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OBJEX Artspace. "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts": A four-person exhibit of paintings and mixed-media works by the innocent Becca, the ambiguous Richard Colman, the decadent Camille Rose Garcia, and propagandist Shepard Fairey. Through Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 203 NW 36th St, Miami, 305-573-4400.
Omniart. "The Neighborhood as a Work of Art": This event will encompass several blocks in the Omni area during Art Basel. Warehouses will be transformed into curated art spaces, as will vacant lots and even the street. International artists as well as artists from Miami Art schools, FIU, and others. Dec. 2-5. NE 13th St, Adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, Miami, www.omniart-miami.com.
Palm Court Building. "23rd Street Underground Artists": Ten international artists show how diverse Miami can be. Opening reception, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 6. 305-301-3322. 309 23rd St, Miami Beach.
Paradeisos Design Center. "Nicolas Leiva, Paintings, Drawings, Ceramics and Objects": This event is a ten-year retrospective for South Florida artist Nicolas Leiva. The exhibit features works from his studios in Faenza, Italy and Miami. On view will be some of his works from the Bevilaqua La Masa Museum in Venice. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., presented by Gary Nader Fine Art, which is also offering complimentary transportation to the show. Dec. 4-Jan. 11. Free. 305-442-0256. 47 NE 36th St, Miami, 305-573-7663.
Placemaker. Opening Reception: Mingle with the artists as they step out from the shadows and into the limelight at this swanky reception open to the public. Sat., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.-midnight. "III": Natalia Benedetti presents three of her video installations. Through Jan. 15, 2005, 12-5 p.m. "Stilled Life": Finding beauty in a single moment, this exhibition features the photography of five young artists: New York's Roe Ethridge, Japan's Rinko Kawauchi, Yale grad Matthew Moneteith, CalArt's Carter Mull, and Chicago's Melanie Schiff. Through Jan. 15, 12-5 p.m. "Wallpaper for the 21st Century": Defying mainstream definitions of sculpture is what this exhibition of twelve artists is setting out to do. Imagine using electromagnetic currents to make form out of liquid, then hang it on your wall. Through Jan. 15, 2005, 12-5 p.m. 3852 N Miami Ave, Miami, 305-576-6695, placemakergallery.com.
Pop n' Art Gallery. Conversation with Burton Morris: An opportunity to chit chat with artist Burton Morris, whose recognizable style creates an original perspective on American pop culture. Morris has created artwork for Absolut Vodka, Perrier, AT&T, and others. He was also the official artist of the U.S. Olympic Team in Athens. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, call to reserve. Fri., Dec. 3. 358 San Lorenzo Ave Suite 3210, Coral Gables, 305-448-5578.
Radisson Hotel. Miami Ball and Late Night Party: For 21 years the Miami Art Museum has hosted this fundraising event, pulling in some of the biggest donations across the country. Tables of ten for the gala range from $5000 to $25,000 and Late Night Party tickets cost $75. All the proceeds from the event benefit MAM's exhibition and educational programs. Sun., Dec. 5. 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-663-5307.
Raleigh Hotel. Art Basel: Official Goodbye Party: Beach blanket Basel takes place by the pool featuring the copacetic dance vibes of DJ JP Rigaud. 8-10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5. 305-673-8373. 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-6300.
RaZoo Gallery. Outsider, Folk, and Select Fine Art: Special viewing and sale, including items recently viewed at museum exhibits. Dec. 4-5; Dec. 11-12; Dec. 18-19. 3038 N Federal Hwy, Suite M, Fort Lauderdale.
Riesco Art Studio. "Nice to Meet You, thru Nice to Know You" Vol.1: A look at the one-night stand through the eyes and oil paintings of Jonathan Riesco. Viewing by appointment. Through Dec. 20. 4552 SW 71 Ave, Miami, 305-610-4910.
Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Masters' Mystery Art Show: More than 1000 postcards have been created by different celebrities and athletes plus political and community leaders. All cards will be sold for $50 each to help raise funds for the FIU Masters in Fine Arts program. But there's some mystery to this fundraiser. No one will know who created which card until it is sold. Through Dec. 5. 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-672-5466.
Rocket Projects. "Pig to Man, Man to Pig, then Pig to Man Again": A new series of work based on George Orwell's Animal Farm by graffiti artist turned painter Brandon Opalka. Opening reception Sat. Dec. 4, 7-11 p.m. Through Dec. 30. 3440 N Miami Ave, Miami, 305-576-6082, www.rocket-projects.com.
Rubell Family Collection. "Supersize": Because excess is good. Celebrating 40 years of marriage, the philanthropic couple show off some of their most notable pieces. Artists from Belgium, China, Cuba, Japan, Vietnam, Italy ... the list goes on and on. Through July 31, 2005, 9 a.m.-noon. Expansion Too: The Rubell Family Collection opens its doors after more than doubling its space. 45,000 square feet, including fourteen new galleries (for a total of 29), a new research library, sculpture garden, conservation lab, and various media rooms await patrons. Art Basel hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Through Dec. 5. "Eberhard Haverkost, Project Room": A large group of recent acquisitions of the man's work. 9 a.m.-noon. Through Feb. 6, 2005. "American Dream, Collecting Richard Prince for 27 Years": An overview of Prince's work ranging from 1977-2004 will be on display, some pieces making their Miami debut. 9 a.m.-noon. Through March 27, 2005. "Northern Light: Leipzig in Miami": An exhibit of young German painters whose work debuts in America during Basel. 9 a.m.-noon. Through Feb. 27, 2005. "Memorials of Identity, New Media from the Rubell Family Collection": Five international artists explore issues of identity and memory with seven projections investigating those themes. Through March 6, 2005, 9 a.m.-noon. 95 NW 29th St, Miami, 305-573-6090.