Borsht 2014: Inside the Multiverse at YoungArts

Categories: Around Town, Art

Carolina del Busto

Described as a "DIY theme park" of sorts, the Multiverse, hosted by YoungArts during the Borsht Film Festival, weekend, featured classic carnival favorites and then some. There was (free!) cotton candy, (free!) beer, and (free!) arcade games; all of which were played and consumed while short films were screening in the backdrop.

Underpinned by the surreal mantra "all life is real," the Multiverse was divided up into separate realms that had to be experienced uniquely.

Though the entire evening was inspired by the 2012 viral sensation by Bleeding Palm, The Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse, the physical recreation came to life at the Zorgdon-4 Barfar Landing area with giant cutouts of some memorable characters. Those fitness-crazed dolphins working out in bikinis were there, a mutant manatee that bares a striking resemblance to Pitbull was chillin', and Star Prince himself hanging and ready for photo-ops.

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Go On A Guided Tour of Wynwood's Newest Street Art This Saturday

Categories: Art, Art Wynwood

Jacob Katel

Now that Art Basel is over, the week-long art fair has left behind some open air work, free from the confines a stuffy museum. Though beautiful, it's not necessarily easy to navigate.

Street art, my friends, is a wonderful thing. And we're lucky to have an area like Wynwood whose walls are overtaken and recreated almost constantly -- especially in December. But what exactly is the history behind the murals, work that often goes up in the cover of darkness? Who are the faceless artists who leave their work exposed to the elements?

While we stumble by the walls, Margery Gordon of Arts Encounters stops, stares, and researches. On Saturday, Gordon will share her knowledge on street art and lead a walking mural tour of the gentrified neighborhood.

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Papa Machete, Part of Borscht 2014, Screens Today

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Jason Fitzroy Jeffers is no stranger to South Florida. Both musician and journalist, he's made an impact on this and many local publications. With a recent focus shift turning to filmmaking, Jeffers' first official production, Papa Machete has been picking up momentum and earning accolades from film circles.

"You and I have talked in the past about my machete obsession. I've always mythologized it in my own mind as the Excalibur of the third world, a symbol of determination and self-fortification yet to be fully realized. Back home in Barbados, we call it a cutlass or a 'collins' -- it's practically the pocketknife of the Caribbean," Jeffers told us in an interview back in August when the short film was picked for the Toronto International Film Festival's inaugural section of short works.

The short film concentrates on the life of aging Jacmel farmer Alfred Avril and his status as the last master of tire machét, a martial art combining African stick fighting and European-styled sword parrying.

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Salvador Dalí Most Searched For Artist in Florida in 2014

Categories: Art

Photo via Ebay
According to auction website eBay, Floridians really dig Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí. The company crunched numbers from "the top 50 most searched artists on eBay, compared with industry trends and search engine date to determine which artists were the most searched in each state."

For once in its history, Florida fared better than the rest of America: Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee all embarrassingly searched for "painter of light" schlock hawker, Thomas Kinkade. Congrats, guys.

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Bramans Write ICA Blank Check, PAMM Faltering Financially

Categories: Art

Photo by Chris Carter
Earlier this month, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) announced that it would be getting a permanent home in the Design District. The initial report outlined the ICA's close ties to Norman and Irma Braman -- billionaires who are locally as famous for their seemingly infinite number of car dealerships as they are infamous for recalling mayors -- who touted that the museum wouldn't sell naming rights or take a single penny of taxpayer money.

Braman reiterated his commitment to privately funding the ICA and threw a few more punches in PAMM's direction in a New York Times profile published last week. The Times write up is, perhaps, the ultimate signifier that the Bramans have arrived as major players on the international arts scene. But it also hints at a broader problem in the Miami museum scene, namely the deep disinterest Miami's millionaires have in investing in public arts institutions.

