Art Basel 2014 Miami Beach.
The enthusiasm for the mundane, whimsical and comic novelty market shares no boundaries with local press writers in Miami. It is amazing that an ensemble of the world’s leading art market manages to completely allude contemporary global dynamics. One would have thought the world’s problems, humanity’s guilt and the endless news of suffering would be able to register a few notes of sympathy among the aesthetic elite but yet again Art Basel 2014 defies belief…
in reality. This years Miami market has been well fielded by new residents from Latin America, Russia and Asia, the police and Federal authorities are booking hundreds of prime real estate units confiscated for financial washing. How has Basel survived Miami so long ? because it’s avant garde art and trend in style.
Le Jeune and Biltmore Way Coral Gables October, 26, 27.
The Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival had it’s 4th annual weekend street festival in front of Coral Gables City Hall .
Saturday morning Mayor Jim Cason welcomed everyone from the stage to get the Festival started then made his way up the Festival tents past a host of vibrant and expressive artists and vendors to the West end entrance, where he signed the Gracias Por La Historia canvases at the New World Mural 1513 Foundation’s tent. Mayor Cason then posed with a Conquistador helmet in front of a new mural made in partnership with Dade Heritage Trust for the Viva 500 Florida theme, by two of the original Freedom Tower, muralists from 1988.
The Gracias Por La Historia canvases filled with signatures by the end of the second day of the Festival, whole families donned helmets and feathers to be photographed together in front of the Map mural being raffled. The signed canvases are destined for the State and Spanish archive collections for this historic milestone in our State’s Viva 500 history and heritage. Families put the dates of their arrival in this area, they ranged from 1866 to less than 6 months ago.
The Freedom Tower Muralists were on hand to sign posters, they were also celebrating 25 years since their New World mural was created for the News Tower/ Freedom Tower in 1988, which commemorates Juan Ponce De Leon’s naming and exploration of Biscayne Bay and Tequesta Miami for two weeks in 1513 and reminding everyone that Tequesta Miami is the first Native American settlement discovered and recorded in the ships logs of Juan Ponce De Leon’s first expedition to the waters North of Cuba.
Major Jim Cason is quick to point out that sixty percent of Coral Gables residents and businesses are Hispanic in culture or influence and having the Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival is an obvious win for all. By the time he had made his way back down the other side of the vendor’s avenue the Stage area was well warmed up and sounding out Latin beats that would vary through the weekend from folk and gypsy to Latin funk and salsa beats.
The small Merrick Park in front of Coral Gables City Hall had shade and favorite foods found from all over Miami Dade County with kids activities and cool places to sit and enjoy the stage performers.
This was a new venue for the Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival, previously at the Ponce De Leon and Biltmore intersect and park area. Their partnership with Waste Management Inc, had positioned clean trash boxes everywhere with soda and water stands never far from any point at the Festival. The Festival ran till late Saturday night attracting the usual Coral Gables Miracle Mile crowd to come across Le Jeune Ave to eat and dance, Sunday evening the Festival ended earlier.
The Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation really organised a very fun and secure Festival again.
Young graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach dies in police custody. Miami Florida.
Police in Miami Florida were called to the scene of an abandoned property, where 18 year old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach was trespassing. When Israel did not comply with the cops orders, he was tazered by one of the officers. Hernandez posed no threat to the officers or other individuals and thus should not have warranted the use of this “non-lethal weapon”. Soon after Hernandez died of cardiac arrest that was caused by the 50,000 volts entering his body. Many questions arise from such a scenario but the primary one would be concerning the probable legality of tazers. It seems that because they are not considered lethal weapons; people (or law enforcement) may use stun guns more freely when they,as officers, are not even in any danger. “Lurch attempted to run past the single officer to escape arrest.”
The second problem lies in the gray area where graffiti belongs in the art world. The huge variance in styles and talent create quite the spectrum of different people who call themselves graffiti artists. Taggers and low skill graffiti artists are the usual suspects who we see simply tagging their nick name or some phrase on the wall. It is done to mark their ‘territory’ like a dog’s marking of a lamp post and almost all the time this is the vandalism that we see on our local businesses or homes. These practices alienate the other graffiti artists or street artists that we see, the ones who invest time and effort into developing an idea then laying it out on a wall or interesting location. Often innovative spray painting styles or stenciling is used alongside an image that has a purpose or message to convey. Some graffiti art is used to commemorate a fallen friend or convey an irony in society. Hernandez seemed to primarily belong to the more developed graffiti artist category, his pieces of work resemble large bright murals with moderate detail. These works could be used for advertisements or as a form of decoration for local businesses if concluded properly but since graffiti artists are usually all categorized by society in the same group, this obviously leads to prejudice, further alienating decent graffiti artists like Hernandez who use abandoned buildings as their canvases consequently being labeled as criminal artists . No one forced Hernandez to break the law by defacing private property, it was his own will.
