Art’s Winter Playground

Miami Hosts America's Art Week

Art Basel Miami Beach is once again upon us bringing with it a swarm of satellite art fairs and parties that envelope the entire city. From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, Upper East Side, Brickell Avenue, downtown, Mid-Town, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host arguably the largest convergence of people from the international art world to descend upon a single locale for the entire year. So, get your calendars ready and support as many of these unique events as you can – oh, and invest in a piece, or two, while you’re at it! SocialMiami’s 2008 Art Basel Guide is sponsored by D&G Fine Art in Wynwood.

December 1 – 7

Watch for The Wolfsonian’s Smart Cars zooming around the streets of Miami, each customized with a quote about democracy from a renowned artist or designer with graphics created by Elliott Earls, Cranbrook Academy of Art’s artist-in-residence.

ForArt Basel VIP’s and Wolfsonian Propagandist+ members a special reception designed by Kate Spade on December 5 from 8 to 11 p.m. Elliott Earls performs a piece inspired by the Thoughts on Democracy exhibit. Award-winning British photographer Martin Parr will be on hand to capture images from the event. Signed, limited edition prints will be on sale in the Museum Shop on December 6 with proceeds going to support The Wolfsonian. Call for membership information.

Free and open to the public on December 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. – Design Marathon: Five Minutes of Designed Freedom with 35 artists taking the stage for 5 minutes to express themselves. This event celebrates our right to freedom of expression and honors Dutch designer Wim Crouwel. Debbie Millman of Design Matters will moderate. A multi-media performance by Elliott Earls follows at 5:30 p.m.

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Meet Sandro Chia at an exclusive evening of Art & Wine to kick off an exciting week of art in Miami. Philip Hoffman, CEO of The Fine Art Fund Group, London, will provide an overview of the art fairs and special events coincident with Art Basel. Begin with a Prosecco cocktail reception at the Azul Bar and enjoy delectable light bites by Azul’s star chef, Clay Conley and a tasting of premium wines from Castello Romitorio, introduced by winemaker Filippo Chia and artist/owner Sandro Chia. $50 p/p, plus tax and gratuity.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami

Thru December

Opera Gallery’s exhibit “Pop and Photography” features the richly diverse photography and silkscreen collections of Bert Stern. Legendary in American fashion and celebrity portrait photography, Stern shot the publicity photographs of Sue Lyon for the classic film Lolita and created portraits of many highly-acclaimed celebrities. His best-known work was commissioned by Vogue magazine, titled The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe shot over a three day period and taken just six weeks before her death. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Opera Gallery in Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

Through December 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new Frost Art Museum at Florida International University opened Saturday, November 29 with six exhibitions, including “Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” Through Art Basel week, the museum will be open daily to accommodate visitors. Admission is free.

Free and open to the public – The Sixth Annual Breakfast in the Park, hosted by the Frost Art Museum at FIU, features an informal lecture by sculptor Joel Shapiro. Guests will enjoy an elegant complimentary outdoor breakfast and guided tours of the sculpture park at FIU, including two sculptures created by Shaprio in 2006 and 2007. Breakfast in the Park is an official Art Basel-sponsored event. RSVP’s are strongly suggested.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 S.W. 17th Street, Miami

December 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Emeshel, founded in 2004 in Budapest, is a company known for its high quality, individuality, creativity and total commitment to handmade production. The original Emeshel Home Collection was the first to market with a unique range of glass and crystal collectibles for the home. Celebrating the opening exhibition, the company’s founder and award-winning crystal designer Emeshel will be at the gallery all day on Tuesday, December 2. The special exhibition is open to the public daily from December 1 to 7 for South Floridians and visiting Art Basel guests.

Emeshel Gallery
3930 N.E. 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Miami Design District.

December 2 & 4

Anri Sala: Purchase Not By Moonlight – December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The first major U.S. museum exhibition of Albanian-born artist Anri Sala from the 1990s to the present opens at MOCA with a opening reception hosted by Vanity Fair and Grey Goose. During the reception “Spurious Emission,” an original score by Sala, will be performed by members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Admission is $25; free for MOCA members, Art Basel VIPs, exhibitors and City of North Miami residents and employees.

