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Art on the Beach
November 29 - December 12, 2006

Miami moves into the metropolis big leagues next week, luring the art crowd to the tropics as Art Basel Miami Beach returns with more related fairs and festivities than ever. Surveying the emerging art and site-specific projects on view, we highlight Mindy Shapero's exuberant paintings and sculptures of imaginary monsters. And with the instantly successful Design Miami entering its sophomore incarnation, we interview the director, Ambra Medda, about the fair's impact on the design field and the unusual projects on view this year. Meanwhile, commenting on phenomena like this temporary art explosion in Miami, David Rockwell and Bruce Mau analyze the idea of Spectacle, and beyond the Florida scene, Paul McCarthy and Tom Friedman dismember pop icons in their current solo shows.




  There is no limit to what you can create, or to the degree in which you can dream. 460 Degrees Gallery. Our Light and Speed exhibit runs from 12.7 through 12.20, featuring the works of Arne Quinze, Pascual Sisto, and Miranda Lichtenstein. Visit 460degrees.com. 2228 Park Street, Miami, FL 33139





Lowry Discusses MoMA's Future
(Art Newspaper, November 16)
When the Museum of Modern Art's new education and research building opens at the end of this month, it will mark the culmination of the museum's gigantic six-year, $850 million expansion. Project architect Yoshio Taniguchi also designed the eight-story, 63,000-square-foot structure, which will house one of the world's premier research collections of modern and contemporary art. MoMA director Glenn Lowry said in an interview that while the museum is considering further expansions, it has no plans to develop a branch or overseas museum in the manner of the Pompidou, Hermitage, Louvre, or Tate. "We have one goal: to be the best museum of modern art here in New York," Lowry said. "It is hard enough to do a great job in one place."

Rethinking Magritte's Influence at LACMA
(Los Angeles Times, November 18)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting a new show that examines the work of Belgian surrealist René Magritte and his influence on current artists. The show takes its name, The Treachery of Images, from Magritte's famous painting of a pipe and includes dozens of contemporary art stars, among them Jeff Koons, Robert Gober, Ed Ruscha, Sigmar Polke, and John Baldessari, who designed the show's trippy, Magritte-themed installation space, replete with clouds painted on the floor and aerial photos of LA freeways adorning the ceiling. "Magritte makes surrealism digestible for a broader audience, and he's had such a great influence on advertising that we don't even see it anymore," Baldessari said. "I saw it as a chance to do something I haven't done before."

Auctions Rack Up Records
(International Herald Tribune, November 17)
In just one week, venerable auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's managed to sell half a billion dollars' worth of contemporary art. Sotheby's raised $125 million in one evening, with sale records set for several artists, including Francis Bacon. Willem de Kooning's Untitled XXX fetched over $10 million, and huge sums were also paid out for works by Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein. The very next night, however, Christie's auction set the world record for contemporary art sales, totaling $239.7 million for 64 lots sold. Along the way, a trio of Warhols went for over $15 million each, and a pair of de Koonings soared past $20 million each. By comparison, a subsequent auction at Phillips de Pury & Company was positively muted, bringing in a mere $29.6 million, with Mike Kelley's stuffed animal installation, Deodorized Central Mass With Satellites, commanding the evening's top price of $2.7 million. In a related story, the New York Times profiled David W. Galenson, an economics professor from the University of Chicago, whose theories regarding art values have proved remarkably consistent.

Koolhaas' Massive Tower Rising in Beijing
(New York Times, November 16)
When Rem Koolhaas' building for the Central Chinese Television building in Beijing is finished in 2008, its unique upside-down "u" structure will stand 54 stories tall and will encompass five million square feet, making it one of the largest buildings in the world. The Museum of Modern Art is paying homage to the project with a new exhibition, "OMA in Beijing," named after the starchitect's firm. The CCTV design was ambitious enough to spur rumors that the structure would never actually be built, but recent photographs from the building site show that progress has indeed been made. The enormous skyscraper — which took the combined know-how of 400 architects, engineers, and consultants from three continents to design — will include office space for more than 10,000 workers, a five-star hotel, a recording studio, and a 1,500-seat theater.







