Banksy's Ex-Dealer Planning Mega Show for Art Basel Miami Beach
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|One of Banksy's creations.|
And now the man that started the Banksy street art craze, which recently peaked with the Oscar-nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop, is turning his attention to Art Basel Miami Beach. The Financial Times reported that Lazarides plans to produce a mega show with Live Nation and the Tribeca Film Festival during Basel. Paper Magazine reported that he was indeed sniffing around downtown Miami this past December searching for a venue that could fit nearly 100,000 people.
Here are the details from the FT:
Lazarides most audacious move yet will see him take on the might of Art Basel Miami Beach in December, with his biggest US show yet, revolving around a venue with a capacity in excess of 90,000. He hopes to challenge the self-declared "most important art show in the United States" with a range of crossover events incorporating both music and film, working with Live Nation, the entertainment group, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Hey, Laz: Thanks for discovering Banksy and all, but the last thing Miami needs during Art Basel week is another gigantic mish-mash of arty festivities. The art fair themselves are so massive and sprawling that the events that really stand out are the small and well-curated (Seven Miami), the uber-specific (Hello Kitty's Small Art Miami -- although that's a loose interpretation of art), and the exclusive (The Island). We'd much rather see a carefully edited survey show of London street art. But considering you and Banksy aren't tight anymore, maybe that's too tall an order.
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