The Possibility of an Island – December 4 from 9 a.m. to noon
MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 N.W. 26th Street, Wynwood Art District
Taking its inspiration and title from a novel by provocative French author Michel Houellebecq, this exhibition features works by a group of international artists that pose existential questions in the face of an elusive future, exploring the poetic and philosophical sides of science fiction. Organized by MOCA, the exhibition is curated by Ruba Katrib, MOCA Assistant Curator.

MOCA Shaker Art Basel Party – December 4 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Gansevoort Hotel, 2399 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Enjoy cocktails and socializing with MOCA Shakers and the artists featured in The Possibility of an Island. The party is sponsored by Travel + Leisure.

Extended hours at MOCA: December 3 – 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to MOCA is free for Art Basel VIPs, MOCA members, North Miami residents and employees and children under 12; general admission is $5 adults, $3 students with ID and seniors. Admission to MOCA at Goldman Warehouse is by donation.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami

December 2 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Patrick Mimran’s “Temple Steps” photography exhibit will be presented by Hamburg Kennedy. Mimran, an installation artist best known for his “Billboard Project,” exhibits his most recent endeavor, a series of visually stunning, 8′ x 6′ photographs of escalators captured in Tokyo from 2006 to 2008. Titled “Temple Steps,” Mimran chose the name because he feels that “today’s malls are the new temple of the 21st century, and fashion a new God.” Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Hamburg Kennedy Photography & Art
120 N.E. 27th Street, Bay 100
Wynwood Arts District
305-534-0008 or

December 2 at 7 p.m.

Lawrence Savage is expanding his art presence to two new locations where the lifestyle niche of art and culture thrive: Miami’s Design District and the Wynwood Art District. The East Village Gallery in Wynwood opens withStratum, an exhibition that unites six progressive artists from the east coast’s metropolitan hubs. The exhibit includes emerging artists Shie Moreno, Leonardo Hidalgo, Alex Brewer, Rachel Mouial, Natalia Yovane and Richard Hambleton, and will unveil Todji Kurtzman’s 12 foot sculpture weighing over 2000 pounds. Complimentary beverages provided by Grey Goose in the outdoor lounge; musical vibes provided by DJ Drop D alongside Liv Afro-Cuban Jazz performances.

East Village Gallery
3450 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art Distrct

Stunning Group Show at D&G Fine Art

D & G Art Design Gallery is the result of combining years of experience, creating an exciting fusion of art and design in Miami. During this edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, D & G Fine Art is excited to bring some of the greatest emerging international talents to Wynwood.

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December 2 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Galerie Adler Bertin Toublanc will celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 with an exhibition of 49 featured global artists. Laurent Elie Badessi’s (USA) stunning, politically-controversial “American Dream” is one of nine solo shows, joining Chinese, American and Argentinean group shows, along with works by Liu Bolin (China), Eva & Adele (Germany), Peter Anton (USA), Spencer Tunick (USA), Luo Brothers (China) and Huang Gang (China) in a veritable parade of international art world superstars. Hours are Tues – Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Galerie Adler Bertin Toublanc
2534 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District

December 2 – 7

Midtown Miami’s The Station is the venue for an exciting array of museum-quality artworks, housed within a massive 12,000 square foot architectural environment, the interior of which is still completely raw and unbuilt, with the vestiges of construction lending the exhibition a sense of flux. The exhibition is co-curated by Shamim M. Momin (Co-Curator of the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials) and New York-based artist and curator Nate Lowman and will include commissioned, site-specific installations, new works and borrowed works.

Midblock East
3250 N.E. 1st Avenue, Midtown Miami

December 2 – 7

In Fashion Photo will feature an exclusive collection of more than 250 contemporary works of photographic art by more than 35 of the world’s leading icons in fashion photography. On exhibit will be a Naomi Campbell Retrospective by many of today’s most respected fashion photographers who have captured the supermodel’s elegance and cutting-edge glamour through the years. This collection will be exclusively unveiled on December 2 personally by Naomi Campbell as part of her special visit to Miami for In Fashion Photo. Hours are December 2 – 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

Municipal Parking Lot #54
Between N.E. 2nd Avenue and 1st Court
Miami’s Design District

Amy Rosenberg Talks Art Basel

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December 2 – 7

At the third installment of Bridge Miami Beach visitors can browse nearly 80 rooms in the two host hotels displaying fresh and innovative works of international emerging and contemporary art.

