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Vol. XXIV No. 49

December 3, 2009

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Letters Bring Closed Door Deals Out into the Sunlight To the Editor: To me good government might have a chance to blossom if it had more sunshine. Over and over again, from local to national politics, decisions get made not just in committees behind closed doors, with no public eyes, but deals get hammered out in private offices with lobbyists. Could the Marlins Stadium deal, Museum Park deal, the tunnel deal and countless others have been improved with more public sunlight? You bet. I would like to see any major proposal thoroughly and exclusively exposed in public meetings. Miami 21 was a step toward this model but the public meetings were not televised, so staff and consultants got away with avoiding questions or later changing decisions. Why not require all lobbyists to stay out of city and county commission offices and require them to present all their spoken and recorded information only at public meetings? Then allow the opposing forces, be they individuals or groups, to present their side. Commissions then base their decisions on the same body of knowledge. Sure it would take more time, but combined with sunshine, the public would get a more honest and palatable product. Steve Hagen Miami WE WELCOME LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM OUR READERS FOR PUBLICATION. IF YOUR LETTER IS USED, PERSONAL INFORMATION IS FOR VERIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY. T HE LETTER WRITER' S NAME AND HOMETOWN WILL BE PUBLISHED. P LEASE KEEP YOUR LETTER TO 250 WORDS OR LESS. LETTERS@ MIAMISUNPOST. COM OR P. O. BOX 191870, M IAMI B EACH, FL 33119


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Covering Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach, North Miami, North Miami Beach and Aventura, Coconut Grove, Brickell Avenue, Downtown, Design District, Wynwood, Upper Eastside, and Miami Shores. • The SunPost • December 3, 2009 • Page 3


Miami through my iphone

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COLORS THAT ENTICE I find myself shooting photos of flowers and plant specimens while walking with clients through their properties. They just smile when I pull out my iphone and know what's coming next. This Hibiscus was staring at me in a yard in Miami Shores.

Artistic Swimwear Local Miami artist Carlos Betancourt's Re-Collection series was selected to be reproduced as part of a limited edition collaboration with bathing suit designer Red Carter and Barney's New York. A private fundraiser will take place at the Barney's Co-Op, Miami Beach store during Art Basel. The fun begins at 8pm. Coctails by Imperia Vocka and muchies from Out Of the Blue Cafe. Friday, December 4th. Barneys Co-Op, 832 Collins Av., Miami Beach. 305.421.2010. "Pink", 2006 60"x48", oil on canvas

“An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason thinks it would be a good idea to give them. ~Andy Warhol.” Page 4 • Thursday, December 3, 2009 • The SunPost •

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Pop Artist Michael Perez Hosts Art4Hope New York Pop Artist Michael Perez has hit Miami from Southhampton in a huge way. Perez has opened a satellite studio in Midtown and that space will be the location for a fabulous charity evening called Art4Hope this weekend during Art Basel. Enjoy Music and cocktails while browsing the work of Michael Perez, Socrates Grias, Eduardo Marin and Aisha Blakely. Perez has always been on the cutting edge of creativity, he has had galleries in Tribeca and Chelsea throughout the years, so opening in Miami was a natural step for him. After 5 years in Manhattan, Perez has decided to get back to basics and concentrate on his painting again full time and Miami is the perfect place to do that. When he is not painting, he volunteers his time and talent, by giving presentations and art workshops to elementary through high school students. He talks to them about his art, what inspires him and helps them connect with their own creative side. He has also donated his art to many charities including The September 11th Fund, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Retts Syndrome and The Make A Wish Foundation to name a few. Art4Hope is on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7pm to 12am. Music, cocktails and art. The Pop Art Gallery is located at 3252 ne 1st Ave. in Miami. 516.532.3040 or for more information.

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A Special Moment in Time COLUMN

Ida and Isidor Cohen By Seth H. Bramson

There are so very many revered names in the history of Greater Miami, from the Weiss family of Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant to the Galbut family of Miami Beach, to the Traurigs and the Hechts (Flagler Dog Track) and the Pallots, the Cypens, Julia Tuttle, Mary and William Brickell… Suffice to say, the list borders on nearly endless, but among all of them, the patriarch of historical Jewish Miami is and will forever be remembered as the revered Isidor Cohen. Isidor Cohen arrived in the budding city-to-be on February 6, 1896, excitedly awaiting the arrival of the recently renamed Florida East Coast Railway. Cohen was here to greet the first passenger train of that great and fabled railroad on April 22, 1896, getting to meet, among others, Henry M. Flagler, James E. Ingraham (for whom the Ingraham Building in downtown Miami is named) and Joseph R. Parrott, Mr. Flagler’s railroad vice president. It was through Cohen’s granddaughter that the greatest single collection of Miami Jewish history was bestowed upon me, and that story, in and of itself, bears telling here. How the collection came to be part of The Bramson Archive is not only fascinating, but is today part of this area’s local historical lore. It was sometime in early 2007 that I received a phone call, a pleasant female voice on the other end of the line. “Mr. Bramson?” “Yes?” “Hi, my name is (and we will leave out the names because of issues of privacy, to which the family is certainly entitled) and I understand that you are interested in memorabilia.” Without even knowing what the “memorabilia” was, I immediately responded in the affirmative. “Well,” she said, “I have some material that you might be interested in. Would you mind coming over to see it?” Needless to say, my answer was an unhesitating “Not at all; happy to do so.” And with that, an appointment was made, a day, date and time set, and at the appointed hour I was warmly greeted and ushered into a lovely home. As we walked into the dining area, I noted seven large plastic storage boxes on the table, on the chairs and on the floor, and somehow insightfully garnered the idea that the memorabilia might be in the boxes. My hostess again referred to me as “Mr. Bramson,” at which point I corrected her, as I do anybody who is gracious and cordial: “My students call me Mr. Bramson or Professor Bramson; my friends call me Seth.” To which she replied, “That is so nice, Seth. Do you know who I am?” I responded that I knew where she was employed and what her husband’s occupation was, at which point she smiled and asked, “But do you know who I really am??!” Suffice to say, I was caught completely off-guard. “Why, no (her name), I only know what I just told you.” And then she stunned me beyond words: “Seth,” she said, casually and off-handedly, “my grandfather and grandmother were Isidor and Ida Cohen.” At that moment, besides being startled and speechless, I felt my knees weaken and my pulse quicken, for I suddenly had some thought as to what might be in the boxes. “You know, for many years, any time anybody in the family was going to throw something away I always said, ‘No, don’t. Our family is very important to Miami’s history and we should keep it.’ So they always told me that, if I wanted it saved, it would have to be saved in my house.” By now I was perspiring, realizing who I was with and what was in the boxes: It was Miami’s Jewish heritage, and I was standing with a direct descendant of Isidor and Ida. “The problem,” she stated, “is that our children are grown, we don’t need a house this large and we are getting ready to move. We need to place these boxes in a place where they will be treasured and revered.” And then came the bombshell: “Seth, for some months we have been having an ongoing family disPage 6 • Thursday, December 3, 2009 • The SunPost •

A 1920 studio portrait shows, from left, Claire, Eddie, Ida and Murray with the patriarch, Isidor, seated.

The joyfulness of being a proud grandfather is obvious and evident on Isidor’s face, as he sits proudly with “number one grandson,” Albert.

