MIAMI///ART BASEL KICKS OFF EARLY AT O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY’S “IT AIN’T FAIR”

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings

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Miami girls dress right for art openings, while A.R.E. Weapons assault the crowd...

Last nite marked the kickoff of AL MORAN's upstart O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY's perfectly-named "It Ain't Fair" art fair at this year's seventh installment of the annual ART BASEL MIAMI convention with a full-on hipster throwdown and musical performances by art rockers A.R.E. WEAPONS and JD SAMSON. Organized by downtown denizen AARON BONDAROFF, aka: "A-Ron The Downtown Don," in association with Deitch Projects, Peres Projects, Nueva Galeria De La Barra, A.S.S. Gallery, A.M.P., Picturebox and TV Books, the anti-fair brings together celebrated curators Tim Barber, Kathy Grayson, Andreas Melas, Dan Nadel, Pablo de la Barra, Nicola Vassell and Terence Koh who have each activated their various teams of artists in a huge multimedia exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, video and performanceS from artists all over the world with a focus on downtown Manhattan. Featuring daily mini-openings from Tuesday, December 2nd—Sunday, December 7th, including an outdoor film series and a nightclub in the adjoining space, the gallery will be the nightly jump-off and landing point throughout the fair. Featured "It Ain't..." artists include Tauba Auerbach, Stefan Bondell, Julia Burlingham, Scott Campbell, Kenneth Cappello, Comeau, Dearraindrop, Mark Delong, Chris Dorland, Jim Drain, Phil Frost, Patrick Griffin, Evan Gruzis, Brandon Herman, Gordon Hull, Todd James, Ben Jones, Kim Krans, Lachance, Adriana Lara, Jason Matthew Lee, Allan Macintyre, Eddie Martinez, Slava Mogutin, Noble, Jason Nocito, Rallou Panagiotou, Ara Peterson, Kembra Pfahler, Brad Phillips, Esther Planas, Michael Schmelling, Aurel Schmidt, Robin Schwartz, Ben Schumacher, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, Francine Spiegel, Kon Trubkovich, Solange Umutoni, and Jaimie Warren, to name a few. Stay tuned to Supertouch for a daily recap of the debauched art activities. Meanwhile, READ ON:

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O.H.W.O.W. impresario Al Moran with superstar NYC curator Manon Slome..

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The incredible O.H.W.O.W. bookstore featuring one-of-a-kind shelving designed by Rafael de Cardenas, and an Aurel Schmidt original on the right...

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Miami legend Jose Parla with Al Moran and wife Carla + friend in front of an epic Phil Frost original...

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MIA Art freaks in full effect in front of Ara Peterson's color explosion...

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Deitch director Kathy Grayson is feeling the art...

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AMP's Andreas Melas (left) and Ben Jones chat up the ladies...

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Miami booty goes great with art...

Art rockers A.R.E. Weapons and JD Sampson take out the crowd with some downtown sound:
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