014

Art Basel: Openings for Thursday, Dec. 4

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FAIRS

Art Basel Miami Beach: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 4, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. One-day ticket $45 adults, $30 students and seniors; run of show $100; combination ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami: $55. artbasel.com.

Aqua Art Fair: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $15; $75 multi-day fair pass to Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami. aquaartmiami.com.

Art Spot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave. (inside Spectrum art fair), Midtown. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7; Tickets: included with admission to Spectrum. aldocastilloprojects.com

Fridge Art Fair: Third Street Garage Artspace, 300 SW 12th Ave., Miami. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: free. fridgeartfair.com.

FusionMIA: Northwest Second Avenue at 22nd Street, Miami. Free. Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 4-7; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. //fusionmia.com/

Miami StreetPhotography Fair: Kike San Martin Studios, 2045 NW First Ave., Miami. Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 10-11 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. www.miamistreetphotographyfestival.org

NADA Art Fair: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. newartdealers.org

Pulse Miami: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Hours 1-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $20. pulse-art.com

ONE-DAY EVENTS

Rubell Family Collection presents annual breakfast installation. From 9 a.m. at 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood; www.rfc.museum; 305-573-6090.

Art Basel Art Public opens in Collins Park, in front of the Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave. 3-11 p.m. Free. Artbasel.com.

Locust Projects, presents a reception featuring Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future, and Simón Vega: Sub-Tropical Social Sculptures, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Marcy Building, 3852 N. Miami Ave. locustprojects.org.

YoungArts and Marina Abramović Institute presents The Slow Motion Walk participatory performance, noon to 6 p.m. at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. Free. youngarts.org.

YoungArts presents a performance of FKA Twigs X Clams Casino, at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. 7 p.m. Tickets from $25. youngarts.org.

Art Basel / Film presents “Radio Ga Ga,” exploring concepts of “radio” and “waves.” 8 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.

Perez Art Museum Miami presents Future Brown featuring Kelela. 8 p.m. at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Open to sustaining-level members ($175, join at pamm.org.)

Art Basel / Film presents The Digital Revolutionaries. 10 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.

12/03/2014

Gospel and Falafel at Zak the Baker during Art Basel

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Throughout Miami Art Week, Wynwood's most popular baker - Zak the Baker - will be combining a pair of his passions each night until midnight at his shop at 405 NW 26th St., Miami - Gospel Music and Falafel. Each night a different gospel band will take center stage in the dining room, and Zak will be behind the counter, signing, dancing, and serving falafel. "I've always loved gospel music," Zak told us. "It was just something I wanted to do for the community." Here's a look at the first night of the show, with photos by Tomas Loewy.

- Fred Gonzalez

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Art Basel 2014 Tuesday 344 Bakery Falafel Gospel

Art Basel 2014 Tuesday 343 Bakery Falafel Gospel

Art Basel 2014 Tuesday 341 Bakery Falafel Gospel

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