As an “elder stateman” as well as a founder, Isidor could look back on a life of nothing less than massive achievement, he having seen the birth of what had become, by his later years, one of the great American cities as well as one if it’s major tourism destinations. Although undated, it is believe that this photograph was made in the mid 1940’s.

cussion. Do we give the collection to the Jewish Museum, to the Historical Museum or to The Bramson Archive?” And, with my pupils dilating, my legs close to collapse, my eyelids fluttering involuntarily, I knew she hadn’t invited me to her home to tell me they were giving the collection to the museums; I knew then it was going to wind up where it should and where it belonged: in The Bramson Archive. Continuing, she noted, “If we give it to one of the museums, we will get a lavish letter of thanks and then it will go into a basement, probably never to be seen again, but if we give it to The Bramson Archive, we know it will be shared with the community.” Suffice to say, for the moment and in conclusion for this week, that thanks to my acquisition of the Cohen collection, “L’Chaim! The History of the Jewish Community of Greater Miami” was published by The History Press of Charleston ( in 2008. It was the first- ever history of the Jewish people in Greater Miami, remaining today the best-selling book on Miami-Dade’s Jewish heritage ever published. Next week: Isidor and Ida Cohen, Part Two: Who They Were and What They Did Seth H. Bramson is America’s number-one published Greater Miami history book author, with 12 of his 17 books dealing directly with the villages, towns, cities and people of Greater Miami. Adjunct Professor of History at both Barry University and Florida International University, he is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway, one of only two people in the country to bear that official title with an American railroad.

Politics COLUMN

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In the Great Terror of 1794, political miscalculation could cost you your head. The French Revolution didn’t fool around. While fratricide may not be in vogue down at City Hall, enough infighting and power plays exist to pack a tumbrelful of fallen commissioners off to the guillotine. Consider the latest imbroglio. The recently made ex-Commissioner Victor Diaz sonorously informed a filled commission chamber that a criminal complaint alleging election-related misconduct was filed and pending. But the audience — celebrating various swearings-in — met this startling revelation with studied indifference. They say the populace of Paris, while living under the blade’s shadow, celebrated too with a giddy abandon. Question is, is his juju powerful enough to rock it? The ex-commish may have the outrage — moral and otherwise — all on his side, but to what avail if left lingering upon the vine? What would Robespierre say? Here’s the dilemma: Squeaks of indignation and thunder denunciations only go so far. The status quo has long learned to trade space for time and simply waits for the sturm und drang to fade. Or, ensnare it in legalisms, ignore it, or dispatch it when nobody’s looking. It can afford to play this waiting game because attacks come at it piecemeal and haphazardly, easily defeated in detail. Change would mean mounting sustained pressure of the Something-must-be-done! variety that clings like a pit bull and chews and chews until the Entrenchees cry Uncle!.. and agree to amend the rules. Or at least abide by them. But such things come about only by result of a popular effervescence, a vox populi, a-hue-andoutcry that oddly eludes the voters of Miami Beach. Perhaps we’ve become too inured to the political madness and no longer see it — the way we hardly notice when another eyesore parking pedestal goes up and blots out the view. So for all the righteous indignation and fiery outcry, short of sounding the tocsin and erecting a guillotine on Place de la Révolution, er, Lincoln Park to frighten the miscreants, it’ll be business-as-usual, as always.

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Clockwise from right: Sad Waters, Oil on Canvas 2009. Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone, Oil on Canvas 2009. The Drifter Oil on Canvas 2009. Rick Falcon courtesy Butter Gallery.


THE MIAMI 8 The Top of the Crop Representing Our Town at Basel ‘09 Written by John Hood

Now that the entire art world has descended upon Miami and its Beach for another Basel blow-out, it’s time to remind all those global operatives that our town’s not just a dynamite host city, but that we’re a downright hotbed of art action our own damn selves. In fact, on any given Second Saturday night one can comb the streets of Wynwood and the Design District and come up with imagery that’d stand boldly against anything anyone anywhere else even dares to offer. And while it’s impossible to limit the list of top talent we’ve got working down in the MIA, it’s never a bad idea to seek out a few of the finer minds and call them “The Best.” This year we’re going with a crop of eight actioneers who represent the brightest the MIA has to offer. Shade up, baby, ‘cause this crowd is blinding! COVER ARTIST

Rick Falcon Butter Gallery

Had Mad’s Alfred E. Neuman been the bastard son of Botticelli and applied his inner mischief to painting rather than hijinks, the lad may have ended-up rendering a line of neo-Classic iconography that resembled the work of Rick Falcon. A deific portraitist of exactitude and grace, Falcon creates the kind of cosmos that seems to wink at the work of Walter Keane even as it delves deftly into Renaissance mastery. Think Giotto gone Pop after a bout of Max Ernst and you might get some idea of the depths that lurk beneath Falcon’s tangibly vivid surfaces. Imagine those frescoes informed by reform school dropouts and you’ll have a notion of its attitude. That’s not to say that Falcon’s any kinda drop-out, mind you. In fact his Butter Gallery solo show’s very title signifies both his dedication to the craft and the sacrifices he’s made in order to do what he does. Never-

theless there is a bit of Bad Seed about his beings, be it the boy with the black eye in “The Drifter” or the lad in the sailor cap in “Man shall not live by bread alone.” And though the former is reaching for a halo (to be a good boy?), the latter already has his, yet he seems to be flaunting it with impunity. One suspects it’s this kind of serious sass that helps Falcon not only walk the divine line between cartooning and what’s considered by some to be a finer art; it enables him to obliterate it completely. After all, with a mind as refined as Falcon’s there is no division, only the sum total of many mighty components.

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Miami 8 cont’d from page 11

Cristina Lei Rodriguez Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Last year, up at New York’s Team Gallery, Cristina Lei Rodriguez delivered what appeared to be extracts from some primeval Florida real estate. That of course would be the Everglades, at its deepest and darkest, where within every shadow there lurks the echo of timeless violence. But Rodriquez didn’t simply pull something from our primordial terrarium and replant on Broome Street. No, she grew the mad foliage herself, from seeds sown in her very own torture garden. And most likely chatted with Octave Mirbeau while she was doing so. For Basel ’09 Rodriguez has designed a site-specific geodesic dome and filled it with an array of fabulous detritus that could easily have washed-up on to our shores at the same time the Prins Valdemar of the piece’s subtitle sank in the Miami harbor and, depending on who you talk to, either signaled or triggered our town’s first big land bust. And just as no one will fail to be surprised by what sublime scrap she’s exhumed from the depths of our imaginary seas, one won’t be able to help thinking her “Greenhouse” may be an outpost for the last crew on Earth.

Above: Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Black III, 2008. Mixed media 56" x 34" x 8". Courtesy Fredric Snitzer Gallery Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Greenhouse (Prins Valdemar 1929), 2009. mixed media. Courtesy Fredric Snitzer Gallery

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White by Yuri Tuma. Digital Print 2009. Courtesy Buttery Gallery

Yuri Tuma Butter Gallery

Butter Gallery head Francisco De La Torre says he was drawn to Yuri Tuma because he represents “raw talent” in its purest form. And when one considers that Tuma’s only been at the game for just over two years, there’s little chance that rawness has been lost. Still, for a cat that “just bought a good camera and started shooting,” there’s a polish to Tuma’s work that even much more experienced lensmen would envy. Tuma insists his big idea behind his stunning creations is to “achieve some kinda confusion.” To make the

viewer blink, or perhaps think twice. And then return for a doubletake. “I’m happy if you can trick the mind,” he says. And his photographic manipulations contain within them the elements of, say, Burroughs’s fold-ins (as opposed to cut-ups) and Gysin’s shamanic geometry. And if the nuance of architecture serves as an inspiration, it does so in the details where the Almighty reportedly resides. But it’s done so to reveal them on Tuma’s own terms. To look at Tuma’s pictures one might get the impression that he’s guided by some kinda inner kaleidoscope. That there’s a mechanism with him that immediately sees things for what they aren’t rather than what they are to whoever created them. And whether it’s a building or picket fence, a box or a lamp-post, Tuma’s compelled to redefine it to fit his own grid, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says or does. • The SunPost • December 3, 2009 • Page 11

