Producer Nathaly Charria Bridges Art and Entertainment: "It's a Major Change Year"

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Nathaly Charria
It doesn't take a genius to notice the strengthening ties between the art world and the entertainment industry. Late last year Lady Gaga released Artpop, an album suffused with joint efforts from art establishment giants like Jeff Koons and Marina Abramovic. For her latest album, Sia transformed promotional appearances into a performance art piece that pokes fun at the commercialization of musicians. Even Kanye West has taken up the charge of heralding an art world perspective, in his live shows and general ouvre, to hip hop music.

Nathaly Charria, a bi-coastal art producer and manager working out of L.A. and Miami, wants to solidify the ties between art and entertainment at this year's Basel.

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Most Fashion-Centric Events During Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Photo by Capretto Shoes
Photo by Capretto Shoes
While Art Basel Miami Beach is largely about the latest and greatest in modern and contemporary visual art, fashion has gradually been making the yearly festivities its biggest stomping ground. Creation takes countless forms, some of them garments, textiles, and wearable art.

For all of those style-savants who would rather revel in the art of fashion (and let's be honest, contribute to the economy in the chicest way possible) instead of tent hop and marvel over stoic artworks come this time of year, we've got a customized line-up just for you.

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Vice Gallery Showcases Argentine Artists for Art Basel Miami Beach

Every gallery in the game makes their best play for Miami Art Week. Some solo with a singular sensation, some group up to highlight a roster, and some book a booth at one of the many fairs which occupy our town during the annual onslaught.

Very few galleries, however, have the moxie to risk doing all three for Art Basel; let alone one with only two months to its history. But Vice Gallery, which opened its doors with a marvel of mayhem from MSG Cartel this past October, has already shown itself to be one of the few among many.

Cultist chatted with Vice Gallery honcho George Aguilar in advance of all the Art Week action.

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Peter Kappa Opens His Wynwood Studio to the Art World for Miami Art Week

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Wynwood's long been synonymous with art, but unless you've happened to be on hand during the commission of a mural, the opportunities to actually see how the art comes to be are few and far between. This Miami Art Week, Peter Kappa is vowing to change that. Not only will the Bratislava-born visualist unveil a new series of works under the guise "Distorted Reality," but he'll do so amid the trappings of his Wynwood studio, thus giving all and sundry an all too rare look into just how an artist gives us his all.

That Kappa's studio happens to be smack in the center of Miami's most art-soaked neighborhood only makes the all that he's got in tap even more so. Oh, and if that's not enough, Kappa's set to show a four-pack at Scope, too.

Cultist pinned down Kappa at Panther Coffee and asked him to fill us in.

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Art on the Move: Ron Terada Puts Art on Taxi Cabs and an LP for Art Basel Miami Beach

Ron Terada is a Vancouver-based artist operating in the fields of painting, video, photography, sound, and graphic design. Art on the Move is an ongoing public commissions initiative and for this project, Dominic Molon, the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, has commissioned Terada for a two-part project that ties into the artist's personal canon Soundtrack for an Exhibition, which he began in 2000.

Through Locust Projects, this seamlessly marries Terada's clean grasp for graphic design with an audio-related form of art that is equal parts mood manipulation in the vein of a great mixtape and High Fidelity-esque record-loving snobby nerdiness. But in a good way. This results in an execution that, though vaguely familiar, harbors elements of pranking and "disruptive dissonance" that challenge expected perceptions.

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"Auto Body" Takes On Gender Inequality in the Art World (NSFW)

Courtesy of the artist and Mor-Charpentier Gallery
Maria Jose Arjona, Right At The Center There Is Silence
As long as there is human expression in art, there will be problems with art. Humanity is filled with contradiction. People love and hate. They can create and destroy; they can inform or withhold. There is the desire to express and impress. Art created and consumed by such beings is rich in duality, feedback, and contradiction. Consider the idea of capitalism and gender and you will find more ideals to rebel against or celebrate.

Auto Body, the new exhibit produced by Spinello Projects, calls profound attention to art exhibition and its contradictions as much as it subverts the idea of the exhibition. From December 4 through December 7, the group show will unfold alongside Art Basel Miami Beach as both a protest and a conceptual art experience of profound merit. Fundamentally, it seeks to make the spectator think as much feel while denying the idea of commodification. Textually, much thought has been put into the work by a group of curators and artists who span several generations but are all women.

