Art Basel
12:42 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Arianna's Difficult Day At Art Basel

The Art Of Repose: WLRN's Arianna Prothero discovers the red hammocks at Pulse Art Fair on N. Miami Avenue.

[Message from Arianna Prothero]: Not sure if it's supposed to be art or not, but Pulse Art Fair has several red hammocks strung up in its courtyard. whatever the intent/purpose, they sure do make a great place to relax and digest all that art you've been looking at (or nurse a hangover).

You'll find the Pulse at 1400 N. Miami Ave. It's open until 7 p. m. today and from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students and $10 each in groups of 10.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel Dealers Fret: Where's Bigfoot Collector?

MAN WITH THE MONEY: Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen hasn't been seen at Art Basel. At right, something from Cohen's collection, Roy Lichtenstein's 'Popeye.'

Shoppers from every financial stratum are stalking Art Basel, which the New York Times is characterizing as among "the most glamorous doorbuster sales in history."

But the man from the very apex of the art food chain is glaringly missing. Hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen has not been seen and the sinking feeling in the pit of many a gallery owner's stomach is that legal issues related to a supposed insider trading scheme at Cohen's own firm may have sidelined one of art's richest and most reliable collectors.

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Art Basel
11:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Basel One-Liners: More Art - Less Party People

DJ at the Wolfsonian Museum in short shorts
Jessica Meszaros

Tweeter @EstrellaSibila expresses her frustration with fellow Baslers:


Art Basel
11:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Through The Lens: Art Is Everywhere

South Florida Postcard Classic: Sunset over Miami Beach.


Art, you say? Define "art."


That's not a sophomoric intellectual challenge as much a realization that it doesn't always require the product of an artist's hand to inspire and refresh the human soul.


Occasionally, it takes no more than an urban sunset or a wide shot of the beach.


These photos from the periphery of Art Basel are from our @WLRN staff and tweeters @ArtObserved and @eddiehah.

Basel Field Trippin'
10:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Miami School Takes A Field Trip To Wynwood For An Art Basel Education

AdjustGallery's Aric Weis and Highland Oaks Middle School students take a look at the class' experimental work
Daniel Rivero WLRN


Riding a bike by the AdjustGallery on NW 24th Street and Second Avenue in Miami's Wynwood area, I saw a peculiar sight.


A flood of school children was overflowing the gallery and spilling into the street. A field trip to a street art capital? Isn't "street artist" a profession they teach you not to be in when you grow up?


I had to investigate.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

How To Get Your Fortune Told By A Giant, Smoke-Breathing Dog

This black dog often appears throughout artist Desi Santiago's work.
Credit Arianna Prothero

One of the great things about Art Basel week in South Florida is you get to see a lot of strange things in the form of both art and people. After a few Basels, you may start to feel like you’ve seen and done it all.

But I’ll bet you’ve never had your fortune told by a gigantic, smoke-breathing dog named Gypsy.

Artist Desi Santigo has created an epic-sized installation at the Lords Hotel on South Beach. Called “The Black Lords,” it is a giant, inflated black dog with glowing red eyes wrapped around the outside of the hotel.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

How Do I Basel? Tweeters Count The Ways

Best Basel Pic? Send your entry to #BaselPic @WLRN on Twitter
@BaselTov on Twitter

Ba·sel [bah-zuhlverb: To visit and enjoy the Art Basel event creatively, knowledgeably and efficiently.

Baseling is an acquired skill arising from  the instant culture that has enveloped Miami Beach and the downtown Art District. There is much to see and do at Art Basel -- perhaps too much -- and the prospect can be daunting without proper guidance.

Enter Twitter.

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Art Basel
8:07 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Untitled Art Fair: New Kid On The Basel Block

Credit Arianna Prothero

The UNTITLED art fair is the new kid on the Basel block. It's the event’s first year.

The fair itself has a distinctly South Florida feel to it. The large, airy white tent has soft, filtered lighting and looks out over the ocean. Adding to the Miami vibe are the girls wandering around promoting various kinds of alcohol by handing out freebies.

Among them were the Hendricks gin girls, Jacqueline Sanabia and Kezia Linden, who, I thought, were wearing some pretty snazzy little hats.

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Art Basel 2012
8:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

In Overtown, Art From The African Diaspora

Christine DiMattei /WLRN

A vibrant photograph of a very young Michael Jackson with poetry written within his afro.  A spirited oil painting of Bob Marley. A bust of an African woman in ceremonial headdress. A moving fresco featuring a ghostly Bill Clinton surveying the devastation in Haiti.

Those are just a few of the pieces on view at Art Africa Miami.

The exhibition, in the heart of historic Overtown, is dedicated exclusively to the artwork of the African Diaspora.

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