My points are that the expectations that culture creates for people seem to shape their fate more than people think. Maybe if graffiti art had an understood place in society as advertising or just art most of them would not have to resort to being classified as mere taggers. That the use of a known deadly weapon by law enforcement to secure an arrest for a minimal nuisance violation is an excessively lazy and inhumane policy for the edit… “professional law enforcement”, written on all of the patrol cars of Miami Dade County.
Miami Beach’s Art Deco weekend events and programming is coordinated through the Miami Design Preservation League.
founded by Barbara Capitman and her colleagues in the mid 70’s. This group rose in defiance to the destruction of Schultz and Weaver towers, famous hotels as many recognized architect’s works were being raised to the ground for parking lots and supermarkets. Great art begins with great architecture and Miami Beach was losing iconic examples by the year. The Miami Design Preservation League’s activities include the Neo Classical and Mid modern as well as the ArtDeco that Miami Beach is again more famous for.
The Welcome Center sits on the sand side of Ocean Drive and hosted the 30’s through 50,s “
Art Deco Fashion Show, Bettie Page Clothing and Traci Lynn Jewelry Iris Chase, resident artist hosting the walkway. The models walked out from the Welcome Center out onto a raised walkway extending over the Center’s steps onto the side walk and crowds between the arts and crafts stalls gathered to watch young ladies twirl in the dresses their mothers and grandmothers wore, some dresses were so stylish they immediately started conversations of favorite films and actresses in the crowd. The models went through three changes, giving opportunity to see again each period hairstyle Iris and her team had obviously enjoyed creating, they completed the dress designs perfectly.
Sometimes being delayed to write an article gives time for the spam art to sediment and the clear solutions created crystallize. Art shows are full of it but some less than others.
Miami’s Art Basel Miami Beach week has an entourage of side shows that proving to be an ideal part of Gallery circuits, giving local national and regional artists a wider reach. The ‘dot’ Art Miami, grouped with the other mid town/design district fairs and shows attracted some great talent in December 2012 , collectively equaling the Art Basel Miami Beach in attendance and artistic value$.
This Charles Birchfield, last one left from the DC Moore Gallery NY. They had had a booth at Art Basel two years ago and sold six Birchfields.
Simon Raab. br 1952, spider grenades and puma made of bullet casings.with the GeorgeZimmerman Gallery.
Raab lives and works in Germany. His work incorporates contemporary debate topics constantly, which has led to his work being banned in China and people being arrested trying to import art work.
This exhibit was very popular. South Florida has a strong hunting
tradition and his life size Puma made out of bullet casings was idolized.
The Douglas Dawson Gallery has been in Chicago since 1982. Member of the Antique Tribal Art Assoc. The use of old metal tables and heavy industrial materials as plinths for the Tribal art makes the Antiques display look like a Modern Art Gallery. Primitiveness is not without design finesse.
The exhibit was fascinating and was displayed with great taste.The Buddha sat surrounded by characters of the globe with the stone mill wheel inviting to view him through. Mr. Dawson not only has a great collection to choose from but he arranges the exhibits as we would want at home, in company and inviting intimate gaze. This Buddha wood carving sits nearly five feet high from the table.
The Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico, The Jane Sauer Miami dot Art exhibit brought a surprising and talented group of contemporary American figurative Sculptors whose pose and content was immediately cognizant of the genre’s tradition and experimentation of material and content irony.
Portyrait painting. The pinnacle of perfect painting. The apex art form for visual artists Bryan Drury, 9 x 11 portrait titled Jake Garn 2012. This gem was hung on a side pillar wall unnoticed by most but obviously not all, it was red dotted,sold. Drury,born 1980, is from Utah,moved to New York, he has a MA in Fine Arts and has been working with the Dean project since his first solo exhibit in 2010. The detail of his hyper realistic style is flawless,
The detail of his hyper realistic style is flawless, making one realize how bad our eyes are when we see the detail on the subjects face down to pore and folecule. Many artists who attempt to flash with Hyper- realism loose the personality in all the details whether because they pay little attention to overall composition or forget that the living eye
is controlled by the brain and therefore has prejudice and favor of study. That’s why it is risky giving a portrait commission to a hyper realist painter, not that their work is unflattering for the subject but the image lacks life.The Drury we found at the Dot Art Miami show of Jake Garn was an exact likeness of our retired and beloved family dentist . The same kind, caring and calm expression smiled back to us. Here we realized was a great portrait painter and so young. We predict that Bryan Drury will become this county’s foremost portrait painter, he will paint Presidents and State portraits. Drury is an exceptional talent and anyone brave enough to commission their likeness must be ready for the microscope.
