Art Basel Best Bets 2011

Photo: Tomas Loewy

So much art and so little time. Art Basel Miami Beach can certainly get overwhelming, whether you are a patron of the arts, or a partier of the arts. Of course there are the major players – like the official Art Basel showcase, Art Miami, Design Miami, Scope and Red Dot fairs. But we decided to dig deeper, see what’s going on at some of the satellite spots, and who’s piggy-backing on the influx of art. So from dinner parties to pig pen parties, here’s what we like for Art Basel week in Miami.

Can’t Miss These

The Pig That Therefore I Am
Where: Primary Projects, 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami Design District
When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 6 – 10 p.m.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to live with a pig, and feel fine with some swine? Miru Kim’s performance piece of “The Pig That Therefore I Am”, will be on full view at Primary Projects during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 as she lives with pigs in a makeshift pen. Kim’s previous performances have had her come into intimate, often dangerous, contact with a caged throng of live pigs at an industrial-sized pig farm. A self-professed hygiene freak, the performance emerges as a catalyst and nightmare for the 30 year-old photographer, lauded and decried for photographs placing her naked body set against forgotten industrial and urban landscapes. She will be reinterpreting these performances at a smaller scale at Primary Projects. A glass barrier will act as “an insatiable gap between the spectacle and the onlooker, just like in a zoo,” she told the Associated Press.

ABSOLUT MIAMI Installation
Where: 2700 NW 2nd Ave. (corner of NW 2nd Ave. and 27th St.), Wynwood
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4. Open to the public from 1 – 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Private events from 8 – 11 p.m. Thursday – Saturday.
ABSOLUT vodka has created an art gallery in the heart of Wynwood headlined by infamous street artist Mr. Brainwash (friend of Banksy, featured in the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop). He will be showcasing unique content inspired by the ABSOLUT bottle and other staples of pop culture conversation. (Expect a larger than life spray can somewhere on the premises.) The centerpiece of the event will be a two-story container that has been transformed into a gallery and bar, featuring an open-air second floor and glass walls on the first floor, so you don’t miss any of the action. Friday night, with a special musical performance by Twin Shadows, is considered the can’t-miss night of the installation.

Seth Browarnik’s Art of Night
Where: Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins, Ave., Miami Beach
When: Wed., Nov. 30. Open to the public from 1 – 6 p.m. Invite-only grand opening event 9 p.m. – midnight
Miami-based celebrity photographer Seth Browarnik will have 51 images from over 15 years of work on display in the lobby of the newly renovated hotel for this themed event. The collection of images – 47 framed in sizes ranging between 6 feet and 24 inches, 3 displayed in lightboxes around the pool, and one turned into a 12-foot vinyl wall print – capture nightlife and celebrity shot around the world, and not just in Miami. Expect to see intimate and candid images of Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Lindsay Lohan, Karl Lagerfeld along with iconic locations. The images have been printed on metallic paper (Digital C Print) providing more bling to the night. The opening party will feature DJ Mia Moretti, electric violinist Caitlin Moe, and will be styled by famed nightlife virtuoso Susanne Bartsch.

The Underbelly Project / Miami
Where: 78 NW 25th St. in Wynwood
Last year in New York, 103 artists went underground to fill an abandoned subway station with all sorts of creations. For Art Basel, two curators of the Underbelly Project are featuring the work of 35 of the original artists, including well-known names such as Swoon, Ron English and The London Police. The gallery space will replicate the feel of the empty N.Y. station, and recorded sounds and a video of the subway installation is part of the experience. (Originally on Miami Beach, the show got too big for their Collins Ave. space and moved to Wynwood.)

Design Showhouse
Where: Paramount Bay, 2020 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 15-18.
Tickets: $25 at
Elle Decor brings its own kind of public installation – a showhouse of inspired spaces in a 47-story waterfront condo tower. The inaugural showhouse was held in San Francisco last year. A group of marquee interior and landscape designers picked by Elle Decor are tasked with transforming a blank 10,000-square-foot penthouse into a wow space with a view. The penthouse is on the 43rd floor of Paramount Bay, at Bayshore Drive in northeast Coconut Grove. The roster of designers, most of whom are based in South Florida, includes Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, Vincenzo Avanzato, Lars Bolander, Tamzin Greenhill, Wade Allyn Hallock, Larry Laslo, Lynda Murray, Mario Nievera & Keith Williams, James Wall and Deborah Wecselman. Each is assigned to a specific room or terrace. Earlier this year, rock star Lenny Kravitz was tapped to create the artistic vision at Paramount Bay, which is expected to be completed early next year. Proceeds from the showhouse will benefit Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH).