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[ Art Basel Miami Beach ]


     

Cristina Lei Rodriguez / Lili Almog / res with Constanza Piaggio / Christoph Ruckhäberle

Touted as America's favorite art show, the fifth Art Basel Miami Beach promises to be bigger and better than any previous incarnation. Two hundred international galleries gather at the Miami Beach Convention Center and on the beach, exhibiting 20th-century masterpieces and recent works by known names and newcomers. Chicago's Rhona Hoffman brings bejeweled paintings from Mickalene Thomas' recent show at the gallery; London's Sadie Coles HQ champions the classically inspired portraiture of Daniel Sinsel; and Berlin's Contemporary Fine Arts exposes early works by Peter Doig. New York's Deitch Projects offers gallery artists such as Os Gemeos and Kristin Baker at the fair and teams up with PAPER magazine to open a temporary art store in the Design District with art products ranging from 99¢ to $999,999.99.

Art Positions, located in oceanfront shipping containers, presents young artists along with a performance series curated by Jens Hoffman, live broadcasts programmed by Art Radio WPS1.org, and an opening night concert with electro-punk diva Peaches. Zach Feuer Gallery offers new works by Leipzig painter Christoph Ruckhäberle; Salon 94 stages collaborations between video-whiz-kid Aïda Ruilova and performance artist Kelly Nipper; and South African artist Robin Rhode exhibits photographs and creates performances about boxing at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Also at Art Positions is the much-anticipated stand-alone pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid for London's Kenny Schachter Rove. Over at the Miami Botanical Garden, Michael Rush curates a mix of moving imagery artists such as Paul Chan, Nathalie Djurberg, and Luis Gispert in the Art Video Lounge.

Although ABMB is the main attraction, it's the dozen satellite fairs that are getting the loudest buzz. The NADA Art Fair is back at the Ice Palace, with a more international gallery selection, including LA's Sandroni Rey (showing Miami artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez) and Amsterdam's Galerie Juliètte Jongma, plus publishers including PictureBox and Cerealart (exhibiting new multiples by Kehinde Wiley and Kenny Scharf). PULSE Miami, which made a strong first showing last year, houses 66 exhibitors from 13 countries in a tent in Wynwood, and Scope Miami, which has been around as long as ABMB, leaps from a hotel to a massive venue in Wynwood comprised of shipping containers, a tent, and an outdoor sculpture park.

Photo Miami, DiVA Miami, Aqua Art Miami, PooL Boomerang Miami Beach, Bridge Art Fair Miami, Flow Miami, INK Miami, Fountain Miami, and ZONES Contemporary Art Fair round out the list of satellite art fairs, while Design Miami presents modernist and contemporary industrial design in the Design District. Meanwhile, a number of local exhibitions demand attention, including Naomi Fisher's paintings of freaked-out ladies at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Fabian Marcaccio's semi-abstract conglomerations at Kevin Bruk Gallery, and Artificial Light, a group show of artists working with light, at MOCA at Goldman Warehouse. (PL)

For more information on ABMB activities, check out Flavorpill MIAMI and pick up the Artkrush and Flavorpill printed guide to ABMB at various locations throughout the Miami metropolitan area.



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Yuki Kimura: YOU MAY ATTEND A PARTY WHERE STRANGE CUSTOMS PREVAIL
Tokyo

Taka Ishii Gallery
Now through December 9

  Yuki Kimura's mixed-media, conceptual practice subtly complicates the relationship between perception and objectivity. For her latest exhibition, she intermingles digitally altered found photographs from garage sales with her own pictures and sculptural works, weaving together a fragmentary, unsettling investigation of the prosaic. The medium-scale lambda print untitled (twelve boats) presents an aerial view of a lake with aquamarine rowboats strung together in a circle offshore. This theme continues with fickle circle, a hazy black-and-white print that captures a mysterious object hovering over someone's lawn, while a series of framed Plexiglas sculptures resemble buttons cross-sectioned into thin slivers. Embracing the decontextualized anonymity of her serendipitous materials, Kimura provides no answers, instead challenging her viewers to fill in the blanks. (AM)