Bridge is expanding its presence in Miami with the inaugural Bridge Miami Wynwood, offering collectors, art professionals and visitors a boutique-style booth fair easily accessible in the heart of Midtown Miami. Hours are Wed – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Catalina and Maxine Hotels
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
N.E. 1st Avenue and 34th Street
Wynwood Art District

December 2 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Arne Quinze: Sculptures and David LaChapelle: Jesus is My Homeboy (pictured) opens at Wolfgang Roth & Partners. Quinze’s sculptures, a collection of houses for the future serves as a parody to the way people currently live – in rapidly built structures that lack a vision of sustainability. LaChapelle’s 6-piece photography series that first appeared in 2003 in the British magazine I-D, is a reminder that the historical Jesus was, in fact, an advocate for the outcasts and downtrodden of society.

Wolfgang Roth & Partners, Fine Art
201 N.E. 39th Street, 2nd Floor
Miami Design District

December 3 – 7

Artformz presents an outdoor sculpture exhibit entitled Giants in the City. Ten celebrated artists have come together to design, create, and exhibit “giant” inflatable sculptures infused with sunshine during the day and illuminated at night. Participating Artists: Gustavo Acosta; Jose Bedia; Robert Chambers; Elisabeth Condon; Maria de la Vega; Anja Marais; Alejandro Mendoza; Angel Ricardo Rios; Alette Simmons-Jimenez; Michelle Weinberg. Free and open to the public.

Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

December 3 – 6

Design Miami/ is the pre-eminent international fair for limited-edition design. It will be celebrating its fourth year with a thrilling architectural commission by Aranda\Lasch. Underlining the show’s identity as a nexus for art, architecture and design, a temporary structure is being created as the fair’s main location to house exhibiting galleries. Design Miami/ brings together the world’s most illustrious design galleries from as far as Tokyo, Copenhagen, Paris, Shanghai and New York to exhibit in the Miami Design District.

N.E. 39th Street & 1st Court
Miami Design District

December 3 – 7

Art Miami 2008, the city’s prestigious, long-running contemporary art fair, showcases a wide variety of art from more than 100 leading national and international contemporary galleries and institutions. In its 19th edition, Art Miami has added the BlackRock Art Video | New Media Lounge. Hours are Wed – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for one-day pass ($30 w/catalog), $20 for multi-day ($35 w/catalog), $10 for students and seniors. Pictured: Michael Thompson, Woman with White Mask, 1998 – Digital C-Print 60″ x 76″ ed 5, Courtesy of Hasted Hunt Gallery.

The Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown Miami Arts District
Midtown Boulevard (NE 1st Ave.)
Between NE 32nd & NE 31st streets

December 3 – 7

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) presents the 6th edition of the NADA Art Fair. Featuring 88 emerging art galleries from 19 countries, the NADA Art Fair is renowned for its diverse, high quality group of exhibitors as well as its unique atmosphere in the vast sound stages and gardens at the Ice Palace Studios. The fair is free and open to the public Weds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening night preview is on Tues benefiting the New Museum, New York, and sponsored by Banana Republic.

The Ice Palace
1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami

December 3 – 7

PULSE Miami 2008, now in its 4th year, presents leading international galleries and artists showcasing the latest movements in contemporary art in powerful architectural environments. In addition to presenting a selection of original installations and large-scale sculptures, the Fair will showcase PULSE Performance, PULSE PLAY and Geisai Miami, a juried group of young artists. Hours: Wed 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thurs – Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15; students/seniors/groups $10.

Soho Studios
2136 N.W. 21st Street
Wynwood Art District

December 3 at 8 p.m.

ArtCenter/South Florida presents Kaiju Monster Invasion Miami Beach 2008, an exhibition featuring Japanese monster-inspired interpretations by renowned contemporary western and eastern artists. After experiencing the Atomic Bomb, Godzilla (a radioactive lizard) and Gamera (a giant flying turtle) became the mutant brainchildren of anti-nuclear cinema. Half a century later, Lowbrow and Pop Surrealists have been inspired by and amassed their own collections of the famed vinyl monsters.

December 5 at 8 p.m. – Meet the Artists and Artists Signing
December 6 at 8 p.m. – Kaiju Themed Computer Music Performance

ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

December 3 – 9

NOBE 67 ART is a new art event in Miami where galleries and artists will exhibit in the Deauville’s 20,000 square foot ballroom. Open daily from noon to 9 p.m., there are free shuttles every 30 minutes to and from the Miami Beach Convention Center and Wynwood Art District.

Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-865-8511, Ext 3254

December 3 – 7

The third edition of the Red Dot Fair features 40 galleries exhibiting modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper. Its niche in the Miami market is galleries that present significant and accessible work beyond the borders of fashionable trends, providing both new and veteran collectors a sophisticated roster of exhibitors in a professional and lively setting. Open Wed – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. VIP reception is Tues from 3 to 6 p.m. and the general reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Midtown Miami
3501 N.E. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District

December 3 – 7

Sculpt Miami is the only art space completely dedicated to showcasing contemporary sculptures. Hours are Wed – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for a one-day pass; $10 for a day pass and catalog; $8 for a multi-day pass; $13 multi-day pass and catalog; half price for seniors; and free for students, school instructors and art organization employees. Catalogs are $10.00.

46 N.W. 36th Street
Wynwood Art District

December 3 – 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, known as CIFO, presents The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. The exhibition is curated by Leanne Mella and showcases contemporary art works that articulate the ways in which artists respond to the exercise of power in contemporary life. CIFO’s hours during Art Basel are Wed – Sun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
1018 North Miami Avenue

December 4 – 7

From December 4 to 7, Miami Beach will be home to the 7th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the celebrated international art show. More than 240 leading galleries from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia will be taking part. On the eve of the opening, invited guests from around the world will attend the prestigious Vernissage. During the show’s five-day run, more than 40,000 art lovers are expected to visit the international art show. Its list of exhibiros and artists makes Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show of the Americas for 20th-century classics and contemporary art.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr.
Miami Beach

December 4 – 7

ArtNexus, proud Art Basel Miami Beach partner, once again hosts official guided tours of the convention center show. Qualified art critics and art historians, carefully selected by ArtNexus, will lead the public in developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of some of the best works presented by participating galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. ArtNexus Tours are available in both English and Spanish, and last one hour. General Tours (walk-ins) are $17 per person. Private Tours for up to 10 people are $160, at a time specified by the group, depending on availability of tour guides. To book private tours or for additional information, contact Carl Hilderbrand by phone or email.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
305-891-7270, Ext. 4 (Carl Hilderbrand)

December 4 – 7

In keeping with Gen Art’s philosophy of championing emerging art forms and tearing down the boundaries between artists and audiences, the Gen Art Vanguard Fair creates a forum for dialogue to further define the “New Contemporary.” Gen Art’s Vanguard show focuses on a small select group of galleries that have been essential to the New Contemporary art movement’s growth over the last decade and represent this new chapter in 21st century art. This revolutionary fair is poised to be an important and influential exposition for the international contemporary art scene at large. Fair dates and hours: Thurs VIP and press preview from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m.; Fri – Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gen Art Party on Fri from 8 p.m. to midnight.

2135 N.W. 1st Avenue
Wynwood Arts District

December 4 – 7

Unique among the satellite fairs in Miami, INK Miami 2008 is a focused exhibition showcasing contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists. This year’s fair will feature 13 exhibitors who offer a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just-published editions by leading contemporary artists. The fair opens with a Preview Breakfast on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Open Thurs – Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Suites of Dorchester Hotel
1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
212-674-6095 (Michele Senecal)

December 4 – 7

Francesco LoCastro, South Florida’s ambassador of the national new contemporary art scene including Lowbrow, Pop Surrealist and Street Art, will be at the curatorial helm of Ginzatropicalia’s second edition. Alongside the work of eleven international graffiti artists and Sushisamba’s pop-up restaurant, Sugarcane Lounge, this year’s event will capture the vibe of the streets within the gallery space with progressive break-dancing, cutting-edge fashion and a ‘green’ skate ramp to showcase the gravity-defying tricks of Miami skateboarders. Free.

3250 N.E. 1st Avenue, Suite 101
Midtown Miami

Beginning December 4

MAM Party on the Plaza – December 4 from 8 to 11 p.m.
You’ll recognize the party – it’s happening beneath Jeff Koons’ 53-foot reflective silver rabbit floating above the Cultural Plaza! Hosted by the Trustees of Miami Art Museum and presented by Interview and 56 Leonard, Party on the Plaza is for MAM guests and Art Basel VIP’s. Join special guests Jeff Koons, Daniel Arsham, John Henry and Yinka Shonibare for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Shuttle service available from Miami Beach Convention Center.

