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Haskins Takes Miami produced by Art Concierge and client V&M

Written by judyholm on . Posted in EVENTS

 

Haskins Takes Miami

A private charity event with cocktails & silent auction

The stars aligned on Thursday, December 6th at an exciting event featuring the vintage fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Hosts Adam Smith, CEO of V&M, Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer Co-Founders of  SHFT, and Nevena Borissova, Owner of Curve Boutiques in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Miami Beach welcomed over one hundred international guests.    Ludwig Haskins, son of the late photographer, flew in from London to attend, carrying on the plane four of the most precious works of his father from the 1967 series “November Girl.”

Guests arriving at the Perry Hotel were treated to an amazing experience- a vintage white Rolls Royce photo op and a red carpet greeting.  After their photo op, guests were ushered by lovely, “black&white clad” hostesses to the VIP-only entrance of the boutique.  The ever-elegant Curve boutique was transformed into a sophisticated and sexy backdrop for the vintage black and white fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Matching the theme of 1960’s avant-garde fashion photography of Sam Haskins, a custom “007  Collins” cocktail was provided by Grey Goose. 

Lively music, art, fashion and beautiful décor created a frame for the beautiful space under the stars of South Beach.  Guests mingled and appreciated the art, the fashion and the warm ambiance.  Art and fashion were infused throughout the evening- creating a total look of sophistication and beauty.

The connection between V&M and SHFT was a dynamic aspect of the event.  V&M (Vintage and Modern), the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world, regularly partners with “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

Proceeds of the silent auction at the event provided funding for SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals. 

 

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BACKGROUND

Founded in 2006, V&M (Vintage and Modern) is the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world. Dedicated to offering a high quality and unique shopping experience, V&M gives the trade and savvy public insider access to some of the best shopping on the web.

 

The V&M team, like its clientele, is passionate about design. They provide members the ultimate destination for discovering unique and original pieces as well as inspire and educate with innovative editorial content, including: industry news, interviews with top tastemakers, trend spotting, and exclusive curated columns.

 

One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

 

One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

 

The net proceeds of our silent auction next week will benefit SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.  The nonprofit organization is the first charitable effort of SHFT.com, a multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Their mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and culture. 

 

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Events

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This section is dedicated to previewing and reviewing some of the important cultural events and exhibitions that take place throughout the year.

From the hugely popular South Beach Wine & Food Festival to Miami Swim Fashion Week, this city offers a seemingly constant flow of fantastic events that delight the five senses.

Describing Labor

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Museums and Private Collections

 

Describing Labor

by Judy Holm

 


 

Describing Labor is a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged art exhibition commissioned by The Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach Florida, created by artist Esther Shalev-Gerz.

 

Occupying the entire seventh floor of the museum, the project actually begins in the elevator; with the background voice of museum founder Mitchell Wolfson contributing to the experience of “describing labor.”

 

The exhibition is brilliantly constructed, creating direct and relevant contemporary content that links to the heritage of the museum as well as to the historical place of manual labor around the globe- from the period of 1885 to 1945. 

 

Shalev-Gerz theorizes that this period of time, roughly beginning with the industrial revolution and ending after the Second World War, was the last time that laborers were conveyed and depicted as prominent subjects of art, and with the emotion of “heroism.”

 

At the core of the exhibition are art objects relating to the figure of laborers during that stretch of time.  Approximately forty pieces of art –ranging from paintings and prints to sculptures and photographs (mostly belonging to the private collection of the Wolfsonian), were carefully selected by Shalev-Gerz as the integral layer for the exhibition.  She then recruited twenty-four people from the art industry as participants.  These artists, curators and professors were each asked to choose one of the pieces, based on their personal connection and artistic bias. 

 

Subsequently, the participants were asked to locate a place to photograph their selection within the massive archives of the museum, which stores over 100,000 objects.  The final photograph of each art work renders each piece indelibly connected to its surrounding framework, and to its unique curator- creating a link of the historical art work and depiction of labor with the present.  These twenty-four photographs, shot with depth and detail, in predominantly dark setting, create the next layer of the exhibition.  The individual works are also presented as an ensemble, on one wall within the museum. The contrast between the framed images in a free-form collage displayed a stark white wall and each image ensconced in a powerful photographic dark frame is one of the brilliant aspects of the exhibition.

