Your Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Part V
Welcome to the fifth edition of our ongoing guide to Art Basel Miami Beach (check out editions I, II, III, and IV HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, respectively). Let's get started:
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 during AB/MB 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. Look for new "walls" including another by Shepard Fairey as well as a gallery exhibit.
Never before seen photos of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones will be on view at The Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. The shots are from the archives of Bob Bonis and were shot between 1964 and 1966 while he was the tour manager for both bands' first US tours. After Bonis passed away, his son took the photos to a rock 'n' roll memorabilia specialist who organized this "first Florida showcase of the images." The exhibit is free and open to the public all week.
Morgans Hotel Group will be opening a pop-up, "members only" version of the Parisian nightclub Silencio in their Delano South Beach (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The original club was designed by David Lynch and is named after the club in his film Mulholland Drive.
Breaking news: Not only will DJ TiÃ«sto be spinning at LIV on December 8, he's also scheduled for a performance and autograph signing at the GUESS store on Lincoln Road at 6 p.m. the same night.
A retrospective of works by Las Vegas-based artist Martin Kreloff will be on view from December 3rd to the 6th in the JW Marriott Hotel (1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami). The show will reunite many of the participants in an event called "Miami Says ART" that took place in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Miami and featured local cultural leaders each saying the word "ART."
In addition to the dozens of artists appearing on the music side of the UR1 Festival (Bayfront Park, Miami, December 8 & 9) there will also be a special film, visual art and live performance art aspect. "Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet" will ignite Isamu Noguchi's 100-foot "Light Tower" with a powerful outdoor laser at sundown on December 5. The Japanese-American artist redesigned Bayfront Park in the 80s. Also look for a "village" made from shipping containers that will feature screenings of music videos in a program titled "The Art of 5 Minutes" curated by Esther Park, programming director of Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center.
Scope Miami returns this year in a new Midtown Miami location at 110 NE 36th Street. Their 100,000-square-foot pavilion will house over 85 established galleries, plus another 20 new galleries that will be featured in Scope's "Breeder" program. Also this year, Vh1 is sponsoring a special outdoor lounge dedicated to "music, art and beyond" that will be open during regular fair hours. There's also an invite-only performance on Thursday, December 6, 7 to 11 p.m. by Canadian band Metric.
The Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) just announced that they'll be showing six individual solo projects during AB/MB in a special exhibit called "The Endless Renaissance." Rather than mount a curated group show, they'll be featuring six contemporary artists: Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Barry X Ball (USA), Walead Beshty (UK), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Ged Quinn (UK) and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand). The big opening is on Wednesday, December 5, from 9 p.m. to midnight.
FENDI has teamed with Belgian designer Maarten de Ceulaer for a project called "Transformations" that combines 2D and 3D designs and "shaped-wood forms covered in leather." It will be on view at Design Miami/2012.
For the first time in the US, Marni will show their "L'Arte del Ritratto" exhibition in their store at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue. The exhibit includes 125 chairs that will be sold to benefit Miami's Service Network for Children of Inmates, as well as photos by Francesco Jodice.