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Wynwood Art Walk Guide: December's Best Shows

Categories: Around Town, Art

Ed Ruscha
Courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery
When you visit Wynwood during 2014's last Second Saturday, you might notice that many local galleries are still recuperating from Miami Art Week exhaustion.

Some spaces like Gallery Diet are locking before Art Walk gets underway while others, like Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, are shuttering their doors until January.

But despite dealing with laryngitis from sales pitches at a fair tent or a dirty shot to the liver following a deal-closing tipple, plenty of Wynwood dealers are opening late and hoping for a chance at post-Basel cash.

That's the case at the Robert Fontaine Gallery across from Panther Coffee where you can sip a cup of Joe to sharpen those peepers before catching the gallery's show of museum quality works beginning at 6:00 p.m. this weekend.

The good news is that you'll be able to catch some of Wynwood's better shows of the season starting with our five picks for this year's Second Saturday finale.

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Street Performers Take Over Miami During Buskerfest 2014

Categories: Art

Buskerfest is probably one of the quirkiest events our lovely city has to offer. The day long celebration of street performance features some of the most interesting poets, local musicians, and micro-theater groups in Miami. And this year's offerings look worth the annual wait.

Over forty performers will be waiting to entertain you at each stop of the Metromover's Inner Loop, as well as locations accessible by foot in-between the stations. So meander around or take the Metromover for once in your life and partake in Buskerfest's unbridled joyous celebration.

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Dave Holmes Films Show in Miami, Talks MTV, Cuban Food, and the Local Art Scene

Photos by Shelly Davidov
Dave Holmes filming at El Pub Restaurant in Little Havana.
After all the cheap headlines and media celebrity stalking courtesy of Art Basel, Miami's party town persona is the one most on everyone's minds. Thankfully, Ovation was in town to capture some of the city's meatier attributes with a new show, American Canvas, that sniffs out the most culturally unique and relevant aspects of U.S. cities.

Former MTV VJ, writer, actor, and soon-to-be-published author Dave Holmes is the host of the new show, which filmed in three cities for the arts network, Ovation. Prior to their Miami stop, Ovation toured San Francisco and Austin, Texas. For the first tours, producers want to make sure to hit areas where audiences were Ovation watchers, or were receptive to the concept, plus choosing cities that aren't always recognized for their arts scenes. Austin has a big film background, while San Francisco has a big fine art base. Canvas hopes to share with viewers that there's more to Miami than its party scene. If the show continues after its February premiere, they'll explore all the other cities they want to showcase.

"We always try to do art, as in what you think of when you hear the word 'art,' but we always try to branch out and do something that still fell under the umbrella of art defined more broadly," Holmes says. "You learn so much about the history of the city, the culture of the city, through art and artists."

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Female Street Crew Few and Far Paints Underwater Fantasy in Wynwood (Photos)

Categories: Art

Photos by Shelly Davidov
In the days leading up to Art Basel, and throughout the weekend-long revelry, you couldn't take a step without tripping over an artist making their mark on Wynwood. We're not complaining, as the usual Miami Art Week street additions have been not only impressive but spread to other areas like Midtown and the Design District.

An even more refreshing piece of public art is the Few and Far wall, a collaborative mural produced by an all-women street art collective.

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"Zero Tolerance" at YoungArts: Police, Protests, and Art Basel

Photo via YoungArts
The ubiquitous sounds of protest filled the intimate, transparently constructed exhibition space: people yell, groups chant, impatient drivers honk their horns, police blow their high-pitched whistles. These are the familiar noises that greet you when you enter YoungArts' Basel exhibition, "Zero Tolerance." Curated by MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, the title references the infamously ugly police policy adopted by New York City in the 1990s.

Zero tolerance was meant to drastically reduce crime, but the human toll was immediately evident: thousands were incarcerated for minor drug offenses and the policy targeted the city's most vulnerable citizens. The phrase itself -- "zero tolerance," rife as it is with authoritarian overtones -- is now common enough in schools and the workplace, a kind of seepage of tyrannical abuse into the domestic sphere.

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