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Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Every December, Miami welcomes artists and becomes a canvas for Art Basel. And with so much art surrounding us this week, we want to know how you distinguish masterpieces from mounds of junk.

We made a Twitter robot @WhatIsArtWLRN that shares photos of art taken during Miami Art Week and asks you: What is art? Does this count as art to you? Join the game by sharing interesting pieces you see on Instagram or Twitter. Tell us what you think of these works and we'll share your impressions.

Art Basel

If you're in Miami for the first week of December, you're about to be inundated with a tsunami of art as thousands flock to the sights and fairs of Miami Art Week. To help you parse out a schedule of must-sees from the myriad of events to choose from, we've compiled the (nearly) all-inclusive WLRN Guide to Miami Art Week 2014.

Take a gander:

BEST ART FAIRS

BEST MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Miami Art Week Guide 2014: Best Music Events

Dec 1, 2014
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Music is the heartbeat of Art Basel week. From South Beach to Wynwood, the city streets exude soul-pounding bass, crescendos of funk, the juke-joint stomp of rhythm and blues and everything in between.

That aural mixture fuses with the energy of hundreds of thousands of awestruck participants, the art that surrounds them and the huge amounts of money that make it all happen.

The result is a one-of-a-kind milieu of technology, art, commerce, tourism and the cathartic release of everyone’s appreciation of it all. Especially locals.

Faena Forum To Open In Miami Beach In December 2015

Nov 28, 2014
Faena/Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Faena Art has announced it plans to build a new arts and cultural center in Miami Beach. 

The 50,000 square-foot building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands-based architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be located on Collins Avenue and 33rd Street.

It won't be built with a typical square design, though. Instead, one half of the building will be shaped like a cylinder, with a 40-foot high ceiling similar to a dome. The second half will be shaped like a cube. 

MiamiStories: Up In Smoke

Nov 24, 2014

This story, as told by Oscar Fuentes, is part of an oral history series.

It was the summer of 2003; I was living in a very old and ugly apartment building between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 2nd Avenue, off of 33rd Street. I had a bitter, mentally unstable landlord that walked around with a concealed weapon. I had a part-time gig at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, now HistoryMiami. I would give guided tours of the permanent galleries and write historical theater scripts for their summer camp program.

Copyright by Judy Blume and used only with her written permission. Not to be further reproduced or distributed except with her permission.

When I was in elementary school, I wrote an "autobiography" called "I Want to Be Like Judy." It had a pink construction paper cover and came in second in the school library contest. I never imagined that  30-something years later, Judy would say to me, "Let's take a selfie!" (See our virtual tour - link below.) I loved all her books, but "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" was one of my very favorites. I read it over and over. Ten times? Fifteen?  

Joyce Tenneson / RichardBlanco.com

From the opening pages of poet Richard Blanco’s refreshing memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” it’s clear that you’re not wandering Calle Ocho in one of those nostalgic, Little Havana paradises that so many Cuban-American chronicles try to recreate.

Instead, you’re wandering a Winn Dixie in Westchester.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Say you walk into an office building. On the reception desk is a nice, lush, green-leafed plant with white dots on it. You think, “how nice and outdoorsy.”

Chances are it's a deathly, toxic plant called a "dumb cane."

That's one of the tidbits included in Michael Largo's most recent publication, "The Big, Bad Book of Botany." It’s an encyclopedia-style book about botany sprinkled with surprising, funny and historical tales of plants.

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