 

As alluded to in the title of the exhibition, the project contains layers and subtle messages formatting the depiction of the theme.  Each of the twenty four participants is individually interviewed and discusses the theme of labor as well as the reason for the selection of their piece.  The interviews are shot at close range with a black background, and run in a video loop side-by-side with another image scanning in detail their individually selected work of art.  The juxtaposition of the voice and expression of the individual participant with the intentionally discordant view of the art work perhaps reiterates the idea that “describing labor” is not merely a simple answer derived from the presence of its objects.

  

 

 

Each resulting tableau depicts an entire story about the participants’ interpretation of the theme – choosing different aspects and emotions connected to labor.  Social injustice and disparity, subjugation, heroism, monotony, stoicism, solemnity, power and strength are just some of the emotions evoked in the exhibition.  The observer may reflect on how and why the concept and practice of labor have shifted so dramatically over time.  A Shalev-Gerz points out, we are now visually flooded with the faces of politicians, celebrities and athletes, but the visualization of those who create objects has all but disappeared from art and from prominent media.

 

Museum Director, Cathy Leff muses, “Describing Labor insists that the luster of things does not lie hidden beneath the patina of time; rather, the patina itself holds latent meanings awaiting activation.”

 

The relationship between words and images is integral to the exhibition.  In discussing the work with assistant curator Matthew Abbess, he draws attention to the concept of art “speaking to us.”  How and why different people see art in a certain light, and respond viscerally from their own experiences and historical perspective is often what connects us to history, or a physical object or image.

 

Describing Labor shares with the viewers a panoply of ideas, strong visual images, and with intellectual stimulation and exploration of the theme of labor, it challenges the audience to consider the changing role and voice of labor over time, and how people today relate to the past. 

 

The exhibition which debuted during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach on December 3, 2012 will remain open to the public through April 7, 2013.

BASEL!!!!

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Preparing for the Perfect Storm… Which Avatar are You?

 Previewing the Anticipated Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and the Week of Art and Culture

Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2012

 

Preparing for the Perfect Storm… Which Avatar are You?

 

Previewing the Anticipated Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and the Week of Art and Culture

Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2012

 

There are many different ways to enjoy the ever-expanding art week in Miami.  Depending on your appetite for art, preferences for parties and entertainment, as well as the somewhat restrictive budget quotient, you may want to consider these four different “dream week” styles from Art Concierge Miami- before you make your plan!  

“All about Art”

“Parties and People”

“I Want it All”

“Basel on a Budget”

Every participant will enjoy an unforgettable experience during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.  … a high-octane blend of art, performance, design, fashion, music and fun to be balanced with culinary pleasures.  VIPs receive invitations to the most sought-after vernissages and private events throughout the week, and there is so much art to see (and buy!). 

It takes serious planning and organization to execute “the perfect storm.” Even the best plan is likely to go awry, so just remember to have fun, and try to get some sleep!

There are some exciting new fairs this year, and new installations and cultural programs.  Each of the fairs operates independently, and represents a particular style of art, era or theme.  Based on the most current information we could find, there are now twenty-four fairs to explore this year- including six that are new.

In addition to the fairs, most of the local museums, private collections, collaborative projects and galleries plan programs and new exhibitions. 

“Art week” is infinitely more than art.  The showrooms in the Design District, and many fashion houses, get involved with events and a cultural blend of artistically-infused installations and events.  “Pop-ups” prevail all over the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and capture the attention and interest of the attendees.  Bling! This year, there is a new medium “floating installation” with the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair (a girl’s best friend… just saying…) aboard the SeaFair Yacht hosted by diplomats from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Philippines, Australia, and Lebanon.  And the curious, highly-anticipated enormous manmade alligator weaving through Biscayne Bay – perhaps like a gigantic float during a Chinese New-Year Parade.  Music is making a big statement this year as well, with VH1 partnering with Scope.