Tom Friedman
Los Angeles

Gagosian Gallery
Now through December 9

  Tom Friedman's latest work wrenches elaborate, formal wonders from ordinary materials. In yarndog, a male head rests atop a tangled circuitry of brightly colored string that barely resolves itself into a figure, eliciting compassion, repulsion, and ridicule. The richly detailed mixed-media collage Circus contains a dizzying accumulation of bite-sized photographic elements. A video piece, Sprinkles, features an endless succession of pictures of candy sprinkles edited to resemble television static, and another sculpture, Vomit, depicts a man on all fours, composed of thousands of tiny white Styrofoam balls, as is the rainbow-hued splashy issuance from his mouth. Friedman's forced fusions both express and transcend the fractured character of modern visual culture. (SND)





Paul McCarthy: Between Beauty and the Beast
New York

Nyehaus
Now through December 30

  If Andy Warhol was concerned with the surface of pop culture, Paul McCarthy is fixated on its psychological, scatological, and sexual innards. Nyehaus brings together McCarthy works from 1972 to 2004, including a suite of his corporeal gross-out scribbles, which veer back to these essential themes. In the main gallery, Dwarf Head presents seven grinning faces resting on wooden shipping crates. Underscoring the artist's macabre self-restraint, it's unclear whether their bodies are inside the containers or left behind elsewhere. Further decapitations in McCarthy's Masks — enormous color photographs of deformed animal and human visages used during performances in the '90s — resonate with contemporary viewers besieged by images of torture from the war on terror. (HGM)





Alejandro Vidal: Material Dust
Barcelona

Fundació la Caixa
Now through December 31

  For his latest video, Alejandro Vidal departs from his usual forays into the aesthetics of violence to explore filmic language and narrative. Commissioned by Fundació la Caixa, the two-channel projection Material Dust follows a sexy vixen through Hong Kong's narrow streets, alluding to the blonde femme fatale of Wong Kar-wai's 1994 movie Chungking Express. The video also incorporates footage Vidal took on the set of Infernal Affairs, director Andrew Lau's next feature. Recalling Dennis Hopper's ambitious meta-film, The Last Movie, which depicts the making of a Western in rural Peru, Material Dust intentionally confuses the roles of actor and director, story and storyteller, spectator and participant to thrilling effect. (CYL)





Paola Pivi: MY RELIGION IS KINDNESS. THANK YOU, SEE YOU IN THE FUTURE.
Milan

Presented by Fondazione Nicola Trissardi at the Old Warehouse, Porta Genova Station
Now through December 10

  Paola Pivi's surprising and magical exhibition at the Old Warehouse of Porta Genova Station in Milan develops as a journey through three different works. More than 40 white animals — including a horse, an ox, an owl, hens, geese, sheep, goats, and dogs — wander freely throughout the warehouse, welcoming guests as in a bizarre fairy tale. Playful subversion sets the tone for Pivi's real-life Fiat G91 airplane, first presented at the 1999 Venice Biennale, which lies casually upside down in one corner of the installation space. The artist's Noah's Ark scenario culminates in Guitar Guitar, a collection of more than 2,000 paired objects of different sizes, ranging from two farm tractors to two small ashtrays. (CA)



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[ Mindy Shapero ]



Mindy Shapero

The gleeful, frenetic work of LA-based artist Mindy Shapero first attracted wide attention in 2005 with her inclusion in THING at the UCLA Hammer Museum and Rogue Wave at LA Louver. The exhibitions brought to light her extra-large, amorphous sculptures, which resemble alien plant life. This year, exhibitions at Anna Helwing Gallery in Los Angeles and at CRG Gallery in New York display her stylistic trademarks: obsessively whimsical draftsmanship, lavish use of sparkling metal leaf, crisp black-and-white striations, and chromatic patterns laid in thinly layered mounds.