Francesco LoCastro

With all the action Francesco LoCastro is involved with, it’s tempting top think that there actually are two of him. On the one hand there’s the curatorial LoCastro, whose “We’ll Make a Lover of You” Exhibition at the Art Center / South Florida drew a reported 40,000 visitors, and who co-founded GenArt’s blade sharp Vanguard Art Fair, which this year joins forces with Aqua. On the other hand there’s LoCastro the visualist, a cat who seems as fond of criminals and starlets as he does Dali, who, if LoCastro had his wicked way, would probably double himself – as the Elephant Man. And if Yves Tanguy were alive and thriving in the sub-Tropics, he’d undoubtedly find a brother in LoCastro. And so might Perry Farrel from Jane’s Addiction, who also employed the fish-eye theft-prevention lens to some of his work. Currently LoCastro can be seen in two places: first in the Beach’s

Kidrobot Gallery, where his exhibit “305/Neon Life” runs until Basel’s end; and second, in Booth #18 at Aqua Vanguard, alongside 15 ops from Orlando’s Bold Type Gallery. More, you can see LoCastro just about anywhere art is shown, which this week of course means everywhere. Then again, that’s kinda how it is all year around.

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Above: Francesco LoCastro, Protector. 30" x 40" oil on canvas, 2009. Courtesy of the Artist. Below: Typoe, Chattering Teeth (Gold 12k), 2009. Plastic and Silver. 2.5” x 2.25” x 2.5”. Courtesy Spinello Gallery

Above: Michael Vazques, How To Stand For Something 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 40” x 48". Courtesy Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

Michael Vazquez Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Typoe Spinello Gallery

At times strolling through the work of Typoe is akin to watching a greatest hits reel of all the best graffiti ever to grace a wall or a subway car. His “Afternoon Delight” splashes with the same kinda forward momentum as the great Rammelzee’s “iconoclast panzerism.” His name tag suggests no less a legend than Fab Five Freddy, who was down with the wild style well before it got co-opted. But the masked man is more than a mere Magnum-carrying member of the throwback set. Is “Chattering Teeth” pokes fun at the grills that have become a kinda knock-off status symbol for anyone with access to a gumball machine. And his “Lola,” which places a Bozo nose on what appears to be the Virgin Mary, echoes Duchamp’s mustache on the Mona Lisa. Still it is the street where Typoe made his bones and it is to the street that he returns everyday the studio doesn’t beckon. And though Typoe’s been at it since before he could spell Krylon, his success is due in large part to the efforts of his gallerist, Anthony Spinello, who “spurred [him] to the next level.” A level, to be sure, that shall continue to rise.

When Second Saturday chatter starts coming outta the Wynwood woodwork, it’s a good bet there’s an artist worth looking into. Such was the case on Friday November 13 when the talk about Michael Vasquez was so pervasive it seemed to be coming from the very shadows. Vasquez was hanging at Fredric Snitzer, his gallerist for some years now. And the crowds who come out to troll each month were hanging on his every image. And what compelling images they are. Equal parts post neo real and pugilist portraiture, Vasquez’s ghetto fine art is about as representational of the street as one can get without actually pushing up pavement. Since the cat happens to be both highly-schooled and heavily-connected, there’s good reason for it too. But the ultra vivid imagery Vasquez thickens his canvases with isn’t simply a study in gang life; it’s The Life itself, in all its proud and conflicting glory. It’s dynamite to see that the line between inner city and salon has been indelibly blurred and that good works get recognized no matter where they originate. It’s even better to live among it. With Michael Vasquez, we live among it with great candor. • The SunPost • December 3, 2009 • Page 13

Victor Payares, Seek Magic, acrylic and oil on canvas, 59" x 81" 2009 Courtesy Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery.

Victor Payares Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery

To look at the collisions caused by Victor Payares, one might think that J.G. Ballard’s Crash had been kept under his pillow throughout his entire childhood, not simply to read, but to ingest by osmosis. And though Payares would probably brawl if ever confronted in a back alley by a gang of Christian Millennials, there’s a certain Determinism at work which can be traced all the way back to the Apostles, who never knew an end game they didn’t

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wanna describe in all its doomy detail. Sure many of the images Payares chooses hint at better days behind us; still there’s an almost apocalyptic hopefulness to his works, as if once we see it, and we know that it’s coming; then we can be prepared and survive it. Naturally one better be pretty fit if they’re to survive even some of what Payares generally envisions, but that’s no reason to be braced. For Basel, gallerist Lyle O. Reitzel has taken a whole booth at Pulse and filled it floor to proverbial ceiling with an onslaught a Nietzschean could devote their life to. Then again, what’s wrong with wanting to be Superman?

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Above: Augustina Woodgate, Couple. Below: Brush Myself. Left: Brush Beba. Courtesy Spinello Gallery.

Agustina Woodgate Spinello Gallery


Rapunzel has nothing on Agustina Woodgate. As a matter of fact, Rapunzel probably has nothing because Woodgate took it all away. And not just the Grimm gal’s hair either. Woodgate also took away her tower. Actually Woodgate used itsy-bitsy strands of Rapunzel’s golden locks to construct a mini-fortress that seems to be a metaphor for an artist’s foreboding life. For some strange reason though the hair’s a lot darker than the fairies told us it would be, so maybe it’s someone else’s altogether. No matter, the hair’s there, and it is monumental. If you sneak next door to Locust Projects however, there you’ll find strands befitting a damsel in need of escape from a high tower. That they’re affixed to a chandelier shouldn’t bother anyone; the purpose is clear. These tresses are made for escape. It’s not the first time Woodgate has shared the hair; she’s used it for everything from balls of twine to a literal hair brush (that is, a brush made of hair), not to mention all the little doodles that come outfitted with some kinda weave or another. What’s most remarkable perhaps is how Woodgate’s follicle obsession stands out among a mini-mini-fair of 50 different artists in a space the size of an old Buick. Sure her gallerist Anthony Spinello curated the show. And yes, he’d probably be delighted if she was one of the ones most remembered. But it’s much more likely that Spinello is Woodgate’s gallerist because she’ll always be one of the ones most remembered. • The SunPost • December 3, 2009 • Page 15