Don’t forget to check out the amazing public art – opening with short performances on Wednesday, December 5.  Collins Park, directly in front of the Bass Museum, is home to “Art Public” – an installation organized by Art Basel and the Bass, with approximately twenty major works from amazing artists, including Jaume Plensa.  (details: http://miamibeach.artbasel.com/go/id/mmr/). Best of all, it’s free!  

One of the best ways to manage the logistics is to create a plan according to the respective vernissages as well as geography.  It is critical to navigate the area with a good understanding of distance and travel time.  Even the most organized schedule can be difficult to keep due to traffic!

The event circuit is complex and evolving – for those who plan the week around the parties and people-watching (a true form of art!), it is true marathon.

But really…where to go.. what to do and when??? We look forward to sharing the details – and hope to see you swirling around town!

  

 

Dream Week for “I Want it All” people…

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs

 

 

 

 

Dream Week for “I Want it All” people…

 

From endless art to parties, from underground events to the glitzy celebrity-studded affairs.. let’s face it, you want it all!

 

Here are some highlights to share…  hope to see you there!

 

 

MON DEC 3 – UNTITLED and Select

One of the most highly-anticipated new fairs this year, UNTITLED launches the week with a private event. This is “the ticket” to have on December 3. The fair is exceptional in both context and location. It is curated (typically biennials are curated, but not art fairs) by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, which promises to capture the audience in a meaningful ensemble. The fair structure is designed by renowned architect, and former Miami Art Museum Director, Terence Riley. The location represents the best of Miami Beach – it will be the first fair to be housed on the beach, located between 13th and 12th streets. Preview rating: Magical!

Select- new fair, new concept. Intriguing! Wynwood warm-up party.

TUES DEC 4 – Total of 14 Fairs’ Opening events: Highlights include Design Miami, Art Miami and Context

3:00 Overture/3:00 Scope/4:00 Art Asia/6:00 Red Dot Openings:

4:00 pm Design Miami, Collector preview (and/or 6-10 VIP preview)

5:30 pm Art Miami, VIP preview

8:00 pm MOCA Vanity Fair party

9:00 pm Design Miami

 

WED DEC 5- Total of 4 Fairs’ Openings: Presenting Art Basel Miami Beach Vintage 2012!

10:00-noon INK preview breakfast

4:30 pm Art Basel Collector’s Circle preview, (and vernissage 6-9pm)

8:30-11:30 PopUp Piano Event in partnership with New World Symphony benefit for African Orchestra- at The Perry Hotel

9:00pm – midnight: BASS Museum of Art VIP opening reception of The Endless Renaissance party

 

THURS DEC 6- Final 6 Fairs’ Openings plus Design District surprises

Traditionally, this is the “Design District” night. Italian Design showrooms host a number of cocktail events, and there are a few “last minute surprises” with fashion house pop-ups. Rumor has it Chanel is coming to town for the first time…sshhhh.

10:00-1:00 Pulse private brunch

10:00-2:00 NADA Preview

5:30-10:30 PooL Vernissage at Casa Moderna

 

8:00-11:00 Private Collectors’ dinner at Overture

 

7:00-10:00 Miami Project Art Fair – Opening Party with Performance by Hundred Waters (new fair, “A-list” Miami art scene young crowd, Host Committee Chair Michael Margulies)

7:00-11:00 Scope VH-1 Party

OR

06:00 – 11:00 “Party on the Plaza” Miami Art Museum (MAM) – their largest event of the year. Celebrating the opening of New Work Miami 2013 exhibition, showcasing newly-commissioned works. Hosted by MAM Director Thom Collins with special musical performances and cocktails on the Museum’s outdoor plaza.

FRI DEC 7

10:00-11:30 Art Basel-Conversations

Public/Private | Rethinking the Encyclopedic Museum, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Moderator | András Szántó, Author and Consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York

9:00-noon Book launch, Pulses of Abstraction in Latin America, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. By invitation only.

1:00-10:00 International Contemporary Jewelry Fair

8:00 pm -11:00 pm (estimated time) private party at Wolfsonian – FIU, presenting their new exhibitions: Leonard A. Lauder Collection “Postcards of the Wiener Werkstatte” and Esther Shalev-Gerz “Describing Labor”

 

 

Saturday and Sunday are the days to hit all of the fairs and exhibitions that you missed during the week. The events noted below are classic, and true highlights to experience. After all of the events, Art Basel “Conversations” are always a wonderful way to close out the week.

