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Jefe aka Johnny Chiba 2009 Art Basel Experiential
(click thumbnails for big pics, animations and links
for short vids culled from ipod nano)
mural presented on shipping containers in empty lot of Wynwood Art District.
click for cryptic triptych of photos - youtube making of
c/o Country Club Gallery, Los Angeles
The Public Works: A New Mural Project by Shepard Fairey
in partnership with the Miami Art Museum and The Fountainhead Residency.
Beach Convention Center
Art Basel Miami Beach is organized by Art Basel, a division of the MCH Group Ltd.
Switzerland's leading fair and convention company
talks and signs super-duper new book at Art/Salon
homage to Burma's #1 Political Prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi
c/o el fantastico Deitch Projects NYC - guiding the infamous good Shepard to
megabuck-ular Obama-picture-stealing rebel superstar heights! Obey Giant Jeffrey!
Deitch also reps...
c/o Stuart Shave/Modern Art London
c/o White Cube Gallery London
I was a Raqib fan since his MoMA and Deitch Project shows, the Calcutta, India-born artist
continues to astound with his surreal yet beautific colorful and sometimes horrific creations.
The Art Basel piece above sold for $180K; yep, he's reached that stratosphere.
below are found internet images of Raqib's work
White Cube also reps the deviantly delightful
Anish Kapoor's concave mirror-pieces were in
abundance. Very interesting close-up! who's that man?
c/o Lisson Gallery London
interesting Clay Study for Figure (Headless)
c/o Xavier Hufkens Brussels
X/H also re-presenting
"Giantbum" installation of animatronic heads amused
c/o Lombard-Freid Projects NYC
video cubes click! very cool!
c/o i8 Gallery Reykjavík Iceland
c/o Suzanne Vielmetter Gallery LA, Berlin
more fantastical beautiful Mutu art
from gallery site...
c/o Galerie Susanna Kulli Zurich
tortured animated look
Regan also showed fine collage by
giant asian face bust
click to see exaggerated size referential
I had never seen a Miró with actual characters before...
not sure which gallery this was, could have been
c/o Acquavella Galleries NYC
Alexander Calder well represented
c/o Helly Nahmad Gallery NYC
click to see expansive photolateral galleria setup
designed the best floor at Art Basel (it sold for $30K. I'm floored!)
c/o Perry Rubenstein Gallery NYC
also repping the mighty Faile
c/o Sikkema Jenkins & Co. NYC
has his third eye on you!
c/o James Cohan Gallery NYC
Reich Gallery NYC
a phenomenal stop-motion animator and storyteller; her new video was on display at Zach Feuer Gallery booth,
along with crystal-esque set used in above animation. As artist does not allow her videos to be shown on youtube
or online, this created an interesting discussion amongst other video artists, who understood not wanting their work
shown online in low resolution. This exclusivity also makes video more valuable from sales point, but then, no one
can see the videos unless they go to gallery, art fair or buy a numbered copy outright for thousands of dollars.
What is art, where does art come from, who is art for, wherefore art thou?
c/o Zach Feuer Gallery NYC
stills from Natalie Djurberg videos c/o Zach Feuer website
c/o Galeria Horrach Moya Palma de Mallorca
interesting stop-motion animation videos, creepy and cool
c/o Andrew Edlin Gallery NYC
something somber, delicate and haunting in Monsieur Barcilon's mind
c/o Mike Weiss Gallery NYC
Books booth featured titanic tomes of art, films etc
this year's fantastic find was Zaha Hadid - complete works 1979-2009
truly architecture as art, from her techno blueprints on vellore paper, to
the finished photographs, it is all beautifully-conceived art that comes to life.
a limited edition of 200, signed with clamshell cover goes for $1000... wish list!
met at Scope entrance
The Riot Temple
"a visceral experience of worship and violence" complete with police shields and gamelotron gong-bangin'
met loverly sculptress/artist/musician Liz McGrath (aka Miss Derringer)
her hole-y deer sculpture was right behind us (oh dear!)
c/o Sloan Fine Art NYC
Lirio Salvador - heavy metal instruments
Kenno Apatrida - art as graffiti as art?
EVOL phenomenal use of cardboard yields mini realism
colorful t-rexes (rexi?)
c/o Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing
Art Fair took place at the posh Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach
Ron Van Der Ende from Der Netherlands
creates incredibly realistic art using only reclaimed wood
reinvents herself at every show... superhero fashion!
appearing at her first fair, made an immediate splash, so many red dots!
according to Johansson projects booth madam, everything sold out at 10:30AM when fair opened.
More sales were being made via excellent use of Iphone/Flicker application, so easily brought up here
OTHER FINE FLORIDIAN EXPERIENTIALS
(69th St/Collins Ave, Miami)
fresh Hog Snapper, shot by deep-sea divers that morning, immense meal included
complimentary rice/beans, fresh baked bread, and delish dessert of flan & mango moose
divine defining dining, on our way to NADA
the strangest plant I've ever seen hosted giant seeds... that's nuts!
most Art Basel pics/video c/o Jefe aka Johnny Chiba (jefe
@ testpress (dot) net)
and Skowmon Hastanan
otherwise culled from artist/gallery websites
pics, animations happily removed upon request of unhappy artist/gallery/owner
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