AQUA ART AT AQUA WYNWOOD WAREHOUSE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm A particular interest in young dealers and galleries with strong emerging artist programs. 42 NE 25th St., Miami. ART MIAMI AT ART MIAMI PAVILION Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm The city's original and longest-running contemporary art fair will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Midtown Boulevard (NE 1st Avenue) between NE 32nd and NE 31st streets (Wynwood), Miami. 305-663-3543. ART WHINO GOES URBANITE AT THE URBANITE BISTRO Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-8:00pm Washington D.C.-based gallery partners with local restaurant to present four days of art shows, live music, and gourmet food. 62 NE 14th St., Miami. 305-374-0662. ART VICEROY AT THE VICEROY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-8:00pm Each room of the 19th floor will highlight a solo artist's installation. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. 305-503-4400. ARTERY MIAMI ARTBEAT AT SOHO STUDIOS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm Artists speak boldly, unafraid to offend, defend, raise their voices, and be obnoxious or hilarious. 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami. 305-534-5228 ART ASIA AT SOHO STUDIOS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm Some of the best artists working inside and outside Asia. 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami. 305534-5228 BAC:23 AT BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-11:00pm Derived from the number of years the Bakehouse Art Complex has had it roots in the Wynwood Art District. 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. 305-576-2828. BEG BORROW AND STEAL AT RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., May 29, 9:00am-6:00pm The title comes from a quote attributed to Picasso: "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." 95 NW 29th St., Miami. 305-573-6090. BERLIN MEETS MIAMI: THE NEXT GENERATION AT GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., January 9, 12:00pm Works by young, emerging artists from the vibrant melting pot of Berlin's art scene. 2085b NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 786-266-2445 CARLOS IRIJALBA: TWILIGHT AT DINA MITRANI GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., December 26, 1:00pm The way Western culture builds reality through the use of artificial light. 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 786-486-7248. CARS AND MONEY AT WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., February 13, 11:00am-6:00pm New works by David LaChapelle. 201 NE 39th St, Miami. Caribbean Fest Breakfasts at Diaspora Vibe Gallery Daily from Fri., December 4 until Sat., December 5, 10:00am and 7:00pm CHAIRLIFT AT FOUNTAIN ART FAIR Sat., December 5, 7:00pm Indie-electronic Brooklyn band. 2505 North Miami Ave., Miami Darby Bannard: Miami Master at Center for Visual Communication Daily from Fri., December 4 until Tue., February 16, 10:00am-5:30pm Celebrate Bannard's 20th anniversary in Miami with a retrospective. 541 NW 27th St., Miami. 305-571-1415 DAWNTOWN Sat., December 5 until Tue., February 16, 8:30am-10:00am Annual architecture ideas competition creative architectural ideas for a new station for the Metromover, located off Biscayne Boulevard on the corner of Museum Park. Marquis, 1100 Biscayne Blvd., downtown Miami DENARRATIONS AT PAN AMERICAN ART Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., January 2, 9:30am-5:30pm Curator and art critic Gerardo Mosquera's first work in a commercial venue. 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami DESIGN MIAMI AT DESIGN MIAMI VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., December 5 Global forum that brings together the most influential dealers, collectors, designers, cu-

rators, and critics from around the world. NE 39th Street and 1st Court, Miami. 305572-0866. DIGI-A-GO-GO! AT DIGI-A-GO-GO! Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., December 12, 12:00pm Experimental and psychedelic artwork on all things relevant to multimedia. 2724 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 813-695-3133 DISCO MONKEYS PERFORM LIVE AT CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION Sat., December 5, 10:00am-5:30pm New York's original progressive art band plays. 541 NW 27th St., Miami. 305-571-1415 DITA VON TEESE AT BOOKS & BOOKS, MIAMI BEACH Sat., December 5, 4:00pm Olives, vermouth, and a raven-haired bombshell. Shake. Dita Von Teese, one of the dolls at the forefront of the nouveaux burlesque movement, has made writhing in a martini glass more popular than actually drinking one. 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. 305532-3222. FEMME ART FAIR AT CHOP SHOP CHIX BEAUTY LAB Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-10:00pm An all-media, all-female art show with several of Miami's best female artists. 7283 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. FRANCESCA DIMATTIO DECOLLAGE AT LOCUST PROJECTS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Wed., December 30, 12:00pm The process of cutting, tearing, and peeling away images to explore collage. 155 NE 38th St, Ste 100, Miami. 305-576-8570. FOCI ART FAIR AT FOCI GALLERY Sat., December 5, 7:00pm New to Basel this year is a multitiered cultural marketplace called the FoCi Art Fair (3000 N. Miami Ave., Miami). The event boasts a gallery, an art market, an art exhibition, and a food festival in one sprawling sensory buffet. 3000 N. Miami Ave., Miami. FOUNTAIN ART FAIR AT FOUNTAIN VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 12:00pm The independent alternative to art fairs. 2505 N Miami Ave., Miami. 917-650-3760. GARDEN OF RE-ENCHANTMENT AT ODEGARD SHOWROOM Daily from Sat., December 5 until Fri., February 26, 5:00pm Abstract paintings by Yolonda Sanchez. 3621 NE Miami Ct., Miami. 305-573-7166. GRAFFITI GONE GLOBAL AT SUSHI SAMBA MIDTOWN VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 12:00pm-9:00pm Global graffiti selection from eighteen top street artists and curated by street art book photographers James and Karla Murray. Miami-based architect Douglas Hoekzema will design a Brazilian inspired favela structure for the exhibition, with pieces available for purchase. 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami. GREEN ART FAIR AT COVERINGS CREATIVE COMPLEX Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 8:00pm Creating environmental awareness through art and design. 7620 NE 4th Ct., Miami. GRIT AT CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Tues., February 2, 6:00pm Grit, a series of work about the sordid and glamourous side of Wynwood, features a photo presentation on the difficulty of being transgender. Calix Gustav Gallery, 98 NW

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Left: Beautiful Feet at Mimo Party. Below Left: DawnTown at Marquis.

29th St., Miami. 305-576-8116. GUERRA DE LA PAZ AND TERESA DIEHL AT CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-5:30pm Three monumental sculptures from elements of brightly colored apparel, and two immersive video installations. 541 NW 27th St., Miami. 305-571-1415 HERD THINNER AT CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 7:00pm Vision of an artist-dominated middle future. 250 NW 23rd St, #408, Miami. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2010 AT ETRA FINE ART Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 7:00pm A group exhibit with works by Fernando Botero, Mimmo Paladino, Ricardo Pelaez, Dasha Reich, and Mario Velez. 50 NE 40th St., Miami. 305-438-4383. INK MIAMI AT DORCHESTER HOTEL Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-7:00pm Ten notable publishers and dealers exhibit new publications, projects, and acquisitions. 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-531-5745. IMUSE - AN EXHIBITION HOSTED BY ELAINE LANCASTER, VALANETTI

3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 120 + Studio 114, Miami 59 Main Street, Southhampton, New York 516.532.3040 • The SunPost • Thursday, December 3, 2009 • Page 17


GROUP & SATELLITE Daily from Sat., December 5, 7:00pm one-of-a-kind collection ‘All about Elaine’ exhibiting are Romero Britto, Carlos Acostaneyra, Israel de Costa, Noel, and Carlos A. Navarro & MANO. Miami Art Space, Wynwood Art District- 244 NW 35th st, Miami. IT AIN'T FAIR AT O.H.W.O.W. Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 7:00pm More than 30 artists creating relevant work today. 3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami. 305-6339345. KHAELA MARICICH AT PULSE ART FAIR Sat., December 5, 6:00pm Operatic performance with pop music. The Ice Palace, 1400 N Miami Ave., Miami. LAPIDUS INFINITUS AT DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS Sat., December 5, 7:30pm-11:00pm Explosive compositions consisting of thousands of photographs by local artist Carlos Betancourt. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami. 305-576-1804 LITTLEST SISTER ART FAIR AT SPINELLO GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Thu., December 10, 11:00am-5:00pm The smallest art fair in town consists of eight booths, each four by eight feet in size, housing more than 50 of today's most provocative and mostly local artists. 155 NE 38th St., Miami. 786-271-4223. LOGAN REAL TOUR DE FRANCE SHOE COLLECTION AT PRESSITON GALLERY Sat., December 5, 10:00am-9:00pm Seven designs complementing the seven towns chosen along the 2009 route. 4100 N Miami Ave., Miami. MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS AT BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 7:00pm One of the preeminent artists emerging from post-revolutionary Cuba. 3550 N Miami Ave., Miami. 305-573-2700 MATTA: A RETROSPECTIVE AT GARY NADER FINE ARTS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Fri., January 30, 10:00am A selection of works from 1938 through the '90s by the Chilean master. 62 NE 27th St., Miami. 305-576-0256 MALA RODRIGUEZ AND KINKY AT THE AWAREHOUSE Sat., December 5, 9:00pm Two alternative Latin stars perform. Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez and Mexican dance-electronic music band Kinky. 550 NW 29th St., Miami MAX FISH AT MAX FISH MIAMI Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00pm So you want to party during Art Basel Miami, but you’re a broke but hip downtowner. In that case, visit O.H.W.O.W.’s elaborate 20th-anniversary re-creation of the legendary NYC bar Max Fish, running Wednesday through Sunday. 28 NE 14th St., Miami. 305-6339345. MIGRACIONES: MIRANDO AL SUR AT THE MOORE SPACE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 20, 7:00pm An exposition of Central American art. 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. 305-573-1622. MIRO & NOGUCHI: MASTERS OF SURREALIST SCULPTURE AT MARGULIES WAREHOUSE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Fri., April 30, 11:00am-4:00pm Fourteen works of monumental and small-scale sculpture by two great masters of the 20th Century. 591 NW 27th St., Miami. 305-576-1051 MIMO DISTRICT BLOCK PARTY Sat., December 5, 12:00pm Catch a shuttle between Wynwood and Midtown to Mimo and Biscayne Blvd. for more than 30 art exhibits including: 1959 Original Coppertone Girl sign at 7300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-609-4288 or • Femme Art Miami, also at 7300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-331-5940 or • “Beautiful Feet” by Kenzie Perry at Maxi’s Dream” at Che Soprano, 7251 Biscayne Blvd., 786-556-2016 or • “Congregation: art/music/food/people” at Moonchine Lounge, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999 or • “River Ridge Art Jam” at the Red Light Little River, 7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7577773 or • Upper Eastside Garden exhibit at 7244 Biscayne Blvd.,