Shapero's blend of op and outsider art leans toward hallucinatory fantasy, an effect heightened by her love of sprawling titles expressing the textural and philosophical components of the work; these miniature manifestos explicate the ritualistic function of the object within the cosmologies of her alternate universes. Paintings of crudely formed and vaguely alien masks with dark, empty eyes are labeled with specific color descriptions, such as (black and yellow and blue and red and silver leaf) or (almost every color and silver leaf), and are followed by 40-word subtitles outlining their identity, as in Ghosthead guide that will bring you to the Ghosthead god . . .. Counterparts of the Ghostheads, the Monsterheads are present as sculptures — ponderous, sensual objects made with the same haphazard vibrancy as the paintings and with similar nomenclatures. Their tactile topographies evoke tribal and outsider mythmaking forms. Shapero, with total dedication to and sincerity in her fictional worlds, offers a welcome and refreshing voice in the resurgent discourse of contemporary sculpture. (SND)

Mindy Shapero's work is on view at CRG Gallery in New York through December 9, and at the gallery's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach from December 7 to10.



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[ Ambra Medda ]


     

Michele Oka Doner / Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti / Tapio Veli Wirkkala / André Borderie

Bryony Roberts interviews Ambra Medda, director and co-founder of Design Miami, about the fair's impact on the design field and contemporary exchanges between art and design.
AK: In contrast to other design fairs, Design Miami explicitly showcases crossovers between design and fine art. Which designers will push the boundaries of their field this year, either by creating installations, introducing surprising materials, or presenting sculptural objects?

AM:  This year we are honoring the work of Marc Newson, which we feel best captures the blurred boundaries between art, architecture, and design today. Like Zaha Hadid (Design Miami Designer of the Year 2005), Newson's approach represents a comprehensive, conceptual practice and expression, and his signature is manifested in everything he creates.

Besides Marc Newsom, Design Miami will feature the work of many other designers who blend sculpture, architecture, and design, such as Andrea Branzi, Forrest Myers, Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, and Johanna Grawunder. All of these designers are working with surprising and innovative materials and re-imagining the way we look at design.

AK: In addition to gallery booths, Design Miami also features satellite exhibitions, which include both design and visual art. What role do these exhibitions play?

AM:  The satellite shows provide great spaces to stage larger projects, one-man shows, and collective exhibitions. They are curated shows that include entities — such as museums, companies, and non-gallery organizations — that do not fit the strict criteria for the Design Miami gallery booths, but that have something important to say about design history or the current design culture. This allows us to present shows that explore broad themes and practices and further supplement the dialogues created by the Design Miami Design Talks and catalogue. Examples of our satellite exhibitors this year include the George Pompidou Art & Culture Foundation, Established & Sons, and Moss Gallery.

AK: Your academic studies focused on Chinese culture, so it comes as no surprise that Asian design will have a presence at the fair. Contrasts Gallery from Shanghai will be organizing both a gallery booth and a satellite exhibition. How will their exhibition reflect contemporary Asian design?

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  Spectacle
David Rockwell and Bruce Mau
Phaidon Press

Is an art fair a spectacle? Not yet, according to this book — although after this year, Art Basel Miami Beach and its related events may qualify. David Rockwell, the interior designer behind the W Hotels, New York's Nobu restaurant, and the sets for Broadway musicals such as Hairspray, and Bruce Mau, the founder of the Institute without Boundaries interdisciplinary design program, present a dynamic visual overview of grand public events around the world. From Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and Brussels' Flower Carpet to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada Black Rock Desert and Pamplona's Bull Run, Spectacle examines the rituals that unite people. Interviews with cultural critics and producers, including Barneys New York's Simon Doonan and Cirque du Soleil's Guy Laliberté, add insightful commentary, while a calendar of regular and open events such as the annual Air Guitar World Championships in Finland and Spencer Tunick's nude photo installations in various international cities invites us to participate. (PL)



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