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Oscar Murillo at the Rubell Family Collection
The Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) launches two shows tonight: "Alone Together" and "Oscar Murillo: work" with a private opening, but the public is invited to check out both shows during the week in their incredible 45,000-square-foot space. If you've never been, be sure to stop by this year.
Art Miami returns for the 23rd edition of their annual fair, running through December 9. This year they're expecting over 125 galleries to participate and, for the first time, they've added a new "fair-within-a-fair" with an additional 65 galleries housed in a special area called CONTEXT. They are bringing in four six-ton walls that feature works by UK artist Banksy and, though they aren't for sale, they offer a good opportunity to see the artist's work in a unique environment.
In honor of the late Tony Goldman -- the visionary real estate developer and founder of Miami's Wynwood Walls -- there will be a special tribute entitled "Come and Dream" that launches tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. in-and-around the intersection of 25th Street and NW 2nd Avenue in Miami. Meghan Coleman, the arts manager of Goldman Properties, is spear-heading the project with Tony's daughter Jessica. They're unveiling a second "wall" by Shepard Fairey, plus new projects by Faith 47, Dal East, KR, Santiago Rubino, Pose and Momo; as well as a gallery exhibit called "Time Evaporates, Emotion Elevates."
A super-cool exhibit of performance art and "live art activation" called "Fresh Basel" is being presented by NYC gallery The Hole and Collective Hardware in a 1920s villa way up on Pine Tree Drive. The VIP opening is today, but the exhibit will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m. DO NOT drive there! You need to be dropped off in a cab, limo or yacht.
North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street) and Vanity Fair celebrate the opening of "Bill Viola: Liber Insularum" tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. for MoCA members, VIPs, exhibitors and invited guests.
Andre Saraiva's global nightclub, Le Baron, returns to Miami with a six-night pop-up edition during AB/MB 2012. This year, however, the nightclub will be elusive as well as exclusive, as they move to a new location each night starting tonight. And they'll only reveal the night's location at 6 p.m. daily via twitter.com/lebaronfamily and facebook.com/whereislebaron. We also hear that nightlife-obsessed art aficionados can go to the Free Spirits Sports Cafe (100 21st Street, Miami Beach) from 8 to 10 p.m. to find out the location and there will be a free shuttle from Free Spirits between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Tonight's edition of Le "mobil" Baron might be at the Rec Room (1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).
Shepard Fairey is DJing at the grand opening of a new spot from Amir Ben Zion (Bardot, gigi, Cooper Avenue) called The Garage (1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, South Beach).
Whitewall magazine celebrates their latest issue featuring Gilbert & George -- and also their new website -- tonight at the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Louis Roederer Champagne is the sponsor.
A new fair called Miami Project (NE 1st Avenue at NE 29th Street, Miami) opens today and runs through the 9th. They've got over 65 galleries housed in a modular structure in Midtown Miami.
Check out this year's Design Miami pavilion created by Daniel Arsham's NYC firm Snarkitecture. Look for it behind the Miami Beach Convention Center where it will be up through Sunday.
Swarovski collab'd with UK-based architect Asif Khan to create "Parhelia" -- that's Greek for "beside the sun." The immersive installation incorporates over one million crystals in a structure that's almost 20 feet tall and "explores the relationship between crystal, light, architecture and nature." Check it out at Design/Miami today through Sunday inside the Swarovski Crystal Palace.
Local gallerist Oliver Sanchez is hosting what might be the AB/MB show with the longest title: "100 Years of Artitude 1913 - 2013 Pataphysics for Dummies: Where Contradiction Meets Exception." Sanchez adds: "It's a centennial celebration of the artistic development of craft and culture." Sounds cool, no? The installation will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Swampspace Gallery (150 NE 42nd Street, Miami) and if you're heading down early, there's an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on December 1.
Another local Miami gallery, Spinello Projects (2930 NW 7th Avenue, Miami) is hosting a "collective" exhibition called "CLOSER" with an opening reception tonight at 7 p.m. The show examines how people interact with each other and includes works by 15 emerging artists including Naama Tsabar, Rowan Smith, Abby Double, Frederico Nessi and Ingrid Lee.
New York-based artist Desi Santiago is working on a huge installation for the Lords South Beach Hotel (1120 Collins Avenue) called "The Black Lords." The artist's work has been seen here in NYC at Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, Matthew Marks Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he's know for elaborate theatrical and performance pieces. In South Beach, he plans to transform the hotel into a "ravenous black dog named Gypsy" that will tell fortunes and respond to visitors' questions with sound, lasers and smoke. Perrier is sponsoring the installation and they are having a big VIP opening tonight, but "Gypsy" will be on view all week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
If you look inside the Hotel Astor (956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) you'll find a wine tasting and "aperitivos" in their new restaurant dei Frescobaldi this afternoon from 6 to 8:30 in honor of AB/MB 2012. Also, Costantino Padovano will be "music director" in the lounge every night until 2 a.m.
The Tides Hotel (1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) is hosting a series of "Sunset Sessions" with art and music from tonight until December 7th. It's presented by Monocle Order and Black Banditz.
Shoot the Lobster opens a site-specific project by Kyle Thurman today from 4 to 7 p.m. at 70 NW 20th Street, Miami.