MIAMI///THE RECAP: ART BASEL’S AMAZING “IT AIN’T FAIR”

December 9, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Nasty Neck Face & A-Ron lead the style council...

At this point, navigating ART BASEL’s myriad satellite fairs spread far and wide across the city is a lot like running a triathlon, but one new fiercely independent mini-fair was so good that you rarely needed to leave. The IT AIN’T FAIR at AL MORAN’s upstart O.H.W.O.W. (Our House West of Wynwood) GALLERY turned out to be the hipster megawatt energy center of this year’s convention, featuring an incredible array of downtown art and daily late-nite musical performances by art rockers like A.R.E. WEAPONS, THE GOSSIP, and JD SAMSON that kept the beautiful people glued to the spot. Organized by downtown denizen AARON "A-RON" BONDAROFF, 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 brought together celebrated curators Tim Barber, Kathy Grayson, Andreas Melas, Dan Nadel, Pablo de la Barra, Nicola Vassell, and Terence Koh who each imported their various teams of artists in a huge multimedia exhibition that featured painting, sculpture, video and performances from artists all over the world with a focus on downtown Manhattan. The artstar-studded roster included Erik Foss, 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. The best thing about the It Ain’t Fair? The fact that it actually captured the spirit of an art scene from the inside out, making it one of the most utterly relevant spots on the map in Vice City. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///”KILL YOUR IDOLS” BRINGS PUNK TO ART BASEL

December 9, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Dr Romanelli, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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The Brutal Knights earn their moniker...

Miami’s punk contingent went sleepless last week while the KILL YOUR IDOLS/PUNK IS EVERYTHING installation, sponsored by CONVERSE, “with love,” shook ART BASEL. A poignant tribute to the lasting vitality of underground punk culture, the exhibition was 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 punk flyer imagery from Turcotte’s books formed the foundation of the exhibition’s visuals (and the exhibition’s tear-away wallpaper) and was 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. Nightly entertainment in the form of live music by punk upstarts like THE BRUTAL KNIGHTS, MATT & KIM, NODZZZ, CAUSTIC CHRIST, SEX/VID, and HEX DISPENSERS, to name a few kept the crowd sweaty till morning, while old school Chuck Taylor product tosses kept everyone’s feet on the ground. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///JULIAN HOEBER’S ART BASEL SCULPTURE ASSASSINATION

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Julien Hoeber renders his verdict on the state of the art world...

Sculpture of all kinds, big & small, took center stage at this year's ART BASEL with amazing offerings seemingly around every corner. The work of young LA artist JULIAN HOEBER, however, kept us coming back for more. His recent "bullet hole" series of bronze busts has us mesmerized, along with Japanese Pop Art master TAKASHI MURAKAMI who recently ponied up $15K for Hoeber's bullet ridden self-portrait bust. Expect big things from Julian on the horizon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///NIKE SPORTSWEAR DOES SOME “ART DAMAGE” AT BASEL WITH THE SADS, NO AGE, AND PANDA BEAR

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Art Freaks, Miami, News, Nike, Openings  |  Comments Off

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"Art damage" might just be an understatement...

NIKE SPORTSWEAR took the hipsters to town at this year's ART BASEL in Miami on Friday nite when their AARON ROSE-curated "Art Damage" party broke open in conjunction with the NADA art fair. Featuring visual displays drawn from the label's "Being True" photography campaign, video portraits of NSW athletes by acclaimed artist ROBERT WILSON, and elements of their recent alliance with the "Beautiful Losers" documentary film, the party shifted into overdrive when the evening's real entertainment kicked in courtesy of musical guests THE SADS, NO AGE, and PANDA BEAR. Needless to say, heads were rocked, sweat was poured, and art was damaged by all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///MARK RYDEN AND ERIC WHITE AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Eric White, Mark Ryden, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Art Basel saw Ryden and White at the top of their game...