Ready to begin planning for next year?

 

SAT DEC 8

9:00 – noon (estimated time) Sagamore Hotel brunch and performances

7:00 –11:00 Exclusive Miami Art Museum Black Tie Dinner and Gala, Major “A-List” crowd, always sells-out early.

Followed by:

10:00 – 2:00am Crash the Ball, MAM Ball after party

DJ set by Tanlines / Cocktails / Dessert bar by Hedy Goldsmith

Crash the Ball is the MAM Ball’s high-energy after party. Dance to DJ sets by Tanlines and celebrate Miami Art Week on the Museum’s outdoor plaza under the stars.

SUN DEC 9

Frost Museum brunch

10:00-11:30 Art Basel-Conversations

Artistic Practice | The Artist as Musician; Angela Bulloch, Artist, London/Berlin; Rodney Graham, Artist, Vancouver; Ragnar Kjartansson, Artist, Reykjavík; Ari Benjamin Meyers, Artist, New York/Berlin; Jim Shaw, Artist, Los Angeles; Moderator | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

 

 

Stay tuned for the three other styles; “ All About Art”; “Parties and People” and “Basel on a Budget,” to be shared on our website and facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Concierge

We hope you have an amazing “Dream Week” and look forward to comparing notes! Please contact us and let us know.

Thank you!

 

“It’s All about the Art”

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To experience to most art during the week, it is recommended to explore the fairs, museums, galleries, private collections and public art by neighborhood. Pick a neighborhood for each day- and stay there, taking in all of the art you can digest.

The “perfect storm” plan consists of five days, which could be consolidated to fewer days if you have less time. 

There are twenty-four fairs this year, equally divided between Miami Beach, Midtown and Wynwood/Downtown Miami.  In addition to the fairs, art will be prolific in the galleries, collections, design, fashion houses, countless popups and street art- so much to see and experience.

 

Day 1 – hit the beach!

If you only have one day…. do Miami Beach! The entire “raison d’etre” (reason for being) of the week IS Art Basel.  Housed in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention Center, are approximately 260 Galleries from around the globe.  This fair has become the most prestigious in the United States, and is an important barometer of the commercial art market.  Last year, it was estimated that $1 billion of art exchanged hands in Art Basel.  This is serious art-and it is an incredible opportunity to see so much of the leading contemporary art as well as modern art and the masters, all under one roof.

In addition to the top galleries, Art Basel does an amazing job with programs, lectures, tours and collaborations with cross-cultural institutions. 

Don’t miss…. Art Nova – the section for the hottest artists and their new works; Public Art in conjunction with the Bass Museum; film and video with the New World Center.

Next stop –Design Miami. Directly across the street, in a “starchitect” designed tent, is home to the premier fair devoted to Design.  This fair exhibits galleries and collections from around the globe, and showcases beautiful and thought-provoking works of contemporary design.

There are six more fairs on the beach this year- ranging from NADA in the North (in the Deauville Hotel, on Collins at 67th St), to the highly-anticipated new fair UNTITLED. 

NADA is comprised of “new art dealers” and the works are represented by many up and coming galleries – including some of the top emerging talent.

UNTITLED. will be the first fair to be held literally on the beach, located between 12th and 13th Streets, and will include an ocean-facing lounge.  The fair is produced by a savvy and experienced team- with a renowned architect to design the space, and a famous curator creating the content.  It promises to be a highlight of the week.

The rest of the beach day should include visits to the other fairs (listed below north to south) and two important museums, both boasting exciting new exhibitions: 

MUSEUMS:

Bass Museum of Art- 2100 Collins Ave

Wolfsonian- FIU – 1001 Washington Ave

 

FAIRS:

Art Basel Miami Beach- Convention Center Dr. at 18th St

Design Miami – Convention Center Dr. 18th St (west of Convention Center)

NADA – Deauville Hotel, Collins at 67th St

INK – 1850 Collins

Select – 1732 Collins

Verge – 1671 Washington

Aqua – 1530 Collins

UNTITLED – on the beach (east of Ocean Drive between 12th and 13th streets)

 

Day 2 – Midtown Madness

For those not familiar with Miami and its neighborhoods, there are two adjacent areas where a massive amount of urban development and artistic creativity are spawned- Midtown and Wynwood.