Annual Parodi Lecture in Philosophy of Art – December 7 at 11 a.m.
Matthew Kieran, senior lecturer in philosophy at Leeds University in England, will speak on the philosophy of transgressive art, or art that bucks the norms of contemporary social custom. Admission is free.

MAM Ball – December 6
The annual not-to-miss black-tie gala is held traditionally during Art Basel week, attracting local arts patrons and international guests.

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

December 4 – 7

SCOPE Art Fair, Miami’s original emerging contemporary art fair, and ART ASIA have joined forces to create a dynamic partnership. The two fairs will maintain their unique identities with separate pavilions presenting a combined 135 exhibitors from over 36 countries. First View opens December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – free for Art Basel VIPs and press or $100 donation at the door to benefit the SCOPE Foundation. Fair Hours Thurs – Sat from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15; students $10.

2951 NE 1st Avenue & NE 30th
Wynwood Art District

December 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hundreds of drawings, created by artists, celebrities and other VIPs, will be sold for $50.00 each to benefit Florida International University’s Masters in Fine Art program. The mystery element: the artist of each piece is unveiled only at the time of purchase. Past celebrity artists have included Madonna and her daughter Lourdes, Roberto Cavalli, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia and Whoopi Goldberg. This year’s celebrity artists include Cesare Paciotti (shoe designer), Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Roy Black, Lili Estefan, Belkys Nerey, Lynn Martinez, Univision network news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Legendary music producer Phil Ramone (producer of Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel and Celine Dion), Jon Secada, Legendary Jose Feliciano, Oscar nominated actor Andy Garcia, the grand diva Patti Labelle, Carlos Santana and John Legend.

The Ritz-Carlton
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

December 4 from 8 to 10 p.m.

NWSA Visual Arts alumni are generously donating artwork to their alma mater for an art exhibition and auction to benefit NWSA. Works by these professional artists, who are already leaving their mark in the arts world, will be on display and available for bid. The auction is free and open to the public.

New World Gallery
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Building 5
25 N.E. 2nd Street, Downtown Miami

Opening December 4

Russian Dreams, an exhibition opening at the Bass Museum of Art, presents a selection of cutting-edge works by contemporary artists from Russia. Curated by Olga Sviblova, who curated the Russian Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, the exhibition explores Russian art’s evolution from the pre-Glasnost era to the present day. The work of modern Russian artists are juxtaposed with the new generation of young artists. The first group of artists came to prominence in the 1980- 90s, during the epoch of the Russian underground, and the latter group of artists- currently between 20 and 30 years old – developed their work in a new, post-Perestroika Russia when government bans on personal expression were lifted, changing the scope of established artists’ work.

Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue, Miami Beach

Daily from December 4 to 7

Daily Art Basel Conversations present distinguished artists, art collectors, museum directors, curators, and critics who offer an insider’s view and lively exchanges of ideas on important aspects of the international art world. Panel discussions are from 10 to 11 a.m. and immediately following there is time allotted for the audience to approach the panel in a more informal fashion. December 4: artists Chuck Close and Vik Muniz; December 5: The Future of the Museum | Africa, America and the World; December 6: The Artist as Philanthropist; December 7: Los Angeles, an “Alternate Artworld Model?” with Billy Al Bengston. Art Basel Conversations are free and open to the public.

Ar t Guest Lounge, Entrance D, Miami Beach Convention Center

December 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Bakehouse Art Complex presents “Paraphernalia,” curated by Carol Damian, Peter Boswell and Bernice Steinbaum. The word paraphernalia has evolved over time. What is now loosely defined as “equipment, apparatus or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity”, historically referred to a bride’s property beyond her dowry. The humorous, historical, political and personal aspects of the word or idea of “paraphernalia” is explored in the paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, video and photography in this nationally juried exhibition.

Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd Street, Wynwood Art District

December 5

Sunrise Bubbles Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.
Acclaimed furniture designer, Stefano Bigo, showcases a live photo shoot of his new line, GLOBOS, from La Cividina. The special design breakfast is open to both the trade and the public.

Sunset Art Culture from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This special art event, presented and curated by renowned art connoisseur and collector Oswaldo Agudelo, features an exhibition of fine artists and a concert by Vino Tinto. Exhibited artists include A/k/rona, Eduardo Naranjo, Eloisa Castellanos, Fernando Cifuentes Soro, Gersain Muriel, Jorge Jimenez Deredia, Gustavo Duque, Helbert Ortiz, Marjolein van der Sluis, Paolo Cordano, Pilar Cocero, Raquel Glottman and Ruperto Cabrera.

