Art Basel Miami Beach Veteran Annette Schönholzer Steps Down

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Art Basel Miami Beach is facing yet another change of hands. Gallerist reports that longtime Basel figure Annette Schönholzer will step down as Director of New Initiatives to pursue other cultural projects.

Show manager of the first Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, and later co-director with Marc Spiegler of all three Art Basel fairs worldwide, Schönholzer was one of three executives named to replace the founding director of Art Basel Miami Beach, Sam Keller, in 2007. Now only Spiegler remains of the trio. Gallerist says Marco Fazzone, Director of resources and finance and the Director of Asia, will be added to the roster.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Art Basel Isn't Leaving the Miami Beach Convention Center, Despite What You've Heard

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Mark Twain famously once said that reports of his demise were "greatly exaggerated." The same could be said of recent reports that Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) is shunning being shoehorned into a smaller space at the Miami Beach Convention Center during its impending 2016-2018 construction.

In fact, Art Basel, the Convention Center's highest wattage client, recently committed to remaining at the SoBe conference hall for another five years.

But unlike other marquee conventions such as the Miami International Boat Show, which might be forced to find a new home while the convention center is refurbished, the planned 36-month $500 million construction project will be scheduled around Art Basel's traditional December dates to accommodate what has become the most important event on Miami's cultural calendar.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Andrew Nigon

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

"That's like trying to pick a favorite child," Andrew Nigon says when asked about his favorite installation. Born and raised in Rochester, Minn., Nigon received his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2011. He lives and works in Miami, producing sculpture and figurative works both large and small. Nigon's creations mesh religious iconography with a circus aesthetic, exploring the tension between two opposing metaphors and questioning the logic of established taboos. Through creation and repetitive deconstruction, the final product forms its own identity, often with stuff the kids can enjoy: Giraffes, balloons, and a stack of scary clowns.

See also: MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Alma Leiva


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Trolling Art Basel 2013 With Fake Piles of Money

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Money makes the world go 'round.

Nowhere does that ring truer than the gross display of excess and wealth called Art Basel. So leave it to our art director Miche Ratto and photographer Stian Roenning to traverse Wynwood with stacks of (fake) money. Onlookers gawked, velvet ropes disappeared, and taxi services to Georgia became a possibility.

"Basically, photographer Stian Roenning and I finished our Basel cover with TYPOE and had 12 bundles of cash that I had made," Ratto explains. "While sipping on some fine spirits at a local pub, we thought how funny it would be to drop these in the middle of crowds. We thought it would make for a fun project.

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The Stars of Art Basel: Kanye, Lindsay Lohan, Diddy, Spacey and More (PHOTOS)

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You know how you spent the past week: the endless art fairs, the busy party schedule, the regrettable mornings waking up next to that guy who convinced your drunk ass he was Banksy the night before. But what was Art Basel like for the VIP set?

Judging from these pics, it was boozy, glam, and involved a ton of photo ops.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Ciara LaVelle
The convention center has closed. The fairs are breaking down. This morning, Wynwood is a lot more colorful -- and a lot quieter.

Art Basel 2013 is officially over. And now it's time for the rehash.

This year's mega arts fest was arguably the biggest in Miami history, with the opening of a new major art institution coinciding with an increasingly crowded art-fair scene and a ton of big names on display at museums and galleries across town. We had art stars. We had celebrities. We had cocktails and live shows and parties upon parties upon parties.

So who won the week? Who should've just stayed home? And, for crissakes, who is buying these godawful T-shirts? Read on to find out.

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Reefa Supporters Invade Art Basel Convention Center, Petition on the Streets of Wynwood

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An elderly art collector, her hair dyed and twisted into a J.M.W. Turner seascape, lowered her cell phone from her ear long enough to listen to the protestors gathered at the entryway to the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.

"What is a Reefa?"

Her companion, an aubergine-suited man with glossy skin, shrugged.

Four months after the promising 18-year-old street artist Israel "Reefa" Hernandez died after being tasered by Miami Beach police officer Jorge Mercado, friends and family in the Justice for Reefa Coalition used last week's series of art fairs to raise awareness for what they believe to be an unjustified killing. The group has been joined by the Dream Defenders, the same group that occupied the Florida state capital building for 31 days following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Though the alliance staged actions every day of the fairs, their main events were a protest outside the Miami Beach Convention Center on Friday night, a flash mob-style gathering inside the building at the main entrance of the fair during a high-traffic period, and a weekend spent petitioning and talking to graffiti-receptive out-of-towners in Wynwood.

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Sunday's Best Art Basel Events: Trick Daddy, a Pop-Up Rave, Brunches Galore

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You wouldn't let Trick Daddy down, would you?
You did it again, Miami. You survived yet another Art Basel -- no easy feat in a year that surely was the biggest in the event's Miami history.

You witnessed the opening of PAMM, the highly anticipated anchor to downtown's new cultural center. You partied with Kevin Spacey and Real Housewives. You stalked Kanye West. And if you did it all right, you went without sleep for at least three days straight.

But now it's Sunday, the Lord's day, a day of rest. KIDDING. There's plenty more to pack in before work on Monday. Get on it.

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Untitled Art Fair: Artist Julian Charrière Dyes Pigeons, Melts Icebergs

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Copyright Julian Charrière, courtesy DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin
The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories III: If you lived here, you'd be home by now.

Julian Charrière recently stood atop an iceberg and melted the whole thing with a blowtorch. The thing is, the photographs of that performance are not even the most arresting work he's got on display at Dittrich & Schlechtriem's booth in the Untitled art fair.

What is? Probably the machine that captures pigeons and sprays them with bright dyes before they are released back into city squares.

More on the pigeons in a moment.

"I was trying to melt down an iceberg but there's no way for me to melt it all, so it was always going to be a failure," Charrière says of The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories. Every day, regular folks contribute to the melting of icebergs through energy consumption but only the most dedicated strap a blowtorch on their backs and risk a 30-yard plunge into the waters off Iceland.

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Pulse Art Fair: Breanne Trammell of Nails Across America Gave Us an Art Manicure

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All photos by Rosie Martin
Breanne Trammell of Nails Across America at PULSE Miami
Have you ever been to the nail spa to get a manicure and felt like you could have gained more from the whole experience other than just freshly polished nails?

You could have probably started a new friendship with your manicurist, but maybe there was a language barrier or maybe it was awkward and neither of you felt like saying a peep. You could have also maybe say, lived in the moment, instead of just thinking about getting it over with as quickly as possible.

Breanne Trammell--an artist, graphic-design teacher, and core member of the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY--thinks that's a shame. She got inspired to enroll in nail school a couple of years ago after a trip to Seattle.

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