Geographically, Midtown is centered from 29th to 36th Streets, and between NE 2nd Avenue and North Miami Avenue.  Predominantly home to retail stores and restaurants, residents enjoy an increasing array of entertainment and shopping.  During “Basel week,” Midtown transforms into a village of art fairs, and a sea of tents.  This year, the anchor fairs of Art Miami, Scope, Art Asia, Red Dot and Art Expo, are joined by some new blood.  In total, there are eight separate fairs taking place in midtown this year, aka “the big tents.” 

The Grande Dame of the Miami art fair world, Art Miami, is adding a sister fair – “Context,” and Arts for a Better World moves over from the beach, with a new fair “Overture.” 

Miami Project is another new fair, created by artMRKT Productions from Brooklyn, a group that directs a number of important contemporary fairs in the country.  This fair promises to be interesting; with collaboration with MOCA, and a host committee of the hot Miami art crowd.

Scope, always a favorite, is adding a new twist with partner VH1.  Stay tuned!

 

Collections and Collaboratives:

Just north of midtown is the De la Cruz Collection (23 NE 41st St).  This beautiful space is one of the most important private collections in Florida, open to the public.

A fantastic exhibition space is Locust Projects, located at 3852 N. Miami Ave.  This is a nonprofit that showcases contemporary art, with a focus on “freedom to experiment with new ideas.”

Another great art collective is Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), 561 NW 32 St, Miami.

 

HIGHLIGHT: BAC EVENTS
Thursday and Friday, December 6 and 7 
9am-12pm
BAC Breakfast
Free and open to the public
For the third year in a row, the Bakehouse Art Complex has been selected as a participant in the Art Basel Wynwood Studio Tours. So staying true to our past, BAC is baking for you! Join us for an elaborate spread prepared by BAC resident artists and check out our current exhibitions before you hit the fairs!

Saturday, December 8, 7-11 pm
Art Miami VIP After Party @ BAC
$10 Admission; Free for BAC Members, Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami VIP card holders/exhibitors
Bakehouse Art Complex hosts The Official 2012 VIP after-party for Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami! BAC Artists’ studios will be open along with two exhibitions on view. Enjoy complimentary beverages and live entertainment. 

 

Day 3 and 4 – From Wynwood to Downtown Miami and beyond

Ahhh… Wynwood.  This formerly ghetto-ish neighborhood is now the pulse of the Miami art scene.  Throughout the year, the “second Saturday” art walks each month attract thousands of locals who visit the  galleries, experience street art and music- and feel the community of culture.

During Art Basel, many of the galleries and private collections produce new exhibitions.  The best way to learn about the Miami art scene is to spend some time in Wynwood.

This neighborhood is roughly adjacent to Midtown, directly southwest.  Continuing south is Downtown Miami.  Though an entirely different neighborhood, they are grouped together for the purpose of viewing the art fairs.  Based on this navigation route, there are eight fairs and numerous galleries and collections to visit.

 

FAIRS (listed north to south)

Wynwood: Fountain, Seven and Just Mad Miami

Miami: PULSE, Art Africa, Pool, International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, Miami River Art

 

Some of these fairs are first editions – each with a unique themes or focus.

Just Mad Miami, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, in the SOHO Studios, Wyndwood, will show a complete selection of the youngest and cutting edge art from Europe and Latin America.

Art Africa, 919 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, in its second year, features artists from the African Diaspora, including artists from Africa, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.  ArtAfrica brings a vital and essential cultural service to the South Florida community, lending the Magic City a true international flair. 

Miami River Art Fair, Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave, Miami

This first edition art fair was conceived as a showcase of world-class artists and galleries in an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall which overlooks the one-of-a-kind outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall which features monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River.

Bling!  Welcome to the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, Intercontinental Hotel Dock adjacent to Bayfront Park, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

The premiere of the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair (ICJF) will feature innovative jewelry designers from around the world presenting unique, expressive contemporary jewelry conceived as works of art for museums and collectors. The Fair will take place aboard SeaFair docked at Miami’s downtown Chopin Plaza  in a beautiful waterfront location.