Ken Orton Ken Orton, Born 1951 , UK. USA/ Esp. influenced by Ed Hooper, like so many British realism painters in the UK art schools as modern expressionism overshadowed even the Art school curricula . The Manchester school in particular,where he taught may have made Orton’s persistence with the new realism difficult with Calderists like Dave Sprakes insisting on being “painting professors” .
Saye Gbatu Surrealism at Art Miami . Vladimir Kush. reproductions, also Saye Gbatu NY and Madeline Von Foerster are the painted version of photo shop still making the audience wow with wonder through thoughtful wit and all with a wicked brush talent that convinces the eye.
Vladimir Kush Madeline Von Foerster Francisco Faria, charcoal on paper. Atopia 2011, 42”x 62”, Art Miami 2012Bolsa de Arte San Paulo Brazil. Faria’s renderings are freshly composed in monchrome but the tonality and arrangement still evoke the hues he has excused, making his work out weigh a photo.
The Gallery has an International Art circuit from London, NY, Dubai and Miami. Faria’s charcoal landscapes were their most interesting exhibit at their Miami show.
Chinese Traditional Painting Academy. This was an enlightening section filled with the Zen of old and new that needs it’s own blog space to do just. Whilst it is now easy to buy 200 year old Chinese paintings on E-Bay for a song, the Academy continues to teach and demonstrate their unique and popular discipline to brushed expression.
This section gave the whole afternoon’s viewing the perspective and tradition that many contemporary artists are pushing for.
The debate for quality. the argument against flippant gestures and easy bucks. That, Art’s value must be linked to it’s finesse and originality. That the name branding venturists of Wall Street whose contracted opinions of aesthetics need to allow the show system and real market debates as a measure of true talent and art value. Here,as you can see, very good art was not difficult to find at the Art Basel Miami Beach side shows across Biscayne Bay in Miami,Florida
Miami Beach Art Basel 2012.
Design by Snarkitecture Projects.
Snarkitecture is a collaborative work Art incorporating architecture, exploring and experimental with the element off surprise working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists, architecture and designers.
Snarkitecture was established by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham and is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.
Opening Day for the Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Dec 6-9 Miami Art reviews 12/11/12
Chairman of the Miami Beach Host committee for Art Basel 2012 is Norman Braman, the county’s most popular and dynamic figure talked about the international reach he personally has witnessed. Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower was delighted to have Collins Park active encouraging the Art Basel crowd to explore. Guy Morin, Canton President of Basel_Stadt and Jason Chandler, UBS committed to the audience the expansion of the Art Basel market with an all year presence on Miami Beach announced by Annette Schönholzer and Marc Spiegler. It was an exciting start to the event and Miami officials were beaming to host this very lucrative and culturally prestigious show once again. The layout, sections and comfort needs fit well into the Miami Beach Convention Center and finding an alternative venue on the Beach would be hard. Mr. Norman Braman is correct in praising the lift the region has with the Basel partnership, Miami was also ready for a major art show or Biennial at the end of the 90’s. Now our region will have the Asian art market to attract visitors and investors.
South Florida is blessed with warm sunny climes when the rest of the world is either beginning to shiver or tired of it.
Miami Beach’s artistic history continues by hosting Art Basel for another decade.
The big Swiss art show celebrated 10 yrs with Miami. That many years already?
Miami Beach loves hosting this show and it seems Art Basel feels the same about the match up. Art Basel even weighed in on a local development issue recently, letting Miami Beach and the City of Miami know that if they advanced with a mega gambling project Basel would seriously rethink it’s position and move to another region.wow !.
Maybe they know their best customers have a weakness for gaming that would compete with the Gallery sales. Of course.! Still for those of us living in Miami who have been trying to put the brakes on the mega Gambling Casinos invasion Art Basel’s input is welcome proof that culture is more important to entertainment than chance, greed, lust and lost opportunities.