Critics Pick

Painted constructions or constructed painting, Muniategiandikoetxea adds a mirror to disconcert further and to intensify the illusion, and he digs deep into the interaction between the human form and pure geometry. This exhibition combines techniques of cabinet-making and construction with image-making to confound viewers' expectations and understanding of scale, solids, space, volume, and proportion. -- Michelle Weinberg

Espacio Minimo

December 2-4, noon to 8:00 p.m.; December 5, noon to 6:00 p.m., container 11,

From top: Doug Morris, “ARENA”, Robert Thiele, “A-261-262”, “Art Loves Puppet Rock”
From top: Doug Morris, “ARENA”, Robert Thiele, “A-261-262”, “Art Loves Puppet Rock”


Art Positions, beachfront at 21st Street, Miami Beach.

Art Video Lounge

This year's Art Video Lounge opens with a new design by New York-based architects LO/TEK and new curators -- Bolivian Sandra Antelo-Suarez, editorial director of TRANS> magazine, and freelance Mexican curator Guillermo Santamarina. They've come up with four programs featuring more than 30 international artists. Content is roughly themed around the concept of melancholy. It's time to give video art a chance (last year's video lounge was sparsely attended), and there is no better opportunity than this to see some of the world's best -- Bas Jan Ader, Jacques Brel, Mircea Cantor, Serge Clément, Bruce Conner, Yang Fudong, Ori Gersht, Anthony Goicolea, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Jorge Macchi, Raymond Pettibon, Aida Ruilova, Jordan Wolfson, and Erwin Wurm. -- Alfredo Triff

Art Video Lounge

December 2-4, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m; December 5, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.Miami Beach Public Library rotunda, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Bus Obscura

Pierogi 2000, the artist-run gallery that was a pioneer of the bustling art activity in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is spearheaded by the indefatigable Joe Amrhein. From Pierogi's Art Basel base of operations in its cargo container at Art Positions, artist Simon Lee will take passengers on a trip in a moving, multiple-aperture camera obscura. As this Bus Obscura moves down the street, images of outside scenery are translated into a real-time, first-generation animated projection -- albeit inverted -- on the darkened interior windows of the bus. The bus is the camera, the projector, and the theater. The images will flow into one another, creating a 360-degree visual panorama.

Lee's vehicle captures the fugitive nature of images and their fleeting impressions on the psyche. Poetry and physics in motion. Pierogi's off-the-wall programming includes nightly barbecue and a rooftop installation by artist (and former Miami resident) Ward Shelley. -- Michelle Weinberg

Bus Obscura

December 2-5, container 20, Art Positions, beachfront at 21st Street, Miami Beach. Bus schedule: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. round trip to Design District and Miami Museum of Science; 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. twenty-minute loops through Miami Beach.


The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is in town for the second year -- and not the last, say organizers. NADA was a favorite in 2003 as it brought to Miami Beach 45 contemporary art galleries and nonprofit groups from around the country and from Europe. The sense of camaraderie and optimism was palpable and contagious (no wonder, with a motto like this: "Encouraging nonadversarial approaches to exhibiting and dealing art"). This year the gathering has expanded to 60 galleries and has moved to a new location, downtown's Ice Palace, a venue with open floors, high ceilings, and an outdoor garden. Just two local galleries will be showing: Miami's Rocket Projects and Kevin Bruk Gallery. -- Alfredo Triff

New Art Dealers Alliance

December 2-5, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Ice Palace Studios, 59 NW 14th St., Miami.

"The Limits of Art and Architecture"

Lovers of architecture must not miss the Art Basel conversations program entitled "Architecture for Art: The Limits of Art and Architecture." The star of the day is Rem Koolhaas, one of the most important designers alive. A theorist with many books to his credit, Koolhaas's Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan is a classic. The museum world is becoming an ever-expanding shopping mall, and Koolhaas is struggling with the idea (he just finished the Guggenheim Museum in Las Vegas). These are some of the questions to be debated by the panel: What are the opportunities and risks of museum architecture? When do architecture and art limit each other? Will architecture be a defining factor for the future of the museum? Panelists include Kathy Halbreich, director of the Walker Art Museum, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Terence Riley, curator for architecture at MoMA, moderates the event. -- Alfredo Triff

"Architecture for Art: The Limits of Art and Architecture."

December 4, 10:30 a.m., Art Collectors' Lounge, Miami Beach Convention Center, entrance D.


Described as a "large-scale urban intervention" OmniArt redefines the idea of the neighborhood as a "work of art." Warehouse spaces, vacant lots, and streets along NE Second Avenue just west of the Performing Arts Center (under construction) are being transformed into sculpture and performance sites. This is a collaborative effort among the Miart Foundation, Florida International University, the University of Miami, and the City of Miami's Community Redevelopment Agency. Nearly 60 artists and curators will occupy three warehouses and smaller venues to present a full range of art, from performance to installations to paintings and photographs. Among the Miami artists participating are Carlos Betancourt, Edouard Duval-Carrié, and Tina Spiro. Betancourt's installation En la Arena Sabrosa continues his use of sand and the ephemeral. Don't miss Cuba's Tania Bruguera and her dramatic piece Autobiografía (for details, see page 13). Also look for the work of MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. A professor of architecture and a multidisciplinary artist, Manglano-Ovalle is known internationally for his elegant installations dealing with personal identity and community. -- Alfredo Triff

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