Art Basel

Holiday spirit in South Florida has been punctuated by art-world buzz since Switzerland's mammoth fair planted itself here. Art Basel Miami Beach has grown, since its 2002 inception at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from elitist trade show to ubiquitous art party. 

All the gallery openings, launch parties and live art installations spurred during what's become Miami Art Week are impossible to keep track of. But we're trying:

See our feature stories for this year's fair and its surroundings in our Basel Stories category, and catch a bit of the pre-Basel happenings in the Before The Fair tab. Anything related to the Perez Art Museum Miami is easy to find under PAMM.

And to see how we recommend you spend this week, check out Basel Like Us. For live coverage of the art shows and street happenings we're witnessing, head to the Live From Basel stream.

But if you'd just like to see it all, scroll below.

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Storytelling
6:37 am
Fri March 14, 2014

This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, says Florida is one of the best places there is to tell stories -- and also, very 'F'd up'.
Credit Stuart Mullenberg

There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states.  In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into three separate segments, and we could have easily kept going. But still, maybe it  just seems like we're weirder because this is where we are, this is what we know. Isn't New Orleans weird? Isn't Chicago?

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Museums
4:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

North Miami's MOCA Possibly Merging With Bass Museum

Credit Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

Fans of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami might soon need to cross the bay to their get art fix.

In a city council meeting Tuesday, North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau said she met with museum board members and learned of their plans to move MOCA's collections and operations to the Bass Museum in Miami Beach.  

Both museums have not formally stated a plan to merge but officials have mentioned they are both in on-going conversations.  

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MIFF
7:48 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Six Films At This Year's Miami International Film Festival You Must Not Miss

Miami International Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante says the festival is distinct from others in the same way that Miami is distinct from other cities: “The collision of cultures, the sense of being in a place that is between two worlds, is part of the filter that our programmers apply to what gets on screen.”

In its 31st year, the ten-day event will consist of 93 features and 28 shorts from over 38 countries. Here are Laplante’s favorites:  

 

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

MiamiArtZine.Com, Festival of the Arts Boca, Miami International Film Festival, Broward Arts Cal

Harvey J. Burstein with SFAB host and producer Ed Bell
miamiartzine.com

02/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Florida’s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.

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Arts
5:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

In Lake Worth, Ephemeral Street Art Is The Year's Biggest Event

Lake Worth's 20th Annual Street Painting Festival
Andrea Richard

Artist Bill McCaffrey took 15 hours to complete a chalk painting of a Titanic scene on the street in Lake Worth, before the rain came and washed it away. But that's OK with him.

"The longer I do street art, I become less possessive of my work," he says. "You learn to let it go."

McCaffrey was one of the featured artists at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, in which he has participated for 17 years.

The two-day festival drew a crowd of nearly 100,000 people to the small town over the weekend.

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Links
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 17-21

Luisa Toledo and her grandson Michael Toledo
Credit Kenny Malone

If you were to read the week's top stories as just one, the plotline would be a little like this: A caffeine-driven abuela is on the loose. She is wanted on multiple charges, including robbing several Key West homes, criminal mischief at the Perez Art Museum, speeding on the I-95 express lanes and forcing musician Julio Iglesias out of his home and into a party.

But they're really five different stories. Here they are:

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Arts Preview
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Latin Lion Julio Iglesias Roars At The American Airlines Arena

Credit Stanislav Preska / Associated Press

Julio Iglesias spends much of his time in the air these days, crisscrossing the globe in his private plane to sing in concerts from Singapore to Transylvania. But for the several months of the year he is at his home in Indian Creek, an exclusive island enclave just off Surfside, his circle is much smaller.

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Weekend Culture
6:43 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Silent, Black-And-White 'Visitors' Arrive At O Cinema

Credit Courtesy of Kareem Tabsch at O Cinema

Humanity, its attachment to technology and the widespread impact this relationship produces are all examined in Godfrey Reggio's film "Visitors" - without a single line of dialogue.

"Visitors" treads  "the line between video art and art cinema"  and is an "amazing audio and video experience," says Kareem Tabsch, co-founder and director of O Cinema, where the film is being screened.

The only music and sound in the 90-minute, black-and-white film were composed by Phillip Glass.

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Arts
5:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Local Dancers Train With Alvin Ailey Dance Company At The Arsht

Matthew Rushing teaches his master class at the Arsht Center
Credit Lisann Ramos

Once a year the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town to perform at the Arsht Center. Wednesday night the rehearsal director of the company taught a free master class for any dancers interested. The only requirements were that dancers had to be at intermediate level and 16 or older.

Matthew Rushing dances and choreographs around the world. While traveling with Alvin Ailey, he also takes part in outreach programs such as this one.

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Arts Preview
5:57 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Scottish Thespians Forego The Stage To Sing And Dance At Miami Bar

Drinking, singing and Scottish theater will all take hold of Miami's BAR 337, formerly the PAX space, during the production of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart."

The National Theatre of Scotland will interpret the play as part of Miami Dade College's "Live Arts" series. 

The play is performed in "immersive style." Unlike in traditional theater, there is no stage. The actors use the locale and whatever props are present to move the story forward.

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Art
3:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Local Artist Denounces Ai Weiwei Pot Smasher

The vase on the right with the green top half was destroyed this weekend.
Credit Perez Art Museum Miami

The news about the smashed pot at the Perez Art Museum Miami has now reached as far as France, China and even Romania. The green-and-peach pot created by Ai Weiwei as part of a 16-pot installation has been valued by the museum at $1 million.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Sobe Wine & Food Festival, The Chopin Foundation, Dan Hudak’s Oscar Picks, Miami Arts Calendar

Sobe Wine and Food Festival
www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF

02/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sobe Wine and Food Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, shares his excitement about this year’s 13th edition. Charles Greenfield speaks with the executive director of The Chopin Foundation, Jadwiga Gewert about enticing upcoming performances.

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Weekend Activities
8:49 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Third Annual Art Wynwood Celebrates Street Art On Presiden'ts Day Weekend

Victoria Martinez Hart and Art Wynwood

This weekend, 70 galleries from all over the world -- including 17 galleries from South Florida -- will feature modern works from emerging street artists in the third annual Art Wynwood.

The event celebrates the legitimacy and rising popularity of street art and graffiti -- Art Wynwood also claims to be the only street art fair in the world. Organizers intend to give street artists a platform to show their works to an international audience.

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Arts Preview
5:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Muslim Undergarments, 'Slut Energy' At New Broward College Drama Series

Aizzah Fatima will perform "Dirty Paki Lingerie" at Broward College.
Credit Aizzah Fatima

Thought-provoking cultural experiences have made their way to Pembroke Pines.

In September of 2013, Broward College launched an arts and cultural initiative on its Pembroke Pines campus, which operates as one of three campuses functioning as separate entities. This young program is also referred to as "B.SOCA," or Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Miami Culture
6:38 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Renovations To Lyric Theater, Symbol Of Overtown’s Cultural History, Unveiled

Credit CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The historic Lyric Theater, Miami’s oldest entertainment venue, symbolizes a time when Overtown was a bustling cultural hub: Jazz icon Duke Ellington thrilled audiences on its stage; poet Langston Hughes recited there; soul songstress Aretha Franklin charmed concert-goers with her gospel tunes.

Over the decades the theater, built in 1913 by black tycoon Geder Walker, was either treasured or neglected.

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