• “Art on the Boulevard” at Divine Trash, also at 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-1973. • “Mojito Visions” at the 2nd floor Uva Gallery, 6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022 or • “Roses and Petals” at Koel, 6400 Biscayne Blvd., 786 382-0264 or • “The Recaptured Passion” by Ignacio Diaz at Anise Waterfront Taverna, 620 NE 78 Street, 305-608-9361 or • Exhibit of Eric Lavazon mixed media and paintings at the Lavazzon Gallery at Le Cafe, 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 917-587-9588 or . Exhibit of the surreal, the dreamlike landscape photography of Ernie Garcia at Moshi Moshi, 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786.693.0773 or MONITORING ART AT CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Tue., February 2, 11:00am-6:00pm Showcases the talent of burgeoning and established artists working with video and the moving image. Calix Gustav Gallery, 98 NW 29th St., Miami. 305-576-8116. NADA ART FAIR AT DEAUVILLE RESORT Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-8:00pm One of the foremost destinations for contemporary art, performances, lectures, and events. 6701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. 305-865-8511 NEW VOICES, NEW WORKS AT THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 12:00pm-9:00pm A series of site-specific pieces inspired by the Wolfsonian's collection and curated by designer Todd Oldham. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305-531-1001 OK GO PERFORMS LIVE AT DESIGN MIAMI VENUE Sat., December 5, 7:00pm. Design Miami joins FENDI and Moritz Waldemeyer for a special performance. NE 39th Street and 1st Court, Miami. 305-572-0866. PHOTO MIAMI AT PHOTO MIAMI VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm Photo-based art, video, and new media in a new 30,000-square-foot venue. 3401 N Miami Ave., Miami. 323-552-7255 POOL ART FAIR AT THE CAVALIER HOTEL Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 12:00pm-6:00pm Dedicated to artists who do not have representation in galleries. 1320 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. 305-531-3555 POP-ART AND LOS NINOS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 9, 9am-midnight Miguel Paredes' "The Manifestation of Cross Over Art: An Exhibit of New Media Genesis," will be on full display starting Wednesday, December 2nd on Lincoln Road. This New York born-but current Miami resident has taken a liking to drawing life-like sculptures of his children. You'll get to see some of his Los Ninos exhibit, and other pop-art work including his figurine toy line.412 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. 786.573.4930 PRIMARY FLIGHT AT WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6 More than 100 of the world's most influential street artists install their work live in the streets of Wynwood. PULSE AT THE ICE PALACE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-7:00pm High-caliber contemporary art from an internationally diverse roster of exhibitors. The Ice Palace, 1400 N Miami Ave., Miami. RED DOT ART FAIR AT RED DOT FAIR VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-8:00pm Approximately 40 international modern and contemporary art galleries feature painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. 3011 NE 1st Ave., Miami. 917-273-8621. SATELLITE ART + DESIGN EXHIBITION AT MAS, MIAMI ART SPACE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 9:00am-11:00pm Artists of all mediums and designers from all over the world. 244 NW 35th St., Miami. SCOPE MIAMI AT SOHO STUDIOS Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-7:00pm Scope offers institutional curators the opportunity to present without the limitations they might experience in their home institutions. 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami. 305-534-5228. SCULPT MIAMI AT SCULPT MIAMI VENUE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 11:00am-5:00pm An international selection of more than 30 top sculptors plus other exciting cultural

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events. 46 NW 36th St., Miami. 305-448-2060. SECOND SKIN AT GALLERY DIET Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 7:00pm These artists crawl into the thoughts, bodies, objects, and sounds of historical artists they reference, popular culture icons, or imaginary personas that serve as enablers to their practice. 174 NW 23rd St., Miami. 305-571-2288. SENSORY OVERLOAD AT BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 10:00am-11:00pm A sequence of synesthetic encounters, simultaneously attacking one sense and evoking another. 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. 305-576-2828. SPECTRUM: THE PHOTO HOUSE AT ALFRED BROWNING PARKER SPACE Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 6:00pm-9:00pm A collective photography exhibit in a house turned gallery. Alfred Browning Parker Space, 3023 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach. Svedka Vodka Sessions at Delano Hotel TETRALOGY AT FREEDOM TOWER Daily from Sat., December 5 until Fri., January 29, 12:00pm-7:00pm An exhibition by Maria Martinez-Cañas. Opening reception Tuesday, December 1, 6-8 p.m. Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. THE BOX AT NIKKI BEACH Sat., December 5, 8:00pm-10:00pm. Burlesque performers, fire eaters, body painters, shape shifters, and aerial acrobats perform live. 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. 305-5381111. “THE CONVERSATION” AT ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA Daily from Sat., December 5 until December 15, 8:00pm-10:00pm an exhibit of contemporary Ukranian and local artists, create unforgettable impressions and reflections of Eastern Europe. 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach. THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS AT DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., January 2, 10:00am-5:00pm Re-telling of the myth of Icarus through collage and sculpture. 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 305-573-8110. THE REACH OF REALISM AT MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., February 14, 9:00am-9:00pm Exploring the artistic traditions of realism in an age of digital manipulation and staged reality. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. 305-893-6211. 30 AT DORSCH GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., January 2, 7:00pm A survey of three decades of work by artist Robert Thiele. 151 NW 24th St., Miami. 305576-1278 VERGE ART FAIR AT THE CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sun., December 6, 12:00pm-6:00pm An international exposition of the highest-quality artistic production. 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-674-1160 WILD AT HEART AT DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until Sat., January 2, 10:00am-5:00pm Dark-humored glimpses into creatures and their predicaments. 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 305-573-8110 or WILLIAM CHEWNING AT MIAMI ART GROUP GALLERY Daily from Sat., December 5 until December 29, 10:00am-5:00pm Various abstract pieces, each of which were created using familiar imagery, realism and environmental elements. 126 NE 40th St., Miami WYNWOOD WALLS: THE STREET ART MURAL PARK AT WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT Daily from Sat., December 5 with ongoing hours noon-8pm Featuring murals by fifteen international artists on 12 primed walls. Including Aiko from Japan, Os Gemeos and Nunca from Brazil, Stelios Faitakis from Greece, and Jim Drain, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Barry McGee, Ara Peterson, Clare Rojas, Kenny Scharf and the team of Swoon, David Ellis and Ben Wolf from the United States. NW 26th street and NW 2nd Avenue. ZONES ART FAIR AT EDGE ZONES Daily from Sat., December 5 until Mon., December 7, 12:00pm Challenges existing artistic concepts and creates programs to explore and make demands. 47 NE 25th St., Miami. 305-303-8852 or


