Now that we’ve caught our breath, we put together a Miami Art Week 2012 Retrospective - a series of photos and galleries that capture some of our favorite events and artworks.
This collection of photographs only captures a small fragment of what went down in Miami the first week of December. But hey, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a short story…enjoy!
First, we payed a visit to our favorite local collector, Gregg Shienbaum. Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art featured works of art in various media with a special emphasis on contemporary prints and multiples including artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, and other contemporary masters.
Ahol Sniffs Glue exhibited along with the contemporary masters at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. Trying to score an Ahol novelty item with his claw machine proved to be more difficult than expected. Nonetheless, Ahol’s ‘Snipers’ exhibit was incredibly well put together and thought-out to the last detail, and of course, nothing short of fun!
MISSION MIAMI / ART4SPACE Last August (2012), Invader launched the mosaic (right) ’Space One’ for PULSE Projects. He designed a special weather balloon equipped with a camera which returned with a series of photographic images showing the mosaic’s perspective distance from space.
I have to say the highlight of my week was visiting the Invader booth at PULSE and grabbing the fifth guide of invasion - Mission Miami / Art4 Space featuring the two waves of invasion of Miami in 2010 and 2012.
What a show! Nothing like an intimate concert with bottomless vodka! Wanna see some more? Click here.
Absolute Lunch Break
Contributed by SPANK
Friday, December 7th Spank started early with the Absolut Lunch Break at the Fontainebleau with Michna (Ghostly International) on the decks, this was definitely the best lunch party around, with a wonderful sun, all the vodka you can handle and Michna providing the soundtrack, made it feel like Summer even though the calendar reads December.
Later in the day, at the newly opened Gramps, they hosted Spin’s NQB8R event. It was billed as an all-day festival with great acts from Miami and abroad. We caught up with Bondax, a British production and DJ duo and local R&B artist, Stephen A. Clark. Over at the Mondrian hotel, MOCA and Younghearts presented Nicolas Jaar preforming an exclusive live set. This show was highly anticipated by many, and he didn’t disappoint, even if the MBPD cut his set short exactly at midnight.
Saturday, December 8th began at Gramps for Spank, once again with an alligator wrestling show. Their all-day event ran late. Over in the Midtown area, Mamey Disco and Rafi V were spinning vinyl at the Sushi Samba pop-up. The Windish Agency showcase at Grand Central was excellent. Even though Zola Jesus and Flying Lotus dropped out in the weeks before, Dan Deacon and the others billed put on an incredible show.
Contributed by Rod Deal
Contributed by Vanessa Haim
For a second year in a row I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Art Miami fair in Midtown. Showcasing works from Picasso to Banksy, Lichtenstein to Botero, Art Miami is Midtown’s biggest and best Art Basel fair this side of the beach. Here’s a look through my Miami eye on a few of the crowd favorites and mine…
These over sized notebooks (left/right) gathered quite a crowd.
The notebook paper works were literally the size of a wall and were very politically driven with comedic undertones.
Rhode’s work reflects more of a street culture. For his canvas he works in public spaces like walls or basketball courts.
Also, Emilio Garcia, returned to Art Miami with his skull brain and frogs. These were really cool!
Tom Wesselmann, is probably one of my favorite artist!
To the left is a piece from his steel drawing edition titled ‘Monica, Sitting With Legs Spread’ and below is another from this series.
Domed work below is by Indian based artist Thukral & Tagra, titled Dominus Aeris-circa (ii).
Another Indian artist, Hadieh Shafie, returned to Art Miami for her second year.
She constructs her work entirely of thin individual strips of paper that are hand painted and rolled to created these trippy circular works.
Her pieces are stunning!
Jean Francois Fourtou, a French artist, focuses on photography as well as sculptures (below). As a duck entusiast I loved these!
Plus, Edward Lipski, made ‘Bird’ out of fiber glass, actual dyed feathers and of course, good ol’ glue.
Lynn Aldrich‘s Renew Your Reef (right) is made of brushes, sponges, scubbers, scourring pads, mop heads, plunger, gloves & wood. In her words she uses “usually those common to a suburban-based, consumer society” products in her work.
In the gallery below, you’ll find Federico Uribe, a native to my country Colombia, he was born in Bogota and based in Miami. His work was all over Art Miami (also see the giant pink pencil sculptor below).
This was a really cool booth where opposed to the white walls of most, he created a forest scene entirely made of bullet shell animals. From the small scorpion you see here to a giant tiger, bear and dear!
Dicochea was raised on the Mexican– United States border in southern Arizona, which is obvious in his artwork (below).
Last but not least we have works by Patricia Piccinini, an Australian artist and hyperrealist sculptor, an unknown artist of a girl in a yellow retro 50s dress with a chainsaw (which pretty much describes how I feel everyday) and Rod Deal, who was all over the place during Art Week with artworks exhibited at The Armory Studios, Miami Independent Thinkers Fair, and The Vagabond as the ‘Artist of the Month.’
- That’s All Folks -
We will now resume our regular art, music & film features…visit us again soon!