  

PULSE, in its eighth edition, holds court at the Ice Palace Studios, 1400 Noth Miami Avenue.  One of the major players, the fair traditionally includes some of the most interesting works of art.  A must see!

The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo exhibitions of artist’s work created in the past two years.

 

COLLECTIONS and GALLERIES

Some of the most important galleries and collections include:

 

Collections

Rubell, 95 NW 29th St

Margulies, 591 NW 27th St

CIFO, 1018 North Miami Ave

 

Spotlight: CIFO

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art. CIFO fosters cultural understanding and educational exchange through three primary initiatives: a Grants and Commissions Program for emerging and mid-career visual artists from Latin America; an exhibitions program showcasing international contemporary art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the CIFO Art Space; and foundation-initiated support for other arts and culture projects.

 

Select Galleries:

Nadar, 62 NE 27th St

Dorsch, 151 NW 24th

Charest-Weinberg, 250 NW 23rd St

Castillo, 2234 NW 2 Ave

Diet, 174 NW 23rd St

Snitzer, 2247 NW 1st Place

Zadok, 2534 North Miami Ave

 

MUSEUMS

There are two important art museums to include in the itinerary: Miami Art Museum (MAM) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

 These two museums, along with the Bass Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, are the pillars of the art community of Miami.

They are hosting some of the best exhibitions, lectures and events during the week of Basel, and throughout the year.

 

Day 5 – Design District

The Design District is rapidly evolving, with urban development underway for a major transformation.  In addition to many top design companies and showrooms, this neighborhood is attracting a growing number of luxury fashion houses, restaurants and art galleries.

The best advice is to go there, valet park at any of the neighborhood collective valets (there is no large parking garage), and explore.  During the week of Basel, most of the stores will be creating popup exhibitions and collaborations. 

Favorite gallery – Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40th Street.  Etra Fine Art was founded in 2004 after almost two decades in Soho, NY and showcases a range of beautiful work from various contemporary artists.

SPOTLIGHT LOUBOUTIN

One of the first to call the Design District home is the Christian Louboutin Boutique (155 northeast 40th St).  Christian Louboutin is hosting artist Ye Hongxing’s solo exhibition Dazzling future in its purpose-built gallery space, surrounding the jewel box Miami Design District boutique.
 

Voila!  That sums up a full five-days of art. Be prepared, and get ready to experience a fantastic week full of surprises.

“Basel on a Budget”

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Art Week Options for “Basel on a Budget”

Hi! I’m Kristina, your average 20-something, recent college grad and DEFINITELY living on a budget. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to soak up everything Miami Art Week has to offer, it just limits my possibilities.

Thankfully, Art Week has something for every pocketbook. There are several options for the budget-conscious art lover to enjoy. Of course, most after-parties and special events have a hefty price tag (or are VIP only), but there are some budget friendly events. For those of you who are in that boat, here are some great options to maximize your time and money!

Monday, Dec. 3: Select Fair starts the week off for fair-goers with its Wynwood Warm-Up Party from 8 p.m.-10:30pm. It’s a free event, so why not? You could get a coffee and get to know the area before the party and then go! Don’t get too tired though, you’ve got a long week ahead!

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Seven starts today, and it’s free! Open from 1 p.m. -8 p.m., it’d be a perfect place to start your afternoon.  If you head there early, you could leave with time to make it to some of the openings and previews of the night. It’s perfect too, because they’re close to each other! You could make your rounds in any order, but I would start South at ArtExpo’s Opening Preview. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and only $25 to get in. You could then hop RIGHT NEXT DOOR to Red Dot Fair’s Opening Reception. Of course, it’s from 6-10 also, and also only $25. Then, if you’ve still got time and energy, you could walk three blocks north to The Urban Collective for ArtAfrica’s Opening. It’s also from 6-10 and it’s free! Granted, four hours really doesn’t give you much time to spend at each opening, but you could get a sneak peak of all three. If none of those sound your style, there’s also the Vanity Fair party at MOCA in North Miami. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. and only $35!