A Big To-Do WEAM’s Non-Stop Naomi Wilzig Celebrates Another Birthday – Her 75th! When you consider the fact that Miami itself is not much more than a 100 years old, Naomi Wilzig’s reaching of her 75th birthday is nothing sort of incredible. Think about it. When Ms. Wilzig was born Hoover was president, the first phone was installed in The White House (“The First Phone”?), Pluto was just discovered, and the Great Depression was about to begin. Seventy-five years ago also marked the introduction of Bingo, that game that seems to be the favorites of blue-haired biddies everywhere. But you won’t catch Ms. Wilzig at some ol’ Bingo parlor; not now, and assuredly not ever. She’s got way too much living to do. Much of that living, of course, involves WEAM. See, back in October 2004, Ms. Wilzig opened the World Erotic Art Museum, the only gallery of its kind in North America. Packed with some 4000 objects, some of which date back to 3000 BC, WEAM has become both a local favorite and an anthropologist’s goldmine. Unlike the majority of American museums, however, which keep their erotic art collections behind closed doors, WEAM is unabashedly proud of its content. And Wilzig is eager to share it with the world “This isn’t pornography,” she repeatedly insists. “It’s art.” Wilzig’s first find was a shunga, a hand-painted, leather-bound Japanese pillow book from about 1850 featuring a series of 25 prints. “The shunga, a sort of how-to manual, was typically given to young couples on their wedding night,” Wilzig told The Washington Post. From then on out Wilzig was hooked. "This was a form of my own liberation," Wilzig recalled to The St Petersburg Times. "I would do what I liked regardless of what my husband said." Her husband was one Siegfried “Siggy” Wilzig, a North Jersey native who made a bundle with Wilshire Oil Co. of Texas, and who became president of the Trust Company of New Jersey, expanding it into the third largest commercial bank in the United States. So wrapped up was Siggy in business that he wasn’t even aware of his wife’s newfound obsession till she’d collected some 1000 pieces of erotic art. But like Ms. Wilzig herself, Siggy was no prude. And he blessed her new obsession with the same vigor that he blessed their union. Some folks who weren’t so open-minded, and that included the powers-that-be in New York, Las Vegas, St. Petersburg and Tampa, all of whom were approached before Wilzig decided to open her erotic art museum in South Beach. Not one expressed anything other than reservations; consequently not one got to enjoy

the benefits of Ms. Wilzig’s personality, or her largesse. In addition to WEAM, which really is a public service, Ms. Wilzig’s going to mark her big to-do with the inauguration of The Naomi Wilzig Art and Charity Foundation, which will help artists and others in financial need. But there was another historical milestone marked 75 years ago, and that was Hindenberg’s appointing of Hitler to the post of Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, thus marking the beginning of Nazi reign. Siggy survived Auschwitz, and Ms. Wilzig has had a special place in her heart for victims of the Holocaust her entire life. Raised is an Orthdox Jewish family and taking into consideration the date, Wilzig has decided to combine the milestones and spend the day after her birthday dedicating a new Torah scroll for ritual use by the Chabad House at Chabad. “Jewish tradition says that a new Torah is to be welcomed into a community just as one welcomes a bride and groom. Accordingly, the scroll will be carried under a wedding canopy during the processional from Jewish Museum to the Chabad House, and will be accompanied by live music and dancing, before being placed in the Holy Arkat the Chabad center.” “Traditionally, all the Torahs from the synagogue are carried out of the synagogue to greet the new Torah, and then all our carried back inside the synagogue for more dancing and celebration.” Ms. Wilzig, in keeping with her relentless generosity, has invited all of her many, many friends to both her birthday blowout at WEAM and to the Torah processional the day after. And whether they’re of the type to hang with “The Queen of Erotica” or the savior of tradition or the benefactor of the arts, it won’t matter at all. That’s just Naomi Wilzig, and she contains multitudes. Happy Birthday, Ms. Wilzig! • The SunPost • December 3, 2009 • Page 19

The 411

Audi Art Pavilion

Audi Art Pavilion


Basel-tov! By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Deborah Zafman at the Audi Art Pavilion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Art Basel, the “Carnaval” of the art world. A time when we wish those experiments with human cloning had yielded positive results. It seems the world’s largest and most important art show gets bigger every year, especially since in addition to Art Basel itself, Vanguard, Scope, Verge, Art Miami, Art Viceroy, Design Miami and countless other satellite fairs have set up camp all over town, not to mention the requisite parties being thrown nightly and club transplants from Paris and New York. This week, the 411 brings you South Beach locals and Art Basel insiders’ top picks of not-to-be missed events at the fair — in which having fun (and surviving) is its own art form.

REIGNING QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, TARA SOLOMON, PRINCIPAL, TARA, INK.: "I'm seriously hoping that this year's Art Basel won't require a month of Sundays to recover from, as per usual, but I'll probably be proven wrong. My list is already scarily long. What I'm looking forward to: The Box burlesque show at Nikki Beach; the exhibition ‘Grit*,’ which explores themes of social intolerance, at Calix Gustav Gallery; urban impressionist Miguel Paredes' ‘The Manifestation of Crossover Art’ at a pop-up gallery on Lincoln Road; Carlos Betancourt's ‘Lapidus Infinitus’ at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts; David LaChapelle's ‘Cars and Money’; Kenny Scharf's ‘Art White Collection’; and Tommy Hilfiger's launch of T-Studio, a silk-screen studio at the South Beach store where guests can customize their own shirts with the help of street artists from Art Center/South Florida."

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MAN-ABOUT-TOWN NICK D’ ANNUNZIO, PRINCIPAL, TARA, INK.: "There's a buzz that Art Basel is feeling the pinch this year. While events may be less extravagant and have been taken down a notch — understandably so — the key players have remained loyal to the festival and are still as visible as ever. But this year, in addition to Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Vanity Fair, Audi, Scope, Dacra and Cartier — all the usual suspects — we see some little guys bursting onto the scene. This makes for a very special year, one that offers the opportunity for the big dogs and up-and-comers to intermingle and share the spotlight. In particular, I'd take note of Amanda FernandezLeon, owner of Calix Gustav Gallery, who recently shot onto the scene and has produced one the most avant-garde exhibits Art Basel has seen in its few years."

JILIAN SANZ, FASHION EDITOR FOR FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE, NAMED “MOST GORGEOUS EDITOR” BY FASHION WEEK DAILY: “The brand’s accessories designer, Silvia Fendi, celebrates Fendi's Design Miami involvement with a private dinner at Miami hot-spot Mr. Chow. Fashion’s ‘Boy Wonder,’ Joseph Altuzarra, hits the Webster with an exclusive polka-dot number that will be had by every fashionista worth her weight in couture. And he'll celebrate his collaboration with this stellar boutique in style — cocktails anyone? “Design District's limited edition experiences — where retail’s heavy hitters will pop up for a limited time — bridge the gaps between fashion, art, music and culture, serving it up gift-wrapped in special-series offerings that are sure to fly off their temporary shelves.

Romero Britto and Katherine Davis

“Also, don't miss an after-hours beat: Purple magazine, Design Miami and Le Baron take over the Florida Room for an invitation-only fete that's sure to be incredible, and Christian Louboutin and Piper Heidsieck celebrate the launch of Le Rituel, a gift set including a Louboutin-designed stiletto champagne flute, on December 4 at SET, hosted by a slew of hot Miamians including yours truly.”