Having seen an astounding array of high quality offerings at this year's ART BASEL, we still can't help but marvel at the insane quality of the new work put forth by Supertouch's own resident modern old masters MARK RYDEN and ERIC WHITE. Debuting the centerpiece of his forthcoming Tokyo solo show opening in February, Ryden showed off the 7' wide oil painting "Sophia's Bubbles," announcing a new, more simple style and palette in the process. Meanwhile, master of figurative detail Eric White continued his "Psychology of Interiors" series of oil paintings to great success with five amazing new dreamscapes. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///ART BASEL 2008: ONE LAST LOOK

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Feature, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

artbasel2nd1.jpg After days of tepid sales, guarded optimism, thinly veiled terror, and defiantly happening parties, ART BASEL 2008 was still a good year for, well, art. Spread over dozens of fairs were epic pieces by Barry McGee, Tomoo Gokita, Friends With You, Chiho Aoshima, Richard Prince, Mark Ryden, Barbara Kruger, Hyungkoo Lee, Josh Keyes, Robert Williams, Colin Christian, Todd James, Ron English, KAWS, Dearraindrop, Tony Oursler, Raymond Pettibon, , Eric White, Usugrow, Chris Mars, Fafi, Dash Snow, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Campbell, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, The Clayton Brothers, Takashi Murakami, and Kehinde Wiley, to name but a scant few, and celebrity buyers like Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Sofia Coppola, Jay-Z, and Dennis Hopper were still out shopping—though not necessarily buying—in full effect. Even Paris Hilton made her usual appearance. All in all, it was a good year to look at art, just not necessarily a great one to buy a lot of it. Following is a flashback of some of the cool stuff.

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MIAMI///TAKASHI MURAKAMI AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, Murakami, News  |  Comments Off

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Murakami with star dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, and a slick new (small) silver canvas...

Japan's otaku culture Warhol, aka: TAKASHI MURAKAMI, was quite the social butterfly at this year's ART BASEL, and was spotted mingling among the throngs of viewers at most of the fairs, including his own GEISAI vernissage. Scaling back dramatically (read: accordingly) at this year's convention, there were no massive shows of force in the way of towering silver sculptures or epic psychedelic canvases. Instead, the master kept things small, and soft, as evidenced by his plush flower ball installation (and cosplay romp) at his own KAI KAI KIKI installation. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///STREET LIFE///SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT GO BIG AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Graffiti, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Guns on the streets in Miami...

Artistic comrades-in-arms and emissaries of Franco-American relations SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT were literally some of the busiest artists on the streets in Miami last week at ART BASEL. While both were represented by galleries at several fairs, the pair also managed to get extremely busy in the streets, posting up large-scale pieces throughout the Wynwood district with Shepard's installations featuring political imagery from his recent Shooting Gallery SF show, while Frenchman WK illustrated a monochromatic futuristic-cops-and robbers scenario gone wrong. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///POLITIKS///OBAMA DOES ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News, Obama  |  Comments Off

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Capturing Yan Pei-Ming's Obama for posterity & Shepard Fairey's fine art tribute to the king...

Throughout the seemingly endless sea of imagery, from good to bad, high to low, one of the most consistent themes of this year's ART BASEL was none other than President #44-to-be, BARACK OBAMA, by a slew of artists no doubt hoping to cash in on some of the last vestiges of hope most Americans have left to cling to. Here's a brief recap of some of the visual homages. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///MARILYN MANSON OPENS GATES OF HELL AT ART BASEL SOLO SHOW

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Manson debuts new girlfriend, conjures tri-faced Christ in Miami...

Casting a distinct pall over the already overcast Miami area on Thursday nite was the opening party of rocker/painter MARILYN MANSON's “Trismegistus,” (named for the legendary Greek alchemist) his first ART BASEL solo show, presented by Germany's GALERIE BRIGITTE SCHENK. Housed at the 101 EXHIBIT space in the design district, the show featured over 20 watercolor works by the painter spanning the past eight years of his ever-tumultuous life. Of course, the subject matter of the paintings did not disappoint, reflecting the artist's deeply dark sense of humor, and included a transvestite Charlie Chaplin, Jon Benet Ramsey as Sleeping Beauty, portraits of the Black Dahlia, a bleeding, triple-faced Christ, and a self-portrait as an old, bald absinthe drinker. Painting titles were equally imaginative and included poetic bits like “Green Whore of Love,” “I’ve got my arm around no one,” and “The man who eats his fingers.” The show remains on display through February 2009, giving Tampa's massive Goth population ample time to organize a massive field trip/Greyhound bus convoy to the show. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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