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Miami Beach Cinematheque Features Rare Andy Warhol Films During Art Basel

John Coplans catalogue, 1970, from the MBC Archive
Andy Warhol
As Art Basel Miami Beach looms, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is cuing up the films of one of the 20th Century's greatest, most iconic artists: Andy Warhol. The retrospective "Warhol's Silver Screen/Silver Factory" began this month.

The films, dating from 1964-66, all explore famous starlets of a by-gone era and their scandals, from shoplifting to suicide, recreated by Factory luminaries such as Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name, and the Velvet Underground. You may have already seen or missed Harlot (1964), an interpretation of Jean Harlow's story with Mario Montez playing the actress improvising to off-screen narrators and climaxing in "a frenzy of banana erotics and a burst of Swan Lake."

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Local Gallery Guide

Courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery
Space Fruit, Still Lifes (Watermelon), Andy Warhol (1979).
If all you do during Art Basel Miami Beach is stick to the big fairs, you might as well call it a day and go back home.

Seriously. Some of the best contemporary art we've seen during Art Basel has been away from the convention center and tents.

Local galleries feature both homegrown and international talent, including a mix of well-established artists and those on the cusp of greatness. And wouldn't you rather have bragging rights that you saw so-and-so before they were big? (Basel is just one big bragging Olympics. Step your game up!)

That being said, there are way too may galleries to possibly feature them all. But we've picked out some of the best shows that coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, some of which are already exhibiting right now -- because it's never too early to start Basel-ing.

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Wynwood's Danilo Gonzalez To Name Mural Contest Winner: "I Want a Landmark"

In the bowels of Craigslist, buried in the catacombs of 'Community' is an ad with a plaintive plea. "WE NEED A MURAL!" its title reads in all caps. "SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO!" It's a pithy post, no longer than one sentence, with a photo of a long, single-story warehouse. From its base to its asbestos shingled roof, the building is coated in the same drab grey hue. One half of its awning (also grey) reads, "Warehouse Project;" the other half, "Men's Corner." It definitely needs a makeover.

"It's pretty ugly," says artist and gallery owner Danilo Gonzalez, who commissioned the ad. The building, a former apparel storage facility, had been abandoned for over five years when Gonzalez signed the lease back in 2012. The surrounding neighborhood was a ghost town and the only nearby business was the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. But Gonzalez had a hunch that things would change. Development in Wynwood, he believed, was to going move west, towards the freeway, not east towards Miami Avenue. "People thought I was crazy."

Today, Gonzalez's 27th Street art mecca, the Wynwood Warehouse Project, is a testimony to his perspicacity. "There was nothing happening here three or five years ago," he said. "Now, everybody is moving this way exactly as I predicted." But with change, comes progress, and with progress, people. The Wynwood of today is certainly not the Wynwood of a few years ago. What was once a haven for grit and creativity is now a hotbed of glitz and gourmands. Wynwood Arts District, you say? Wrong, sweetie. It's Wynwood Café District.

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Metro Zu's Lofty305 Plunges Head First Into the Art World with Miami Showing

Lofty305 (left) and Posh God of Metro Zu.
Lofty305 woke up at 9:40 a.m. in his Midtown Manhattan apartment. It was a Monday. He brushed his teeth with non-fluoride toothpaste and rinsed his XS afro with coconut oil. He ate two Butterfingers, worked out at the building's gym, and snacked on hummus. Then he started painting.

He painted a pink portal with two mounds ("ladies boobs") coming out of it. He painted long tubular tentacles -- one wrapped around the body of a naked lady ("healing her"), another squeezing the life out of a blue shark. He painted jet skies and he painted lamps. He painted a "little shepherd dragon" and a ridge of mountains that looked like watermelon slices.

And then he took a break. Painting is tedious work, especially when you're working with a canvas that is six-feet tall. The canvas that he was supposed to be working on, the one that he'd ordered online, was late. His package should have been delivered that day. But the online tracking system said otherwise. Wednesday, it read, not Monday. This was not okay. I've got to start one now, he thought.

In fact, he needed the canvases immediately because Art Basel was only a few weeks away and the paintings needed a good three weeks to dry. He panicked. He cajoled a friend into going with him to the art store. He bought the replacement canvas. Together, they lugged it the ten blocks back to his apartment.

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