MIAMI///ART BASEL///”KILL YOUR IDOLS” OPENING NITE RECAP

December 6, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News

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Punk attitude in a new wave wrapper...

Miami's punk contingent turned out in droves on Thursday nite for the KILL YOUR IDOLS/PUNK IS EVERYTHING installation opening party in Miami’s design district, sponsored by CONVERSE, “with love.” A poignant tribute to the lasting vitality of underground punk culture, the exhibition is curated by author, artist, and punk historian BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE, whose books “Fucked Up and Photocopied” and the newly-published “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” are virtual textbooks of punk art over the years. Classic imagery from Turcotte’s books forms the foundation of the exhibition’s visuals and is augmented by a show of original photographs by lenswoman EILEEN POLK who captured early visions of everyone from the Dead Boys and The Clash, to The Misfits and The Ramones, in her 30+ year career. MATT & KIM and NODZZZ provided the night’s rowdy musical performances and whipped the crowd into a frenzy before giving away 100 pairs of Matt & Kim’s signature Converse 1HUND(RED) art shoes to the sweaty mob that included Supertouch buddies Takashi Murakami, MC Spank Rock, Jose Parla, Kelsey Brooks, and Phil Frost, to name a few. Open nightly with live music until Basel’s close, the schedule of bands is as follows: Friday, December 5: Performances by Reigning Sound, Brutal Knights, Hex Dispensers; Saturday, December 6: Performances by Annihilation Time, Caustic Christ, Sex/Vid; Sunday, December 7: Performances by Times New Viking, and Pink Reason. Don’t sleep. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK:

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Cory Lashever, Darren Romanelli, and Takashi Murakami make stagediving plans...

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Vintage Dead Boys by Eileen Polk...

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The frenzied crowd...

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Vintage Sid & Courtney Nancy by Eileen Polk...

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The joy of free kix...

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Vintage Johnny Ramone by Eileen Polk...

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Bryan Turcotte gives Phil Frost a guided tour of the installation...

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Vintage Misfits by Eileen Polk...

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Non-punks...

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Vintage Clash by Eileen Polk...

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Mall Punx...

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Vintage Ramones by Eileen Polk...

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Product toss madness...

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