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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.

Turns out the gallery curator, Aric Weis, still has close ties with Aventura's Highland Oaks Middle School, long after passing though its doors.

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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
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
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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Art Basel
4:05 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Buzz About Basel

Art or seats?
Elaine Chen

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.

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Art Basel 2012
3:49 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Sights From Art Basel

Miami.com

Here are some lovely photos from Art Basel 2012 in Miami brought to us from the folks at Miami.com.

Click here to check out the rest of Miami.com's photos.

Art Basel
3:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

What It's Like To Ride An Erotic Roller Coaster In Broad Daylight

WLRN's Christine DiMattei rides an erotic rollercoaster at Art Basel.
Credit Christine DiMattei /WLRN

We didn't quite know what to expect upon entering Peter Anton's Sugar and Gomorrah.

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Art Basel 2012
2:44 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Human Meets Machine At The Street Experimental Music Festival

Credit artburstmiami.com

For artburstmiami.com

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.

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Art Basel 2012
2:25 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Painted Pianos Pop Up At Art Basel For A Second Year

Pop Up Piano makes it appearance for the second time in Miami.

If you are walking around Art Basel you are probably going to notice these ornately painted pianos.

None of them are painted the same, yet they are all part of an exciting art event playing out at Art Basel Miami for the second year.

It's called Pop Up Piano -- a public arts project put together by Steinway and Sons Miami. The project first appeared at Art Basel last year.

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Wynwood Wandering
12:16 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

What I Learned In A Night Of Wandering Wynwood During Art Basel

I swear this isn't an oxymoron. Taken at Wynwood Cigar Factory
Daniel Rivero WLRN

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.

Easier said than done.

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Arts
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Miami Light's Revolutionary Dance

Gloria's Cause

For artburstmiami.com

We are sometimes reminded that history is malleable.

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Art Basel
7:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

From The Blogs: Art Basel, Day One

Credit Snapshot of #ArtBasel Instagram Feed

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.

Party Time

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.

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Art Basel
7:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How To Basel: Aqua Hotel Is An Art Basel Oasis

This is the eighth year Aqua Hotel has hosted an art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Credit Arianna Prothero

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.

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