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YoungArts
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Bacardi Tower Purchase Rejuvenates The YoungArts Foundation, Marks Growth

Last month the National YoungArts Foundation celebrated the inauguration of their new national headquarters on Biscayne Boulevard at the Bacardi Tower, now known as the YoungArts Campus. The architectural landmark represents the first time YoungArts has had its own permanent home in its almost 32-year history. The iconic space will soon see an expansion under the direction of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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Arts
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Young Musicians Band Together Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Flickr/Eddie~S

The stands in front of the teenagers’ chairs hold the same sheet music – the theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But each of the young musicians has a different story to tell about anti-gay bullying.

Like the bi-sexual flutist, who says she’s pretty much been bullied all her life.

And the gay saxophonist, who describes how it “really gets to you inside and sometimes you start believing what people are saying.”

Even the heterosexual clarinetist is not immune.  She feels too many of her classmates use the word “gay” to describe something bad.

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Imaginarium Life
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

‘Imaginarium Life’: Get Ready For A Most Unimaginable Tale

Credit Neil de la Flor

For artburstmiami.com 

Imaginarium Life is a complex, multi-media performance piece created by the brilliant dark angels at Bistoury Physical Theatre, Alexey Taran and Carla Forte. 

The performance documents -- through dance theater, sound and gorgeous cinematography -- the spiraling, chaotic world of an artist whose obsession with himself and his own imaginary world of self-inflicted wounds destroys him and the person he loves.

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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
Credit Borscht Corp.

The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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Venus Rising
11:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Venus Rising Brings On Rhythms Of Diversity, And Of Women

Venus Rising performs “Rhythms of Diversity,” mixing in world fusion into its traditional West African dance and drum work, with an emphasis on the female role, form and movement; the Children of Kuumba join in for the South African boot dance.
Credit Niki Lopez

For artburstmiami.com

If audiences feel empowered after a Venus Rising performance, then members of this globally-inspired group have accomplished their mission.

“We want to uplift and inspire,” says Founding Director Zeva Soroker, who started the all-female dance and drum group in 2003. “Music is an amazing thing,” she adds. “It helps with harmonizing and healing.”

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Essay
10:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

In Miami, An Instinctive Search For Celebrity

CLOSE TO CELEBRITY: A chair reserved for a Hollywood star is a brush with fame for Patrick McGinnis.
Photos by Florencia Jimenez-Marcos

When actor/director Adrian Grenier screened his latest film, Teenage Paparazzo, during Art Basel, it was a very Miami kind of night.

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Art Basel Lessons
12:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Careful What You Ask A Fortune Telling Dog

INTERACTIVE ART: The large installation by Desi Santiago also told fortunes.
Credit Arianna Prothero

“The Black Lords” installation at Lords Hotel emerged as one of the crowd favorites from Art Basel week.

Artist Desi Santiago was the man behind the epic-sized installation that featured a giant black dog wrapped around the Lords Hotel.

Called Gypsy, she breathed smoke and shot lasers from her eyes.

Gypsy also told fortunes. People wrote their questions on cards, dropped them into a box and then learned the answer as Gypsy boomed a “yes,” “no” or “maybe.”

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Art Basel
10:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Overlooked Gem Of Art Basel: Art Meow-sel

Picture of a cat Napoleon in Art Meow-sel.
Credit Marva Hinton /WLRN

WLRN's Marva Hinton loves cats. I mean, she really, really loves cats.

So, it came as no surprise to me that when planning a visit to Art Basel last week she decided her time would be best spent at Art Meow-sel in O Cinema: a gallery dedicated solely to cat-related art.

It's weird, I know. But it's also kind of brilliant.

As someone who isn't an art aficionado, yet has a lot of opinions about cats, I have to say that this gallery  was awesome.

Here is why.

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Art Basel
6:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Shopping With The VIPs At Art Basel

'YOUR BELIEFS': Altered cereal boxes by Jani Leinonen

 

There are two things that drive Art Basel Miami Beach: passion for art and financial wheeling and dealing. The   organizers of one of the world's top art fairs cater to VIP's in ways that range from party invitations to private tours.  Retired attorney Frank Herzog led a group of potential buyers through the fair, taking them from abstract expressionism to minimalism, pop art, and what he thinks could be the next big thing. 

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Arts
8:41 am
Mon December 10, 2012

The Art Basels They Remember (And The Therapy They'll Probably Need)

LEAVING ART BASEL: Some ran screaming

The assorted farewells to Art Basel in the national press this morning leave a variety of impressions, not all of them positive, of Miami's big festival of art, celebrity and wealth.

Let's start with the Wall Street Journal, which left regretting its descent into the classic loop of insanity -- doing the same thing and hoping for different results:

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Art Basel
7:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Art You Can Walk On: Remnants Of Art Basel Line Wynwood Sidewalks

Daniel Rivero WLRN

This is for all the times that you wanted to step on a piece of art.

During Art Basel week, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood becomes a virtual factory of street art. And by street, we mean "on the ground."

This ground work is usually passed by without a second glance in this part of town. Most of the work is done with stencils  and the same images and phrases can be found lining the area's streets, even in other parts of the city.

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Art Basel
2:30 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

How to See Art, Football And Still Get To Eat During Art Basel

Credit Sidious Sid/ Flickr

Last week, we gave you Trina Sargalski's tips on the pop-up food venues that will disappear with the end of Art Basel. Today is the last day for those places.

But it's not just the last day of Art Basel. It's Sunday. In December.  And if you're trying to figure out how to juggle art, football and a reasonable blood sugar level , here are few places that may satisfy all three, in close proximity to the various fairs. 

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Art Basel
2:25 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Alligators, Combs And Rabbits: Photos Of Art Basel

waltercolor/ Flickr

Some Art Basel-ers have been pretty shutter happy this week. 

Looking around the Creative Commons content on Flickr from Art Basel 2012, there are quite a few beautiful photos of the galleries and events, as well as views of the city from this week's goings-on. 

Here a slideshow of some of the photos that caught my eye.

Art Basel
1:45 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Geter, The Art Gallery Greeter

Angela Geter.
Credit Christine DiMattei /WLRN

"Good afternoon! Welcome! Hi, good afternoon! Do you have a floor plan? Okay! Enjoy!"

 

We asked Art Basel Miami greeter Angela Geter, (that's right -- she's Geter The Greeter) what it takes to excel at her role.

"A great smile and a great personality," says Geter.

And that's it?

"That's it!" she replies with a thousand-watt smile.

Geter is a greeter inside the main entrance to the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

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