Art Basel Miami 2011: Things To Look Out For, Part II

Gary Pini
Last week we started getting riled up for Art Basel Miami and learned that this December's installment will feature outdoor video art, that Mark Handforth will be having an exhibit and Neon Indian will be performing. Here are some more Art Basel Miami tidbits we've learned since.

Before there was Art Basel Miami, there was Art Miami.  And this year marks the 22nd edition of the popular fair running from November 29 to December 4 in a 125,000 square-foot pavilion in Miami's Wynwood Arts District.  Opening night's VIP preview will benefit the Lotus House Women's Shelter.

Gallery owner Gary Nader plans to open Miami's first full auction house (art, cars, wine, antiques etc.) this season.  Located in his Nader Arts Centre (62 NE 27th Street) there's going to be a big launch with a private dinner on November 30 and an auction on December 1.

On the live music front, we hear that YACHT, Wolf + Lamb and Miami Horror are all playing at The Electric Pickle Company (2826 North Miami Avenue, Miami) during the week (December 1, 2 and 3) and Yelle is at the Filmore Miami Beach on December 2.

Hotel changes include the takeover of The Hotel Victor by New York's Thompson group with a re-model and re-branding as the Thompson Ocean Drive.  Also the classic deco hotel The Waldorf (860 Ocean Drive) has re-opened as part of the Spanish Room Mate Hotels chain.

The non-profit cultural organization Miami Light Project moved to a new space for performance, music and art called The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami) in Wynwood.  If you're down in Miami next month, be sure to attend their official grand opening on October 7.

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