DECO DRIVE’S LOUIS AGUIRRE: "Apart from the Basel main exhibits at the convention center, I love the satellite fairs. Last year my faves were Art Miami, Photo Miami and Scope. Of course the real fun of Basel is going to the parties. Most are private and you have to be invited. Traditionally Art Nexus, Visionaire and David LaChapelle throw the best parties. After hours, the place to be is Le Baron. The uber-famous VIP Paris nightclub always finds a super-cool space to create a satellite club. Last year we partied with Benicio Del Toro, Grace Jones, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, supermodels and the hip, chic crowd that Basel attracts.”

WSVN-TV ANCHORWOMAN BELKYS NEREY: "My calendar is full this week but I will be attending the private opening for Carlos Betancourt at the Diana Lowenstein gallery. Carlos' work always fascinates me. It's whimsical, creative and thought-provoking. He's a leader in the contemporary art world and he's homegrown. The show stays up all month so get out there and check out one of South Florida's finest."

MICHAEL LEONIDAS KIRKLAND, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL OF CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FIRM HALLEON: “I have been collecting Mr. Weber’s books since I was a teenager and they are the best as was his party at Casa Tua last year. I am looking forward to Gert and Ulla Elfering’s private viewing of their art collection as they open the doors of their Sunset Island home with a performance by fellows of Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony. Angelbert Metoyer’s exhibit, entitled ‘War-Beau’ at Giovanni Rossi Fine Art is another ‘must.’ The opening reception takes place on Saturday, December 5, and the show runs through January 5.”

FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER IRAN ISSA KHAN: “My dear friend, internationally renowned artist Michele Oka Doner, will give an informal talk at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s seventh annual Art Basel Miami Beach Breakfast in the Park on December 6. That is sure to be fabulous.”

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MICHAEL VALDES, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ONE SOTHEBY'S (CURRENTLY IN LONDON FOR THE RUSSIAN ART SALE): “No Art Basel in Miami is ever complete without the VIP reception of David LaChapelle, who is one of my favorite photographers, and I always especially look forward to what his creative mind will unleash on the world. I am a huge fan!”

PERMANENT FIXTURE ON THE NEW YORK SOCIAL SCENE HEIDI KELSO, PRESIDENT, H.K. MEDIA GROUP (PRODUCER, RIHANNA LIVE FROM BRIXTON FEAT. JAY-Z AND YOUNG JEEZY): “I think the MisShapes/ThreeAsFour after party featuring ThreeAsFour and Olivier Zahm of Purple magazine on Friday will be one of the best events of the week.”

MATT HEIEN, PRESIDENT, EASTSIDE P.R., SPOKESMAN FOR ALAIN PEREZ AND EVENT STAR CORPORATION: “You may have noticed the 50,000-square-foot (temporary) building set up at 46th and Collins at the entrance to the beach. Audi tapped local event contractor Alain Perez of Event Star to build and design the Audi Art Pavilion, the largest temporary event space ever built. Sources on the beach say the venue itself cost close to $15 million. Most folks, no matter where in the world they live, will never see something this amazing built for a special event. From a star-studded, six-course dinner created by David Boulet, nightly cocktail parties to a Pharrell concert, this venue is a mustsee. Luckily, it is open to the public during daytime hours from December 2-5, noon until 5 p.m. We also hear that for all the great work and big money, the entire structure will be taken down after the week is over! $15 million for five days — is this a sign the recession is over? It seems at least for Audi it is.”

MIAMI SOCIAL REALITY STAR AND WRITER MICHAEL COHEN: “I’m here for the art and the experience, not for the free champagne. My first stop this year will be the Containers in Collins Park, on 23rd Street; those are among my favorite installations. I also definitely want to check out the Gucci temporary store in the Design District.”


cause it kicks off Basel and really sets the standards for the amazing week. On Thursday I look forward to the Haute Living Gary Nader event. I love his Picassos and I always go to see what he has, as Picasso is my favorite artist. Also, the Rubell family collection is so impressive. I saw this last year and was blown away. I am very close friends with Michelle and Jason and am always amazed at their eye for art and how much they collect, just for their love of it. The whole museum is spectacular and I am always thrilled to see what they have been collecting over the year. “Prolific art collector Aby Rosen, co-owner of Miami’s “hautest” hotel, the W, will be hosting a private dinner and a series of parties throughout the week alongside partner David Edelstein at the W, including the Swarovski dinner in the penthouse; Art Nexus Party in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach, sponsored by Grey Goose; Cartier private event at Mr. Chow; a dinner hosted by Alberto Mugrabi and Peter Brandt at Soleà; the Whitewall magazine party on the lawn; and the We Rock the Arts event with a special performance by Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols. “Saturday’s Vogue party is for sure always my favorite ending party for Basel. Vogue does everything to perfection. This year Versace will be displaying the new collection and special pieces which have never been seen. Donatella is a genius and this show is a can’t-be-missed event, if you’re lucky enough to get the invite.”

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS: A slew of celebrities turned out on Monday night for the official debut of the Audi Art Pavilion, including Chris Noth (bka “Mr. Big”), Lucy Liu, Christina Ricci, Ben McKenzie, Louise Griffith, Sofia Vergara and New Moon’s bleached blond Kellan (bite me please) Lutz. It seems Jamie Foxx has become a regular “chow hound” at Mr. Chow at W South Beach, where he was spotted last week and again on Sunday. Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend sat at a nearby table. Also taking a break from turkey leftovers that night were Jerry Bruckheimer and former Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, a few tables away from the Boston Celtics players who had beaten the Heat just hours earlier. Diddy threw a birthday bash at Mansion on Friday night. Equinox Fitness Clubs hosted two celebrity studs — Alex Rodriguez and Cris Judd — in their South Beach gym last week. Rodriguez was spotted working out during the gym’s prime-time hour, around 6:30 p.m. J. Lo’s ex-husband, Cris Judd, and six dancers visited the club’s main studio twice during the week, gearing up for an upcoming music video. Famous interior designer Wallace Tutt celebrated his book, Harbour Island, with a book signing at the brand new, ultra-chic Bar 721 on Lincoln Road.

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James Rosenquist Recounts the Massiveness By John Hood

Anyone who’s had the distinct pleasure of seeing James Rosenquist’s seminal “F-111” knows first-hand that scale doesn’t come any grander. Concocted with an alchemist’s sleight of hand and a ruthlessly contemporary eye, his 10’ x 86’ masterstroke is not only one of the boldest works of American art ever produced, it’s one of the most iconic. “F-111” also happens to be the kind of painting that you never ever forget. So imagine what it would be like to have been present at the Pop Art masterpiece’s unveiling, when it took up the whole of Leo Castelli’s gallery and the world first awed at its enormity. Well, if you get with Rosenquist’s Painting Below Zero (Knopf $50), present you can be, at both “F111”’s debut, as well as at the creation itself, when the then-fledgling artist was just coming into renown. And you can gasp right alongside such luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg, Roberto Matta, Ileana Sonnebend and Tony Curtis, all of whom joined the parade of high-minded people that trekked through Rosenquist’s Broome Street

jet pilot’s helmet”; the Lightbulbs, “falling from the bomb-bay doors”; the Insignia, which “odd[ly]” North Korea and America both share; the Big Firestone Tire, which “implied the idea of… the military-industrial complex”; as well as the Cake, the Hurdle and the Nuclear Wallpaper. Then of course there’s the Fighter Plane itself, that mighty and murdering F-111, which Rosenquist “used to question the collusion between the Vietnam death machine, consumerism, the media and advertising.” And after you’ve read all about the why, you can refer to the four-page, full color fold-out and see if it aligns with your ideas of what “F-111” represents. Of course nothing compares to seeing Rosenquist’s work up close and personal, so that you can bask in the vastness of it all; just as nothing compares to hearing his own account and his own reasoning in his very own words. And in Painting Below Zero you get just that — the work, the reasoning and the life, straight from the master’s

