Arts

Art Basel
9:30 am
Thu December 6, 2012

So, You Like Space Flight? Naked People? Doggies? Art Basel Has Something For All

Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum shows contemporary art works that refer to Renaissance art.
Credit Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.  

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Art Basel
9:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Graffiti Chic: Wynwood Walls Opens Gift Shop

Calligraffiti shoes for the fashionista in your family
Arianna Prothero

If you want something to take home from Art Basel that won’t break the bank, the Wynwood Walls now has a gift shop.

The paint smells like it hasn’t quite dried yet on the Go! Shop which opened on Tuesday.

And, if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the emerging graffiti artist in your family, the shop sells the same Krink brand spray paint the big time artists use.

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Art Basel
6:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Is That Art You're Sitting On?

Chris Reilly and Anne Harmson enjoy their lunch in a tiny artificial park within Art Basel.
Credit C. DiMattei

While trying to navigate the colorful, crowded labyrinth that is Art Basel Miami, we reached a tiny oasis of calm smack dab in the middle of the "Art Positions" sector (whatever THAT is.)

It was a patch of soft, green artificial turf, about 40 by 60 feet, resembling a tiny putting green.  It had diminutive peaks and valleys and even shade trees.

Aaaahh.

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Art Basel 2012
2:42 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Pop-up Restaurants A-Popping During Art Basel

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink staff put the final touches on the pop-up MGFD Cafe at Design Miami.
Credit Jose Felix Perez

Along with the ever-expanding constellation of art fairs and gallery events during Art Basel, pop-ups are mushrooming at this time of year, including bars, shops and restaurants.

Pop-up restaurants have been trending in Miami and around the country for years now. The term "pop-up" restaurant has typically meant that the eating location is temporary, whether it's open one night or multiple nights.

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Art Basel
1:33 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Don't Leave Home Without An Art Basel Map

Art Basel is a large universe with vague boundaries, but the places you seek within Art Basel have absurdly specific locations.

So, you'll need maps. Here are two of them. One is an interactive map prepared by the Miami Herald, which is good for planning before you even leave the house.

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Art Basel
11:45 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Miami Photographer Captures Changing Canvas Of Iconic Marine Stadium

Jay Koenigsberg

Anyone visiting the National Hotel on South Beach during Art Basel this week will get a rare peek inside the Miami Marine Stadium.

The Marine Stadium was built off the Miami mainland on Virginia Key in the 1960s. It was originally used for boat racing and then later for concerts and even religious services.

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1st Annual Basel Biergarten
11:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

How Art Basel May Benefit Florida Breweries

Cigar City is one of several breweries being highlighted at the first annual Basel Biergarten.
Credit Bernt Rostad/flickr

Artists won’t be the only ones getting international exposure at Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Some Florida breweries might share the spotlight as well at the first annual Basel Biergarten.

Alongside “The Factory” art show, Wynwood Cigar Factory (101 NW 24th St.) is hosting a pop-up beer garden which will serve Florida brews exclusively.  It’s an example of the many things that have grown up around Art Basel over the past ten years.

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HOTBED
12:36 am
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.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to the radio story here.

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.

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Art Basel
12:11 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ready To Mix With Basel Society? Here's How

READY TO PARTY: There is a long list of parties and social events associated with this year's 'bigger, richer, snobbier' Art Basel.

Art Basel opens Thursday for the 11th year of staging the "most prestigious art show in the Americas."  

So, if anything is prestigious at Art Basel, everything must be prestigious at Art Basel. The New York Times describes the event this way: "bigger, richer, longer and, if it’s possible, snobbier than ever before."

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Art Basel
10:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Street Art Brings Life To A Miami Neighborhood

Greek artist B. calls his mural "a sea of objects." It was added to Wynwood Walls in 2011.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:08 pm

One of the nation's largest art fairs, Art Basel, opens this week in Miami. But days before the fair launches in Miami Beach, the party had already started across the bridge, in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

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Knight Arts Challenge
10:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Unexpected Art: Knight Foundation Announces Winners Of 34 Grants

Cash and opportunity are on their way to 34 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, announced last night in Miami. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation selected the winners from 1,100 applicants.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

Credit ianbart

Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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Beautifully Destroying Miami
4:22 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pre-Art Basel: Overlooked Area Of Downtown Miami Transformed Into Street Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey wall under construction
Daniel Rivero

The Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (O.P.R.A.) is collaborating with Kelly "RISK" Graval of Risk Rock Studios, Los Angeles to transform ten buildings in a blighted section of downtown Miami into a street art gallery.

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Florida Grand Opera
11:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Conducting Enhanced Moving 'La Bohème'

La Bohème At The Arsht: Tenor Arturo Chacóno-Cruz and soprano Aylin Pérez.
Credit artburstmiami.com

WLRN contributor Celeste Fraser Delgado loved Florida Grand Opera's La Bohème with its moving performance by soprano Aylin Pérez in the title role.

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Arts
8:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part Two: Class In Session

Miami-based metal band Neolythyc, at Jaco Pastorius Park. From L to R: Angelo Gonzalez, Eric Ruiz, Mark Crespo, Jerry Caceres
Credit Gerald Baumann

Just two blocks west of Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, progressive metal band Neolythyc is rehearsing in a cramped, dark, converted garage.  The rehearsal space is just a stone's-throw from Holiday Park, the last known address of jazz legend Jaco Pastorius.

The four members of Neolythyc are all 17 years old, born nearly a decade after Pastorius's death in 1987.  But bass player Jerry Caceres refers to Jaco as "one of the old homies from down the block."

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