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

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

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

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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Fashion Photographers Hunter & Gatti Find New Life for Their Work Through Painting

via Hunter & Gatti

Fashion photography is usually meant to have a lifespan of about a month. Once next month's issue comes out and next season's clothes debut the image loses its relevancy. Photography duo Hunter & Gatti, who have shot for Flaunt magazine and international editions of Vogue, decided to find a second life for their work by emphasizing the art behind the image and obscuring the natural commercial aspects of the work.

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Director Spike Jonze Chats With Jeffrey Deitch About His Latest Love Story, Her

All photos by Carolina del Busto
"Beautiful Handwritten Letters, please hold."

We've arrived at the future in the film Her, where we no longer have the need to pen words on paper, but instead pay someone else to do it for us by speaking at a computer. The profession seems to pay well, however, since Joaquin Phoenix's character, Theodore, has himself a fa-bu-lous apartment with a view.

While Theodore spends his workdays writing love letters for other people, he himself lacks someone to write letters to. He was married once to a beautiful writer (played by Rooney Mara), but he failed to let her in completely, so she left. Theodore is then compelled to fill the void in his heart by purchasing an operating system that has many human traits. Her name is Samantha.

The film is hailed as "A Spike Jonze Love Story," and boy, did he write himself a love story for our modern times. During a recent screening of the film, director and writer, Spike Jonze, was present for a brief Q&A session with the audience moderated by Jeffrey Deitch (who will forever be remembered as the dude who confused P. Diddy with Kanye West at Art Basel 2013).

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Saturday's Best Art Basel Events: Questlove, PAMM Gala, Basel Castle

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"Man up." --Questlove
So you're hungover. You're tired. Your feet are still aching from spending all week in heels, and your apartment is strewn with event flyers you don't even remember taking. There's a lot you don't remember about the past couple days, actually.

You've been Basel-battered, Basel-bruised, Basel-beaten-the-fuck-up.

But you know what? Things could be worse. You could've dropped your life savings on a work of art that'll be valueless next year. You could've hooked up with a muralist. Hell, you could've publicly embarrassed yourself by mistaking Diddy for Kanye.

But missing out on the Art Basel experience? That's the worst fate of all. So man up, Baselites, and get back out there. You can sleep when you're dead. Or, at least, when it's Monday.

See also: New Times Ultimate Art Basel 2013 Guide: All the Fairs, Parties, and More

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Untitled Art Fair: Nicolas Cardenas, the Naked Man, and the 140-Pound Gold Nugget

One often overlooked downside of nudity: no pockets

What sort of behavior do photos and video of a naked man lugging around a giant chunk of gold induce in passersby at art fairs?

"Yesterday," Colombian sculptor Nicolas Cardenas says, "a woman came by and threw herself against the nugget so hard that she fell over. If you caress it really soft, it would go out of balance. But if you are really hard with it, you'll fall."

The nugget is a large sculptural piece by Cardenas called Golden Pebble that also figures into a photography and video series called Man and Gold. The sculpture is available for fairgoers to topple over or caress as they see fit. But in the photos and video, a naked man in an otherwise empty room struggles to lift the nugget and take it through a doorway. It's hypnotic, but not in the way one might expect a video depicting money, nudity and feats of strength to be.

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Context Miami: "Banana Man" Artist Lin Shih-Yung Knows the Banana Peel is the True Window to the Soul

Look closely and you'll notice something unusual in this painting. That's right! There's a disembodied hand copping a feel of that banana person's right buttock.

For those of us with bananas for heads, the closest we've come to artistic representations of ourselves has been still lifes of fruit bowls and and the minstrel show that is Peanut Butter Jelly Time.

Things are beginning to change thanks to the work of Lin Shih-Yung.

"He is very popular in Taiwan with his Banana Men," according to Ileana Hsu of Da Xiang Art Space, which is showing several of his paintings at the CONTEXT art fair in Midtown.

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Cannonball Miami is Broadcasting Pirate Radio from the Bathrooms at Pulse Art Fair

Poster designed by: Iron Forge Press
On any given week, turn your FM radio transmitter to 91.1, and you'll get a bunch of static.

But this isn't just any damn week. This is Art Basel. And for a few more days, turning to 91.1 will open a sonic passageway into the Pulse Miami exhibition bathrooms and the playful underbelly of the art world.

It sounds strange, but it's all part of Cannonball Miami's tireless dedication to bringing the national and international art world colliding with our local flair. In fact, the local non-profit couldn't be more proud to present the Bad at Sports Art Basel 2013 takeover, live and in effect.

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KIND Snacks Encourages Kind Acts With Community Mural During Art Basel

All photos courtesy of KIND Snacks
Art Basel headlines usually focus onthe world-renowned artists (or musicians, or celebrities) who come down to Miami to party and/or paint up a storm. But this year, KIND Healthy Snacks is inviting you to be the artist.

The snack company has procured wall in Wynwood and they want the public's help in turning it into a work of art.

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