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Several fairs start on Wednesday, so it’s all about figuring out how to organize your schedule. I would start geographically (believe me, the less driving, the better!) and then financially. You could start in Miami Beach and head over to INK Miami for its free Preview Breakfast at 10 a.m. You could stay until 5 (when they close) or you could head over to Midtown and visit a few fairs over there. I would suggest starting at Miami Project, where you can buy a one day pass for $20 and visit until 3. You could move to Art Expo and then Red Dot, which are side by side and both $15 for a one day pass, open until 7. Then, if you have time, you could go to Overture, which is also $15 for a one day pass and closes at 7. There is also Seven, which is free and open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., if you have the chance. Or, if you decide to bypass Midtown, you could head to Downtown and visit the Miami River Art Fair, open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for $10 a day. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Art Fair, open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass.  I think you should definitely start the day at INK then choose either Midtown or Downtown. I mean, it’s free breakfast! Then, if you’ve still got any time left, you could end the day in Miami Beach at the Select Fair VIP Preview (if you signed up online), which goes from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6: There are more fairs on Thursday, and of course your schedule today would depend on which fairs you visited Wednesday. You could still start the day at INK in Miami Beach, with the free breakfast at 10 a.m. Then, you could stick to Miami Beach for the day and go to Aqua Art Fair. It’s open 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. and it’s only $10 for a weeklong pass! Go visit Select Art Fair, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8p.m. You could stop by Design Miami, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a $25 one day pass. And if you don’t mind heading a bit north, you could go visit NADA for free! It’s open 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. If you stay in Miami Beach for the day, INK has a VIP Party (that you can register online for) from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Once you’re out of there, you could end the night at the Verge party, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Another option would be to go to the Downtown fairs instead. You could start south at the Miami River Art Fair, open 11 p.m. – 8p.m., $10 for a one day pass. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, which is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. You’d probably have to drive, but then you could head to Pulse, which is open from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. for $20 a day. From there, you could walk to Seven, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and free. Then, you could go to Just MAD MIA, which is open from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. If there’s time and you’ve got it in you, you could definitely go to Art Africa’s Speakeasy ($20) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. If neither of those plans really suits you, you could visit the Midtown fairs. Overture is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. Red Dot and Art Expo are each $15 for a one day pass and both open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Miami Project is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and only $20 for a one day pass.

Friday, Dec. 7: It’s finally Friday! Think again, because you’ve still got a solid two and half days left of fair-going opportunities! Whether it’s your last day or not, there are even more fairs open today. Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and FREE. Select Fair is another free option, and it’s open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could end the day at the Select Fair reception, free and happening from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Like any other day, there’s always a different area to visit. You could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, where there will be a party from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (but the fair is open until 7 p.m.)That is just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’re there from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. you’ll be part of the vernissage.  Then you could head back to Fountain for its free Reception from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.! If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8: The weekend is here! Time to relax OR, it’s time to visit some more art fairs! Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Select Fair, open 11 a.m. -8 p.m. (both are free). Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  If that plan doesn’t float your boat, you could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, which is open from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9: Let’s say you’re still alive on Sunday and still have some money left for gas or a cab. In that case, you should head over to the Frost Museum’s FREE Breakfast in the Park at FIU. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yeah, that may be a little far, but it’s a free breakfast and a great change of scenery and low-key chance to socialize. If you still want to visit more fairs, they are all still open. If not, you could always go for a nap after that, and rest up for Art Africa’s Closing Mixer, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

It’s a long week and there are hundreds of thousands of square feet or art to be seen and heard. If you schedule your time right, you can enjoy the week with (hopefully) minimal problems and ensure that you’re seeing all you want to see. Planning ahead is your safest bet, especially if you’re one a budget. Happy fair-going!

About Art Concierge

Written by judyholm on . Posted in About Art Concierge

Internationally known for its beaches and nightlife, Miami also has a burgeoning and exciting arts and culture scene.  Art Concierge is focused on exploring this important facet of Miami, and sharing ideas on where to go and what to do with those who may not have all of the knowledge or guidance they need.  Whether you are a local resident who is curious about what’s happening in the art scene in Miami, or a visitor who may be interested in viewing and perhaps purchasing some beautiful art work, Art Concierge is a resource for the best art in Miami.

