Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Fairs Guide

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Not everything is a Warhol at the art fairs.
The art fairs are coming!

Seriously, last time we counted, almost 20 major art fairs are setting up shop in Miami and Miami Beach during the first week of December, hoping to make record-breaking sales thanks to the hoopla surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach. And though the Miami Beach Convention Center remains the center of all the action, you'd be a fool not to check out satellite fairs such as Scope, NADA, and Art Miami, which have proven themselves worthy of respect and attention.

There are some changes this year, including Pulse's surprising move from its longtime home at Ice Palace Studios to a tent in Mid-Beach next to the Eden Roc. Select Art Fair is also looking for more room as it moves out of the Catalina Hotel and into North Shore Park in North Beach.

And some fairs will be notably absent, including Arts Kuala Lumpur and Brazil Art Fair, both of which debuted last year but didn't see the need to return. We also lament the absence of Fountain Art Fair, one of Miami's original satellite art fairs, which continues to put on a New York edition.

But enough lamenting. Time to celebrate art the art marketplace!

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FusionMIA Photography Workshop Gives Students Art Basel Opportunity

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Carl Juste
Wynwood acted as the artistic subject for 25 high school students from the Miami-Dade Public School System as they told their stories through photography last weekend's Play To Win Foundation's Through My Lens: Art is Life photography workshop. The teenagers, who came from Allapattah and Overtown, worked with photography mentors to hone their talents with technology courtesy of Microsoft and further support from Nike.

The special student photography show was a preview to the FUSION MIA African American Masters exhibit featuring the BET Art Lounge during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 3-7, which will showcase and exhibit works by African American artists, including Al Loving, Rashid Jones, Ed Clark, among others.

The workshop over the weekend included seminars and talks by Jumaane N'Namdi of N'Namdi Gallery, Nike brand director Stanley Lumax, Miami Herald's Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Carl Juste and Miami Herald staff photographer and former Military Photographer of the Year C.W. Griffin. The teens' photography, taken on Nokia Lumia 1020 cameras gifted by Microsoft executive Thom Gruhler, will also be shown during the Through My Lens exhibit.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Film Sector Features Early Screening of Big Eyes

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Tons of new acts come to town during Art Basel Miami Beach, but one returning favorite is the Film sector. This year, curators David Gryn, the director of London's Artprojx, and Zurich collector, This Brunner, embrace the theme of playfulness. The sector will present more than 80 films and videos by an international compilation of artists, whose works will screen at Miami Beach's SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center.

Organizers announced this week that Brunner has selected Tim Burton's Big Eyes for a special screening at the Colony Theatre, ahead of its national release on Christmas Day.

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Design Miami 2014 Entrance Keeps Things Colorful and Grounded

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Since 2008, Design Miami has played with the idea of what makes a tent. Tapping inventive designers to create the entrance to its yearly Art Basel showings, recent entrances include 2012's giant canopy made of inflatable white columns titled Drift, and 2013's TENT PILE by formlessfinder, an enormous, pyramid-shaped sand structure sitting beneath an aluminum roof.

For 2014, Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke has been commissioned to create the Pavilion for the tenth anniversary of Design Miami. Muecke's pavillion is centered around a double-layered circular structure with apertures at both poles. Light will be filtered through a translucent canopy that shelters the entire space, which is painted red and green inside, blue and yellow outside -- basically, a colored circular room with a clear ceiling.

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Art Basel Miami Beach's 13th Edition Prepares to Break Records

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Shen Wei will present his first U.S. museum show at MOAD.
This year, our fall Arts & Eats Guide lists all that's timeless and fresh in Miami, from visual art to delicious food. Theater, dance, music, and drinks all make a much-needed appearance throughout the season as well. Pick up one of our printed guides Thursday, October 2, where you'll find profiles, interviews, and detailed event calendars to guide you through the upcoming cultural season.

When Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) blitzes into town December 4 though 7, the event will likely break attendance records.

For its 13th edition, ABMB will boast 267 of the planet's top international galleries, selected from 31 countries, that will exhibit 20th- and 21st-century works by more than 2,000 artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center and various venues throughout the city.

The zenith of Miami's cultural calendar, Basel transforms our peninsula into a rambling art installation, with upward of 20 satellite fairs and scores of related events, including outdoor murals, installations, and pop-up shops mushrooming from South Beach to Wynwood, Little Havana, and Pinecrest.

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As Miami's Busiest Art Season Looms, Top Galleries Leave Wynwood For Downtown and Miami Beach

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Wendy White's Brasil, on display as part of the David Castillo Gallery's "Amerika" show.
For Fredric Snitzer, the magic has vanished from Miami's hottest cultural district. The pioneering gallery owner has launched the careers of homegrown talent such as Hernan Bas, Naomi Fisher, and Bert Rodriguez from the Wynwood emporium he opened in 2003. But the increasingly raucous art walk now keeps serious art aficionados and collectors away, he says, while the burgeoning bar and restaurant scene has driven up rents beyond most galleries' means.

"Wynwood has become too hectic and lost its vibe," Snitzer says. "Crazy and quality I could have dealt with, but crazy and commercial is what drove me away. A lot of the new restaurants and businesses have been great for the area, but many of the developers don't understand the nature of the art community."

That's why Snitzer recently left the neighborhood he helped make famous, decamping Wynwood's increasingly commercial climes for a new location closer to downtown Miami.

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Fredric Snitzer, Michael Jon Galleries Selected for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

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Art Basel Miami Beach announced its 2014 exhibitors this morning, and two Miami players have made the list.

No stranger to the Basel center stage, Fredric Snitzer Gallery will return to exhibit in this year's main gallery section. Snitzer's presence has come to be expected, as its owner is a member of the fair's selection committee.

Welcomed to the fold is downtown's Michael Jon Gallery. Briefly located in the Design District, the gallery featured its exhibition, "Math Bass - Newz!" during last year's Basel season. Michael Jon will be included in the fair's Nova section, designed for galleries to present one to three artists showing new works that have been created within the last three years, often spotlighting never-before-seen pieces from the artist's studio.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Veteran Annette Schönholzer Steps Down

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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.

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

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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.

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