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Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2014: Part 5

by Gary Pini
Tim Burton's new film Big Eyes headlines the AB/MB film program with a special screening on December 5th, 8:30 p.m., at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.  It's the story of Walter Keane, the mysterious painter of waifs with "big eyes," who's works turned out to have actually been made by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The screening is free, but get there super early.  Many other films submitted by participating galleries will be shown in a new, specially-designed screening room inside the convention center and nightly in SoundScape Park outside the New World Symphony (500 17th Street, South Beach).  The complete schedule is HERE.
    
Russell and Danny Simmons celebrate the 5th anniversary of their "Artisan Series" with a big party for the 2014 finalists and winner -- and a special performance by Miguel -- at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday, December 4th.  Since 2010, they've searched for and helped emerging artists by showcasing their work during AB/MB.  This year's big winner will also receive a solo show during SCOPE NYC in March 2015.  Bombay Sapphire has collab'd and sponsored since the inception.

Our friends at GAYLETTER are having a big party called "Basel, Honey!" on Saturday, December 6th, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., at TSL Lounge (167 NW 23rd Street, Wynwood, Miami)  Co-hosts on the night are Miami Eccentrics and the Kodex Agency.  Music by Kim Ann Foxman, Honey Soundsystem and Mystic Bill; plus there will be fab decor by San Fran's Phillip Fillastre and crew.
   

The fab Alchemist shop on level 5 of the Herzog & De Meuron-designed parking garage on Lincoln Road, is set to top last year's cool Colette collab with a week-long installation called "AIRBALL."  They are installing a "basketball arcade" designed by Snarkitecture, where you can shoot some hoops or just chill to DJs and shop for new collabs from Rick Owens, Del Toro, Rochambeau and more.  Alchemist and Snarkitecture host an "AIRBALL" party at the Delano on Friday, December 5th, with a performance by Travis Scott, along with a DJ set from Virgil Abloh. (Supermodel Erin Wasson will host a private event in the store right before the big party at the Delano on Friday.)


Miami-based footware brand Del Toro ( 2750 NW 3rd Avenue #22, Miami) is also celebrating the second anniversary of their Wynwood boutique on Thursday, December 4th, from 4 to 7 p.m.
 
The Sagamore -- aka Miami's "Art Hotel" -- just announced their latest exhibition, "Screen Play: Moving Image Art," opening in November and on view throughout AB/MB. The show explores the moving image and it's relationship to other media over a period of six decades via artists including John Baldessari, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, Merce Cunningham and others.  It was curated by Lori Zippay of Electronic Arts IntermixThe Sagamore's (1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach) 13th Art Basel brunch is on Saturday, December 6th.

The bragging rights for being Miami's first art fair surely belong to Art Miami.  Now in its 25th year, the fair also includes CONTEXT -- dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists -- and Aqua Art Miami, as well as the original fair hosting over 130 international galleries in their Midtown Miami location.  The private VIP preview on Tuesday, December 2nd, is a benefit for PAMM and then it's open daily through December 7th.

Ian Schrager (and Marriott) launch their latest Edition hotel (2901 Collins Avenue at 29th Street) with parties from top to bottom.  On December 3rd, there's a private dance party with London's Horse Meat Disco DJs in the basement in honor of the hotel's designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg.  And in the penthouse, Absolut Elyx will create an private, pop-up club called Casa Elyx with cocktail parties, book launches etc. happening all week.  We can't wait to check out this new hotel and are happy to hear that Ben Pundole is involved. Supposedly there's a bowling alley in the basement.

 As usual, the Morgan's Hotel Group has a super-busy week of events lined up including a Snarkitecture (Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen) installation in the lobby of the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) and Jen Stark and Misaki Kuwai's "Teepee Project," featuring their interpretations of historic teepee painting, at the Mondrian. (1100 West Avenue, South Beach)  Le Baron -- celebrating their 10-years-running Miami pop-up -- will be in the Delano's basement nightclub FDR nightly. There will also be an Art Markit pop-up shop and a Vanity Projects nail salon poolside at the Mondrian.

Miami Marine Stadium -- designed by Hilario Candela and built on Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway in 1963 -- is raising money for a total restoration, and they're having a big street art exhibition during AB/MB.  Featured artists include: Ron English, Doze Green, Risk, Tristan Eaton, Crash, The London Police, Astrik and many more.  The event is hosted by the Art History Mural Project, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, with proceeds from sales of one-of-a-kind works and limited editions going to the restoration.  The show will be open to the public at 5 NW 36th Street, Midtown Miami, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., from December 2nd to the 7th. There's also an "invite only" reception on December 1st.  The Miami Boat Show plans to move to the stadium in 2016.

Christie's and the Marriott hotel group are hosting a pop-up gallery featuring original works by Andy Warhol on December 3rd and 4th in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).  All the works -- including paintings, photos, prints and works on paper --  are from the Andy Warhol Foundation, with proceeds benefiting their grant-making program.  Stop by the hotel's fifth floor and have a look between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days.  There's also a private VIP lunch and panel discussion on Tuesday.

If you're heading down to Miami early in the week, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) plus FLAUNT and Paddle8 are having their big gala on Monday, December 1st, 7 p.m., at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue, South Beach). They'll be celebrating "innovative women in arts and culture" with dinner and dancing and a big auction of works by artists including Hernan Bas, Sam Falls, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Raymond Pettibon and others.  Tickets are available HERE.

 Part 1 of Our Mega Guide is HERE, Part 2 is HERE, Part 3 is HERE and Part 4 is HERE







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