Both D&G events are sponsored by Urban Icons Marketing and Design District Magazine.

D&G Art and Design Gallery
540 N.W. 28th Street, Wynwood Art District

December 5 – 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. Daily

Pool Art Fair is the successor to the acclaimed New York Independent Art Fair and focuses on innovative and undiscovered artists that do not have representation in art galleries. The fair’s simple approach offers an exciting alternative to the art fair experience. Open December 5 – 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. Reception for the Artists is December 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Cavalier Hotel
1320 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
(305) 531-3555

December 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the third year in a row, Russell Simmons brings his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation event to Miami during Art Basel week. Join co-hosts Russell Simmons, Allison & Chip Brady, and Diane N. Weiss, along with Sarah Arison, Kim Wood, Jillian Jacobson-Altit, Nicole & Edgar Lozano, Alison Sokol Zhuk, Elsie Howard, Amy Rosenberg, Erin Newberg, Kelly Gold, and Dr. Anthony Japour at Jackie Abraham Jewelers for a decadent shopping event featuring cocktails, cuisine, and carats. Twenty percent of sales benefits Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation from December 6 – 12 just by mentioning the word “Rush.” Sponsors include, Quintessentially,, Emack & Bolio’s, Miami Magazine and more. Space is limited – email for more information.

Jackie Abraham Jewelers
1027 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands

Stunning Group Show at D&G Fine Art

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December 6 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Noble Truth, a fashionably sustainable apparel company in Miami Beach, is hosting a live art exhibition that showcases Miami-based artists. ‘Miami Art in Action’ will feature some of the city’s most well known visual artists. David LeBatard, a/k/a LEBO, a post-modern artist known for his vibrant colors and cartoon figures, will be the special guest of the evening. Claudio Picasso, a/k/a P1, and Daniel Fila, a/k/a Kraveare, are two of the most recognizable urban muralists in Miami and have been adding color to the Design and MiMo Districts for the past decade. They will each be creating a unique piece of art live during the event.

The News at 55th Street
N.E. 55th Street and 4th Court
Miami’s Upper East Side

Opens December 6

Renowned artist Mark di Suvero’s enormous steel sculptures will rise over Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s world famous flowering trees and vines, lush rainforest and bustling butterfly garden. His sculptures were created with diverse spaces to engage the observer with changing dimensions as they approach it and move through it. Mark di Suvero at Fairchild will be on exhibit through May 31, 2009. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Garden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

December 7 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Michael Graves building celebrates Art Basel with local juried artists fromArtCenter/South Florida. Meet the artists at the closing reception. The exhibition is on display beginning December 1. Featured artists: W. Andre Allen, Anthony Ardavin, Angelica Clyman, Alfonso Corona, Eurydice, Susan Feliciano, J. Kevin Foltz, Jill Hotchkiss, Marina del Rosario Huang, Luisa Mesa, Tere Pastoriza.

1500 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach
786-493-3333 (Craig Badinger)

Amy Rosenberg Talks Art Basel

With Art Basel rapidly approaching, SocialMiami’s Amy Rosenberg asked several Miami personalities to share their memories of Art Basels past and what they are most looking forward to this art fair season. Pictured: Debra and Dennis Scholl.

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December 7 from 9 a.m. to noon

The newMyrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts and the temporary exhibition,Charles Biederman: An American Idealist, will be of special interest to guests at the Lowe Art Museum’s annual Champagne Brunch. Palley Pavilion tours begin at 9 a.m. and brunch follows from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is open only to Lowe members, Art Basel VIP cardholders and exhibitors. RSVPs are requested.

Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables
305-284-3603 (RSVP)


Six contemporary artists from Miami’s New World School of the Arts created a vertical-type gallery at the Sagamore Hotel. Each artist infused their own unique, innovative energy to create one collaborative work of art, throughout a six-story stairwell located off the main gallery. Dubbed “The Stairwell Project,” this group of both students and recent graduates were selected by NWSA Dean of Visual Arts, Maggy Cuesta. Their personal artistic expression in transforming a separate floor of the stairwell ultimately blends each of their individual works into one harmonious piece of art. Pictured:Jen Stark, Artist in Residence Program.

The Sagamore Hotel
1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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