HOTBED
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Wed December 5, 2012

Local Artists Find Space At NADA During Art Basel Miami

Azizi DeSouza, 31, was inspired by an unexplained mass blackbird death for a video that will be shown during NADA.
Azizi DeSouza, 31, was inspired by an unexplained mass blackbird death for a video that will be shown during NADA.
Credit Kenny Malone

Fifty years ago Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett played the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Now a handful of college students will have their day at the Deauville.

The New Art Dealers Alliance, known as NADA, hosts one of the higher profile satellite fairs during Art Basel. This year's will be held at the iconic Miami Beach hotel.

Four college seniors at the New World School of the Arts will show video installations at the NADA fair. The pieces will be piped into every TV of every room in the Deauville (channel eight, if you're looking). The videos will also play on bigger screens in the main space of NADA. 

For the past few years, a handful of New World students have been selected to create and show work during Art Basel week. 

Something in the Water

Filmmaker Grela Orihuela and her husband, Bill, are both avid art collectors and at some point they started to notice many of their favorite artists were coming from their own back yard.

"We used to joke that there was something in the water at New World," said Orihuela. "We wanted to be part of that that nurtures it."

So, three years ago, they started the project for NWSA students, called HOTBED

NADA runs from Thursday, Dec. 6, through the Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL). For more information, check NADA's website.

See an excerpt from Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo's video installation here.

See an excerpt from Azizi DeSouza's video installation here.

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