“Then there are the nights at the Cedar tavern with William de kooning, Franz Kline and LeRoi Jones. The pilgrimages to Queens to meet Joseph Cornell.” studio while he was constructing his mammoth calling card. Better still you can get with the why Rosenquist provides for each and every one of “F-111”’s many disparate images. There’s the Spaghetti, “like a World War II plane flying through flak,” and the Underwater Swimmer, which “reminded [him] of the big gulp of air a nuclear explosion consumes.” There’s the Atomic Bomb and the Umbrella, which harkens back to the days of mushroom-clouded resorts, and the False-Alarm Flag, whose cloth “has a military implication” and “represents a false threat.” There’s the Little Girl Under the Hair Dryer, who’s “a metaphor for the


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mouth. And you make sense of things. You see how perfectly appropriate it is that a man who grew up on the Great Plains and spent his formative years painting billboards in Times Square would go on to be famous for a sheer and utter immenseness. How his early experiments with color and distance would inform the brilliance of his pictures. And how the gargantuan yet restrictive grids he was first forced to adhere to would compel him to push his images right off the canvas. But Painting Below Zero is not simply a compelling retelling of what goes on in the mind of an important artist at work; it’s also an insider’s look

back at a New York teeming with “a brilliant and eccentric cast of characters.” There’s “the rascally Larry Poons, the incorrigible John Chamberlain, the mysterious Marisol, the bizarre Lucas Samaras, the sphinxlike John Cage, the oddball dance and dealer Alexandre Iolas, and the legend of the art world: Marcel Duchamp.” Then there are the nights spent at the Cedar Tavern with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and LeRoi Jones. The pilgrimages to Queens to meet Joseph Cornell. And there’s the gang Lawrence Alloway put together at the Guggenheim for his “Six Painters and an Object” retrospective — Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Rosenquist himself, any one of whom could now easily fill Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark edifice without the help of their peers. And all of whom probably have. (In fact, Rosenquist’s done it four times.) Some may carp that Rosenquist reveals too much about the work; that meaning should remain in the eye of the beholder. And in some respects they’ve got a point; there is a lot of exposition here. But Rosenquist’s not trying to be a spoiler; that’s simply him being helpful and eager to share. Besides, you’ve undoubtedly already given some thought to most of these paintings. And if you haven’t, now is a perfect time to do so. In sum, Painting Below Zero is breezy, keen and just the kinda chronicle the art world could use more of if it wants to become essential to anyone other than the specialists. It’s also a remarkably astute stroll down a monumental memory lane. How Rosenquist recalls all that he does is anybody’s guess, but the fact is that he does so. And for that we all should be enormously grateful.

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The Perfect Teese That’s Dita! By John Hood

Go ahead. I dare you. Just try to pick a favorite. Could it be the olive-sponge scrub-down in “Martini Glass”? How ‘bout the satin corset cinch in “Classic”? No? Are you sure? You’d rather stick with the gilded cage swing of “Bird of Paradise”? Really? You can’t decide, can you? Don’t fret, dear gazer. Neither can I. And apparently neither can anyone else. Otherwise why would Dita choose to include all three in Stripteese? In case you haven’t gathered just what I’m going on about, it’s Burlesque Queen Dita Von Teese’s routines, three of which can be found bound together in a beautifully wrapped package entitled Dita: Stripteese (It Books $30). Of course these routines are anything but routine; and woe be the cat who considers them so. However, they are all Dita. And, cleverly, they’ve each been given their own little glossy flipbook. So you really don’t need to decide on a favorite after all. In fact, it’s highly likely that your favorite Dita dance will be the one you’re viewing at any given moment. Yes, that “Martini Glass” frolicking is probably the most recognized of her routines. But when you’ve got your eyes glued to Dita a-swing in an ornate bird cage or a-strip in an ensemble straight from Old Hollywood, all those thoughts of olive-sponge scrubbings in a dirty martini will instantly evaporate. The hardest part to me is trying to figure out how to place the images in my mind. I mean, which comes first, the chick or the dish or the dame? I tell ya, it’s enough to drive a man mad. And I, for one of millions, wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s a damn good bet that neither would Dita. From the time she ditched the straight strip racket way back in her late teens, Dita’s developed a persona designed precisely to drive men mad. A good bit of throwback glam, a large dose of “come hither” posing and 100 percent absolute stun, what Dita does simply gets men gone, in every way imaginable. It drives many women mad too, often for the very same reasons, though sometimes it just makes them mad at their men. But what’s a rash of madness when you’ve got images as delicious and divine as those produced in Stripteese? Akin to having the best burlesque ever placed in the palm of your hand,

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these nifty flipbooks are an absolute delight. They’re also pretty much a tease all themselves. Think about it. Is a quick flip ever enough? Not when Dita’s concerned, it isn’t. No matter how scrumptiously rendered these babies happen to be. That’s probably why there are three of them. And that’s probably why Dita’s taking to the road to support Stripteese’s release. On Friday you can catch the goddess of wham-bam glam signing her latest offering at the Beach branch of Books and Books. Saturday will see her onstage at LIV, where she’ll unveil a routine tailored specifically for Cointreau, which is apparently bankrolling the action. If you’re like any sensible appreciator of style and sex appeal, you’ll be at both of Dita’s appearances, undoubtedly with your pockets filled with flipbooks. Dita Von Teese: Friday, December 4, 4 p.m. at Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; Saturday, December 5, LIV at The Fontainebleau), 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

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Fashion COLUMN

Razzle Basel By Jennifer Fragoso (

We’ve waited all year and finally Art Basel is here. Three days of exhibits and events all around South Beach and over the causeways… which means a girl has got to strategize. You know, where to go and of course, what to wear. On the party front you can’t miss stopping by J. Riggs Fine Art for its latest exhibition, “UNPLUGGED.” Works from international artists including Jonathon Hexner, Rodney Taylor, Cheryl Dunn, Tim Walker, Jeff Kling and Baergliecht will be shown more informally than in years past — virtually ripped from the artist’s wall and hung frameless for presentation in a space that is part gallery and part open-air lounge with food and a full-service bar. The space was created for gallerists, artists and art enthusiasts alike to sit back, relax and get their art on, all at the same time. Now all you need is to find a few pieces to put a little razzle into your Art Basel. Jessie on Alton Road in South Beach has something for everyone and every budget. The store carries brands we all know and love, like Alice & Olivia, Rebecca Taylor and Elizabeth & James, as well as local designers like Karina Grimaldi. If you are not familiar with this line, you need to rectify the situation immediately. The clothes are light and flirty, made in the USA from fabrics like natural silk and silk jersey, and priced extremely well. Need another option, perhaps on the mainland? Head to En Avance in the Design District. With clutches from Violet New York to dresses from Robert Rodriguez to knitwear from Mirco Giovannini, you are sure to find a truly unique piece to put in your own collection. Enjoy Art Basel and remember your best accessory is your smile. But in a pinch just slip on a pair of skinny jeans and a top like Nu Collective’s Lorena from Jessie Boutique and you’ll be perfectly dressed for any event. Jessie Boutique, 1708 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-604-7980, En Avance, 161 NE 40th St., Suite 101, Miami, 305-576-0056, J. Riggs Fine Art, Wynwood Arts District, 2341 N. Miami Ave., Miami, Show: UNPLUGGED. Dates: Through December 6, 2009.

Above: Nu Collective Lorena Top with ruffled sleeves and a pleated front from Jessie Boutique. Right: Micro Giovannini black and white wool jersey dress that can be worn strapless or with sleeves from En Avance. Left: Jessie Boutique's storefront on Alton Road on South Beach.

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Above: Jonathon Hexner's Boy with Bird from "Unplugged" at J. Riggs Fine Art. Below: Karina Grimaldi Estella silk mini dress from Jessie Boutique.





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