Unscripted Bal Harbour Art Chat

The Economics of Public Art

Christine Y. Kim, Associate curator of the Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach in 2011 and 2012; and Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs discuss their partnerships, and how they have ensured the economic viability and sustainability of their projects.

Christine Y. Kim is has been Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA since 2009 and organized several exhibitions and projects, including Teresa Margolles, an outdoor sculpture project in collaboration with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) a non-profit organization for public art which she co-founded in 2009.

Michael Spring serves as director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, where he is responsible for supervision of a public arts agency with an annual budget of more than $30 million and a staff of 51.

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2013 ART BASEL—Basel, Switzerland

by Anthony Japour

Buying contemporary art isn’t just about the acquisition of objects, its also a lifestyle and a way of supporting the artists of our time, borrowing from the raison d’etre of Peggy Guggenheim. So when a Miami friend and collector invited me to attend Better Days, an art bar installation by New York artist, Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, New Jersey) in collaboration with Absolut Art Bureau, I jumped at the chance which was quite fun including a performance by Solange Knowles and the artist herself!

Mickalene Thomas is best known for her fauve-like works embellished with paint, rhinestones, and crystals exploring the black female icon of the 1970’s—her muse is her mother (and her mother’s friends) of Thomas’ childhood.

Interior: Fireplace with Monet Tiles by Mickalene Thomas
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The Betsy-South Beach Literary Salon

Fans of the literary arts, including actor Michael Chiklis and wife Michelle, arts patrons and philanthropists Diane and Aristotle Ares, real estate entrepreneur Joey Krutel and press agent extraordinaire Charlie Cinnamon gathered at The Betsy-South Beach for a very special Salon featuring award-winning author, DJ Niko (aka Daphne Nikolopoulos), introducing “The Riddle of Solomon,” the second book in her archeological adventure series.

Pictured: Author DJ Niko signing a book for Michelle Chiklis
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