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.
Turns out the gallery curator, Aric Weis, still has close ties with Aventura's Highland Oaks Middle School, long after passing though its doors.
Ba·sel [bah-zuhl] verb: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Art Basel 2012 has crammed Miami Beach's streets with natives and foreigners from all around the world. Interesting and unfamiliar accents flood the Basel galleries. These notorious exhibits are sparking up all sorts of comments from event goers . Below are selected twitter feeds from the trends #overheardatbasel and #artbaselproblems.
If you hear the words experimental music, you might not think of robots, cyborg belly dancers, old-style televisions morphed into synthesizers, or a human beatbox. But this is exactly the eclectic mix that The Street: Festival of Electronic Music, Art, and Performance purports to offer on a Wynwood sidewalk during Art Basel.
Early Thursday, I was forecasting the long day and night ahead of me and came up with a plan: I would wander the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood for the night, and I would blog about it. The specific assignment that I gave myself was to comb one block, and write a profile of all the street art and the happenings that I would bear witness to. One block. One story. No big deal.
For those of you unable to weather the traffic, costs and crowds at Art Basel this week, fear not. Here at WLRN -- and with the help of local blogs and newspapers -- we have a rundown of what's been happening at Art Basel.
Before the actual galleries even open, in true Miami style, much of Art Basel is all about the parties.
If you were stuck in traffic Wednesday night, you can thank the many parties kicking off Art Miami this week.
There is a lot to do in Miami during Art Basel so you may not want another item added to your list of “must sees.” Nevertheless, consider including this fair: Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins and 15th Street in Miami Beach.
The fair has a laid-back vibe, lots of art and a good-sized crowd that feels happening without being claustrophobic.