Homegrown Art

Official Scope Pre-Party at Spinello Projects
Where: 150 NW 42nd St., Design District
When: Thurs., Dec. 1, 7 – 10 p.m.
Curated by Anthony Spinello and hosted by Dan and Kathryn Mikesell, the event will inhabit the discarded schoolhouse space located in the Design District and present a triple set of solo exhibitions from Miami-based artists Typoe, Agustina Woodgate and Santiago Rubino. Sounds by Parisian Twin Duo William Wilson Doppelganger  and Lolo. The Twins are a selector DJ tandem who distill a clever musical cocktail including oldies, new wave to hypest electro pop remixes. Signed copies by Typoe of “Skulls in Contemporary Art & Design” curated by Patrice Farameh, will be available at the event.

Graffiti Gone Global event
Where: The Rotunda Space, 3252 NE 1st Ave., Suite 101, Midtown
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m. except Sunday till 4 p.m.)
Graffiti Gone Global presents the designs of architects Marc Fornes and Volkan Alkanoglu along with artist and curator Billi Kid and the digital agency Branger Briz.  This conceptual, non-linear structure took month to assemble by hand, with more than 80 nodes, 12,000 parts and 100,000 connectors to create this temporary Midtown monument – 16 feet above the ground.

Creative Outlets

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Where: Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
When: Sun., Nov. 27 – Sun., Dec. 4, all day
Take out your cameras, because this may be the most popular photo op during Basel. If you like flowers, then Will Ryman’s 65th Street sculpture is a must see. The mammoth rose bed, which measures 20-feet high, will blossom on the hotel’s beachfront. Expect to see pink and red blossoms springing up from steel stems.

Pop Up Pianos
Where: 2417 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sat., Dec. 3
Presented by Steinway Piano Gallery and The Black Key Group, Pop Up Piano is a public art project inspired by the New York City organization Sing for Hope. Ten pianos have been donated by Steinway and strategically placed in locations around the city where “pop-up” performances will be held. Ten artists have customized the pianos ranging from graffiti to 3D sculptures. The pianos will be donated to Miami Dade public schools.

Video Killed the Art Star

SoundScape Park
Where: SoundScape Park, 500 17th St.,  Miami Beach; 305-673-3331
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Outside of the New World Center artistic films selected by David Gryn, director of London’s Artprojx, will be displayed on the building’s 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall.

Peter Sarkisian: New Work
Where: Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The pioneer in video sculpture exhibited a car door with a projection of a man driving in the window. Or perhaps you saw the milky white liquid moving around in bowls, with tiny people swimming in them. Sarkisian’s ground-breaking work is back for a high-profile showing of his latest, which incorporate video again but also new materials in which to wrap those moving images, creating another 3-D feat.

Super Exclusive

Interview Magazine Party
Where: 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
When: Tues., Nov. 29, 8:30 p.m. Invite only
Interview magazine hosts a party with Peter Brant and Tobias Meyer of Sotheby’s to honor Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. The new Ferrari 458 Spider will be unveiled along with some art: a new video work by Marco Brambilla inspired by Formula One racing.

Karaoke VIP
Where: Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins, Ave., Miami Beach
When: Wed., Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Leave it to Andre Saraiva to resurrect his defunct Parisian club, Paris Paris, at the beach karaoke staple Studio A space that resides under the hotel. Each night will feature cabaret performances and karaoke. Guest-list and invite only, so you better start working your contacts. A perfect way to unwind after a busy day with art.

Body Painting Parties

Trey Speegle: You/Me
Where: Hotel Breakwater, 940 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
When: Thurs., Dec. 1, 7 – 10 p.m.
Popular contemporary artist Trey Speegle will host a private rooftop party at the hotel’s “Intimissi Lounge” rooftop penthouse overlooking Ocean Drive. The exclusive event, which launches his four-day “You/Me” exhibit at the hotel, will feature live body paint-by-numbers by Trey Speegle, signature “You/Me” cocktails and sounds by DJ Valdemar.

Death of Lies
Where: Baoli-Vita, 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
When: Thur., Dec. 1
Montreal-based artist Carlito Dalceggio, responsible for the creation of many large-scale pieces for international company headquarters including Cirque du Soleil and L’Oréal Canada, has created two Pinocchio that will be on display in the restaurant. They will depict the 1940 Walt-Disney character accessorized with pop culture images and bold colored outfits. The show, dubbed “Death of Lies”, is positioned by Dalceggio as a never ending mantra, where the Pinocchio statues have similar qualities, but using his imagination through art, he is able to transform them into something different. In addition, Dalceggio will perform live painting on a free-standing wall in the restaurant, and body painting on two elegant models.