Because the area is very diverse, segmented and compartmentalized between cities and neighborhoods, it can be difficult to navigate.  It is also challenging to grasp the nuances between the various art and culture venues and events.

The majority of the content in Art Concierge is dedicated to visual art, and how to explore the top spots throughout the cities of Miami and Miami Beach.  The categories included are: art in public places; galleries; museums and private collections; art fairs

Additional content is provided for other important aspects of the cultural lifestyle… performing arts; fashion and design; as well as some great restaurants and hotels to enjoy in the area. 

 

Our goals are to provide sophisticated residents and travelers a unique point of view about culture in Miami, as well as to offer private art services and tours.

 

Enjoy!

Judy Holm, Editor

Judy Holm,

Vice-Chair of the Arts and Culture Council, Miami Beach Chamber and Pillar Member

Ms. Holm is the Founder of Aspirations Marketing and Public Relations.  She is a San Francisco native, and has lived in New York, Paris, Venice and the South of France.  Her international boutique firm specializes in art and culture, charity and luxury lifestyle brands.

www.aspirationspr.com

judyh@aspirationspr.com

 

Museums, Collections and Group Collaborations

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The heart and soul of the Miami art scene is perhaps best exemplified in its museums, private collections and collaborative projects.  The locations included in this guide showcase some of the loveliest jewels of the metropolitan area, and are grouped together because, unlike the galleries, their art is not for sale.

The Museums

The art museums featured in this guide are diverse and unique- as is discerned by their architecture and their art.  Each of these preeminent museums offers a different position in terms of their mission statement, collections, and exhibitions.  The ensemble creates a strong and dynamic presence in the art world: Bass Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum (MAM – which will transition to PAM, the Perez Art Museum of Miami in late 2013), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),  The Wolfsonian– Florida International University (FIU).

Other niche museums which grace the Miami landscape are: Frost (FIU), Jewish Museum (FIU), Lowe Museum of Art (University of Miami), and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

                          

Passionate and Philanthropic Patrons

In addition to the access to beautiful museums, Miami residents and visitors are fortunate to have the deep support and passion of some extremely philanthropic art patrons – all who dedicate an incredible amount of time and money to their collections and foundations, which are open to the public.

These four collections and foundations represent not only a generosity of spirit, but an avant-garde and visionary leadership in the contemporary art world.  We are so privileged and appreciate the dedication of these inestimable patron families of the arts: Cisneros Fontenals, De la Cruz; Margulies, and Rubbell.

Visiting the Museums and Private Collections 

Discovering the artistic jewels of Miami is always such a pleasure. A particularly dynamic way to tour them is through the Art Concierge Private Services and Art Tours.  We provide customized private tours and connections to the inner art circles of Miami.  We can orchestrate personalized tours  and guide you through the best of the current exhibitions.

Arts Education and Support

The role of educating our children about the arts is paramount to the future of a better society.    Understanding the history and connection of the arts throughout the world should be an integral part of education.

Funding of the arts in the public school systems has been dramatically cut over the years, thus the importance of cultural  institutions that provide platforms of education grows commensurately.

As the federal, state and local governments provide an increasingly smaller percentage of their respective budgets to support the arts, it is critical for corporations and individuals to contribute as much as possible to the funding of all of our cultural organizations. Much of the funding of programs and exhibitions, as well as general operating costs, is reliant on the generosity and support of the community.

                          

        

Museums

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Museums
Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel +1 305 673 7530

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Miami Art Museum

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

tel +1 305 375 3000

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Museum of Contemporary Art Miami

Joan Lehman Building770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161 
tel +1 305 893 6211

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The Wolfsonian, Florida International University

1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel +1 305 531 1001

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Niche Art Museums

3101 Northeast 1st Avenue,

Miami, FL

(520) 529-1108
   
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Florida International University
10975 S.W. 17th Street
Miami, FL, 33199

tel +1 305 348 2890  

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Jewish Museum of Florida (FIU)

301 Washington Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel +1 305 672 5044

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Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami)

1301 Stanford Drive  Coral Gables, FL 33146
tel +1 305 284 3535

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

tel +1 305 250 9133

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